If someone challenged me to build a shelter out of all the beauty products I own I could probably makeshift something that rivals my snug one bed flat. There’s a lot of the stuff and it’s growing by the day with no signs of stalling anytime soon, a makeup mountain if you will – you get the jist. So when a repurchase is made over the act of using up my long line of awaiting testers, it’s a big deal. The product in question surpasses HG status and is deemed a ‘staple’ – definition: a dash to the nearest outlet stocking said ‘staple’ product occurs when the last blob, squeeze or brush is noted – which is exactly what happened yesterday when I went supermarket sweep stylée in the aisles of Boots. So welcome this trio into the stash staple line-up…

L’Oreal Telescopic Waterproof Mascara – do I even need to say anymore? I’ve lashed my way through countless tubes of the stuff and nothing even comes close to its curling capabilities. I tried to muddle along with other mascaras that were languishing in my collection, but nothing cut the mustard like this one. Repurchase, done. Next into the basket went Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat which is a bit of a tough one. This is my third bottle of the stuff – nothing out there beats its glass-like finish that makes your polish rock hard in no more than a minute. However it’s known to contain Toluene which ain’t that great for you (more on that here) – it’s a trace amount, but it’s something to be aware of. As a non-smoker and practically a non-drinker these days, I’ll take my chances on this one – you got to go of something, right? Finally, I’ve been eking out the last offerings of my bottle of Hydraluron for too long, so when it blobbed out the last of its contents it was the act that prompted my Boots dash. I slather this on each morning as a daytime serum-type product – post-toner and pre-moisturiser – and have found it to keep my dry patches at bay while not feeling heavy on the skin at all. One for dehydrated gals who need a little extra sumthin’ sumthin’ during the day.

So the latest round of repurchases have been put back into rotation and we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief. That is until the next staple gets low. Shoes on, purse in hand – ready, steady, go.

  • http://lottiekerr.blogspot.co.uk/ Lottie Kerr

    I need to get my hands on a tube of Hydraluron, my face is so blooming dry from this horrible weather!

    Lottie x


  • http://cosmeticdebris.blogspot.co.uk/ Becky

    I don’t know about anyone else but my staples always seem to run out at the same time. Cue groans from my wallet and a frenzied bout of internet shopping (the shops are a bit pants around here) x Becky

  • Charlotte

    The Telescopic mascara is also my absolute fave, you reminded me that I have to buy it again!


  • Gillian

    Love L’Oreal telescopic and Seche Vite. Have moved on to using Jessica Brillance Toap Coat and Jessica Quick Dry Drops, I have no smudging at all. I like it even better than Seche Vite.
    Gillian from glamupeveryday.com x

  • http://twitter.com/beautyandkitten Lornalouise

    I’m not trying to downplay the effects of harmful substances but bloody everything is “known to the state of California to be harmful to health” or whatever the exact working is, according to them just about everything is know to cause cancer. Even one of the ingredients of IrnBru is on this list, making is illegal there. :)


  • Jade

    I’m actually in need of a new mascara and always fancied the L’Oreal Telescopic. I think this has pushed me to get it. I also would love to try Hydraluron. My skin is so dry and deyhydrated!

    Jade x

  • Strawbry_Blonde

    I love this trio too Anna… just purchased the Telescopic for first time last week on your rec, despite about 10 mascaras in my drawer – shame on me! It does seem good so far, though I’d like it to thicken my lashes a bit more. Maybe it will over time – I often find mascaras take a while to get going!

    Nic x

  • Grace

    Anna you just always make my day!! love your writing style :)
    Here on the continent we don’t have the L’oreal Telescopic in the Waterproof Version- darn it :(


  • Millie

    Thanks to you I recently picked up the L’Oreal Telescopic mascara and I love it!!! Thanks for the great recommendations! :) ♥


  • http://twitter.com/lucylouminous Lucy

    I love Seche Vite. Tried to revive my bottle but it turned into a big gloopy mess :( Need to repurchase is ASAP! :)



  • Guest

    Must try Hyrdraluron!

  • Maddy Cane

    I love the seche vite topcoat, it is so so so glossy! xxx


  • Pippa Jones

    Really do need to give the top coat a go! I have heard so many good things about this from many beauty gurus! :)

    Pipp xx


  • ZáZá

    I’ve heard so many great things about the L’Oreal Telescopic mascara, I’m definitely going to try it out as soon as possible now!


  • Amy

    I really am intrigued about the L’Oreal mascara, I would love to try it!

    Amy | http://blossomingbeautymakeup.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Lorna – Studs and Dreams

    I love this picture, great photography!! need to try the mascara and hydroluron :)


  • katherine.parkes

    I really need to try out Hydroluron, heard nothing but good things! x


  • Frances

    Another girl who needs to try Hydraluron based on all the great recommendations I keep hearing about it. I think this is the one that’s going to make me finally go into Boots and pick one up!



  • Courtney

    I love the telescopic mascara!


  • http://twitter.com/everydaymelissa EverydayMelissa

    So bummed..I’ve been trying for the past hour to find Hyrdraluron with absolutely no luck :( I’ve even tried ebay and amazon, such a bummer

  • Allie T.

    Thanks for including a link to that blog post about toluene in nail polishes.
    I do my best to be 3-Free, so I think I’ll be skipping out on Seche Vite.
    I think I’ll be checking out the telescopic mascara though – been on a hunt for a new one :)