Hey guys I hope you are all doing well in isolation and keeping safe! I thought now would be a good time to write a blog post with my latest product recommendations, especially as many brands are offering such good deals at the mo!
I’m trying to use my time in lockdown as sensibly as I can and put it to good use, so since I’ve made a decision to now work solely for myself (god knows what took me so long!) I thought now would be a good time to add to my kit and research all the interesting new cool brands out there! For all that know me know my kit weighs on the really heavy side and can be a pain to lug around, so I’ve managed to downsize it as I’m now using a cabin size case which is quite a miracle for me lol! Plus I’ve invested in some clear tubes, and a label printer to decanter my liquid foundations hoping to save on a little more weight, I will document my processes and progress on insta when it all arrives!
As you know I’m an avid bargain shopper so
I CANNOT STRESS ENOUGH how worth it it is being signed up to mailing lists on websites of all your favourite brands plus Cult Beauty, Feel Unique, Look Fantastic and Space NK, you will always get at least 10% off if not 20%/30% off well worth it I think!
Morphe – offer 20% off for new customers
Huda beauty – recently did 30% off everything
Look Fantastic – has 20% off
Inglot – 15% off for new customers
Fresh – 15% off for new customers
Some of the big high street department stores price match
Superdrug and Make Up Revolution often do 3 for 2
Space NK is always offering deals for their rewards scheme
Cult Beauty – 10% off for new customers but regularly does other deals
Not being able to buy foundation online because your not sure on the shade is now a thing of the past! Findation.com is an amazing website where you can type in your current foundation and shade, and it will match you to the product you want to buy in the correct shade – I know amazing right!
Base – @plouise1 base pro shade 2 @lauramercier eye basics flax / wheat / buff
Eye palettes – @anastasiabeverlyhills @hudabeauty @revolutionpro @patmcgrathreal @narsissist @lauramercier @maccosmetics @morphebrushes
Pencil eyeliner – @revolutionpro kohl pencils @charlottetilbury rock n kohl @hudabeauty life liner (liquid and pencil) @narsassist longwear liner
Creme eyeshadow – @lauramercier caviar eye stick @nudestix magnetic eye colour pencil @bareminerals bare pro eye shadow sticks
Glitter pigment – @peachesandcream @inglot
Liquid eyeliner – @inglot gel liner @revolutionpro double ended pen @morphe gel liner @tomford liquid liner @lauramercier tight liner (perfect for small eyes as can be applied in the lash line) @stila waterproof liquid liner
Mascara – @dior Blackout @eyeco @toofaced better than sex @milk ubame and Kush (great price)
Lashes – @redcherry @ardell @pinkfishes @lashesbylivvy
Brows – @anastasiabeverlyhills
@revolutionpro double ended brow pen
@primarkbeauty double ended brow pen
Primer – @hourglasscosmetics @lauramercier
Concealer eyes – @tartecosmetics shape tape @lauramercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Concealer @hourglass vanish airbrush concealer
Concealer face – @lauramercier secret camouflage
Setting powder – @lauramercier Secret Brightening Powder For Under Eyes
Tinted moisturiser – @lauramercier @baremineralsuk
Mineral foundation – @baremineralsuk original loose / matte loose / pressed powder
Liquid foundation – medium – full coverage
Glowy – @giorgioarmani luminous silk @lauramercier flawless lumiere foundation / silk creme moisturising
Matte – @hudabeauty faux filter @laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear / silk creme oil free
Liquid highlighter – @iconic
Powder highlighter – @revolution @hudabeauty
Bronzer – @nars Laguna @bareminerals warmth
Blusher – @nars orgasm @morphebrushes warm master palette
Cream blusher – @iconic
Setting powder – @lauramercier universal loose powder
Liner – @primarkbeauty toast @maccosmetics spice, whirl, ruby woo are some of my faves
@morphe lip kits @bareMinerals all lip liners @nudestix matte lip and cheek pencil
Stain – @kiko long lasting colour marker
Balm – @nivea @drpawpaw @vaseline @lelabo
Lipstick – @charlottetilbury pillow talk lip kit @morphe lip kits @maccosmetics teddy & ruby woo – staple red and nude @nars best matte lips sticks @hourglass beautiful packaging and shades @hudabeauty do great matte lipsticks @louboutinbeauty lip products are gorgeous and a pretty lipstick is necessary to put inside a pretty purse! @bareminerals bare pro lipsticks are great and have gorgeous colours!
