Recently I was asked, “If you could only choose one product, which one would you say is a MUST have?” And immediately about 25 products danced around in my head. I mean, it’s like asking someone, “what movie would you say I HAVE to watch before I die?” If you can answer that, then you’re easily pleased.
It’s impossible for me to name my favourite products. I would love to own fifty different faces, so I could splash them all with skincare and makeup, but I don’t. And that means, I definitely do have my ‘go-to’ products. I’m not saying that these are the only products I like – or use for that matter – but could I live without these particular ones? Probably not. So here’s a peek into my makeup bag and what I use on a daily basis (or close to a daily basis).
Clinique’s Moisture Surge Moisturiser
I suffer from insatiably dry skin, but at the same time, I’m prone to breakouts, so this rich, oil-free cream gel is perfect for me. I only need to use a tiny amount to quench the thirst of my skin and help fortify and repair it’s moisture barrier. It looks plump all day and I can rest assured that it’s keeping irritants out.
Like most people, I suffer from puffy eyes in the morning and there’s no way I’m walking out that door looking like I’ve aged 10 years! So that’s where Origins GinZing comes in to play. It’s super refreshing and cooling which depuffs under my eyes and the pink, luminescent tinge brightens them instantly. I gently dab this under my eyes as well as smooth it over my lids.
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat
As well as puffy eyes, I also suffer from dark circles (lucky me!), so this best selling makeup pen does me wonders. It provides the perfect balance of coverage and radiance. I use it as a highlighter for my face – under my eyes, on my brow bone and cupid’s bow.
Benefit’s The Pore-fessional
Everyone I know carries one of these in their makeup bag. It’s by far the best primer I have come across to date. It’s oil-free, lightweight and silky smooth and really does minimize the appearance of pores (as it claims). It doesn’t cling to any dry patches as well, so my foundation and powder glides over easily.
Guerlain’s Ombre Eclat Eyeshadow Primer
There’s nothing I hate more than applying my favourite eye shadow and then noticing it’s caked in the crease of my eyelids half way through the day. That’s where this little beauty comes in. I’m on my second compact, which is no mean feat because you actually don’t have to apply a lot of this for it to do it’s job, but I would say I use this every day. It’s definitely a must for a perfect smokey eye.
Bare Minerals Original SPF15 Foundation
I’ve only recently started my love affair with Bare Minerals. I’m a massive fan of Benefit and so for a while was using their Oxygen Wow Foundation (which I love), but then I was introduced to Bare Minerals and I’m not sure I can ever turn back. I get pretty excited about products that are good for your skin as well as doing their job of making you look smashing, so Bare Minerals really has me hooked. The coverage is absolutely flawless and buildable, so I can apply as much as I want, depending on how bad a day I’m having and the creamy minerals leave my skin feeling soft and fluid, not dry. I love buffing this on with their brush as well, it feels like magic!
Guerlain’s Terracotta Bronzing Powder
It’s impossible to go past Guerlain’s Terracotta Bronzing powder. There’s a whole range to choose your desired effect and colour from. It comes in Flawless Tan, which is a mineral based bronzing powder; Tailor-Made Tan, which is a harmony of four colours; Natural Tan, which is a typical bronzer; and Shimmering tan, which is the one photographed above. I have used all of them and can safely say that they are all absolutely amazing. There’s not a single orange tone in any one of them, so I never fail to step out looking sun-kissed.
I love cheek creams. They always seem to last longer than powder blushes. This one is my favourite because it’s easy to build up the colour and has a lovely velvety texture.
Benefit’s Big Beautiful Eyes
This little kit is all I need to create Hollywood worthy eyes. The palette is universally flattering and it contains two brushes for easy application. BUT – the best part is that it contains a step-by-step guide on how to create big beautiful eyes – which I now follow when applying all of my eyeshadows.
How beautiful is this pot of liquid eyeliner?! I purely buy this to have it sitting on my dressing table (no, not really, I use it too). It’s designed like a calligraphy tool which makes it simple and precise to use.
Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum
This primer combs, curls and coats lashes with a nourishing serum that promotes long term lash growth, strength and vitality. It really makes a difference to the separation of my lashes when I apply my mascara.
By Terry Terrybly Growth Booster Mascara
I’m always a bit sceptical about these ‘lash booster’, ‘lash growing’ mascaras and serums, but I swear I have seen a difference after using this mascara. In addition to that, it’s simply a great mascara. I love the way it separates and elongates my lashes… but my favourite thing it does is add a tone of volume.
Shavata Brow Perfector
What can I say? Shavata is THE brow guru. Recently I went and got my brows threaded at one of their studios, as a thank you for writing a review for Harper’s Bazaar for them, and have copped compliments ever since. They say the eyes are the door to the soul, so I want to have pretty exquisite looking frames. I ‘perfect’ my brows every day, no exceptions and the three colours mean I can choose different shades to elongate, highlight or darken.
Tom Ford Lip Colour
If you don’t own a Tom Ford Lip Colour, treat yourself. Go on. Do It.