Monday, 1 July 2013

The Essentials

Though my beauty collection is on constant rotation, there are a few favourites that remain a constant. Having withstood the test of time and fended off competitors for their place as absolute essential I thought they were now worthy to inhabit the pages of this post.

I think my all time favourite go to product for a whole variety of skin care solutions is the cult essential that is Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour Cream. And my dedication to this product spans my lifetime, from summer holidays aged 4 where my mum would slather this stuff all over any red shoulders or dry faces to today where this is the product I turn to in those help-me-my-skin-is-crayy moments. Burns, blotches and blemishes... you name it, old Liz has got your back!

Talking of blemishes, whenever sulky skin strikes, I take my Lush Tea Tree Water and a cotton bud and apply this potent little solution directly to the awkward areas. It works wonders and helps to dry away excess sebum. But be warned, used on a daily basis or all over the face, this will dehydrate your skin, so less really is more with this little essential.

To hydrate my skin I love Liz Earle's Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritz which I use twice daily as my second toner. But for times where a little extra hydration is necessary, I just whip this out of my bag and spritz all over my face. *mmmm refreshinggg!*

For my last step of hydration, I like to keep it simple with Nivea's Daily Essentials Rich Moisturising Day Cream for dry and sensitive skin. It smells really yummy, reacts well with my skin and fits nicely into my daily routine, which is why on "normal skin" days its my go to moisturiser. For drier day though, I turn to my good friend Elizabeth Arden (mentioned above)

When it comes to my hair, I have lots of it! Having long, thick, heavy locks can mean that gravity is not always on my side in terms of volume. Plus having so much of the darn stuff means washing it can become an ordeal! For this reason I like to eek my hair out for as long as possible between washes. And to cure the problem of volume and longevity in one? Cue V05's Plump Me Up Dry Shampoo. Unlike most other dry shampoo's I've tried, this stuff comes out almost damp in the hair which makes it feel much cleaner. When massaged into the roots, the formula turns to a drier consistency (good for letting you know that you've rubbed it in properly) but doesn't feel as powdery and grubby as others. The effect? Clean feeling hair which has that added ooomf, especially when you do the crazy upside down ruffle dance.

To get that seaside tousled look, I use Toni & Guy's Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray before tying my hair into a bun and leaving it to sink in. When I let my hair down I have a lovely loose beachy texture which I love.

Now on to the boring bits... Deodorant. Yes, that essential little rollerball which is my underarm areas bestest pal. Not as glamorous as lipsticks and bath salts but still the most important. I like to use Dove's Go Fresh Anti-Perspirant in Pomegranate & Lemon Verbena it smells fresh, does the job and doesn't break the bank. Done. 

Another obvious essential are tweezers to keep those unruly brows in check, I swear by my simple Boots pair which aren't fancy but haven't failed me yet.

Finally, my last essential rarely leaves my side (and when it does I do a dash around the house to recover it... I love it that much). The Carmex Moisturising Lip Balm is my favourite balm for instantly hydrated lips. It leaves my lips feeling tingly and tastes really good.

So there are my Essentials, what can you not live without?

Love Elle 

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