Bumble and Bumble's BB Styling Creme Great for applying to hair before blow-drying to smooth any kinks or frizz, without leaving any stickiness. It's also great for styling and smoothing hair, and came in handy on a recent holiday when the boy forgot to pack his hair gel. A true multi-tasker if ever there was one.
Kerastase Elixir Ultime Very few hair serums I've come across have been non-greasy or failed to make the hair clump together. This one is the exception - it provides a lovely shine, sorts out any static frizz but doesn't leave locks with the dreaded 'chip pan' effect.
Pommade Divine Just purchased (yes purchased!) a tub of this today to sort out my chapped skin following a very cold and breezy trip to San Francisco. From a recipe no less than 200 years old, it's great for keeping mitts soft and pouts polished during the cold winter months. Plus it smells like a mince pie - natch.
Bourjois Liner Pinceau Eyeliner In terms of an eyeliner's staying power, pencils or gels just have never been able to cut it for me - I'm a committed pen and ink'er every time. This is easy to apply even with my shaky paws and you can create a variety of sexy Sixties 'cat flicks' in seconds.
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser A classic, but one which deserves all the praise constantly heaped upon it. It goes without saying that it provides a thorough cleanse while the cloth exfoliates just as well as any face scrub.
Dolce and Gabbana Passion Duo Lipstick in Infatuation A red lippie can be your best friend if you chose wisely, and this ravishing shade of scarlet can turn you into an Italian sex siren in an instant, with a tube of gloss running through the middle to nourish and hydrate the lips. Buongiorno Principessa!
Pinks Boutique Hand Balm The scent of this one is like a mini aromatherapy session in a jar. Smooth it on hands and rub into cuticles before bed for million dollar mitts come dawn.
Sudocrem One of my favourite beauty finds, I never travel anywhere without this miracle tub. Although it's primarily marketed as a nappy rash cream, it's great to dab on skin in the case of a breakout. It also deals with eczema, heals irritated skin, deals with sunburn and practically any other dermatological complaint within a matter of days. A hero product.
Aerin Multi Colour For Lips and Cheeks A newcomer from the recently launched Aerin range which I've swiftly fallen head over heels for. This product melts into the skin and provides a pretty flush for lips and cheeks - great when you're seriously pressed for time and want to quickly adjust your makeup in the office loos/ airplane toilets/ tube carriage.
Decleor Aromessence Oils My skin literally drinks this up these non-greasy oils: after a single use, fine lines are plumped out and my stressed, dehydrated skin is glowing and happy once more. Neroli (for all skin types) was my previous favourite but I'm currently loving the new Ylang Ylang version for oily/combination skin (yes- you can put oil on oily skin - trust me!).
To be continued.....