I've seen people get backups of hot pink lipstick because it was limited edition or three bottles of their favorite foundation because it's been discontinued. I try not to hoard backups because I hardly finish beauty products and I like to try new things all the time so it's rare I repurchase something to begin with. After several years of experimenting with beauty products I'm glad to say I've found a few tried and true products that I think are pretty stellar and worth buying backups of though. These are three things that I've bought before and will continue to stock up on. The best part? They're all from the drugstore!
I've used up countless tubes of Softlips. It's my favorite affordable lipbalm with sunscreen and it's just the perfect lipbalm all around. The slim tube is ultra portable and the formula glides on clear so your lips are prepped for anything. The scents are always nice although lately it's hard to find anything other than Vanilla. I wish these were more widely available as I can only seem to find Softlips at Target nowadays.
The La Roche Posay Toleriane is my favorite moisturizer. I actually named this my HG moisturizer back in 2012 and I still love it as much as I did then. They make several different version from the Toleriane Fluide to the Riche version but my favorite is the normal one. This French drugstore offering is fragrance, paraben and preservative free and just supplies moisture without irritating the skin at all. It is quite pricey for a drugstore skincare product at $30 so I try to stock up on this whenever CVS has a promotion. I go through these tubes relatively quick because I enjoy using this so much. I think I'm up to my fifth tube of this moisturizer (including the Fuide and Riche versions I've tried) and I think I'll always come back to this when I'm fed up trying other skincare products.
The Physician's Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum is actually a new repurchase. I've had my first one for so long that I can't remember when I purchased it but it's still going strong! I struggled for a long time with liquid liner and this is one of the few that I'm able to draw an even wing with. I really love the thin brush tip and the color is very black but not shiny at all which is a good thing in my book. The only way this could be improved is if the formula was waterproof but unless I'm dunking my face in water or am sweating a lot in the heat of summer, this doesn't smudge. I almost always travel with this eyeliner because I don't need to bring a separate brush or powder eyeshadow to set it. All Physician's Formula eye products are BOGO this week at Rite Aid so I picked up two more of these eyeliners for my backup stash. Something I noticed this time around that I didn't initially pick up on is that these eyeliners are made in Japan. I've heard so many raves about Japanese liquid liners by brands like Dollywink so I think you should give the Physician's Formula a shot if you like those.
I'm not someone who usually advocates for beauty backups but I think it's acceptable when it's something you know you love and there's a good sale going on. If you're going to buy something sooner or later when the one you're using runs out, might as well get it at a discount. Will I buy five liquid eyeliners and stash them away? No. But having an extra one on hand for when one suddenly runs dry isn't a bad idea either. Do you buy backups? What are the products you must have on hand at all times?