As a self-confessed beauty junkie, my makeup bag is probably (read: definitely) more valuable than my car. Don't think I'm joking, either.
For anyone also suffering from this well know affliction you'll know there are a few golden rules when it comes to stocking up on the best beauty buys: no crap (I haven't bought a Cola Lipsmacker since 2004), and never, EVER spend more than $50 on something you don't absolutely know suits your needs—will you really wear Pat McGrath's Glitter Lust Lip Kit to work? Didn't think so...
To help you curate your best beauty look yet, we've put together the most iconic beauty buys on the market, mixed with a few products that have risen the ranks to cult-like status (we're looking at you Charlotte Tilbury!)
These are the beauty products we simply cannot live without.
#1. Charlotte Tilbury Mini Miracle Eye Wand
For ultimate under-eye bag banishment, Charlotte Tilbury’s Mini Miracle Eye Wand is exactly that; a miracle worker!
#2. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Palette is better than any Snapchat filter! A God amongst highlighting mortals.
#3. Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate
Mr. Ford, we are not worthy! Replace your regular rosy glow with this luxe contouring palette for peak cheekbone status.
#4. Eyeko London Skinny Duo
If it’s good enough for one Alexa Chung, there’s space in my makeup bag any day. Eyeko’s Skinny Duo—perfectly pairing their award-winning mascara and eyeliner—is all you need to create a super glam winged look.
#5. Kevin Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer
You’ll know Kevin Aucoin for his excellent eyebrow pencil (we cannot get enough!), but with the release of his Sensual Skin Enhancer, all other foundations pale in comparison.
#6. Sunday Riley’s Martian Mattifying Melting Water Gel Toner
If you’re not familiar with Sunday Riley’s incredible skincare range, where have you been? You can’t turn a webpage without seeing their best-seller—the Luna Fae Oil—getting rave reviews, but it’s their Martian Mattifying Water Gel Toner that will get your skin looking dewy and blemish free.
#7. Herbivore Botanicals Rose Hybiscus Hydrating Face Mist
One spritz of Herbivore Botanicals Rose Hybiscus Hydrating Face Mist and you’ll be hooked. Packed with pure plant extracts this hard-working spray will leave your mug looking hydrated and your pores non-existent. Pop one in your desk drawer for dewy, happy skin.
#1. French Girl Organics Lumiere Body Glow Duo
For limbs with an other-worldly glow, this gorgeous scented bronzing oil and highlighting duo from French Girl Organics will make you look as though you’ve just returned from a month in the French Riviera.
#2. Buly 1803 Pommade Concrete
Buly has a rep for its oh so gorgeous packaging, but it’s their hard-working pommade we can’t get enough of.
#3. Byredo Bal D’Afrique
With notes of Cedarwood, African Marigold, lemon and bergamot, Byredo’s Bal D’Afrique is the scent you’ve been looking for. Make (permanent) room in your beauty cupboard.
#4. African Botanics Marula Firming Botanical Body Oil
The incredible blend of organic botanics makes this body oil a total beauty must-have. Usr on damp skin for supple and perfectly soft limbs.
Keil’s Crème de Corps
Probably the most perfect body cream ever made, Keil’s Crème de Corps is thick but lightweight (ideal for the Aussie climate), smells heavenly, oh, and makes your skin very, very happy.
#1. Ouai Wave Spray
Beach babes that like the really good waves need to hit up Ouai’s Wave Spray. Infused with rice protein, this magical potion is kind to coloured hair, while creating the perfect tousled look—minus that crunchy feeling.
#2. Bumble and Bumble Pret A Powder
After some serious root lift minus the chalky feeling of a dry shampoo spray? Rub Bumble and Bumble’s Prêt-à-Powder into day old hair for instant, lasting volume.
#3. Rodin Holidot Luxury Hair Oil
If you’re a slave to the dryer and straightening irons, show your tresses some serious love with Rodin’s Hollidot Luxury Hair Oil. The luxurious oil leaves dull hair looking shiny and healthy.
#4. Sachajuan Hair In The Sun
We pay all this money to make our hair look lush af, then spend a day at the beach and ruin it. Protect your assets with Sachajuan’s Hair In The Sun; perfect for the beach and as a heat protecting styling cream.
#5. Davines Minu Hair Mask
Davines Minu Hair Mask is the answer to your parched hair woes. Slap it on twice a week to thirsty strands and watch as your hair miraculously loos as though you’ve just made a trip to the salon.
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