Sunday, 27 August 2017

My Everyday Essentials

I do so many posts on some really amazing products, which are either limited edition, or brand new, or a little different, but I haven't yet done a post on My Everyday Essentials, the products which I use day in, day out, yet at the end of the day these are the products which I obviously love the most, and so I thought I would do a post on all the things I use on a daily basis...
Starting with haircare, and as I have highlights at the moment, I have been using the Pro:Voke Liquid Blonde Colour Care Shampoo and Conditioner (£3.99/£4.99). I think it is super important to use a colour care shampoo and conditioner if you have coloured hair as they protect the colour from fading, especially if you have something like a bright red or black. Liquid Blonde prevents colour build-up and dulling to give me soft and manageable hair, and also includes light-reflecting particles and Tamanu Oil which makes your hair look really shiny and vibrant. I think the price point for this duo is also really reasonable so it's not going to break the bank whilst caring for your tresses.
Something I use pretty much day in, day out without fail is Batiste (£2.99), and I have done since they first ever brought it out and you could only get it in one fragrance. Now there's a whole collection of scents, plus styling products. Their most recent fragrance release is the Rose Gold one, which includes top notes of Bergamot and Freesia, middle notes of Rose, Jasmine and Almond, and Base Notes of Vanilla, Praline and Orris. It smells really lovely without being overpowering and I don't need to tell you what Batiste dry shampoo does, we all know, love and appreciate it. Can I get a Hallelujah?
Something I have been using for a short while now, but which has transformed the condition of my hair is the Michael Van Clarke 3 More Inches Magic Oil (£24.50). This has been formulated to give all the benefits of Moroccan Oil, but without the damaging effects of silicone and is infused with natural oils to combat frizz and ease styling whilst nourishing and protecting the hair. A little goes a long way with this, and so the handy sized glass bottle is going to last you a while. I have quite long hair but it is really fine, so I only need 1-2 drops warmed between my palms, but if you have thicker hair than maybe 3-4 would suffice.
Moving on to body care, and starting with the Bic Miss Soleil Razors (£3.85). I like to switch my razors quite often as I am a bit of a clean freak, and this pack of four disposable ones is more than affordable and allows me to change them more frequently than if I had an electric razor. They're super pretty and come in different shades of pink with little flowers cut out of the handles. There is a strip of Vitamin E above the blades to help keep your skin conditioned whilst shaving.
On to body lotion, and I'm not going to lie, it isn't something I use every morning and every evening religiously, because my skin doesn't need it, but my moisturiser of choice is the Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Body Lotion (£3.99). Palmers is such a much-loved body care staple all over the world, and you really cannot go wrong at under a fiver for a large bottle. This can be used all over the body to moisturise and soften the skin, and can also help smooth and blend marks and scars, so is also a little bit of a treatment product. As I have had a lot of operations, I do have a lot of scars on my tummy, so it's nice to use a product that helps take care of this.
As a blogger I am fortunate enough to try a multitude of skincare products, but the first one I have been loving a lot lately is the Bioderma Mild Cleansing Foaming Gel (£10.50), which comes in a pretty pink bottle. This beauty gently removes makeup from the face and eyes, to calm the skin, soothe it and give you that ever so fresh clean feeling. It has been formulated using an exclusive DAF complex and active ingredients to reinforce the skin's tolerance threshold and hydration. I love how it comes in a pump bottle as this makes it so quick and easy to use, especially in a morning before work and is fragrance-free and soap-free, making it great for even sensitive skin.
For a moisturiser I have been obsessed with the Vichy Slow Age Day Fluid (£30), which comes in such a stunning glass bottle - packaging to me is important! This lightweight creamy emulsion helps to visibly change and slow down the predictive course of skin's ageing. I found that within just one use, my skin felt super moisturised and protected all day long, and the longer you continue to use it, the stronger and better the results. Another amazing thing about the Fluid is that it has an SPF25 so you can rest assured that your skin is being cared for every single day.
Even though my skin has improved since my operations, due to a change in hormones, I still have quite red, sensitised skin, along with large pores, and so before I apply my makeup I have been using the Nurture Replenish Instant Skin Perfector (£13.95). This works as a primer to provide a base for your makeup and instantly blurs the appearance of skin imperfections such as fine lines, wrinkles and pores. It is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin, and contains red clover and lipobelle soyaglycone to give skin a lift and to provide antioxidant protection.
Mascaras I use daily at the moment include the L'Oreal Paradise Mascara, which I recently did a post on, and the Body Shop Lash Hero Fibre Extension Mascara (£12). Because my lashes are very fine, short, straight and blonde, I often need something a little extra with my mascara, and with this mascara having a fibre applicator, this works great for me. It adds volume and lengthens my lashes, and its pretty quick and easy to use, you simply brush on the fibres from one end of the mascara, and then coat the lashes with the mascara end. I love how this comes in different colours too, and the green looks gorgeous!
Something I didn't think I needed until I tried it is the Inglot HoldOn Lip Primer (£9). This lip primer is super easy to use, and goes on translucent so that you can't mess it up, to provide care to the lips, as well as preparing them for makeup application. The HoldOn Lip Primer extends the wear of your lipstick or gloss and helps to bring out its colour depth, all whilst being made with Cotton Seed Oil, Vitamin E and Shea Butter, which are renowned for their nourishing and moisturising properties.
A nail polish top coat which I have used for well over ten years is the Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat (£9). It has a patented formula which allows it to penetrate through nail polish to the base coat, forming a single solid coating for a much more durable finish and doesn't allow polish to stain the nails. It helps to dry the nails quicker than normal and leaves your colour looking super glossy and polished, allowing you a salon-worthy manicure without a salon price tag!
All the Loves,
Kathryn x

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