I’m a bit of a beauty hoarder. I’m an easy sell when it comes to the latest must-buy beauty product and over the years have built up quite a collection (some of which still sits in sealed boxes at the bottom of my drawer) but there are some things I just couldn’t do with out.
1. Good Shampoo
I always buy the huge TIGI bottles of shampoo and conditioner when I go to the hairdressers. I normally pay around £25 – £30 for them but it actually lasts me ages. They are much more concentrated than the normal brands in the supermarket so you don’t need to use nearly as much plus I love the smell of them too! My latest bottles I actually got from Look Fantastic and opted for the S Factor Diamond Dreams Tween pack. It is said to be “enriched with Champagne extract, diamond dust, cashmere and crushed pearls”, I don’t really buy into that at all but it does smell good and makes my hair soft and shiny and thats kinda all I want from a shampoo!
2. Benefit Glimmering Body Balm
On a night out, Benefit’s “take a picture…it lasts longer” body balm is always my finishing touch. It’s a light body balm that you apply with the handy velvet puff that comes with it which I think adds a little glamour to the product as well! It leaves a subtle shimmer on the skin – great for the legs if you’re daring to bare as well as the shoulders and décolletage 🙂
3. Environ AVST Moisturiser
When I used to work in London I regularly had facials at the Pacifica Day Spa in Notting hill (highly recommended by the way). I never had really bad skin but it was never great. The salon recommended Environ as a course of treatment – its much cheaper than Dermologica but the down side is, now I don’t work in London its really hard to get hold of! It’s a actually a South African brand which I haven’t found locally yet so I took the chance last time I was in London to stock up! The moisturiser in particular has really made a difference and I’m rubbish at remembering to apply it everyday so probably only use it around 4 times a week. According to the Daily Mail its popular with a number of celebs too – now I just need to find a new stockist!!
4. Jo Malone Vitamin E Body Treatment Scrub
Now this one is currently a bit of a sore subject because I just ran out and its actually a pretty luxurious product for me to replace at its £68 price point! I bought it as a treat a while ago and it really was worth every penny. I never really used to take advantage of having a bath in the house. I was more of a long shower kinda gal but this was for those special effort nights when I really wanted to pamper myself. That was until I introduced Sunday night bath night as a new years resolution and I soon used it all up! It smells great, leaves your skin feeling super soft and has almost a body oil kind of effect after you’ve dried that feels like you have moisturised. I’m resisting the urge to splash out on this again right now but not sure how much longer I can fight it for!
5. My Nail Varnish Collection
OK, so I tried real hard to narrow it down to one nail varnish but I just can’t do it. There are too many and I love them all! I have a lot of different brands but mostly Nails Inc, OPI and China Glaze. I always think that no matter how ill or down you are feeling, if you have pretty nails it always makes you feel better! So instead of offering you my favourite, I’m going to give you a top 5 within a top 5 🙂
1. Nails Inc, Porchester Square – I always get tonnes of compliments when I wear this shade.
2. OPI, Glitzerland – This gold polish is my go to shade for the festive season, often with a top coat of Deborah Lippmann’s Boom Boom Pow.
3. Nails Inc, The Mall – It’s my favourite deep shade of purple with a blue sheen.
4. China Glaze, Sex on the Beach – Looks great all year round, for daytime or evening.
5. Nails Inc, Haymarket – this is my go to fun shade, great for the summer