I know some women tend to have a lot in their beauty kit but I’ve managed to keep it down to only the essentials to ensure that I can get through my makeup routine fast! I don’t have a lot of time to spend getting ready these days so the less steps I have to go through the better and these are the products I always have on hand…
Foundation: I buy a quality foundation to ensure a great finish. My favourites are Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation and Chanel Vitalumière.
Mascara: This is a constant in my kit as it really helps to give my eyes some definition once I’ve applied my eye makeup. I use ModelCo LashXtend.
Eyebrow gel: I use the a clear brow gel by M.A.C to keep brows in place after I’ve filled them in with a pencil.
Eyeshadow: M.A.C eyeshadows are my favourite. I always tend to go for neutral colours as I find I can wear it naturally or build up the colour for a slightly smokier eye.
Cream blush: I love the consistency of M.A.C Cremeblend blush as it gives a really great hit of colour but is really easy to apply. I use the shade Something Special.
Moisturiser: I am constantly going through moisturiser so I don’t spend too much on them. At the moment I’m using QV cream and Nivea Moisturising Fluid.
Lip balm: My lips can get a little dry so I always make sure I have a lip gloss on hand but also Lucas’ Paw Paw Ointment to keep my lips hydrated.
What beauty products do you always have on hand?
What’s the number one aspect of my beauty routine? It definitely has to be skincare. I follow my routine religiously. I believe amazing skin gives you a great foundation to start from and if your complexion is in top condition then your makeup will, by default, look good too.
My skincare routine is pretty simple as I like to keep it quite streamlined and not have too many steps. All I do is cleanse my skin morning and night and make sure I remove my makeup at the end of each day. I moisturise twice a day too and ensure I apply an eye cream to hydrate my skin. I’m also quite particular about applying sunscreen; I do it every day, no matter the weather. Other than that I ensure I drink plenty of water to keep my skin hydrated. It’s quite a straightforward regimen but I find it definitely works and keeps my skin in top condition.
What’s the one beauty thing you do without fail?
When it comes to my beauty kit I don’t mind splurging on things like perfume and foundation which at times can admittedly be a luxurious treat but I also consider them to be the building block and finishing touch of my look and I use them all the time. However there are certain things I don’t spend a fortune on and that one thing has to be moisturiser. The array of moisturisers available out there is extensive and let’s face it they can also be quite expensive too depending on the brand you go for. Lately however I have found that a moisturiser from the supermarket and chemist does the job just as well. It’s hard to beat a beauty buy that’s effective but also inexpensive too.
So what am I using? At the moment I’m juggling QV Cream and Nivea Moisturising Fluid (pictured above). I use QV on the girls so I’ve found myself using it too and have found it to be quite nourishing and hydrating and works well with my complexion. I also sometimes use a simple moisturiser by Nivea which is lightweight and is quite refreshing for my skin, and it contains an inbuilt SPF which is a plus. They’re both bargain buys but they earn my tick of approval.
What are some of your favourite cheap and cheerful beauty buys?