What are your holy grail products?

(64 Posts)
Scarletohello Tue 02-Jul-13 19:00:57

So I read about a lot of so called miracle products in the magazines but would love to know from you lovely ladies what are the products you love, that you can't live without..?

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 02-Jul-13 19:21:04

Maximum UVA protection sunscreen

Retin A 0.1%

A hot cloth cleanser.

TheHandbagOfGlory Tue 02-Jul-13 19:22:54

Double Wear foundation.

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

MUA blushers

Dove soap


cafenoir Tue 02-Jul-13 19:31:26

Double Wear Lite Foundation

Bravura Dermaflannel

Coconut oil

Blinc Mascara

Smashbox Limitless Eye Liner pencils.

Garlic capsules


Urban Decay Naked Palette
Superdrug vitamin E oil
Aveda Hand Relief

Carmex lipbalm
Australian Tea tree body wash
Elemis tri-enzyme face wash
Ultrasun all day sunblock

House of colour lipstick (declares interest grin)

Branleuse Tue 02-Jul-13 19:38:55

Pure coconut oil. I use it as facial moisturiser and body moisturiser. Its pretty much cleared up my kerastosis pilaris. I also put a big blob in the kids bath for their skin.
It is also really good for cooking.

Doublewear foundation. Im so happy ive actually found a foundation that actually looks and feels natural and lasts.

valiumredhead Tue 02-Jul-13 19:40:11

Bare minerals foundation
Hair oil
Lanacane anti chaff gel used as a primer
No 7 top coat-discovered that from pinot and it's fab!

littlemissnormal Tue 02-Jul-13 19:41:14

Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Avon black glimmersticks
Bodyshop body butters
L'Occitane Shea hand cream
L'oreal lash architect mascara
St Tropez tanning mousse
Barry M nail varnishes (but not the gelly ones)

ggirl Tue 02-Jul-13 19:42:17

YSl touche eclat foundation
urban decay 24/7 eyeliner pencil
bravura hyaluranic serum
bravura derma flannel
emma hardie moringa cleansing balm

Neena28 Tue 02-Jul-13 19:50:35

Emma Hardie moringa cleansing balm

Clarins gentle exfoliating toner

Hydraluron gel/cream

Blinc mascara

Philip Kingsley shampoo and conditioner (all of them)

Keratase hair oil

Keihls soy and honey body scrub

Elemis milk bath

Aromatherapy associates bath and shower oil set (love so many of the scents and this means I can pick whichever I fancy at the time)

valiumredhead Tue 02-Jul-13 19:51:59

Oh I forgot L'oreal anti dandruff shampoo

ComtessedeFrouFrou Tue 02-Jul-13 19:56:45

A hair product that has been discontinued so I'm not telling you the name in case you buy it all up <narrows eyes>

Max Factor False Lash Effect mascara

Hot cloth cleanser (I use No7, I like the smell, and terry flannels)

My BBH - I was seriously distraught to have to leave it at home when we went to the USA. It has literally changed my life.

awaywego1 Tue 02-Jul-13 20:00:28

Neals yard rose oil
Soap and glory foot file
Becoming addicted currently to essie nail varnish

BinksToEnlightenment Tue 02-Jul-13 20:01:52

This summer it's factor 50. I didn't wear it for the first couple of weeks and the sun gave me an ageing peel. That's not happening again, let me tell you.

mejypoo Tue 02-Jul-13 20:11:22

Clinique exfoliating scrub

Bobbi brown long-wear gel eyeliner

Frederic Fekkai gloss shampoo + conditioner

Bexicles Tue 02-Jul-13 20:15:23

Max factor masterpiece mascara
Blanx toothpaste
Coconut oil
Avene thermal water
Elemi papaya enzyme peel
Palmers cocoa butter

hollyisalovelyname Tue 02-Jul-13 20:16:26

Garnier eye make up remover- just never stings
Urban decay Big Buddah bronzing brush- simply the best. Sadly discontinued.
Electric toothbrush
Tangle Teaser- knots in hair are a doddle now
Inglot bronzer

Vibbe Tue 02-Jul-13 20:25:39

Klorane oat dry shampoo
Dermophil hand cream
Avene Akerat 30 - great for keeping my keratosis pilaris down)

MAC Grain eye shadow
MAC Select Sheer pressed powder
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade
Guerlain Rouge Automatique lipstick
Guerlain Le 2 de Guerlain Volume mascara
Diorskin Nude foundation
MAC 217 brush

These are the products I keep buying.

