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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.

 

Review: Laura Mercier Angled Eye Liner Brush

7 December 2014

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If you read my eyeliner post a few months ago, you’ll know I swear by this winning duo. However, my liner life of late has been turned upside down with this purchase – the Laura Mercier Angled Eye Liner Brush. Take a look. You might be thinking ‘Er…I think it’s broken, you blind old bat’ but its bent shape makes it unlike anything else I’ve ever used.

Getting a thin line close to my lash line has always been impossible. You know that eyeliner meme with the eyes not matching? That is literally my life. Doing my left eye is always a traumatic experience and I usually have to set aside 10 minutes of my makeup routine if I dare decide to wear winged liner.

I’d heard that using a bent eyeliner brush makes the winged liner process a bit less time-greedy and allows you to get a better view of what’s going on. Needless to say I was keen to get my hands on one. A few brands do a similar brush (Smashbox, Elf and Coastal Scents to name a few) but for me, Laura Mercier is the easiest brand to get hold of in real life…but also the most expensive. It did take me several attempts to get hold of this brush as most places were sold out but I finally tracked it down in Space NK in Battersea – it was the last one in the store so there seems to be some kind of national shortage. Or you could just cut to the chase and get it online – you won’t be disappointed.

The Laura Mercier Angled Eye Liner Brush is made from synthetic fibres so it’s perfect for gel liners. I’m still using the Maybelline one (review here) every day and they are a match made in winged liner heaven. The handle is quite short too which you might feel will give you better control. I love that the tip is super fine and if you apply more pressure, you get a thicker line – ideal for creating the perfect outer flick. The bend in the brush somehow just works – I can’t explain it but it makes it impossible to mess up your eye look.

I’m LOVING life with this brush and get my eyeliner perfect in less than a minute. If you’ve ever struggled with eyeliner, I URGE you to pick this up. It will truly make the process a little less frustrating.

The Laura Mercier Angled Eye Liner Brush is available at Space NK, Selfridges and other Laura Mercier stockists and costs £16.

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