My returning favourites over the years…
For the most part, I always think repurchasing products is slightly pointless – there’s so many brilliant brands out there, products being released daily, why not branch out and try something new? But even so, there’s some staples even I cannot be without!
These are my trusty tried-and-tested favourites, the picks I come back to time and time again. I’m rarely without them, often placing orders when I’m halfway through so I have a backup on hand when I reach the end of the bottle or tube.
Some of these I’ve repurchased five or six times, always going back because I know they work for me – and you know what they say, if it ain’t broke…
Beauty Pie Super Healthy Skin Body Creme; This is a relatively new addition to this list, but I’m already on my second tub in under six months. I am obsessed with this. I have to admit I’m a little slap-dash with applying body lotion, often hurriedly applying whatever comes to hand so I can get dressed and on with my day. But this has changed the game for me! Not only does it smell delicious, it applies beautifully – seriously, this formula has broken the mould! I think my favourite thing about it is the way it sinks in to damp skin after a bath/shower, without lathering up or turning white on the skin. It’s honestly such a wonderful body cream, my skin feels (and smells) so lovely after use.
La Roche Posay Toleriane Face Mist; I talk about this mist a lot, it’s completely saved my skin. For reference, my complexion is often super dehydrated and prone to blemishes but it cannot abide anything heavy. It’s a very fine balance trying to get my routine right, but I’ve found this mist gives my skin a dose of moisture that means I don’t need to rely on heavy creams to get my fix. My skin feels quenched but never clogged.
I sort of sandwich it between products, applying it on to cleansed skin, then following it up with my serum, and then spritzing on another dose. It also works wonders over masks and makeup too.
Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum; Of course, my numero uno made it in to this list. I reckon I’ve been through 6 bottles of this since I discovered it, my skin adores it! It’s light enough to not break me out, but gives enough hydration so I don’t feel the need to use a moisturiser for the most part (I have been finding I need a little extra moisture lately!).
When my skin breaks out, I get quite bad scarring that takes forever to heal, so I like that this also helps to brighten the skin and fade the marks. It’s a wonderful product, I use it day and night!
Lush The Olive Branch; If you know, you know! The Olive Branch has been a regular in my shower since I was a teenager, there really is no other scent like it. They’ve changed the formula recently so it’s more of a gel (it was previously quite watery), which is ideal in terms of texture but I do find the scent isn’t quite as prominent. Still, I’ve got the Pansy body lotion so I can be a bergamot-scented dream regardless!
NARS Sheer Glow; If I had to pick one foundation to use for the rest of my life, it would be NARS Sheer Glow. Again, I’ve been through bottles and bottles and bottles of this. They should really bring out a supersize version so I can save on packaging!
If you’ve never tried this, don’t be put off by the name – the coverage is great, and the finish is beautiful. Soft, dewy and capable of camouflaging everything from dark circles to acne. Me love.
Oskia Renaissance Mask; The Holy Grail of face masks! Perhaps my favourite mask of all time, this little wonder worker smoothes and brightens the complexion while also helping with congestion and sorting out breakouts too. I always reach for it when my skin needs some attention, it really is a bit of a miracle product! I love using it on Sunday evenings so my skin feels fresh for the week ahead.
Byredo Mojave Ghost; Ahh my wedding fragrance! I adore this scent, the first time I wore this was the first time I thought a scent was just perfect for me. I used to want to save it for special occasions but now I’ve just embraced it as my scent and I wear it most days, it’s just such a special fragrance that I love so much.
Laura Mercier Illuminating Primer*; Another product I use daily, this hydrating hero is the first step in my makeup routine. I find it helps to blur imperfections and keep my skin feeling supple throughout the day, and it makes my foundation work just that little bit harder too. I’m on my second tube of this reformulated version, but I was a big fan of the OG primers too!
Glossier Cloud Paint; Who doesn’t love a bit of Cloud Paint eh? The creamy formula is perky skin in a tube! I’ve tried quite a few of the shades now but my favourites are probably Dusk, Beam and Storm. A little goes a long way, so they last forever and they’re great for travelling with too (not that anyone cares about that right now!).
BareMinerals Foundation Stick*; I adore bareMinerals as a brand, I don’t think I’ve ever tried a product of theirs that I haven’t loved. The Foundation Stick is a long time fave of mine, I use it as a base on WFH days and at the weekends, and sometimes as a concealer when my skin needs a little extra coverage. It’s blends seamlessly, is easy to apply and covers all!
So while I’m all for being adventourous, trying new brands and discovering products, there are some staples I’ll never be able to part from! Have you tried any of these?