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.