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

Glowing with Guilt

I sure do love a good highlighter.  As I travel further into my forties, I find my skin needing a  lot more help maintaining any sort of ‘youthful glow’.  I am constantly on the lookout for a product that will help in this area without making me look like a flashy disco ball.  Recently I discovered Cle de Peau’s Brilliant Enhancer. I honestly thought I wouldn’t like it.  I have tried both YSL’s Touche Eclat Radiant Touch Highlighter ($40) , and Guerlain’s Terracotta Light Touch Highligher ($40), and don’t like either one very much.  I find that they don’t really make a difference, and I am not fond of the delivery system – it strikes me as sort of dirty and unhygienic (you click the pen at the bottom and the liquid highlighter is pushed up into the brush).  But I sampled the CdP version at Saks and was so impressed.  I loved the sheen, it was not sparkly and it didn’t just disappear into my skin.  I thought, I must have this!!!  But at $62, it is most definitely a guilty pleasure.

I wear this on my temples and high on my cheekbones.  Sometimes if I have really dark circles under my eyes, I put it on the sides of my nose and it instantly brightens my look.  If my skin is looking really drab, I put some of the highlighter on my palms, rub together, and gently pat over my entire face.  Voila!!  Drab becomes fab!  I find myself reaching for it every single day, and I wipe it down after I use it with a tissue to keep my germaphobe self quiet.

So, I do glow.  But in a guilty way.  Oh who cares, I’m still glowing!!  -Lisa