There are a few beauty products in my stash that seem bottomless. Even if I use them on a regular basis, they last for months, and even though some aren't exactly budget buys, they've more than paid for themselves overtime. During the past couple of months, I've resolved not to make purchases on a whim (tough work, but it's working). Instead, I find myself deliberating carefully before investing in things I know I'll use over and over again, for a very long time. I've loved these products for many months, and they almost have me convinced that they'll last forever...
EFAGOLD COCONUT OIL
One $10 tub of coconut oil will probably last you a year. Besides being multi-purpose, coconut oil is extremely emollient, so a little goes a long way. I use mine primarily as an intensive body moisturizer just before bedtime; it's also a great all-natural eye makeup remover. It's solid at normal room temperature but liquifies at the slightest bit of heat, as I learned on a warm summer day when I opened it expecting it to be solid and accidentally spilled A LOT all over my carpeted floor. Nevertheless I still have enough to see me through the next few months. Nature's Way EfaGold is my favorite brand because of its sweet smell.
JOSIE MARAN ARGAN INFINITY CREAM
Speaking of all-purpose, this multi-use, oil-based "cream" is another moisturizer I won't be depleting anytime soon. The all-natural blend (of safflower seed oil, argan oil, shea butter, beeswax, avocado oil, coconut oil and macadamia seed oil) works on dry patches, chapped lips, cuticles and more. I wrote a post on it here when I bought it back in March; after months of use here and there, one tube of Infinity Cream seems infinite.
BOSCIA TSUBAKI BEAUTY OIL
This has been my one and only nighttime moisturizer for the past several months. As you can see, it's not even half-way finished. Its simple combination of ingredients like sea kelp, camellia and rice bran doesn't break me out and absorbs into my skin quickly. For me, four drops per night has banished dry patches and balanced my skin. I plan to use every last drop, so I have no regrets about the $46 price tag.
NUXE REVE DE MIEL
This little pot has lasted me about a year of nightly use. There's still some left, but I'm a bit of a germophobe so I think it's time to get rid of it. It's one of my favorite French pharmacy finds.
SMASHBOX GEL LINER IN "DARK BROWN"
Gel liner isn't a lazy girl's best friend, but it really does give you the most bang for your buck. While I quickly sharpen the life out of most pencils, my gel liners last a year. This deep brown smashbox one gives definition without being overly harsh. Also, it doesn't dry out quickly.
YSL GLOSSY STAIN IN NO. 14 "FUSCHIA DORE"
YSL Glossy Stains give bold, buildable color with a high-shine finish that doesn't budge, even after a multi-course dinner. "Fuschia Dore" is a great alternative to red when you still want something brighter than berry. Because you don't need to reapply it very often (and because it's not the sort of thing you wear on a daily basis), one of these will last you a while.
The quick and easy way to groom unruly brows. This tinted brow gel gives a little bit of definition while still looking natural. Unlike Brow Wiz, which in my opinion disappears far too quickly for the price, one tube of this brow gel lasts me almost a year.
PACO RABANNE "LADY MILLION"
Go ahead, judge me for loving this perfume. Despite the tacky bottle, which was modeled after the Regent diamond in the Louvre, this fragrance is associated with so many good memories and will always hold a spot in my heart. It's also one of the most long-wearing perfumes I've ever owned, so I reapply it sparingly. In contrast to the sweet and delicate perfumes I love (Gucci's "Flora" in Gorgeous Gardenia, the original Chloe, Diptyque's "Eau Moheli"), Lady Million is bold and sensual, mixing sweet honey, heady jasmine, orange blossom and spicy notes of amber.
Of course, it's always a good idea to keep in mind the expiration dates of your products; here's a handy guide that helps. What are your favorite products that last?