Saturday, June 8, 2013

Snoop In My Bathroom Cabinet! (I've Probably Snooped In Yours...)

Confession - I LOVE to see what other people keep on/in bathroom countertops and medicine cabinets.  I'm sort of a beauty product "peeping Tom"...errr..."Liz," I guess you could say.  Disclaimer - Don't worry, friends.  I am truly not interested in nor do I even notice what medicines you take, how old your products are, etc.  I want to see what you use on a daily basis.  What are your good 'ol, tried-and-true, standby products?  These are what we usually have out on a vanity or in a medicine or bathroom cabinet so that they will be in easy reach, right?  Our "experimental stuff" that we got tired of or that didn't work after a week or two (the moisturizer that gave me a zit the size of a cannonball, the self-tanner that made me look like I had rolled around in a vat of Doritos, etc.) goes under the cabinet or into storage usually.  (random tip for teachers - all of those Bath & Body Works lotions that bored you after a few uses?  Put them in your classroom and they will be used in no time.  Trust me, even 15-year-old boys these days do not mind smelling like Sweat Pea or Japanese Cherry Blossom.)

So, today we're taking a peek into my bathroom cabinet...

My lovely little jam-packed bathroom cabinet 
As you can see, this is where I store my daily face and body products, plus washcloths, hand towels, and samples and other things I'm experimenting with on other shelves.  Next are some close-up pics, followed by a detailed list of products with links to a few items that I have really been impressed with lately: 

This post is a beast (What can I say?  I require lots of products.), so go fix yourself a snack and get comfortable.

Main shelf, from left to right:

 - St. Ives Naturally Indulgent Coconut Milk and Orchid Extract Body Lotion, which has become my new favorite body lotion (I was a Curel devotee for years).  It is rich and moisturizing but doesn't leave a greasy film and keeps my skin soft for hours.  Plus, it smells HEAVENLY.  And, did you know that St. Ives has re-formulated most of their
products within the last year or so to be paraben-free?

 - The little black cap peeking out from behind the St. Ives lotion is Listerine.  And by the way, I love the old school, full-strength Listerine.  Don't give me any of this wimpy, alcohol-free stuff.  I even love the original yellow kind.  Keeps your breath fresh for hours and it's even excellent for treating ulcers (if you ever get one of those painful, pesky sores in your mouth, swish some original Listerine around and sort of just "hold" it around the ulcer for as long as you can stand it.  Do this a few times a day and your ulcer will be gone in a couple of days)

 - Clinique Clarifying Lotion #3 - I have used this toner morning and night every single day for years (starting with when I worked for Clinique for a couple of years back in 2002).  The #2 is the most popular one, but trust me, try the #3.  It is higher in salicylic acid content (not in alcohol content) and gives you excellent, daily surface exfoliation.  Follow with a moisturizer and it will not dry out your skin.  I know that some experts consider toner to be unnecessary, but I feel like this has always been one of my most effective products for fresh, glowing skin.  

 - Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Deodorant/Antiperspirant -   Three words - Believe. The. Hype.  I have used this for a couple of months now, and it is FABULOUS.  $15 for an antiperspirant may seem insane, but it is worth every dime.  It is heavily scented, but Cashmere Mist is a nice, soft, soapy fragrance, so I don't find that it competes with my perfume.  Keeps you dry and smelling great all day long.  Beats any drugstore antiperspirant I've ever used(even the "clinical strength" ones).  Also, it seems to be a very concentrated, densely-packed-in-there product.  (It's actually kind of heavy...I could use it for bicep curls in a pinch!)

 - Vaseline Intensive Care Spray-and-Go Moisturizer in Aloe Fresh - It's a neat product, but the jury's still out on this one. Doesn't provide superior moisture, but I think it would be nice, light, and convenient for travel or your gym bag.  If you like a really thin body lotion or live in a really hot or humid climiate, though, you might like this.

