Makeup Wars – my repeat purchases aka the holy grail

It’s that time again. Makeup Wars!  If you haven’t been keeping up with us, Makeup Wars is a series with over a dozen amazing bloggers on a variety of topics. Today we have decided it show you the items we buy over and over. I’ve chosen to call them Holy Grails since I prefer these to similar products. These are products I consistently purchase and assume I’ll continue to do so for years to come.
So what has Marcia chosen and why?

Mary Kay Oil-free Eye Makeup Remover has been a constant for at least 10 years when I unwittingly ended up at an MK party. Actually I enjoyed the experience especially because I bought my first eye makeup remover there. Now I try to buy two or three at a time. The two items that I find the hardest to remove are gel eyeliner and mascara. No matter how stubborn those two are the Mary Kay works. I shake, squeeze it on my cotton square, hold it to my eye for a few seconds and wipe gently. I rarely need to add more since it’s so effective. Plus it’s not oily so if I’m redoing makeup I only have to pat on a little water and I’m set. The MK leads to the next item…makeup war repeat marykay

DHC Silky Cotton squares. I’ve used other brands of pads but this is what I stockpile. Since I hate paying shipping I always buy enough to avoid that charge and I’m set for a year. I like these because they are soft yet sturdy and they never shed fibers. I also buy Shiseido’s version because  those are super soft. But DHC stands up to eye makeup remover better. I usually only need one square for both eyes. I also use these for toner and other light liquids. These cost $5.50 for 80 pads and I now see that DermStore carries war repeat dhc

Another type of cleanser I love having on hand all the time is J.R. Watkins Hand Soap aka Natural Home Care Liquid Hand Soap. This comes in about 5 fragrances and is my favorite item to wash my hands with. I keep these in all my bathrooms. It’s  natural earth-friendly formula that is moisturizing without being sticky. It washes off cleanly without a residue. It’s only $4.99 at or Rite Aid and lasts me about 6 weeks. I buy the yummy citrus scents of lemon, orange and grapefruit.

makeup war repeat soap

YSL Touché Éclat   Another product I buy again and again. I buy this kind of concealer/highlighter from other brands all the time. I  probably have half a dozen similar products in my stash. But when it’s all said and done, this is my favorite. It’s not the best concealer but it brightens under my eyes making me feel more alive. I’ve got a few new brands of this type of concealer/highlighter I will be using to review, but they’ll always be compared to YSL war repeat ysl

Last in this list is the BeautyBlender sponge aka Beautyblender Makeup Sponge- accept no substitutes. I’ve got this type of sponge from Sonia Kashuk and MAC and they don’t compare. Other brands will tell you that they are as soft but they aren’t. I love my “Pink Egg” and have gone through quite a few. Mine almost always stains but it’s not entered in a beauty pageant – its job is to make my foundation look perfect and it succeeds. They now produce this in black and in white so if you choose those colors just make sure they are genuine. I’m a bouncer ladies but only with my war repeat sponges

Now that you’ve read my 5 choices let me know what you’ve been buying over and over again. Then when you are done do some clicking (bouncing) yourself to see what my fellow warriors have selected. — Marcia

Cleaning Up My Act

You’ve already been invited into my shower so now we’ll step out and start investigating some cleaning items in my bathroom if that’s okay with you.

I have several bathrooms actually and in my main one I currently am using an Anti-bacterial Foaming Soap by Bodycology. I’m super fussy about fragrance and rarely go into stores that carry mostly fragranced items (like Bath & Body Works or Lush). I prefer using a liquid soap to wash my hands but it’s hard for me to find fragrances I can tolerate. Luckily Bodycology has this foaming liquid soap in Apple Orchard and that’s a scent I can live with. It’s a combination of passion fruit and red apple. This contains Vitamin E, Aloe Vera and Triclosan to kill germs. The lather is very gentle and moisturizing. This also comes in Brown Sugar Vanilla and Cucumber Melon. I’ll try the Cucumber Melon next. They also make a gentle exfoliating hand soap with Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Aloe Vera and small exfoliating beads that sounds interesting.

