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You know how we often gush and wax lyrical about the latest mascara or lipstick, but stop using it after awhile and go back to certain staples that maybe aren’t the coolest, newest or most-loved, but have withstood the test of time because they are so danged reliable?
I’m curious to know what items you have REPURCHASED, preferably more than once!
For me the list is below:
1. Nivea Creme (metal tin)
This is a very basic, very thick moisturizer that I’ve gone through tin after retro-blue tin of. I use it on my insufferably dry elbows and shins, and also use it sometimes as eye cream AND lip conditioner when I’m in a pinch. I’ve never broken out from it (just make sure your hands are clean when you use it on your body, and don’t double-dip and incorporate any bacteria). It’s also rich enough to keep my skin conditioned for hours, and SO affordable that I can have tins and tins of this lying around everywhere.
2. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Waterlight SPF50+
I do like my La Roche Posay and Avene Thermale sunscreens, but let’s not forget that Neutrogena is a fraction of the price AND every bit as effective. It never looks white or streaky, sinks right in (for normal/combi skins), doesn’t feel sticky and won’t leave an oily-looking sheen or peel and rub off when you apply anything over it (La Roche Posay Anthelios sometimes will depending what other products you layer it with).
Neutrogena sunblocks contain helioplex and are UVA stable. Not all sunblocks on the market are, so that’s important to note.
3. MAC Studio Finish Concealer SPF35
I have an on/off relationship with this product over the past 10 years, and have certainly purchased and re-purchased multiple times. It’s one of the few waxy, opaque concealers that I find workable on both the eye area and over spots.
One thing to note is that this is a waxy texture which can vary greatly depending on the temperature. If you are using this in a cool environment, it is dry and better for spot coverage. If you are in a warm climate, this concealer will be softer and have more slip, and work better under the eyes unless you set it with powder. Using a concealer brush to soften and pick up product before I blend it in with fingers is the best way I’ve found to work with it. Because it’s not as expensive as many other high-end brands, I actually use an NW (warmer/pinker) for my eyes to neutralize any blue/purple, and an NC (cooler/yellow) for spots.
4. MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation
I used this years ago when MAC first came to Asia, and then stopped for a few years, but recently came back to it again when my skin got a little paler and I began to find it hard to locate very good matches for my light, olive tone.
It extremely versatile if you use it with a dual-sided sponge (Sephora). I can apply it sheer to mattify my T-zone, or heavier when I want some coverage around the eye area. If I am traveling and need to keep my bags light, I just pack a concealer and this powder and I’ve got my base covered without bringing any liquid foundations, etc.
5. MAC Brow Pencil in Taupe
If I am wearing makeup, I WILL do my brows. Mine are naturally a little sparse in areas, so defining them a bit can really help to frame the face, add polish, and strengthen your eye look.
I don’t have much to say about this other than that it’s the perfect level of pigmentation and density/hardness for me. It gives the right amount of color and wax to fill in brows without looking heavy or too light to make any difference.
I also love the fact that they have a good range of taupe-based tones that work for dark haired girls. (Black pencils look wacky and most browns go on too red.)
The other thing is that I blow through brow pencils very regularly, so I figure I might as well use MAC’s and get lots of free lipsticks via the Back-to-MAC program!
6. L’oreal Voluminous Mascara
This isn’t a mascara that is designed to build up tons of length or hold the curl on very straight lashes. For me, I just want fuller, more fluttery looking lashes and I don’t prefer waterproof formulas, so I absolutely love this. (I can get the same effect using Great Lash from Maybelline or some of the Bourjois mascaras, but it usually takes me a lot less time to achieve that same effect using Voluminous.)
The tricky thing is this isn’t sold in my country, so the only way for me to get a regular supply is to either STOCK UP (I buy about 5-6 tubes at a shot so that I’m set for a year) when I travel or to ask my poor friends to help me buy a bunch when they travel.
7. Carmex Lip balm
I have particularly sensitive lips which seem to react to many things. Pair that with the fact that I LOVE trying out new lip products, and you have a potential disaster in the making. Carmex is so far one of the best and most affordable “treatments” when I need to soothe my raw, stinging, rash-ey lips. I actually bought these in 12-pack trays on a couple of occasions AND used all the tubs up.
8. MAC Pink Nouveau lipstick
This powderybright-pink is such an unlikely shade to list as a staple because it’s not exactly the type of color people wear on a daily basis, but I loved it - and wore it - to death last year. It never fails to brighten up my day and instantly makes me feel more chipper and energized.
Good for days when your spirits are flagging and you’re feeling a little wilted at the corners.
9. Soap and Glory Glad Pits Anti-perspirant
Trust Soap & Glory to make something so unglamorous so fun.
The scent of most drugstore deodorants and anti-perspirants give me a headache, and I’ve tried so many brands over the years you wouldn’t believe it.