Maraki Tue 02-Jul-13 20:38:36

Clarins Hydraquench day cream with SPF (I struggled to find a moisturiser that is greasy enough for my dry skin but not too greasy so that my makeup would last)
EL Double Wear - amazing!
Artliner - doesn't smudge!
Max Factor False Effect mascara - strangers have asked me what 'make of false eyelashes I wear!
Frizz Ease moisture barrier hairspray
MAC lipsticks

novelsituation Tue 02-Jul-13 20:50:26

Ren glycolic mask
Ren pore minimising detox mask
Darphin Vital Protection factor 50
Liz Earle C and P
Rimmel Hide the Blemish in ivory
This Works Perfect Legs

paintyourbox Tue 02-Jul-13 20:57:14

Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel
La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Factor 50+
Essie Nailpolishes
Elemis Pro-collagen Marine Cream
Garnier 7 day Intense Body Lotion
Vichy Eau Thermale Miceller Water

reggiebean Tue 02-Jul-13 20:59:42

Dior BB cream
Diorshow Mascara
Elizabeth Arden 8 hr cream
Benefit Dandelion Ultra Plush Lip Gloss
Benefit Sun Beam
Bumble & Bumble anything
Moroccan Oil
Malin + Goetz Acne Cream

RosieLig Tue 02-Jul-13 21:02:40

Hydraluron-miracle stuff
No7 factor 50 anti brown mark face cream- brilliant stuff
Any rose otto oil product from REN

Reading through the others I really didnt get on with any of the elemis range and This Works leg oil smells amazing but makes my legs itch like crazy!

The things I love and would re-buy or do re-buy:

Philosophy Microdelivery Wash
Philosophy Hope in a Jar
Philosopy serum in the blue bottle (smells divine )

L'Occitane Milk Soap
L'Occitane Cinnamon and Orange Soap (like Christmas should smell)
L'Occitane Verbena Shoer Gel
L'Occitne Almond Bath Oil

Aveda Shampure

SBC Collagen Shower gel
SBC Collagen Gel

Mally Beauty Mascara
Body Shop Lip Liner in Beech (ancient )

Benefit big beautiful eyes, it means I can. Be up and out in no time still with eyes done

Stellarpunk Tue 02-Jul-13 21:09:49

Oil of Ulay yes Ulay I tells yer! Beauty fluid
Chanel eyebrow powder trio (but use a long handled angled brush not the ickle one they give you)
I really rate Live Colour hair dye
Clinique single eyeshadows
No 7 eyeliner pencil
Chanel no19 eau de parfum - amazing juice... Someone once described it as if you had the top of your head cut off and golden light poured in![grins]
Loreal 24 hour foundation

TallulahBetty Tue 02-Jul-13 21:13:02

Rimmel Hide the Blemish concealer.
Bourjois blusher.
Vaseline pink tin.
Avon Glimmersticks eyeliner.

Anything else can I chop and change between brands.

FayeKorgasm Tue 02-Jul-13 21:20:47

The Elemis Pro collagen anti ageing range.

Kerestase elixir ultime oil

YSL compact powder (just discontinued the buggers!) and touché éclat foundation.

Decleor Alguaromes Toning Shower & Bath Gel

Ultrasun sunscreens - the only ones that don't bring me out in a heat rash

Lush henna - fabulous colour for hair

Lush - Angels on Bare Skin scrub, gentle enough for my sensitive skin

Bobbi Brown eyebrow pencil - the only dark one I have found that isn't too reddish apart from Rimmel brownish-black which is a cheap but not suite so good second best.

Dr Organic shampoos, conditioners and soaps from Holland And Barrett - no nasties and keep my eczema at bay.

Amazinggg Tue 02-Jul-13 21:43:04

Coconut oil for hair
Kerastase Masquintense for hair
La Roche Posay Cicaplast moisturiser
Superdrug own brand clay face mask
Nutrogena hand cream

I'm a product junkie for makeup but these are real can't-be-replaced maintenance items to which nothing else compares IMO.

KatyTheCleaningLady Tue 02-Jul-13 21:50:41

Garnia (sp?) BB cream and Lacura(Aldi) face serum.

Scarletohello Wed 03-Jul-13 09:48:02

Interesting, the most commonly mentioned product seems to be coconut oil..!

NewChoos Wed 03-Jul-13 10:07:45

Origins foot cream
L'Occitane shea butter hand cream
Aveda damage remedy conditioner
Redken Smooth down
OPI - Coney Cotton Island - a lovely neutral pale pink polish

Missbopeep Wed 03-Jul-13 10:49:58

Sun block all year round- Clinique City Block SPF 40. Used it for 22 years and it works.

Bobbi Brown creamy concealer

Lancome Hypnose mascara

Neutrogena Body Lotion

Scarletohello I'm eating a spponful right now! Coconut oil revs up metabolism (great for underactive thyroids.)

