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Everyone has those products you keep going back to time and time again. Even though it's nice to try out new things every now and then, I'm a creature of habit and if a product works for me I'm going to buy it again.

Now as a blogger I do get to try a lot of new goodies out which means I'm a pretty good person to ask if you're on the hunt for something different. That being said I can't possibly try everything out, I have a full time adult job now after all. So with that in mind I've reached out to some other gorgeous bloggers to shout about their absolute must have products!


But first here are three of my holy grail products which all happen to be skincare!

Simple Oil Balancing Exfoliating Wash - As you can probably see from the photos, there's not a whole lot of this bad boy left. I'm almost out but you can bet your bottom dollar that I will be running our to Superdrug the second its gone.

Although it is technically an exfoliating face wash it is incredibly gentle and doesn't scrub at my skin at all which is an issue I've had with other similar products in the past. It also contains witch hazel, an ingredient I always get on well with.

Nivea Hydro Care Lip Balm - A small but very might product this one. I've tried and tested many libalms in the past, a girl has to have those smooth moisturized lips, am I right? But this little chapstick beats anything I've used in the past. I'd even put this ahead of the universally love Carmex! It also contains SPF to protect your lush lips from the harsh sun!

Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturiser - Another Simple product, what can I say, I just works! My sister and I have been using this moisturiser for years now and we still haven't found anything better. This gentle moisturiser keeps my skin feeling fresh and banishes any dry patches I might develop without feeling oily or giving me spots!

I have used the light moisturiser in the past and whilst its still good, I've always found that the rich version goes the extra mile.
 
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Now onto the other blogger favourites!

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Bethan from beffshuff.comMy holy grail eyebrow product is the Natural Collection Brow Gel for £2.49! It's the cheapest product I own and I couldn't be without it. It's great for sensitive skin and is cruelty free, too.

I've tried and tested a gazillion brow products and I personally don't think anything else comes close. I use it to give my brows some colour on a no-makeup makeup day, or use it alongside my ABH Dipbrow for a bolder look.

Chloe from www.chloexlizabeth.com - I absolutely love using the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip Liner and Lipstick. As somebody with super thin natural lips, I've always been insecure and I've wanted them to look bigger. The CT lip products are the only products that allow me to overline my lips and keep them looking natural in the process.

The colour is wonderful for my natural skin tone and seems to change depending on whos wearing it; and it's so creamy that it just glides on. I could wear it all day everyday, and even though it's fairly expensive as a high-end product, I'd repurchase them over and over again. The added bonus is that they're both cruelty free!

Amanda from amanda-jayne.me - When it comes to lipsticks, I'm a die-hard fan of the liquid-to-matte kind. I need pigmentation, no fuss, and long-lasting colour which is why traditional lipsticks are often a bit of a miss for me. However, Fenty Beauty's Mattemoiselle liners are a real game-changer and have managed to win round even me - the opposite of a fan of any bullet lipstick.

Creamy and highly pigmented, the Mattemoiselle line really is the definition of 'plush matte'. There's no high shine or satin finish, but nor does the formula pick up all the cracks in your lips, either, and it doesn't flake or shed through the day so you know it's a good one for a long haul. Touch ups and initial application are made easy by the slim and small bullet, which allows you to deliver bold colour straight to your pout without the added nuisance of a lip liner or brush.

Up until recently I only owned the striking, cornflower blue shade 'Ya Dig?!', but I've just picked up another colour (Midnight Wasabi!) and whilst I wanted Saw-C, it wasn't in stock, (boo!), but despite this I can't wait to get stuck in! The beautiful packaging means nothing if it hasn't got an incredible formula, but luckily RiRi hit the nail on the head with this beautiful selection of matte colours that really pack a punch. These have quickly become a staple in my handbag and I'm excited to play with my new shades!

(Amanda also has two holy grail posts live on her blog right now which you can find here and here.)

Dorota from beautydramaqueen.com - Makeup wise, Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter is my universal morning tool. I use it as a primer to add glow and blur imperfections, then on top of foundation: top of cheekbones, temple, over the brow arch, Cupid’s Bow and bridge of the nose. It gives the most beautiful dewy finish. Can’t live without it!


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Emily from emily-ware.com - My current skincare hero is the Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic spray. It’s rather pricey and I usually don’t spend that much on one product, especially when it comes to skincare, but this product came as a tester in an Asos beauty box and I will definitely be repurchasing.

