IMG_9320When Anna and I do our #BeautyChatLIVE events we almost always get the “if you had to pick one…” questions. It seems that you guys really want to know our all-time favourites, our can’t live withouts and the products or brands we’d pick if we could only pick one. So I’ve put down a few scenario questions and jotted down my answers if I could only pick one… 

Makeup brand to use…
I used to always answer NARS to this question, but these days I would have to say Charlotte Tilbury. I love her base products as well as her eyeshadows, concealer, bronzers/blushers, lipsticks… I think I’d do pretty well at making a whole face apart from her mascara. Nearly the perfect makeup brand for me.

Mascara to wear…
The mascara that I always back to, that never lets me down is the Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume mascara. It gives me full, long and fluttery eyelashes and lasts all day on me.

Skincare item to use…
If I couldn’t do my entire skincare routine every morning and night I would have to pick a cleanser as my one item. The Oskia Renaissance cleanser to be precise. It’s hydrating on the skin but also removes all impurities from the skin. My skin would massively miss the oils and serums but I could probably cheat the whole moisturising thing with a primer before doing my makeup.

Highstreet store to shop from…
This one is hard as I feel like my current style sits somewhere between Topshop/Zara and Whistles/COS and I like to mix the styles together to create my own. As much as I love Whistles I find it too expensive to shop from frequently and I find with Zara, although I love it, it’s quite hit and miss. Topshop has it’s flaws and find it a bit young for me but I think it has a good range of basic and “on-trend” items so my final answer… Topshop!

Makeup brush brand…
I absolutely LOVE my RMK brushes but they are limited in terms of shapes and I also love my Bobbi Brown but they’re pricey. So I’d pick Zoeva which is still quite a new brand but they do huge sets for a good price and the quality is great.

Lipstick to wear every day…
This one is always hard to answer but I’m going to stick to what I know… MAC Syrup can be worn lightly during the day and built up a bit in the evening. It’s natural but also has a tint or plum for something a bit different. I bloody love it!

Eyeshadow palette…
Easy! Urban Decay Naked 1. It’s still the best palette in my opinion, the quality is great, the colours are perfect and I can live with the silly packaging.

Haircare brand to buy from…
I’d probably have to go with Bumble & Bumble as they do good shampoo and conditioners, they’re styling products are great and well, I couldn’t live without my Semi Sumo!


I hope you liked this post and that it answered some of those tricky questions you guys always want to ask us! Let me know if you have any more and I can do another post like this in the future.

Discuss this post

69 Responses

  1. Angeline says:

    The only makeup brand I would use is Laura Mercier, I think, but Charlotte Tilbury is definitely on my list as well! Lovely post Lily x


  2. I know that these posts are not so easy to write but they are definitely my favorite ones! Charlotte Tilbury sounds like an amazing make up brand and their packaging is just to die for but they are so hard to find in than are not UK or US 🙁


  3. Great to know all of your pics. I’m looking at purchasing the Clinique mascara. Gemma xx http://www.jacquardflower.uk

  4. AvantiGarde says:

    Love this post! Fabulous idea and interesting responses. It would be interesting to see you’re responses to the questions after 6months or a year.


  5. Ana says:

    Okay so every single item you’ve talked about here has now been added to the wish list. I seriously need to try bumble and bumble. if only it wasn’t so expensive hey!



  6. Selena Ponce says:

    I love the post. Now I want to try everything you’ve said hahaha. I like this kind of post because it helps me when I’m on a hunt of something good. Thanks! xxx


  7. Sarah says:

    Awesome post Lily! I could kind of guess everything you were going to mention as I read 😛

    Sarah | More Than Adored

  8. Mandy Bajwa says:

    Love this post idea Lily!


  9. Finally all my burning questions have been answered, thanks!
    Mila https://matchlessmila.wordpress.com/

  10. Elin Berlin says:

    Woho! Such a fun blogpost to read, since it contains like everything we all want to know – the best of the best.Thanks for sharing Lily!

    ELIN BERLIN // http://www.1nightinberlin.blogspot.com

  11. Loved this blog post! It’s great to hear what other people really couldn’t live without.

    – Darcy Victoria

  12. Chloe says:

    Loved this blog post!

  13. emily couture says:

    Such a great a post! 🙂

    emily xx


  14. Alisha A♡ says:

    A great blogpost, Zoeva brushes are amazing for the price.

