In the past I’ve been quite the product hoarder, and whilst my lipstick collection is still a little on the large side, I feel I’ve gotten better at knowing what to buy and try when it comes to beauty. I’ve used my fair share of products – some haven’t worked out, some were temporary loves, and some have been a raving success, and it got me thinking about the ones that I do love, and whether it’s an ‘I love this so much I wish I could have an unlimited free supply’ or if it’s ‘I love this so much that I would actually go pay for it myself’.

It’s taken so long for me to get to a point where I feel confident in what I’m buying, and I’m grateful for all the samples that have led me to a point where I understand skincare more and value the products, the science, and the brand, so here are a few of the best products I’ve tried that are definitely get my money’s worth…

This is technically a repurchase already, but I adore Pai Camellia and Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser; it’s so soft and soothing, and throughout the year it’s kept my skin hydrated and gets every scrap of makeup out my pores. It’s vegan, cruelty-free, and I’ve seen a huge improvement in the overall softness and clarity of my skin – a great daily cleanser everyone should try!

Now Oskia CityLife Facial Mist* may have been a recent addition but I already love it long time – the smell of Neroli and Basil is really refreshing, provides invisible protection over the skin to prevent pollution getting into the pores, and again has made a huge difference in clarity – I never realised we were exposed to such pollutants on varying levels, and by preventing free-radicals from entering at a higher level it decreases inflammation, sensitivity, and hyper-pigmentation, leaving you with clear happy skin!

Speaking of clear happy skin, a combination of Medik8 Hydra8 B5 Serum* and Sunday Riley Saturn* has done me wonders lately! My skin has got a lot drier since moving and I’ve found using Medik8 twice a day has really boosted the hydration on the surface and deeper down, even plumping up my skin which has made my cheeks look nice and firm for the first time in while.

Saturn has also made my skin feel incredibly soft and clear, thanks to the sulphur drawing out and removing all the excess gunk and sebum from my pores, plus reducing the size and pressure of larger spots. It’s a bit of a miracle wonder for those with acne, and using this as a spot treatment every night as well as a twice weekly mask has meant an even faster ‘bye-bye’ for those annoying under skin bumps – result!

Makeup wise, there’s a lot of Too Faced going on – Born This Way Foundation* is the perfect natural matte skin formula that lasts all day, with fab coverage and colour range to match. I usually mix two shades together or add a bit into my Becca foundation for extra coverage, but it’s a fab staple I can’t see myself without.

Similarly, the Hangover Primer* really adds the last bit of glow and hydration before makeup, plus it smells really fresh too with the coconut water and really helps keeps makeup in place all day whilst allowing natural oils to appear slowly. The Chocolate Soleil Bronzer* is also another great smelling product – I mean, who doesn’t want a chocolate scented face? – that I’ve found the best multi-tasker for contour and bronzer, using Light for a sweep of colour on the cheeks and Medium in the hollows, and it isn’t overly orange or grey, just a great neutral for natural warmth.

One last thing – I did photograph the Natural Matte palette below, which I originally thought was vegan but turns out contains carmine which is a bit pants as I love the colour range, so if you have any vegan shadow recs leave them below!

Pai and Oskia are my main skincare brand staples, and since trying more of the range I’ve ended up loving more and more – Oskia Restoration Oil* is deliciously light and smells like chocolate orange, plus it does treat your skin pretty well too 😉 The oil really sinks deep into the skin, improves the tone and elasticity, and is a lovely day friendly light retinol that helps to repair through the day and prep the skin for makeup – did I mention it smells of chocolate orange?

Topping off the oil is Pai Geranium and Thistle Day Cream* which balances the skin and seals in all my morning skincare products, adding the right amount of nourishment you’d want from a day moisturiser, and thanks to all the natural and certified organic ingredients, it’s guaranteed to keep your skin calm and soothed all day long which means it’s fab for those with sensitive skin.

Speaking of, if sensitive skin is the name, Pai Gentle Genius Body Wash* is the game! The body wash is Pai’s most recent release and it is a dream at moisturising and calming irritated skin – I get eczema on my arms sometimes or irritated patches on my upper body, and this very gently washes and soothes all over, plus because it moisturises your body as you wash so you don’t have to after 😉

The final product to wash off this post is Noughty Haircare* which is probably one of the best vegan/cruelty-free brands I’ve found in terms of hair – I love the Care Taker Shampoo and Wave Hello Conditioner, great if you have dandruff or a greasy scalp but need to nourish and define natural curls, plus it’s SLS, paraben, and silicone free among other nasties, so it protects your hair in the long run and I have to say my hair is definitely in much better condition since switching – in fact this is another cheeky repurchase because I’ve loved using it that much!

Whilst you won’t be seeing me in a skincare aisle near you, I’m so glad I’ve finally nailed down those few great samples as ‘forever’ staples, as is my bank account, just don’t tell it about the Glossier order I just made…


Some products in this post may have been sent for review or gifted, and will be marked with a * or c/o. All opinions are mine are not influenced by brands or companies. Please see my full disclaimer for more.

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