It's happened far too many times--the Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream, REN Resurfacing AHA Concentrate, Stella McCartney Stella EDP, etc. It's not that they're bad products (why do you think I bought them in the first place?), it's just that I have a guilty conscience mostly associated with money-spending anxiety--and I know it's hard to believe--and that of an indecisive mind. Luckily, Sephora has a good return policy....
Nevertheless, there are a fair few products that I have never grabbed the receipt for. And here they are.
Skincare is where I find most of my returns to be made. Not only does my
First, the Aesop Parsley Seed Deep Cleansing Mask. Hubba, hubba. Gentle and effective; it calms redness, soothes breakouts more than any other mask in my stash, is practically made for all skin types (including sensitive), and never fails to leave me with a clearer complexion.
Then, Estée Lauder Advance Night Repair Serum. If you need proof, I'm on my second bottle of the stuff and onto the second version. Nevertheless, I still think it's awesome. Consider dehydration, scarring, breakouts, Rudolph redness, and the rest of the lot soothed and taken care of. In fact, I'm too scared to test any other serum, that's how good it is.
Minimal maven? That's me. Consider the fact that a gal can only slap on so many products at once and the fact that I don't use much when I do, and you really have to wow me to add a new addition to the stash family. Concurrently, I've got five tinted moisturizers sitting in my drawers as we speak; and no foundation. I've got the high(er) coverage offering, the dew-giver, the matte-inducer, and long-lasting babe. Then, we have the all-rounder, otherwise known as the Dr. Jart Waterfuse BB Cream. It can eek out a dewy or natural looking complexion, smooths over the skin, looks divine, covers redness, has a buildable coverage, and a good long-lasting tint.
On days where a tad more longevity is needed, I bust out the primer. Okay, okay--I basically apply the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light* on the daily. But it's just so good. It's the middle-ground between a silicon and water based initial layer to smooth over the skin, control oil, butt out shine, and maintain your daily war paint past the eight hour mark.
For blusher, I've said it once, and I'll say it again. Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Color in Peach Whisper. The shade is nearly faint-worthy and the texture is buttery perfection. I flit between other flush-inducers, but this one reigns supreme.
I picked up the Maybelllie Full' N Soft Waterproof Mascara in the midst of my makeup discovery days, said it was 'good', and moved onto other options. Well, it's back, and it's back vengeance. Consider a 'your lashes, but better' look nailed with a balance of length, curl, and volume, without a crunchy, clumpy, or overboard appearance.
That reminds me, I do have a return to make, but I'll add the savings to the jar for a new bottle, tube, compact, or whatever other set of my 'no regrets' purchases--sans guilt.