It's no secret that as beauty editors, we get most of the products we write about for free. Here are the ones we buy with our own cash.
1. M.A.C False Lashes, $15: Cause I can't put 'em on myself.
2. Clairol Shimmer Lights, $9: "Cat declined to comment because this product speaks for itself" --JULIE
I'll never lie about loving a beauty product, but that doesn't mean I paid for it. Of everything I've tried, these are the indispensable items that I continue to buy year after year.
1. Giorgio Armani Designer Lift Foundation, $65: I can smooth this stuff over a full face of acne and fool everyone into thinking I have clear, flawless skin. Never cakey or flat, Giorgio Armani Foundation delivers a Kardashian-quality complexion.
2. Latisse, $120 for a month supply: I have a nasty habit of pulling on my lashes when I'm stressed and they've thinned considerably over the years. Unlike non-prescription lash-boosting solutions, Latisse is clinically proven so you don't have to worry about wasting your money on lackluster results.
3. Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes, $5.99: I love and use a number of different face wipes, but these are the ones I'll buy the morning after an unplanned sleepover every time.
The products I refill whenever they run out are...
1. Dior's Diorshow Iconic, $29 mascara. It's my favourite of the Dior mascaras and one of the few mascaras out there that actually makes my teeny lashes look long and lovely.
2. I also always try to have cans of Batiste Dry Shampoo, $5 on hold. The Blush scent is my favourite but any will do. I like to have a big can for at home and the mini ones for my bag.
4. I will also always, always buy Mario Badescu's Drying Lotion, $17 whenever it runs out. Aside from a good SPF, it is my desert island product. I apply it to any budding pimples every night and in the morning they're gone.
I am notoriously frugal, but counter-intuitively this means that when I do make a purchase, I will happily spend more to ensure I get the best quality, most effective product for the job. That is why every few months I grit my teeth, open my purse, wait for the moths to fly out and buy…
1. Elemis Gentle Rose Exfoliator, $38
This pale pink gel is the softest exfoliator I have ever tried. I gently rub it on my face when I’m in the shower and my skin feels like -- I kid you not -- velvety rose petals. I use a small blob about twice a week and it lasts for months. It smells like Turkish Delight too – what more do you want?
2. Agent Provocateur eau de Parfum, $82
For years I’ve worn Agent Provocateur’s classic eau de parfum, because I love everything about it from the faintly erotic powder-pink porcelain bottle to the unashamedly feminine notes of rose oil, jasmine, amber and musk. It also reminds me of my time as an AP girl (no-one folds knickers or tightens a corset better than I do.)
Rimmel is my favourite high street beauty brand and two products I repeat buy are the eyebrow pencil and kohl pencil, simply because they have good, strong pigments, go on nicely and are cheap. Enough said.
I inherited my love for Lancôme Galatéis Douceur cleansing fluid from my mum and while I’ve tried many alternatives -- fancy ones, cheapo ones, oils, wipes, you name it -- I always sheepishly return to this milk-like cleanser. It’s incredibly gentle even on my pathetically sensitive eyes and considering the amount of eye make-up I wear, that’s pretty crucial. It has my lifelong, undying devotion, even though I do occasionally fall into bed without taking off my make-up *shocker*.
Julie is on Twitter @JR_Schott.