Not So Sexy Items it’s Good to Have in Your Beauty Stash


There are some purchases in life that I like to call the ‘black vest top purchases’. Black vest tops are probably what I have the most of in my wardrobe as I tend to wear one everyday in the winter under my outfit for warmth purposes and every time I have to repurchase one it’s just such a ‘blah’ non-exciting purchase. The same goes for jeans, cotton pads and hairbands – all necessary but they’re just not the most fun ones to buy. Today’s edit focuses on these non-sexy purchases from the beauty category. Items that it’s great to have around but it’s just not the most enjoyable thing to add to your shopping list…

The Wet Brush. The hairbrush that ‘adults who used to cry as kids when their parents brushed their hair’ dreams are made of. Parting comb aside this is the only brush I use on a daily basis as it works through locks in the most pain-free way possible. And just look how cute the mini version is. How can you say no that that?

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers. I purchased a pair of these years ago, then I cheated on them with the Japonesque ones and now I’m back. Nothing curls my eyelashes quite like them.

Japonesque Touch-Up Razor. Being a naturally thick haired, wild beast – I have a lot in the unwanted hair department. How I dispose of my moustache so it doesn’t look like I’m participating in Movember is by using these. It’s pretty self explanatory…

Duo Eyelash Adhesive. With a tube of this in your stash you’ll never have to use the fishy smelling glue that comes with false lashes ever again. I’m not the most avid faux lash wearer but I do feel like this has a bit more grip and it’s a bit easier to use than the usual freebie formulas.

Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover. Though I’m still not quite sure how you would use this to remove nail polish from your toes (I have big toes and I just don’t think they’ll fit into the slot provided), when it comes to taking varnish off your fingertips, nothing is faster and more convenient.

Optrex Eyedew Dazzling Eye Drops. I’m a sufferer of red itchy eyes thanks to tiredness and excessive eye rubbing which makes for an interesting look whenever I wish to don a red-ish toned eyeshadow. To counteract that I’ve found the only thing that turns my pink balls into white (I’m sure there was a better way of phrasing that) is this stuff.

Charlotte Tilbury Pencil Sharpener. Given that I go on and on about the NARS Lip Pencils, a few of you have asked what I use to sharpen them and this is it. There are slots for two different sizes of pencil which means that all the thinner lip pencils and eye kohls can be sharpened along with the larger ones like the NARS and Charlotte Tilbury’s Shadow Sticks. Now it’s time to get rid of the other five that I’ve managed to collect over the years…


  • A pencil sharpener and these Shu uemura curlers are a must have for me too! Besides a good nail file and the remover pot! That Wet brush is actually too cute! 🙂


  • Yes its very true! Love the sound of the Wet Brush, my ‘non Sexy’ items would also include eye drops – since I got Laser Eye surgery my eyes get so dry as the day goes on!

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  • Bourjois actually have a tootsies version of that polish remover now, Anna!

  • Jodie Vernon

    I love the Bourjois Nail Remover! It’s so quick and easy to use!

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  • I haven’t tried any of these the Wet Brush does interest me though x

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  • All must have items – especially an eyelash curler.

  • Jessica VDL

    I used to love those polish remover pots, but now that I’m wearing loads of darker colours I’ve gone back to the old cotton pad & remover routine. I just can’t handle the dark red they make on my fingers after using them a couple of times :’)

  • I need a wet brush in my life so badly ! and eyelash curlers are an absolute necessity sometimes 🙂

  • clementine buttercup

    I use tweezerman eyelash curlers and every single time I see you use the Shu Uemura ones I’m convinced I need them in my stash!

  • emily couture

    love the nail polish remover pot 🙂

    emily xx

  • The title of this article made me laugh! I love that nail polish remover from Bourjois, it works so good!


    The razor is the only thing I don’t have…

  • Everyone raves about the wet brush, I really need to get one! Also those little razors look handy x

  • Trudy Johanna

    I love the wet brush! Eyelash curlers scare me so much, still use them but there’s something about them that just looks really medical and wierd. Probably just me haha xx

  • I use a tangle teaser instead of the wet brush, still stick to the Japonesque eyelash curlers I purchased on your recommendation and skip the razor because I am blonde with nearly invisible face hair.

