I’ve spent the fall and winter months thus far relishing in the skincare and beauty products I had built up over the previous year or so, and enjoying every minute of it. As a lover of all things concerning healthy and happy skin, I am regularly tempted to indulge in and try products on a regular basis, to the point that I had multiples of many favorite ingredients. As an early-retiree, I realize it’s in my best financial interest to treat my skin to the best in skincare ingredients that are appropriate for me, and to avoid temptation to splurge before I need to. So, I promised myself I would use up everything in my stash before making new purchases and here is the result of my ‘waste not, want not’ foray into my own skincare cabinet.
PRODUCTS I WOULD REPURCHASE ON SALE:
No matter how much wealth you have, saving money is never a bad idea. If I can purchase a good product for a better price than another good product, I’m going to do it. Therefore, while I did enjoy a lot of products I purchased, there are a few that I can live without if it means maintaining a healthier bank account along with my healthy skin.
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel Pads—loved this product as a daily exfoliator in place of my Pixi Glycolic Acid Toner but for the price, Pixi is a far less expensive and just as effective alternative. I’d gladly indulge again though for a twenty percent or more discount.
Unwash Bio-cleansing Conditioner—My curly hair responds well to these soap-free, conditioner style cleansers for periods of time and Unwash Bio-cleanser Conditioner is a great one, maybe the best I have tried. It’s a bit pricey however and therefore on my sale only list.
Strivectin Advance Retinol Serum, Moisturizer and Eye Cream—Retinol is a staple in my
skincare routine, one of my “Can’t live without it products”. But I am always open to trying new brands and while I absolutely loved the Strivectin line, I have found and am currently using another brand that I enjoy just as much and which saves me a few dollars. So, unless I can repurchase the Strivectin brand at a price comparable to others in the same potency range, I might as well skip it and save a bit.
RapidLash Eyelash Growth Serum—this product did give me some lash growth which is always a blessing for those of us who are finding our lashes thinning in middle age. But as mascara does the job in terms of highlighting my lashes on make-up days, this is a pricey product I can skip. Reduce the price by half and I’d be on board with regular daily use. Until then, I’m skipping this product.
PRODUCTS I WOULD REPURCHASE WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE ON SALE:
I found several products I would gladly repurchase whether or not they were on sale when I’m in need of replacements. To me, that says a lot about a product—it’s a good quality item for the asking price.
Pacifica Hairvana Leave On Conditioning Treatment—My curls love lightweight moisture on a non-stop basis and this one does the trick in terms of maintaining softness while keeping fly-aways at bay. This is twenty bucks well spent and I’m on my second tube.
Klorane Mango Shampoo—I loved this shampoo for both the gentle cleansing and the wonderful fragrance. It just made my hair and me very happy and we like to be happy.
Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels—I have fallen in love with these eye masks. They are my absolute favorite and I will continue to repurchase them on sale or not. The cooling gel masks give my undereye area just enough moisture while reducing any swelling that may have developed from dehydration, sinus irritation or just overall fatigue. If I don’t use any other eye mask but these I’m still a happy gal. I’ve been through several boxes already and I’ll buy more.
Andelou Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask—I know ladies and gents who are absolutely in love with the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme mask which retails for nearly three times this Andelou version, which is just as enjoyable and effective. This has become one of, if not the all-time favorite mask in my at-home spa routine. You won’t go wrong with this one, especially at $20.
Bath & Body Works (White Barn) Candles and Hand Soaps—you can’t go wrong with the B&BW brands for home or personal fragrance for yourself or as gifts. The candles are richly scented and clean burning and the lovely jars are always recyclable for other purposes. The hand soaps will surely put a smile on your face as the fragrance lingers long after you have washed and dried. That being said, these products are a bit on the pricey side for what they are so I do take advantage of the routine B&BW sales with every purchase (sign up at the register or online). But if I needed a gift and didn’t have a coupon, I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase any these products at full price.
PRODUCTS I WILL NOT REPURCHASE:
Don’t get me wrong, just because I won’t repurchase a product does not mean the product isn’t a good one. Quite the contrary, it might be a great one but just not within my beauty budget.
Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil—Like all Sunday Riley fans, I loved the Luna Night Oil and I used it for better than a year. I awoke every morning with silky smooth skin and was not disappointed. However, I am at the point of needing a stronger version of retinol in my regular routine and so I’ve moved on to higher percentage retinol products,
which are also less expensive. If you are new to retinol or don’t need or want a higher concentration, by all means, give Sunday Riley Luna Oil a try.
Strivectin TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream—this is another product that I loved trying and would certainly not turn down if a supply magically appeared in my nightstand on a regular basis. But the $95 price tag is just a bit more than I can swallow so I’m sticking with the standard of applying the same products to my neck and chest that I apply to my face. For now. Cut the price by half and I’ll become a loyal follower.
Whatever you are using in your skincare routine, use it faithfully, enjoy the process of going through your daily routines, and always, always recycle.
Live a beautiful life.