12 April 2015

Again and Again.....

Bit of a different post for you this weekend.  Sometimes I find reading posts like this quite interesting, because let's face it, if one of us is buying something repeatedly it must be good right?! There must be something that makes you want to repurchase the product over and over again? and I feel these products need to be shared!

I thought about writing this post on Saturday morning whilst in the shower and using my beloved Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash.  I realised that I'm probably on my 5th bottle of this stuff (and if you know how big these bottles are, you'll know that's a helluva lot of shower gel!!) I think I only had a break from this when my lovely Mum bought me some of the Ren Moroccan Rose Otto Body Wash for my Birthday (which coincidentally I also love, but is 3 times the price for a smaller bottle!)

Anyway, I digress slightly, so I then thought about all the other products I use consistently that I ensure I have a back-up of before I finish.  You know, those kind of products you can't live without or just really enjoy using and even though you've tried alternatives, there's nothing else quite like them?! So here are mine....

Let's start with the inspiration for this post

I remember when they launched this scent as part of the Soap & Glory range. There's something quite unique about the scent of this body wash, it's sort of sweet but also fresh.  I love the smell of it in the morning and find it really does help to wake me up (anyone who knows me will know I am awful in the morning!!) It's also really moisturising so I happen to be in a bit of rush and need to skip moisturising after my shower, it isn't such a big deal! A bottle lasts me about 3 months and this must be around my fifth.  It's love.  Incidentally, the body cream is also very good!!

Ok, so my next obsession is a bit of an odd one and not often featured on blogs, but we all use it (well at least I hope you lot do!!) 

Deodorant.  So I heard about this stuff after watching one of Amelia Liana's YouTube videos a while ago.  Annoyingly, you can't buy this deodorant in the UK.  Luckily, my OH often has to make business trips to the US and he kindly replenishes my supply (yes, he is the man in CVS bulk buying women's deodorant - haha!) 

It's the Secret Clear Gel in Ooh-la-la Lavender (honestly, who makes up these names?!) I love it because it doesn't leave horrible white marks, it does a great job of making me smell fresh all day and this particular scent smells fresh and girly but isn't overpowering so doesn't interfere with perfume (there's nothing I hate more than overpowering deodorant!!).  I'm not sure if you can get it elsewhere in the world?

Next up, some skincare.  Now I do tend to flit around amongst brands for night cleansers and moisturisers etc but some products I turn to over and over, in particular my next pick....

La Roche-Posay Serozinc (which incidentally I noticed in the aisles of Boots yesterday - up until now  I could only get hold of this stuff via eBay or Escentual - I think I actually did a little dance when I noticed it on the shelves...true story)  

I must be in double figures of the number of bottles I've clocked up of this stuff now.  I can't put my finger on what this actually 'does' for my skin, other than the fact it makes me feel as though my skin is super clean and fresh and the solution is doing something 'good' to me as it sinks into my pores!  I put it on after I've cleansed my face in the morning and as my last step at night before serum and moisturiser.  I first started using it when Caroline Hirons recommended it as a second stage toner.  Fun fact: it's also very good for sun burn!! 

This is my morning cleanser and another recommendation from Caroline Hirons, it's my third bottle of the stuff and although pricey (£32) it lasts a long time, my last bottle lasted almost a year and I use it once a day in the morning plus you only need a small amount. It's the Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser by Sunday Riley.  I use it after getting out of the shower, rub a little into my face, let the product sink in a bit (it has a cocktail of 'goodness' for your face - apparently) and then rinse of with a hot damp flannel.  It smells divine and I honestly can vouch that it does leave my skin really smooth and ready for a face of make up! haha!

I can't believe I almost forgot to include this one because this is probably my most purchased product (mainly because I can't often get hold of the larger 200ml since they stopped stocking this in John Lewis in Cardiff - grrrr!) I have really sensitive eyes and I hate it when I take off eye make up using other removers and I can't see! Does anyone else experience this? especially those two-phase cleansers, they make my vision all blurry!!! The Klorane Eye Make Up Remover for Sensitive eyes is perfect, it does the job and it makes my eyes feel amazing afterwards.  The mini bottle is also great for travelling, downside is that it costs about £7 a bottle and I literally plough through this stuff!!!! 

Ok, not the most glamorous of packaging to sit on the dressing table but I cannot stress to you enough how good this damn stuff is!  This has got be my 6th tube (and again, although it's pricey a little goes a long way) and I swear this is the reason I still sometimes get ID'd in shops when I'm buying alcohol! It keeps wrinkles at bay and is very good with all kinds of eye puffiness and dark circles.  I adore it.  If you're in your late twenties or 30's - you need StriVectin-SD Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles

So I also wanted to throw a little make up repurchase in too.  Now there aren't many of these, mainly because I'm so fickle when it comes to make up and enjoy trying new products all the time.  But there are a couple of Holy Grail products that I do repurchase and I'll probably do a make up version of this post soon but for now this is a product I'm about to buy for the third time (and at £26 a pop this pains me but I've tried a couple of dupes and nothing lives up to it!)   Chantecaille Brilliant Gloss in 'Lucky'.  First recommended to me be Amelia Liana and I've been obsessed ever since.  It's a nice consistency, lasts a long(ish) time on the lips (for a lipgloss because let's face it, lipgloss ain't ever going to be the equivalent to a matte lipstick - it is going to need reapplying regularly, deal with it) I love it because I can just chuck it on and wear it alone or it perks up a peachy nude pink lipstick and pairs nicely with a smokey eye, and I'm a bit partial to one of those!

So what I really want to know now are what are the products you purchase over and over and why? 



  1. I love natural products! Hate putting so many chemicals on my skin x

  2. YES YES YES we both love Lucky!!!! Haha how sad that I want to get some of the deoderant when I go to the States! Just finished up a Ceramic Slip :)
    I am forever repurchasing L'Oreal, Simple and Garnier eye make up remover, Superdrug large cotton pads, Clarins cleanser-the orange melty one and Smashbox photofinish primer! And I can't stop buying MAC 217 and 224 brushes lol

    Stacey | Expat Make-Up Addict


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