I’m writing up my current routine (I know, it’s finally happening!). It took me a while to figure out how to lay it out because I don’t really go by product, I go by product category or function. So, if I want to wash my face depending on what time of day it is, if I wore makeup or sunscreen I’ll reach for different product types. As I was writing I realised that there are a few items in my routine that I do not substitute. I don’t think of them as situation specific, I just think of them as the only product for that job. I have Holy Grails (HG). Huh!
That’s kind of weird for me, because I’ve experimented with products for so long I never thought I’d find anything that’s a HG or a staple for me. Usually what happens is that I’ll buy something, it works great then the seasons change or a month passes then it’s like, “ehhhhhhh, maybe not” and it stops being as effective. So I’ve learned to not get too attached, I know which products are seasonal, or work in certain situations. But a solid all rounder? Never thought I’d have that, now I realise I have seven!
- Cremorlab T.E.N. Cremor Cleansing Veil
When she was sending me some skincare products to try in the Clabiane W-Line, my unnie added a few cute extra gifts one of which was this amazing facial wipe. She sent me the big size of 60 sheets and I have to admit even though she raved about them I was kinda meh about trying it. You see, I’ve tried so many wipes and none have been worth using at all. They either don’t clean, or they sting or they require way more rubbing than I’m comfortable with to be effective.
But these wipes? WOW. They’re the stuff of dreams. They are so gentle, and effective and non sticky and non stingy and generally just super pleasant to be around that I carry them with me everywhere. I wouldn’t recommend trying to carry the large size around because it is quite bulky, so when I had the opportunity to order from Peach and Lilly (via the lovely Angela from beautyandthecat) I threw in a few of the mini size to take around with my travelling.
Pricy, but if you’re going to use a wipe, it might as well be these as they are nothing short of perfection.
I’ve already talked about this cleanser in my Hada Labo brand review. It’s boring and unexciting, but it works so well as a second cleanser I can’t really complain at all. Seriously, it cuts through even the most oily first cleansers and makes my skin super happy. I’m sure there are great alternatives, but why fix something that ain’t broken?
- Muji Unbleached Cotton Pads
You know how when you use a cotton pad it absorbs like 50% of whatever you’ve poured into it, and you end up wasting the product? Yeah, this doesn’t happen with the Muji Unbleached Cotton Pads. What you put in, you pretty much get it all back out, which is amazing! It’s a little out of the way to get, but its the only item in my stash where I buy in bulk for my Mom and I. It’s effective, cheap and I cannot imagine using any other cotton pad.
Sent to me by my unnie in Kokofash, my skin adores this toner. I wrote a review about it in my Clabaine W-Line review, safe to say as long as I am able I will continue to use this product. For the two weeks I was without it, I legit struggled to maintain glowy skin.
It is super pricy, hard to get, but so worth it, oh my god.
- Neutrogena On-the-Spot® Acne Treatment
Benzoyl Peroxide is not available over the counter anymore in the UK for reasons known only to the pharmacies themselves. So when I went over to the US, that was on my list of things to purchase. Obviously, having never used it I had no idea how my skin would react, so I stuck to 2.5% and let me tell you right now my skin LOVES it. Holy crap. I’ve tried all manner of chemical exfoliation in many different ways, and nothing has come close to helping my skin clear up like this product. I use it right after using the Clabiane Toner.
I’m sure there are other brands that work just as well, but this? I bought four tubes, and I kid you not the next time I go over to the US I’m buying twice that many life without this stuff seems unnatural.
- May Coop Raw Moisturizer
“Shipping cost how much? I hope it was worth it..” is what my mother said when she saw the shipping envelope from Jude of Fifty Shades of Snail. Well, it was, it was Mom. A few months ago, Jude sent me over some samples of May Coop’s Raw Sauce, and May Coop’s Raw Moisturizer and while I found the Sauce pretty meh, I fell head over heels for the moisturiser. I use this exclusively as a night cream and even though I’m pretty liberal with application, it sinks in very quickly? 10 minute tops.
My HG of HG. This is the perfect heavy/light moisturiser for night that ever was. It sinks into my skin really quickly, leaving it hydrated without a nasty greasy feeling. I wake up with soft, hydrated skin that doesn’t feel oily or heavy. I couldn’t ask for a more perfect cream.
I have to thank Jude and Angela for being my May Coop dealers and enablers, without you, I would have considerably less awesome skin.
- Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel Sunscreen
Um. No white cast or greasy feeling? Yeah, okay thanks can I have this forever please? This sunscreen came so highly recommended by so many people, I bought two tubes of it in the hope that it would be my perfect sunscreen. My reasoning was that if it didn’t work for me, I could give it to my family members who I knew would use it.
But, now I’m hoarding it and no-one can have my precious sunscreen. It’s really awesome. Doesn’t dry my skin out, doesn’t make it oily, doesn’t cause breakouts and has ZERO white cast.
So these are my Holy Grail products. The ones that have never failed me, always been reliable and most importantly the ones that work, work! Have you used any of these products? Love them, hate them? Let me know, YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary) is applicable, so my Holy Grail might be someone else’s Holy Fail and that’s totally okay 🙂