Day by day, year by year, there are some products which never go out of season. Like a Burberry Trench (I wish) or a Hermès Birkin, a few beauty staples will last you a lifetime. That is, provided they aren’t discontinued. Heaven forbid…
Here is my list of lifelong obsessions. While foundations and mascaras come and go, these products have remained firm favourites in my cosmetics drawer for many years now. Well, OK, a couple of years. While my skin type and sense of smell has remained static.
1) Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel
For people with oily skin like me, this moisturiser is an absolute godsend. Of the face creams I’ve tried, most are either too thick and heavy, and fail to sink into my already saturated skin, or are so light that they don’t seem to make any impact at all. With this moisturiser, it glides onto the skin, soaks in almost immediately, and, vitally, I can really feel the difference. I’m not left with an oily residue, but my skin is definitely softer to the touch, and after regular use, I think it reduces my skin’s tendency to overproduce oil, especially in the area around my nose. When I’m feeling tired, this moisturiser really feels like it’s penetrating layers of my skin which aren’t normally given that much TLC. For that, I think it’s brill.
2) LUSH ‘It’s Raining Men’ Shower Gel:
OK, I lied, I haven’t been using this shower gel for years. But I have a feeling that I might be, as it smells fantastic and is really moisturising. I also like the idea that though this product has a fabulous scent, I’m not putting as many chemicals and preservatives on my skin as I might be with other shower gels. I imagine it’s the same with products from The Body Shop.
3) Clinique ‘All About Eyes’
I’ve been getting pots and tubes of this stuff for years, thanks to Clinique’s very generous “free gift” purchase rewards. People with oily skin may have to wait a while for this to soak in, but it does what it says on the tin: de-puffs, and sorts out those dark circles, good and proper. I’m not sure I’d ever pay full price for it though. At least not until I develop crow’s feet.
4) Estée Lauder ‘Daywear’ Day Cream
‘Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Cream’, they say. Along with ‘SPF15’. This cream is designed for normal-combination skin types, but it’s thicker than the Clinique gel, and takes quite a lot longer to soak in. However, on days where I’m not wearing makeup, I like the luxurious feel of this cream – and it smells like cucumber, which is really refreshing and delicious. This is more of an anti-ageing product than a moisturiser, so, once again, I’m not sure I’d pay full price for it at this stage in my life. However, while I’ve got it in my arsenal, I’m loving using it!
5) Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum
Sophisticated, sexy, and an immediate signature scent. I defy you not to like it.
6) Tigi Bed Head Colour Combat ‘Dumb Blonde’ Conditioner
This is cocoa butter for the hair. It smells super luxurious, makes your ends feel like silk, and does handy things to your colour to boot. My boyfriend loves it because it makes my hair smell like Palmer’s. Which is always a plus. Not that he goes around sniffing my hair though…we all know that’s quite weird.
Anyway, my hairdresser tells me not to use this every day, as it contains lots of protein, and too much protein has a rather odd effect on the hair. But, like all good things, if you use it in moderation, it’s faaabulous darling.
Oh, and as a sidenote, you can get it for nearly half price in TK Maxx. Hurrah!
7) Palmer’s Cocoa Butter
Just look at the squash marks on that label. I have used, used and used this, in several incarnations. It may feel a bit sticky at times, but I love the smell and the moisturising effect so much that I don’t really care. I even go so far as to post this to my German friend every time she celebrates a birthday, because she can’t buy it over in Hannover. This really is a cult product, and I have no doubt that I’ll be buying it for many years to come.
So, girlies, what are your favourite products? What do you re-buy over and over again, unfailingly, every time you go shopping? I’d be really interested to know what everyone else’s beauty necessities are, so please chat to me in the comments below!
Hope your Mondays haven’t been too manic,