The hyaluronic acid in the product has made my skin feel plumper and it looks so much brighter, so much so that I’ve been leaving the house without foundation for the first time in years! It works wonders on my awkwardly sensitive combination skin and I would recommend it to anyone!

Katy from therawrdrobe.com - My absolute holy grail skincare product is the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. It’s saved my skin on so many occasions and I can’t fault it at all. Fresh smell? Check. Does the job? Check. Looks pretty in photos? Check.

It’s such an essential in my routine and I can definitely tell when I haven’t been using it because my skin starts to flare up! Also, it’s great for anyone with sensitive skin and fab for the old Boots advantage card points haha!

Dorota from beautydramaqueen.com - Choosing just 1 or 2 holy grail products is so hard. Over the years I’ve fallen in love with so many! Merumaya Treatment Toner was a revelation when I first got it. I’m now on my 4th bottle with 2 back-ups! It’s my go to morning shot of glow without the acids!

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I always love asking others about their favourite beauty products, you can find some absolute gems by chatting to beauty bloggers about what they like. I've actually not heard of many of these products myself so I hope you guys also find this post useful! I know I've now got a list as long as my arm of new beauty goodies to try out.

So do you have a holy grail product? Something you can't live without or repurchase religiously? Let me know in the comments!


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BLOGGER HOLY GRAIL PRODUCTS

So you can probably tell from the fact that this palette is a bit of a mess that I didn't plan on talking about it. To be honest, I didn't ever really plan on buying it in the first place and I initially didn't like it at all. On my way to Disneyland in February 2017 I realised I didn't pack any eyeshadow so I panic bought the cheapest palette I could find in duty free which happened to be this one.
 
   
Truthfully, it took me a very long time to learn to love this palette. I hid it away in my makeup draw straight after I returnED from my holiday and didn't really think I'd ever use it again. I didn't even look at it for months, that was until I was packing for a short camping trip and was tight for room. Its a very small palette with a decent sized mirror and some subtle glittery shades which I thought would be ideal for a weekend away. I used it every day that trip and I've never looked back.

Since that short break back in May I've used this palette every other day and taken it on multiple other trips. I've fallen in love with the pretty shimmery shades and if I'm honest they are really long lasting. I'd even go so far as to compare my favourite shades to some of my Urban Decay eyeshadows which are much more pricey. The quality of the glitter shades in this palette are incredible, unfortunatly I don't get on so well with the mattes which I feel aren't as vivid as they should be.


The shades don't have names in this palette which is a shame but the ones I use the most are; the second from the left which is a beautiful shimmery peach colour, the forth from the left which is a light brown/ bronze colour, and the fifth from the left which is a glowey gold shade. I use the others occasionally but only really on the outer corners of my eyes to give my favourite shades more depth. Because the shades in this palette are so warm I feel that this is the perfect palette for summer, especially warm days/ nights by the seaside. Its an ideal size to pack in my hand luggage and I feel like a glowing summer princess when I wear my favourite shades, not even being dramatic. 

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So how much will this little beauty set you back? £14.99. I know right. A gorgeous palette like this for less that £15 really is a bargain. As I bought mine in Duty Free I paid roughly £12 but I've seen deals on this palette before so its worth keeping an eye out in your local makeup store just incase the price drops.

All in all this is a decent little palette with a few really good quality shades that I now wear most days. I think it retails at a bargain price and is ideal for taking on your holibobs too!

Have you tried any of the Loreal Paris palettes yet?

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THE EYESHADOW PALETTE YOU NEED THIS SUMMER

 I've been in a rut lately, a makeup rut. I rarely bother with makeup on days I go to work and on days I don't I'm usually out and about having fun which leaves little time to play around with new styles in the morning. Its fair to say I got boring. I was wearing the same eyeshadow and the same lipstick in the same way I always had and I was getting a bit fed up about it.


I follow some amazing bloggers who manage to create hugely different makeup looks every single day of the week. I don't know how they have the time/ patience to perfect it every single day but they do, and it looks like they have so much fun playing around with it all too. I wanted a piece of that. I wanted to experiment with colours and feel like a completely different girl every day. I missed using makeup to express myself. 

I've always been a big fan of art and to me makeup is an art. I'm not particularly good at it applying it, and I've only ever worn fake eyelashes once in my life but that doesn't matter. All that matters is that you have fun with what you are doing. I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed messing around with new colours and techniques. I'd forgotten that makeup was a way to show my personality. I'd been using makeup to make myself feel pretty and whilst thats not necessarily a bad thing, I started to rely on my mascara's and foundation's a bit too much. 

