25 February 2014

Beauty Essentials

Beauty Essentials

Sometimes amongst all the latest beauty releases and countless blog reviews it is easy to forget those important essential beauty items that we rely on day in and day out. This post has been long overdue on my blog so today on my day off I thought it was high time it crept its way on here. These items are not fancy by any means yet without them I would find myself running into Boots or my local supermarket to pick them up ASAP if I suddenly found myself without any of them.

First up is a simple face flannel. These come in a variety of colours so you can buy some to suit your bathroom colour scheme or simply to keep them separate to everyone else's in your home. I chose white and have ensured that everybody else in my house has a different colour so that we all know which ones belong to which person. Face flannels such as these can be as cheap or as expensive as you like, it's really up to you. I picked mine up Dunelm however they can be purchased pretty much anywhere, Primark, Asda and Tesco are a few places that spring to mind. I use these as an evening to help cleanse my face after using a cleansing balm as they hold in the heat much longer than a muslin cloth; they also feel nicer on my skin too.

My L'Occitane Hand Cream from the magazine last year is a fundamental product for me as I suffer from dry hands quite frequently. I'm a huge fan of these hand creams as for me they leave my skin feeling really nice and soft without leaving that horrible greasy feeling which can often leave you redundant for fifteen minutes whilst the cream sinks in to your hands.

Of an evening I use large head bands to keep my hair back whilst cleansing my face. Since I had my fringe cut back in I find that it is easily soaked whilst cleansing if it is not pinned back somehow. These head bands are super handy to use and they're incredibly cheap to buy, they're also handy whilst working out to keep my hair off my face.

Glass nail files are the best thing since sliced bread; I will never use one of those Emery Boards again. I picked mine up super cheap from one of those cheap make up shops you can often find, mine cost me 99p and I've had it now for about three years. It's a fantastic little product and still works as if it was brand new.

Speaking of nails I find that cuticle sticks are really handy for pushing back overgrown cuticles to help to add a bit of length to the nail but also to tidy up before a manicure. Again these products are very cheap and can be found in most supermarkets so they can be picked up whilst on your weekly shop. 

Have you ever tried painting your toe nails without the odd things that are toe separators? I have and it was an epic failure. Since picking these up painting my toe nails has been a revelation, it's a much easier process now despite it feeling rather weird having your toes spread out like that!

What are your beauty essentials?<
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  1. I absolutely love L'Occitane hand creams, I always buy them for my Mum and pinch a little bit whenever I spot hers floating around in the car.

    I like the sound of a glass nail file too, I've never even heard of them!
    Catherine, xo // Lady Liquor Vintage

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    1. Thank you Catherine :) the glass nail file is quite similar to a crystal one I should imagine. I did initially write crystal but they are more expensive, glass ones seem cheaper and it is most likely the glass one I have. It's really good though and I would buy it again if I lost mine. The hand creams are lovely I agree! xx

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  2. Love these all definate essentials for me i need a good hand cream!

    
With A City Dream


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    1. Those hand creams are really nice, I also like the ones from The Body Shop xx

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  3. those head bands do not stay on my head for the life of me. Maybe my head is shaped funny lol. For those toe separators, they are pretty handy especially when they are drying, because when I get lazy and paint them successfully without the separators, i found them ruined a moment I take a step.

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    1. Oh dear! They have always worked for me which is good, there are the thicker more cloth like ones you can buy too. The toe separators are fantastic :D xx

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  4. I love crystal nail files, they've been amazing in making my nails grow! They're so gentle on the nails, and my nails have never looked and felt so strong xx

    Gemma | Miss Makeup Magpie

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    1. They are so much better than others I have tried in the past :) thanks Gemma! xx

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    1. This is the first one I have ever tried, I'm so pleased that it was a magazine freebie as if it hadn't have been I would still be in the dark about these xx

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  6. I really need to get a glass nail file! I never use toe separators though, they don't make any difference for me. Lovely post amy!!

    Jess xo

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    1. My little toes tend to make contact with each other so with nail polish on it all just gets smudged, I find them really useful. You have to try those nail files, they are wonderful :) Thank you Jess xx

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  7. I have a glass nail fail but I never use it - I'm convinced it's going to give me a fingers down blackboard feeling if I do!
    Megan x | MeganRoisinn

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    1. I recommend giving it a try Megan :) xx

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  8. i totally agree with you with the glass nail files, my sister got me one and i will never go back to the usual ones again! xx
    mollyox.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. They are really really good and save a bit of money too in the long term as mine has lasted for such a long time in comparison to previous nail files I have used xx

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  9. I hate forgetting my hand cream! one of those beauty things you just can't leave the house without!

    http://mrmrswalsh.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I agree! These little ones are super handy for our bags too :) xx

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  10. I love that hand cream so much, definitely a must-have! <3

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

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    1. Me too, the scent is really nice :) xx

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  11. lovely post x

    http://lucyabigailsmith.blogspot.co.uk/

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  12. Lovely post, I'm in desperate need of a good hand cream!

    Steph xo | Influence Blog

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    1. The L'Occitane ones are worth trying Stephanie, as are The Body Shop ones which also come in smaller sizes like the one above xx

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  13. I completely agree with the glass nail file!! Once you try it you can never go back but I broke mine this week and have to get a new one!
    It was the Leighton Denny glass nail file...it's perfect!!

    Layla xx

    www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

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    1. Oh no! I hope you can pick up another soon :) xx

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  14. I have to admit, this post has got me feeling like a bit of a bad beauty blogger; so many 'basic' products I always forget about! I don't think I've owned nail separators or cuticle sticks in my life, and hand cream is always something I neglect! Definitely going to be making a trip to Boots in the near future ha xx

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    1. Oh don't worry, there are plenty of things that I skip all of the time haha xx

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  15. I don't know why I haven't thought about using toe seperators (duh!) I have a dreadful battle painting my toes! I shall invest in some :) love this post! Nicola Xx noodlingalong.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you Nicola! Oh yes you definitely should, they will make things much easier xx

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  16. Thank you Nicola! Oh yes you definitely should, they will make things much easier xx

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  17. Oh don't worry, there are plenty of things that I skip all of the time haha xx

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  18. Oh no! I hope you can pick up another soon :) xx

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  19. The L'Occitane ones are worth trying Stephanie, as are The Body Shop ones which also come in smaller sizes like the one above xx

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  20. Me too, the scent is really nice :) xx

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  21. I agree! These little ones are super handy for our bags too :) xx

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  22. They are really really good and save a bit of money too in the long term as mine has lasted for such a long time in comparison to previous nail files I have used xx

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  23. I recommend giving it a try Megan :) xx

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  24. My little toes tend to make contact with each other so with nail polish on it all just gets smudged, I find them really useful. You have to try those nail files, they are wonderful :) Thank you Jess xx

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  25. This is the first one I have ever tried, I'm so pleased that it was a magazine freebie as if it hadn't have been I would still be in the dark about these xx

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  26. They are so much better than others I have tried in the past :) thanks Gemma! xx

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  27. Oh dear! They have always worked for me which is good, there are the thicker more cloth like ones you can buy too. The toe separators are fantastic :D xx

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  28. Those hand creams are really nice, I also like the ones from The Body Shop xx

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  29. Thank you Catherine :) the glass nail file is quite similar to a crystal one I should imagine. I did initially write crystal but they are more expensive, glass ones seem cheaper and it is most likely the glass one I have. It's really good though and I would buy it again if I lost mine. The hand creams are lovely I agree! xx

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