Sometimes, all it takes to make a day feel like an event is to put on some lipstick. Or do a really deep cleanse when you wash your face in the morning that leaves you glowing and fresh as a daisy. Or perhaps it's a new product or simple beauty routine that helps you to feel on top of things when all else seems out of control. I thought I'd so a round up of the things I do and products I use that make me feel good and that are worth spending time and money on. Everything in this post is bought, tried, tested and loved by me. These are my essentials, nothing fancy for getting dressed up and going out out, this is not the entire contents of my make up bag but simply the things I can't do without and can truly recommend.
I'm quite low fuss when it comes to beauty routines, I like quick, efficient things and really can't be bothered to spend hours in the bathroom each night. All these people that manage do masks each week and have 12 step bedtime routines...I don't know how or where they find the energy! So I'm all about simple and easy products that don't take chunks out of my schedule but still give me results.
Elemis Pro-Collagen cleansing balm - I LOVE this product so much, it's so buttery and rich. Massage it into your face and then wipe it off with a steaming hot flannel, your skin will glow afterwards and feel so nourished. I often buy the little pots they sell at the airport by the till, great for travel and then I have a bigger pot to keep at home.
Peter Thomas Roth Fimx Peeling Gel - I like to use an exfoliant once a week or so just to keep things looking fresh and this is a new discovery of mine. You massage it into your skin after cleansing and it gets rid of all the dead skin (ew).
Now for a serum, this is a recent purchase but I love it. I felt my skin needed a bit 'more' in the winter and the ladies in Sephora told me that they all unanimously love this serum so I gave it a go and have to say I completely agree.
Drunk Elephant Vitamin C serum - you can use it day or night, but it is formulated to be able to go under make up.
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream - I always say that you should spend the most money on the things that are going to be on your face the longest. Therefore, your moisturiser should be one of the higher price items. This does exactly what it says on the tin, and it really is magic as you can use it in a variety of different ways, as a moisturiser, as a make up or a mask. More expensive, but worth it.
I'll be honest, I don't have the energy to spend hours contouring my face and layering a ton of makeup on. Part of that is because I am lucky enough to have naturally good skin but it is also because I simply can't be bothered to use precious hours doing it. Therefore I find products that work well and give me what I need; an enhanced but natural look.
Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue - this is one of 2 CC products I use in lieu of foundation. This one is more of a cream and a great option for days when you want a bit of coverage but nothing heavy.
By Terry CC Serum - This is the other CC product and this is a very natural and sheer serum that gives a bit of a glow and just sort of elevates your natural skin rather than covers it up. I buy it in Apricot Glow. Now this is a more expensive product, I didn't buy it until I found a discount code from an influencer I follow online. But I do love it for the way it makes me look like I'm not wearing make up, but better than I would look if I actually wasn't wearing make up. Know what I mean?
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat - Another product I've been using for decades (literally...I am old...) and will always go back to it. I take it everywhere with me. Works as both a highlighter and a concealer, I put it on my browbone underneath my eyebrow to just lift it and then a bit under the eyes too. It just...brightens.
Now this next one I feel bad about as I don't know how widely available it is. I got mine from Sephora in California which we all know isn't in the UK (sob) but it's so good I had to include it and maybe you can be resourceful and find it somewhere? It's a stick of foundation that you sort of dot over your face and then blend in with a brush. Doesn't look chalky or cakey (both terms I hate) and just...works.
Hourglass Seamless foundation stick - I've linked to Sephora so you can see the range of shades which is really inclusive, another big plus.
I don't generally use blusher, I find my face looks a bit too rosy whenever I do so I tend to use bronzer exclusively instead. It doubles up as an eyeshadow too, I put a bit on my eyelids too and it's win win!
Benefit Hoola bronzer This one by Benefit is great and goes a long way so I get the mini size which is easier to fit in your handbag.
A good, all round nude. It's all I ever wished for and I found it. Even better, there are 3 versions of it to suit every single skin tone. I am of course talking about Charlotte Tilbury's Pillow Talk. Yes it is expensive. Yes it is worth it. I faffed around for over a year before finally caving in and finally buying it.
Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk lipstick - I wish I'd got it sooner.
The window to the soul right? For me, having a defined brow and dark lashes are the key to an high impact and low effort look. So I have always tinted my brows and lashes every few weeks and it makes a huge difference. Then, back in August 2020 I started using a lash serum too and it was a real game changer. I NEVER used to think these things worked but wanted longer lashes without having to get extensions so thought I'd give it a try and lo and behold...it worked. After 5 or 6 weeks of using it religiously every night I suddenly noticed that my lashes truly were a lot longer than they ever had been before. And once I also tinted them black so the blond tips were darker, it was insanely obvious. This, coupled with the mascara I use means people genuinely think I've had extensions when I haven't. It's a miracle! You have to use it every single night and you have to keep using it every single night but one bottle goes a long way, I am still using the one I bought in the summer now, 6 months later! Here are my 4 essentials, these are the products I use and swear by.
Rapid Lash serum - use every night before bed and in 5-6 weeks you should see some epic results.
Eylure eyelash tint - I tint my lashes every 4 weeks or so, once I see the tips start to fade to blond again. A bit fiddly on your first try but well worth the effort and you soon get the hang of it!
Eylure brow tint - likewise with my brows, tinting them really frames the face and means I look a lot more put together even first thing in the morning! I do them every 3-4 weeks and it is super easy.
Benefit Roller Lash mascara - this mascara is incredible, it opens up your eyes so much and never ever goes clumpy and thick. I like a natural look and once I found this I never looked back (excuse the pun).
And those are my must-haves! Have you tried any of them? Comment below and let me know if you have and check out my instagram for a simple make up look using some of these products.