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Wednesday 8 March 2017

The A-Z of my favourite beauty products

Favourites, Anastasia Beverly Hills, BECCA, clarins, dermalogica, Estée Lauder, GLAMGLOW, Hourglass, Jo Malone, Kerastase, Lancaster, Marc Jacobs, Natasha Denona, Omorovicza, Pixi, Oskia, stila, Urban Decay, Xen Tan,

I saw a similar post on From Roses a few months back and it got me thinking that whilst I often say that I must have an eyeshadow in every colour under the sun, I must also have a product for every letter in the alphabet so today I have complied my favourites for each letter (some brands, some specific products) and I would love to hear what your favourites are too!

A. Anastasia Beverly Hills - This is the brand in general. I first fell in love with the Brow Wiz but then moved on to the eyeshadows and now have four palettes - they are so easy to work with, soft, smooth and easy to blend and don't get me started on the highlighters!

B. Becca Champagne Pop - Needs no introduction! The softest highlighter I own in terms of texture, extremely pigmented and the perfect colour for my medium skin.

C. Clarins Beauty Flash Balm - The most repurchased item in my beauty collection. It has been a staple product for me for the best part of 16/17 years. I love how fresh it makes my skin look and all bases work well over this primer.

D. Dermalogica Precleanse - I love a good number of Dermalogica products but have recently fallen back in love with precleanse. My double cleansing routine began with this product around 10 years ago. It breaks down every little bit of makeup completely and doesn't sting my eyes at all or dry out my skin out - the perfect first cleanse.

E. Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair - A skincare staple for me. I've said it before and I'll say it again - if I could only own one luxury skincare item, this would be it. It hydrates, nourishes, repairs and soothes the skin. I want to try the oil/mask version soon!

F. Fleur De Force Eyelashes - I adore the Fleur Loves eyelashes because they are a shorter strip than most lashes, which looks more natural whilst still adding more definition to my eyes.

G. Glamglow ThirstyMud - I have tried all of the GlamGlow masks and most of them are very over-hyped (I fell for the hype myself but then moved on to masks that I prefer), this however, is worth the hype. This is the most hydrating overnight treatment that I've used. My dry skin loves it and it is another staple in my skincare collection and one that I have repurchased probably 7/8 times.

H. Hourglass - The blushes are like no other that I have tried. I love everything about them - from the texture to the pigmentation to the individuality of each one due to the intertwining with the base powders. I love them! Luxurious but worth the money!

I. Institut Estherderm - I won a tube of face self tanner last year on Elisabeth's Instagram and it was the perfect summer product. Usually fake tans dry my face out or congest my pores, but this was brilliant for adding some colour, without doing either of those things and also without looking unnatural. 

J. Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt - I adore this fresh, breezy, slightly masculine scent. It is so different from every other perfume in my collection but I love it. It's beautiful on its own but also when layered with other scents. 

K. Kérastase Incroyable - A hair styling game changer, which I raved about here. If you want your hair style to last a few days without any stickiness or weight, you need this in your life!

L. Lancaster Sun Creams & Aftersun - Since discovering this aftersun a few years ago, I haven't looked back and have now moved on to using the SPF too. If you want to maintain your tan, whilst keeping skin supple, nourished and protected then I highly recommend this brand.

M. Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara - If you want big, voluminous, dramatic lashes without any clumping, crisping or smudging then you need this mascara in your life! It's the first one that has really rivaled YSL Faux Cils for me.

N. Natasha Denona - I love pretty much everything I have tried from this brand, but the eyeshadows and highlighting products, in particular, are amazing! Read more here.

O. Omorovicza - The brand in general can do no wrong in my eyes. Every single product is gentle but extremely effective and their products have transformed my skin. Read more here.

P. Pixi Glow Tonic - A staple in my daily skincare routine. This glycolic toner gently removes dead skin cells leaving my skin looking brighter, more refined and feeling softer  what more could I ask for?

Q. Queen of Hungary Mist - This fine mist from Omorovicza is refreshing, yet soothing on the skin. It is perfect for balancing the skin after an acid toner, for refreshing makeup or as a setting spray to soften the look of powders/matte bases without disturbing them. 

R. Renaissance Cleansing Mask - My number one face mask because it does it all - exfoliates, softens, smooths and brightens. My skin looks so much brighter and youthful when I use this mask and it isn't harsh, which makes it perfect for my sensitive skin.

S. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner - I have the awkward combination of oily eyelids and watery eyes and this liner is the best that I have found for not budging from the time it is applied until I remove it. I also love that it is a glossy black and it doesn't fade.

T. Tangle Teezer - I use my tangle teezer daily and I love that it just glides through my (knotty) hair without any tugging. I especially love the new version with the handle.

U. Urban Decay - Their eyeshadows are the products that I love most from this brand and I love that the quality in the palettes is just as good as with the individual shadows, which doesn't always happen with other brands. I need to try some of their highlighters and new liquid lipsticks soon!

V. Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb - Apart from having one of the prettiest bottles ever, this floral, sweet fragrance is so feminine and sexy. 

W. Wella SP Repair Mask - A brilliant hair mask if you have dry/damaged/heat treated hair like mine! It will leave your hair smooth, soft and shiny!

X. Xen Tan Moroccan Tan - My favourite ever self-tanning product because it is impossible to streak, gives a very golden tan without looking orange or bronze, it lasts well and fades evenly - ticks all of the boxes for me. The new Ultra Dark version is a love/hate product for me though - read more here.

Y. YSL Rouge Volupte #1 Nude Beige - My favourite ever lipstick! I love the creamy texture because it feels so comfortable on the lips but it isn't so creamy that it will slide all over my face. The pinky-nude colour is absolute perfection and works with every eye look and both day and night.

Z. Zoeva - I haven't tried any of the much raved about brushes from this brand yet, but the eyeshadows are excellent quality - much higher than you would expect for the price (£17.50 or €22). The texture is buttery, the pigmentation is excellent and the staying power is just as good as any high end brand.

I'm amazed that I had a product for every single letter - in fact there were some letters that I could have put a few products in! Are any of your favourites included here? Have you done a similar post? Please leave a link below if you have because I would love to read!

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