Being a beauty writer means that I’m constantly trying out new and exciting things so I can report back to you guys here. But even the most adventurous of makeup lovers needs a few tried and true favourites to fall back on. I’m always clearing out my collection, making room for new additions and getting rid of the disappointing products, but these products are the lucky few that will always have a home in my routine.
One of the first primers that I really loved using (actually, one of my first high-end makeup bits ever) and one that still gets brought out quite regularly to this day. It’s moisturising, a little bit correcting for my redness and provides a beautiful base to start my makeup routine. Sure, it’s nothing revolutionary and is probably best suited for those with normal to dry skin types, but for me, it’s a little bit nostalgic and a no-brainer on quick makeup days.
I chanced upon this base years ago when I was only just starting out with makeup and ever since, we’ve been just about inseparable. This nondescript tube dishes out a glowy finish and plenty of coverage for my day-to-day makeup and there’s something about it that just really works with my skin. I used to apply it with my fingers but nowadays I tend to go in with a fluffy brush for a little more coverage. Set down with powder, it wears beautifully all day on my normal-combination skin.
The pale girl’s secret weapon – I’m not sure what I was doing before I had these in my stash. I’m always struggling to find a perfect match when it comes to foundation so having something as simple as this to get it right has been a game-changer. This is my second bottle now because I use them quite a lot but it’s totally worth the price tag for me if it means that I can finally use up the foundations in my stash that don’t quite match me.
When I first bought this, I wasn’t entirely blown away but after a bit of playing around, now it’s become an everyday staple. Brightening up my under eyes is a pretty much my number one priority and this is easily one of my favourite formulas for a quick and easy fix. As much as I love my creamy correctors, when I’m in a rush or when I’m looking a little drier under the eyes, a quick swipe of this lightweight liquid makes all the difference.
Long-time readers of TBC will be no stranger to the Maybelline Full n Soft Waterproof Mascara. I’ve had a tube of this stuff in my collection for at least four years now (I’ve repurchased plenty of times – I promise) and still use it pretty much every day. On basic makeup days, it’s perfect for holding a curl, separating and lengthening my lashes while never feeling heavy or flakey. Even on days when I’m using other mascaras on the top lashes, this is all I’ll use to define my bottom lashes because it truly doesn’t smudge. Maybelline’s mascaras pretty much always impress me but this one continues to be in top spot.
The original brow favourite and pretty much the pencil that got me into filling in my brows. I’ll admit that I was pretty much an eyebrow noob before picking this up but nothing is quite as easy as brushing them through with the spoolie, defining the shape and filling in the sparse patches. Needless to say, I made sure to repurchase this one on the very same day that my first one ran out.
Now this one’s a bit of a different story… I’ve been a huge fan of my BeautyBlender Pro (the black one) since it arrived in the mail a while ago so I thought it was time for a repurchase while I was over in the States. This time, I went for the original pink one, after being assured they did the same thing but after a couple of tries, I’m just not as impressed. To me, the pink one feels foamy and ineffective so it’s been sitting there unloved while I get around to picking up another black one. To those itching to try out the BeautyBlender, I’d definitely recommend going for the black Pro offering.
What are your most repurchased makeup items?
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