The global beauty market is estimated to be worth about 265 billion dollars a year. Just let that sink in a moment. Beauty is an astronomic market and the result is that there are thousands upon thousands of products for us to consider. Finding ones that you luuuurve is hard and when you do, it’s like winning the skin lottery.
Well I’ve found six! Six sublime finds I keep buying and buying and couldn’t imagine life without. Today I’m sharing them with you!
1. Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution
Micelle water could also be called miracle water and Bioderma are the magicians that invented it. A 101 on how it works: each drop of micelle solution is essentially a cluster of molecules. On the outside are water-loving cells and on the inside are water-hating (oil-loving) cells. When gently applied to your skin on a makeup remover pad, the drops split open, and the water-hating-oil-loving cells grab whatever is on your skin (i.e. makeup). When the pressure lifts (i.e. you remove the pad) the cells take with them what they’ve sucked up and then reform. *All hail science!* Micelle water is to regular face cleanser what a vacuum is to a broom. Better yet, it is about as gentle as a remover product could ever get and while in Australia it’s not as cheap as in it’s home country of France, a little goes a long way.
I was an instant convert to this product and will not, ever, everrrrrr go without it. Viva la France!
2.Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentré.
You know when you try what seems like a hundred different variations of a product (i.e. moisturiser) and when you find the one it’s like angels sing a perfect chorus of ‘where have you been my whole life’? That’s how it felt when I found Lait-Creme Concentré. Embryolisse’s cult product came into my life after a long period of troublesome skin and was one of the changes that made all the difference. This moisturiser is light, dries quickly and hits the perfect balance between super-hydrating and not-too-thick. It’s dermatologist recommend, not tested on animals, is free from any overpowering scent and there isn’t a a list of cult French pharmacie products around that doesn’t have baby on it. If your skin has been problematic or you’ve had trouble finding a moisturiser you love, I highly recommend giving this a try.
Get some: until recently it had been tricky to get in Australia, but Adore Beauty is now a stockist. $35 for a tube online with free shipping.
3. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
If this eyeliner doesn’t connect you with the perfect wing, nothing will. Kat Von D’s ultra fine, texta-like tip gives such precision you feel like you’re finally being let in on a winged-eye secret that everyone has been keeping from you. It provides extremely consistent colour (there’s no winding up liquid liner into the tip, nor is the application of colour at all inconsistent). The harder your press the bolder the line and it hugs your lash for easy application. I read about this product and sought it out in the USA = instant addiction (and relief at ditching the other liquid liners I’d tried!)
Get some: Accessing this liner is one of the single best outcomes of Sephora coming to Australia. It’s the only stockist of Kat Von D down under at the moment and don’t worry if there’s no store near you, it’s available online in satin black and Mad Max brown for $28.
4. Revlon Colorburst Lip Crayon
Am I the only one who 1) finds a crayon infinitely easier for lipstick application than regularly shaped lippy and 2) feels like a totally child because of it? Either way, Revlon’s colour-rich lip crayons in matte and lacquer are super easy to use, don’t dry your lips out and are the right price ($18) to buy a bunch. The colour won’t last all day, but reapplying is as fun as colouring in!
Get some: stocked everywhere you find Revlon, including Priceline, $17.99.
5. Klorane Dry Shampoo
The original and the best! I know I’m not the only person who found that dry shampoo changed their life. I can directly attribute a whole bunch of extra sleep and quicker get-readies to this miracle product. Spray it in, give it a couple of minutes then tzush (joosh?) or brush it out. The super fine powder soaks up any excess oil and adds volume to your roots. There’s a bunch of other products on the market now, but Klorane is still my fave. Klorane also have a version for dark hair as well as an extra oil-busting product.
Get some: now stocked at supermarkets and chemists, I still tend to buy from Priceline, $14.99
6. Benefit Instant Brow Pencil
This pencil is my in-between-brow-appointments saviour and super efficient to boot. The pencil has just the right amount of wax in it to keep everything in place over the course of the day and the brow brush on the opposite end of the pencil enables a quick and easy sculpt. It also came in a range of shades that catered for everyone. I am a bit terrified that this product has just been replaced/upgraded, but trust benefit to be THE masters of brow products and will be certainly giving their upgraded version a run.
Get some: the replacement Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil is available online or from Benefit stockists (Mecca or Myer) for $42.
Are any of these products also in your must-have beauty kit? What products do you keep buying and buying? I’d love to hear about your faves in the comments below!