Things Mary Finished (and Repurchased)

I have a lot of products. Too many to finish the ones I don’t enjoy. Although, for sustainability reasons, I don’t promote this practice of product wastage, it’ll come in handy here. My product empties rarely, if ever, are products I didn’t adore. There’s something so satisfying about repurchasing a product that you know you love. These are all products I have both finished, scraping every inch of product from the jar, and repurchased (or seriously considered repurchasing when pay day comes).


$48 USD

First thing’s first, my cleansing oil. Now I have loved many cleansing oils/balms in my skincare journey but my most recent affair has been with the One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil from Tatcha. At first, I was sceptical. You’re saying I have to spend THAT much on a cleansing oil with THAT little product? How is this going to last me more than a couple of weeks of daily use? Boy was I wrong. After two months of twice daily cleansing, I was left in awe. Not only had I used the cleanser morning AND night but I also double cleansed with it at night when my eczema was in full force. When I thought I was running out I immediately repurchased it, however it lasted me another two weeks. Sure, it’s not cheap, but if you love rich, hydrating and comforting cleansing oils that remove makeup with ease and look oh so delightful on your shelf (shelfie queens I’m looking at you) then look no further!


$45 USD

In a similar vein, my next product empty also doubles as a makeup remover, however its talents don’t end there. The Perricone MD Blue Plasma Cleansing Treatment, which has recently been refurbished as the “No:Rinse Micellar Cleasning Treatment”, is a hidden gem. Whilst I personally wouldn’t use it alone as a makeup remover (double cleansing is my skincare mantra), this treatment not only removes most of my makeup but also gently exfoliates. It uses L-Carnitine to renew the skin, leaving it brighter and softer as well as Vitamin B5 to improve moisture retention. This is my go-to before applying makeup, especially for smoothing out texture and flakiness.


$47 USD

I’ve been through my fair share of foundations, and I’ve repurchased quite a few. For decorum’s sake I’ll only mention one but it’s a great one. Lancome’s Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation is on high rotation in my routine. It’s super long-wearing with buildable medium-full coverage but doesn’t look cake-y. The finish is a natural, velvety matte and it has an AWESOME shade range (40 colours). I think this could work for most skin types, however if you are a drier skin-type I would use a hydrating primer underneath, and if you’re super oily make sure you powder that t-zone.


$26 USD

The market is saturated with beautiful liquid highlighters but the only one I’ve repurchased (several times) is Josie Maran’s Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer. This is a buildable champagne glow that’s infused with skin loving Argan Oil rich in omega fatty acids. I’ve used this underneath makeup, on-top of makeup, mixed with primers and facial sprays and it works a charm every time. Who knew organic could be so good?

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$29 USD

Dry shampoo must be a product that we all go through quite regularly, and I’ve been through a fair few. There is one though that I mourn when I use that last glorious spray. Bumble and Bumble’s Prêt-à-powder Très Invisible Dry Shampoo gets me every time. It truly is invisible, so if you have dark hair and have lost all hope in finding one that doesn’t give you unwanted highlights, then give this a go. With a featherlight texture that’s still super-absorbent, and a delicious scent the only thing I don’t like about it is its size. Can I have this on tap?