Makeup Wars ~ Products I Purchase Over and Over Again

I originally thought this was going to be a pretty tough Makeup Wars assignment for me. I have many products I adore but I rarely use up products because I have a “wee bit” of stuff AND I can never resist the urge to try something new hoping for my next miracle product. On that note when I really got to thinking about it there are several items I do repurchase, and shamefully some haven’t even been reviewed. Amazing how the things you turn to most often can at times be the most invisible.


In no particular order:

Lansinoh HPA Lanolin for Nursing Mothers – My holy grail lip balm! I have purchased this many, many times even though a tube lasts a long time. I have had healthy, unchapped lips for years since beginning using this.

Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Skin Purifier Cleansing Oil – I don’t ever want to be without this effective and luxurious cleansing oil.

Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser – The gentlest of cream cleansers for use in my morning shower or with my Clarisonic after removing my makeup.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance – I have yet to review the original Too Faced Shadow Insurance but I have repurchased many times for myself and for my pro kit. Out of all the eye primers I have tried this is my hands down favourite.

MAC Painterly Paint Pot – I know I’m a little obsessive and double up on my eye priming. 😉 I love how Painterly perfectly matches my skin tone, amplifies my eyeshadow colours, and covers any veins and imperfections on my lids.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara – I have repurchased the original Armani Eyes to Kill mascara many times. If it were a bit more affordable and accessible to me it would have been repurchased even more times.

shu uemura Eyelash Curler – I have tried many other eyelash curlers in the past as the shu uemura lash curler isn’t the most accessible for me but nothing for me compares. I am now stocked up for personal use and my kit. I don’t want to be struggling with substitutes again.

Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani Lipsticks in Beige 102 and Beige 103 – These are the perfect peachy nude and pinky nude lipsticks for me. Heck for everybody! OK that may be an exaggeration but I carry them in my lip palette for my pro kit as they are ideal for brides and I will always have these on hand for myself. Whether worn alone or topped with a gloss the shades are gorgeous and the formula is perfection. Love. Love. Love.

Le Metier de Beaute Uma Paro Sheer Brilliance Lip Gloss – I have yet had to repurchase this but I am including it because it is running low and I will repurchase which is unusual for me with a lipgloss. OK maybe actually running out of a lipgloss is unusual for me given how many I own…but I will repurchase this! I have never seen another gloss in a shade anything like this and the non sticky formula of the Le Metier de Beaute Sheer Brilliance Lip Glosses is lovely.

Benefit Dallas is actually a pretty recent discovery for me and has not needed to be repurchased just yet but I am fairly certain when this baby finally runs out I will be ordering another stat. It is a stunning bronzer shade on my fair cool to neutral skin and possesses bronzed pink tones not often seen in a sea of orange toned bronzers. Benefit Dallas also functions beautifully as a blush and I find myself reaching for this possibly more than any other cheek product in my stash.

Somme Institute Transport Pads An effective, yet gentle, means of exfoliation that has done wonders for my skin. I am on my second refill and in the time I was without noticed the consequences. I won’t be without the Somme Institute Transport Pads again!

KINeSYS Sunscreen Spray – I have never reviewed this but I have repurchased this more times than I can count. I first started buying it when my daughter was first born as it was on the safe cosmetics website with a good rating. I immediately fell in love and now use it for both my kids and myself. They have maintained their pasty white perfection through every summer and it is totally non greasy, non sticky, invisible, and so easy to apply. Sunscreen is no longer a yucky endeavour and I pity those poor children having the greasy, white mess rubbed all over them at the beach.

Make sure to check out the most repurchased items of the other Makeup Wars members. Just click on the thumbnails below or use the Previous and Next buttons at the top of this post. If you have missed out on the previous Makeup Wars be sure to check them out, including some of my favourites like our 2013 Beauty ResolutionsHoliday LookHoliday WishlistsFavourite MascarasFavourite Fall LookFavourite Red LipFavourite Makeup BrushFavourite Fall Nail Polish, and Most Expensive Makeup Look

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  • Christine
    January 22, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    I need the nude lippies!!
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    • Christa
      January 22, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      Yes you do!

