I am envious of any Beauty Editor and can imagine it’s quite a fun task getting to go through the numerous products that land on the desk each day. Sadly I don’t run a magazine but I do feel that great beauty products should be available to everyone, regardless of budget. I’ve lost track of the number of items I’ve used over the past 25 years, but I’ve chosen some of my absolute favourites that consistently perform very well and I will carry on using just as long as they’re not discontinued!
Sleek Shimmer Blush Rose Gold £4.49
If you like Nars Orgasm then you might just want to give this a try. It’s a pretty pink and gold shimmery colour with great staying power. Less is more and you really don’t need a lot of this to get that subtle radiant look. I’m surprised it’s under £5. In my opinion it works with all skin tones. A big Win.
Dr Salts Himalayan Bath Salts £4.65
I’m fascinated by the majestic beauty of the Himalayan mountains and taking a soak in the tub with the purest salt on earth seems to restore all emotional equilibrium in the mad world of motherhood. These salt’s have an impressive mineral profile which also lends it well to external detoxification. Magic in jar.
E45 Lotion is light, unperfumed and can be used all over your body, face and hands to care for dry and sensitive skin. I used this daily during my pregnancy and I think it certainly helped keep me stretch mark free or may be I was just lucky. Although I am a fan of scented body moisturisers I’m happy to use this lotion as I know it will tackle dry skin with excellent results.
Nivea Rich Moisturising Day Cream £2.79
This will be in my changing bag no matter what. It’s my favourite from the incredible Nivea range. In fact it was the base used for my Wedding Day makeup. It sufficiently moisturises my dry skin without leaving it greasy, oily and shiny and has a really nice Nivea smell, you know the one I mean? it’s super light and you don’t need a lot. SPF15 and leaves skin soft and hydrated.
L’Oreal Elnett £3.99
This award winning spray that has been around for years is a really good find. No stickiness and leaves your locks smelling gorgeous. The micro-diffused spray is ultra-fine and disappears at the stroke of a brush. I know it’s not a necessity to have hairspray and use it daily but on those special night outs when you want to keep your hair looking a little bouncy this one comes out the bag.
St Ives Apricot Scrub £3.99
I usually use Givenchy Peel Me Perfectly which costs many more pennies but I also think this stuff scrubs up pretty well too! It leaves my skin feeling fresh and soft and I find weekly exfoliation definitely helps creams and potions work better when applied to the face. The golden rule is to start gently and infrequently to see how your skin reacts to scrubs. Whether you wear make up or not, removing dead skin cells via an exfoliator like this one will leave your complexion much brighter and clean.
GOSH Khol/Eye Liner £4.49
I don’t use much eye make up due to my ridiculously watery eyes but this is the one item that gives me a subtle smokey eye. I use it around the edge of the eye as an eye liner with either a thin or broad contour line, as eye shadow.
Rimmel London Match Perfection £5.00
What started as my emergency foundation has become my daily rescue and I tend to stock up on this when it’s available on offer under £5 which I admit is not very often as it sells for £7.99 so please don’t get upset but I wanted to make sure this one was mentioned.
Petroleum jelly is a wonder jelly. Consumers have discovered unique and innumerable uses for this marvellous product! It’s most commonly known to treat chapped lips, cracked heels, dull and dry elbows, rough skin, minor scratches, and many beauty fixes. I personally like the original formula but you can also buy the Aloe Vera and Baby variants.
Murine Bright & Moist Eyes £4.59
I use these drops which contain moisturisers helping to refresh and soothe eyes. It has a slightly thicker consistency which initially scared me upon application as I thought I’d mistake it for clear glue! but all was well within a few seconds and they really help especially if you have also have redness.
Lucy Bee Raw Coconut Oil £7.99