When it comes to the makeup I use I really am a creature of habit. I know what works, I know what I like and I know which brands suit me the best so trying to get me to be a little more adventurous is very tricky. However, when you open your beauty drawer to find a lipstick you bought when you were a teenager (yes, really) you realise it's time for a major clear out.
Now that I've had a bit of an upgrade I've come across some absolute gems that I now can't be without. These are the beauty products that help me feel put together, help hide the signs of tiredness and just generally make life easier. Without all these hair, makeup and body products I don't think I would leave the house feel half as confident as I do. They are my my beauty BFFs and I only thought it right to sing their praises a little bit.
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation (150) - It took a while for me to build up the courage to buy anything from Fenty Beauty. Having had some bad colour matching experiences I was really scared to go and peruse the counter in Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazaar in case I ended up leaving with the wrong shade and wasting my money. Since I was pregnant I've had an issue with foundations oxidising on my skin so I knew I had to make sure I was absolutely happy before loosening my purse strings.
Since having the foundation in my make up bag I have thrown away any others that I owned. I love everything about this foundation and what it does to my skin. I love the airbrushed effect it gives when I apply it with a big fluffy brush. I love how versatile it is and love how natural it looks whilst still giving me some much needed coverage.
Fenty Beauty Killawatt Highlighter (Lightning Dust / Fire Crystal) - I picked up the Killawatt highlighter duo in at the same time as I bought the foundation. I tried it out first because I just had to know just what the colour payoff was like (I'd seen how insanely pigmented Trophy Wife is). And I was really pleasantly surprised at how subtle and simultaneously buildable the highlighters were. I now use them every day, alternating between the two shades depending on the occasion (I sometimes use both if I want a glow you can see from space). A little goes a long way so I know I'm going to get my money's worth, but when I do eventually hit pan I won't hesitate in repurchasing them.
L'Oreal Perfect Match Concealer (1.N Ivory) - I bought the L'Oreal concealer on a complete whim. My trusty Collection Lasting Perfection was out of stock in my shade and I was in desperate need of something to hide my eye bags so this one was a total impulse purchase. And now it's here to stay. The salmon-y shade of the concealer really helps to brighten up my skin, hiding signs of tiredness and adding a bit more dimension to my face. Don't get me wrong - Collection Lasting Perfection will continue to be a firm favourite, but the L'Oreal definitely has been my best friend on days where I'm wearing how sleep deprived I am all over my face.
L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara (Brown) - I'm no stranger to the Volume Million Lashes Mascara. A few years ago it was all I used. However unlike most makeup products, I get drawn into the hype of mascara adverts and one day my loyalties disappeared. But since I was in the market for something new and finding myself browsing the L'Oreal stand I remembered Lydia Millen mentioning it in some of her beauty videos and this jogged the memory of how much I used to like it too. I didn't realise at first but I picked it up in a brown. This doesn't make any difference really though. Just one coat is enough to add drama to my lashes, open up my eyes and help me look much more awake than I usually feel.
ESPA Restorative Balm - Even though I have the upper hand when it comes to my feelings of anxiety most of the time, there are moments where I feel myself getting really flustered. It's not a nice feeling and it can make me feel really helpless because I'm often with Eric and just have to power through when really I need to vent.
I received the ESPA balm in a set that I got for Christmas and it has been living in my coat pocket lately. Whenever I'm feeling tired or overstretched (which is normally when I'm more likely to have a blip), I apply some to my temples, wrists and neck and having the scent drift into my nose really helps to calm me down.
Layering Lab Body Spray (Oriental / Fresh)* - As a mum constantly on the go I have this fear that I am going to smell. Day to day I normally end up getting covered in baby food, spit up, slobbery or snot and I never want to end up being stinky. I have a few perfumes I use but lately I have loved using the Scent Laboratory body sprays. I got them in a lucky dip at CarnLIVal and I am absolutely obsessed with the way they smell not only individually but also together. The notes are really fresh and light and if there's ever a morning where I don't have time for a shower I will spritz these on me and I instantly feel better.
S Factor Papaya Leave-In Moisture Spray - My hair texture is one that is very susceptible to tangles. It's a lot better than it used to be but the odd dry patch tends to crop up every now and again and I need something to keep my locks snag-free. I'm going to be honest - I was totally suckered in to buying the S Factor spray because of the packaging but it has actually turned out to work wonders on those pesky knots. I spray some on my hair when is almost dry after a shower and work my brush through and the tangles always disappear after a couple of goes.
Wet Brush - How I have got by all these years without a Wet Brush in my beauty stash boggles my mind. Ever since I have made an investment it has become an absolute game changer when it comes to the condition of my hair. I used to use a brush with natural bristles (plastic bristles would only cause me pain) but after using this brush I've come to realise how useless those bristles were on working out knots. I fully bought into the hype of the Wet Brush and it paid off - my hair has never felt smoother!
What are your current go-to beauty products? Is there anything you would recommend? Let me know in the comments.
*I received the Layering Lab body sprays during the CarLIVal event. This does not affect my opinions. For more information, please see my disclaimer.