‘Holy Grail’ can be thrown around a lot these days – be it the new cleanser that hits the nail on the head, the blemish busting formula to give you clear skin with ease, or the perfect matte lip that doesn’t dry your lips and has an amazing colour, but these products don’t come without truth. For some they some they might not be the best thing in the world, but within the world of beauty holy grail products are our own personal loves that suit our skin needs and favourite formulas to make us repurchase them again and again.
Now I had to really scale down on what’s included on this list, but it shows that over the years I’ve finally learnt to buy and invest in products that I’ll actually use and work – no more gloopy gloss or stripping skincare thank you! So sit back and prepare for a wordy post on why I love all these products, and see if you fall in love with them too…
Let’s start with the skincare – the base, where the skin should be treated and nourished for a lovely canvas for you to enhance as you please. There are some elements I like to test the waters on such as cleansers, but a notable mention has to go to Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm – talk about a spa in a tub *insert heart eyes emoji!* My big thing in skincare is blemish/spot-free skin that’s nourished, clear and soft so there’s lots of oils, creams and salicylic acid to keep the skin fresh.
I’ve fallen hard for these three products as they always work to keep my complexion clear – firstly Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask, which takes off those top few layers of skin to reveal a smooth, even complexion and also looks like marmalade (don’t let that put you off though). I’ve finally invested in the full-size version after the amazing results of this bad-boy – it must be love! For clarifying, I’ve spoken enough about Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Mask so I’ll give you the jist – a blemish buster that reduces redness and swelling of any popper, helping to clear out the dirt and is packed full of natural ingredients; from a 10 minute mask to an overnight treatment, it will help you keep your skin clear. For an added purge of the hidden gunk and also to help repair the breakouts, Elemis Herbal Lavendar Repair Mask is another ‘most talked about’ product on Britton Loves but for good reason; it helps to calm the skin whilst bringing up and out the unwanted grime with minimal irritation and a great smell. Both of these combined are a killer team for ultimate cleansing and clear skin so they won’t be leaving my side anytime soon!
Moving onto skin nourishers but still with a blemish busting theme, how can I forget La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+*? A light moisturising lotion that helps reduce blemishes, blackheads and keep skin looking clear. I can safely say that without this in my routine I can see a big change in my skin – it’s worth the £11 for clearer pores and quick clearing of any blemish marks.
If you’re looking for skin nourishment, then these next two are for you – for a deep hit of hydration that the skin drinks up with pleasure, Clarins Hydraquench is the best range; whether you try the day or night cream, even the comfort mask for an intensive soak of moisture in the depths of winter, on a long haul flight, or to give your dehydrated areas a boost, your skin will thank you! For something more natural, I can’t stop using Egyptian Magic; a small amount goes a long way and it’s worth the £23 – and everyone else thinks so too as it’s sold out in Space NK constantly and a few of my friends have been converted from my review here.
Since using MyChelle Advanced Argan Oil* my skin has balanced so much – with combination skin that doesn’t want too much oil but needs nourishing, this gives my skin everything it needs. When it needs a really target and effected spot treatment however, I always rely on Clarins Super Restorative Cream which helps balance hormones and clear up any and all spots – a true miracle worker (minus the hefty price). Speaking of Clarins miracles, the Instant Eye Make-Up Remover is outstanding – a slightly soaked cotton pad swept across the eye will take off all your liner, mascara, everything! Worth the pennies.
I am more of a skincare girl, but I do love my key beauty pieces and invest where I can in great products. For £7.99 Revlon ColourBurst Matte Balms are some of the best wearable lip pencils on the market – long-lasting, great range of colours and nourishing whilst staying matte, go grab some when you next hit Boots! Also while you’re there, give Maybelline Mascara a go – for long, volumised lashes I find their range the bee’s knees; from Volum’Express to the new Lash Sensational launch, each mascara does magic to my lashes by doubling them in size and lashing for hours – just promise you’ll try them? And of course, my brow favourite in the form of Sleek Brow Stylist in Light*, a worthy dupe contender of Anastasia Brow Whiz thanks to the workable wax formula and life-saving spoolie – say hello to amazing tamed brows!
Higher end, you can’t go wrong with a bit of MAC can you? Their lipsticks are one of my favourite formulas and they always last through the day, especially my holy grail Russian Red – I’ll save the shpeel as I always go on about it, but blue-toned red that lasts all day without a smudge? You can’t go wrong. Another little bit of luxury in gorgeous packaging is CHANEL lipstick, and Rouge Coco in Mademoiselle is a great brown-pink nude that is perfect for those ‘your lips but better’ occasions that you can skimp lip-liner on those go-go-go days. Nourishing formula without being too slick and staying put for hours, thank you Karl 😉
Now, those lips need care in their own right for lipstick to go on perfectly, and Hurraw! Lime Lip Balm* has joined Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment and Rodial Glam Lip Balm in the top spots to claim best balm ever – it’s raw, vegan, naturally made and flavoured so there’s really no reason you shouldn’t try it. Another lip treatment that doubles as a great skin saviour is PapayaGold Paw Paw Moisturising Balm*, which since using on my hands daily has given them life again and any sore patches have healed up – the magic of Manuka Honey is real and it’s worth buying even for £5.99!
My last two holy grail products may seem a little mundane but hey, you gotta treat your skin and keep it feeling all super duper right? Just like the PapayaGold, Avene XeraCalm Balm* has been repurchase due to it’s amazing skin softening and healing properties. It’s now my go-to hand cream and I keep a mini pot of it in my bad because I love it so much; if you have eczema or any skin conditions, this or PapayaGold will do wonders.And not the most glamorous of body lotions but one that really does what it says on the tin, E45 Intense Recovery Lotion* makes those dry and tight areas on your body feel normal again without the clinical smell it usually has, and in the winter I find it great as a base to a more scented product – yay for double moisture!
Now to give you – and myself – a massive pat on the back for getting all the way through this! This post ended up a lot wordier than I thought it would, but when you love a lot of things across the beauty spectrum you do end up writing chapters to a novel. Holy grail or not, good beauty is worth the investment be it £5 or £50 if it lasts a long time and works for your skin’s needs, and there’s so many great resources and reviews online through blogs, videos and articles that you’ll be sure to find the right ones to try.
Whatever you personally love, if it stands the test of time or your strict regiment of requirements (must be matte, blue toned and long-lasting etc…) then snap that baby up forever and always, because once something fits your holy grail requirements, it’s never going to leave your side.
Edit: Loads of these products are currently on offer in various places so get snapping! There’s 20% for new customers at Look Fantastic and £5 off when you spend £50 at Boots – more La Roche Posay and Avene!
Are there any products on this list you’ve tried? What is one of your holy grail products? D you like to stick to products or try something new?
Lots of Love,
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