It’s rare for me to re-buy a beauty product. Usually I am always trying new products or new brands, but the older I get, the more I value quality and product loyalty. One of my goals by the time I’m thirty is to use all natural skin care products and basically being more educated about the things I’m putting on my face. And while I’m not sure my makeup will ever be all natural, it helps to use quality products – there’s no reason to limit the chemicals you clean and moisturize with if you are just going to go totally cheap on makeup.
These are some of the skin care and beauty items that I buy and buy again. They are affordable, and I’ve bought each of them at least twice.
MAC Pro Longwear Blush (my color is Stay Pretty)
This compact lasts a long time, the color is smooth even though it’s a powder blush, and it blends easily with bronzer and illuminator. I have pink undertones and I have never found such a perfect pink for my cheeks. My next goal is to find a cheaper drugstore dupe for this color, but I doubt I’ll find one with such a smooth formula.
This was a freak purchase at TJ Maxx years ago – I saw it, needed eye make-up remover, and thought it looked nice. I loved it so much that I used it sparingly, worried I wouldn’t be able to find it again. At that time, even an internet search didn’t turn up anything for this brand. Now, it’s readily available and I bought it again at TJ Maxx a few months ago. A dollop of this gel in your hands, a dash of water, and you can rub it all over your eyes and eyelashes. It has never stung my eyes and it rinses quick leaving zero makeup.
I already blogged about LUSH Dusting Powders here, but I’ll never stop gushing.
For three dollars, this was worth trying. I am of the Church of Dr. Bronner’s, and have always used that to clean my makeup brushes, but e.l.f. blew that out of the water. This gel, which is hilariously likely of the exact same ingredients as the eye make-up remover above, has similar positive qualities – it rinses nicely and pulls out color quickly. You get a lot of bang for your buck with this, and I will definitely keep it around for brush cleaning.
I bought a small spray bottle of this for cheap at Sephora. I’ve always liked make-up setting spray or even a mist of water on my face after putting on make-up – it softens the blending and makes me feel less chalky and dry especially in the winter. At Boy’s Club Prom this year, my friend Carly was talking about a spray a friend used while they were studying abroad in London. It set their make-up so when they trekked around all day, they didn’t sweat it all off. I asked her what it was called, and it was this same product I already owned and had used that very night! I had never put it to the test until dancing and getting sweaty that night and it keeps everything in place. There are a lot of make-up setters I’ve tried and never bought again – until I found this little beauty.
What are some of the products you buy and buy again? Have you experienced good or bad things from the products above? Comment below! I want to get to know my readers!