It always takes me a few days to unpack, so when I got back from my holiday and had an early morning meeting I went through the items I hadn’t taken with me to do my makeup. I picked up my Shu Uemura eyelash curler and fell in love with them again.
For the last few months I have been using the Tweezerman Eyelash curlers and they are good, I actually thought they were better than the Shu ones but my new encounter has proved that they are not. Lots of eyelash curlers fool me for a few weeks, even months but no eyelash curler (that i have tried at least) keeps on curling as well as the Shu Uemura ones for months and years on end. They are a great shape and even more importantly are made of excellent quality material meaning that even after prolonged use they don’t start to bend, leaving you bending the curler more than actually adding lift to your lashes.
The curl they deliver is like no other, really defined and opens up the eye like no other product can. They may seem a little expensive to some but they are worth every penny and totally worth the hype too.
My nails is probably the one thing I get the most compliments on but if I’m honest I was just born with strong nails but there are a few products which I find really help the condition of my nails and also help the longevity polish.
I’m really not too fussy about nail files and will use anything that is around as long as it isn’t a metal one (do they still sell those?), I’m currently using the Lottie London one but usually just pick up whichever is the cutest. Once again for nail clippers I’m not too choosey as long as they are good, I’m currently using the Tweezerman ones which are excellent!
A product I have been loyal to for a while and which I love is the Butter London Melt Away Cuticle Remover, it’s the best product I have tried for removing cuticles effortlessly.
Onto base and top coat, I have been using Butter London’s Nail Foundation for a while now, it’s great particularly if you have discoloured nails as it applies a very natural, matte colour to the nail bed, neutralising it. I’ve also been using the Ciate Underwear Base Coat teamed with the Ciate Speed Coat which has effectively become my nails dream team, my nail polish last a whole week with no chips and minimal tip wear with these two products.
For removal I either use Sally Hansen Strengthening nail polish or I still to good ‘ld pots, I’ve been using the Lottie London one which is great although the Bourjois one will always be my go to. To travel with I find the Ciate Nail Polish remover which smells like Mint Chocolate to be the ideal size.
I’m typically not great at applying cuticle oil so I think the Bourjois Magic Nail Care is great, I initially thought it was a nail polish remover and couldn’t work out why it wasn’t working but it is actually an oil in a sponge which applied a light layer of oil to the cuticle, far less messy and quicker to apply than traditional cuticle oil. I probably still don’t use this as much as I should but I do try.
It seems it is the products I use the most that I never mention on my blog, these are the products I use (almost) every single day and couldn’t live without. They’re not overly exciting and I may change from brand to brand sometimes but I though I would share what I am currently using.
When it comes to deodorant I am not too fussy over which one I use as long as it smells okay, that said I do prefer a roll on and have been using Nivea Pearl & Beauty for a while. As the glass bottle isn’t very travel/handbag friendly I also use the Soft & Gentle Orange Blossom & Grapefruit Spray deodorant which lasts all day and smells great.
After washing my hair every morning I couldn’t live without my GHD blow dryer… I love it! I have been using it for years now, it has all the settings I need and is powerful, helping me dry my hair as quickly as possible. I’ve also been loving the Airmotion Hair Brush to untangle my hair both whilst wet and dry. My only other hair essential would be Batiste Dry Shampoo which I think I have been using to close to ten years, I have never been so loyal to anything!
When I don’t have time for a professional wax I usually just use a disposable razor and find the mens ones to be much better than the women’s. My favourite is the Gillette Mach 3 Disposable Razors as it never irritate my skin and I find it to be good quality for the price. For my eyebrow I adore the Tweezerman tweezer and can’t believe it has taken me so long to get a pair! I’ve also been using the SweetEase Face Waxing Kit for my upper lip as I find them to be easier to use then most at home wax strips.
The biggest essentials are, of course, a toothbrush and toothpaste- I have been using the Professional Whitening Toothpaste and matching toothbrush from White Wash Laboratories. Although I don’t think there is a huge difference between toothpaste and toothbrushes, I have actually really been enjoying these two and would say my teeth are looking a little whiter.
What are your beauty essentials?