  • Pink Sith
    January 22, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Oh I adore my shu uemura Eyelash Curler too! I love your list. So many neat things.

    • Christa
      January 22, 2013 at 3:08 PM


  • Paula
    January 22, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Yep, another TFSI fan over here, too. And, Cetaphil has a body cream that my momma stocks up on religiously!
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    • Christa
      January 22, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      Gotta love the TFSI! It’s the best!

  • Nancy
    January 22, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Love your list! I totally agree about Eyes to Kill Mascara–love it! Gotta try that TFSI–how have I missed that?
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    • Christa
      January 22, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      Yes you must try TFSI! Isn’t Armani ETK the best?!

  • Teri
    January 22, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    I really do need to get on that Shadow Insurance, as I just told Phyrra. I used up Dallas to the end of the box but have so many other bronzers that I couldn’t justify a repurchase.
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    • Christa
      January 22, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      I hear you about having too many to justify a repurchase. That may well happen to me.

  • MarciaF (beauty info zone)
    January 22, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Wonderful choices. I should have included TFSI and for sure the Somme Institute Transport. I’m on my third one already and will also rebuy it. Love your Armani choices.
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    • Christa
      January 22, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      It’s hard to keep track of some of our favourites isn’t it?

  • Cindy (Prime Beauty)
    January 22, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    LOVE Transport pads and have re-purchased too! Dallas was muddy on me but I’d like to try the LMDB gloss!
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    • Christa
      January 22, 2013 at 3:17 PM

      I use a skunk brush to apply Dallas. In a perfect world it would be even MORE pink toned but I love it. You would look amazing in Uma Paro Cindy!

  • Pammy
    January 22, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    I never thought to use Lasinoh Lanolin for a lip balm! I am a nursing Mommy. So, I have some on hand. Will try!!! Great tip! Also, I am going to have to scope out the Dallas blush! I always shyed away from that one thinking it would be too dark on my fair skin. Now that I know you love it, my fellow fair blogger, I will check it out! 🙂
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    • Christa
      January 22, 2013 at 3:17 PM

      Do try it Pammy! It has really made an astounding difference in my lips.

      • Kelly
        January 22, 2013 at 5:08 PM

        I need to try that lip balm stat! I’m ordering it right now! I have TERRIBLY dry lips. Thanks!

  • Carleen
    January 22, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    I love the Painterly Paint Pot too. Have you tried DHC cleansing oil? That is another good oil cleanser that I almost put on my list.
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  • Renata
    January 22, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Dallas! I love it so much I wear it almost everyday, although I have many others.
    On my fair skin, Chanel J.C. in Rose Temptation looks similar, but it is more pink. Perfect world? Even so, I don’t know what it is about Dallas. It’s just perfect.

  • Brooke @ BlushingNoir
    January 22, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Le Metier de Beaute Lip Glosses… yes yes yes yes yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nothing better!
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  • jbrobeck
    January 22, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    I love ETK but have never repurchased… Why doesn’t sephora hurry up and carry it already?
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  • Marisa Anderson
    February 20, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Wow luv your l list your favorite products. I use and really luv the Ceraphil Daily Facial Cleanser. It is amazing!
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  • Swatch and Review
    October 29, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    I too love Painterly! Sometimes I mix it up with Soft Ochre to reduce any redness.

    • Perilously Pale
      October 29, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      Holy crap! How did you find this? This site isn’t supposed to be searchable! Just my developer site for messing around with my theme!

      • Swatch and Review
        October 29, 2013 at 4:11 PM

        Oh nooo! Did I break the site? lol It was in a recommended post at the bottom of another. I fell down the blog rabbithole…

    • Perilously Pale
      October 29, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      Nevermind! Figured it out! From my Tweet Old Post thing. Ding dongs! Why did my gal leave all my plugins activated on this. Grr


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