Best Confidence Boosting Beauty Products


Ever since I wrote my '5 Reasons Why It Matters What You Wear' post I've been thinking a lot about confidence and the different things aside from my clothes that perk up my mood. While I was doing my usual beauty routine this week I realised that a lot of my skincare and makeup products also play a pretty big role in lifting my confidence as well. So (drum roll please) here are 4 of my favourite confidence boosting products-

For clearer skin: Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
AKA magic in a bottle. It's a concoction of salicylic acid with calamine (the pink stuff) and despite the temptation you don't shake the bottle you just dip in a cotton tip and apply as needed. This stuff is the only thing I've ever found that actually heals my spots and it heals them quickly too. Try and only apply it to your actual spots though because I find whenever it hits unblemished skin it does have a little sting to it, nothing major but nothing super pleasant either.
PS, if you accidentally mix the solution or shake the bottle just leave it out for a while and it will separate again. Don't freak out and have a hissy fit like I did the first time and run out to buy a new bottle. 

For brighter skin: Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel
I can safely say that if you're looking for immediate brightening results then this is the cleanser for you. It's a gel cleanser but as you work it into the skin it turns into an oil which means this really nourishes and as soon as I wash it off my skin definitely has a glow to it. I feel strange even typing that because to be honest no product has ever given me such immediate brightening results like this does and there are no words to describe what that does for my confidence.

For longer lashes: Chantecaille Faux Cils Mascara
I wear this whenever I want my lashes to look their best. It's not going to win any awards in the volume department and it comes with a hefty price tag, but this gives me long, fluttery lashes with a touch of volume and no clumps so I keep coming back to it. There are a lot of black mascaras on the market but this makes my lashes jet black which I think makes them pop a little more as well.

For smoother lips: Dior Creme De Rose
Would this work on dry lips? Yes. Would this work on extremely chapped lips? Sure would. Does this heal lips that are so dry that they're literally on the verge of bleeding? Yep, that's exactly what this does for me. It's a thick, nourishing, rose scented balm that I apply before bed to wake up with plump, soft and moisturised lips. Bless you Dior, bless you.

What are your favourite confidence boosting beauty products?

PS, incase you didn't notice I've changed my URL to just 'thesundaymode.com' rather than 'thesundaymode.blogspot.com.au' but don't worry if you type in my old URL because you'll be automatically redirected to my site. Here's to progressing my blog, one step at a time!

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111 comments:

  1. I'd love to try new products, great review!
    Cheers!
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    1. Happy to hear you enjoyed this post Rosamarie :)

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  2. Love the Dior creme de rose lip balm it is one of my favourites and one I repurchase again and again. I really want to try out the MB drying lotion I have heard so many good things about it.

    Nicole xx | www.nicolesbeautybabble.com

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    1. I keep repurchasing the Dior lip balm as well, it's by far the best lip balm I've found so far. If you suffer from spots you should definitely try out the drying lotion!

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  3. Firstly congratulations on moving on to the new domain, your blog always seems to be getting better and better :)
    I think you picked 4 really great products in this weeks blog. I just ordered the Oskia Gel earlier on this week after having a close friend highly recommend it too. I really, really like the Chantecaille mascara too and the Dior lip balm as well so I would assume I would be equally impressed with the Mario Badescu lotion, as your recommendations have been spot on for me so far.
    I think my favourite confidence boosting products are my foundation, eyeliner and any moisturising lipstick/balm.

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    1. Thank you Phoebe! Hopefully the change to a custom domain means I'm one step further on the right track :)

      I think you'll love the Oskia cleanser as well, it sounds like we tend to have the same taste in beauty and skincare products!

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  4. My favorite confidence boosting beauty product is definitely eyebrow pencil! Either that or Benefit Watts Up highlighter. Having my brows done definitely makes me feel better. And this highlighter gives such a nice glow to my skin.
    I've heard of how great the Mario Badescu drying lotion is before but haven't tried it. I wonder why it has to keep separated.

    ~Andrea Tiffany~
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    1. A highlighter is always a huge confidence booster for me as well! It's my favourite part of my makeup routine actually. No idea about why the drying lotion has to keep separated either....it would be so much easier if it didn't have to stay that way.

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  5. I am a beautician and for me is much more important to have healthy and glowy skin than tons of make up! :)
    Love this post and your routine is great!
    xx
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  6. Oh all of these sound fab! Will definitely have to pick a few up x
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    1. If you end up picking one of these up let me know if it works for you :)

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  7. They all look like amazing products. I definitely believe that looking after your skin is what we should focus more on instead of applying tons of makeup.

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  8. I totally agree, the right skincare routine can play a big role in boosting your confidence...l like the sound of the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel, I'm a big fan of super nourishing products and that stuff sounds great!

    One of my favourite confidence boosting beauty products is the Pixi Beauty Glowtion Day Dew. It has a slight shimmer to it which leaves the skin looking truly radiant and it always makes me feel better on makeup free days. :D

    Samio x
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    1. I have to admit I thought the Oskia cleansing gel would be one of those 'overhyped' blogger products but it's actually such a good product and a really nourishing cleanser :) I'll have to check out that Pixi product as well!

