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What are your beauty must haves?

(39 Posts)
Babababababybel23 Sat 16-Dec-17 20:29:11

My makeup drawers are all full of crap. Dry or broken or just never used. I need to have a clear out and only buy the essentials.
What can you not live without?
For me it's nivea creme, I put it on every morning and night and it makes my skin feel goegeous

70isaLimitNotaTarget Sat 16-Dec-17 21:32:13

Ohh I think at the moment its a M&S Formula face cream and the sleep cream. I'm 51 , these are a good texture for me and my skin feels bouncy never tight when I use them (even last week , when we had -4c)

I did buy some BoddyShop Vit E a few weeks ago but my skin was rough as sandpaper after a few days sad . I'll divert that to my neck/bustline.

The Aldo ones make my eyes water and sting.

Magpie24 Sat 16-Dec-17 21:33:44

Liz Earle cleanse and polish. Makes my skin so lovely I don't need much else

70isaLimitNotaTarget Sat 16-Dec-17 21:33:58

Aldo= Aldi

I spelled M&S correctly though blush


RaeCJ82 Sat 16-Dec-17 21:35:50

I'm ashamed to say that since DD was born 6 months ago, I have absolutely no beauty routine. Sometimes I even take my make up off with a Huggies wet wipe! Horrific!

HolyMountain Sat 16-Dec-17 21:39:28

NIOD’s CAIS and Hyaluronic Acid, both improve my skin no end and I see the difference if I run out without a back up.

WillowWept Sat 16-Dec-17 21:42:15

I also really rate the M&S sleep cream. Late 30s. Makes my skin look amazing.


Clinique clarifying lotion
Nivea gentle eye make up remover
Elnett hairspray
Younique mascara (this is new find but better than any I’ve used before)
MAC brow pencil
Delia brow dye
Nuxe hand cream
Colgate whitening plus.

Anything else I can swap brands without worry but the above are the stuff I always go back to

Babababababybel23 Sat 16-Dec-17 21:43:10

Oh god the wet wipe wash @RaeCJ82
I have experienced this too as my dd is only 3 months. It feels like an achievement when I get to wash my face and put on moisturizer.
I still haven't relaxed in the bath since I had her. Dh insists she gets in with me every time I try to sneak off for one on my own. Not very peaceful with a wriggly three month old in there too grin

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sat 16-Dec-17 21:44:04

My only real must haves are Benefit Dandelion and an Urban Decay Naked set.

RaeCJ82 Sat 16-Dec-17 21:46:15

I'm so relieved that it's not just me @Babababababybel23 I now have baths with my DD staring and laughing at me from her bumbo seat on the bathroom floor. It's all very relaxing!

DerelictWreck Sat 16-Dec-17 21:46:23

Hah I always take my make-up off with Pampers/Huggies wipes and I don't even have DCs!

Figured if its good for baby skin its good for adult skin!

TashieWoo Sat 16-Dec-17 21:47:02

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm
Becca highlighter
Waitrose pure shampoo and conditioner - paraben and sulphate free and very good

RegretingTheElf Sat 16-Dec-17 21:49:07

Absolute essentials for me is a good complexion which I get from Laura mercier tinted moisturiser with hourglass ambient powder over top. Told almost daily I look glowy, which is far from the truth behind the camouflage!

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 16-Dec-17 22:17:42

An oil cleanser, a Glycolic acid toner, SPF sun block.

BonnieF Sat 16-Dec-17 22:24:47

'Beauty' doesn't really apply to me, so I'll substitute 'looking vaguely human'. For this, I must have 3 things :


MistressDeeCee Sun 17-Dec-17 00:58:39

Eyebrow pencil, mascara, concealer, translucent highlighting powder, illuminating primer, sparkly eyeliner, matt lipstick, Garnier SPF30 anti-wrinkle face cream. I will wear Maybelline Dream Satin foundation occasionally.

ggirl Sun 17-Dec-17 01:11:52

Clarins Blue Lotus facial oil and Avène Tolérance cream

ggirl Sun 17-Dec-17 01:12:58

And Heliocare SPF50 gel

rightknockered Sun 17-Dec-17 01:17:19

Paula's Choice BHA lotion
Facial oils
Clinique TTDO
Clarins moisturiser
Advanced night repair serum
Chanel Vitalumiere in B40
Nars concealer
Chanel mascara
Urban Decay Naked palettes
Urban Decay Flushed palette
Bobby Brown cream blusher
Charlotte Tilbury lip cheat Pillow Talk
Clinique Almost black
Bobby Brown eye brow pencil in Expresso.

FuckyNellYaBastad Sun 17-Dec-17 01:22:29

Decleor hydra floral rich
Estée Lauder tinted daywear
Benefit high beam
Hourglass ambient blush magenta
Doll 10 starlet blush
Benefit browzing

Corcra Sun 17-Dec-17 04:55:04

L'occitane oil cleanser.
Rose hip serum.
Clarins eye cream.
Clarins under eye concealer *
Neutrogena hand cream.
Loreal mascara.
7 eyeliner.

DixieFlatline Sun 17-Dec-17 05:34:12

Sleep. Lip balm applied regularly. The odd hair wash.

TeddyIsaHe Sun 17-Dec-17 05:40:41

The Ordinary Niacinamide serum, makes my terrible skin clear and lovely within a week, I really notice the difference if I don’t use it.

Aveeno shower oil and the oat body cream. Stops my psoriasis being so sore.

Bobbi Brown smokey eye mascara, the best lashes ever!

A £2 eyeliner I bought from amazon which is liquid and has a pencil in the lid. Better than any I’ve ever tried, the tip is perfect for wings.

chatwoo Sun 17-Dec-17 06:18:33

- For cleansing: Lush Ultrabalm, alternated with Sanctuary Cleanse & Polish. Not big fan of the Santuary stuff but is a quick cleanse whereas the Ultrabland is richer and takes longer to remove.

- Pixi Glow Tonic (glycolic acid toner) - evenings only - not sure if this helps with anything but is good for seeing off any rogue zits.

- Clarins Flash Balm - have been using this for a long time but only if my natural self is looking a bit dog eared envy Or sometimes will apply some Stila Colour Correct if looking too red for my liking.

- Love to use Body Shop British Rose or Grapefruit soap in the shower. The lovely scents just make it more enjoyable than usual!

chatwoo Sun 17-Dec-17 06:19:31

Am also a big fan of:
- Sleep
- Lots of Water
Much cheaper and just as effective!

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