Then awhile back, I thought “Why Not” and decided to try something different. Glad Pits probably isn’t for everyone as scent is very subjective, but it works for me and keeps me feeling fresh, is soft enough not to interfere with any scents I happen to be wearing, and doesn’t give me a headache.
The bonus is this is actually quite affordable. Not cheap, but affordable.
10. Gatsby Powder Oil-Blotting Paper
These are so cheap in Asia, that I don’t mind the fact I go through these like nobody’s business. I buy 2 or 3 packs at a time because I use a sheet every 3-4 hours (or more often depending on the weather). These aren’t the typical rubbery sheets which seem to be so popular everywhere, and which I happen not to like much. These are made from pulp paper and have a super-fine layer of translucent oil-absorbing powder on one side, so your skin looks matte and STAYS matte longer.
The powder does not affect your makeup, and I actually use this in place of any powder through the day as I don’t like to build up more and more pigment on my face. If I need to get my picture taken, I actually use one of these sheets to set my makeup RATHER than powder.
No ghost-face, no visible powderiness. Just clean, matte, polished skin.
Hi Anna, the lamp is manufactured in Asia and not sold online, so giving you the exact model is probably not going to be helpful at all.
BUT! It’s really close to the Staples Ott-Lite VisionSaver Flexible Table Lamp though, which is a great deal at $29.99.You want to look for something that is:
- Flexible (so you can twist it upwards and have it shine at you
- Uses Natural Daylight Technology bulbs (this helps colors to show up more true in images)
- Is a reading lamp (these are designed to strain your eyes less, and since it will be shining at you, you want to minimise any negative effects)
Woo, thanks for the heads-up on the deal, Emma!
(Those of you who can access Nordstrom Rack, keep an eye out!)
Hi makeupforall1, I have a pretty basic setup.
1. Samsumg PL120 camera with the front LCD-screen so you can aim and adjust (I’m considering getting a higher-end camera if this one dies though…)
2. A white table/reading lamp. This provides adequate lighting without changing the color and texture of your makeup in photos. I don’t like how flash sometimes “bleaches” a look and makes things look different from what they are in real life.
3. You need basic image editing software to crop pictures, and do minor Color Balance correction if your camera, lighting, etc happen to make the overall picture appear too yellow, too green, too red, too blue, etc.
Hope this helps, and have fun with your blog!
I haven’t found anything wrong with the products I got from beflurt so far and I haven’t heard anything bad that would lead me to believe otherwise.
Let me state first and foremost that I am not affiliated with beflurt or paid if any of you buy any of their products. I approached THEM to request for a discount code for readers who might be interested in shopping on their site.
I’m not a “guru” and have never considered myself to be one. I’m just a person whose hobby and passion happens to be makeup, and likes sharing ideas. I certainly don’t “know it all” but I hope to be as fair as possible in terms of the presenting information about companies or products.
If you have any unreleased information regarding counterfeit products by any company, do please share what you have found so everyone can be better informed and make their own decisions about whether to purchase. Until then, I’ll reserve passing negative judgments on any company or brand until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt.
If I recommend something, I do it of my own free will ONLY if I really think it’s a good investment, NEVER to deliberately mislead anyone for my private gain.
Hi sc0obysnax, the safest thing to do is to check the number accompanying the Period-after-Opening marker on the back of the package. This states how long the product is expected to stay usable. E.g. 20M means it should stay good for 20 months after opening.
But don’t just use that as an indicator! IN GENERAL, if you’re using a powder pigment or pressed shadow which doesn’t contain any organic fats or binders, it will stay good for an indefinite amount of time.
For everything else, there’s also the:
- Expiry date - check this before you buy, please…. If a product is due to expire 2 months from now, don’t get it.
- Smell/Texture - Some ingredients can change color and separate without actually going bad. For many oil-in-water or pigment-in-water/oil emulsions, just shake it up and you’re good to go. But if the texture has changed to the point where it’s no longer the same product anymore, or if it smells to smell off, OUT it goes.
The rule-of-thumb is: throw it out whichever comes first; the usage date, the Period-after-Opening date, OR the smell and consistency.
It doesn’t matter how much it cost. It will cost a lot more for you to fix your face.
Hi, nice to meet a fellow-Singaporean!
(Haven’t met many on Tumblr so far.) If you want oil control, I really like the Rachel K CC cream better than most of the other BB creams.
Just make sure you get the “Neutral” coloring, as the “Fair” is WAY too pink for most Asian skins. (Choose a CC Cream by its undertones. Not the shade it is when you swatch it on.) I like Skin79 Hot Pink Super+ Balm as well as it comes in a good tone for those of us who aren’t porcelain-pale, but so far, the Rachel K feels the least heavy/sticky but still gives good coverage.
(Also, the trick is not to rub/smear it on like a foundation, but to just dot a little over areas of your face, and then use your fingers to lightly pat-pat-pat.)
P.S. I know what you mean about the sales ladies. I don’t think most of them even use BB creams or care enough to make a good recommendation!