When it comes to brands which are absolutely killing the brow game, you can’t do better than Benefit. From releasing a lineup of every brow-related product you could think of, to rolling out their iconic brow bars across the country, Benefit lets anyone rock a strong brow game. I’ve been getting my brows waxed and tinted with them, and I cannot even begin to tell you the difference it makes – mornings are easier when you just need to brush a little pomade through them, rather than having to meticulously draw in every.single.hair.
On days when I do have a little extra time, or I want to look more ‘finished’ I’ve been reaching for Benefit’s Ka-Brow, a cream-gel brow colour, which can easily built up depending on your desired effect. Like all of Benefit’s brow products, it’s available in a wide range of shades (there are eight for Ka-Brow), so not matter how fair or dark your hair, there is a perfect match. Since I like a strong look, I plumped for 03 Medium – a cool brown which leaves brows looking naturally lush yet still uber groomed.
Using the Ka-Brow couldn’t be easier, and Benefit have even included a brush in the product! After brushing my brows into shape, I snap the brush into the lid to create an easy to use applicator, then use a little of the formula to fill in any sparse areas of my brows. The difference is instant – brows look so much fuller!
The joy in Ka-Brow is how easy the product is to used and the fact it last all day long. No matter how hot and sticky temperatures were, my brows stayed in-tact, and looking perfect all day long!
Benefit Ka-Brow is priced at £20 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
When it comes to eyeliner, I’m a big believer in blacker is better. If I’m just heading to the gym, or running errands, I usually reach for a chocolate or slate grey eye pencil, but if I’m going out, I love breaking out a liquid eye liner. There’s nothing better than a perfect cat eye, but first, you need the perfect liquid eyeliner, which is exactly where Fenty Beauty’s Flyliner comes in.
Released as part of the brand’s Moroccan Spice collection, the Flyliner liner comes packaged in a slick mirrored tube, and like all Fenty products, it looks dreamy. Available in one shade – Cuz I’m Black – the liner comes with a seriously pointed felt tip end, which makes achieving your desired flick an absolute doddle.
Described as ‘a hyper-saturated, water-resistant liquid eyeliner’ the formula mixes the ease of a felt tip liner, with the smoothness of a gel consistency. The result is an eyeliner which glides on, then stays put all day long. I absolutely adore how rich the black shade is – no wonder it’s one of Rihanna’s favourites!
Fenty Flyliner is priced at £17 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
When it comes to beauty products, I’m a sucker for goo packaging. If something is pink, sparkly or shiny, I’m pretty much guaranteed to want it. Case in point? Nugg’s Exfoliating Lip Smoother, which comes parcelled up in a mirrored pink ball – it’s the definition of cute (even if it is a nightmare to photograph).
Like all of Nugg’s products, the Lip Smoother is small enough to slip into a travel bag, while still pulling a major beauty punch. The formula mixes coconut and jojoba oils to moisturise lips, whilst sugar granules and jojoba beads gently exfoliate, leaving lips looking and feeling their best. It’s a completely vegan product, and thanks to its cake batter scent, it smells amazing too. I’ve been using mine a few mornings a week – after cleansing, I pat my lips dry then massage a little of the formula in. It feels absolutely gorgeous to use, and then I just wipe off using a damp washcloth. Thanks to the coconut oil, lips still feel hydrated even after it’s been taken off, and I then usually follow up with a lip balm.
Nugg Exfoliating Lip Smoother is priced at £9.99 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
When it comes to extraneous beauty purchases, facial mists probably top my list. I’ve got whole wardrobe of them which deal with a multitude of problem. Refreshing spritzes for the morning, priming sprays for makeup and even lavender to relax in the evenings. My excuse is that they hydrate without overwhelming skin, and I love how they can make you feel brand new after a hectic day.
One which I hadn’t tried out until now is Glossier’s Soothing Face Mist. One of the brand’s original line up of skincare products, it had always seemed a tad pricy next to their other offerings. That, and I had about another 100 mists to work my way though. So, a few weeks ago, when the newly re-packaged formulas were released right around the time I needed a new Boy Brow (review here) a bottle somehow found its way into my basket.
As expected, it’s an absolutely lovely product to use. Delicately scented with rose petals, the mist is superfine, so if you’re using this on top of makeup, it’s not going to leave you a smeary mess. Instead it just leaves you looking glowy and feeling refreshed. Rosewater, Aloe and Glycerin have all been included for their hydrating properties, and it feels like a real indulgence to use.
Glossier Rosewater Face Spray is priced at £13 and is available here.
When it comes to day-to-day beauty, I like to keep things simple. Minutes saved at the beauty table are minutes I can use either a. in bed, or b. grabbing a coffee, and those are some precious moments. If my day doesn’t have any meetings planned it in, my makeup is usually super subtle – I’m not one to rock a full face of makeup when I don’t need to, so products like St Tropez’ Tinted Moisturiser and Primer are an absolute godsend.
Applied to moisturised skin, the product applies like a tinted moisturiser, evening skin tone and giving it a subtle glow. It’s light enough to use underneath makeup, so if you’re more of a full-coverage girl, you can adda layer of foundation on top.
With continued use, the product builds up to give skin a beautiful, seriously natural-looking tan, which means I get to wear even less makeup! It’s perfect for lazy summer days, and a must-have if you’re off on holiday!
St. Tropez Everyday Tinted Moisturiser and Primer is priced at £18 and is available here (UK) and here (US)