I am not that fussy when it comes to styling my hair. It is so thin and soft and slippery that it rarely holds a style and takes way more effort than I want to do things with it.
That being said, I can’t stand my oily roots and dry ends gig. I have towash my hair nearly every day or the scalp is super oily. Any sweat around the hairline also ruins it, and the cow lick! These are my faves for keeping it simple and easy to work with.
Dove Hair Therapy Oil is great on dried ends after shampooing. Hair oil is a great discovery!
In winter I like a mask for my hair to really nourish it as scarves, wind and dryness make it very brittle. Always choose a great Schwarzkopf one.
I’m not loyal to any shampoo brands, I like Tresemme and Dove. Anything with a pump is super easy in the shower.
I bought 3 of these brushes in 2014 from Forever 21 in Shanghai. Still going strong and under $4!
Batiste Dry Shampoo is the absolute best. I don’t go anywhere without it. EVER. The travel sizes are perfecto!
The L’Oreal Casting Creme Gloss semi permanent hair colour covers my greys for a while and gives my hair an all over shine. I use it every couple of months.
Tresemme Split Remedy on dry ends works a treat for split ends. Another after the shower product.
Here are my tried and true skin care products that I keep going back for. Some are new to the routine, others have been in circulation for years.
That Gal by Benefit – A cooling, smoothing primer that goes on great under make up, especially before going out at night
Nutrimetics Ultra Care spf everyday lotion. This is my day moisturiser that I use year round. It has spf 50+ so its perfect under make up as sun protection, even on beach days.
MAC Prep and Prime CC creme, perfect for redness relief as it’s colour correcting, hence the CC!
Natio Face Mist – to relieve my angry red skin and to pop over make up so I look just dewy enough.
Billie Goat Soap Night Cream – I use a variety of night creams but this one is nice and thick for the cooler months.
Nutrimetics Botanicals Foaming Cleanser Toner – I probably have been using this for 20 years. I love them! So fruity, gentle and light. Perfect in the shower.
Swisspers Calming Green Tea Make Up Wipes – To be honest I used Simple brand wipes for a decade, until a few years ago when they changed the texture of the wipe and I found it quite harsh on my sensitive skin. So Swisspers were the next best thing.
Go-To Skin Care Face Hero – This is the best face oil around. A super mix of oils, replaced my love affair with just rosehip oil. So luxurious!
Simple Kind to Eyes Make Up Remover -Very gentle and thorough. Also comes in a great travel size.
Along with these favourites, my skin care routines features a number of other serums, night and eye creams, maybe a scrub here or there. But these are the ones I use religiously.
Although there is a never ending parade of items that pass through my make up bag, these items are my winners, the coveted items that get a spot in there year round. Some of these items have been a favourite for years!
I love a few benefit concealer products, and have explored a few others (who me? dark circles ? rosacea?) but I keep coming back to Boi-ing. Industrial strength, never moving, thick coverage. I’m sold.
Benefit know brows, okay? I do love a bit of Gimme Brow as well, but the Goof Proof pencil is super easy you get perfect brows every time.
A great translucent setting powder that goes on after foundation, blush and bronzer. I dust it on last in case my blush and brozer is a bit heavy.
A few years ago I upgraded to a ‘really expensive foundation’ after banging around for years with supermarket brands, and I love my MAC. Feel very grown up buying this.
I have about 30 lip balms in all my drawers and bags, but this is the best. So moisturising and with a bit of colour. If I’m lazy, this is all I use for the day.
So so good. Most weekdays I can get away with just wearing this, concealer and powder to work. Saves my MAC. This BB cream has excellent colour coverage and smells divine.
If I could only pick one lipstick out of my 50 or so, I would get my 2 Natio lip colours. Super moisturising, but not slippery that they slide off, and matte enough without being dry. My favourite shade is Flutter, a lovely nudey pink. I also have Playful, a warm orangey red.
So there you have, my desert island, smuggle me in prison, take on holidays Make Up Favourites!
What are yours?