 - RoC Multi-Correxion 4-Zone Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 - When people ask me what my skincare "secrets" are, the most important one is not a secret unless you have been living under a rock - sunscreen of at least SPF 30 EVERY SINGLE DAY.  Rain or shine.  My holy grail daily moisturizer for years has been Olay Complete Defense Daily UV Moisturizer-SPF30.  I bought this RoC one to "match" the serum I am using at night,and I do really like it, but I have decided that during the day, I'm not looking for skincare miracles or treatments. I just want to be protected from the sun's harmful rays.  And considering that sunscreen should be applied liberally, I will not be repurchasing this $30 RoC one.  It does work great, though, and has a nice texture. Whatever you use, just be sure to use an SPF of 30 or higher, and don't go a day without it!

 - Trader Joe's Jojoba Oil - I think everybody needs some sort of oil in their beauty regimen.  Extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, or jojoba oil will do.  They are excellent for cleansing and removing stubborn eye makeup, plus they work well on dry patches, too. 

 - RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum - This is a RoC product that I really like.  And, even though I am an English teacher with zero tolerance for creative spellings, I will forgive them for the goofy "correxion" name.  RoC is touted as being one of the most effective drugstore skincare brands, and this serum really keeps my skin smooth and gives it a healthy glow.  It contains retinol, magnesium, zinc, and copper to promote cell turnover and skin cell renewal.  Its texture is light and silky, and some nights I don't even feel the need to top it with a moisturizer. 

 - Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser - This is my favorite nightly facial cleanser.  I will do a future post on my nighttime routine, but this is what I use to wash my face after I've taken off my makeup.  What's nice about this cleanser is that it will remove any leftover traces of makeup (a smokey eye is not going away with one swipe of eye makeup remover, folks), but it leaves your skin feeling both clean and soft, unlike more "sudsy" cleansers. 

 - CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM - I discovered this last summer, and it is a great, simple way to moisturize normal-to-combo skin at night, especially during hot summer months.  It has a nice gel-cream texture and absorbs instantly.  Works nicely alone or on top of a serum or treatment. 

 - Clinique Take The Day Off Eye Makeup Remover - another one of my holy grails since my Clinique days.  It will remove most all stubborn eye makeup.  A good trick is to saturate your cotton pad and hold it on top of your lashes/closed eyelids for a few seconds, then gently swipe downwards.  (versus rubbing eyelids vigorously)  To be honest, though, when I'm trying to save $$, I will just use olive or jojoba oil instead.  (yes, yes, I know...I need to get on the coconut oil bandwagon...that's will be a future experiment and post, I promise!)

 - Bath & Body Works Bali Mango body lotion and body spray - I love to have some sort of yummy-smelling body lotion and body spray handy at all times.  This lotion and spray smell fresh and fruity, and they even compliment the other perfumes that I wear quite nicely.  I even like to smell good when I go to bed, so these get a lot of use.

 - Tarte Maracuja Self-Tanner (application mitt is on the top shelf in the back) - I am currently test-driving this and I like it so far.  This will definitely be a future post!  I am not a huge self-tanning girl, but I do like to have a bit of color on my face and upper body.  I am not sure about the mitt, though...I feel like it absorbs a lot of the product.  Please let me know your thoughts/tips if you have used one of these!

 - Top shelf, from left to right - Bath & Body Works 60-Second Manicure Hand Scrub (I LOVE this stuff, but I am thinking I could make this myself), Kate Somerville Exfolikate (part of my Sephora Superstars kit...another to-be-posted experiment), Lancome's Visionnaire Serum sample, some sort of Clinique eye cream (came in a free gift), Jose Maran Argan Oil (same status as the Exfolikate), CVS Eye Makeup Remover Pads (these are cheap and super-handy for removing glue/mascara from false lashes), Tri-Luma (I purchased this in Ecuador before I left and used it for about 3 months to treat my melasma.  It worked some, but that's a whole other battle that I will post about another day.), Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel (to-be-test-driven).

