Although I have quite a large collection of products, there are ones that I reach for over and over again. Tried and tested, the following 5 products are items that I can’t live without (big call, I know)…
I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it until I am blue in the face, the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Universal Peels have completely changed my skin. I have been absolutely obsessed with these little miracle pads for about 18 months. The patented two-step formula is unlike anything else on the market and it delivers the most effective skin care treatment I have ever used. After using these, my skin is refined, brighter and fresher while my pores look diminished and fine lines reduced. I cannot sing the praises of the Alpha Beta peels enough. I would gladly give up all other skincare products to be able to use these forever… well, these and a touch of moisturiser 😉
I couldn’t tell you how much tubes of Clean Blonde I have gone through over the years. This shampoo tones my hair like nothing else. Not only that, but it doesn’t dry out my fine hair, nor does it make it dull or frizzy. I am pretty easy-going when it comes to hair, but one thing I cannot stand is brassy tones, this little mother sorts them out quick smart. My shower is never without this indigo beauty.
I call this my facial in a compact. This beautiful powder gives my skin the most stunning natural glow. My skin looks fresh, bright, radiant and just glowing with health. I don’t know how Hourglass do it, but there is some kind of sorcery in this powder. I use a light dusting all over my face as the last step in my makeup routine and the result is an ethereal radiance that needs to be seen to be believed.
I have been raving about this corrector for years now. This glorious little pot rids my undereye area of discolouration, it brightens and refreshes without caking or creasing. I use this every time I apply makeup, and even often when I don’t. You can read more about it here, along with the rest of the Becca Bright Eyes range.
There are many imitations, but no one has quite replicated the magic that is the Beauty Blender. I refuse to apply my foundation with anything other than my trusty sponge. I find my base looks more seamless, foundation looks natural and there isn’t any threat of cakeface. The Beauty Blender blends out cream products effortlessly and is the perfect tool for baking. I never travel without one and always have plenty of backups on hand. Nothing, I mean nothing, compares to the Beauty Blender.
I would love to hear what your top 5 Holy Grail Products are.
I am super passionate about good quality beauty tools. I think the saying ‘you’re only as good as the tools you use’ rings true, even when it comes to beauty. You can have the highest quality foundation, but if you apply it with a ratchet scratchy foundation brush, it will always be patchy and streaky – And vise versa. Use a high quality sponge or brush and your drugstore foundation will look like an airbrushed dream.
Here is a run down of my favourite brushes and brands.
The best brush kits and basics – Zoeva
These brushes and flippin’ magical. Seriously. A couple of years ago I invested in two Zoeva brush sets and I never looked back. These babies have lasted insanely well. They are as dense, in-shape and effective as the day I first got them. While these aren’t the most expensive or inexpensive brushes on the market, I personally believe they perform the best. The Complete Eye Set and the the Vegan Face Set would be ideal places to start, but I do have my all-time favourites as well. Oh, and they come in a range of finishes to match your vanity 😉
The 234 Luxe Smokey Shaper brush is perfect for patting on an eyeshadow with high pigment or shimmer. It transfers the shadow perfectly and is great for laying down any base eyeshadow.
The 244 Luxe Defined Crease Brush has completely changed my eyeshadow game. It fits perfectly into the crease of my hooded eyes and blends out eyeshadow like a dream. It really allows me to add depth and dimension to my crease subtly, and allows product build up without going over board. This is seriously my #1 when it comes to a smoky eye. I think it is a fantastic brush for a beginner, because you cannot go wrong with this little gem.
The 228 Crease Brush is ideal for blending out your finished eye look. It a lovely tapered fluffy brush that diffuses your dark outer corner and blends all shows together to complete the look. I can create a whole eye look just with this trusty brush alone.
The 322 Brow Liner seriously changed the way I did my eyebrows. I remember trying for months to get my eyebrows on point with the ABH Dip Brow, but I just could not get the results I desired. When I got this baby in brush set, it changed everything.The pomade applied perfectly and I was able to get a really defined line. To this day, it is still my go-to brow brush.
