Best Basics

Mood Board

The summer is finally here, and it’s time to shed the heavy make-up and show off our natural beauty in the sun! With this in mind, I thought I’d throw together a little mood board of all my favourite beauty essentials. They are all basic, low in cost and absolutely brilliant products I could not live without. That’s all.

Pro Polish

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I have to say I am loving Rimmel’s new range of Salon Pro Nail Polish! I picked up a beautifully fresh and summery blue called ‘Peppermint’ for just £4.49 thinking I’d give it a go, and am extremely happy with the results!

The polish has a thick, ‘precision maxi’ brush which enables a quick and easy application, and in just two cotes you get a strong colour with a lovely shine! The varnish lasted 4 days before looking chipped which is a major improvement on many of my other, more expensive brands of nail lacquer. It dries quickly, and they have a wide range of gorgeous colours to choose from…I may have to indulge in more…!

Grow Baby Grow

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Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara is my new favourite thing! From first application I was very pleased at the length and thickness it gave to my lashes…and after a few weeks of use I would definitely say my lashes are looking a little longer than before!!

This magical wand is a multi-benefit mascara and lash enhancer, that instantly gives longer and fuller lashes while helping them to grow stronger with each use. I’ve never had long lashes and have found they fall out rather frequently, so the added lash enhancing formula was a welcome benefit!

Available in Blackened Brown and (my choice) Blackest of Black, at £9.99 it’s no more expensive than your average high-street mascara. It works well, dries quickly and doesn’t leave you with clumpy lashes…so even without the strengthening qualities I’d certainly recommend. And who’s going to say no to an extra bit of help to get their lashes in a better condition? Not me.

Healthy Fix

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I have always been a fan of Max Factor’s range of foundations and over the last year I have been using MF’s Face Finity All Day Flawless 3 in 1 foundation, which is an all round good product. But being me, I just have to try something new once in while so I thought I’d give Bourjois’ Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix foundation a try.

Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix promises a ’16hr radiance boost’ and is packed full of all sorts of impressive vitamins to help your skin fight off fatigue and give you a healthy glow. Something we all want now the sun is finally shining!

I must admit, I am extremely pleased with the result, the liquid foundation goes on nicely without drying the skin out or being too ‘wet’. The foundation definitely gives an all over subtle glow, and the colour I opted for: ‘light beige’, is perfect for me! A little goes a fair way with this foundation so it should last a while so it’s definitely worth the money (£9.99); and after a few weeks of use my skin is in a healthier condition, so an overall excellent purchase!

Bonjour Bourjois

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Last week I treated myself to a Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick…and it is lovely. Available in a whole range of rich and romantically themed colours, the Rouge Edition has been ‘tested and approved by Fashion Editors; and more importantly…offers 10hrs of hydration for your lips!

I went for no.17 in the range (Rose Milliésime), a pinkie shade that’s glossy and fresh but not too vibrant – so can be worn anywhere without looking over the top. I used to go for completely Matte shades, but I find they are the worst offenders for drying out my lips, so this product was great for offering hydration and a full covering gloss, without being too shiny or ‘metallic’ which I hate!

After a week of on-off wearing, my lips are in great condition, I love the colour, and the packaging is very pretty too! What more could a girl ask for? Nice buy.