Non-Makeup Beauty Essentials

14 October 2015

non makeup essentials

Sometimes the things that make or break a beauty routine are the less glamorous tools that you take for granted. I’ve rounded up the non-makeup essentials that are the real stars of the show – at home or when travelling, I wouldn’t be without them.

Seche Vite Fast Drying Topcoat, £9.00
I’ve said it before and I will say it again: I refuse to paint my nails without this. It makes nails dry SO quickly, so when you inevitably need to use the loo 30 seconds after you’ve given yourself a manicure, the chances of royally screwing it up are drastically reduced. Yes, it goes super gloopy by the time you get half way through the pot but the results are worth buying a new one.

Tangle Teezer Compact Styler, £12.99
The only hairbrush that I’ve ever re-purchased. My hair isn’t the type that I can just casually run a hairbrush through, unless for some explicable reason I want to rock the frizzy mane look. I don’t know what it is about the Tangle Teezer but it’s the only brush that makes my hair look sleeker and shinier while gently detangling the knots. Plus the ‘Compact Styler’ versions come with a handy cover – perfect for chucking into your handbag.

Tweezerman Wide Grip Tweezers, £19.50
Spending £20 on tweezers might seem excessive but it would be money well spent. These are essential for grabbing those teeny-tiny hairs from around the eyebrows in between threading sessions. And, you know a bright pink product is good when you incessantly catch your husband using it to tend to his own unruly brows.

Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover, £4.99
Another forever repurchase. Who has time for bottles of nail polish remover, cotton pads, annoying spills and noxious fumes? This pot takes nail polish off in literally two seconds, and leaves nails nourished and smelling great. Especially useful when you’ve only messed up one or two nails and don’t want to risk using acetone soaked pads and ruining your other nails. Also essential for travelling.

Duo Eyelash Adhesive, £4.99
All false eyelash wearers fear the dreaded inner corner lift. More often than not, the glue is to blame, especially when it’s not waterproof. Duo lash glue is by far the best I’ve tried, and nine times out of ten, I don’t get any lifting. I have cried, danced and slept after using this glue and my lashes are always still secure the next morning. Quids in!

Let me know what your favourite non-makeup essentials are and if there is anything I need to pick up during my next foray into Boots.


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  • I really need to get my hands on the seche vite top coat! It sounds like a dream.

    Amelia Rose | Beauty and Lifestyle Blogger x

    • Bee

      Once you try it you won’t go back! x

  • I cannot live without the Bourjois nail polish remover – So quick and easy x

    • Bee

      I know! I literally can’t be bothered using anything else now x

  • I actually don’t like Seche Vite but I agree that a good top coat is a must! Duo adhesive is the only one I’ve ever tried but it has never let me down so I don’t need to try others :) x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • Bee

      Duo is so good, I’m glad it’s available in Boots now, it used to be a massive pain to track down! x

  • I think all quick drying topcoats go gloopy :( At least the ones I’ve tried.

    • Bee

      Yeah that is very true – my OPI Rapidry went gloopy even quicker! x

  • I can’t paint my nails without Seche Vite either, definite must-have! I’m also the only person ever who doesn’t own a tangle teaser – I need one in my life!

    • Bee

      I urge you to try a tangle teezer, you will never look back! x

  • I love Seche Vite, it’s definitely worth all the hype :) would love to try that nail polish remover as well! Love your blog, I’m following you! x

    • Bee

      Thank you! :) xx

  • Hayley Walker

    I love Tweezerman tweezers, they are seriously the best of the best :)

    Hayley @ Tea Party Beauty

    • Bee

      A true essential! x

  • Kayt

    I have found an equally good topcoat alternative to Seche Vite, by Glisten and Glow, it’s called HK Girl, and while it does gloop a little, it last longer than Seche used to. It’s also a bit cheaper (although I do get discount on Seche cos I work at Boots). Also a slightly random comment, I know you’ve been to Sephora in Paris. I’m planning a trip there next year and wondered if Sephora France basically sells the same as Sephora US? There’s a few specific things I really want to try (Kat von D mostly) and while I can order them from Sephora online, you can’t really buy cosmetics without checking the colour on yourself first!

    • Bee

      Hi Kayt! Thanks for the tip. I’ve just read some reviews and it does sound just as good as Seche. Apparently it causes less shrinkage than Seche too, which is another thing that can be annoying. Will definitely check it out.

      I was wondering the same thing about Sephora before I went. Sadly, US brands like Anastasia and Kat Von D didn’t seem to be stocked when I went. Here’s hoping things change by next year! Other brands that are a bit trickier to get hold of in the UK outside of London like Tom Ford (and Makeup Forever before it launched in Debenhams) etc were there though. If all else fails, there is an insane amount of Sephora brand products to choose from. Hope this helps! x

      • Kayt

        Thanks for the reply. I know KvD was recently in some parts of Europe (Spain mainly) launching the line at the Sephora there so maybe I’ll get lucky. Like you say though, still tons of brands to try.
        Interestingly, I’ve just noticed NYX cosmetics are now available at I did a quick search on some of the products for instore availability (I figured London would be the first place to get it) and nothing comes up. They’re another brand I’ve been keen to try, so I hope it gets rolled out to stores. If Sephora never comes back to the UK (curse them, I had no interest in cosmetics etc when they were over here), maybe Boots being American owned now will mean more US brands