Most of the products below I have been using for years and years, and I really could not live without them! Well… I just wouldn’t leave the house without using them!
1. Tangle Teaser (£10.20)
The tangle teaser brush was recommended to me by my hairdresser. It looks like something you would brush an animal with, but it really is great. It brushes through your hair with ease, and doesn’t pull on any knots. This is great if you suffer from tangles and can be used on wet or dry hair.
2. Real Techniques Powder Brush (£12.99)
I love all of the Real Techniques brushes and would also recommend the ‘expert face brush’. The large powder brush is super soft and great for applying my Mac studio fix powder quickly. I clean this regularly using the Mac brush cleaner and it still looks and feels as good as the day I bought it.
3. E45 Lipcare (£2.49)
E45 offer great products for hydrating the skin. My favourite has to be the E45 Lip Care, which I apply generously every night before I go to sleep, and throughout the day if needed. I have suffered from dry lips since a baby, and applying this daily stops dryness altogether. It doesn’t have a scent and looks great used with lipstick to give a glossier finish.
4. John Frieda Frizz-Ease (£6.29)
As its summer, and hair can get really dry and damaged I am using the extra strength version of John Frieda’s Frizz-Ease. This is a classic product that really works and always leaves me with shiny glossy hair. I apply about 4 pumps after washing and conditioning and I can really notice the difference in the condition of my hair.
5. Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat (£8.08)
I discovered this top coat by Seche Vite a few months ago as it was recommended on so many beauty blogs. I apply it over a clear strengthener and two coats of nail polish, and it’s dry to touch within a minute. I battled for ages with applying nail polish, for it to still smudge or dent after drying it for ages, but this product truly is amazing. It gives a super glossy finish and makes my nail polish last for about a week.
6. Mac Brown Down Veluxe Eye Shadow (£12.50)
Brown Down is one of my favourite shades of eye shadow from Mac, and I picked this one out as a ‘could not live without’ because of its versatility. For my every day makeup I use this colour to contour the eye, line with a Mac 266 brush, and to also fill in my brows. The colour is a beautiful deep brown and would suit any eye colour.
7. Tweezerman Mini Tweezers (£12.50)
These mini slanted tweezers from Tweezerman are great, and pull out the smallest of hairs. I use them daily to get out the odd few re-growth brows out. It takes seconds and means I never have to spend ages grooming my brows. They come in an array of bright colours, so are easy to find when rummaging through your makeup bag.
8. Max Factor Masterpiece Max Mascara (£9.99)
I have used this mascara for many years, and occasionally will try a new one, but nothing works better for me than Max Factor Masterpiece Max Mascara. It separates the lashes and gives a dark, full, lengthening finish. It makes your lashes really defined and never leaves them dry and clumpy.
9. Johnson’s 24hour Moisture Hand Cream (£2.09)
As well as the dry lips, I also suffer with dry hands, which get super bad in the winter. I have tried countless hand creams, but Johnson’s 24hour Moisture Hand Cream is the only one which dries in quickly, and is non greasy. In the winter I apply generously before going to sleep, and in the summer, just using a little can make all the difference to your hands.
10. Mac Studio Fix Powder (£21.50)
I first bought Mac’s Studio Fix powder about 12 years ago and have used the same shade (NW25) ever since. I do occasionally use other more coverage foundations, but always go back to this one. I never use the sponge provided as this gives me too heavy a finish, but dusting it on with the Real Techniques powder brush takes seconds and gives a light coverage. Mac studio fix is great for oily skin, and can also be used over a liquid foundation to set your makeup.