6 Essential Beauty Items

{Includes gifted products}

I don’t know about you, but I love to have a collection of essential beauty items that act as staple pieces in any bag. Over the years I’ve built up my small army of essentials that I’d happily recommend anyone to have. From keeping up appearances to aiding every day life, these are the essential beauty items you didn’t know you needed.

What is also super lovely and exciting, is that Rubis have kindly gifted me their cuticle scissors and twist nail clippers to share with you all. So without further ado, let’s begin.

  1. Manicure set

For as long as I can remember, I’ve kept a manicure set in my bag. Throughout my school years and now into my office-working days, I genuinely reach for this little pouch of goodies at least once a day. I’m terrible for picking at the skin around my nails, so having a pair of decent clippers handy to chop of any hang nails is really beneficial for me.

I’m also really picky about keeping my cuticles at bay, so with a cuticle balm and cuticle clipper/pusher I can keep my hands looking prepped and ready to go. I recently treated myself to a set of acrylic nails which I’ve not had in a couple of years, so maintaining the skin around my nails is going to be a must.

2. Carmex

Not everyone is a fan of this, but I fell in love since the day I first tried it and have not found another lip balm that does as good of a job as this. I pick mine up in Superdrug and they’re always changing up the flavours. You can get the classic carmex, but there’s also cherry, strawberry, pineapple & mint and peach & mango.

It makes your lips look extra juicy and it keeps them moisturised for a long time. When I apply it before bed, I can still feel it in the morning. I’ve also found that it mixes in well with other coloured lip products I have if you fancy a glossy but moisturising finish.

3. Dove Invisible Dry Antiperspirant Stick

Sweating is normal, come on people. Nobody likes having wiffy pits, no matter the weather outside. I like keeping myself clean and hygienic throughout the day, so I keep my stick in my bag to top up when needed. This one I like best because it doesn’t leave those pesky white marks on your clothes, so you can slide that black t-shirt on without a worry. You can find this in almost every toiletry aisle.

4. Tesco Tampons

I started my period at 13 years old, which is nearly 8 years ago now. My mum would buy me Always products, but when I was old and comfortable enough to buy my own, I found that I shouldn’t be paying an arm and a leg for something I can’t control.

So I went super budget, and I’ve never looked back. I am on the pill which stops me bleeding, but when I have my break I reach for the Tesco own ones which come in different absorbance levels. We’re all friends here, so I’m happy to share that sometimes the flow is rather heavy, and I’ve found these products to be really helpful in preventing any leakage. The ‘Tesco Free Spirit Regular Applicator Tampons’ are 95p for a pack of 20. I use these alongside the ‘Tesco Free Spirit Panty Liners’ which are 95p for a pack of 32.

These won’t be suited to every body, but I’d highly recommend if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative that actually works!

5. The Superdrug Skincare Range

I reckon I’d do quite well in a job that required me to rant and rave about Superdrug’s skincare range. I’ve been using it for a fairly long time now, and explain a bit further in my £25 skincare routine post. There’s lots I still haven’t tried, but I love the Vitamin C products and the Naturally Radiant line.

It’s super affordable and also includes vegan and cruelty free items.

6. A decent hairbrush

Our hair shouldn’t be neglected, especially when it battles the elements every day and is exposed to twiddling fingers, heat and many hairbands. I’ve found a good hairbrush makes a real difference when drying my hair.

I often get compliments on how healthy my hair looks which is great considering I get it cut maybe once a year! Oops. The most recent one I purchased has a giant hole in the middle. This doesn’t make sense at first, but this one claims to dry hair 40% faster and I must admit, I’ve noticed a difference.

This one is from Ecotools and made of bamboo and re-purposed aluminium. I can’t remember where I picked it up from, but online retailers stock it.

So there we have just 6 essential beauty products. I’d love to hear if you too use any of these products – and if not, what your beauty essentials would be!

We can obviously live without these things, but it’s certainly nice to have them there to grab when we need a little spruce and freshen up. In a world saturated by the beauty market, it’s good to strip it back to the basics sometimes and share what helps us through every day life.

Until next time,

Emily x




10 thoughts on “6 Essential Beauty Items

  1. Millie says:

    I’m sat here and my hair is a complete tangled mess and I’m dreading having to brush it out…!! Thanks for sharing your essentials Emily! Have you ever thought about trying a menstraul cup before? I was always keen of not spending too much on period products so maybe a MC would be good? I also laughed at your use of wiffy HAHAH


    • emilygabriellax says:

      A tangle teezer may be up your street!! I haven’t actually no, I’m not sure how I’d get on with one! Hahaha thank you for reading Millie!


  2. Paris says:

    Writing down almost every item from the list, thank you for sharing! Especially point 4, I’m just in the habit of buying Always and have only just now considered a supermarket’s own… I go for own brand everything else so I don’t see why not! 🙂


  3. Charlotte says:

    Your nails look GORGEOUS! I also hate it when my cuticles get out of control (which is quite often for someone who hates it – insert confused emoji here.) I ALWAYS keep a lip balm in my bag and I’ve recently learned that lip exfoliator is a thing which I need to try. Great post, Emily! xx


    • emilygabriellax says:

      Thank you so much I love them!! Hahah 😂 we love a clean cuticle! Yesss I’ve used the Lush exfoliator, but sometimes a toothbrush does the trick! Thank you for reading Charlotte it’s much appreciated x


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