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Top 10 Products to Make the Perfect Beauty Toolbox

Do you ever feel as if there’s something missing in your makeup drawer? Get your tick list out girls, because if you don’t have these ten beauty box must-haves, it’s time to hit the shops!

These are our top ten products to live and die by:

1. Blush

Whether it’s cream or powder, a quick swipe of blush is a pick-me-up for your face. Apply to the apples of your cheeks for a gentle, youthful look or hit along the crease for a svelte finish.

Blusher is so versatile – you can even use it as an eyeshadow or lipstick base.

 

2. Concealer

Even those with perfect skin sometimes party a bit too hard.

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Concealer is a great way to hide the following: blemishes, scars, pimples, dark circles, and redness. So basically, it’s your best friend.

 

3. Eye Cream

Fight early signs of wrinkles with an anti-aging eye cream. It’ll smooth over any small creases you may already be developing.

It will also reduce signs of puffiness, when you haven’t had enough shut-eye. Eye cream is the perfect base for your concealer.

 

4. Red Lipstick

Every girl should have their signature, red lippie. Some women make the mistake of swearing off rouge, as they think red clashes with their natural skin tone,

But there is a shade of red out there for every girl, so find yours and enjoy the sexiness and confidence that comes with a pair of crimson lips.

 

5. Mascara

Instantly wake-up your eyes with a few lashings of mascara.

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When you’ve got five minutes to put on your makeup before you have to rush to work, mascara is definitely a go-to for instant beauty. Apply more than one coat for an attention-grabbing finish.

 

6. Deep Conditioner

Blow-drying, straightening, and curling: our hair takes a lot of whack. Treat it once a week with a deep, sultry conditioner that’ll nourish and fortify your locks against another seven days of abuse!

Beauty salon equipment can bring your hair back to life, but if you can rejuvenate your locks at home, why fork out all that money on a stylist?

 

7. Face Wipes

Too tired or drunk to take care of your night time skin routine? The last thing you want to do is hit the hay with your makeup still plastered to your face – trust us, you’ll regret it.

If you feel as if you’re about to fall over with fatigue, quickly wipe your face with a cleansing towelette. No fuss. No effort. And no major breakouts.

 

8. Face Masks

Healthy, pampering, and easy to make at home, face masks give your skin that weekly treatment that instantly reduces your chance of zits.

 

9. Dry Shampoo

Busy girls on-the-go worship dry shampoo. Amazingly, it manages to make your hair appear clean and fresh, even when you haven’t been able to shower in days – hey, we’ve all been there.

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10. That Perfect Perfume

We spend most of our lives finding the perfect perfume, but when we do…oh when we do…it’s a love affair that lasts forever. If you haven’t found ‘the one’ yet, get hunting.

Trust us; that bottle of your dreams is well worth the wait.

How To Choose Perfumes for Winter

When it comes to winter perfume, you have two choices.

You can either go for something floral, light and summery or something more wintery- with a hint of musk or woody notes. So your choice is between hanging desperately on to summer, or embracing the beauty of and elegance of winter.

Fragrance Notes

Fragrance is described as being made up of three layers of notes- the top notes, the middle notes and the base notes. When smelling a perfume, the top notes will appear first, then the middle, and then when they have faded the base notes will remain.

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  • The top notes are the most important when trying to sell a perfume as they evaporate quickly and are therefore perceived first. They are also called the head notes.
  • The middle notes appear just before the top notes begin to disappear. They mask the base notes, which can be unpleasant on first perception but become more palatable over time. They are sometimes called the heart notes.
  • The base and the middle notes make up the main theme of the perfume, and don’t appear until thirty minutes after the application of the perfume.

 

The Fragrance Wheel

The different notes that make up the head, heart and base notes are also classified into different types of scents. Mostly used in retail, the fragrance wheel is the most popular way to do this.

The four main categories that you may have already heard of are floral, oriental, woody and fresh notes.

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Floral notes include:

  • Singular flowers, such as rose or lavender
  • Floral bouquet, which is a combination of different flowers

Oriental notes include:

  • Scents that connote the Victorian idea of the oriental
  • Ambergris (secreted by the sperm whale- no harm comes to the whale in its extraction)
  • Resin, such as Labdanum which has a dry musk scent

Woody notes include:

  • Agarwood
  • Cedarwood
  • Sandalwood

Fresh notes include:

  • Citrus scents
  • Cucumber type scents
  • Fruity scents, such as cassis, mango, peach etc

Good Notes for Winter

Go for a scent that reminds you of winter- not the bleak, cold, dark of winter, but something that connotes getting warm by the fire after a brisk walk or the spice of mulled wine.

You want decadence, opulence and sensuality. Strong woody and oriental notes are good for your winter perfume as they compliment the weather, but if there’s something floral or fresh in top or middle notes it can lift the fragrance, adding depth and interest to your scent.

 

Top Perfumes

Classic perfumes are always good to go for, such as Marilyn’s favourite Chanel No. 5, Lacoste, Shalimar, Angel or Calvin Klein’s Eternity.

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However, if you want something modern, new and sexy, then Tom Ford perfumes use rare ingredients that give them an ultra exclusive vibe. They are unisex, making you feel mysterious and alluring, whatever gender you are. Celebrity perfumes are also popular, if you’re looking for something that will save your pennies.