Sparkles & Stretchmarks: A UK Parenting & Pregnancy Blog: My Beauty Must-Haves

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

My Beauty Must-Haves

Today I thought I'd share with you some of current my Beauty-Must Have products.

I don't often do these kinds of posts as, to be honest, my "holy grail" products don't often change.

But over the past few months I have discovered some new products that I have really loved, and they have become new staples for I thought that warranted a post!

I was recently given the chance to try out the new collection of Colour Corrector's from Max Factor UK.

There is:

*A highlighter
*Redness corrector
*Under eye circle corrector
*Dullness corrector
*Dark spot corrector

I have tried all of these and I am impressed by them, but the ones that particularly stood out to me were the Dark circle corrector and the Dullness corrector.

I have suffered all of my life with dark under eye circles partly due to anemia and partly due to genetics, and they can be impossible to disguise even with the best concealers on the market - perhaps this is because the colour needs to be neutralised first and that's exactly what the colour corrector does.

I have noticed such a difference since using this, and it has become part of my daily make up routine.

The dullness corrector was also very effective - I apply it across my forehead and cheeks and it really seems to give a lift and brighten my overall complexion.

I was also sent the Max Factor UK Masterpiece Transform mascara - I'll be totally honest, I expected to try this and think it was ok - throw it in my box of endless mascaras never to be seen again.

I am FUSSY with my mascaras.

I like to try new ones, but for the past 4 years or so I have never strayed from my Benefit They're Real mascara - I swear by it and I never thought I would find one that worked as well for me.

I was FLOORED to discover that this mascara does just as good a job as They're Real...IF NOT BETTER!

No word of a lie, I have become absolutely besotted with this mascara - it elongates my lashes perfectly, it's not at all clumpy and the wand is so smooth and easy to use.

I was surprised to like it so much as I was sent the Brown-Black shade, and having only ever used Black mascara before I didn't think a less intense shade would work as well - in actual fact the slightly more natural look of the Brown-Black works so well and I actually prefer it.

This is such a bargain at just £9.99 - such a saving on my usual mascara and I will 100% be buying this one from now on!

Max Factor Uk also sent me their Facefinity Primer to try out - I haven't used a primer before so I was unsure what to expect from it but I have loved using it.

It gives me a smoother base to start with when applying my make up, and it really seems to help my foundation to last longer.

The below photo's show me wearing all of the above Max Factor products.

Next up, is the Soak Opera Bath Soak & Shower Cream from the Zoella Beauty range.

I didn't actually rush out to try the Zoella range as soon as it hit stores because, to be honest, I thought it probably wouldn't be up to much and that it was selling well because it had her name on.

After a while though, I decided to just try out a few bits...after all the packaging is gorgeous and I am a sucker for pretty packaging!

I tried the Fizz Bar, which I thought was OK but I probably wouldn't repurchase, and I bought this - and I LOVED THIS!

The scent is perfect - sweet but not too overpowering, it makes just the right amount of bubbles in the bath and I love that its a crossover product that I can also use in the shower.

I have re-purchased this twice since I originally bought it.

Available from Superdrug for £5.00

A month or so ago, I was sent two facial washes from The Body Shop to try out - a tea tree one and this one.

The Tea Tree was nice but I find tea tree quite overwhelming on my skin and it's not a feeling I particularly enjoy, so I tend to only use it when I'm having a breakout.

Normally, I prefer a gentle face wash and that is exactly what this is - it feels creamy and luxurious on the skin, is very delicately scented and leaves my skin feeling clean and super soft.

I absolutely love this - it has lasted really well so far with daily use as a little goes a long way, but I will certainly repurchase when it runs out.

Available from The Body Shop for £8.50

I bought the Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater Hand Therapy as I was buying some skin care products at Boots which were on a 3 for 2 offer - There was nothing else I needed so I decided to find a product under £6 to "purchase" as my 3rd free item.

I went for this because the packaging was pretty - I was pleasantly surprised to discover how much I like it!

The scent is pretty but delicate, and it leaves my hands feeling smooth and protected.

Available HERE for £5.00

I find that my hair gets greasy very quickly during pregnancy and with it being so long it takes ages to dry, so I like to use Dry Shampoo in between washes to keep it fresh for as long as possible.

The new Pixie Lott Fun & Floral scent from Batiste is really lovely, and Batiste always seems to work better on my hair than any other Dry Shampoo.

I always make sure there is a bottle of this in the cupboard!

Available from Boots for £1.99

My mum treated me to the W7 In The Buff palette while we were shopping in TK Maxx last week, I fell in love with the colours and how similar they were to the infamous Urban Decay Naked palettes!

I then went back the next day to pick up the In The Nude palette too!

The colours are perfect for Autumn, and I have really been enjoying trying them out.

I bought these from TK Maxx for £5.99 each.

So these are the beauty products that I've been loving lately! Have you discovered any new ones?

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  1. Ooh, I have been eyeing up those W7 Palettes lately, I'm finding it hard to justify the cost of the Naked Palette but these may be a worthwhile buy!

  2. I really want to try the Colour Correctors, they sound fab x

  3. I still need to try Zoella's beauty line!!xx

  4. I love the W7 palettes they are fab am looking into buying the "In the night" one to add to my collection next.


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