What Happened To The Beauty Products I Used To Love?

(The idea behind this post has been inspired by Rebecca).

There’s something about the idea of looking back through the archives and pinpointing which of my most loved products I’ve stuck with that really appealed to me. Perhaps it’s because the beauty blogging industry is so notoriously fickle, but I always find it amazing how influencers can sing the praises of a product one week, only to seemingly forget about it the next. I’ve always considered myself fairly loyal to the things that work for me, but even I’ve moved on from a few of my favourites over time.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo

Still used? Not currently

Effaclar Duo doesn’t work for everyone, but it’s been the cornerstone of my skincare routine since my first purchase in 2012. I’d hate to guess at how many tubes of the stuff I’ve gotten through since - it’s definitely in the double figures - but anyone with blemish-prone skin will know that when you find something that seems to do the job, you cling onto it for dear life. I used it religiously for almost 5 years, before my eye was turned by The Ordinary and their Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum, which contains two of ED’s most powerful active ingredients. My skin loves Zinc in particular so I’ve not needed to reach for this in nearly a month now, although I still like to keep a tube in storage just in case.

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NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

Still used? Rarely, but it’s still one of the best foundations I’ve come across

NARS aren’t one of those brands that I’ve been through a particular phase with, rather their products have lingered in my makeup bag in one form or another for as long as I can remember. Sheer Glow still happens to be one of my favourite foundations, if not the very best that I’ve ever tried. The finish it gives to the skin is flawless yet radiant, while the shade Gobi is the perfect match for my yellow undertones. I don’t wear foundation on an everyday basis currently, but for special occasions this is the one I’d pick.

Dr Jart+ Regenerating BB

Still used? No

It’s become increasingly difficult to track down Dr Jart+ in the UK, which admittedly I’ve got mixed feelings about. Their beauty balms were once my go-to for a subtle level of coverage on days where I didn’t want to make much of an effort, whereas these days the brand seems to be a lot more focused on extravagant new skincare launches - most of which I feel like I could take or leave quite easily. This was, and still is, a fantastic product if you’re after a barely-there complexion perfector, but there are others out there that do a similar job while being far easier to get hold of.

Bumble & bumble Surf Spray

Still used? Occasionally

I loved this stuff a couple of years ago, to the point where I had multiple bottles open at once and even kept a spare stash at my parent’s house, just incase I forgot to bring some with me. My hairdresser has all but convinced me to skip the products entirely and these days I’m more of a wash, part and go kind of a girl. Still, for texture and wave I wouldn’t reach for anything else. I still keep a bottle of the new Surf Infusion on the go, but admittedly it’s reached for a little less regularly than it was circa 2014.

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Max Factor False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara

Still used? No

The discovery of waterproof mascara was the equivalent of a beauty epiphany for me. I’ve never had issues with smudging in particular, but the ability of waterproof formulas to hold a curl really is second to none. I used False Lash Effect religiously for a year or two, before switching allegiance to Maybelline’s Lash Sensational Waterproof - which is, in my opinion, even better. At the moment I’m going through something of an eyelash detox, using only non-waterproof formulas on the odd occasion and skipping the lash curlers altogether. If I do return to something a little more hard-wearing though, the Maybelline option is my go-to choice.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in ‘Diffused Light’

Still used? Yes

Three years after I first started using the Hourglass powders on a daily basis and I still get a thrill from how luxurious they feel from the product to the packaging. Diffused Light is the perfect sheer yellow powder that works wonders at covering redness and pigmentation, while appearing completely undetectable on the skin. I use it every morning to set down my t-zone and very rarely find the time to reapply, yet I feel safe in the knowledge that this will stay put throughout the day and make sure everything else does a better job at staying put, too. 

Bobbi Brown Corrector

Still used? No

Like a lot of people with primers, I go through constant phases with correctors. One week I look at them as a vital step in my routine, and the next I convince myself that I’m able to do without them completely. Bobbi Brown’s version is perhaps the most well known of them all and is undoubtedly the best I’ve ever tried, diffusing blue and purple shadowing around the eyes in preparation for a more lightweight concealer. When my last pan was finished I started using the Armani Corrector - a really great product, but not something that’s ever really rivalled this. I never purchased it again as I felt like I needed to finish the Armani option before investing in something else, but I can’t imagine it will stay out of my collection for long.