Top 10 beauty buys.

This just happened because for some reason recently I have been taking stock of the beauty products that I couldn’t bear to be without (I am exaggerating a teeny tiny bit here). And I got a list and now they list is here. So yeah…

  • B. Micellar water

I used to be shocking at getting into a routine when it came to skin care because it never seemed to work and things never seemed to get better no matter expensive the product or how often I used it. Then I stumbled across this as a recommended product in a magazine I happened to be flicking through and thought I would give it a go. It is affordable and so easy to use that I have no reason to not use it twice daily. I definitely noticed a difference pretty quickly and my skin has cleared up significantly in the time that I have used it. Plus it removes make-up without any extra faff (eye make-up included). I incorporated the whole Phase 1 skin care range into my life and the day cream is super light and it is also reassuring that it has an SPF in it. The exfoliator is good as well and despite feeling quite gentle does definitely leave my skin feeling fresher afterwards.

  • Superdrug mousse (most other mousses as well probably but this is the one I am currently blitzing through)

So I have thick and densely curly hair that I have spent a lot of time trying to manage and maintain because I finally decided to embrace rather than hide my hair. This means that there has been a lot of trial and error with products and the like. I have crossed many things off my list as things that while they work don’t do so in the way I need or want them to, and finally I reached mousse as something to try. After spending a good while assessing my options I went with this one on the basis that if it doesn’t do what I want to achieve it wouldn’t be the end of the world (or my bank balance). It works. And it works well. It tames fly aways and feels light so my already fairly heavy hair doesn’t feel weighed down at all. It defines my curls really well and because sometimes these things are important, it doesn’t smell chemical or gross.

  • Aussie miracle moist shampoo and conditioner

Again there has been a lot of trial and error when it comes to shampoo and conditioner, some (or a lot actually) dry my hair out and some claim to be good for curly hair but felt too chemical and also didn’t make that much difference to my hair. This however does make a difference and my typically dry-ish hair does definitely feel like it has more moisture to it which is always a bonus.

  • Aussie luscious long 3 minute miracle

While this is a lifesaver in the desperate times where my hair needs a really good shot of conditioner and usually a thorough detangle it also works quite well at keeping my hair protected in the sun, which came up a lot over the past few weeks (also meant that it didn’t just dry completely out which is super useful for me because that would have been an actual nightmare to deal with). It also creates really defined curls which is always a bonus.

  • Vaseline cocoa body butter

Again I was really indifferent to the idea of mositurising every day for years even though I also knew that I probably should as I have skin that is prone to cracking and drying out. I went through so many different lotions etc. and usually just became quite bored with the monotony of doing it every day so would stop and then start up again with a different lotion that I would never like. I stumbled upon this one because I had used the Aloe Vera one but wasn’t a huge fan of the smell primarily so I thought I would give it a try as of all the lotions I have used the smell of cocoa butter bothered me the least. It smells great firstly (to me anyway) and is nice and thick without feeling heavy which leaves my skin feeling soft for the whole day. Plus a little goes a long way, so it’s cost effective too.

  • Vaseline in general

I have tried other various lip balms and such but I always return back to this classic. It keeps my lips super soft and is generally multi-purpose which is handy. It’s one of the only things that I always make sure I have a reserve of because I would be semi-lost without it.

  • Maybelline eyeliner

I’m a liquid eyeliner kind of girl, mainly because I could never quite get to grips with pencils in a way that give me the eyeliner shape that I want. I tried gel eyeliner but that either went really well or really badly so I thought that was best left alone. This is the best liquid eyeliner I’ve tried and it does exactly what I want with very little error unless it comes from my own stupidity.

  • Maybelline colour show nail varnish

I own A LOT of it. It gives really good colour and lasts for a few days (unless I get bored and start picking it off). It is also reasonably priced and there are a whole heap of colours available which I will slowly acquire for my collection.

  • Superdrug Vitamin E exfoliator

It works quite noticeably and that works just fine with me. You can feel it work as well which is a bonus and my skin is left softer. It also doesn’t dry skin out which I have experienced before with some exfoliators.

  • Water…

Is this a ridiculous thing to put on a list? I feel like it is, but I ran out of things and couldn’t leave it on a 9…so I put it on here. In all fairness it does work some way in making me feel like I am being somewhat healthy (I definitely cut down on the amount of food I eat and the amount of juice/coke I drink over the years) and in a general sense my skin and body probably thanks me in some ways.

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