What is your secret beauty weapon?

I have never been asked, but have often thought about if I was stranded on a deserted island, which ten products would I take with me.

To be honest I would take a gallon of sunscreen and a survival specialist.

Truth be told I have never thought about it at all….

Lets start again. A more traditional segue into an independent product post.

Why don’t we start with the truth.

I was MORTIFIED the other day when I was doing HP stretches and I clocked the sight of my legs. There they were, doing their best impression of an alligator, with a liberal dashing of strong whiskers, all a-swaying in the breeze. It made me feel like shit. I had been guilty of letting myself go a bit over this winter and it was making me feel a bit blue.

Got myself back on track and feeling better. It is true. Freshly shaven legs make your feel better about the world.

Now there are a few things that I don’t have a lot of. Time and money to spend on personal grooming. So apart from one more pricey (but def worth it) product, the rest are all budget friendly and no-nonsense. All have been paid for by my good self although those marked with a * were initially sent to me for review.

And  they are (in my opinion) the best on the market. So without any further ado….

My Top Ten Things that I really like and use all the time, but would not need on a deserted island.

lemon myrtle soap box

Lemon Myrtle Soap. Now I detest most of the soaps on the market, full of nasty chemicals and synthetic smells. It strips your skin of moisture and if you are anything like me, you don’t need that. Once you start using lemon myrtle soap, you will not look back.


Gillette Intuition Razor. I know, hold the phone! I don’t wax because it makes me cry and fearful. This razor is the business and you can shave your pins in the shower. SANS SOAP. It has a built-in soap/moisturiser thingy and I have been using this (more regularly recently) for years and have never once cut myself.



Once you are out of the shower with your fresh pins, get yourself involved in this. It is a moisturiser spray. It sprays upside down and back to front and at all angles. Give yourself a liberal spray and quickly rub in. Non greasy and you can get dressed right away. Good stuff.

Garnier_Cleansing_Micellar_Lotion_400ml_1389086279Garnier Cleansing Water * which I have since repurchased. It is fantastic and miraculous. No colour or smell, just wipe it over your skin with a cotton ball and you will not believe the crap that it can remove from your face. No stinging, non drying and one bottle lasts for ages.



I have just got the Step Father onto this and he is dead pleased. From babies to old folks, this is a universally celebrated cleanser known for its gentleness and effectiveness and again, no nasties. And I always love a product in a pump pack.



My not so secret weapon to keep my face soft and supple. Winter can be harsh on ye olde epidermis, but right now I am using this day and night and I have seen my skin return to a more acceptable texture. Someone on FB recently asked if using oil on your skin causes breakouts. But it doesn’t. If you are a beautician or a skin care expert, perhaps you might answer this question in the comments for me? Because I have no idea.

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* The original BB cream, and still the best. My skin SINGS when I whack this on. Many have tried to replicate this product but have failed.

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Have you seen the Thin Lizzy Ads on TV? A lady with a very strong Kiwi accent shrills its benefits. THEIN LEZZEE THEIN LEZZEE! They say it is a 6 in 1 product, but it isn’t for me. But it is a fantastic blusher and bronzer and it is tres daggy because I bought it off the telly. And I love it. THEIN LEZZEE!

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MAC’s universal eyeshadow of excellence SATIN TAUPE. Chuck the eyeshadow palettes away my friends! You know the ones that you have with 4 colours in them, but you only use one of them? This is the shade for everyone. When you walk past MAC go and get the lady to show you SATIN TAUPE and you will fall for its versatile charms.


Since when did marketers start to flog mascaras that promises to do everything, including unpacking the dishwasher? Go away!  A tube of Great Lash is sold every second and the reason being…. it is ten bucks and it is the best ever. Save your cash for something else my friends!

So there you have it, ten things that make me feel better and more presentable in the modern world.

Do you use any of these?

What is your secret beauty weapon?