My Morning Routine: Beauty Essentials I Cannot Live Without

I’ve never been one to spend a lot of money on make-up. Don’t get me wrong, I love to cake on my foundation but I don’t spend a huge deal of time putting my face on in the morning, and generally don’t spend a lot of dollar. I believe that what you eat and how you treat your skin is far more important than how you cover it up.

This isn’t your typical post about a morning routine post, because in reality sometimes I’m lazy and don’t bother using my toner everyday (naughty, I know – I’ll pay for it one day!). However, these are products that I completely adore, and I’ll continue using them for a long time.

Psst… just because you don’t see face wash or moisturisers on here doesn’t mean I don’t use them (obviously I wash my face, and I always moisturise!). I just haven’t found a brand that I’m super loyal to when it comes to those products, so they haven’t had the list. If you’ve got any recommendations, then please do send them my way!

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  1. Facial Cleansing Brush System

    I’m a fan of exfoliating but all the products that I use make my face feel sticky, and I usually end up with it in my eyes (what is up with that!?). I switched to washing my face mostly just using warm water, soap and a flannel, and everything was fine. But I always wanted to try a cleansing system like the Clarisonic, so I figured I’d give it a whirl and see what it was like – was it really all it’s hyped up to be?

    Apprehensive to spend over a hundred squid on something I didn’t know if I’d get bored of, I opted for a cheaper version from eBay. I have absolutely no regrets. It does what it says on the tin, and it’s a tenth of the price of a Clarisonic. I’m not saying it’s better, because I wouldn’t know – but for me, it’s great!

  2. Tangle Teezer The Ultimate Hair Brush

    I’m lucky enough to have long, wavy hair that almost reaches my bum! With that, I also have the daily battle of brushing out dreadlocks that accumulate near my scalp. It’s always been an absolute nightmare and genuinely took me hours to get my hair tangle-free, only to wake up with knots again the very next day.

    Thank God, last year I received a Tangle Teaser for Christmas. It completely changed my daily routine, and literally worked miracles on my tatty locks. When the Ultimate hair brush was launched, I didn’t feel the need to upgrade my existing brush, but did anyway because it’s a bargain at £15. I’m dead glad I did, because the handle and extra surface area makes such a difference – best purchase EVER!

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  3. Rimmel Wake Me Up Make Up Concealer

    It’s already been established that I’m a fan of covering my face in foundation, but I’m not very loyal when it comes to make-up brands. I always buy a different mascara, and I’ve recently been going off some of my regular buys. Whilst everything in my make up bag changes (excluding my eyebrow pencil because it matches my roots), there is always one product that remains the same, Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer.

    Before powdering my face I apply a small amount of concealer underneath my eyes to banish dark circles. My fiancé always laughs at me and says I look creepy! But I obviously dab it in, and voilà I look like I’ve made all of my beauty sleep. This is especially good if I’m just nipping out and don’t want to do a full face of make-up, it’s just enough to cover up the nasty ‘I’ve had no sleep’ look.

  4. Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm Hydrate in Clear

    I have the nastiest lips in the entire world – they’re always chapped, dry and flakey. I struggled with it for ages and never understood why I couldn’t wear lipstick like everybody else, because it looked terrible on me. That’s when I realised I was using a barrier cream (Vaseline) on my lips, which was suffocating them and not hydrating them. Why are we taught when we are younger that this stuff is good for our lips!?

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    Reading countless reviews online, I decided to invest a whopping £1.99 on Baby Lips, as I learned that it hydrates your lips, instead of suffocating them. I haven’t looked back since, and whilst the Vaseline hasn’t been thrown out because it’s good for exfoliating, Baby Lips has completely replenished my lips. I’m now actually not completely ashamed of my lips, and can finally wear lipstick – result!

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  5. Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water

    Once again, I’ve never been particularly loyal to make-up removers, but I did leave facial wipes in my teenage years. For anybody that still uses face wipes to remove make-up, please stop! It’s so bad for your skin, and it does a horrible job in removing impurities, trust me. I’ve been using cleansing make-up remover with pads for years and hate it when I have to use a wipe when I’m in a pinch (holiday, camping etc).

    I bought Garnier cleansing water for the first time a few years ago, simply because the packaging appealed to me (have you noticed that a lot of my favourite products are pink?!). But I’m so glad I came across it, because it’s so soothing on your skin and it’s a dream to use. It’s better at removing mascara than any other product I’ve tried, and it lasts forever considering it’s under £5 for a huge bottle! Love love love.

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  6. Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner Hydrating Mist

    I’m constantly surprised when I speak to my girlfriends and they tell me that they don’t cleanse, tone and moisturise. I don’t have dry skin (ever!), in matter of fact, I sometimes have oily skin! I always try to fit this routine into my day though because I find it really makes a different to my skin, and how I feel.

    When I first started cleansing, toning and moisturising I used toner in a little and applied it with cotton pads. I was introduced to a mist toner from Dermalogica, which really appealed to the lazy side in me. Once I started using it, I was completely sold! It feels so much nicer, and it’s so easy to incorporate this routine into your day, even if you’re in a rush. GO GO GO!! BUY!!

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  7. Oral-B D20.513 Pro 2500 3D Action Pink Electric Toothbrush

    Obviously I wouldn’t want to live without my toothbrush, but specifically I don’t want to live without this toothbrush. Growing up I always had an electric toothbrush but decided to switch to a manual one when I went to university. Surprisingly, this wasn’t because I couldn’t afford one but it was down to feeling cleaner when brushing the good-olde fashion way!

    If you follow my blog, you’ll know that last year I had a smile makeover to close the gap in my front tooth. This means that my shiny gnasher at the front are actually made out of composite bonding, and are the best thing I’ve ever done (but that’s in a different post, you can read about it here).

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    Once my new smile was fitted I had them whitened and treated myself to a new toothbrush. I opted for an electric, as advised by my dentist, to clean areas that are hard to reach. Now, I don’t know if it’s because technology has come a long way, or if I was doing it wrong the entire time, but my mouth feels amazing. What was I thinking?! I’ve recently upgraded again to the latest Oral B brush (in pink, of course!).


Author: Sam Charles

Meet Sam, the creator behind UK lifestyle blog, Strawberry Squeeze 🍓 Sam is a newlywed living in Cornwall studying her PgDip in Strategic Direction and Leadership with the Chartered Management Institute 🍕🐰 She's also the Founder + Director of multi-award-winning SEO & PPC agency, Float Digital ✨

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