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Sunday, 20 October 2019

I don't know about you...but I'm feeling 22!

On Friday 18th October, I turned 22! It feels like yesterday that I was sitting down and writing my post for my 21st birthday...this year has gone super quick! 22 is an age that I have been looking forward to. There's no specific reason but I feel like it's going to be a good year for me, or, I'm going to try and make it one of the best years! Usually, I always write lifestyle themed blog posts for my birthday, but this year, I wanted to do something a little different. As it was only last year that I wrote my post on 21 things I've learnt in 21 years, I thought this year I would focus on beauty. So, today's post is all about my 22 favourite products which I have discovered. This includes a mixture of beauty, skincare and hair care! It was hard to narrow down to just 22 things but I managed to do it...I have tried to pick products that are still available in case anyone is interested in looking into them. So, here are 22 of my absolute favourite products that I would highly recommend to anyone. 

All images in this post are by Josey Grace Photography

Contouring is one of my favourite steps of a makeup routine and I have tried lots of different products. But out of them all, this palette by Urban Decay is 100% my favourite! The shades are perfect and the quality is super long lasting. It blends really well and I couldn't recommend this enough. 

I have spoken about this mascara a lot on my platforms and it's simply because...I don't use any other mascara! A few years ago I used to use various mascara's within my collection, but, after discovering this one, I use nothing else! It's the best mascara I have ever used and I especially love that it's waterproof as it's long lasting! It gives my lashes volume and the quality is amazing. 

I never thought I would get excited over a primer but this product is one that I always recommend. This primer from Barry M is one of my favourite products and works like a treat! It leaves my skin feeling super soft, I feel like makeup goes on better when I am wearing this product and I know that it helps my makeup to last longer. A product that I think needs to be talked about more!

This palette is one that I couldn't leave out of this post as I have loved it for years. It's one of my go to palettes as I know it works so well. The quality is amazing, the colour's offer me different choices and the palette smells like chocolate...what more could you want? My favourites shades are Salted Caramel, Marzipan, Hazlenut and Champagne Truffle. 

I have a few of these lipsticks and I first discovered them when I purchased them in Paris. They are by far some of my favourite lip products and ones that I always go for. I can't wait to buy some more shades when I go to Paris in December! My favourite is the shade Strawberry Kiss which is number 3. This is such an amazing red shade! It's so pigmented, long lasting and super affordable too. Everyone always asks me about this product as it never budges throughout the day!

I have quite a lot of highlighters but I instantly knew which one I wanted to include in this post as it's by far a great find! The Revolution Rainbow highlighter is insane! The pigment of this product is amazing and people always ask me what highlighter I'm wearing when I have this on. The product only costs £4 and it's better than the majority in my collection. One to look for if you love highlighters like I do!

This is a product that everyone has got to love and seems to own in their collection. I am also on board with this as I have had this product for a while now and is my go to powder choice. The Laura Mercier Translucent Powder is a well know product in the beauty world and it's because it is amazing! I struggle with shine when it comes to makeup but this has definitely helped! It's my trusty product that I use all the time!

One of my all time favourite makeup products is the Urban Decay Heat Palette. The shades included are a dream come true! All the Autumnal shades which everyone loves! I can use this palette all year round and create so many different looks with it. The shades are pigmented and long lasting and the palette offers a mixture of mattes and glitters too. One of my top recommended eye shadow palettes to anyone!

I only wear false lashes when it's some form of event like a night out or a birthday and over the past few months, I have discovered my favourite lashes yet. The Dani Beauty Shook Lashes are perfect! If you don't already know, this brand is owned by a YouTuber called Dani Mansutti. I bought a few of her lashes to try out and these are my favourite. They change the whole look! I find them easy to apply and I don't usually have to touch them at all as they stay on all night! If you love wearing false lashes, then I would try these ones as they are amazing!

This post wouldn't be right without including one of my faithful products, Bow n Arrow liquid lipstick by Kat Von D. Everyone has a nude lipstick that is there go to choice and this is mine! It's the perfect shade, is long lasting and lightweight! I need to try out so many of the other shades as I love this product. 

11. Fenty Beauty Duo - Instant Retouch Primer and Soft Matte Foundation

Even though these two products are fairly new to my makeup collection, I had to include them as I am so impressed! The Fenty Beauty Primer and Foundation are an incredible base for my makeup. The primer leaves your skin feeling soft and the foundation is amazing coverage and is buildable which I really like. The reason why I love these products so much is because they are long lasting and makeup goes on so well on top of them. Overall, very impressed! Since Rihanna has created these products...of course they were going to be amazing!

