I basically overhauled most of my skincare regimen at the start of 2021 — one of my new year’s goals was to take better care of my skin — and so I have been testing and reporting back on tons of new products over the past nine months. However, there are a few hero items I have used for years and years and years that I will never abandon in favor of the new new, and I think the longevity of my commitment to them speaks volumes. These are products that have stood the test of time, whose quality and effectiveness are consistent and impressive. I have used many of these for over a decade — some since my teen years!
They are, in random order:
GUERLAIN BRONZER (I WEAR SHADE 03)
LAURA MERCIER EYE BASICS IN LINEN — I OFTEN WEAR THIS IN LIEU OF EYE SHADOW; EVENS OUT AND BRIGHTENS EYELID, AND I LOVE THE LINEN COLOR!
CLE DE PEAU CONCEALER (I WEAR IVORY)
ORIGINS ROSE CLAY MASK — LOVE HOW THIS FEELS WHEN IT HARDENS ON YOUR SKIN AND THEN YOU WIPE OFF WITH WARM WATER AND YOUR SKIN IS SO SOFT!
ELIZABETH ARDEN 8 HOUR CREAM — HEALS/MOISTURIZES ANYTHING
NARCISCO RODRIGUEZ HER PERFUME — I KEEP RETURNING TO THIS PERFUME; MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE
OPI BIG APPLE RED — LOVE A BRIGHT RED MANICURE
HOT TOOLS CURLING IRONS — I’VE HAD SOME OF MINE SINCE HIGH SCHOOL
GOODY HAIR TIES — NOTHING FANCY, BUT I’M NEVER WITHOUT A FISTFUL OF THESE IN ALL MY BAGS/DRAWERS
What are your ride-or-die beauty products you’ll never abandon?
*I wrote about this hi-lo dichotomy on hair care in this post. So interesting to read about where other women splurge/save, too. Also: hats off to the reader who mentioned you can often score Oribe on sale at TJ Maxx!
**Will eventually share full reviews of all my latest beauty discoveries (it’s been a minute since my last installment), but I do have to put out a little plug for this $10 brush now, which I bought for mini. She has a children’s Mason Pearson brush upstairs and one of these downstairs, as I often do her hair while she’s finishing up breakfast. I honestly think it’s slightly better for detangling than the MP for a little one. It grabs fine hair really nicely and works through snarls and snags (ahem, yogurt/syrup in hair) wonderfully. I have been wanting to try Yves Durif’s expensive detangling brush (currently sold out) but may honestly just buy a second one of these for myself for post-shower!
P.P.S. This section of my blog has a complete list of all my favorite beauty finds at the moment, including more recent discoveries than the items above.
P.P.P.S. Ice cream moments.