Recently I've picked up my basic "must have" items as they'd all seemed to run out at the same time. I thought I'd dedicate a post to them to share what I'm using at the moment.
My clean up brush has lasted me ages, it's still got some life in it but the bristles are starting to bend a bit at the tips so I got two more. I get these from Amazon for about £3.50 each, it's Royal & Langnickel's eyebrow brush. I have had two of these so far this year and the second one is still going strong. I murdered the first one when I trimmed it with scissor, I think it would have lasted a lot longer if I hadn't trimmed it. The only fault I can pick with this particular brush is that if you forget and dip it too far into the acetone, then pull it out the area I naturally grip is painted black and the acetone on the paint means I am left with black fingers! If I dip just the bristles and metal part it's fine.
In the centre is my strengthener of choice, SpaRitual Protein Boost. I still had loads left in my current bottle, but my hoarder instinct made me want a back up bottle. And as there were some in the sale section on the sparitual.co.uk website (I think it's due to the outer packaging changing) I grabbed some.
The picture above is my cuticle oil of choice, as with Protein Boost the Cuti-Cocktail was in the sale section so I actually bought two! I have to admit that I have now started to bastardise my bottles of the Cuticle Oil, I have washed a load of old OPI Avoplex Oil brushes off and as the screw thread is same size I now use a brush to apply the oil rather than the dropper. I find it much quicker and that I use the right amount of product with a brush than a pipette.
On the right is my handcream of choice, it's either 85p or 75p from Aldi, despite it being for "normal" skin and being fragranced I find it really helps my eczema prone, sensitive skin. It's not massively greasy and I use it regularly through the day when I'm at work. I'm a bugger for forgetting to use it at the weekends though, despite having three tubes around the house!
I forgot to throw my cheapy cotton wool pads from Aldi into the shot, but when it comes to cotton wool for removing polish I tend to pick up the cotton wool in Aldi or Lidl.
Finally I have some recent polish purchases which haven't made it to the blog yet, these are from Sally Magpie, we have a Layla Softtouch in pink (I think I once saw this on Sally's own blog when she did a wear test) Layla Holo in Coral Glam which actually seems a more nude holo than an orangey pink. I have worn it and didn't get photos. Mentality Tickled caught my eye as it's pink and gold micro glitters, I haven't worn it yet so I'm not sure if it is a full coverage or a scattered glitter. Finally on the right is Catrice I'm Dynamite, I haven't worn this one yet either but I'm thinking if it needs undies the hot pink on the left will go well. I have purchased one other polish this month, SpaRitual Blue Moon. I wore it once but it wasn't a mani I got photos of.