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.

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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


  1. That’s a lot of cotton! LOL! Next time I’m suckered into a MK party I’m getting that eye makeup remover!

  2. I just can not get the hang of the Beauty Blender sponge. I’ve got a Sonia Kashuk that sits in a box after I gave up. Maybe I’ll try it again.

  3. What great selections. I love the Shiseido cotton pads, but the DHC is a close second…and man do you have a years worth there or what? LOL. I think I’m going to have to break down and purchase a beauty blender sponge one of these days!

  4. I totally forgot about Touche Eclat–I’m never without at least one in my makeup bag! And that MK EMR is excellent–it takes even the most stubborn eyeliner or mascara off!

  5. I have repurchased Touche Eclat twice and countless Beautyblender sponges myself!

  6. Mary Kay isn’t a brand you see talked about on beauty blogs very often, but I agree–their eye makeup remover is hands down the best I’ve ever used!

  7. Another eye makeup remover I need to check out. I’m going to jump on the DHC squares too!

  8. @Cindy, I was glad to see them at Dermstore and will probably buy through them so I don’t have to buy 10 boxes at a time!

  9. @Melissa, the eye makeup remover is the only thing I’ve repurchased from MK and it has to be dozens of bottles by now.

  10. @Teri – I have so many similar products to Touche Eclat but the YSL is the one consistently bought and used.

  11. @Nancy Like Touche Eclat, I’ve tried so many eye makeup removers but none match up.

  12. @Pink Sith, I usually buy a year’s worth so I don’t pay shipping but it’s at Dermstore so I won’t have to do that now. Love my Beauty Blender sponge!!

  13. @Christine – go for the eye makeup remover, it’s a guilt free way to buy from MK.

  14. @Paula – the SK is not the way to go. Beauty Blender is so much better. Bounce!!!!!

  15. I am intrigued by the DHC squares!!! I must try those sometime. 🙂 Great list Marcia!!!

  16. I love when you do Makeup Wars. These are such genuine reviews. I love the MK and YSL myself.

  17. I adore my beauty blender. It’s the best makeup sponge ever!

  18. Beauty Blender probably could have made my list. I am on my 5th one or so. Love that thing! I like my Mary Kay eye makeup remover too!

  19. Love my Beauty Blenders too! I never need cotton pads for removing my makeup anymore. I just massage my cleansing oil into my lashes with my fingers and it removes all traces of mascara and tightlining with ease! No more rubbing!

  20. this is such a great list! a friend of mine sells MK so maybe I need to check out that makeup remover!

  21. @Brooke, she’ll love you for buying from her and you’ll love the remover!

  22. @Perilously Pale – you don’t use the pads? I’d feel like I skipped a step but I’m definitely going to try that. All those DHC pads will be lonely though!

  23. @Kelly I remember when I first saw the beauty blender and wondered why I’d buy one. Now I have back ups!

  24. Glad to be twins @Carleen. I’ve bought so many BB sponges and as you could see have my backups.

  25. @Susie, thanks for reading Makeup Wars, they are the most fun to do and read.

  26. @Pammy, Shiseido squares are softer but the DHC stands up to more.

  27. I STILL haven’t tried a Beauty Blender. I feel like the only person on earth who hasn’t!

  28. I love DHC, but $85.00 is too high a threshold to qualify for free shipping. Good to know that Dermstore carries DHC: that means I can choose among other brands as well.

    I agree, nothing works as well as Beautyblender, especially for working around the eye area. I’ve tried knockoffs from both Sonia Kashuk and Sephora. I am enjoying using the blender sponge on a handle thingie from CVS, however!

  29. @Julie, I was happy to see I could now get it at Dermstore. And there’s Ebates there!

  30. I’ve never seen the sponge on a handle at CVS. I have to check that out.

  31. @Jbrobeck – you aren’t the only one. I bought my sister these for a birthday and she gave it away! Now she asked me to buy her another so I did at IMATS. So there at least two of you! LOL

  32. Beauty Blender! I love mine, too!! I haven’t tried the Sonia Kashuk one, though.

  33. @Moxie, don’t waste money on the SK. Mine cracked, it was hard, it didn’t do the bounce that’s needed. Stick with Beauty Blender.

  34. @beautyin the “blender sponge on a handle thingie from CVS” is very firm, so it has nowhere the bounce that Beautyblender has. The end is blunt, so neither is it good for working in the eye area. Nonetheless, I haven’t seen the likes of this product elsewhere and it is fun to use. Does that make sense, or am I contradicting myself?

  35. @Julie, I think I saw something at IMATS that was similar. I’m going to look into that one and the CVS one since I love new tools. Thanks for the update.


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