The Unsung Heroes

Do you ever start using a product that just slots so perfectly into your routine that you forget to talk about it? I’ve noticed lately I’ve got a few “unsung heroes” floating around my collection that I haven’t mentioned much on the blog. So today, I’m here to change that.

Let’s start with skincare. I used to be a dedicated user of the Body Shop cleansing butter, but it isn’t exactly easy to come by around here. I got tired of ordering it online and instead went for the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm - it came in a bigger tub and it was available in my local Sephora. I think I’ve forgotten to speak about this one because it’s just such a basic product. Basic, but amazing. It’s quite thick and hard in texture, but once melted over the skin it turns into a silky oil that really dissolves away any and all makeup, including the waterproof mascaras I love so dearly. I found that the Body Shop one often left my skin feeling tight, but the Clinique offering doesn’t do this at all. It’s also scentless, which is great if your skin is sensitive. 

The other skincare bit I’ve forgotten to mention is the Herbivore Botanicals Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist. Face mists aren’t really all that exciting to begin with I guess (though I'm obsessed with them), and I’ve got a large group of them already. But what makes this one special is that it contains coconut water so it really does feel unique to my other face mists. It actually feels like I’m giving my skin a drink of water and it feels ultra-refreshing.

I mentioned in my most recent Makeup Lately post how I’ve been using the Glossier Boy Brow every day, and then I completely forgot to mention it in my November Favorites (realizing I had forgotten it was what gave me the idea for this post). It’s the best brow gel I’ve ever used - it actually does make my brows look fuller. My eyebrows are quite thick in shape but sparse so I never feel comfortable leaving the house without filling them in, but a quick slick of the Boy Brow is fine for me on minimal/no-makeup days. It’s modeled after old fashioned mustache wax, so it really fluffs up the hairs, keeping them in place without ever getting shiny or crispy.

I’ve got yet another neutral lip love that I haven’t mentioned because I was afraid you were all getting sick of me harping on about them, but I just can’t get enough of the Nudestix Lip & Cheek Pencil in Mystic. It’s got such a creamy formula that’s so easy to apply, but it sets down to a matte (but not dry) finish that lasts ages. The color Mystic is a lovely brown-y mauve shade that looks perfect on the lips and adds just a hint of definition to the cheeks without making things look too rosy. And I love the little case it comes with - it’s been living in my bag ever since I got it.

Lastly is another thing I mentioned in my Makeup Lately - the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light. I guess I haven’t mentioned it much because I’m just not used to talking about powders. This is the only one, except for a few little samples of loose ones, that I own. I was always careful about powder because my skin gets dried out so easily, but this one has the perfect amount of creaminess and luminosity to not go all cakey. I’ve been using it to set my makeup every day and it keeps the glow going without getting shiny, and it really does help my makeup last longer.

Do you have any products that just fit into your routine so perfectly that you forget to even mention them?