I wasn’t sure if I was going to call this blog post 5 Beauty Products Every Busy Girl Needs or Every Lazy Girl Needs but it works for both.

Whether you have a few minutes to get ready to leave the house because you slept too much or because you’ve already been working all morning below are the product I have been loving when I need a quick beauty routine.

1.It Cosmetics CC Cream (HERE)

This is everything I have ever wanted in a foundation but never managed to get. It offers good coverage but doesn’t look heavy on the skin and the Colour Correcting quality means it really reduces time concealing the skin. If I’m in a rush I apply this quickly with my fingers and need only a little concealer and powder on top to get my desired look. It also has SPF 50+ so I don’t even bother applying another suncream (unless I’m going to be outdoors for a prolonged period) and if your skin isn’t too dry I think you might even be able to skip moisturiser some days as it’s hydrating without being oily too. I’ve had this for about three weeks now and haven’t used anything else. I can’t recommend this product enough and I’m very excited that It Cosmetics is now available on Selfridges.com and will be available in store at the end of the month!

2. Soap & Glory Spritz Me Quick (HERE)

Moisturising my body is one of my all-time least favourite tasks. Bodies are so long and there is so much area to cover.

However, my skin has been so dry since I’ve been away and not moisturising at least my limbs hasn’t really been an option. Before this arrived I’d spend ages trying to rub in butters and creams but this has made the whole process far more enjoyable. It has a spritz pump which sprays out a light mist which is easy to rub in, smells amazing and is very hydrating. I’ve never really fallen in love with the Soap & Glory body creams as the process has always been a little long for me but with this one you can apply it any which way (and the pump still works), rub in, get dressed and go. It also has the Original Pink scent which so many people love from S&G which does actually linger as my boyfriend told me I smelt nice walking down the street when all I was wearing was this.

3. Benefit Gimme Brow (HERE)

An oldie but a goodie.

Okay, not that old and in fairly new packaging but such a goodie! Also, not photographed as it seems to have done a runner and needs to be replaced asap.

If I’m in a rush I always reach for this product, for me, it’s all I need. It adds a bit of volume where I’m a little sparse as it contains tiny microfibres, it adds a little bit of tint and holds my brows in place. I use this almost every day (when it isn’t lost), if I’m not in a rush I’ll team it with Benefit Good Proof Eyebrow Pencil but even if I don’t have time for that this adds the perfect amount of definition.

4. Vo5 Dry Backcomb Spray

On days that I’m strapped for time, my hair suffers most. If I’ve only had time do add a little dry shampoo and not give my hair a proper wash then my hair gets extremely flat. My most recent discovery is the VO5 Dry Backcomb Spray, there are other great once but a lot of the other ones I have tried are quite pricey (Oribe texturing spray- great but £££). It adds a nice amount of volume and texture to the hair but isn’t too sticky or heavy so doesn’t weigh down my hair even more. It’s also great if you want nice, voluminous, beauty waves!

PS. This seems to be sold out online, I think it’s coming back but in a slightly larger bottle.

5. Neutrogena Visibly Clear In Shower Mask (HERE)

I have been doing a slightly better job of using masks this year but I don’t always have 10-15 minutes to wait around for a mask to dry and I always worry getting a knock at the doorbell and having to answer with a green face.

That’s why I was really drawn to this in-shower mask but I was initially a little worried as I have combination skin and this mask is supposed to help mattify skin. That said the refining pore element really appealed to me so I gave it a go. It’s a bit of an exfoliator and mask in one which only requires 60 seconds and it leaves my skin feeling exfoliated and healthy without stripping it.

What are your favourite quick-to-use makeup products?

drugstore

Today is a bit of a preview to my absolute favourite drugstore products which I will share with you tomorrow but I thought I would quickly go through the UK drugstore brands, what products I like and which I love. I’m hoping it might help anyone that is a little scared of drugstore, looking for great affordable products or someone coming to the UK and looking to get a few products which you might not be able to get in other countries.

