My must have products!!


Ok, so this is not so much a review but more of a list of products that I swear by….

I seem to have accumulated and tried my different cosmetics over the years,  so I felt now was the right time to pick some of my favourites. These are the ones I would always go back to.

So here are my favs and the reason why I love them so much…..

Favourite Radiance booster/Primer: so far, it has to be Clarins Beauty Flash Balm. A best selling, award winning radiance booster from Clarins. Retails for around £24 in UK cosmetic counters, Boots and Superdrug.  I must also mention here that I have managed to find a pretty good dupe for the beauty flash balm, in the form of Boots Time Delay Radiance Booster.. which is around £6-£7.  (More on Boots Time Delay in later reviews).

I use this as a primer and prefer it to Smashbox Photofinish, Mac Strobe Cream and Estee Lauder Spotlight.  In my view it delivers more noticeable results and has a nicer texture. I find Smashbox products a bit on the greasy side.

The reason I love this product is because it really is a multi-tasking product. It makes a brilliant primer base for make up, it is quite moisturising and has good glow factor.  It has a salmon colour, but will look clear once it has been applied. This is a great plus point as far as I’m concerned, because the salmon colour works on the skin as a colour corrector. The colour counteracts any dullishness you may have going on, it seems to also counteract yellow tones and redness, which is especially more noticeable in pictures!. I would recommend wearing this one on days when you will be photographed!.


Best Foundation:  Bare Minerals I.D.  The range is now on the shelves at Debenhams and some Boots, and is widely available at online retailers. Anyone who has used this will know why it is a favourite. It has good coverage and feels very light on the skin. Almost feels like you have nothing on!.

The colours range is fair, medium, medium beige or dark.  You do not have to be very precise with the colour, picking the one you think is the closest match will work as they are all highly blendable. The finish is good and very long lasting.


Best mascara for under £10:  My favourite in this category is Maybelline Great Lash and Maybelline Colossal Volume Express. Reasons why? not clumpy, lasts all day, never found bits of mascara on cheek!, comes off fairly easily with cleanser, not runny despite not being waterproof.

Favourite blush: I have many great blushers and find that most on the market are quite good. However, one that I thought especially note worthy, mainly because of the price and quality is Lacura Powder Blush. There are only a couple of colours in the range, I use sunset which is a peach tone and will work will with most skin tones. (I have asian skin and it works well). It is around £2 from Aldi stores. 

Favourite liquid liner:  For me, a black liquid liner must be highly pigmented and not budge of out of place. This favourite does both: Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner. It retails for around £8 in most boots/superdrug stores. I have tried many, and found most are not dark enough, leave gaps in the line, do not go on well or just come off too quickly.

Best concealer under £10:  Now, concealers are tricky business. Most people tend to stick with the same concealer once they find the ideal colour match.  Colour is definitely the number one deciding factor when it comes to concealers.  But we all know texture and staying power can be equally as important. My current favourite is Maybelline Super Stay 24hr Concealer. I wear it in shade medium beige (I am NC40 skin tone). This one is good for wheatish indian skin tones. It is a yellow base concealer, which does not budge until you wash it off.  I am on my 5th tube of this after using Mac, My Face (discontinued at Boots) and Physicians Formula Double Ended Concealer (not available in UK).

Favourite Nude Lipliner: I have not found better than Marks and Spencer Autograph Nude Pink Lipliner and Rimmel Eastend Snob. Favourite nudes generally?  I would have to say Revlon and Mac especially Mac in shade Velvet Teddy. (Revlon do many nude Mac dupes!!)

So there you have it, my current favourites. 

I have found that all makeup brands have a line of product which they make particularly well, such as:

Maybelline: love their mascaras, eye liners, concealer. Good staying power, no clumps.

Bourjois: Best textures and colours for neutral coloured make up. Especially eye liners if you like golden/olive/khaki/metal/grey colours as an alternative to black. Powders in the range do not look chalky, have an expensive looking sheen, good texture and highly pigmented. 

Revlon: I wear a lot of nudes as mentioned earlier and I find Revlon do good nude lipsticks.

Mac: good for products such as skinfinish.Good lipsticks.

Marks and Spencer Per Una do good eye shadows, as do Autograph. Very good neutral colour palettes, as well as deeper shades.

Asda’s own brand mascara V’s one that used from Loreal:  The Asda mascara came out on top as less clumpy! So it goes to show, cheaper products do not mean lower quality some of the time!.

Rimmel: Really good nude lip liners colours. I also think they do well in concealers although one of the best concealers is now discontinued!

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