A couple of weeks ago – by now, maybe a couple of months – I went through a few beauty bits I bought and will repurchase on my Instagram Stories. The stories got really good feedback so I thought I’d follow up with a blog post on the same because, y’know, blog posts don’t disappear. Plus, I can include links so you can shop directly (and yes, those links will be affiliate links, but if you hate the idea of my getting a small percentage from your purchase, just search the items directly on Google).
But, let’s start at the beginning, shall we?
What do you buy yourself?
So, for a good few years there, I was getting sent a lot of beauty bits. That’s thinned down considerably since I stopped blogging regularly – and probably because I never featured my “press post”, at least not regularly. I only ever featured things I really loved and I think that a lot of brands were used to getting coverage for any deliveries, so didn’t bother with me (which I totally get; if you’re not getting any love back, why would you send nice deliveries to someone?). I don’t want this to sound like I’m bitter in any way.
There definitely was a moment where I thought, uh-oh, I’m not getting sent as many freebies as I once was, but then I figured there was no point in “playing the game” for the sake of free beauty products which, if I really wanted, I could buy myself.
That being said, there’s still been a lot of build-up! I worked for an industry hairdressing magazine, Creative Head Ireland, before starting at STELLAR, so I had a good few years’ worth of shampoo built up, for example! (That actually didn’t stop me buying Kevin Murphy’s Blonde Angel*, because I wasn’t getting sent anything from KM and I love the brand.)
I also accumulated a good few mascaras, more body creams and lotions than I could use in a decade, and a plethora of lipsticks – although, again, that didn’t prevent my buying Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution Lipstick in Red Carpet Red*, which is, in my opinion, the world’s best red lipstick.
So, y’know, I was incredibly lucky to get given a lot of products.
With all of those freebies in mind, it would be easy not to buy anything myself. So you know, then, if I chose to spend my own cash on products, it was because I really rated them, far higher than the items I was getting sent, and felt like I needed them in my arsenal! So, to the products!
1. Make-up I purchased – and would definitely repurchase
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation* This is my dream foundation. I have never received as many compliments as I do when I’m wearing this foundation, and it’s top of my “to buy” list as my first bottle ran out this week. (I do mix up my foundations – today, for example, I’m wearing a Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation*, which I received from my then-boss, Kirstie McDermott when we worked together on STELLAR, but I always come back to my Chanel.) Earworm:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette* My parents bought this for me (with my money, crucially) when they were in the US visiting my sister a few months back. I can’t envision it running out any time soon, but when it does, I will definitely repurchase it. It has a gorgeous array of shades, and even though I feel like pink and red tones shouldn’t work as eyeshadows, they really do. It’s just beautiful.
Glossier Boy Brow* I wrote a whole blog post detailing just how much I love this product, although if I was into editing past blog posts (I’m not), I might go back and tweak it slightly to include the fact that the product is tiny. So, so small. I think I powered through mine in about two months, which makes it an expensive habit. The fact that I’d still repurchase it should speak volumes (it’s $16, around €14, per tube).
2. Skincare faves – all of which I’d repurchase
Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Super Charged Concentrate* Here’s an example of where I was completely and utterly won over by the advertising. I’d decided I was going to buy this when I first saw the magazine ads; it just looked so refreshing and moisturising! Then I saw Caroline Hirons waxing lyrical about it (in a paid advertorial, but I don’t care because I trust her recommendations and don’t believe she’d take money to say something was good if it wasn’t) and the deed was done. I’m halfway through mine and I adore it; I think it’ll be part of my beauty routine forever.
Sunday Riley Artemis Hydroactive Cellular Facial Oil* I’ve gone on about this enough – read my blog post on it here – but suffice it to say, it’s delish (even if it smells like a stale barn).
Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser* This is just the most simple product – it cleans your face. It doesn’t leave skin feeling tight or dry, it doesn’t sting the eyes and it takes off all of your makeup. (I bought my Glossier products when I was in the US, but now that they deliver to the UK, you can use An Post’s Address Pal to get yours.) It has a gross name, as Kirstie has pointed out on her Insta Stories, but it’s still a good product, and I dig the packaging.
3. Body care products I’d repurchase
Last, but by no means least, the body care products I love and would repurchase, starting with…
Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash I buy this all the time. It smells incredible, it feels really silky smooth on the skin and it’s not super pricey – although it is dear enough that I try to wait for a 3 for 2 offer in Boots (there’s one on as I publish this post, so if you get in there quickly you’ll get a bargain). I think we’re on bottle number seven in as many months (himself is very flaithiúlach with his unguents) and I can’t see us changing our shower gel choices any time soon.
Aveda Smoothing Body Polish* I have a funny feeling this may have been discontinued by Aveda – if so, I’ll be trying their rosemary mint body polish* instead (of course I will). I bought this about a year ago in Brown Thomas as an excuse to spend my 23 cents in loyalty points and I really love it. I only use it about once a fortnight but it smells incredible and feels even better and doesn’t leave the bath/shower covered in tiny particles. Ugh. Crucially, it doesn’t contain microbeads; the little particles are walnut shells. Clever!
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter* This is basic AF but I don’t care – it’s cheap and cheerful, smells delicious (who in their right minds would buy the fragrance-free version?) and leaves skin feeling smooth and delightful. I used to moisturise all over every single day, but as I’ve got older (and probably as my skin needs it more), I’ve got lazier. I need to get back on it!
There you have it. Things I bought with my own money and would – and do – repurchase as needed. Let me know if you have any of my picks and agree or disagree, and whether or not you even care if a blogger has paid for their recommendations or not!
*These are affiliate links. What does that mean? If you click through and make a purchase, I’ll get a small percentage of the sale (usually around 10%). It won’t cost you anything extra but will really help me! If you’d rather not give me the click, so to speak, simply search the product yourself – I’ve included all product names. For more, see my post on how bloggers make money from affiliates.