*spoonful not spponful

hollyisalovelyname Wed 03-Jul-13 14:23:06

is coconut oil easy to rinse out of hair? I remember putting oil on mine years ago and i had to wash it sooouch i felt the benefit had to be washed out of itsmile

cafenoir Wed 03-Jul-13 14:38:38

holly coconut oil is easy to wash out provided you don't slather it on too generously. You don't actually need much. I have shoulder length hair (very fine) and use just over a teaspoon. I leave it on over night with my hair in a ponytail and wash it out next day. I find one thorough shampoo gets it out. The first time I used it I went crazy with it and it took about 4 shampoos to stop my hair looking like a chip shop.

Jammygal Wed 03-Jul-13 14:52:07

Emma hardie balm
Leighton Denny crystal nail file
tweezerman tweezers
Shu uemura eyelash curlers
Soap and glory foot file
Quickies nail polish remover wipes

BerryBlast Wed 03-Jul-13 14:52:41

Neugrogena hand cream (the light version)

BBH - like the other poster I was devastated when I couldn't use it in Canda.

Bourjois Health Mix Foundation (the serum one) which I use all over my face and Bourjois 123 foundation, which I use to cover up some broken veins on my chin. I use the same colour foundation and they match completely.

Aveeno creamy oil body moisturiser.

Mitchum deodorant.

Elmis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash.

Leviticus Wed 03-Jul-13 15:00:48

Laura Mercier for Tweezerman 'doughnut' tweezers.

Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream

Neal's Yard rose facial oil

Tangle Teezer

Bare Minerals base and concealer

Max Factor mascaras

Skinheadmermaid Wed 03-Jul-13 15:06:54

Umbertto Gianni hair scrunching jelly. I'm terrified that one that they'll stop making it and i will be bereft!
Vaseline intensive moisturiser, absorbs really quickly.
Barry m black liquid eyeliner. Stays dark and stays on even after a two hour jui juitsu class or getting soaked in the rain.

Everything else i use i could probably find replacements for.

squoosh Wed 03-Jul-13 15:13:56

The trick with washing coconut oil out of your hair is not to wet your hair first. Lather some shampoo up in your hand, rub that into the oily hair and then rinse.

kiwigirl42 Wed 03-Jul-13 15:24:29

- factor 50 sunscreen (sunsense and heliocare both good - have just bought Avene factor 50 mineral cream to try as mineral based (ie zinc) sunscreens rather than chemical ones are supposed to be better/ more effective)

- LRP Effaclar K - have not had one spot since I started using this daily on t zone. Blackheads have disappeared too. on to 3rd tube now.

What is BBH?

squoosh Wed 03-Jul-13 15:33:51

Babyliss Big Hair styler.

Scarletohello Wed 03-Jul-13 15:48:17

Thanks all! Realising now this thread might have been more useful if I'd asked people to say their age, their skin/ hair type and why they loved certain products as we're all so different, certain things will work for some not others....

I use coconut oil (very sparingly) to tame flyaway hair, but the one time I tried using it as a mask I ended up with chip shop hair. I now swear by Lush Jasmine and Henna Fluff Eaze mask (longish, wavy, fine but lots of it hair).

From other peoples lists I am adding
Soap and Glory footfile
Leighton Denny Crystal File
Mitchum unperfumed roll-on


Essie Sugar Daddy nail varnish, probably use this more than all my other colours put together.
Also fast drying topcoats - tried several, all good.

Quite a few things mentioned here that I haven't got on with at all, but don't want to start making the thread negative!

EMUZ Wed 03-Jul-13 16:27:32

Urban decay potion primer - eye makeup doesn't budge with this on
L'oreal everpure coloured hair conditioner - works for my v dry hair
Mac woodwinked eyeshadow - just a lovely colour
Real techniques stippling brush - makes me look airbrushed
Lush Feeling younger - amazing highlighter I mix with foundation

mumsnoc Wed 03-Jul-13 16:53:36

EMUZ got in there before me but I second the Urban Decay Potion Eyeshadow Primer. I never knew about eyeshadow primer before I got this recently and it is a miracle product.
I also love:
Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette
Estee Lauder Doublewear foundation
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm
Molton Brown Warming Eucalyptus shower gel
L'Occitane Lavender hand cream
My japanese washcloth (mine's Shiseido I think) is amazing for keeping skin soft and dries out really quickly too and long so you can wash your whole back easily
For my hair my favourite shampoo/ conditioner is Pantene. Have tried others but always end up coming back to this. Nothing makes my hair feel as nice.

