We all have those products we reach for again and again — the ones we’d be gutted if we lost. Like a lot of beauty junkies I use many different products every day but these are the ones I’ve been going back to. Normally I struggle to narrow it down when I do these types of posts (I’m a hoarder if there ever was one!) but in this instance I knew exactly what I would feature as soon as I had the idea. True love, everyone, true love.
LUSH Ultrabland Facial Cleanser, from £7.50 for 45g
My all-time favourite make-up remover and a product I will recommend again and again. Regular readers know the drill all too well by now, but for those who are curious: Ultrabland is a thick, oily balm which melts on the skin and removes the most stubbornly-applied make-up. I always use it as my first cleanse in the evening, and I’ve been through pot after pot (after pot after pot…)
Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Bitch Perfect, £23
The only lipstick I’ve ever bought more than one of, and a staple in my make-up bag. It’s a beautiful pink with a hint of nude and a hint of coral and it sits comfortably on the lips, no dryness in sight. Bitch Perfect brightens up my pale complexion rather nicely but I think it would look stunning on a variety of skintones — it’s that kind of shade.
Tropic Tamanu Rescue Healing Balm (v), £8 for 10ml
A new discovery. I’ve been on the hunt for something to replace Nuxe Reve de Miel even since I found out that Nuxe sell their products in China (and therefore can’t be considered cruelty-free) and I think I’ve finally found it. The Tamanu Rescue Healing Balm is thick, so thick in fact that it’s a little bit of a struggle to squeeze it out of the tube sometimes, but you only need a tiny bit and it sinks in quickly. It’s matte, not shiny, which is something I prefer in a balm (generally I don’t really go for gloss) and this means it sits really well underneath lipstick.
GOSH Rebel Eyes Mascara in Black, £8.99
My current favourite mascara, Rebel Eyes does everything I want a mascara to do — it separates lashes, it’s easy to build, it adds length and volume — and it has a wonderful, curvy brush to boot. GOSH get a lot of love for their lipsticks but I think they’re an all-round brand, and their mascaras tend to really stand out for me.
Superdrug Vitamin E Day Cream (v), £2.99 for 100ml
My daily moisturiser. I’ve sung its praises on Toasty before, so I won’t go on, but it’s an ideal cream for the morning because it gives skin much-needed moisture, sinking in quickly so you can get on with applying your make-up.
What products do you reach for on a daily basis? Have you tried any of these? Let me know in the comments!
(v) = vegan
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Beth, 25, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travel, gin, and the Oxford comma.
I write about cruelty-free beauty, vegan & veggie food, and trying to lead a less wasteful life. I throw the odd think piece in there, too.