Nearby I have a small sample of Bodycology’s Cherry Blossom Hand & Body Lotion that I received in the mail via a sampling program (I like sending away for samples!). This is available in 10 scents so there’s one for everyone. I like this as a body lotion but not so much as a hand cream; that’s my fussy nose speaking. The Bodycology Lotion has kept my legs nicely moisturized after a shower. Both of these products are found at Walgreen so they are easy for me to get in place of something like Dial’s hand soaps which I find too harsh.

On the nights I’m too lazy – I mean tired – to wash up well I still need a cleanser. My latest comes compliments of a good friend. There had been talk about YES TO CUCUMBER’S FACIAL TOWELETTES and I always swore I’d pick one up. I guess my friend got tired of me saying it and she sent me a package for which I say “thank you”. I can understand the raves. These 98.7% Natural towelettes are wonderful. They are refreshing, moisturizing and they work. The fragrance is a very light cucumber one which never offends me and is gone quickly. This works well on my daily eye makeup so I don’t need a separate cleansing product for them. They are blended with organic cucumber to soften, aloe vera to soothe  and Dead Sea Minerals to exfoliate, dextoxify and rejuvanate. They get my face clean without stripping oils and I never feel the need to rewash my face. They are just the right wetness too. The package contains 30 Towelettes and costs $5.99. I advise putting the package in a Ziploc bag after opening them to keep them from drying out. The closing is good but it could be better.

My nighttime cleanser is from Rodan + Fields. I’m currently using the REVERSE system Deep Exfoliating Wash and alternating it with Burt’s Bees Orange Essence Facial Cleanser or Bambola Beauty Acai Anti-Oxidant Cleansing Creme on the nights I want to use my Clarisonic. I had to ease my way into the R+F Deep Exfoliating Wash but now that I’ve been using it for many months I love it. It cleans my skin better than any cleanser I’ve ever tried. It has small granules that exfoliate. I wet my face, softly massage a small amount into my skin and use a muslin cloth from The Body Shop to rinse it off. I follow with other REVERSE system and ANTI-AGE system Rodan + Fields products.

Here’s some information about this product from Rodan + Fields: “REVERSE Deep Exfoliating Wash is a multi-mechanism exfoliater that simultaneously cleanses and refines sun damaged, blotchy complexions. Alpha hydroxy acids loosen old, dull skin cells so that tiny polyethylene beads can effectively sweep them away.”

Rodan and Fields is sold thru independent consultants of which I am one.  I’ll explain more about this in the disclosure section down below. It retails for $41 but on the Preferred Customer status it’s $36. I’ve been using mine for 4 months approximately every other night and I’ve got another 2 – 3 months left on this tube.

One last product before I step out of the bathroom. One of my favorite eye makeup removers is Mary Kay’s Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover. This is what I use on the days that I wear a good deal of eye makeup. It removes my eye makeup without tugging. I shake it, put it on a DHC Cotton Square and hold it on my eye without rubbing. That alone usually gets off my eye makeup but if it’s not enough then I’ll gently rub the remaining amount off. It doesn’t leave an oily residue and it doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry. This now retails for $15. If I used this only (which I don’t) it would last me 2 months. It’s the best dual action remover I’ve found. I’ve bought dozens of bottles since that first MK party.
Thanks for visiting me in my bathroom. I even bought new jammies for this visit. When I was a kid I hated washing up but now I love to clean up my act! — Marcia

Disclosure: Samples of Bodycology were received through a sampling program.

I used to be an  Independent Consultant for Rodan + Fields but I’m not doing it any longer. I would love to explain the lines to you if you have any interest in the products. My sponsor for the line is still actively selling it so if you want more information you can reach me at I wouldn’t benefit from this financially. Thank you, Marcia