I'll admit strait-up that I'm not much of a one for makeup. But, I do think that spending money on your skincare regime is essential. Personally, I think it's much more sustainable to spend your time and money looking after what you've got, rather than trying to cover it up.
Here are the products I use, and swear by:
Micellar Water: Bioderma Sensibio
In beauty there is a term for products that just work (and as a result sell out again and again): hero product. This truly is my hero. If I could only recommend one thing to you it would be to stop using traditional makeup remover and start using this. soak a cotton pad in it, rub over eyes and marvel at how much of your makeup has come away and that there is no stinging, rubbing or irritation AT ALL.
I first started using this back when I was about 16 and had seen my French host sister using it. She had a penchant for doing the full black smokey eyes every day to school, so I thought if she is using it, it must be good. Many years of bribing anyone I knew going to France to bring it back for me are happily over and you can now buy it in most good pharmacies and beauty stores (think Adore Beauty, Priceline, etc).
Cleanser: Aesop Fabulous Face Cleanser
We've been together for at least 5 years now, and it looks like its a match. This just works for me. I notice that when i'm on a regular skincare routine, I get less pimples, no dryness, I'm just on the right track. Cleanser is something that is very particular and each person has just got to try many and find the one that is right for them. But try this, it's lovely.
Sometimes I'll add a little tea tree leaf exfoliating power to slough off some of the dead skin and give me a bit of a pep up.
Moisturiser: Aesop Camelia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream
It's thick, it's creamy and my skin feels amazing after putting it on. Probably a bit heavy for day wear, I only use this one at nighttime. Plus, there is no SPF and in my opinion it is absolutely essential to wear a moisturiser with SPF in it every day if you are even briefly going outside.
Shampoo: Matrix So Silver Blonde Shampoo
The classic purple shampoo. It doesn't leave my hair feeling especially clean, but it prevents that horror of the orange tinge a few weeks after your hair appointment. All the other bottle blondes out there know what I mean.
Conditioner: OGX Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner
What a dream. its thick, its rich and my hair practically sighs with relief when I apply it. If you haven't tried and you tend to have dry hair, use it. Immediately. I also use the shampoo in combination with the So Silver in a complicated rhythm that even I don't understand.
Leave-in conditioner: L'Oreal Elvive Total Repair Cica Cream
I first got into using a leave-in conditioner when I was about to go on holiday to Bali and concerned about my bottle blonde turning green with so m much time spent in the pool. My hairdresser recommended that I (1) wet my hair before swimming with tap water, so it would absorb that and not the chlorine water and (2) apply a leave-in conditioner to it to protect it.
My hair didn't turn green and I've been in love with the softness that comes from the leave-in conditioner ever since.
Styling essential: OGX Moroccan Argan Oil
Just a little on the fingers, run through the hair to get rid of frizz, flyways and give a strong, glossy finish. Perfect for finishing the beach-waves look post-ghd.
When my skin is looking a little down: Aesop Blue Camomile Face Mask
This is the other hero product on this list. When you go into Aesop they are always plying you with a sample of this or that or whatever, and when this product was launched, they were pushing it, so i came home with a couple of sachets. The girl had said to me, use both packets for a few minutes or for really deep moisture, leave it on all night. I did that and woke ups with my wrinkles nearly gone, or at least visibly reduced. It was like a freaking miracle. I bought a bottle immediately and use overnight when my skin is looking a bit down.