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  9. I've been looking for a new lip balm and the Dior Creme De Rose sounds lovely! I personally hate having dry chapped lips.Great post!

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    1. I'm the same, dry and really chapped lips are the worst! I hope you love the Dior lip balm as much as I do :)

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  10. I really want to try the drying lotion I've heard so many good things! I think it's definitely next on my list!

    Shellie Skillen

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    1. It lives up to the hype Shellie, give it a go for sure :)

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  11. I need to try the Oskia range, literally everyone speaks about it and I'm out of the loop! I need to check out their products and start to create a wish list!
    Charlotte // www.charlottespicks.com

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    1. I haven't tried any other products from Oskia but if all their other products are as good as their cleansing gel then I definitely want to explore their range more!

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  12. I've slowly noted that my skin has been breaking out because I've been wearing too much makeup. So I might have to try the Mario Badescu. Gosh, I hope it helps! Haha <3

    And Congrats on your new URL! Yay!

    xx Bash |   go say   H E Y   B A S H

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    1. If your skin is anything like mine then it definitely will! I've tried so many spot treatments in the past and literally that's the only one that actually does something for me.

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  13. Like these products quite much

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  14. Oooh I love the sound of all of these products and would really like to try some pretty soon, I just need more money haha! My confidence boosting product is definitely my Caudal Beauty elixir it just does wonders for my skin, and helps to keep it hydrated on a day when it's very dry! :)

    Heather Xx
    100waysto30.co.uk

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    1. haha oh that's the story of my life! So many products I want to try but not enough in the cash department :'(

      I've heard a lot of good things about that Caudalie elixir as well!

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  15. I love to try new products. Great post!
    Good vibes, FOX
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  16. I see that drying lotion all the time and I always want to give it a try. Great recommendations! I will definitely have to give these products a try. :)
    -Brooke
    www.beautydecorandmore.com

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    1. Ah thank you Brooke! The drying lotion has definitely gotten more popular lately (I think because Kylie Jenner showed herself using it once?) but it's so good!

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  17. ABH's glow kit in Sun Dipped! I always feel so much better with highlight on!


    JennyLovesBeauty♥

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    1. Oh I so want to try one of the ABH highlighters!

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  18. I love Dior Creme De Rose! Great selection of products!

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  19. Ah damn, that's twice today I've heard great things about the Chantecaille mascara.. I'm going to have to try it out! Anything that boosts a little confidence and self esteem is a winner for me. I'm loving brow products atm, I feel like if my brows look decent, I don't need any other makeup

    www.Barely There Beauty.com | British Beauty & Lifestyle blog

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    1. Yeah I love the Chantecaille mascara, I just wish it weren't so damn expensive!

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  20. I really want to try the DIOR Lip Balm as it sounds so lovely, but I've never had much luck with the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion sadly xx

    Gemma ♡ Miss Makeup Magpie

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    1. Ah really? That's unfortunate, and it's actually the first time I've heard of the drying lotion not working for someone!

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  21. Great post. Completely agree with you Mario Badescu drying lotion is magic in a bottle.

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    Maggie x

    www.theskindirectory.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Amen to that! Thanks so much Maggie :)

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  22. Love a good lip balm, the Dior one sounds so good! Xx

    www.thefashionfolks.com

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    1. It's brilliant! Really great for winter especially.

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  23. I need all these products. Such a lovely post.

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  24. Amazing brand. Love the detailed review on this product from London! Great blog you have, stay inspired!


    xoxo,

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  25. I love to try new products. Very inspired!
    Good vibes, FOX
    check out my latest VLOG and my blog
    www.rochellefox.com.au

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  26. great products..

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  27. Ooh I really want to try the Oskia cleansing gel, it's only because it's a tad expensive that I haven't already tried it! The fact that you have said it's brighting though may have persuaded me, I am always on the lookout for something to give me a glow! x
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    1. I really do think it's worth the money, for me I'm willing to pay a bit more if my cleanser can brighten my skin!

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  28. I'm a big fan of Oskia, I had one of their facials once and my skin looked so much better!

    www.luxurycolumnist.com

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    1. Ooo I'd love an Oskia facial, that sounds heavenly!

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  29. Great post and the products seems fab...xoxo, Neha


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    1. Thanks Neha, happy you enjoyed the post :)

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  30. Having flawless skin is definitely a confidence booster and in oder to achieve that I will do whatever it takes :) At least when my skin looks good, it will help me feeling good about myself :) I want to try Oskia cleansing gel, I heard a lot about it!

    Congratulations on your new URL :) Looking forward to what will come next!

    Ela BellaWorld

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    1. I agree, whenever my skin is looking good it gives me such a confidence boost!

      Thank you! Hopefully there are only good things to come :)

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  31. I love Mario Badescu Drying Lotion! It dries out all my pimples and leaves my skin looking healthy!

    www.thebeautydojo.com

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  32. Ok so i have to try the Mario Badescu Drying lotion, anything that tries up spots effectively is a must have xx

    franklyflawless.com

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    1. Give it a go for sure, I find it so effective!

