Beauty Basics

I answered a question on Twitter today about how to deal with freshly painted wet nails and realised that I actually have quite a few beauty tricks up my sleeve. So I thought I’d start a series detailing the bits and pieces that make up my kit. Today I’m focussing on basics; the products that I use pretty much every day or can’t live without.

Beauty Basics

1. Seche Vite Quick Dry Top Coat. I feel like more people should know about this. It’s seriously a life changer. Its a top coat that dries your polish in about 60 seconds and sets it rock hard. Now I don’t know about you, but virtually every time I paint my nails I have some ridiculous need to put my hands in my pockets, or through my hair, or sleep on them. Well no more! I get mine from eBay or Amazon.

2. Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Black Satin. The black polish that started it all and my go to colour. Get it at David Jones or Myer.

3. Cetaphil UVA/UVB SPF 50 Facial Moisturiser. Aint no UV rays getting through this bad boy! Even though I have Mediterranean blood, I somehow got cursed/blessed with fair, pale skin and the sun hates me. So this daily moisturiser is perfect for sun protection yet light enough to wear under your makeup.

4. Loreal Nude Magique BB Cream. It took me a while to get used to this, it’s much lighter than the foundation products I’m used to wearing but I’ve fallen in love with it. BB Cream supposedly stands for blemish balm, blemish base or beauty balm. I don’t know if it’s making me more beautiful, but it certainly makes my skin glow. If you’re prone to oily skin, go for an oil free version.

5. QV Wash. I find as I get ahem, older, my skin is getting more and more sensitive. I use the QV wash on my body as well as my face. It’s light and non drying but still removes all traces of makeup.

6. Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Sex Machine. I have a bit of an addiction to buying lipsticks but this pinky blush colour is the one I always come back to. And more importantly it’s not drying and doesn’t flake.

7. Kevyn Aucoin Precision Brow Pencil. I’ve talked about the importance of a well shaped eyebrow before and if you still haven’t had your eyebrows tended to by a professional eyebrow shaper, then you really should. Eyebrows are the most important thing on your face. Anyhoo, I digress. Even with a professional shape, most women will find that filling your eyebrows in slightly will help even out patches and define them. I’ve tried quite a few products and keep coming back to Kevyn Aucoin. I know a lot of you are probably on the Benefit bandwagon, but I prefer the convenience of a pencil.

8. Garnier Fructis Styling Mousse. And finally, if you were blessed/cursed with curly hair, you’ll know all about the eternal struggle to find the right product. I don’t exaggerate when I say I’ve probably spent thousands on hair products, and every single time I come back to mousse. You’ll usually get change from a ten and some will tell you that they hate the way it leaves their curls ‘crunchy’ but it’s the only product that actually holds my curls and keeps frizz at bay.

So, what beauty products do you swear by?

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