I thought that I would do something a bit different this year for ‘favourites’ and instead of just listing favourite products, I have taken a look back through my order histories from wherever I purchase product and I am going to share my most purchased items. I know that I personally fall into the habit of listing new products in monthly favourites which is fine but sometimes I forget about the old standbys that I just repurchase without thinking. So, if you are wondering why I haven’t mentioned many of these products, that is precisely the reason – they are just there, so loved but so unloved 😛 I am not going to share how many times I repurchased them because that is a whole other conversation but I did choose the ones that I felt were purchased a significant number of times in the last year. Now, some of these may no longer be in my stash for one reason or another but I am listing them as I still love them but might be trying something else currently. Here we go!
Pixi Glo-Peel Pads – I have used these off and on all year, I thought that I talked about them in another post but cannot seem to find that one. Whenever I venture away from these, I see the change in my skin immediately. I have very textured skin, some open pores and I used to be pretty oily. These peel pads help with all of those issues, these pads are soaked in a solution that is 20% glycolic acid and just make my skin look really amazing. They taste awful – fair warning but have helped with the fine lines and creases around my mouth that I am extremely self-conscious of. They did sting a bit at first but since I have revamped my exfoliating routine, I don’t notice it anymore.
Palmer’s Skin Therapy Cleansing Oil – This is by far my favourite oil cleanser, it feels amazing on my dryer complexion and just melts product away. I use this in a double cleanse but could definitely use this all on its own as it doesn’t leave any residue and it doesn’t break me out.
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery – Hands down my favourite eye-cream, definitely the only eye-cream that I have noticed an actual difference in the elasticity and firmness of my eye area. If you need an eye-cream, I think this is definitely worth the price.
Sunday Riley Good Genes – This product hurts to love probably why I tried something else after a few bottles. I used this primarily in the AM on an every-other-day rotation. Yea, I love peeling my face but I also have incredibly acne prone skin and chemical exfoliants make such a difference.
The Ordinary. Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% – This is the lactic acid that I am currently using in place of the Sunday Riley at the moment because it is very good, very affordable and works just as well. I really like that this product is a liquid and I can use it with my sonic face device to get it really worked in. It stinks and tastes awful, why can’t I put something on my face without getting it in my mouth and/or eyes?
The Ordinary. AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution – This face peel is awesome and so affordable, I was worried about skin irritation when I first tried this because it is so strong but it feels great on the skin. If I see some spots developing, I immediately use this peel to treat them and it is very effective.
Baby Dove Lotion – Sensitive Moisture – This might seem really random but this lotion is a perfect all-season product to have on hand and it doesn’t bother my skin. It is totally unscented which I really like since it doesn’t interfere with my perfumes and body washes. I prefer moisturizers that are formulated for baby skin but they tend to smell like babies 😛 I have acne prone skin, like hyper-acne prone skin, products can break me out in literally hours but no issues with this. It also comes in a sensitive formula and I plan to give that a whirl when I am done with my current bottles.
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herb and Rosewater – I have used this facial spray for a long time, it is so affordable and it is great for sensitive skin. The ingredients have changed over the years, I didn’t really notice a difference when they changed and it still works great for me. It does smell like roses, hence the name of the freaking product. I love people who purchase items and then complain about the scent, I mean…
Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm – If I see it, I buy it because I am constantly losing these and I need them! I went an entire day without any chapstick and not only did my lips crack and bleed, I had a red ring around my entire mouth – it was so awesome. I have to have this chapstick, nothing else does it for me. They have a lip treatment and scrub coming out, so ready to try those.
tarte Shape Tape – OK, I cannot honestly say if I love this stuff or if I am still trying to find my shade…? But, 8 tubes later and I think that I must like it. I will tell you what I don’t like, the wand doesn’t reach the bottom of the tube and there is so much product down there! tarte, make the freaking wand longer. I do like this, it is quick, easy and provides a ton of coverage. Is it just me or did it cost $24 when it was released originally and now it is $27? I have the receipts (such a drama channel thing to say) but in fairness I could have used points. Legit just looked it up and it did go up, that makes me like it less.
L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation – This is apparently the only foundation that I purchased more than once over this year! However, I did finish the 3rd tube and had it in an empties post and vowed to not purchase it again – I have stuck to that! I do miss it though, I have 10 or so foundations that I am using up but this one was just so good. le sigh.
Glossier Boy Brow – This is a surprising one because I have a tarte brow wax that I feel gives me better looking brows that is actually being discontinued! I don’t do a lot with my brows, but I liked them to look a little groomed. This product fluffs them up and adds some definition and colour. I like it, it has a nice spoolie but it is a tad spendy. I dabble between the blonde and the brown shades.
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer – This is my holy grail (I hate saying that) primer, I have used so many different primers and this one gives me the best results. It is very silicone-y and pore filling but it has a bit of a slip so it doesn’t pill up under foundation. It also doesn’t clog my pores, I was hesitant to try this because I do have issues with some of the more pore-filling primers but this one gets along with my skin really well. I love this primer, the jumbo size is totally worth it.
Dior Diorshow Mascara – It’s amazing and worth every penny, the only thing that I would change about it is the fragrance. It doesn’t irritate my eyes but I don’t love fragrance in my makeup or skincare.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation – This is a weird one for me because I freaking hate this powder. I used to love this powder but I feel that it now accentuates every flaw and makes my skin feel so uncomfortable. I made a bulk purchase when they were on sale and have about 5 compacts or so left to get through. I recently talked about purchasing a new pressed powder because I only had a couple of compacts lefts – I found more. This product was great for oily skin but doesn’t do it for me anymore.
Urban Decay Primer Potion – Again, I use a lot of primers and I like trying new ones but this is always a staple product for me. It really does work well with almost any eye-shadow, again, spendy but it does last quite a lone time.
Chanel No. 5 L’Eau – Super random that I purchased this twice over in the last year, I don’t recall wearing it that often. This is just one of those powdery, floral fragrances that is easy to wear but doesn’t smell too dated. I do like it, apparently, but I need to start branching out when it comes to fragrance. It’s Chanel though, it’s timeless.
Clearly, I don’t get through a ton of makeup even though I wear makeup literally everyday. Oh well, typically if I run out of something I try to just use something similar in my collection rather than run out to make a repurchase. I hope that you enjoyed this, I think that it is interesting to revisit some products that I don’t talk much about! Obviously, none of these images are my own – they are from the product websites that I included links to 🙂
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