Even as a teenager I didn't have bad skin. I never felt the need to smother my face in foundation before I left the house, I never really bothered with eyeshadow or liner, and I definitely didn't know what contouring was. I wore makeup as and when I wanted to. But lately I've felt that I kind of need all of that to feel beautiful. I needed to cover my skin and coat my lids in glitter or else I was ugly. I'd not really felt like that before and I think its quite a dangerous mindset to get used to. I needed to remember what makeup was about for me.

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I wanted to be inspired again, I wanted to take myself back to the time when makeup was just for fun and not a necessity. Luckily it wasn't very long before I found my inspiration. Once I'd started looking it was everywhere, from Instagram, to magazines, and huge billboards around my city, there were ideas in every place I looked. One of the major places I gathered my motivation from was my friend Amanda, her Instagram is constantly brimming with unreal new makeup looks. I'd be confronted by an amazing new 'face of the day' look almost every time I scrolled through my feed and to be honest thats when I really started to feel boring. She was doing some incredible things with colours I'd never dare to use and styles that were far from typical, but she looked amazing and she was clearly having a good time.


After a few weeks of watching everyone else try out wild new makeup looks I decided enough was enough. I challenged myself to start using colour. I needed to play around with some new eyeshadows that weren't my usual light sparkly shades. I needed to try something new and so eventually this look was born. Its not a hundred miles away from my every day makeup, the style is basically the same but the colours I have chosen for this look are something I would usually run from! They are so bright and dramatic, and together they even clash a little bit. They are everything that scares me about pretty makeup. But it's not meant to be pretty or flattering, it's meant to be a bit of fun! Its not the best makeup look I've ever created and if I'm honest I was too scared to wear it out of the house because the colours really are just so bright, but its the start of my new outlook on makeup.

I had a lot of fun playing around with this look and I'm determined to try new things more often. Makeup isn't just about looking pretty, at least it shouldn't be, and I need to remember that. 

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FALLING BACK IN LOVE WITH MAKEUP

I travel a lot. I try to go somewhere new every few months, but lets be honest, travel can be expensive. To keep costs down I travel with only hand luggage wherever possible which means I have to be tight with the liquids I bring. I'd like to think I'm a bit of an expert when it comes to packing now so here are my absolute beauty essentials that will easily fit into your carry on!



Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo - This is one of my all time favourite shampoos to use and it can be bought in a tiny 50ml bottle which makes it perfect for travel. As I use this shampoo on the regular anyway I just refill the small bottle whenever it runs out!

Aussie 3 minute miracle Reconstructor Deep Conditioner - Again this is my everyday conditioner back at home so its great that it can be purchased in such a small size. This deep conditioner keeps my hair looking silky smooth and healthy especially after a long day of exploring. Like the shampoo I also just refill the small containers when it runs out.

Sephora Soothing Cleansing Milk - This little beauty cleanses like a dream! I bought it maybe 2 years ago and I'm pretty sure the original product is long gone now (as I just refill it obviously) but honestly it removes every little spec of makeup on your face. It can be quite hard to get hold of in the UK but there are Sephora's dotted all over Europe so it shouldn't be too hard to track down on your next trip!



Simple Hydrating Moisturiser - Again this is my everyday moisturiser when I'm at home so I just had to pick up a small sized version for my travels. I'm sure I've reviewed this product 1000 times on the blog but I'll give you another little run down. This moisturiser is very gentle, its extremely hydrating, it sinks into the skin very quickly, and its also usually around the £2 mark for a full sized product, bargain!

Simple Refreshing Facial Wash Gel - Another Simple product but I've found them to be the best budget skincare out there! This fascial wash is also very gentle and although it isn't exfoliating I still feel that my skin is getting a really good cleanse.

Makeup Revolution Makeup Eraser - I reviewed this product a few months back on my Youtube channel and ever since its been my 'go to'. Although I do use a small amount of cleanser with this flannel now I can't imagine the amount of baby wipes its saved me using. Not only has this beauty saved me a small amount of money but it cuts down the amount of wipes I'd otherwise throw away. 



Mini Nail Brush - Bit of a random one I know but I hate not being able to really scrub my hands when I travel. I don't think I've ever stayed in a hotel where a nail brush is provided so I always take my own. I just use a teeny tiny brush that I think might have even come out of a Christmas cracker one year but it does the job and keeps my hands feeling extra clean! I can be a bit obsessive when it comes to washing my hands so this just give me peace of mind. 

