Hi everyone, I thought today’s post would be a fun challenge. I repeat, I thought this would be fun. I’m tasking myself to choose ‘if I could only have one’. This is hard. Before we begin, it took all of my willpower to keep this list short. I tried to cheat for almost every option by adding subcategories so I didn’t have to choose. This isn’t a favourites though; I mean they obviously are some of my favourites. But, for some categories I chose strategically so I could pick another product elsewhere. This took me way longer than it should have. And we’re running through these in order of use not preference.
This is easy, I come back to this one every time. While there are others I prefer for different things, as a day-to-day, it’s always the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm. Always.
This was a little tricky. I called the Peter Thomas Roth glycolic the best exfoliator ever last year, but realistically that’s too rough on my skin to use every day. And I can’t use it in winter when my skin is at its most sensitive. So, I opted for my second choice from REN. This one uses lactic acid and although it does tingle a little bit, it’s much less intense and my skin is nice and glowy afterwards.
This is so hard. Why did I think this would be fun? I have to choose between Sarah Chapman and Sarah Chapman. It might seem a bit foolish to include a product I’ve only had about a month, but this was a logical decision rather than an emotional one. I love the Hydrating Booster. Love, love, love. It’s been a staple in my collection for years. BUT, I can use hydrating products elsewhere in my routine. I only have one product that does the job of the Ultra Recovery Booster, so I’m going with that one right now. If I actually had to throw away all of my stuff and only keep one I’d be pretty emotional at this point.
This was the hardest category by far. My oils all do very different things. I have really intense winter nourishing ones, I have lightweight ones with retinols. Ones of every texture, designed for all different skin types. I went with the Pai Rosehip oil because it’s one of the only oils I can use all year. It’s thick and feels deeply nourishing, but it does have natural vitamin A, so it works for the acne prone as well.
How many subcategories am I allowed please? This was hard (see the theme here), but it actually turned out to be easier than I thought based on a previous decision. As I sacrificed my hydrating serum, I need a hydrating moisturiser. Enter Moisture Surge. Everyone knows this one, I’ve never encountered anyone who doesn’t love it. Moving on.
Yes, this is technically a moisturiser. I’m cheating a tiny bit. But I use this on my body and I never use it all over my face so I feel like it deserves a separate category. This stuff is incredible. I put this on burns, irritation rashes, sensitivity rashes and incredibly dry, broken skin and it always manages to soothe it. I have one of these in my collection at all times.
Eyes and Lips
I’ve spoken about both of these before so there shouldn’t be any shocks here. It’s the avocado eye cream and Nuxe lip balm. Everyone has heard of these two.
I wasn’t going to include this category but I had a clear winner, so I thought why not. It’s the spray version of the one before. It works just as well as it’s jar counterpart. It is, contrary to popular belief, an actual moisturiser not just a mist.
There we have it. A little selection of some of my top picks from my stash. Are any of your favourites in here? Would you know what to choose of if you set yourself this challenge?
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