Hands down the best beauty tool in the biz. This little squishy tear drop of magic blends like nothing else. While is does tend to sheer out foundations a touch, it makes your base melt into your skin and prevent the dreaded mask effect. It is great to use after a brush application of foundation as well, to even out and ensure no streaky coverage. I use my BB everyday, without fail. Not only for foundation but for creme blush and contour, and liquid illuminisers. It has been replicated a fair bit, and there are great inexpensive options, but the original will always be my pick. I do prefer the black pro version too, purely because of the colour.
This is the best idea I have seen in a long time. The bottom of these gorgeous brushes are magnetic and stand ever so stylishly in the rectangle stand. Not only do they add a little chicness to your vanity but they are great quality and really practical, too. The brush range isn’t huge, but the tools they do have are fabulous. I particularly love the stumpy little kabuki brush, which is lovely and dense and super soft. Perfect for blending out powders and making things look seamless. I also really love the Foundation Buffer Brush which is oh-so perfect for …you guessed it, buffing out foundation. But also the size is great for getting in around the nose and chin area to reduce caking and patchiness.
Best base and cheek brushes – IT Cosmetics*
Even by just looking at IT Cosmetics brushes you can tell how soft and luxurious they are going to be. I was kindly gifted a gorgeous set of these brushes and have been on the hunt for more since. The Heavenly Luxe Flawless Foundation Brush is the most perfectly dense foundation brush I’ve ever used. It is a great size to effortlessly blend out product, and the brush hairs are so soft and leave a gorgeous even finish.
I pick my Heavenly Luxe cheek brush over most of my other brushes to apply blush. The size is perfect to add pigment to the apples of my cheeks, and the shape is perfect for blending out and diffusing. The bristles pick up just enough product to disperse enough pigment.
These shiny guys have only recently landed at Beauty Bender HQ , but it was love at first sight. I love the gun-metal gray aesthetic and love that they don’t have a wooden handle. These brushes are super soft and are actually weighted better than other more expensive alternatives. I honestly cannot pick a favourite out of the brushes that I own. Platinum Brushes are definitely comparable to IT Cosmetics, but for a fraction of the price. Would you believe that these gorgeous little things are available from Woolworths exclusively? Get on to it ladies.
Eco tools make some really great quality beauty tools. They have recently updated their range with new handles and new brush styles. I am currently obsessed with the ECO Tools Sheer Powder Brush. With its soft bristles and tapered shape, I have been using this little dude for dusting away translucent powder used for baking. Eco Tools also have great brush sets in Priceline, usually with dual ended brushed that are so practical and perfect for travel, but not sparing on the quality. Eco Tools have recently released some new Beauty Sponges too, which look great for baking. I’ve been keeping a keen eye out for these little green babies.
Nude By Nature
Nude By Nature just keep coming out with the goods, whether it be cosmetics or tools, they are really ahead of the drugstore game at the moment. I only have a few of their brushes, but I adore what I do have. The Ultimate Perfecting Brush is absolutely fabulous! The shape and density is great for adding a shadow underneath your cheekbone. It fits into the contours of the face perfectly and delivers product like a dream. It fits in my hand comfortably and feels oh-so soft. I also love the BB Brush* to spread out sheerer foundations. It applies and blends product really well without to much tugging and dragging across the skin.
I have a fab little brush from Natio that I have been loving for quite a while now. It’s a dual ended foundation and concealer brush that is so handy. I actually love using this brush for dabbing on under-eye concealer. It is the perfect size and shape to gently pat on product and then blend out. I also take this brush with me in my handbag to touch up through the day. It really is a great option for an inexpensive price.
I’m not going to pretend that these brushes don’t cost an arm and a leg, but man, just look at these pieces of art. They are weighted perfectly and I just feel so glamorous just using them. I especially love the rose gold cheek brushes which really work well with bronzers and blushes. Do you need these highly priced babies? Not really, no. But they sure are pretty.
This brush doesn’t need many words to sum up why I love it. I mean, just look at it. Apart from being eye-catching and deliciously luxe, the dual ended brush is beautifully soft and works like a charm. I NEED the whole set of these bad boys.
*DISCLAIMER – Although this product was sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.