Working for a beauty company means that every evening is an experimentation in a new serum/lipstick/hair mask, as we put makeup, skin, hair, and body products to the test to determine the products worth keeping in our bathrooms/sharing with the world.
So it only made sense that when we were deciding what to put in our latest bag of free beauty treats, we made a beeline straight to our trusty, in-the-know staff to get the scoop on the ride-or-die products that they can’t live without.
Read on to learn about the products that earned the Beauty Bay HQ seal of approval – the nominations are not only gamechangers, but we’ve also worked with the brands to make them yours to try (see terms and conditions below). You’re welcome.
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Nominated by Kirsty, Business Analyst
Winter hits your lips hard and I really struggle with cracked dry lips. I’ve tried every lip balm going but nothing works like this. It feels super smooth on your lips and it lasts ages. Afterwards my lips feel silky soft. I once made the mistake of letting my boyfriend try it and now he’s obsessed too! Totally a must-have for your handbag and because it’s a tube of cream rather than a stick you can share it with your friends without the fear of winter germs.
Nominated by Chloe, Influencer & Affiliates Marketing Exec
I was a little unsure the first time I applied Makeup Geek’s Peach Smoothie onto my eyelids, as I always considered myself a smoky eye girl through and through – but Peach Smoothie totally converted me and is now my ultimate fave! It’s the perfect daytime shade; a super pigmented peachy beige shade, the buttery soft texture blends in effortlessly for an easy as (peach) pie look!
Nominated by Katie, Head of CRM
I find it pretty hard to maintain a healthy diet throughout the week (I normally run out of fresh fruit & veg 3 days after my big shop!) so I started taking Glow Inner Beauty Powder as a way to supplement my lifestyle. The powder is a slightly odd colour, and it smells like fig rolls, but the results are worth it. It’s like you’ve had 8 hours sleep every night and a healthy dose of vitamin D. Plus it’s top for making sure you drink plenty of water every day.
Nominated by Grace, Beauty Writer
Coffee completely changed my life when I was a student and now it’s changed my skin too… As I’ve grown older I’ve realised that exfoliation really is essential (if not boring). Fortunately the Frank Body Coffee Scrub makes it less of a chore and more of a treat – it’s messy, granted, but it makes my skin and bathroom smell delicious (much to the annoyance of my barista boyfriend). Far more than just a bag of coffee grounds; this has almond oil and vitamin E to hydrate and moisturise – when I’ve washed it off my skin is silky smooth and straight up glowing. Venti, please.
Nominatied by Amelia, Copywriter
I’m a self-proclaimed brush bully who pushes brushes on all of my ‘I just use my hands’ friends and eventually they love me for it. Picking just one to put in this gift bag was tough, but I know most of you will AT LEAST have one foundation brush (maybe a couple of eye brushes) and probably neglect everything else. Colouring, sculpting and enhancing, Morphe’s R10 Deluxe Tapered Powder fits perfectly in the hollows of the cheeks to apply and diffuse colour creating a natural, buildable glow. Remember you’re only as good as the tools you use and you’ll thank me for this one…
Sigma E56 Mini Eye Shader Brush
Nominated by Fran, Customer Service Advisor
I’ve recently become a Sigma Brush convert and the Mini Eye Shader Brush is no exception! It’s great for packing colour onto the lid for maximum impact and small enough to keep in the side compartment of my handbag for touch ups when I’m out and about. My eyes can be quite sensitive, but the soft bristles don’t irritate me at all meaning I can reapply as much as I like throughout the day – perfect for when I’ve got a weekend of back-to-back plans! All of the Sigma Brushes are fab but this pocket-sized brush is definitely my favourite at the moment.
Nominated by Jade, Senior Social Media Exec
When it comes to lashes, my motto is normally The Bigger The Better. Lately though, I’ve really struggled to find a pair which strike that delicate balance of full and fluffy, but not OTT enough that I can wear them from day to night. Introducing . . These beauties! Built on a thin, invisible band, they are fluffy, dark, and textured – basically everything I’ve ever wanted in a pair of lashes. My tip? Store them safely in their little box. They will last you for AGES.
Nominated by Paul, Customer Service Advisor
I have the original beautyblender Sponge along with the beautyblender Pro Sponge and it pains me to see my beautyblenders so dirty! This solution has a light lavender scent which smells so fresh and pretty and it really foams up on your sponge. It is such a simple process, smells amazing and the results are incredible. This solution gave my sponges such a deep clean, it is my ultimate holy grail and I cannot live without it. I actually use it on all of my makeup brushes to give them a good deep clean…. #lazypeoplegoals
Nominated by Sarah, Marketing Assistant
Like a lot of people, I wear foundation most days. But I also go to the gym a couple of mornings a week, and applying a layer of foundation on my face afterwards is the last thing I want to do. That’s when I reach for my Youth Lab CC Cream. It colour corrects really well to my skin, and creates a flawless base for the rest of my makeup that still looks natural and fresh-faced. It’s a permanent resident in my make-up bag!
