Many of us find it difficult to part with our hard earned cash when buying a costly beauty product, especially if you are unsure it’ll even live upto its’ promises. But investing in the right product could change the way you feel about your look forever, not such an expenditure after all. Here’s my top 7 essential beauty buys;
1. MorrocanOil, from £12.85 for 25ml
A huge hit with beauty editors and industry insiders MorrocanOil works wonders on overworked, frizzy hair whilst preventing and correcting damage from environmental factors too. Not only does the oil hydrate hair instantly leaving it super glossy and soft but it also works as a detangler, great for use on extensions and wigs. It is slightly costly at almost £13 for only 25ml but you only need to use a small amount on the ends of your hair and it lasts ages, I don’t know how my hair survived before MorrocanOil.
2. HD Brows, RRP £24.95
The HD Brows craze has taken the beauty industry by storm but incase you missed the hype i’m telling you now, it’s absolutely amazing. This palette comes in three shades; Bombshell for blondes, Foxy for brunettes and Vamp for very dark hair. Each has four shades within making it ideal for both shading in brows and creating a smoky eye-shadow look. Perfect for creating a subtle look or a strong defined brow it can change your entire look, once you’ve tried it you’ll feel naked without it. It’s price is justifable as it lasts upto a year as well as being smudge-proof and staying on all day, a definite must buy.
3. Benefit Erase Paste, RRP £19.50
A heavy night, three hours sleep and a long day at work ahead, we’ve all been there. For those tired eyes there is Benefit’s Erase Paste, a godsend. This silky paste glides on your under eyes to cover even the darkest circles, leaving you fresh faced and bright eyed. You only need to use a tiny bit and it lasts all day so you needn’t worry about the price tag. Many concealers have the problem of being cakey resulting in an overdone look but Erase Paste leaves you looking naturally illuminated, a handbag must have, especially if you’re a fan of late nights!
4. MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder, RRP £20
MAC’s sheer pressed powder is one of the best, if not the best powder I have ever used. It does a great job of evening out skintone and covering imperfections but is light enough to not clog pores, those seeking more heavy coverage should try MAC’s Studio Fix Foundation. If you’re prone to oily skin this powder does a great job of minimising shine without drying you out, it gives silky smooth skin which doesn’t need constant reapplications. Every day use of the power should still see it last a upto a few months, I promise you’ll buy it again and again.
5. Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, £28
Deeply hydrating this ‘magic’ balm acts as a primer, moisturiser and highlighter. Pat on prior to your foundation and the rest of your make-up to instantly hydrate, add glow and keep your make-up looking immaculate all day. Suitable for all ages and skin types it works as an anti-aging cream too, you will feel skin tighten and lift upon application. It’s not hard to see why it’s been a bestseller for 20 years, it even smells good!
6. Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Foundation, RRP £28.50
Lancome’s Teint Idole Ultra foundation promises 24hours of immaculate coverage, a little unnecesary I think (who wears foundation for 24 hours straight?) but it certainly lasts all day at work. It provides medium coverage but this can be built upon with extra applications, despite it’s excellent coverage it feels light and looks natural. Although it’s a creamy texture it glides on and has a satin matte finish, there is no need for re-touch and it doesn’t slide off with swear or rub off on your clothes. The only negative is that it is fragranced which may not be ideal for sensitive skin but the compliments you receive will amaze you.