Dry Shampoo is something that I have used for years and is a must have product for me. I have tried a few different brands but I always go back to Batiste as I personally think you can't beat it! I have always used their original range but recently, they brought out a new range of dry shampoo's and I am converted! The new Volume Dry Shampoo is my new favourite product and I have been telling so many people about it. For someone who suffers with flat hair, this is a bit of a game changer for me! I stocked up with 4 bottles last week as I know how much I am going to be using it. 

This is up there with one of my favourite skincare products! As you will be able to see, The Body Shop appears quite a lot on this list and that's simply because it'y my favourite brand ever! The Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate is a really amazing product that keeps my skin at it's best. I have re-bought this product multiple times now and I don't think I'll ever stop using it! I love the texture of this product and would highly recommend this. 

I have used a lot of different body butters and lotions, but this has to be one of my favourite. The Body Shop Strawberry Body Yogurt is one that I had seen a lot over social media and knew I wanted to try! I really love the smell of this product and the packaging is really cool as well. It doesn't leave your skin feeling sticky and makes your skin feel really hydrated. They do a few different scents for this product so it's one I would recommend looking into! I always make sure I am looking after my skin as best as I can and this product is helping out a lot!

Micellar water has changed the game of makeup removal a lot over the past year or so. As makeup wipes are really bad for the environment, I avoided these straight away and moved over to micellar water. Micellar water is really helping with my skin as I know it is cleaning it properly and removing my makeup a lot better! I don't think wipes fully worked properly, but using micellar water leaves your skin feeling clean and fresh. The Simple one is my favourite that I have used so far!

I love testing out different face masks and I always love to use them on a pampering Sunday. I tested out the Superdrug Superfruits Face Mask a while ago now and have been using them ever since. They always help to leave my skin looking so much clearer and give's my skin the care it needs! They are extremely affordable and I always make sure I have a stock of these. I think it's a product I 100% wanted to include in today's post as I know it's a product that a lot of people haven't used before but I know is one of my all time favourites. 

As you may have seen on my social media a few months ago, I was kindly sent the Smile Now Teeth Whitening Strips to test out. I was on the hunt for a while for some cruelty free teeth whitening strips so I am so happy they approached me to work with them as I have found a product that I really love and use! These work really really well and are so easy to use. I personally think they are affordable and really great quality. They are so easy to order as they are on Amazon and I know a few of my friends have bought these to try after I had tested them. A great product recommendation for those cruelty free lovers out there like myself! 

The Mango Body Lotion from the Body Shop is one of my favourite skincare products. It's really lightweight and the fragrance of this product is one of my favourite things about it. It's really good for allowing your skin to feel hydrated and dries really quickly as well. This product is affordable and from an amazing brand too! If you're looking to try out a new body lotion, then I would recommend this one as it's high quality and works!

Another product from The Body Shop...I'm not sorry as there's more! It's the BEST brand. This product is one that I have used for a while now and know I always need in my collection. When I am having a bad skin day, I will use this on a night before I go to sleep, as I know by the morning my skin will already look clearer. Whatever's in this product works! I don't use this everyday but have to use it when I am having a breakout as it's one of the only products that clears my skin quickly! A product that everyone needs in their skincare collection.

Of course I had to include a hand cream in this post as it's something that I always need to have on me. As you can probably tell by now, the mango scented products from the body shop are some of my favourites. I think it's super important to always use hand cream on a daily basis, especially if you get your nails done like I do as it will help to look after them. This hand cream is lightweight and drys quickly which is exactly what I look for in a hand cream. It leaves my hands smelling amazing and is the perfect sized product for any handbag!

This is a product that I use around 3 times a week as a moisturiser before I go to sleep. This is the perfect product for allowing your skin to get the hydration it needs. If I know my skin is feeling dry, this product will fix that overnight. I love the texture of this product and it has lasted me so so long because you don't need to use a lot of this product. A skincare product that I will always have in my collection!

Finally, but one of the most important, I had to end this post with the cotton pads that I use to remove my makeup and apply some of my skincare. I have been recommending these to so many people as I think everyone needs to make the change from using either makeup wipes or regular cotton pads. They are both bad for the environment and these reusable ones will work out a lot cheaper in the long run too! I got these from Amazon and absolutely love them. You get 16 pads in total and they come with 2 wash bags as well. They are very easy to use and very easy to clean! The texture is really soft and the right move everyone needs to take for making their skincare routine more environmentally friendly!

So there way have it, 22 of my favourite products that I have discovered over the years. All of these products are cruelty free and all different price ranges. I have linked everything if anyone is interested in the products and as always, if anyone has any questions about any of the products that I haven't covered, please just let me know!

I've had a really good weekend to celebrate my birthday with friends and family! I am glad to be back blogging again and shooting with the wonderful Josey who has shot all the images in this blog post. I am making lots of plans for my blog and Instagram content so make sure you're following me on other platforms to keep up to date. 

I will be back again very soon with another post! 



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