Kitty Blackadder

A Scottish blog about anxiety, minimalism and eyeshadow.

Friday, 9 May 2014

#FridayFaves: Unsung Heroes

Here on the blog, I talk about a lot of nonsense products. I talk about products I love and products I hate, about new products I try and old favourites I repurchase, but in amongst all the excitement some things get forgotten. I'm talking about the products I use, some every day, the products that aren't exciting or shiny or new or fancy, I'm talking about the secret weapons we all pack; the go to items we couldn't cope without. Too long have these items lurked in the dark, pushes aside by fancy eye palettes and lipsticks - today, I'm shining the spotlight on my favourite five unsung heroes. 

 Alberto Balsam Ultra Strong Styling Gel

It's a pound a tube, it's not pretty, it's not fancy - but it is by far my most repurchased hair product of all time. Years ago, a hairdresser taught me about twisting my hair with product when it was wet and how that would define my curls and keep frizz at bay. Of course, said hairdresser sold me the £14 bottle of salon product and convinced me that if I used anything else my head would explode (or something...). At the time I was 16 and still in school so my budget meant this wasn't an option and, messy head explosion or not, I would have to try something cheaper. I picked this up on a whim and it's been love ever since.

Lacura Cotton Pads

Am I the only one who's picky about the cotton pads they use? Truthfully I hadn't ever thought about it much, I used whatever was kicking around the house... until one day I tried the ones from Superdrug and they scraped off my freaking top layer of skin. It made me consider that some might be better than others, and, after trying out a ridiculous amount (and giving it maybe a little too much thought) I've decided the Lacura pads from Aldi are the softest, most absorbent and most effective for me. 

Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover

OK, so this one's maybe not totally unsung, but still, it's not something that gets mentioned often enough. For years I was a Quickies girl (gee, that sounds delightful), I thought removing nail varnish couldn't get more convenient, I thought manicures couldn't get easier - boy was I wrong. Trust me, if you haven't tried this, go out and get some; you'll never look back. Note: just don't try and use it to remove glitter polish, that gets meeeesssssyyyy.
Save The Nail Repair & Rescue Base Coat (Not Pictured. You see what happened was it rolled off repeatedly and it was annoying me, but I was in too much of a rush to go and get BluTak so, I sat it to the side - after having a stern word with it - and meant to add it back in at the last second... oops.)

 Now, I'll freely admit that my nails are destroyed - lack of looking after them, excessive nail varnish application, incurable clumsiness and a job that's tough on my hands - so if you were to look at my nails, you'd see I'm probably not the best advert for the wonders this product can work, however, all I can say is that I'm not sure I'd have any nails left at all if I didn't use this. Save the Nail is definitely the name for it.

Liz Earle Eyebright

Another product that I use everyday and have done for years. Cleansers come and go, wipes are used and guiltily discarded, toners run out and take too long to be replaced, but through it all I've used Eyebright. It soothes tired eyes, crying eyes or eyes that have just had too much mascara on them - it's even better if you keep it in the fridge. 

And so that's it folks, a look at the often too shunned products that form the core of my ever changing beauty routine (or at times, lack thereof). They're not glamourous, fabulous or exciting - but I shudder to think where I'd be without them.

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