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My top 10 beauty products: The ultimate beauty buys!
My Top 10 Beauty Products
Member Name: littlem91
My Top 10 Beauty Products
Advantages: I feel pretty, Oh, so pretty, I feel pretty and witty and bright!
Disadvantages: I also feel a little poor - many of these are not budget buys!
Well this is my nice list of 10 beauty products. I'm not doing a budget one (although if I find something cheap that works I tend to stick with it), it's just the products I can't live without. These are in no particular order! Oh and beauty can vary so all may not be makeup.
1) Palmer's Cocoa Butter, Fragrance Free Formula - £2.85, Tesco (where I get it and the normal price)
I originally got the fragrance free version as my skin was being stupidly sensitive, I've stuck with it as I like the smell. There are other makes - Tesco do their own cocoa butter formulation, but Palmers is for me.
It's relatively cheap, my skin doesn't react with it, and it's intensively moisturising - as somebody who suffers with excema prone dry skin, I need to be able to fight dryness, and this does the job.
It also works as a super moisturising face mask (too heavy for everyday use), or even as a hair mask (I mix with a normal conditioner). Ultimately it's just a useful thing to keep around.
2) Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation - £12.49
This is still the best everyday foundation I've found - it's gentle on skin, has buildable coverage and once bought lasts a while, so it's not too bank-breaking. Comes in several colours for several skintones and undertones, so can always match perfectly. Also contains SPF15 - so this protects your face too!
3) Nail Polish - Stargazer/Rimmel, from around £3 up. Seche Vite, £7-8
I cannot go without nail polish for long, and these are my 2 staple brands. I need pretty nails. I have about 30 or so polishes - excluding top and base coats. My base coat of choice is Seche Vite - it's fast drying and gives a gel finish to any nail polish.
4) EZ combs
EZ combs are a make, the wider product are african hair combs, double hair combs and butterfly combs, normally bought off of Ebay - they come in many styles, usually either wooden or metal with beads and other decorations. They can be used to put your hair in almost any style, from pulling it back, pony tails, basic up styles and can be used for fancy styles for special ocassions. Ultimately once you know how to use them, they can replace several types of hair styling tools - and they can be changed on the go easily for a different style. I started using them a few years ago and no wouldn't care to be without!
4) Mudd original face mask - £4.99
Mudd are a fairly basic face mask brand, I use the original which has around 10 application for a fiver in a tube. It smells a bit funny, it looks odd, but it does exactly what I'd hope a face mask would do. Sorts pores, cleans muck off your face, tightens pores, and just is a very useful beauty item.
5) Lip balm/moisturiser
There are several products you can use for this - from the most basic end of a £1.50 tube or a pot of vaseline, right up to branded makes at £15, 20 or more for... well, a different lip balm. But ultimately, protecting your lips is a great idea - I am prone to chapped lips in winter so they really do help. Worth keeping in your bag. Most give a gloss to your lips too.
6) Face moisturiser - currently No.7 Essential Moisture
My lovely cocoa butter is too thick and gooey for this - so a good moisturiser, it protects your face, it gives a makeup base and really should be an essential in everybody's skincare regime. I do have sensitive facial skin, and I love my No7 - but have got some cheaper boots stuff to try. Anything that suits your skin will do though, at the end of the day, they should all do the same job.
7) No.7 Extreme Length Waterproof Mascara in Black - £12
The best mascara I've found yet (although, I have around 8 bottles of free samples to use up) - it does lengthen, with a couple of coats really to the extreme, it doesn't clump, it doesn't volumise by sticking your lashes into 5 separate legs (but can be built up to volumise in a less weird looking way) and the waterproof side is amazing - I've not made it run in the couple of years I've been using it.
8) Earrings - now I know, these are pushing it on the beauty front, but as somebody who had, at last count, over 120 pairs of earrings (probably around 150 now), well, I do love them. I have everything from giant danglies to small, feminine studs. Earrings always look nice. Mine are nearly all sterling silver (at least, the hooks are) and have been gotten from various places over a lot of years. And I've never found an occasion they're inappropriate! Earrings are the best beauty product you can buy. Ever.
9) Lily Lolo Mineral Eyeshadow - £5.29
I have now got 9 different shades, including a shimmer green, a matte purple, a slightly shimmery white - and a few browns. They do them in shimmer or matte - the most versatile I'd say is the Soft Brown or similar shades that are Matte, but really, a nude/brown/neutral eyeshadow in the right shade is suitable for everybody and they're great for a day to day look. The white I use for inner corners mostly. They do a selection of neutrals and they really sit well and last. The other colours though can be used as a wash or strong colour. I love these so so much - you can't go wrong.
10) Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner Black - £7.99
Slightly less essential, but still something I'll likely use forever - I use this very regularly, on my lash line as a thick or thin liner, but also for my tightline and waterline. It comes with a nice brush, is supposed to last up to 24 hours (it lasts all day, I've never tested it for 24 hours though) and is simply fantastic.
So there's my top 10 - the products I've save if the rest of my makeup/beauty stuff was to be lost. The rest I love - but, I can live without.
Summary: The top 10... *insert dramatic music*