As I see Boots and department store beauty halls as a bit of a playground, it's rare that a cosmetic item gets re-upped in my routine. I enjoy trying new brands, new products and all the gimmicks of course, but there are a select few I always have in my stock. Plus, some back-ups just in case of emergency.
Welcome to my beauty stock, or a glimpse into it anyway, see anything you need to try?
OGX Shampoo & Conditioner
Since I'm allergic to sulphates in shampoos, my choice is instantly limited. Severely limited. I've found two high street brands that are sulphate free, but not completely stripping. The OGX range is one of those, plus it means I get some choice within that brand as there are loads of varieties. My only bug bear is the bottle design, they don't half make it difficult to get the last quarter of the conditioner out.
The one and only. I'm yet to find a dry shampoo that does a better job of Batiste. My main spritz is the blush scent, but I still get some variety in every now and then. Definitely invest in the salon size cans (although which salon uses dry shampoo?), especially when in need of some volume as well as de-greasing.
V05 Weather Resistant Hairsprays
I love this range of hairsprays. My fine and flat hair creates a challenge in that it rarely holds a style. A serious amount of hairspray is always needed, but this delivers a serious amount that never feels crunchy or sticky. Plus it's in a massive bottle, so it lasts for ages.
Vera Wang Princess
I guess this is my signature scent, I'm onto my third big bottle of this and it takes me some time to get through it. Light enough for the day, musky enough for the night and relatively subtle. Plus, it looks cute on display.
L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil
Such a great high street piece. Basically, you smother your face in this, it dissolves every single bit of your makeup. Job done. Except not really cos I still cleanse and moisturise... But really, it's just pretty nifty.
The fool proof product for winger liner. So easy to use and creates a subtle gloss black finish, it may look tiny but it'll last you ages as well.
Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation
This shade is for when I'm fake tanned, but it blends to such a flawless finish, lasts all day and hides everything without feeling heavy.
Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation
US only, or seriously hard to track down here, but something I always stock up on. It's a little heavier feeling than the above but it applies slightly tacky, so when it dries you're left with a really nice glow. This might be longer lasting than the above because of that reason too and it's insanely cheap. It ticks all the boxes, except the UK one.
Make-Up Forever Extreme Camouflage
So this one is a given, but more because this little tube is unhygienically old but still winning at concealing. It's thick so it'll hide a magnitude of sins, but I prefer something a little lighter for under eyes.
So there you have a run down of everything you need to run out and buy... now. If you want info on any of the above, I've linked a review to any that I've already written, the rest you'll have to take my word for. But I'm trustworthy, honest.