Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Recent Repurchases - August 2015

[Items were purchased by me.]

I have talked about most of these before, but I figured I'd throw up a post to highlight them again, because it's always helpful for me when bloggers talk about the products they rely on. This is a "staples" edition - no fancy lipsticks or frills, but products I always have on hand as part of my daily routine.

First up - L'Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper in Medium/Dark and L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Midnight Black. I liked the original Voluminous Butterfly a lot - it's a fiber mascara! I went through a tube and decided to try the Midnight Black, not because the original wasn't dark enough (it is), but...just for variety. This one is also good, though I can't say it's Whatever, they're each usually < $10 and both need to be replaced pretty often, so I'm really happy to have found drugstore staples for mascara and brows.

I bought two more eye makeup staples - NARS Smudge Proof Eye Shadow Base and Smashbox Limitless Liquid Liner in Black (not shown - had to pick it up in Boston and chucked packaging). I stopped using eye primer when I lived in dry WA (unless I really wanted colors to shine or something like that), but here in high humidity, I need it again. So I used up the rest of the tube I had on hand (for aforementioned "emergencies," ha) and just bought another. I like that you can still blend shadows over it, unlike with UDPP - this is probably my third tube of NARS.

I think this is my third Smashbox pen, as well - it's my favorite black liner, and it's waterproof. As the day wears on, some of it starts to fade, but I rarely end up with smudging. Thumbs up. I keep thinking I should try a new one, but I use black liquid liner every day, and there's really no room for bunk in the routine.

For skincare, I bought more cleanser (boring), and Shiseido Ibuki Eye Correcting Cream, which is a bit of a sleeper hit with me. At first, I was indifferent to it, but over time I realized it actually does a great job of keeping the under eye area moisturized, without being greasy or oily. It layers really well under concealer (I use MAC Pro-Longwear under eyes), doesn't cause my eye makeup to smudge, and has a bit of a pearlized sheen that's brightening without being obvious or shimmery or metallic. The nice thing about having a blog is that you can see some of your older photos and compare them to new ones, and use that as a marker for which skincare products have a visible effect. I use a different eye cream at night (Ole Henriksen), but this is my daytime eye cream, for sure.

Ta-da! The end. Next on the repurchase list is concealers - I'm almost out of my NARS creamy concealer and - shock and awe - I think I'm nearing the end of my MAC Pro-longwear, too. What's on your repurchase list? Do you like having old favorites, or do you prefer to try new things all the time?