Not a definitive list but these products are what I use on a daily basis.
1. Argan/Rosehip Oil
I wanted to simplify my skincare routine and instead of layering products on, I wanted one product that could be used on my face and eye area, day and night. Rosehip and Argan Oil are great natural sources of fatty acids and antioxidants to moisturise skin with age defying benefits – and you can even use Argan Oil in your hair! I was using Rosehip Oil and loved it but have since jumped onto Argan Oil as I was testing stuff for work, and now love Argan Oil too. Argan scores more marks though because you can use it for your hair.
Choice of Product: SHE Anti-Aging Rosehip Oil and SHE Argan Oil Serum (coming soon)
2. Body Oil
My skin can get really dry especially throughout winter but I’ve found that body butters, as sweet and deliciously scented as they are, irritate my skin because I’m too sensitive to the fragrance. Normal sorbolene cream gets a bit boring too. Body oil, however, has a great natural scent and is a blend of natural botanical oils. With body butter/moisturiser, I’d find my skin would be so dry it’d suck it up in seconds and I’d be left feeling cracked and flaky again. However, with body oil, it leaves a bit of a residue – without feeling greasy – and slowly absorbs into my skin after applying it.
Choice of Product: I was using SHE Bio-Active Oil but now I’m trying SHE Relax Miracle Body Oil which is a blend of Lavender, Chamomile Roman, Sweet Orange and Sandalwood.
3. Primer Primer is a great product but is often overlooked. I like to use primer because it gives my foundation something to adhere to. As someone who gets little bit shiny over the course of the day, without primer I feel like my makeup is sliding around my face. The primer I use helps to mattify my skin and fills in fine lines creating a smooth base before I apply my foundation.
Choice of Product: SHE Pure Magic Primer
4. Lip Balm
This is an absolute MUST-HAVE! Of the 10 products I’m listing, if I ever forgot to apply or pack that product into my makeup bag, I can do without for the day or week but lip balm is the one thing I desperately need when my lips get dry and cracked.
Choice of Product: None in particular – I’ll use any and every lip balm and I haven’t had any allergic reactions to any as yet. At the moment I’m using a Makeup Store Lip Trio which includes a lip balm, lip scrub and lipstick remover.
5. Eyelash Curler
Technically not a product but a makeup tool. A girlfriend once asked me if it was worth the splurge to buy a Shu Uemura lash curler and I said that I used my mini plastic curler I bought in Hong Kong just as much as I used my Shu one. HOWEVER I take back what I said because I broke my mini plastic curler the other day mid-way through squeezing my lashes. I’m lucky that a bit of plastic didn’t ping into eye. This is the second one I’ve broken now.
Choice of Product: Shu Uemera Eyelash Curler
Fortunately, being Asian my eyelashes are already jet black but anything to make my eyes look bigger and more open! (Hence the lash curler too)
Choice of Product: Turns out I’m allergic to an ingredient in some mascaras resulting in allergic conjunctivitis but my safe go-to’s are Lancôme’s Hypnose Precious Cells, Virtuose and Hypnose Doll Eyes.
7. Cleansing Oil
I prefer using an oil to break down and remove makeup because I find normal makeup removers can be quite astringent. I also find that it removes more efficiently. I can apply it once and wipe off all my makeup without having to follow it with a foaming/normal cleanser.
Choice of Product: Sasa brand Cyber Colors Cleansing Oil – Lavender & Green Tea
8. Hair Masque
My hair has been so damaged by heat styling and is generally on the dryer side. I don’t ever straighten it or curl it these days but the damage has been done. I’ve since been trying to repair it and the best thing I’ve ever done for my hair is to use a hair masque at least once a week. I still get split ends – I could be washing it too often – but it feels so much softer than before.
Choice of Product: Agadir Argan Oil Hair Mask or SHE Hair Masque with Argan Oil – For Dry & Damaged Hair
9. Gel Liner
I used to be a big fan of liquid eyeliner and would prefer that over eye pencils. I jumped onto the gel liner bandwagon a little late but when I did I couldn’t believe how much superior it was to liquid eyeliner! You still get solid pay-off with gel but without the flakiness, and the consistency is so much easier to apply.
Choice of Product: I currently use black gel liner by Coral Colours and SHE but they don’t make any other shades. I’m looking to buy a cobalt blue and purple in another (more luxury) brand.
10. Pimple Cream
My skin is way better now in my 20’s than it ever was in my teens but the odd spot will appear when it comes to that time of the month. I’ve gotten out of the habit of popping them (somewhat) but the ol’ pimple cream – though it can sting a little at times – is so handy for a quick fix.
Choice of Product: Biotherm Pure-Fect Skin Anti-Imperfections Targeted Solution