Gloss – @lauramercier lip glacé @marcjacobs @bareminerals moxie lip plumping @buxom lip plumping gloss @iconic glosses are brilliant colours @narsassist lip glosses are beautiful @ctilbury collagen lip bath @kylie lip kits an true original @primark do amazing nude lip glosses
Lash curlers – @kevynaucoin and @shuemura do fabulous lash curlers
Eye brushes for just the 1 person
@morphebrushes are amazing and a great price point @crownbrush Is another great brush brand @bareminerals and @lauramercier do gorgeous brushes but defo worth waiting for a Christmas brush set
Make up storage – @primarkbeauty now do the acrylic boxes you no longer need to spend £100 on a plastic box! @muji also do great make up storage boxes and organisers
@urbanity do really cool make up / beauty / hair cases and bags
Brush belts – Emj a brand I’ve discovered more recently do gorgeous brush belts with lots of space especially if your a make up artist
Cleanser – @theordinary squalane cleanser @primarkbeauty Alex Steiner sleep spa @bareminerals total cleansing oil
I personally favour a cleansing oil as oil breaks down all make up including eye make up, it also leaves you feeling more hydrated
Exfoliator – @stives can’t go wrong @dermalogica daily superfoliant
@fresh sugar face polish @lauramercier face polish is my fave!
Lip exfoliator – @fresh sugar lip polish
Face mask – @theordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque @pixi glow mud mask
@fresh Umbrian clay face mask
@kiehls calendula & aloe soothing hydration masque & rare earth deep pore cleansing masque @ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask @theinkeylist kaolin clay mask
Serum – @theordinary rose hip seed oil is amazing! @ren Rose O12 Moisture Defence Oil @bareminerals skinlongevity vital power serum @theinkeylist Q10 @fresh rose deep hydration oil serum
Moisturiser – @theordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA @ctilbury Charlotte’s Magic Cream Moisturiser @fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream @bareminerals butter drench restorative rich cream @nivea @theinkeylist squalane
Eye cream – @theordinary caffeine solution 5% + EGCG good for dark circles a gel or oil texture tends to be more cooling and less heavy around the eyes @theinkeylist caffeine eye cream @barenineralsuk skinlongevity vital power eye gel @fresh rose hydrating eye gel
Body oil – @coconut oil in the bath is the ultimate! £2 in Tesco can’t go wrong @calcotmanor dry oil is brilliant drys quickly and doesn’t feel sticky £5 from Tesco they also do a whole range of lovely body stuff! @espa do amazing bath body oils and they smell incredible like your at a spa!
Body scrub – @lauramercier is the best in the world, the scents are divine @calcotmanor also do a great scrub
Body cream – @lauramercier matching body soufflés is to die for! @bodyshop body creams are gorgeous!
Hands and Feet – @opi have bought out a gorgeous range for hands and feet
Fake tan – @skinnytan gradual tanning mousse is brilliant @stmoritz is a good one and cheap too! Moisturising hands, elbows, knees and feet is so worth it for the best results
Products – Warm Coconut oil up in the microwave and pour on to the scalp, then wrap in a towel – works wonders @kiehls Strengthening and Hydrating Hair Oil-in-Cream @theordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil
@moroccan hair oil is a brilliant serum to apply to the ends once hair has been washed
Hair serum is one of my favourite products especially if they smell good like @loreal mythic oil!
I also love @nashi hair products they’re rich in oils and hydration for the hair, not to mention they smell divide
@osmo are good for every day shampoo and condition, they do a great hair mask and I love their shine serum
Hair tools – @ghd classic hair wand & classic straighteners @parlux lightweight hair dryer
Hair brushes – @oliviagarden pro thermal are my favourite brushes to blow dry with, the handle is comfortable, they hold heat well and the bristles are strong
@Tangleteezer the best invention ever, far less painful for getting out knots in hair
Hairspray – @loreal Elnett and @Schwarzkopf Silouhette are my favourite hair sprays
Volumisers – @Schwarzkopf dust it is a brilliant volumising powder perfect for styling or anyone with thin hair @batiste dry shampoo is good for adding volume
Hair bands – invisibobles are great (the telephone wire hair bands) and the newest invention is @slip silk hair scrunchies perfect for putting your hair up without kinks or causing damage
Cutting – I have my hair cut every 6-8 weeks and I’m pretty religious about it, my hair really benefits from regular cuts and I can tell by how healthy it feels, a blow dry holds for days and has a lovely shine to it!
Colouring – I’m not a colourist but I’ve been there with the bleach and had to have my hair cut short, just to get the good condition back again! Make sure you choose a hairdresser that truly cares about the texture and health of your hair, doesn’t over process or use a too high peroxide! Nothing worse than hair that’s like chewing gum just to get the colour you want quickly! Tinting hair can give a lovely glossy finish to the hair, I personally tint mine a shade or 2 darker every 8weeks throughout the autumn and winter and then leave it natural in the summer, to get those natural streaky highlights. Best thing I ever did was embrace my natural colouring as it suits me so much better than the blonde, and even now when I leave it to dry naturally it’s got a lovely beach wave because I’ve worked hard at getting it in such good condition, never under estimate the lovely feeling and look of natural hair in great condition!
I hope all the above provides a good bible / reference point to anyone looking to revamp their current beauty collection!
Stay tuned for all my tips and beauty hacks to follow XOXO