    Everything else sits in my bathroom drawer.

  • There are a quite a few bits on here that I need to pick up! One that I’m most interested in though is the touch up razor – I’m a bit of a hairy fairy too and have recently started getting a little self conscious of my lady tasche haha.

    Is shaving okay to do for your face? I’d hate it to start growing like leg hair and become thick stubble on my face! Anyone done it? Does the regrowth differ from the original hair?

    • Love the “hairy fairy” expression ;). You probably prefer an answer from Anna but i thought i share my experience too. I know some people which shave their “moustache” but when i tried it i had the worst breakout ever when they started to grow back. Your hairs will not grow back thicker (thats biological impossible, at least due to shaving) they might just appear thicker because they have not been brightened by the sun. However, the growing back might come with ingrown hair and breakouts from irritation since you will have to shave quite often. For me wax was in the end the way to go. It does not get everything off, but enough that it is not visible anymore. I even sometimes dish out the money and get it done professionally since most beauty pros will do that in 5 minutes for under a 10 er. Hope this is helpful to you 🙂

      • Anybody’s answer is appreciated! Thank you for yours! I might have to do the same as you then and opt for a bit of waxing or epilation – I do get shaving irritations quite easily so I’d much rather keep that off my face!

        Thank you! x

        • Diya

          I’d recommend threading it – I’ve been doing it for years and it does grow back much finer each time. Although it sounds scary and hard, it’s super easy once you know how – number 15 in this post tells you how!

          I don’t do my eyebrows because I find it too hard to do it when I’m trying to do it in any particular shape, but upper lip is easy because you’re just getting rid of everything in one place!

          If it’s too scary, you could just go and get it done professionally – can be as cheap as £2!

          Hope that helps! x

  • The touch up razor is such a good idea! I might need to get myself a set…

  • I love this post, I need the wet brush! Great post Anna, Thanks for sharing! Kate x

  • I love that Bourjois nail polish remover! Seriously, I don’t know how I ever lived without it.

  • Georgia

    Anna! There’s a little sponge in the lid for your toes! Haha xx

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  • You come up with the best post ideas! I think I might have to start saving up for those eyelash curlers after hearing you rave about them!
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  • Sara Levy

    Unfortunately the eyedrops do nothing for me. I really had high hopes for that lil’ product!

  • Always yes to eyelash curlers! And I wasn’t aware that there was such a thing as a wet brush until this post!

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  • Maggie

    I have the same eyelash curler and i love it so much! Its one thing i cannot live without!

  • I love using my Tangle Teezer but have heard so much about the Wet Brush 🙂


  • i’ve never curled my eyelashes… I’m always scared of doing it!

  • I really want to try the wet brush, I absolutelylove the Tangle Teezer but this one seems to be even better? x

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell

    Shu umera eyelash curlers <3 LIFESAVERS!

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  • Kauser

    Really want to try out the wet brush! Everybody keeps raving about it!
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  • Ella

    YES I need the wet brush so bad. I have a terrible habit of using a paddle brush straight out of the shower. Yikes!

  • Anastasia Way

    Laughing out loud at your nail polish remover comment. You’re hilarious.

  • Loled at the movember comment! I’ll definitely have to check out this razor…

  • Beautiiboots

    I laughed so much reading this, you’re hilarious!

  • I think I can go as far as to say I don’t believe in mascara being used without curling lashes first , and the ones from Shu Uemura is a true fave! 🙂 Love the movember image i got in my head after reading this post! 😉

  • Lillie Mysel

    I hate gluing fake eyelashes on. I had to do it for my dance competitions and it always freaked me out! I give props to those who do it weekly or even everyday! xx

  • Love the Bourjois nail polish remover. Need to try out the Wet Brush, heard so many good things! Lilly xx

  • laura chester

    feel your pain with the dark hair, will have to check the razor out great tip!

  • Rouge & Water

    Love the Shu Uemura ones! My first was a pair of Revlon ones that just didn’t do the job and once I got the Shu Uemura ones I finally understood all the hype around curling lashes.