Allthingspretty Wed 03-Jul-13 17:45:10

L oreal elvive shampoo for dandruff in the dark blue bottle and orange top

Abeva damage remedy conditioners

eve lom cleanser

liz earle hot cloth cleanser

soap and glory bubble bath

m and s pure lipbalm

SunshineandShandy Wed 03-Jul-13 17:57:39

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant


Paul Mitchell shampoo and conditioner

Chanel Vitalumiere foundation

rootypig Fri 25-Oct-13 09:58:06

Clarins Blue Lotus oil (balances and hydrates skin, use at night)
Elemis tri enzyme wash with Clarisonic (gets the vile city I live in out of my face)
Kerastase Aqua Seal cream (shine and softness for my super thick hair without making it greasy or heavy, better than a serum)
Clinique glossy mascara black brown (never clumps, natural effect but somehow transformative)
Clinique bottom lash mascara, as above!
YSL Vernis a Levres (gloss that finishes like a lipstick and fades to a stain in the best colours ever, defines your face without being too much)
NARS radiant creamy concealer (liquid concealer that covers everything but melts into your skin)
Bobbi Brown blush in Slopes (beautiful flattering powder blush, suits everyone)
Topshop kohl pencils (like MAC but 1/3 of price)

PalakPaneer Fri 25-Oct-13 10:10:20

Organix Moroccan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner. Way better than any Kerastase or Aveda product I have used.
Moroccan Oil by M
Keratin treatments
Coconut oil (when having a non hair day i.e. not going anywhere run a tablespoon through hair and put up in a pony and/ or do the same overnight.
Tangle Teaser and the wooden combs from Body Shop

La Roche Posay Toleraine
Neils Yard Frankincense moisturiser (thx Mumsnetters)
Este Lauder Advance Night Repair Serum - my skin is looking best ever since using this.
Bioderma makeup remover - sensitive range, use for eyes
SKII eye film

FaddyPeony Fri 25-Oct-13 10:19:15

Coconut oil to cleanse
Sudocreme for spots
Lily Lo Lo mineral foundation - I'm proper screwed if they ever stop making this, it's the only foundation that doesn't make me feel like I'm wearing make-up
Benefit Boiing concealer
Max Factor cream blush
Max Factor mascara
Rimmel 60 seconds nail varnish - I'll never buy another nail varnish again, this sets fast and it lasts
Aveeno menthol/oat body lotion

Those are the only thing I buy repeats of, but I'll likely be adding Aveda Black Malva s/c to that list.

MrsFlorrick Fri 25-Oct-13 11:02:57

Hazelnut oil (for skin and hair. High in protein so makes hair fab again)

Japanese Rice Bran oil for ocm (cleansing).

Akamuti body oils (flower one and the lavender one)

Earth Friendly Baby Lavender body wash and shampoo.

Earth friendly baby lavdender body lotion.

RMS Beauty "un-cover" as foundation

Neals Yard mineral make up powder (its so light and doesn't contain any zinc oxide which my skin hates. It's more like a top powder rather than foundation as it has virtually no coverage).

Nars matte lip pencils in "Bettina" and "sex machine".

WallyBantersJunkBox Fri 25-Oct-13 11:12:36

Revive night cream (it exfoliates through the night)
Kevin Murphy Hydrate me rinse (conditioner)
Shu Uemura facial oil cleanser
Avéne Micellar water - when you can't be bothered at night - this product is a miracle for removing make up and grime.
Brazil nut body scrub from the Body Shop - no point spending tonnes of money on something that washes down the drain
Palmers Moisturizer - although it's heavy I have never found a better body moisturizer.

pseudonymity Fri 25-Oct-13 15:15:15

Lily Lolo mineral foundation
MAC lipsticks
Face oil, body oil
La Roche Posay hand cream, also on feet
Micellar cleanser

LeoandBoosmum Fri 25-Oct-13 15:25:09

Kiehl's supremely gentle eye make up remover (and lasts ages!)

Dior powder shadows

Chantecaille future skin foundation

Laura Mercier kohl pencil in black gold (other colours available...they are like blackened shades if that makes sense?)

Fresh supernova mascara (Fresh store, London)

LulaPalooza Fri 25-Oct-13 17:24:34

L'Oreal Telescopic mascara
Clinique foundation
Mitchum roll on (scented or unscented)
Seche Vite
Bobbi Brown eyebrow stuff (sorry, can't remember what it's called but it has a mascara type wand and is foolproof, for fools like me)
Witch hazel gel

IBelieveInEngels Fri 25-Oct-13 17:31:20

Liz Earle toner
Aussie leave in conditioner spray

DaisyRoseHyacinth Fri 25-Oct-13 18:55:22

Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser used with a hot flannel
La Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel
Max Factor Falsh Lash Effect Mascara
Maybelline Master Drama Eye Pencil in Ultra Black
MAC 'Hug Me' Lipstick
The Body Shop Hemp Hand Cream

SalBeautyMoll Fri 25-Oct-13 19:09:12

Clinique eyelash primer - makes my mascara stay on day, great product.

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