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  33. I definitely need to get my hands on the Oskia gel - I've heard so much about it!

    www.ohsobecky.com

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    1. It's so good! Definitely worth the hype surrounding it :)

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  34. Yes, I love Crème de Rose! It's been a favorite of mine for so many years and I always come back to it!

    Paula
    Thirteen Thoughts

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    1. I know! Every time I see the Creme de Rose in one of your posts I'm always nodding my head along as I read, agreeing with you :)

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  35. I'm so intrigued by the mascara and the Dior lip balm! I need to check them out since I get very dry lips during the winter time and I have quite short lashes, too.

    Yousra | Mystic Tales

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    1. Both are great but if I could only recommend one I'd say go for the Dior! Dry lips in winter can be so painful (I know because I get them too) and the Dior really moisturises and takes care of that :)

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  36. I like Oskia products so much. I don't use the MB drying lotion since I don't need it, but I love Mario Badescu products generally, and just did a big haul from them a week or so ago. Their bee pollen night cream is heavenly. Great post.
    FASHION TALES

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    1. Oh I've never heard of that before, I'll check it out. Come to think of it I've actually never used any other MB products oddly enough!

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  37. These all sound like brilliant products! The cleansing gel sounds like the perfect one for me as I need brighter skin for this winter where my skin gets super dry and dull. Thanks for sharing x

    TOUCHOFGUCCI // BLOGLOVIN

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    1. The Oskia would probably work really well for you then, it's currently winter in Australia and the Oskia is still giving me such a nice glow!

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  38. I have been meaning to try the Oskia Cleansing Gel and the Mario Badescu lotion for the longest time. For smooth lips I swear by the NUXE Rêve de Miel.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. I tried that lip balm but for me the formula was a little too dry sadly :(

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  39. I love how you've placed the focus on products that boost your confidence permanently (or at least for longer), rather than quick-fixes. Having clear, healthy skin is undoubtedly a massive confidence booster. Thanks for the product suggestions gorgeous!


    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice | Lancome and Elizabeth Arden Beauty Giveaway!x

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    1. Ah thank you Gabrielle, I'm really happy you enjoyed the concept for this post :) x

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  40. Very interesting post!

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  41. I agree, it's amazing how favourite products can boost your mood and give you confidence :) Mascaras always a winner for me and I love the sound of the Dior Creme De Rose- I sense a payday treat haha!

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    1. haha go for it Natasha! Definitely get a little spendy and treat yourself to some of these ;)

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  42. I hear so many good things about Dior's creme de rose! I think I'll pick it up the next time I'm in Sephora for a splurge XD Really lovely blog you have here <3

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    1. Thank you! Definitely give the Dior lip balm a go :)

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    1. Pokemon reference? Anyway thanks Katherine!

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  44. I NEED that Mario Badescu Drying Lotion! It seems that as I age, I get more pimples and blemishes. I don't understand why that is, but I'm not into it. I can totally see myself shaking it vigorously upon getting it lol, so thank you for the warning!
    xo
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    1. No problem Nataliya! The bottle of the MB drying lotion so looks like it's meant to be shaken!

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  45. Lovely post! I've been using Argon oil recently and I've noticed it's really reduced my skin redness, definitely a confidence booster for me!

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    1. I hadn't thought to use Argan oil, might check that out myself. Thanks Alice :)

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  46. I've been wanting to try the OSKIA cleansing gel for so long! Your description of it sounds amazing - maybe when my current one runs out! x

    Martha Jane | www.marthajaneedwards.com

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    1. That's a great time to try out a new cleanser, go for it Martha :)

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  47. I need to try that mascara STAT. Me and my five eye lashes are always in dire need of a pick me up, haha. Nothing ever seems to work for me!

    Stephanie ● Sartorial Diner

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    1. haha yes try it! I hate that it's expensive but damn it's good...

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  48. I've been using the Oskia cleansing gel since last year part of my routine, and I just love it :p xx
    http://girlsjournal95.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I can't imagine it not being a part of my daily skincare routine now either!

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  49. I can't imagine it not being a part of my daily skincare routine now either!

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  50. I love the Oskia cleanser! I don't think it brightens my skin on its own but definitely helps and it leaves it always super soft! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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    1. I don't know what about it that makes me skin glowy and bright right after I use it but I'm definitely not complaining!

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  51. I dont use Oskia skincare products. Ur description of it sounds amazing! Thanks for post!
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  52. I would love to try out all these products esp the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. I heard even Kylie Jenner swears by it. Sadly, they're not available in my country :(

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  53. Loved the collection of the products. Will be soon buying for next pool party. Also, I am going to follow the Emma watson makeup look.

    emily@dermology stretch mark cream

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  54. I loved the collection of the products. Would like to include in my skin care kit. Also, I was wondering if these could have included some anti-aging creams.

    melissa@revitol anti-aging cream

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  55. Great products. I used them and as your title say these are really confidence boosting beauty products. I am loving all of them.
    Skin Brightener Cream By Revitol :)

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