For the longest time, I have coveted, cajoled and swooned over beauty products, carrying them in my handbag, on my desk, in secret drawers in the house…..you get the picture right? I am a beauty junkie. I spend hours in Boots swatching everything in sight, watch endless tutorials, try out new looks every day while I am sat at my desk trying to look normal while caked in ill advised matte foundation with badly contoured cheekbones. The thing is though, that’s not the only thing I’m interested in. I love travel, film, music, food, wine……my dog, home decor, fitness. The list goes on. I guess you could easily categorise me as a ‘lifestyle blogger’ but I don’t really identify as that. I love lifestyle blogs though, I just know what I want to write about and those topics aren’t that easily categorised. It’s actually easier to define what I won’t write about.
When I started this blog, I wanted it to be inclusive. I wanted women who are love travel, but hate backpacking to read it. I also want women who love backpacking, but use the wee brushes that come with their makeup palettes to like it. A resource for other women like me — who LOVE beauty, but aren’t consumed by it. I am consumed by travel though, hence why that topic ‘majors’ in my writing more heavily than beauty or style. So with that in mind, I wanted to share the beauty products I think that everyone should own, because regardless of your beauty chops.
One Really Good Cleanser
If you are one of those people who thinks that scrubbing your mascara off with soap, warm water and an old flannel is okay then…..you will hurt yourself with eye rolling at this statement. I LOVE a balm or oil cleanser, and use a sonic face brush once a day (either Clinique or Clarisonic). Realistically you only need one good cleanser, regardless of where on the beauty junkie scale you may find yourself. If you wear a lot of makeup, then choose a balm. If not, then still choose a balm. I promise you that it will change your life, and you’ll feel better for it.
Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm | Shu Uemura Oil | The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil | Rodial Glamtox Cleansing Balm
A Kick Ass Lipstick
Preferable red. And if you need to know why, or think it doesn’t suit you, think again because it does. Red lipstick suits everyone. Fact. It just takes a little getting used to, but once you do get used to it (test it out at home loads first if you are super nervous) then
Lancome L’Absolu Velours – 07 | Rimmel London Moisture Renew – 510/Mayfair Red Lady | Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet – 03/Hot Pepper
I cannot tell you enough how important it is to WEAR SUNSCREEN. Even if you live somewhere that you don’t consider to be tropical enough for it, and even when you aren’t sunbathing. Even if it’s a cloudy day, and even if you are wearing a hat. Just slap it on, your future non wrinkly, non skin cancered self will thank you for it. Baz Luhrman was right, everybody needs to wear sunscreen.
Clinique Face SPF 30 | La Roche Posay Toleriane SPF 50 | Decleor Aroma Sun Expert SPF15
If you think this is just for greasy hair days, then you are in for a world of excitement when I tell you that IT IS NOT. Pick your jaw back up off the floor, because you can use it to build volume, add grip to make clean hair easier to work with. You know that super annoying feeling when your hair is too slippy and clean to make a good braid? Dry shampoo! You know when your hair looks flat as a pancake, because it’s so long and heavy? Dry Shampoo?
Batiste Dry Shampoo | Talcum Powder (honest!) | CoLab Dry Shampoo
Now, I know I haven’t included everything that I consider to be essential but…..baby steps right? If you’re interested — my ‘essentials list runs to about 40 productss o……yeah, lets not get into that right now, okay?!
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