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The Beauty Products I Can’t Live Without

The Beauty Products I Can’t Live Without

Oooh my first beauty post! Well the blog is called Life, Loss and Lipgloss after all! I’m going to let you into a little secret, hold onto your hats cos it’s a huge spoiler… You ready?

I don’t even like lipgloss!!

Gasp, shock, horror! I know, I know. I’m just more of a lipstick kind of gal. The blog was originally called, Life, Loss and Lipstick but as my ever practical and logical hubby pointed out, “it’s a shame you don’t wear lipgloss as it sounds better as it rhymes with loss.” Well thanks Mr Protein for that little pearl of wisdom, yes it does sound better so I went with that.

I think lipgloss looks lovely on other girls but after an unfortunate incident involving a massive fly getting stuck on my ultra-sticky lipglossed lips, I vowed to stick to my trusty lipsticks and have never looked back.

Anyway, although lipstick is my trademark and probably favourite makeup product, I am utterly obsessed with all things beauty and spend an absolute fortune on skincare and makeup.

I am always looking for new products and love finding a new saviour in the beauty world but I wouldn’t be without my ride or die products so I thought I’d share them with you. I’m kind like that.

These are my trusted favourites that I have re-purchased again and again and wouldn’t be without.

Here goes.

Philosophy Microdelivery Peel

I have used this product for around 13 years, maybe even longer. I discovered it on my first trip to New York where Philosophy products are way cheaper than here in the UK and have been an absolute sucker for it ever since. The two-step at home chemical peel is not as scary as it sounds and I have suffered no chemical burns in the time I have been using it! You won’t either, it is very weak and doesn’t hurt at all, I promise! This resurfacing peel is a real skin treat and leaves my skin super soft and glowing. I use it once a week, usually on a skincare Sunday pamper sesh. Think of it as a posh two step facial scrub if the thought of a peel scares you, it did the first time I tried it but this has got to be my all time favourite skincare product. This is a little on the expensive side at £59.50 but it is worth every penny.  

Pixi Glow Tonic

This product has a cult following and I’m on at least my sixth bottle now. This award winning toner is delicately fragranced and highly concentrated. It deep cleans pores by sweeping away impurities and excess oil to give you that fresh faced glowing skin you always dreamed of. Glow tonic contains 5% glycolic acid that gently clears your pores with aloe vera to sooth and hydrate your skin, giving you that just woken up after eight hours sleep vibe. Over time you will see an improvement in skin tone and a gorgeously glowing radiant mush. I flippin love this stuff and at £18 it’s a bargain as it lasts for ages.

Eve Lom Rescue Mask

The mask to end all masks. Sure, it is on the pricy side at around £50 but it really is as close to beauty spa quality as you’re going to get at home and I notice an instant difference in my skin after using this. It evens out skin tone, shrinks pores and leaves my skin feeling velvety soft. I will never be without this product in my extensive mask collection, this is definitely my favourite.

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm

Again, another extravagant purchase here (£47) so it isn’t something I use for every day cleansing and I certainly wouldn’t waste it as a makeup remover but OMG try it once and you’ll be hooked too - I promise. This product smells incredible, kind of citrusy and the texture is just dreamy. It glides onto your skin and deep cleanses, leaving skin looking dewy and plump. The moisture locking balm deeply penetrates the skin and restores radiance in dull and tired complexions. If it wasn’t so expensive I would use it every day as it is certainly gentle enough but I use it around three times a week. A little goes a long way though so I reckon it’s worth the splurge and I always re-purchase as soon as I am running out.

Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick

I think I have pretty much every colour from her collection! In my opinion these are the best lipsticks you can buy, again not cheap (£24) but you get what you pay for and these last for ages. The lipsticks are long wearing, the colour range is incredible and the matte lipsticks are actually quite moisturising and stay put for most of the day. I always treat myself to a new lippy every month and it is always a Tilbury. There is a huge range of nude lipsticks, who knew you needed so many different types of nude! And the bold colours are my absolute faves, I often get asked what lipstick I’m wearing and it is always a Charlotte Tilbury and the answer is usually Bond Girl, Very Victoria or Walk of Shame.  

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Bobbi Brown Cream Corrector

I must have gone through around 10 of these as I have used it for years and am never without it. This is probably the makeup product that if I could only wear one thing on my face because some cruel person said I had to, I would choose this. The corrector is worn underneath concealer (but to be fair you can get away with this alone) and gets rid of those under eye bags in a jiffy. I was dubious at first and thought the sales girl was just trying to get me to spend more money telling me I needed to use a corrector underneath my concealer but alas she was right. This product makes a huge difference in waking up my dreary face and making me look like I have had seven hours sleep when the reality is more like three. It’s time to get fresh faced! This is a real miracle worker and at £19.50 I think it is really worth the price as it is one of my most hard working products.

Lancome Grandiose Mascara

This is one of the best mascaras I have tried and I have repurchased heaps of times but they keep on whacking up the price so I am always on the lookout for a cheaper alternative (priced currently at £25 but it seems to go up every time I get it!). I absolutely LOATHE false eyelashes, it’s not the noughties now! but this mascara gives you full, thick ‘are they real?’ eyelashes in a second without being as try hard as fake stick on lashes which I think only drag artists can reasonably pull off!

So there you have it a selection of my favourite beauty buys that I always re-purchase. I’d love to hear your favourites in the comments. I am always on the lookout for new stars.  

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