    Alisha x | http://glamulence.blogspot.co.uk

  15. Erin Russell says:

    spot on the naked 1! Love it, even with its horrid packaging lol

  16. Lauren says:

    Great answers, I’d probably pick exactly the same x


  17. hollycarole says:

    This is one of my favourite ever posts of yours 🙂 I always love seeing what people’s holy grails are and I think I’m going to have to order some Zoeva brushes now 🙂
    Love Holly x


  18. Lauren S says:

    Great post idea Lily, my mum asked me last night what one skin product I would use out of everything if stuck on an island – too hard, but I’d probably go for Rosehip oil!

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  19. Anamaria says:

    This kind of posts are really helpful! 🙂

  20. Jodie Vernon says:

    Such a lovely post, although now I’ve got oodles more to add to my wishlist!

    Jodie xo // Jodie Loue

  21. Ellen says:

    Those questions are always hard! Who doesn’t want options…but you’re definitely right about urban decay the quality is superb. I really need to try oskia! Everyone raves about that brand.

  22. Rachel says:

    I used to love Clinique High Impact. This has reminded me to give it another whirl soon.

    Rachel | http://www.currentlyrachel.com

  23. Laura Lucie says:

    I completely agree with you on the ‘Makeup Brand to Use’ question, in the past I would have also chosen NARS, but after trying some Charlotte Tilbury base, lip, eye and cheek products, I would definitely say that I would only use Charlotte Tilbury too!


  24. Madison Victoria x says:

    I am going to have to buy some Bumble and Bumble products, you have convinced me!

    Just a little note I have a blog where I post about my recent travels and my beauty and skin care tips, I would love you to swing on by to say hello.

    Thanks Maddie xx

  25. Fay C says:

    NARS at the moment is in tough contest with Chanel for me, purely for the way their products feel on my skin. MAC Fresh Brew is my favourite lipstick for every day at the moment as I can wear it to work and just out and about.

    I really want to try the Zoeva brushes they have had such great reviews.

  26. The original Naked palette would definitely be my answer to the eyeshadow palette question too! x


  27. Sandrina says:

    Lipstick for me would be the Maybelline 14hrs in 510.
    And concealer is definitely the ARTDECO Camoufalge in no. 3. Everything else pretty much changes up all the time.

  28. Sarah Best says:

    Love your answers to these dilemmas! I still have yet to try Charlotte Tilbury but I’m desperate to try her bronzer/highlighter duo. I think Estée Lauder would have to be my current makeup of choice.


  29. One day I will invest in some Charlotte Tilbury. Her stuff looks just too beautiful! Does anyone know where stocks it online or is it just Selfridges?

  30. Loved this post Lily. I too love my RMK brushes. I want to add more to my collection! Syrup is a fave, but I am loving Plumful more at the moment. I think it’s because it’s Winter here in Australia and it’s slightly deeper in tone x

    Jess | It’s That Time For

  31. Aliya Hussain says:

    Charlotte Tilbury never fails with her products! The formula is always on point as is the beautiful packaging which I simply love x

    Aliya x | thecatandthegirl.blogspot.co.uk | https://www.bloglovin.com/people/thegirl09-10150959

  32. Charlotte Tilbury is also my favorite line–I own basically all the products hehe


  33. I hope Charlotte Tilbury’s line will make it to Italy sooner or later!


  34. Kendal says:

    I need to try Charlotte Tilbury products!! They sound amazing!

    Kendal // Life With Kendal

  35. larissa says:

    Tough choices! I’m dying to try the Charlotte Tillbury line, my favorite palette is Too Faced Natural eyes but the old packaging, love that palette <3!


  36. Lenny Cheng says:

    #thestruggleisreal for this kind of question, isn’t it? LOL
    I also enjoy Zoeva brushes. Cheaper than Sigma but the quality is comparable!

    Lenny C | Initial L

  37. Joycelyn Steib says:

    So much talk and reviews on the Charlotte Tilbury products!! They have to without a doubt just GRAND. Thanks for sharing your blog post with us.

