Despite Kate Moss’s views on basics, I think I kinda love them. In the beauty world at least. If you’re looking for some everyday beauty essentials that you’ll want to buy again and again then come on in…
There was a time I used to feel awkward when I picked up one of these in Superdrug. I’d have to hide under other items in my basket in the way you do with tampons and condoms so that it was out of sight from other customers who were sure to see it and judge. Or maybe that’s just me. Either way, Mitchum doesn’t exactly scream glamour. However, it sure as hell does the job. Mitchum deodorant has saved me from many, many emergencies. Y’know, the kind of emergencies like when you’re in a boiling hot meeting at work (pre-lockdown of course) with only some man-made fibres between you and the professional suicide of HAVING A PERSONAL ODOUR ISSUE AT WORK. That one.
Trouble finding the perfect mascara? Well, for me, it has to be this Max Factor Masterpiece Max mascara. When the rest of the world seems to have gone mad with gimmicky new wand shapes, which range from curved to comb-shaped to actual torture device-like wrecking balls that I wouldn’t put anywhere near my eye, this one is simple and effective. It’s like the old black and white movie star of the mascara world; a real classic. It’s not too wet, it builds up individual lashes nicely without clumping, and doesn’t migrate onto your cheeks half way through the day. Just wonderful.
It’s really tricky to find a good foundation. I’ve fallen for a whole lot of bad ones in my time; glide-on sticks, mousses, wet and dry, and a whole of other gimmicky nonsense. No more. I have learned, grown, and now settled on The One; Estee Lauder’s Double Wear foundation. It gives great coverage, lasts all day, and DOES NOT MOVE. I have literally gone running in it and it has stayed on, not that I’d recommend that to anyone that doesn’t want to emerge with a face full of spots. Even better, I’ve now discovered that it’s sold on Amazon I don’t even have to go and make small talk (introvert shudder) with the person at the counter in Boots – a couple of clicks and it’s at my house. Easy as pie.
I’m not particularly prone to believing what hair products tell me. The awakening came after buying Pantene Pro V aged 13 and being disappointed when my hair didn’t transform into the glossy, glass-like strands of the advert after one wash. But this deep conditioning treatment is rather lovely. It’s not not going to bring your hair back from the dead exactly, but, and it’s a big but, as far as deep conditioning treatments go it does a really good job. It certainly feels like it’s pumping lots of goodness into my hair anyway. Plus it smells AMAZING, like holidays and zero stress and delicious sugary fun. If there’s anything that can make me feel marginally less grumpy at 7.03 in the morning it’s this.
You’ve not lived until you’ve panic bought perfume while you’re standing in the queue at Zara. Although, usually the queues are so long you get plenty of time to have a good old sniff, so I take that back. Anyway, when it comes to perfumes, I don’t exist in a realm where I can dose up on several spritzes of a £60 bottle of perfume every day and feel OK about it. That shit is for special occasions, or at least the weekend. There are many alternative options available – I’ve heard people rave about how good Aldi perfume is – but for me, Zara is the one. The bottles are cute and will look lush on your dresser next to the all the fancy stuff, and they actually smell good too. Join the revolution.
Do you agree with my picks – or do you have any other must-own beauty basics to share?