I have always used Nivea on and off over the years, but in 2012 they revamped their Daily Essentials range and I was drawn to the Dry & Sensitive products, I’m so pleased I wasn’t let down. The products I have tried (wipes, moisturiser & face wash) haven’t let me down and now I swear by the wipes. They don’t leave my skin red after i’ve scrubbed off my make up and the face wash leaves my face soft. Best part is nothing is over the £5 mark!
Best Haircare Range… James Brown London!
Best Bath Product… Lush Bombs/Bubble Bars!
I couldn’t do a beauty awards without including Lush! I’m actually addicted to Lush bath bombs/bubble bars and I have been since I bought a Fairy Jasmine bathbomb when I was only sixteen and I traumatised my dad with all the glitter in the bath. I cannot take a bath without at least one or the other (or sometimes both) in which is why they get best bath product, no other product has that effect on me!
Best Shower Product… Body Shop Body Polishes!
Before having my daughter I rarely had a shower, I was a bath girl (yes I am aware that’s quite disgusting) and only really used the shower to wash my hair. Of course becoming a mother makes you really short of time and in the evening you’re just too tired to do anything other than sleep on the sofa.. so I became someone who showered daily.. (you have to or you’ll permanently smell like baby milk!) I only just discovered Body Shop’s Body Polishes when I bought a gift set to help my mum’s pre-school at a Body Shop party (see the review here) and now I’m addicted! Even more some now the Ginger Sparkle one is reduced to £5 on the website! Bargain!
Best Body Moisturiser… Body Shop Body Butters!
This is another all time favourite, the Body Shop body butters. Every year the collection grows so by now it must have something for everyone! My all time favourite is the cocoa butter one which is so soothing on my eczema which I get during the summer on the back of my legs (it also works as a great aftersun!) They’re around the £15 for a big tub but they last for ages! I always buy two in the Christmas sales to last all year.
Best Lip Balm… Blistex Cherry Berry!
I bought Blistex’s Cherry Berry on a whim from Boots shortly after my daughter was born and my lips were ridiculously chapped from being dehydrated in hospital (the maternity ward was SO warm). It was only £2.39 which was great as we were so broke at the start of the year and it had the one vital ingredient cocoa butter. Anyway, since I’ve gone through loads as it’s the best lipbalm I’ve had since I was given a Burts Bees gift pack on the plane to New York but Burts Bees is £3.99 for a tiny tube. I currently have two on the go, one in my nappy bag and one in my hand bag as I always need lip balm! I would recommend this to anyone!
Best Perfume… Marc Jacobs’ Daisy Au So Fresh!
Daisy by Marc Jacobs has been my signature scent for a few years now so naturally when my parents went on holiday in the summer I asked them to bring me back a bottle from duty free.. they arrived with a 75ml bottle of Au So Fresh instead.. Initially I was disappointed but after a few days of using it I dubbed this my new favourite! I find it a lot lighter than Daisy with a fresher (hence the name) floral smell. I’m so glad it’s my biggest bottle of perfume (I have Lola, Daisy & Dot in smaller bottles) as it’s my go to for every day wear. I’m hoping in the sales I can get another bottle to tide me over to whenever my parents (or I) next venture abroad.
Best ‘Mummy’ Product… Mothercare It’s Your Body Stretch Mark Cream!
After ten months I have officially tried ALL the lotions and potions on the market for stretch marks. I’m lucky that I have very few.. five on my stomach and about three on each hip (that’s what comes from having a 5lbs 2oz baby, I guess) but they still make me self concious because of the fact I am single and hopefully will some day still find a partner. I used Mothercare’s own stretch mark cream and although like all creams it doesn’t rid you of them but it did make my skin very soft and smell delicious which is a plus. I’m hoping to go back to this in the new year to see if it can fade them.. I’ll keep you all updated and hopefully write a review. This one wins because it smells great and isn’t greasy, it also made me feel good which is vital for a new mum!
And that’s my favourite beauty picks from 2012? What are yours? Do you have any recommendations for products I should try in 2013?