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25 January 2017 18 comments


There are products I reach for on a daily basis, and these are the ones I'm probably most asked about - the tried and true, that have the perfect formula, finish and shade selection for everyday wear.



I suppose like any good routine, we should start with skincare. Whilst my routines chop and change regularly, there are a few products I've kept coming back to over the last few months, and these are a few that I repurchase. The Swanicoco EGF ampoule that I gushed about in my Anti-Aging Favourites, is giving me such profound, overall improvements, I can't but not include it in my everyday essentials. Another overall improver is the Cosrx AHA liquid. You can see my full review here for more but it's doing wonders at clearing up my skin and keeping most of those nasty, hormonal blemishes at bay. For hydration, Yuripibu's Artichoke essence (full review here) is pretty magical - it feels so special on my skin, as if it's full of silicones but in fact the formula is really pure and natural. To top things off on a wintery day, I reach for either my Banila Co Essence Oil, Grown Alchemist's Rosehip oil or Verso's Day Cream - all three are truly excellent, all three I've repurchased and all three 'plumpify' my skin ready for makeup.



Whilst I don't use a primer in general, I do go for a bit of Burberry's Nude Radiance, a beautiful, multi-use product that you've seen me feature regularly here on BTB (including my Best Of Burberry post) as it gets a lot of use! I mostly prefer using this as a 'primer', specifically on areas I'd like highlighted, although it works equally well as both an all over primer or a highlighter on top of makeup.




I love my Etude House Real Powder cushion (full review here - and if you don't already have this you absolutely need it!) for an easy, long wearing, everyday base as it's so foolproof to apply and doesn't need powdering on my combo skin. I apply it through the centre of my face and sheer out the rest as it's fairly pigmented. What starts off as a relatively matte finish, slowly melds into my skin over the course of the day to end up looking beautiful, natural and perfectly skin-like.

I like to conceal any blemishes with a heavy duty concealer and Laura Mercier's Secret Camouflage is probably my favourite of them all. The two-pan compact gives you the option to custom create your perfect, high coverage shade, which I'll generally pat in with my finger. If I'm in the need for powder, or if I've used a particularly glowy foundation, then Laura Mercier's loose translucent powder is among my top picks. Super fine in texture it smoothes out fine lines and just needs a quick spritz with a facial mist or setting spray to look perfectly imperceptible and velvety.




During the winter months when my skin is as pale as porcelain, Hourglass' Dim Light (I've got three versions of this I use it so much!) is the perfect warmer-upper-er, providing a hint of seamless glow. I use this liberally in place of bronzer - it's a sublime shade for paler complexions. Seemingly everyone has spoken about the Air Blushes, and if you own one you'll know why. So foolproof - I love how easy these are to apply and wear, they're delicately pigmented so you really can't go wrong.

I actually think extremely highly of Rimmel's Sculpting Palette - specifically shade 002. For under £10, and closer to £5 if you stumble upon an offer, you get three creamy, smooth and even face shades that are incredibly easy to blend and I find look even better on the skin - I'm frequently showered with compliments when wearing this one! The compact palette is perfect for travel and weekends away, I really rate it.

One of my most versatile brushes, the Nars Yachiyo's full, tapered head makes it the perfect brush for everything from highlighting, blush, bronzer and contour. For a quick, everyday look, it's the brush I reach for.




When it comes to an easy eye, any of my one-stop-shop eye products are top of my list. I'm in a bit of a 'warm brown' phase at the moment (which actually is a pretty signature look for me) and Bobbi Brown's gel liners are great for smudging into the lashline - Sunlit Bronze is a beautiful, warm shade with some inobnoxious sparkle. Pixi's Copper Glow/Bronzebeam is a similar idea - and one I also enjoy regularly. For a completely budget-friendly option, it's got to be Kiko's Cream Crush shadow in 06 Pearly Chocolate - a truly gorgeous shade, it's got a hint of Chanel's New Moon about it.


For brows, I find some kind of 'pen device' to be easiest recently, and I've been chopping and changing between Stila's Stay All Day Waterproof Brow, Suqqu-style felt tip pen with a super fine tip, and Collection's Define & Perfect, a brow powder with included applicator that gives you easy brows whether you're opting for a full or defined shape. Burberry's Cat Lashes are the finishing touch - you'll notice this is a little sample, but I've since purchased the full size. I'm in love with the hourglass-shaped wand that grabs and coats every last lash from inner to outer corner.


For lips, you'll probably have deduced by the sparse array of lipsticks I feature on BTB, that I'm not a big lippie wearer. I prefer something utterly foolproof, comfortable and quick, and my favourites lately are hands down the Burberry lip balms. A ceramic tip makes application a pleasure and all five shades are delicately tinted, hydrating and comfortable on the lips.

What are your everyday essentials?

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  1. These all look like such amazing products

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  2. The photos in this post are soo beautiful! I've been using the Cosrx bha and have been loving it. I'll have to add the aha to my wish list as well ;) I've never tried a brow pen before but I love the stila liquid eyeliner so maybe I'll love the brow pen too! Thanks for all the recs!

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

  3. Burberry's Nude Radiance sounds like such a nice product! I'll have to read a few more reviews and check it out, but from what I've heard so far it sounds like a good part of a makeup routine! x

    |Georgia Megan|

  4. I´ve heard wonders from the secret camouflage but i have never actually tried it.
    I really need to, its seems a cult classic.
    Great post!
    Vanessa x |

  5. I love your collection! There are some great products here I am dying to try out. Thanks for sharing :)

    Alexis |

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    Twitter: @AlexisAnneBlog

  6. I've never tried any of these products but I like the sound of all of them! Beautiful photos too! X


  7. Reading this makes me regret not trying Cosrx when I was in Korea, it's been hyped for some time too.

    Selene Addicted

  8. I'm really intrigued by the Etude House Real Powder Cushion now, the evolution throughout the day sounds quite unique to me! The Rimmel Sculpting Palette sounds great as well :)

  9. Beautiful photography ! I really want to try some of the Hourglass powders they look amazing.

  10. My every day essential is the Laura Mercier Loose powder, I use it like crazy!
    Great post, thanks for sharing!

    N, xoxo. |

  11. I love the products you have picked! One of my essentials is the chanel cream bronzer as I can wear it with or without foundation and it just gives that nice bronzed glow xx

    Zoe Mountford x

  12. Lovely photos! Your picks sound lovely. I must check out that Rimmel palette since you talk so highly of it! :)

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

  13. I am one of them who raves about Marc Jacobs Air-Blush, I absolutely adore mine. I have been eyeing the Rimmel trio, many seems to love it and I'm starting to think I'm missing out on something special.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  14. I really want to try some Burberry makeup and after reading your posts I think I'm going to have to!

    Danielle xx

  15. I need Sunlit Bronze! I love a cream eyeshadow - it's so quick and easy for everyday use and this is just my sort of shade :)

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  16. Gorgeous products, Burberry is such a stunning brand. I haven't tried any of their products, but I really want to. Great post xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

  17. Beautiful routine Jennifer! I am in love with your photography skills too. I now need to make a list of new make-up products to try!

  18. I've added all your skincare essentials to my wishlist now - I'm especially intrigued by the verso day cream as my moisturizer will be running out soon! Thank you for sharing!

    Jenny // Geeky Posh


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