Welcome back to Collective Beauty! It’s been a while since things have been consistent around here. I blame moving, summer, life, kids…ya know (a more in-depth reason). But today I’m back, and SO excited for this post! If you’re a regular around here, you might remember my original medicine cabinet post circa 2014, where I shared my current skincare and beauty picks.
You guys loved taking a peek inside my medicine cabinet – cause we all do that, right? 😉 So, a year later I did a follow up post. To show how many of my “favorite” products were still in my arsenal. Fast forward four years, and I’m back to once again give you a tour of my beauty go-to’s. Only this time I don’t actually have a medicine cabinet, but you get the concept.
IN MY MEDICINE CABINET ON MY BATHROOM COUNTER – 2018
One of the greatest perks (and biggest challenges) of blogging is trying so many skincare products. It’s hard to keep a consistent routine when you’re always sent new items, or trying new lines. Add in pregnancy and nursing, and things get all sorts of jumbled up. But, in these last 4 years I’ve somehow managed to stay true to quite a few products.
WHAT’S THE SAME – SKINCARE
This should come as no surprise. The products I still reach for all these years later, are from First Aid Beauty, Origins, and of course my beloved Bioderma. These gentle essentials are perfect on my sensitive skin. I have redness from rosacea, so I need formulas that aren’t super powerful. Bioderma is amazing for removing eye and face makeup, and it never burns my eyes. The First Aid Beauty cleanser, eye cream, and SPF have been favorites since my first pregnancy back in 2011. I needed something simple, yet effective, and these fit the bill perfectly. I also discovered Origins Eye Doctor and Checks and Balances in 2011, and as you can see they are still a must have.
I know, this is intense. But I promise, these products are all loved and well used. Some of them I discovered on my own, while others were sent in PR. To make it easy, I’ve separated everything into categories (creams, cleansers, treatments, etc).
I’m so grateful for my PR relationship with Fresh Beauty. Their line of products is incredible, and they are so generous in sending out new launches. These Fresh eye creams impressed me so much, they made it into my everyday routine. The Supreme Eye Serum is crazy expensive (like $165 crazy), but it feels so nice on the skin. If it’s out of your budget, I also highly suggest the Lotus Eye Gel. It’s lightweight, hydrating, and de-puffs tired eyes.
Another amazing choice for the AM is the First Aid Beauty Detox Eye Roller. It’s got a metal applicator that feels cooling on the skin, and the formula contains caffeine to de-puff. If hydration is what you’re after, I’d go with Origins Eye Doctor, or Erno Laszlo Phormula 3-9. Both are hydrating without feeling heavy, and leave under eyes soft.
My favorite part of skincare is moisturizer. My skin gets so dry after cleansing, that it craves hydration. In the AM, I mix First Aid Beauty Mineral Sunscreen with Belif Creamy Moisturizer. In the evening, I alternate between Caudalie Creme Sorbet (it’s sooo good), and a recent favorite (that I can already see myself using for YEARS) Erno Laszlo Phelityl Night Cream. It’s a little on the thick side, but that’s why I love it. My skin drinks it up!
The only new to me cleansers since my last medicine cabinet post are the Paula’s Choice Cleansing Oil, and Dermalogica Precleanse (also an oil). Both are excellent at removing makeup, though I do prefer the thicker consistency of Paula’s Choice. It doesn’t wash away immediately, so I feel like it removes more. This is my second bottle, and I will definitely repurchase.
My second fav step is facial treatments! Most of these items were sent to me in PR, and many I have repurchased myself. The Pixi Glow-02 Oxygen Mask is awesome. I use it 2x per week, and love how bright my complexion looks after. It goes on like a gel, and quickly foams up without tingling or burning. Afterward, I apply the Drunk Elephant Marula Oil. I have to fight my husband for this oil, because he loves it so much too! 😆 Another Pixi fav is the Glow Tonic. I’ve tried so many Glycolic Acid treatments, and this is the only one that doesn’t burn my sensitive cheeks.
Erno Laszlo is quickly becoming my favorite skincare brand. I discovered their multi-phase makeup remover two years ago, and after quick mention on Instagram, their PR team was kind enough to send some other goodies to try. This Hydra-Therapy Serum feels refreshing and hydrating, without any stickiness. I pair it with their night cream, and have been loving the results. My rosacea looks less red and inflamed, for the first time in years!
A few other treatments I love are the Belif Water Essence (it feels like actual water, but hydrates so well), Fresh Rose Toner, Caudlie Vinoperfect Serum (my second sample, and I’m in LOVE), and Elemis Eye Masks. I was always afraid to try eye masks because my eyes so sensitive, but these feel cooling and never burn or sting!
Another new edition, and perhaps my favorite, is the Clarisonic Mia 2. This was another product I was always scared of trying. The thought of an electric brush rubbing against my sensitive skin always freaked me out. But I was sent this in PR, and I LOVE it! My face feels soft and thoroughly cleansed after using it, and it doesn’t irritate my rosacea. I can’t believe I waited so long to try it!
The final part of my bathroom counter stash is hair care. This obviously isn’t all my hair stuff, that’s all underneath my sink. But, these are the select few (other than hairspray and texture spray) that I reach for every day. If dry shampoos aren’t your thing, I suggest trying the Bumble and Bumble powder. It takes a little practice not to get it all over your face, but it soaks up oils without leaving an even dirtier feeling behind.
As far as hair oils go, the Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Oil and Kerastase Elixer Ultime are my top two picks. They both smell incredible and are lightweight, yet powerful enough to de-frizz. I’ll be reviewing other Kerastase products soon, so stay tuned. They are pricey, but so nice! Finally, the Ouai Wave Spray leaves hair smelling amazing! I honestly use this mostly as a fragrance on second/third day hair. It doesn’t do much for waves (on me at least), but the smell is heavenly.
PRODUCTS I NO LONGER USE
As for the products I used to reach for, they are still great but I have since discovered something better. Better hair oils, better SPF, and better treatments. Though, I still love and adore the MAC makeup remover. I haven’t purchased it in years, but I would totally buy it again. It’s great!
SHOP MY PICKS!
I had so much fun with this series! I can’t wait to check back in next year to see what skincare and beauty items I still love (and which ones I have yet to discover). In the meantime, let me know what items you’ve been using for years and years!
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