  • I love the look of the Shu’s, I think I need to get myself a pair!

    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

  • I think that the nail vanish remover is one of the best inventions. Lovely post x

  • DiaryOfAMakeUpAddict

    Great post. I hear really great things about the Shu Uemura eyelash curlers. I think I might give them a try..

    Xoxo Nathalie

  • Eyelash curlers/contraptions/torture devices are such life savers! And that Bourjois stuff is the bomb dot com.

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  • Karsyn Taelyr

    I totally agree, I love the wet brush and the touch of razors! Thanks for reminding me, I actually need to buy some new ones haha!

  • I’ve been using the Shu Uemura curlers for years but I really want to try the Kevyn Aucoin ones, have you tried them?

  • Khushboo

    Try Alaway eyedrops. It was recommended to me by my eye doctor.

  • The Magic Nail Polish Remover is exactly what it says it is, magic!

    Elma x || PetalGrrl

  • I honestly wouldn’t even bother putting any mascara on if I didn’t have access to my Shu Uemura curlers ! In fact I think I can go so far as to say I don’t believe in mascara being used without curling lashes first ! 😉

    Love this post !

  • The touch up razor is such a good idea!

    Kayleigh // SBW-D x

  • Ayse

    Seeing as I#m quite hairy too and have quite some troubl with my armhair, could you recommend anything to remove armhair and maybe share your tip? That would seriously be soo helpful <3

  • eyelash curlers are a must!! great post xx

  • I think the wet brush would be an awesome investment for me, and I think I need that razor….

    Lauren x

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  • Anna

    Thanks so much for sharing this list of necessities! I would add to this a great set of tweezers!

  • The Wet brush looks amazing!

  • These are such necessities though but you’re right! x

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  • Really want to try the Bourjois nail polish remover, although you do raise a good point about using it on your toes

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  • This is such a useful post! 🙂

  • Christine

    Great post! Your optometrist can also prescribe great antihistamine eyedrops if your red eyes/eye rubbing is related to allergies.

  • Kirsty

    I think with the nail polish remover you use the purple one for your toes and use the wee sponge in the lid. If you turn it upside down before opening it then the nail varnish remover makes it wet.

  • I disagree with this post – am I the only one who got really excited when I bought myself The Wet Brush?

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  • I definitely need to pick up some of these staples, they definitely aren’t as fun to buy as makeup!

  • Jess

    I’ve recently bought The Wet Brush and its changed my life! I used to spend ages trying to brush through my long hair after washing my hair and now it takes me half the time and its MUCH less painful!

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  • I love the title of this post. So true and made me chuckle! I need to look into getting The Wet Brush. My hair is so long and thick, it is almost impossible to comb through after a shower!

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  • Ooh, the eye drops are a great idea, I’ve never thought of that! Currently sporting the most tired-looking eyeballs in existence, alas. I still use the Tangle Teezer, but I’ve been hearing so much about the Wet Brush it’s gotten me super curious.

  • Great post! I adore my wet brush… still a fan of the Tangle Teezer too.

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  • What’s the difference between a wet brush and the tangle teezer? Need a new hair brush as my hair has got crazy knotty recently so eyeing these two up but struggling to find out what’s the difference! Would love to hear your thoughts

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    • pamb

      My daughter prefers the Tangle Teezer! I had high hopes for the Wet Brush, but ended up giving it away. I think the little knobs on the end of the bristle of the Wet Brush pull more. The Tangle Teezer’s bristles are smaller, there are more of them, and no knobs!

  • I used to cry as a kid when my dad brushed my hair, now it is easy to brush or I’m just used to but I have heard really good things about the wet brush, I might end up trying it! xx

  • The wet brush sounds amazing! I currently use a Tangle Teaser and love it! It really changed my hair routine when I added it to the mix instead of just a simple wide tooth comb.

  • I love that kind of nail polish remover, it’s so easy! No hassle at all!

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  • I like it !!!

    its really gud for me


  • I’m looking for those little razors everywhere now! I used to see them and scoff at them but since Julia Graff talked about them cannot find them…