Nominated by Beth, Assistant Buyer
As a diehard liquid lipstick lover I am often asked which is the best brand, that doesn’t dry your lips and lasts ALL DAY! To this question I will always reply with one answer Ofra! I now have many of the incredible shades stored in my makeup bag and often get grilled by my partner for having “millions of the same shade!” With the ridiculousness of this in mind I recently added to my Ofra fam with Bel Air – a subtle nudey pink for that every day look that truly lasts and tastes delicious! I cant recommend Ofra Liquid Lipstick enough…so go try one, I’m sure your addiction will begin with that first application!!!
Nominated by Nat, Head of Design
So, I’m a bit of mascara snob. I don’t really wear a lot of makeup but, a good mascara is vital to my makeup bag. I’m also quite particular on formula – it needs to be long lasting but flexible and the type of brush/bristles on the wand is important for a good application. I’d been using the same brand for years until I got enticed to try the PUR Fully Charged Magnetic Mascara. I didn’t want to be impressed… but I was! I couldn’t get over how weightless it felt on my eyes! Not only that, the build up was amazing, my lashes were getting longer and thicker with each stroke. It’s super long lasting too, no flakes or fallout so, it lasted all day. It now lives happily ever after in my makeup bag.
Nominated by Lauren, Executive Assistant
I love this Mario Badescu Facial Spray and use it every single day. I find it so versatile whether using it to wake my face up in the mornings or it works really well as a setting spray when I’m all made up. I love the Mario range but this product has to be one of my holy grails! My favourite fragrence is this Aloe Cucumber and Green Tea but I occasionally like to mix it up and use the Aloe Herbs & Rosewater. I’m heading off to Dubai for some winter sun next week and this will definitely be one of my holiday essentials to freshen me up on the beach.
Nominated by Rosie, Video Producer
A house must be built on solid foundation if it is to last – and if you want your makeup to last all day, a good primer is absolutely essential! Laura Geller’s Spackle Primer ticks all the boxes for me – it’s super lightweight, hydrating and doesn’t have that slippery silicone texture that clogs my pores. My foundation sits happily on top with zero caking and it helps keep shine at bay for hours. Plus it passed the ultimate test: 8 hours dancing at Warehouse Project in a rather humid underground car park and my makeup looked as fresh leaving as when I entered.
Nominated by Milly, Senior Influencer Marketing Exec
I am someone with straight, thin and lifeless hair who craves texture, volume and thickness. Sachajuan Ocean Mist Shampoo certainly satisfies my cravings. Massaged into hair at the roots and through the body, once dry the shampoo gives me the ‘beach babe’ wave effect that I want without drying my hair out completely like most products do. I prefer to air-dry my hair when using this product as it gives me the same volume I get when using a hairdryer but without the added heat damage. Winning.
Nominated by Lizzie, Social Media Assistant
I am all about living the glow life, so you guessed it my nomination is the Doll Beauty Highlighter. Offering you the ability to go from soft-focused glow to all out blinding highlight, it’s my go to for all things illumination.I apply a little to the tops of the cheeks for a day time ready look and then to really take things to the next level I blend it onto the nose, Cupid’s bow and centre of the forehead. As well as all it’s more than amazing glow inducing benefits it also doubles as the perfect maintenance free eyeshadow! Definitely worthy of the best of beauty.
Nominated by Llara, Head of UX
This little gem is absolutely goof-proof. The felt-pen style tip allows for precision lining and makes creating immaculate flicks easy, without the smudging or errant lines you might get with a brush. And, while the fine tip lets you create those razor-sharp flicks, just tilt your hand a little to get a thicker line at the lash – simple! Top tip – you don’t need to apply pressure to get product out – use a light touch and you’ll get less drag and neater lines.
Nominated by Abbie, Buying Assistant
As we are now fully in winter, I’m still clinging onto summer for dear life! I was recently recommend the Living Proof Instant Texture Mist and could not be happier with the summer feels it gives me. It’s perfect for that just walked off the beach look. With a gorgeous long lasting smell, that gives me enviable volume, I’ve got all my friends asking what new haircare product I’m using.
Beauty Bay Makeup Bag
Nominated by Michelle, Junior Buyer
Simple but practical for finding things quickly (the double zip opens the bag nicely), giving easy access to all of your products. Sturdy, deep, and wide enough to stash your essentials – it’s ideal for those who like to take everything out with them, as it’s easy to cram things in.