Ya know how sometimes you just have certain beauty products you keep going back to? Sure, you might be swayed by a particularly convincing salesperson at a beauty counter to try something new or you might have bought something different because it was on sale that day or maybe you saw a YouTuber who looked amazing so you thought you’d purchase whatever they were using thinking perhaps this other product would wow you even more.
And then you finally try that new product and well, it just doesn’t live up to ol’ faithful. Yep, me too.
Today, I thought I’d share five different beauty products that I’ve bought over and over again. I’ve tried the others and yet I just can’t seem to stop myself reaching for these ones again and again. So I thought I’d share and perhaps they’ll become your ol’ faithfuls too.
Mary Lou Manizer Highlighter
I swear, I must have about 10 different highlighters. But The Balm’s Mary Lou Manizer has just the right combination of rosy gold glow so it’s the one I just seem to wear all the time. In fact, I’ve bought it multiple times because I just can’t be without it.
It’s not too glittery either – it just gives you a lovely soft shimmer that looks beautiful when it catches the light. Apply it just around the tear duct at the corner of your eyes, along the bridge of your nose and the very tip with a tiny eyeshadow brush and then along the top of your cheekbones and your cupid’s bow with a fan brush for a goddessy glow.
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper
I have worn some form of black eyeliner for as long as I’ve been wearing makeup and I’ve been trying various forms – from pencils to creams to felt tips – for just as long. I tried Kat Von D’s Tattoo Eyeliner in the colour Trooper about a year and a half ago and never looked back. The precision felt tip pen is flexible enough to glide over your eyelid without much resistance but retains enough stiffness to create a precision line.
I also love the fact that it dries to a matt black – there’s no shine to it and it simply doesn’t budge. You can create big thick wings or delicate flicks so easily too so it’s perfect for someone just trying to get to grips with creating the perfect wing!
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
While Benefit’s Hoola is listed as a bronzer, I actually use it as a contour and have been now for the last year. The problem I find with bronzers is that they either have way too much shimmer or they are too orange on my skin. This one has neither.
It has a wonderful cool undertone to it that makes it the perfect contour shade. I use it with a slim brush in the contours of my cheekbones and along the sides of my nose for a slimming effect. I also will dust a bit under my jawline. At the moment, I’ve hit the pan (for the second time!) so it’s time to buy another!
Maybelline Anti-Age Eraser Eye
If you suffer from dark circles under your eyes like I do, then may I introduce you to your new best friend. Maybelline Anti-Age Eraser Eye is crazy inexpensive and yet, I find it’s better than Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, better than Touche Eclat, better than any high end concealer out there. I use the Light shade which has the perfect yellow base to cover the blue shadows under my eyes.
I’m almost to the end of my 3rd bottle so have just purchased my 4th. The applicator is a twist up sponge which glides under the eye with minimal effort. I normally apply it in a triangular shape under my eye and along each side of my nose for a highlight effect, blend it in with a damp Beauty Blender (one of my favourite tools but we’ll get to that in another post) and then give it a very light dusting of translucent powder. It doesn’t crease, it doesn’t move and it doesn’t look cakey.
Ardell Demi Wispies False Eyelashes
And finally, while I don’t wear them every single day, Ardell’s Natural Demi Wispies eyelashes could easily be worn daily and you’d never even know they were there. I thought for years I wasn’t able to wear false eyelashes as they felt heavy and uncomfortable on my eyes. These have a micro thin band so you can bearly feel them on your eyes and yet they add a wonderful thickening and lengthening effect to your natural eyelashes.
I use Duo Brush On Adhesive for these and I find they don’t irritate my eye nor do they budge all day. You can buy the multipack of 4 pairs for less than a tenner (a total bargain) which easily last me a month or two. I simply clean them after use (I use tweezers to pull any excess dried glue from the bands) and pop them back in the case until next time I want to add a little drama to my eye look. The band is so delicately bearly there that you don’t even have to wear eyeliner with these and they are the perfect cheat to a wide-awake fluttery look without feeling like you are way too overdone.
So those are some of my top picks for beauty products I absolutely love and buy again and again. I’d love to know if any of my favourites are your favourites or what your hero products are that you simply can’t replace? Also, as this is my first ‘proper’ beauty post, I’d love to know if you enjoyed it or what else you’d like to see here on Swoon Worthy! Let me know in the comments!