The 5 Products I Won't Toss Until Their Containers Are Completely Empty

If these products are ever discontinued, I will write five very strongly worded, tear-stained letters to their manufacturers.

Hi, ladies! I know you can't see me, but I just waved emphatically at my computer screen. I know that I'm a fresh face around here and you may be reluctant to listen to what the new girl has to say. That's fair! My goal, though, as of this very second, is to win you over.

My first post covers none other than some of my favorite beauty products. You know the type: the products that you use to the last drop and always have a backup of, lest you have to curl into a ball and hide inside until the delivery truck drops off the goods.


In 2008, I lived in Korea. And in this land of wonderful people, I frequented beauty stores on a regular basis. Every time I did, the women working the beauty counters would load me up with dozens of samples. It was a vicious cycle where I'd buy products, get samples, try the samples, go back to the store and buy the product, get more samples… You see what I mean.

The one product I never used, however--despite the plethora of samples I received--was this weird thing called "BB cream." I assumed it had something to do with breasts (don't ask me why, I have no idea why my brain acts the way it does) and I left it at that.

Fast forward a few years: I'm back in the grand USA and this BB cream stuff is all the rage. I get it now. And I'm obsessed!

I've tried a few different brands, but I'm particularly fond of Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox BB Cream because it feels so light, is never cakey, and sort of melts into my skin to create this natural finish. I love applying it every morning because it's like real-time Photoshop watching all my blemishes disappear and skin even out. I don't care if it costs the same amount as a week's worth of groceries; I can face the world on an empty stomach, but I can't face it without an even complexion.

Tip: If you're new to Dr. Jart+, I recommend trying their sampler set, which includes four different types of BB cream and actually works out to more ounces per dollar.


A friend recommended CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara to me last summer and, partial to my Benefit BADgal mascara, I was reluctant to actually buy it. However, I had a coupon, and her eyelashes looked good, so I went for it.

During those first few swipes, it was as if the world had become a more beautiful place. Seriously, I could write Shakespearean sonnets about this product. Just look at my eyelashes!

Shall I compare thee to CoverGirl's Clump Crusher? No, because thou art not more fabulous or voluminous.


Ahh…Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat. Let me take a second to bow down before this holy bottle of liquid gold. This stuff is seriously incredible and, as a lady who paints her nails so often that my home fragrance is acetone instead of "lavender fields" or "laundry al fresco," I cannot recommend it enough.

Believe me when I say I've tried a bajillion different top coats (OK, maybe only a million) and this one takes the cake. It dries in under two minutes and nixes those annoying nail polish bubbles and brush-induced streaks.

FACT: this stuff is so beloved by the nail community (just ask Glennis--it's her go-to top coat) that people buy it all Costco-style by the jar.


I contend that every lady needs a good highlighter in her makeup bag. It comes in handy when you want to accent your cheekbones, collar bones or a shapely cleavage line. I also use it in a C shape around my lip corners and on the "cupid's bow" of my upper lip for a little drama. Basically, apply it anywhere that gets shadowy or anywhere you want to highlight.

The problem with a lot of highlighters, though, is that some tend to be far too shimmery or greasy-looking. So instead of looking sun-kissed and dewy, you sort of look like you spent five hours at the club. Granted, the oily clubber vibe has its place, but when it's 10 am and you want to look perky and refreshed, it's not such a hot look.

Cue BECCA's Shimmering Skin Perfector, which I bought shortly after watching Lisa Eldridge use it in one of her YouTube makeup tutorials. Anything that woman says or does, I listen and obey.


This product was a happy accident. (Those are the best kinds of accidents, aren't they?) It was part of a makeup set that I bought forever ago and I randomly applied it to my face before heading out the door. I had completely forgotten I'd done so until, many hours later, I caught a glimpse of my reflection and noticed that everything was still in its original place. Talk about shocking! Especially when you live in the middle of the desert and it's 100+ degrees outside and you haven't stopped sweating since 6 am.

I call Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder one my "if I were pregnant" powder because I feel like a radiant woman-with-child whenever I wear it. It hides those little fine lines and minimizes pores (score!) and sort of creates this dewy-meets-matte glow from within.

Also, I'm convinced that this very product is what caused my father-in-law to comment on my "glowing skin." That's a true testament to a product's worth, if you ask me.

How about you? What products do you find yourself scraping for the last bits of?