I spend a lot of money on makeup. I have to admit more often than not I’ll buy a product because it’s hyped up and end up being a little deflated because it didn’t meet my expectations. However there are a couple of products in my makeup bag that have become almost a staple for me. To put it short, I couldn’t imagine doing my makeup without them *drama queen*. These are my holy grail beauty products that I will purchase time and time again and today I’m here to share them with you.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Light (£31)
I’ve been using this foundation for about 4 years. It’s a very light formula designed for those who have oily skin. Making it perfect for me. Many bloggers rave about it and it has attained cult status in the beauty blogging world. It is totally well deserved, this foundation is absolutely amazing. It really helps to keep my oil at bay and it blends so nicely. In the past I have strayed to other brands in the hopes of finding another fantastic oily skin proof foundation, but I always come back to Estee.
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder (£29)
If you haven’t tried this powder before I urge you, BUY IT NOW. It has completely changed my makeup routine. Before using this powder I used a very cheap Rimmel mattifying powder. I used to use it under my eyes and it made my skin go a weird colour, and also contributed to it being super cakey under the eye. This powder by Laura Mercier is A DREAM. It’s completely worth the money. It’s so lightweight and blends effortlessly. I now use this under my eyes and it prolongs my makeup wear time, blurs my fine lines and I get no flashback from it whatsoever. This is worth every penny and I will buy it time and time again.
No 7 Stay Perfect Mascara (£12.95)
My mum put this beauty in my Christmas stocking a couple of years ago and I haven’t looked back. I’d call it a “tubing” mascara, as you coat your lashes in the product and it forms little tubes around each lash. Meaning that you get no smudging whatsoever. It’s completely waterproof and will only come off with a little bit of cleanser, or oil. It does dry up quite quickly so I find myself repurchasing it a lot but it’s a fantastic smudge proof option.
Sephora The Perfectionist Airbrush Sponge ($12)
Every time I’m in Sephora I try and grab one of these. The tapered tip is great for blending around the eyes and the base is perfect for all over makeup application. I also find that these sponges last really well. They aren’t as prone to ripping or falling to pieces as quickly as other options I’ve used.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade (£15)
I had used various brow products over the years but it wasn’t until I discovered ABH’s brow pomade after seeing it all over Instagram that I realised how effective some eyebrow products could be. This is sort of like a gel, and I find it works better when its slightly warmed up. I usually warm it on the back of my hand and find it works really great as a build-able colour. Darker towards the arch and tail of my eyebrow and lighter towards the middle. It doesn’t smudge and always looks really natural.
Anastasia Beverly Hills 14 Dual Sided Brow Brush (£14)
This eyebrow brush is expensive but totally worth it. It goes hand in hand with the dipbrow pomade. The brush end allows you to create sharp defined edges for your eyebrows, and the spoolie end allows you to brush through your eyebrows to make sure everything is kept looking neat.
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush (£23)
I bought my first Tarte blush a number of years ago and they have always been consistently great quality. A lot of the blushes in this range are matte as I tend to gravitate towards less shiny blushes these days, which I love! I never did look good as a glitter ball. Their staying power is great and the shade range is also lovely. From soft pastel pinks to peachy tones.
Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick (£16)
I discovered the velour liquid lipsticks from Jeffree Star a while back. Whilst I don’t necessarily agree with the drama he causes in the blogosphere and make up world theres no doubt that this line of lip products is great. The shade range is massive, and there are some stunners in the line. The application is very smooth and the product doesn’t go patchy and rub off after half an hour like many others. Definitely worth a try if you’re on the hunt for a solid liquid lipstick, even just for the amazing colours you have at your finger tips.
What are your holy grail beauty products? Are any of mine on your list too?