B. (available here)
My top pick: Brush Cleanser
Available exclusively in Superdrugs B. is quite a new brand and I haven’t tried too much from them, their brushes are quite nice but their brush cleanser is my favourite!

Barry M (available here)
My top pick: Nail Paints
One of the best brands to pick up whilst in the UK as it still isn’t too widely available everywhere else, their Dazzle Dust are quite underrated if you love shimmery shadow but their nail paints are a must try and very affordable. They offer everything from nail care to glitter and gel effect polishes.

Bourjois (available here)
My top pick: Healthy Balance Powder
Available quite readily in Europe Bourjois has really high quality products at great prices. Although their foundations break me out I think they are a great drugstore option for anyone that doesn’t have sensitive skin. Their blushers are some of my absolute favourites but their concealers and lipsticks are also worth a look.

Collection (available here)
My top pick: Lasting Perfection Concealer
Very affordable drugstore brand, I personally find the Lasting Perfection Concealer a little drying but it’s very affordable and highly rated by so many people that it’s a must try.

Gosh (available here)
My top pick: Velvet Touch Liners
Surprisingly this was the hardest brand for me to pick a top product from, everything is nice but there isn’t really anything I can’t live without. Other than the Velvet liners, the lipsticks and blushers are also both really nice.

L’Oreal (available here)
My top pick: True Match Foundation
L’Oreal True Match foundation is an absolute must have with a nice colour selection but the liners, neutral eyeshadow palettes and lipsticks are also worth picking up.

Makeup Revolution (available here)
My top pick: Eyeshadow Palettes
Known for offering affordable alternative to cult beauty products, their palettes and lipsticks are great alternatives to highend brands.

MaxFactor (available here)
My top pick: Mascaras
Although I love the whole range, no other drugstore brand offers better volumising mascaras than MaxFactor, I don’t have a particular favourite but all the ones I have tried have been great.

Maybelline (available here)
My top pick: Instant Eye Eraser Concealer
Great all round brand but the Instant Eye Eraser is a great alternative to highend concealers and I would quite happily swap my usual cocnealer for it. I also really like Dream Flawless Nude Foundation, Brow Satin Eye Pencil and their Color Sensational Lipsticks.

Models Own (available here)
My top pick: Nail Polishes
Models Own started by offering nail polishes and I still think it’s what they do best. My favourite colours are Beach Bag and Utopia although their Hypergel and glitters are generally great ranges.

MUA (available here)
My top pick: Luxe Velvet Lipsticks
Anther super inexpensive UK beauty brand, their eyeshadow palettes are also great value for money!

Real Techniques (available here)
My top pick: Core Collection brushes
Probably my favourite brush brand, their original collection is still by far my favourite along with their sponge, I would personally skip the bold metals collection (although they look beautiful) as they’re pricier and not as soft.

Revlon (available here)
My top pick: Colorstay Foundation (particularly for oily skins)
Revlon is a great brand for almost everything and it has quite a makeup artist feel to it. If you like lip crayons then Revlon do the best affordable ones.

Rimmel (available here)
My top pick: Exaggerate Lipliner in Eastend Snob
Theres so many great items from Rimmel, the whole Exaggerate range is excellent, I love their lipsticks and I reach for their foundations and concealers regularly.

Sleek Makeup (available here)
My top pick: Contour Kit
Has a special place in my heart as I use to blog about Sleek endlessly when I first started blogging. Palettes, blushers and Matte Me in Birthday Suit are all well loved in my collection.

Soap & Glory (available here)
My top pick: Kick Ass Concealer
Slightly higher price point in comparison for drugstore products but I adore their body products. Other great product include Brow Archery, Supercat liner and Thick & Fast Mascara

Topshop (available here)
My top pick: Lipsticks
Not strictly drugstore as it’s available only in Topshop stores but a great price point. All the lip products, blushers, bronzers and nail polishes I have tried have been fab but the glow highlighter has to be the best cream affordable one I own.

