My Staple Beauty Products for 2021
It wouldn’t be a new year if I didn’t post about my staple beauty products of the last one! I might be spending more pennies on cleaning products than makeup these days – but it makes those treats even more special. From skincare to haircare to makeup, there are plenty of products I’m definitely taking into 2021. A couple of these products have been in my collection for years; but most of them were first time purchases last year. I’ve found myself trying new formulas, and even new brands! Feast your eyes on my staple beauty products for 2021…
I’ve been using this treatment from Redken ever since my first hair extensions were removed in 2018. My hair is naturally fine and prone to breakage – so I use this after every wash. My hair is my crowning glory, and it’s so important that it stays in good condition; especially given that it’s bleached in the salon every couple of months! A bottle lasts me absolutely ages, even though my hair is a bit longer than it used to be.
More sheer than the other foundations in my collection, yet still offering good coverage, I’ve really enjoyed using this product as my base. It feels so lightweight, that I forget I’m wearing makeup. There aren’t many foundations that you can say that about! I mix shades 120 and 150 – I apply with a beauty blender, it blends out like a dream. I team it up with Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Face Primer and Too Faced Born This Way Loose Setting Powder for a lasting finish.
I was apprehensive about this product given its high price point – but after just one use, I knew it was going to be one of my top beauty products of 2020. The mask is pink when pumped from the pot, and is activated when massaged into the skin (it turns white when this happens). I tend to use face masks at night, but this one can actually be used before applying makeup. It leaves your skin THAT smooth. It contains active ingredients, so make sure you wear SPF every day if using it (you should be anyway!)
I finally dipped my toes in the NARS pond earlier this year – and I wasn’t disappointed. I picked up the mini version of this bronzer; it was during lockdown, I couldn’t exactly see the shades! I didn’t need to worry – this bronzer warms up my skin perfectly. Plus, it has just the right amount of pigment. I’ve found out the hard way that some are WAY too pigmented, whilst you really need to go in on some to see even a touch of colour on the skin. But I’ll definitely be repurchasing this one in full-size once I’ve run out!
I’ve started to migrate towards cruelty free lashes this year. I still wear my Tatti Lashes (no point throwing them out when I’ve already paid for them) but I love the range offered by IRB. Plus, we should be supporting small businesses! Sugar is my favourite from the range. It’s the one I get the most compliments on – and the variance in lash length adds a touch of drama without going overboard. For a bit more oomph, check out the Spice lashes!
Ole Henriksen C-Rush Brightening Moisturisers
I couldn’t choose between the two formulations on this one! I received a mini C-Rush Brightening Gel Creme as part of a gift set for Christmas back in 2019, and fell in love straight away. The gel formulation absorbs into my skin so quickly – and I’m obsessed with the orange scent! When they released the Double Creme version, I knew it would be perfect for the winter months. I wasn’t planning on being stuck indoors with the central heating, but the Double Creme is being put to good use! Both formulations sit well under makeup, although I tend to use the lighter version if I’m wearing a heavier foundation just to avoid any chance of shine.
I always thought salicylic acid was my skincare product of dreams – I was totally wrong. I’ve gone through so much niacinamide in 2020! Like salicylic acid, niacinamide is often used to assist with reducing blemishes – and it’s often combined with zinc for a double whammy. It also aims to reduce redness, improving your overall skin tone. I’ve picked up niacinamide from The Ordinary, The Inkey List and even Superdrug’s own brand. It’s kind to sensitive skin and doesn’t clash with many other skincare ingredients – music to my ears.
What are your staple beauty products for this year? xx