...or at least in the foreseeable future and onwards. 'Always' is an empty promise that's more often abused than followed. It's called being practical. These stubborn loves have stood firm through the influx of new products and changes in product taste. It's very unlikely that these products will lose their dominant position in my beauty routine any time soon.
The Bobbi Brown Corrector (£19) shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that's been stalking SoaD for a while now. I've lost count of the times I've composed sonnets and wrote love poems to this little pot of wonderfulness. I've hit pan on the one that I purchased back in February and am already planning on repurchasing once there's a few scrapes left. This is definitely a must have for all those that have given up on trying to find a concealer that even scarcely covers up the undereye dark pits of purgatory.
Tarte Exposed($28) is the blush that I always go back to when I'm feeling frustrated with cheek colouring. I have temperamental skin that has the red inflamed cheeks trademark - even on the days when my skin is ridiculously clear. Which means I have a very fragile relationship with anything that adds colour to my cheeks. But the neutral nude-brown-pink-peach balance in Tarte Exposed reassures me that I can add some life and colour back into my face without looking like I should have a doctor's appointment at the dermatologist.
I have a fragrance collection that I'm entirely happy with but the one that stands out is the Jo Malone White Jasmine and Mint(£42). This unique scent of spunk and freshness not only has been my go-to scent for spring/summer the past two years, it also carries some of my best summer memories. I erm, attempted to describe the scent here. It kinda paints a picture of the fragrance, but I'd best advise you to put your nose to the test at a Jo Malone counter and prepare to fall in love with it.
Last but not least, I've tracked down an online shop that ships the John Frieda Leave In Conditioner(£5.89) to Taiwan as I can't imagine being without it. Well, actually I can as I went for around a month without it once. It was horrible. A lightweight leave-in conditioner, I douse my hair in this stuff after washing my hair and I wake up the next day with arguably presentable bed head. Meaning that there's no rat's nest or tangled knots that need to be attacked with a hair brush. On good days, I give my hair a good shake and I'm looking like I spent ages on it. On a bad day? It's still a pretty good day compared to the days before I discovered this drugstore hair product.
I'm always on the hunt for better products, which means I tend to fall in and out of love with products quite frequently. But there are certain standouts that gets all the gold stars and continue to win my love, securing their top dog position in my beauty collection. These are the products I've waxed lyrical about countless times and will continue to do so. What are some of the products that you will continue to love? Maybe even forever and always?
where to purchase in Taiwan: Sogo Department Stores - unavailable online (Bobbi Brown + Jo Malone), Beauty Bay (Urban Decay), Feel Unique (John Frieda)
Not having the best DIY record, I'm usually quick to replace something once it shows the slightest sign of tear. But there are certain products that I just can't bring myself to replace as I've developed a sentimental bond with the broken ones.
The Ecotools Blush Brush was one of my first ever brushes and I can't bring myself to part ways with it, regardless of the tiny fact that it's been slaughtered at the waist. The kitten-fur soft bristles combined with the shape and size of the brush makes it the perfect blush brush that squashes all the other blush brushes I've tried when I was still foolishly trying to find a replacement for the Ecotools offering. I think they've repackaged the brushes now and the new ones have a slanted brush, which I'm less in love with. So for the time being, I'm still sticking to this broken one.
It wasn't until I started noticing my hairs being plucked out every time I curled my lashes did I realise the deep gap in the rubber bit of my Eyeko Lash Curlers(£12). I've routinely used these over my Shu Uemura ones for the past couple years as it holds a curl and the rubber padding is a lot softer than the Japanese brand, making it slightly easier on the eyes. However, the gap that's routinely ripping out my lashes means that I need to go back to using the Shu Uemura ones (which are still great - don't get me wrong).
Moving onto the fun bits, makeup! I don't know how I forgot to photograph this one, but theBalm Mary Lou-Manizer(£17.49) has made it's shattered appearance on the blog more than a couple times. A highlighter that'll give you a heavenly glow, I don't even know how I managed to shatter this little one as I've been extremely careful with it. Note that this should be taken care of with extreme caution, and by that I mean, constantly bubblewrapped while wearing infant gloves. Not even kiddy gloves, infant gloves. Yes, quite some hassle, but oh my, the effect is so worth it.
If you've watched my MAC lipstick collection videoto the very end, you've witnessed the tragic beheading of MAC Peach Blossom(£15.50). It literally, snapped in two when I attempted to do a proper arm swatch. The things I do for you guys. I've tried the melt and reattach method, but it's snapped again since and basically, I think I need to set this one to the retirement home soon. Or go in with a lip brush.
Another lipstick, MAC See Sheer(£15.50) is a messy one. I'm not sure if it's the particular tube I have or if lustre finishes have a softer formula, but my tube is literally, a leaning tower of Pisa. Or like a kid stepping into mud and leaving their tracks everywhere as I have melted lipstick all over the insides of the tube. It's a makeup massacre.
These are all products that have the markings of time and wear on them, but it also means that they've been well-loved. Some, I can keep using and finding ways to try and fix. Others, sadly, I'll need to ditch as to save the eyelashes I have left. What are some products that you've loved so much, you've broken?
I'm not particularly picky with mascaras as well, let's face it, I don't generally have hopes for any mascaras. With a basically non-existing performance standard, it's not that easy for a mascara to leave me disappointed. But after testing out mascara after mascara for the past several months in a desperate hail Mary attempt to get out of my rut, I'm yet to find one that excites me but I have come across three that left me slightly disappointed.
You know what I just said about not having hope for mascaras? Scratch that for this one as I did have hopes for it. Not too many expectations, mind you, but I had upped the standards with the hype surrounding the Maybelline Colossal Volume Express Mascara. I was hoping for some volume and maybe a tiny bit of drama, but nothing drastic nor life changing. I'm sad to say that the hyped up Maybelline didn't even fulfil the little expectations I had. The formula didn't cling to my lashes at all, or the little amount that did ended up smudged all over my face after a couple hours. So, technically, I guess you could say there was some drama, just not the kind I would've preferred.
Now this one might be slightly unreasonable. I'm not too fond of waterproof mascaras as they are, pardon what's to come but, a massive pain in the butt to get off. But I've tried my fair share of mascaras and most mascaras are able to stand up to a tiny bit of water before going all 'Blank Space' on me. But not the L'Oreal Voluminous Black Mascara. This stuff is like cheap toilet paper when it comes to water and will instantly smudge without remorse. It's a good mascara but it doesn't deliver the voluminous results I was expecting. It's a nice everyday mascara when you want a natural look, but it fell short against expectations and claims.
Last but not least, I was once all about the L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara, so I purchased the L'Oreal Miss Manga Black Angel this time around with the anticipation that it would deliver the results I once loved. I don't know if this formula is different to the original one, or if my taste in mascara has changed, but the Black Angel's effect on my lashes was neither black nor angelic. My lashes were darkened, but no more so than any other regular black mascara and this formula seemed to be more clumpy and 'weighing down to hell' than 'angel wings lifting to heaven'.
Mascaras are a personal and quite peculiar product. They're also quite easy to fall into a rut as they're probably the one product that cannot be tested out in stores. I'm sad to say that I've been disappointed by three offerings when I didn't have much hope for them in the beginning. Have any lash coatings disappointed you lately?