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Friday, November 15, 2013

The No Regrets Beauty Purchases


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 high end picky taste send me back to the till, but how a product reacts in unison my skin also can seal or break the deal. Unfortunately, both of the non-regretted skincare wonders happen to be extremely pricey...but I choose to pay the dough, anyway.
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.

20 comments :

  1. I would really like to give the night repair a try, most people seem to love it I just think it's so expensive :( You've chosen some really nice things here, the blusher looks beautiful.

    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing

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  2. The Laura Mercier blush looks so pretty, I really like the packaging too, really sleek looking! xo

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  3. I really want to try the ANR! One of the things that I have no regrets is a relatively recent purchase of the Alba Deep Cleansing Coconut Milk. I was trying to make a Caroline-Hirons-esque purchase by going for a milk, and its amazing! I really recommend it

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  4. I've been lusting after the Aesop Parsley Seed Masque for ages! The Laura Mericer cheek colour sounds heavenly! I also LOVE Maybelline Full & Soft! It has pretty much ruled out any other mascaras, it's THAT good! Sad to say but I tried the older/discontinued Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair and it broke me out. Ugh.

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  5. I love the estee lauder night repair serum. It works great on my skin and really helps with breakout!! When ever I feel a spot coming on, I runn to this!!!
    Great post, I am following now!
    http://welldressed25.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. That blusher looks lovely. Dr jart is one of those products that I can never imagine not repurchasing.

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  7. I was out looking for reviews of the Aesop mask when I came across your blog. And I absolutely love it! Great post as well. I love the mask and I definitely want to try the Estee Lauder ANR. If only I could get over its price tag.

    Kelly | secondhandspring

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  8. I love the new ANR! It has done wonders for my skin!

    http://mercuteify.blogspot.com/

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  9. I'm glad I'm not the only one. It makes me mad that they won't clean up their ethos, though (with the animal cruelty and all). xo

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  10. N'awww. It's so lovely of you to say; thank you. Just follow my rule: splurge on skincare, save on the rest. Perhaps that will decrease the blow. xo

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  11. It is lovely, and I definitely agree on the Dr. Jart BB conclusion. xo

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  12. Merci, madame. You have some seriously good taste in serums. xo

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  13. Ah; that's horrible. As for the rest, it sounds like you have a pretty pleasure-fulled wishlist running. xo

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  14. Really?!? Have you done a review of it? I'm intrigued. xo

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  15. It's gorgeous inside and out. xo

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  16. Merci, lovely lass. xo

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  17. I haven't yet, but I can get one up soon if you're interested!

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  18. I hear great things about that Aesop mask always struggled with the thought of parting so much on one mask though! Think I may have to take the plunge skincare is worth it though :) . I like the sound of that smashbox primer too I'm yet to try a smashbox primer...

    http://subjectbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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  19. I am--very much so. Thanks!

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  20. Both of them are amazing. Definitely go for the Aesop mask, though; it's AMAZING and will last you a long time as well. I promise. You won't be disappointed. xo

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