Apologies in advance that not all of the products in this post are brand new and pristine – as the title suggests, these are my current go to, everyday, beauty essentials. That means that they’ve been used a lot, and live in my handbag, constantly bashing around and being used throughout the day!
I can be quite fickle when it comes to makeup staples – I like trying out new things, and have to limit myself to not spending all of my monthly earnings on beauty products. There are some products however, that I know will stick around for a long time to come. These are the products that I’m currently loving.
Yep, I jumped onto the ‘Pillow Talk’ bandwagon and got the Lip Cheat liner from Charlotte Tilbury. I have to admit though, it is the perfect ‘my lips only better’ shade. I hate the look of harsh or obvious lip liner, and it is almost impossible to achieve that with this. Some days I don’t even bother with lipstick, just a slightly more intense application of this!
I was introduced to Bobbi Brown products when buying some luxury items for our wedding day. I decided to do my own makeup as I’m very fussy about my makeup style, and I knew I’d struggle with having someone else do it and potentially make me look not ‘like me’. I had a makeup trial in John Lewis at the Bobbi Brown counter, and they suggested that my skin was a little dehydrated. They suggested trying this eye cream. To be honest, I was sold on the packaging alone – isn’t it gorgeous?
This has however become one of my daily staples which I always apply after my ‘Simple’ light moisturiser and before my makeup.
Mac Pro Longwear Concealer
I find that a little of this really goes a long way as it is very thick, but I tend to use it instead of foundation now. I just dot a little bit around my eyes, nose and mouth to brighten the areas.
Rimmel Soft Kohl Eyeliner
This has been one of my ultimate makeup staples throughout my whole life. I discovered eyeliner aged 11, and have sworn by it ever since! I find that Rimmel’s liquid liner and the soft kohl are both brilliant value for money, as they are less than £10, and last for the whole day. I love how the soft kohl liner can be used for precise, bold lining, or for soft, smokey effects too.
Nivea Essential Care Lip Balm
I am a lip balm junkie – I admit. I have far too many lip balms, in all sorts of flavours and forms. However sometimes, the simplest products are just impossible to beat. This lip balm is super cheap, but so moisturising. I tend to use it in the evenings after I’ve taken my makeup off and want to soften my lips overnight.
Benefit’s Erase Paste
I suffer with serious under eye circles, and have done for many years. I have tried so many different options to conceal them, but it’s so hard to find something that isn’t drying on delicate under eye skin! This concealer is really soft and non-drying, and I find it’s perfect for brightening up the under eye area.
Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara
I received this sample in the December Birchbox and I was so excited as I really like Bobbi Brown makeup, but it’s just such a splurge that I often can’t justify it. I find that this mascara gives just the right amount of coating, without leaving lashes cakey or crumbly.
Benefit’s Watt’s Up
I have quite dull skin, so highlighters are a lifesaver for me. I do find it hard though to find one that’s not too obvious or overbearing. That’s where Watt’s Up comes in. It’s really subtle, but gives just enough highlighting power to make me look relatively awake. I use it along my cheekbones, above my eyebrows, the edges of my forehead, and on my cupid’s bow – and it’s subtle enough to not make me look like a glow stick, even when I wear it across half of my face!
So there you go, those are my top, go-to make up brands right now.
What are your current make up faves?