WHEW - That was a lot!  Thanks for hanging in there with me, and I would love to know what you have in your current rotation in your bathroom as well.  Happy snooping! 


  1. Wow! *shhhh don't tell, but I love looking in cabinets, also*. Yours was fun, thank you!

    Mine: Trader Joe's Spa Facial Cleanser (LOVE, repurchased), Jergens Daily Glow for Face (jury is out), Clinique Take the Day Off (LOVE!), Degree Motion-Sense AP/Deo (summer Holy grail for me, DK CM is my winter-time grail), original Listerine Blue version(Holla! LOL) and Colgate Total t/p, my Generic Value products from Sally (LOVE ALL!): versions of Nexxus Humectress (the old-school version, not newer formulation) Joico K-Pak, PM Shampoo One and Awapuhi. Sensual Amber ShGel, Lotion (on hold until fall). And in my shower, never without: Neutrogena Sesame Body Oil. 20 years and going strong.

    Now you have me running out to buy an SPF 30 face lotion; I need that here in the desert and do not want to look like an old saddle.

    1. Update...the Tarte self-tanner broke me out when I used it on my face. Guess what I went back to using? The Jergens Daily Glow! This has never broken me not nor does it make me look like Snookie. And, their new formula does smell a *little* less self-tanner-ish.

  2. I am all about the Cera Ve facial moisturizer! My dermatalogist recommends it and I love it! I use their facial wash as well and it has been good to me. So glad you mentioned sunscreen (I have had stage I melanoma...not pretty!) and one of my favorites for the face is elta. My dermatologist's office sells it and I love it! It is light and airy, mildly scented, and does a fabulous job blocking the sun! It's a little expensive, but it lasts forever!

  3. I have been eye-ing the Trader Joe's cleanser for a while now. Have never tried any of the Sally's products, though. I will have to check the out the next time I go there! Mindy - I have never heard of Elta...definitely going to check this one out, too. I had no idea that you had dealt with melanoma...:( (faithful readers - Mindy and I go way 8th grade "way back"!)

  4. The TJ cleanser is very nice: light bubbly lather, natural ingredients, tea-tree based scent. It is ever-so-slightly drying, but it's my go-to morning wash bc its so refreshing! Pump bottle lasts me about seven months.

    Sally's Generic Value Products line (white bottles w black lettering) are, in my opinion exactly like the "originals." I love Paul Mitchell, so I stick to those "Versions" as well as the others I mentioned. I've also tried the Clairol Shimmer Lights version, and adore it. It smells like violets! (Better than the old-lady scent in the "original.") Oh, and I refill my Paul Mitchell bottles with the generics, haha! That's just how I roll, baby

  5. Oooh...I love Paul Mitchell's Skinny Serum. I might need to make a trip to Sally's today! Thank you for letting us snoop in your bathroom, too, Chrysanthemum!

  6. I'm a big fan of 100% Pure Coffee Eye Cream and Super Fruits Night Cream. Love how both make my skin feel.

    1. Where do you buy the Pure Coffee Eye Cream and Super Fruits Night Cream? Eye creams with caffeine are GREAT for de-puffing!

  7. Hi
    I was thinking oh going to see a derm fr tri-luma it's back on the market, I hear. Is it good? Does it work? Thank u

  8. Oh wow...I didn't know it was back on the market here! The tube in the picture was purchased in Ecuador right before I left in July 2012, and it has since expired. You know...I am sure it really could have worked for me if I had been patient/diligent in applying it consistently. But, after a few days of applying it at night, I would always either forget or have to hold off on using it for a few days because it did cause some redness and peeling (and then I'd forget about it again after that, lol). I am looking into IPL laser treatments, though, for my next melasma treatment. I just need to save a little $$ for it and also find a time when I have about a week in which I can sort of "hibernate" and not have to be around many people (i.e., 160 high school freshmen) while my face heals from the laser treatment.