All the way back in August 2014, I wrote a list of my all time favourite beauty products. (If you fancy a trip that far down memory lane, here it is.) I thought it was about time I updated that, seeing as I’ve spent the past seven years trying and writing about other products.
Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara
This was on the original list of All Time Favourites, and it’s still up there as my absolute favourite mascara. I’ve used it since I was about 18 years old, which is now over a decade… (The less we dwell on that, the better.)
It makes my lashes look fantastic, effortlessly. I tend to get smudges very easily with most mascaras, even some seriously expensive ones, and this is the one I can always rely on never to do that. It stays on all day, doesn’t really flake, doesn’t smudge, and makes my eyelashes look dramatic enough – but not too much.
If you haven’t tried it, I’d seriously recommend it.
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
Again, this was on the original list, but it’s still up there as one of my absolute favourite makeup products. A lot of concealers are either quite heavy, or not heavy-duty enough to deal with my dark circles. This one is perfect. I’ve also been using this since I was a teenager, or at least since my early twenties. I couldn’t be without it.
I even mentioned it in my quick and easy makeup routine from 2014.
Mac Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation
For someone who’s so tight, spending £25-£30 on a tube of foundation seems a bit out of character, doesn’t it? I started using this a few months into blogging, and very quickly fell in love with it.
I can make a tube of this last for about six months to a year, so it isn’t like it’s going to cost too much. You only need a pea-sized amount to cover your entire face (even if you’ve got quite the moon face like me) so you really can make a little go a long way.
I use the shade NC15, which is the only one pale enough for me. It’s a high-coverage foundation, so I have absolutely no trouble getting it to cover up acne or rosacea flares. It’s also very moisturising, because it contains hyaluronic acid.
If you’ve never tried it, and you can afford it, give it a go and see what you think.
(And, yeah, I definitely need to repurchase this, don’t I?)
Carmex Lip Balm
A bit of a random one to add to the list, I know, but I’ve used this (on and off) since I was a teenager, and I still adore it. It had to go on this list for that reason alone!
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
I can’t even remember how long I’ve been using this. Probably since I was a teenager, and I’d finally weaned myself off Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse and needed something to set whatever forgotten liquid foundation I’d moved on to afterwards.
It’s affordable and completely no-frills, but it gets the job done.
Superdrug Simply Pure Hydrating Serum
This is a proper staple of my skincare routine. It has been for years! Back in 2016, I dedicated an entire post to it, I love it that much.
It’s very affordable. It’s not too rich. It isn’t at all greasy.
I smear it all over my face before my moisturiser, both day and night. It really is an understated gem in my skincare routine.
Garnier Hand Creams
I feel like I’m really going on a proper trip down memory lane here. I talked about the Garnier green hand cream, again, back in 2014. I’ve since tried the red version, and I love them both.
During the past year and a half, I’ve become utterly reliant on them both for trying to stop my hands from cracking too much and getting sore. You can pick them up for £2 a tube on Amazon a lot of the time, and the red version in particular has been a lifesaver when it comes to dermatitis.
Boots Cucumber Moisturising Cream
My blog post on this Boots own-brand moisturiser from last year is one of my most popular ones of all time, for good reason. This magical £1.50 moisturiser is a bit of a skincare star!
I love it, and I’ve always got a tub in my drawer. I use it most nights before bed, even now. It doesn’t break me out. It calms my skin when it gets dry. The cucumber moisturiser, along with the blue version which is fragrance-free, are completely fantastic.
I’d highly recommend trying at least one of the two, if you haven’t already. At £1.50 a tub, what’s to lose?
Nip & Fab Glycolic Cleanser
There are a lot of cleansers I really love, from the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish to the Aldi Lacura Liz Earle dupes to the Simple seriously affordable Refreshing face wash – but none of them make me look younger like this one does.
I wrote about the Nip & Fab Glycolic Cleanser fairly recently, and I’m still incredibly happy with this cleanser. I’ve been using it for a year or two, and I only use it once a week. That’s all I need to clear my skin up and plump out the fine lines on my forehead that aren’t quite so fine anymore. This is just a Sunday night cleanser that’s become a staple of my skincare routine.
What are your favourite ever beauty products?