11 May 2015

Repurchases and backups

Being a beauty blogger means that you are usually drowning in beauty products. Yes you get sent some awesome things to try, but you also spend way too much money each month on new and exciting things. To me, the best measure of how good a product is, is if a beauty blogger would spends her own money to repurchase it. Well that and positive "empties" reviews. Seeing as I've done quite a few empties blog posts, I thought I would do a blog post about repurchases and backups.

These are all products which I'm using at least a second bottle of at the moment. All of these products have been purchased by myself as I truly believe in each and every one.


I am a creature of habit when it comes to my skincare: I find something that works and then I stick with it. But a few months later I get bored and then I try a couple of new things...

The Bioderma Micellar Water (both the pink and the green bottle) is my holy grail makeup remover. I have used many of these bottles and I currently have about four full bottles as backups which I bought on promotion. Both of the products from The Body Shop I have repurchased countless times. The Vitamin E Hydrating Toner is a fuss-free and super affordable product, while the Vitamin E Moisture Serum offers skin softening hydration as well as being travel friendly. The REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask is expensive, I won't lie, but me having repurchased this should tell you how much I love it! It's a chemical exfoliator and smells like marmalade, while having the consistency of thick honey. It leaves my skin clear and blemish-free.


I have spoken about the Pureology Hydrate shampoo and conditioner many many times before. I will probably repurchase this combo until I don't have any hair left. It's not cheap either, but it is so worth it. As for the L'Oreal Elnett Satin hairspray: this is the only hairspray I've been using since cutting my hair end of January. It's cheap and it does the job.


The Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder in "52 Vanilla" has been my go-to powder since purchasing it a few months ago. I originally bought it after seeing Anna from Viviannadoesmakeup rave about it. A few weeks after I bought it Clicks had Bourjois products on a 3-for-2 sale, so I bought a couple of backups of the powder.

The Smashbox Brow Tech To Go eyebrow pencil in the shade "Taupe" is also a repurchase of note. For a long time it's been the only eyebrow product I've been using as the colour is a good match, it has a pencil on the one end and a mini spoolie with brow gel on the other end, and it's travel friendly. I don't normally repurchase lip products because I already have so many, but I really love this Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in the shade "Berry Smoothie". It's a plummy pink which is incredibly creamy and hydrating.


The Rubybox Fresh In A Flash Brush Cleaner is also a product of which I have a couple of backups of. It cleans my makeup brushes amazingly well and only costs R70.  It works great for spot-cleaning as well as deep-cleaning the brushes.

I tend to only stick to base coats and top coats that I know work. I have yet to find a holy grail base coat, but I have definitely found my holy grail top coat. The Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat contains a couple of nasties, gets gloopy after a few months, and is quite expensive to purchase in South Africa, but it's the best top coat I've ever used. It's thick and gives your nails an incredible gel-like shine. It also dries in an instant. When you've painted the 10th nail, the first one is dry already. And when I say dry I mean scratch-in-your-handbag-for-your-car-keys-dry.

The two essence products are also things that I have repurchased and will continue to repurchase. The Express Dry Drops are amazing for drying your freshly painted nails, and I find using this together with my Seche Vite is a winning combination. The Nail Art Nail Polish Remover Ultra is an industrial strength polish remover and even removes glitter polish in a flash. Another bonus of these two products is that they are dirt cheap too.

That was my repurchases and backups that I currently have in my possession. I would have liked to include the Clarins Exfoliating Toner and the Clarins Multi-Active Day Cream, but they are currently empty and needs to be repurchased...

Which products do you keep on purchasing and keep backups of? Let me know in the comments section!

Until next time!



  1. Definitely agree with Bioderma and Elnett. Winners! :)

    1. Great minds think alike! ;) Thanks for stopping by, Chicara!