The Ordinary | My Top Picks

Oh Deciem, you were on top of the beauty world just a few short weeks ago and all it took was handing over the Instagram password to a CEO in the midst of an apparent meltdown to put all of that at risk! I actually wrote this post before the brand became embroiled in controversy and confusion, however on my Twitter poll the vast majority of readers still wanted me to go ahead and publish it (I'm kind of waiting for the dust to settle on this very muddled story to see what damage control will be done, so there's no need to leave negative comments on the matter - you can read my thoughts on beauty brand controversy here.) Essentially their CEO has taken over their Instagram account and at best the results have been cringe-worthy, at worst rude, potentially offensive or even indicative of underlying issues... (there's an article summarising it all pretty well here.) Deciem isn't dead to me at this point but I think the brand needs to do something because this isn't cool (if the Weinstein Company can sack Harvey Weinstein... I'm just saying!)

I'm sure that by now you're familiar with the Ordinary but the one-liner is: this skincare-focussed brand offers proven active ingredients in their stripped-back form for a very low cost. You're not going to find a product called 'hydrating serum', you're going to find 'Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5'. It can be a little intimidating but is worth the extra bit of Googling for price-point of the products. Today, I'm taking you through my edited list of essentials, as I've tried so much from them by this point.

The Handbag Beauty Edit

I recently got a nice new work handbag from Kate Spade (the Cameron Street Jensen | £340 - I actually got it on sale so this Toasted Wheat colour is no longer available), which always inspires me to do some sort of 'what's in my bag' post. Today I'm talking you through the products I like to keep with me for a typical work day. 

Glow-Boosting Skincare

This month over at Cult Beauty it's all about skincare and choosing the right products to tackle your specific concerns. I often get dull, dehydrated skin and of course Spring is all about fresh, glowing skin, so today I'm going to talk you through the very best skincare for getting that radiance back. I also have a discount code for 15% off orders over £20 if you feel inspired to check out any of these products: CBXJTB (this is not affiliated, it's valid until 21/02 and you can check out the terms and conditions here). There's also an amazing competition running alongside this, so stay until the end of the post to find out how to enter.

An Ode to the BeautyBlender

There are dozens of makeup sponges on the market now but I'm pretty sure this was the original. With plenty of options at a lower price, it's easy to see why people might not want to spend the extra on this tool, however I think it's worth the splurge and today I'm telling you why!

The Highlighter Edit | Affordable & High-End

Highlighter is one of those beauty products that just brings me joy! I feel as though it's only really become a 'must-have' outside the beauty world over the past few years but now there are amazing options out there no matter what your budget is. Today I'm going to take you through both my favourite high-end products and my top affordable formulas.

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