Would love to hear your drugstore recommendation in the comments, are there any drugstore secrets I am missing?

In all honesty I don’t think that the title of these blog post is that ground breaking since it seems every drugstore brand has tried to produce their own version of Urban Decay’s Naked palettes. I’ve tried quite a few of the similar drugstore brands and there’s some great ones although I think I have found my favourite.

A little pricer than most drugstore palette but under half the price of the Urban Decay Naked palettes, is Soap & Glory’s The Perfect 10, £16. As the name suggests it houses ten eyeshadows, similar to those found in the Urban Decay Naked palettes; wearable nudes, bronzes as well as a few darker deeper shades.

It’s a great makeup palette for anyone on a budget looking for a staple go-to palette which they can use to create both day and night looks with. Theres is a nice mix of matte, satin and shimmery shades, with all of them being pigmented and creamy. They’re not quite as pigmented as Urban Decay but I think that’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially if you aren’t very confident with eyeshadow as I think the Urban Decay ones are almost too pigmented.

Packaging wise it’s nice, just a strong cardboard with a magnetic closure and mirror which makes it quite light weight and travel friendly.

As with most Soap & Glory it’s currently 3 for 2 in Boots but I do think it’s limited to this time of the year so pick it up before it’s gone.

Great gift for a friend or even as an affordable treat to yourself. What is your favourite inexpensive natural eyeshadow palette?

For the last three Christmas’ I have spent December patiently waiting for Boots and Soap & Glory’s half price offer, hoping someone would know and I would find it under my Christmas tree. If you get as excited as me I am pleased to tell you that The Next Big Thing By Hattie Stewart Soap & Glory better than half price box is out Friday!

Boots will be reducing the price from £60 to just £29 for one week only (or until stocks last and they usually sell out pretty quickly.)

Inside are ten full-sized Soap & Glory products, available in two Limited Edition cases designed by London based fashion doodler- Hattie Stewart! One print will be exclusive to Boots.com and the other exclusively  in Boots stores. 

Inside the beautiful box you get: 

HAND DREAM™ – SUPER CREAM 100ml
ORANGEASM™ – BODY WASH 500ml
BUTTER YOURSELF™ – MOISTURE LOTION 500ml
HEEL GENIUS™ – FOOT CREAM 125ml
SUGAR CRUSH™ – BODY SCRUB 300ml
WHIPPED CLEAN™ – SHOWER BUTTER 250ml
THE RIGHTEOUS BUTTER™ – BODY BUTTER 300ml
OFF YOUR FACE™ – 3 IN 1 DAILY PURIFYING CLOTHS 
SEXY MOTHER PUCKER™ LIPGLOSS LIP LACQUER in Charm Offensive 7ml
THICK & FAST™ – SUPER VOLUME MASCARA 10ml
A BONUS, PINK DRAWSTRING BAG

This would make a great gift or indeed a gift to yourself and at £29 it’s such a great deal for so many products! It will be released Friday 12 December for one week only but usually sells out quite quickly so I’d recommend picking on up on Friday from either in store or Boot.com

Will you be picking one up?

Beauty Baubles make not only great Christmas decorations but also make great presents and stocking fillers. I thought I would share the ones I am lucky enough to have this year as well as some of the others Beauty Baubles I don’t have but love.

Origins £12 | Mavala £5 | Soap & Glory £6 | This Works Sleep Balm Bauble £10 | The Body Shop £5 | Molton Brown £10 | Liz Earle £7.50 | Caudalie £11.50 | Bleach London £10

Topshop £5 | Aromatherapy Associates £10 | Jo Malone £22 | Ciate Tree Trinket £8 | Eve Lom Kiss Mix Star £16 | Champagnes Opulence Bauble £4

What beauty bauble is your favourite?