Over the last few years or so I’ve cut way back on my beauty spending.
Now that I’m older and somewhat wiser (although that’s open to debate), I know what works for me and what doesn’t.
Gone are the days where I would browse Priceline after work and pick up a basket full of treats for myself. I’d go armed with a list of product recommendations from other bloggers or YouTubers and most of the time I’d use it once, and then shove it in the back of my cupboard. Talk about wastage!
These days I am much more conscious about what I spend my money on and will only buy a product if a) I really need it (as opposed to want it) and b) if I’ve thought long and hard about it, usually over a few months. As someone who has quite a large beauty collection (and in no ways am I bragging, I actually wish I didn’t), it’s important to me nowadays to use up as much as I can.
So lately I’ve been thinking about the products that I reach for the most on a regular basis. Sure, I have the products that I rotate week to week (mostly lipsticks and highlighters) and the products I use for special occasions however there are a handful of products that I use every single day.
Batiste Dry Shampoo. Ok, this is a product that I honest to God cannot live without. I use it at least 3 or 4 times a week, not only to soap up oily roots but also to give my hair extra volume. I’ve gone through about three cans this year and will only buy a new one once I finish a can. It’s my little secret to voluminous hair and I cannot do without. Currently I am using the Pink Pineapple scent and it is probably the nicest one I’ve used to date. It’s quite a light scent and does a really great job at leaving my hair feeling fresh and weightless. I’ve always stuck to the Batiste range as I really enjoy their scents and the aesthetics of their cans.
MAC Fix + spray. I received this when I worked on a MAC campaign and I can’t believe I hadn’t tried it earlier. Primarily it’s used as a setting spray however MAC also recommend it as a freshening spray and to elevate your highlighters, shimmers etc. I use mine each morning to apply my highlighter; the wetness of the spray helps to elevate the shine and really makes your highlighter pop! I then spray my face a few times to ‘set’ my makeup. I do notice a difference when I don’t use it; my makeup does not last as long and my skin looks a little tired. It’s the perfect little pick me up.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina palette. After umming and uhhing over this, I finally bit the bullet and treated myself earlier this year. It also helped it was 40% off so I paid less than $50 for it. The shades are just beautiful and all lean towards purple/violet tones. I use it every single day for work and line my bottom lashes with the shade Drama, a deep plum shade with shimmer. For special occasions I reach for the gold based shimmers and will also work a matte shade in as well. As someone who owns a ton of palettes that hardly get used, I find the Norvina palette has all that I need and I would be quite content to use this for the rest of my life. The bulky size does make it hard to travel with so I normally leave the Norvina at home and take my individual Coloupop eyeshadow pots instead. Sometimes it can take a while to find the right palette and I am happy that I have.
Model’s Own Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powder in Golden Sand. I spoke about my love for this highlighter in a previous post and it’s a product that I reach for most days. It is quite a golden shade however has iridescent tones of pink and purple in it, giving it a really unique look. I normally apply a couple of layers for daytime and will pack it on at night, usually with a few sprays of my MAC Fix plus spray to amp it up. The picture above looks really dark however I promise it is a lot lighter in real life.
Huda Beauty Faux Filter Foundation. This has been my holy grail foundation for almost two years now. It is honestly the best coverage foundation I have ever tried and it has never let me down. The Faux Filter foundation has a medium to full coverage yet looks so natural on the skin. I literally only need the tiniest amount to cover the whole face so this bottle lasts me months. Highly recommend this foundation for everyday use.
Of course I have a lot more products I use on a daily basis such as lip balm, deodorant etc however these are my most reached for ‘beauty’ items. As I’ve gotten older it’s easier to have a few key products that I use everyday rather than a whole bunch of unused products sitting in my bathroom. Of course, being a beauty blogger I will never have a small collection however it’s a goal I would like to work towards!
Thanks for reading and please leave a comment below with the products you can’t live without xx