The Backups.

A few weeks ago I posted this picture on Instagram of my revitalised and tidied cleanser stash. Some people noticed that I had more than one of some items and I got into a discussion about products that I keep ‘backups’ of… that led to this…

Products shown are….

Abd El Kader candle – Cire Trudon – my favourite candle in the world. The entire world. Ever.
Available from Cire Trudon stockists everywhere priced £60.00 (it’s big, not Diptyque size)

Awapuhi Shampoo – Paul Mitchell Sulfate free, luscious, leaves no residue. Pretty perfect. More info available

Radius toothbrush – has to be used to be believed/obsessed with. SO much cheaper in the States. And you can pick left or right handed! More info on I literally cannot use another toothbrush now.

Oral-B Pro-Expert in Clean Mint – they’ve released more flavours/styles since the launch of the original, but this is still the best. Perfectly fine for sensitive teeth/gums too. More info on 

Soap & Glory Righteous Butter – I do hope the formulation doesn’t change now that Boots have bought them, but I’ve been using this since it launched. It just suits my skin and doesn’t feel sticky or heavy, you can get dressed straight away afterwards. £10.50

Show Beauty Working Texture Spray – I use this on damp/dry hair. It gives me ‘oomph’ without feeling heavy. I am in love with this product. has more info but the only place I could find it was at for £30.00

I Am A Sex Goddess fragrance by Neotantric – see previous video/posts!£65.00 – more info on

Emma Hardie Moringa Balm – I’ll probably be buried with this cleanser. £49.00 supersize available at the moment for Christmas period.

Clinique Take The Day Off Balm – still relentlessly and unacceptably out of stock most of the time. If only Estee Lauder was a huge corporation that could afford to make tens of thousands of the things and you know, make money.


Available at all Clinique stockists including  for around £20.00 depending on where you purchase.

Clarins Extra Comfort Cleansing Cream – speaking of unacceptable, this is discontinued. The utter bastards. (See? It’s driven me to swearage.)

Sunday Riley Charisma Creme – thankfully there are other milky/creams on the market and this one also has the joyous ‘acid’ ingredients (mild, don’t panic). Skin cleanser, I personally don’t use for makeup removal, but we all know I’m an awkward cow. £38.00 more info on

Jane Scrivner Nourishing Cleanser – yes I own too many balm cleansers, but that’s not likely to change in the near future. This one is probably the closest to Emma Hardie in consistency, but slightly ‘lighter’, if that makes sense! 🙂 available on for £43.00

Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser – I don’t use many ‘scrubby’ products but the granules in this have me hooked. I am obsessed. for $75.00/£60.00

Sunday Riley Good Genes – 40% lactic acid and overnight usage make this a ‘wake up looking like you on your best day’ product indispensable. Use under an oil like Juno for extra glow power. 

Kate Somerville Deep Tissue Repair – Just a must-have. Simples. It’s not cheap but then neither am I (see what I did there!?) 🙂 You don’t need this if you’re not showing signs of ageing. You lucky swine.

Chantecaille Just Skin –  absolutely cannot live without. Often replicated, never mastered.
$67.00/£58.00 just as well it lasts almost an entire season (Summer/Winter) 

Chantecaille Loose Powder in Subtle – the best loose powder on the market. Talc-free, completely weightless. Adore. Will possibly outlive you. I’ve used 2 in 13 years and I use it every day. I’m not kidding. (wash your brushes!)

Aerin Rose Hand Cream – Never without. Backups of backups. Love. £36.00 from

Charlotte Tilbury Cheek-to-Chic Sex on Fire Blusher – they’re never just called ‘Nice Pink’ are they? This matches my colouring perfectly. It’s the only blusher that has taken the place of Nars Sin, and I’ve used everything. £30.00 from

Victoria’s Secret Shiny Kiss Lip Gloss in Candy Baby and Love Berry – ignore the borderline-offensive and unnecessary ‘fashion show’ and underneath the naked, gallivanting women you find the most comfortable bras ever made and these glosses, along with the Chantecaille Just Skin, my most used items in my makeup bag. I think they were around 4 for £20 but we’ll never know because they haven’t organised the online part of the UK business yet. You’d think they were a huge multi-national, corporate business.


Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector in No.1 – when in doubt, grab this. Never lets you down – whether it’s for a quick dash of colour, the school run, or an evening out. £18.00 from 

Phew. Just a few items then………. *eyebrow*