  38. Liz says:

    Loved reading this post! I really want to try some Charlotte Tilbury items.

    xo, Liz

  39. Thebeautyspot says:

    loved tho post would love more posts like this!:)


  40. Emily Knott says:

    Bumble and Bumble is a brand I’m still yet to try anything from. I really love this post! Ps. I voted for you in the Bloglovin’ awards today. Best of luck! xx


  41. Emma B says:

    I’ve fallen back in love with my Naked 1 palette recently, its really great for night time looks and day time looks xo


  42. Kirsty says:

    Loved this post. Completely agree about the Naked palette, I’m not sure anything will ever beat it xx


  43. Lexi S says:

    I have the naked 3 but have never tried the naked 1 – great post Lilly!
    xx, Lexi | http://thepalepalette.blogspot.com

  44. ChristineIversen says:

    Lovely post honey, I really want to try Charlotte Tilbury 🙂 x

    Makeup, Beauty & Fashion

  45. Sara Fleming says:

    I still need to get the first Urban Decay palette, I don’t know why I haven’t picked it up sooner!

    Sara – She Who Is Short

  46. Stasja says:

    I have so many of the same favourites, especially the endless love for the naked palette. Recently, I’ve been enjoying the naked basics palettes as well. I really want to try Charlotte Tilbury, better save me some pennies. 🙂


  47. Martha Jane says:

    Such a great idea for a post! Loved it x

    Martha Jane | http://www.marthajanemusic.com

  48. Mantenso says:

    Great post, I’m getting the Oskia cleanser and I’m looking forward to trying it and seeing if it lives up to all the hype. Picking one make up brand is so HARD, I think if I absolutely had to it’d have to be Lancome, or maybe Bobbi Brown? arghhh its too hard haha!
    Mantenso xx
    She’s AbouThat Life

  49. alicekatex says:

    I’m going to do this post for sure!

    SO agree with the naked palette. I’ve bought NARS and more urban decay, but I keep going back to the naked palette and always will! xx

    Love Alice ♥

  50. Zoeva would be my pick for brushes too 🙂 I also agree on the Naked 1. I think if I could only pick one brand it would be MAC due to the sheer choice! xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  51. Annabel says:

    Clinique certainly does some amazing mascaras, and so underrated!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  52. Melissa says:

    This was such a good post. This should be a blogger’s tag. 🙂


  53. MARIA says:

    I wish CT was sold near me! Such a nice post!

    XO maariasan.com

  54. I love that this article was written in the format of a blog post than a video! And yes, the topic has pretty much been on the tips of everyone’s tongues here. Would love to see a budget/drugstore/high street version of this list out of interest.

    Diana xx | http://www.londongirldiana.com

  55. Maggie says:

    I want to get MAC Syrup so bad because it looks absolutely beautiful on everyone and seems so easy to just swipe on…I need to really use up the dozens of lipsticks I have first though =(


  56. Rachael Grieve says:

    I think you’ve just convinced me to but the Urban Decay Named palette and MAC syrup☺️ Had my eye on both for a while but couldn’t decide! Xox ps if you ever have time please take a look at my blog ahaha!!

  57. Jill says:

    I might have to try that Clinique mascara, I am always blathering on about wanting the perfect mascara. It hasn’t happened yet!

  58. clare says:

    Might have to try quite a few things on here and get so zoeva brushes.


  59. I agree with so many of these. Really want to try out more from Charlotte Tilbury x


  60. The Sunday Mode says:

    Really enjoyed this type of post, super informative. Also thanks for the MAC Syrup recommendation, I recently picked it up and it’s so nice and wearable!


  61. Hannah Latoya Bond says:

    I really like these list posts as you can get some great tips. I’m thinking of doing one for my own blog. My personal choices are: Brand – NARS, Mascara – Dior Extase, Skincare – Estee Lauder Hydrationist Moisturiser, Highstreet store – Superdrug, Brush brand – Illamasqua, Eyeshadow palette – Urban Decay Electric, Haircare brand – L’anza. x

  62. Allure Makeup says:

    Oh there are so many awesome products, can’t pick just one favourite brand..impossible!! 😛

  63. I agree with Urban Decay for eyeshadow palettes!

    Cass | CassandraMyee

  64. Holly Baron-Morgan says:

    Great post! If you had to pick just one moisturiser what would it be….?


  65. Renata says:

    Urban Decay Naked 1 is still my favourite eyeshadow palette to this date and if I had to choose to keep only one, I’d choose the original. Also totally agree with Zoeva for makeup brushes. Their sets are amazing. x

    Speaking Beauty UK | Naked Smoky Palette or Anastasia Contour Kit GIVEAWAY

  66. Katie Jane says:

    I love this post! I feel the same about Topshop too. I’m not sure who their target audience is at the moment.

    Katie x


  67. Stephanie Butler says:

    Thank you for sharing this. Love to try of all those products. Check out this vlog..


Leave a Reply