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My Everyday Essentials

By Behindtheseclosedeyes @theseclosedeyes
My stash of products has had a bit of an overhaul over the last few weeks since our bathrooms have been getting re-done, and this also meant that the products around my room needed to be organised too. My last storage solution for the majority of these products was that they were kept in an open storage box under my desk but this got a bit frustrating when reaching in and out for my everyday products, so it was time to get all of these products together and kept in a more suitable place. I eventually opted for a smaller floral storage box which now sits on top of the IKEA Moppe chest of drawers where all my makeup lives, and this is so handy when I need to reach for my everyday essentials! I thought I would put together a post about everything that I keep in this box of essentials as I love reading about the products that other people deem to be essential. To make this a bit easier to go through I'll split the products into 3 categories: skincare, haircare & nailcare.
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SKINCARE:
When I'm feeling a bit lazy or just want to give my skin a nice freshen up, I always reach for my bottle of the L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution as it's so gentle on the skin and great for removing makeup and any excess dirt. I'll usually follow this up with a cream cleanser and muslin cloth as I'm a big fan of double cleansing right now. After cleansing I like to use a toner on my skin and the one I'm constantly reaching for is the Nivea Daily Essentials Refreshing Toner as it really does make my skin feel very fresh and squeaky clean. Once a week I also like to give the pores in nose a good clear out since blackheads always seem to be a problem for me and I've been loving the T-Zone Nose Pore Strips. Peeling away dirt is always a great feeling and my nose has never looked clearer, especially when I follow it up with a good facial scrub.
In terms of treating breakouts and spotty areas on my face, the 2 products I've been using to do this are the T-Zone Spot Zapping Stick and Skinetica. The spot zapping stick has been a big favorite of mine for so long and is still my go-to treatment for calming down breakouts and drying out spotty areas. I like to apply a little of this solution many times throughout the day and before you know it your angry spots look much happier. Skinetica is a treatment I use twice daily and I've definitely seen a difference in the appearance of spots after use, especially when it has been working on the skin overnight.
Moisturising is another big part of my routine as my skin suffers from quite noticable dry patches on my cheeks and chin if they aren't given attention. The Superdrug Vitamin E Moisturising Day Cream has been my day-time moisturiser of choice as it keeps my dry patches at bay without making my skin look shiny or oily, and the addition of SPF 15 is always good now that we're into sunnier weather. I've also been loving using the Garnier Moisture Match moisturiser for dry to very dry skin as my night cream because it really does keep my dry patches at bay overnight which means my makeup goes on very nicely the next day.
2 extra products in this category don't really fit with the skincare theme but I wanted to give them a mention anyway as they've been staple products for me lately. I'm very much loving lip scrubs right now as my lips are going through a bit of a dry phase, and my scrub of choice is the Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub which probably won't come as a surprise to any of you. It smells gorgeous and really does what it says on the tin as it scrubs away any dead or dry skin on my lips which makes lipstick application that much better. The other product is none other than a bottle of Garnier Ambre Solaire After Sun as I'm currently nursing quite a bad patch of sunburn on each shoulder so I've been covering myself in after sun whenever I can.
My everyday essentials
HAIRCARE:
I like to keep my most used hair styling products within easy reach so they just had to be added to my box of essentials. After washing my hair I like to apply theBoots Coconut & Almond Leave-In Conditionerwhile my hair is still damp, and this is great for smoothing out any tangles and adding a little bit of moisture to my ends before blowdrying. The heat protectant I've been using is this little bottle ofToni & Guy Iron It Heat Defence Spray which does the job (or at least that's what I tell myself). Once I've styled my hair I love to apply a tiny bit of theTresemme Liquid Goldargan oil as it always leaves the ends of my hair looking very nice and is also great for taming frizzy hair which I tend to get after brushing out second day curls. My last hair essential is theLush No Droughtdry shampoo which is a godsend on lazy hair days as it soaks up oily roots and leaves your hair looking a lot more fresh, and what's even better is that I've had this bottle for over 6 months and still have over half of the powder left.
My everyday essentials
NAILCARE:
Last but not least is nails and I have 2 essential products that now love in the floral box. The Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat has quickly become my absolute favorite as it really does dry your nails in no time. I hadn't used a top coat in so long because I thought that my nail polish was lasting long enough on its own, but I'm so glad I have Seche Vite in my life now as I don't need to worry about ruining my freshly painted nails anymore. When it comes to nail polish remover I really don't see the point in spending very money as they all just do the same thing, so I tend to stick to own brand nail polish remover from Tesco, Boots and Superdrug. Right now I'm using the Superdrug Nail Polish Remover which removes my nail polish with no bother at all, although glitter polish is still a nightmare to get rid of.

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