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Your can't-live-without beauty products

(17 Posts)
LittleAbruzzenBear Thu 08-Nov-12 07:49:12

DS2 is now three months old and my last DC so I am thinking about making myself look and feel better again. What are your absolute must-haves for hair, skin, nails and/or make-up and why?

waistnhips Thu 08-Nov-12 08:34:05

Are you talking actual brands or just products?

My must have includes Clinique City Block spf 25/40. I've used it for 25 years and am told I look 15 years younger than I am due to keeping UV rays off my skin. I'm not boasting but I have no wrinkles at all and am 50+.

So my list would include that, a decent moisturiser- Clinique suits me as I have sensitive skin.

Daily make up includes
*Bobbi Brown- foundation, concealer, blusher, eye pencil.
*lancome Hyponose mascara.
*Lip gloss or nude lippy- love Rimmel Kate Moss no. 3
*Nude eye shadow.

Nails- a nude colour from Mavala.

Hair- I use Elvive Shine shampoo & conditioner which is lovely,and give my hair an intensive mositure treatment with it weekly, and have it cut every 10 weeks. Coloured 1-2 a year with low lights.

ifancyashandy Thu 08-Nov-12 08:47:17

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair. Sleep in a bottle.
Liz Earle Cleaanse and Polish. I know some here think it's a bit 'emporors new clothes' but it really works on my skin.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser.

But the best thing I ever did for my looks was find a decent eyebrow threaded and get eyelash extensions. I have very short, sparse eyelashes and have natural extensions - NOT Jordan / Towie style! - and they extend my small eyes and take years off me. Expensive habit but worth every penny.

minimiya Thu 08-Nov-12 10:30:46

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ChaosTrulyReigns Thu 08-Nov-12 10:37:43


That's not really very good form.

Walnutcakelover Thu 08-Nov-12 11:01:15

Elemis pro collagen marine cream
Bare minerals powder
Loccitane shea butter soap
Catwalk hair mousse
Buxom lips
Elemis japanese camelia oil
Ghd straightners
mini thats not answering the op's question is it?

nipersvest Thu 08-Nov-12 11:07:10

i don't wear make up and hardly use any cosmetics, but the one thing i do use is lipbalm, tend to go for chapstick medicated.

i'm very low maintenance wink

mignonette Thu 08-Nov-12 11:10:23

here's my list- you did ask!


Better You Femergy 60 Capsules
Noxcema shaving foam for old fashioned hair removal
Carmex lip salve
Hei Poa Pure Monoi aux Fleurs Vanillier solid oil
Burts Bees Marshmallow Vanishing cream
Dior Equite Fraicheur wash off facial gelee cleanser (discontinued now so stockpiled)
Parfum Gres grain De Folie shower gel
NaturaBronze monoi de Tahiti face and body oil
Soleil des Iles Graisse a Traire sun cream
Celine Pour Femme creme de corps
Claus Porto Violet soap
L'Occitane Fleur Cherie soap
L'Occitane Delice des Fleurs Rose & Violette hand cream
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse body oil
Roberts Acqua Distillata alla Rose- rosewater
Yes to Cucumbers calming shower gel (from Holland&Barratt)
Soap and Glory The Righteous Body Butter
Orange Flower Shampoo by Rose & Co
Sol de Janeiro - Coconut Water Cooling Mist
Davines Authentic Cleansing Nectar for Hair & Body
Mayron's Goods Ouchstuff
Steamcream Neige - LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT.
Clinique CityBlock
Chanel Coco Shower gel

Make up -

Guerlain Meteorites Pearls
Chanel Aquablush stick
Bdellium Tools Kabuki face Brush
Dior Noir eyeliner crayon
Paul & Joe lipsticks
Clinique Berry Kiss lipstick

HazeltheMcWitch Thu 08-Nov-12 11:12:33

minimiya - it's not on to spam, hence I've reported your post. There's plenty of paid-for ad opportunities, am sure you'll hear all about them soon.

OP, my must haves would be a good but gentle cleaner. I like dermalogica's ultra gentle cleanser, and Eve Lom, although latter is £££. A little goes a long way though!

Also, a good under-eye concelaer, as I'm prone to black circles when I am knackered. So quite a lot. I like Bobbi Brown's one.

And a good, long-wear mascara - for me, it's Clinique Lash Power - really buildable, lasts well with no smudging or flaking, but comes off easily.

iloveeverton Thu 08-Nov-12 11:30:29


Clinique redness solutions cleanser
Balance me moisturiser
Hyaluronic serum from amazon

Estee Lauder double wear
Benefit They're real mascara
Bourjoius blusher
Carmex lip balm

Get my eyebrows threaded and veet my top lip!

iloveeverton Thu 08-Nov-12 11:32:05

I also use the broadway false nails and shellac my toes

TurnipCake Thu 08-Nov-12 11:37:09

I use a sun-block as my day moisturiser (an oil-free one so that it doesn't 'sit' on the skin). At the moment I'm using Peter Thomas Roth's ultra-lite SPF 30 (it also goes on my neck and the back of my hands). It's a bit pricey but if it's protecting my skin and I'm wearing it each day, I consider it a good investment.

I use Becca's shimmering skin perfecter in Moonstone, it's a lovely highlighter that I also use on my brow bones (and SPF as a bonus!)

Chanel Vitalumiere for foundation or Laura Mercier's tinted moisturiser if I want something lighter.

Rockalily is my go-to brand for red lipstick. Creamy, smooth, no smudging or feathering and stays on even after tea and a bagel wink

And never, ever underestimate the importance of taking off your make-up properly. I use a cream remover around my eyes first and gently massage it in, then I use cotton pads just to 'sit' on the eye area and I use small movements to coax the make-up off, no harsh rubbing. Then I use the same cream cleanser to take anything else off my face. I can't tell you the difference that has made to my skin, my pores are smaller, my skin is smoother, any blemishes I had are gone and it looks so much better than when I was using make-up wipes.

NovemberRain Thu 08-Nov-12 11:50:46

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ScooseIsOnTheLoose Thu 08-Nov-12 11:52:20

Ysl touché éclat is a must!!
Urban decay eyeshadow primer
A decent make up primer I use Lancôme la base
Bourgouis (sp) little round pot blush
Ysl faux cils mascara
I could actually go on and on just on makeup alone it takes a lot to make me look human! grin

valiumredhead Thu 08-Nov-12 13:03:05

L'Oreal anti dandruff shampoo

Bare Minerals Bisque

Aloe Range from The Body Shop

LittleAbruzzenBear Thu 08-Nov-12 13:29:57

Thank you everyone! Some great suggestions on here. Will be perusing the net for purchases, yay!

Loved your last line *NovemberRain!

Pinot Thu 08-Nov-12 13:43:12

ohhh yes drink lots of pinot wine

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