Boots Cucumber Eye Gel - This is one of the products that I don't really need but always take along anyway because it's so small. Its a soothing eye gel which I love applying after a long day in a new place. It can also double up as a bit of a moisturiser if I run out of my usual and I've found that it also works as a great aftersun lotion if you've got a bit of sunburn!

So thats it! This is everything I will take in my toiletry bag along with the obvious toothpaste, toothbrush, ect. Do you have any beauty travel essentials? Let me know in the comments!


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MY HAND LUGGAGE BEAUTY ESSENTIALS

On Thursday, myself and 7 other ladies were invited down to Harvey Nichols (!!!) to take a sneak peak at the new Stila Spring collection. I'd not yet tried anything from them, but I'd heard good things about their products and so I thought this would be a really great introduction to the brand. 

The new Spring collection consists of 4 Kajal Eye Liners, 14 Liquid Eye Shadows, and 18 Liquid Lipsticks! Thats a lot of swatches, believe me! The collection is based around 'Bohemian Beauty' which is evident in their choice of shades and the shade names. Part of the new collection was even specifically designed with Summer festivals in mind.


Throughout the afternoon the products were passed between us so we all had  the chance play around and take some snaps. Whilst we oohed and aahed at the sparkle and shades of the products Sascha, the Stila Makeup Artist, ran us through the range and demonstrated how each of the products worked. 

Being a novice to Liquid Eyeliners I'll admit I was unsure about how I would be able to use them, I mean I can't even apply liquid lipstick without smearing it all over my face, so how would I fare with using a similar product on my eyelids? But after swatching the products and being shown how to blend them I'm fairly confident even I could wear them. Despite being liquid, the formula blends really well and can easily be built up if I wanted to go for a really striking look. I was instantly taken by several of the shades in the Eye Shadow range, however the two that really caught my attention were 'Jazabel' which is a warm rose gold tone, and 'Carefree' which is a fantastic coral shade. I'll definitely be getting my hands of those beauties as soon as possible!


As for Liquid Lipsticks, they are a product I've always struggled with. In the past I've found them gloopy and time consuming to apply. That being said I don't think I've purchased a Liquid Lippy priced over £5 and I think that might be the problem. Although there are some great budget products our there, I do think you do get what you pay for with makeup. So with that in mind, I paid special attention to the formula whist swatching the new lipsticks. Straight away they seemed a lot less thick than the previous products I'd used and they also dried a lot quicker too. As well as a standard formula Stila have also released a range of sheer Liquid Lipsticks which are a godsend for someone like me. Instead of applying like a block of colour, these Lippys are less opaque and dry very flat to the skin. They too can be built up quite easily. I was lucky enough to be gifted one of the Sheer Liquid Lipsticks in the fabulous shade 'Patina' so I will be trailing and testing that out over the coming weeks.


The last products to be passed around were the Kajal Liners. I've been a big fan of really thick pigmented Eyeliners since my teen years. I've worn a smokey eye for most of my adolescent life and so I was excited to be introduced to a high end version of a product that I've almost always used. I definitely wasn't disappointed. The Liners come in a twist up case which makes them really easy to apply, and they also have a smudge tip on the end making my go-to smokey eye a piece of cake. Now I clearly didn't listen properly during the demonstration because I attempted to pull off the lid around the smudge tip but ended up pulling off more of the case than I bargained for. I thought I'd broken it to be honest, and it wasn't until literally 5 minutes ago that I realised I had actually pulled off the built in sharpener! Yes they really did think of everything! The Kajal Liners come in 4 shades, a blue, a brown, a black, and a nude shade to be used on the waterline to really open the eye up.

Overall I pretty much fell in love with the new collection. The selection of colours and the vividness of the them all was just unreal. I'm a sucker for anything sparkly, and considering most of the products contained a large helping of what I can only assume was fairy dust, I think its safe to say I'll be back to purchase a few pieces in the near future.

Have you tried anything from the new Spring range? What was your favourite product?

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STILA SPRING 18 LAUNCH


Leaving Christmas shopping a bit late this year? Me too if I'm honest. But don't worry, if you have a beauty lover in your life because I have put together an absolute monster of a gift guide for those who love makeup, skincare, haircare and more! As always I've popped the gifts into three price ranges so there is something for everyones budget.

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