Let Me Upgrade Ya: A Beauty Essentials Wish List


Makeup can be a daunting thing for some people. It can be intimidating walking into a makeup store knowing you need to grab things for yourself, but not having a clue where to start. The prices you see at a makeup store might not be justifiable if you don’t know how to use it. Or, if you’re younger and don’t have the budget for it. Drugstore products are always a good starting point when figuring out what specific traits you prefer in makeup products.

But if you’re ready to move to the next step, I’ve compiled a list of beauty essentials that could do with an upgrade this Christmas.


Creating a good base is key to any makeup look. Whether that’s a full coverage look or if you prefer sheer coverage, it’s worth treating yourself to a good quality foundation.


Eyeshadow can be a step that people skip. But, it doesn’t have to be daunting. You don’t need a whole palette at first. You can start off with a smaller palette and work your way up. These Smashbox mini palettes are perfect to start experimenting with eyeshadow. Even if you start by applying one colour and blending it out.


Bronzer is a must-have this summer for a makeup look. Bronzer can add a little colour and glow to your face, especially if you skip eyeshadow. There is no doubt Hourglass makes beautiful bronzers, highlighters, and blushes. It’s definitely a splurge but their pigments have the perfect balance of colour and glow that can be used as a 3-in-1 product.

Blanca is the Editorial Manager for Maidenhair Press. She deals with mostly behind the scenes of the magazine. She also dabbles in some writing with columns and reviews each issue. She loves all things Film & TV, as well as beauty and fashion.