Do you ever get the pang to repurchase an old favourite beauty buy? For no real reason aside from nostalgia? Well that’s exactly what I experienced recently when I found myself wandering around the shop-filled streets of London with a 30-minute slot between meetings. Products from my past that I loved, bought, used and bought again and ones that when I look back on old photos, really cut the mustard if I can say so myself. The feeling came, I shopped, I conquered…

First up, I did a quick drive-by swoop and purchase in MAC. That place always brings back old memories of me being the first customer in on launch-days and being on first name terms with the staff in my local store. Though I don’t visit as often now I still tend to get a little overexcited from time to time. But on this occasion I was good and headed right for the MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural in Medium – even just typing the name came easy. Who remember this one? I used to go in heavy handed with this on a daily basis and since using up my last swipe over a year ago of what was probably my sixth one, there’s been an MSFN-shaped hole in my heart. Yes, I’m not a powder kinda gal, but there is the odd occasion where I could do with a little touch-up (studio lights are not forgiving), so I’m happy to have this cake-free, low-coverage compact back in my life.

The second purchase came in the form of Guerlain’s Lingerie de Peau Foundation in 02. I’d pip this as the first ever foundation that I truly fell in love with. Its medium to full coverage, natural-looking, slightly dewy finish was well out of my student budget at the time, but I saved up and stuck to square meals of beans on toast nightly instead. Heck, I even had two different shades of the stuff. This time round I picked up the lighter shade that I previously owned, which is actually a tad dark for me right now which really shows how much of the faux glow I used to slap on, but I’m very chuffed to have it back in my life. This brings the grand total of foundations I own to…..gawd I don’t even want to count.

Old base friends repurchased I’m currently resisting the urge to grab a bottle of the perfume I wore for the entirety of my University years, Paco Rabanne Lady Million, and MAC Lipstick in Creme Cup which was so well worn that one night during an overzealous application it melted onto the sticky floor of a nightclub bathroom. Those were the days… 

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  • Anna Blush

    I remember hearing you rave so much about this foundation back in the day, wonder if you’ll love it as much now? x

  • Evelyn Morales

    I know what you mean with your Mac mineralized powder. Its such a good one, you just reminded me of it and I also might be going back to go and get it again. I loved it as much as you did!!

  • GirlLovesGloss

    Everytime I veer away from Mac Mineralized skinfinish natural, I end up going back. No other powder sits so nicely on my dry skin!

  • Josie

    I did this the other day and ordered mac studio fix which I haven’t worn since my uni days. Fingers crossed we still like them as much! x

  • Oresiri teru

    I did this the other day. I bought a matchmaster foundation even though I’m all about my NARS

  • Laura

    I bought the Diorshow mascara the other day for the same reason, I used it for about 5 years before getting addicted to trying new things all the time.

    Laura | Breton & Blush

  • kirsty thompson

    I want to try the powder, everyone seems to have it! xo

  • Michelle K.

    How funny! The other day I dug out my latest Mac Mineralise Skinfish in Medium and decided to start using it again and I’m loving it! AND, my all-time favorite perfume is Paco Rabanne Lady Million which I receive every year on Christmas and maybe for my birthday. Can’t get enough of the stuff :)
    xx from Switzerland!

  • Hayley M

    My Mac MSF is still going strong! I’d say I’ve had mine well over a year and have hardly made a dent in it! I have a bit of a love hate relationship with it, but its the one powder I always seem to go back to!
    Hayley xo |

  • jodie moores

    I’m a student at the moment, luckily im fully catered for or I would literally live off beans and toast for all the beauty bits I want to buy haha!

  • Stephanie

    Fab post, sometimes we just have to go back to our roots!


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  • Annie Davies

    i love the this! i get a nostalgic pang when i smell certain pefumes! oh uni days! xxx

  • Zazie Bibi

    Oh no the lipstick! Haha (: xx

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  • Sarah Versey

    I couldn’t live without my mac mineralise skin finish!

  • slyslittleworld

    Yes, the good old uni days. You made me remind me my uni years with all the hanging around in cafés and “studying” time. ;) Lovely post!

  • joysteib

    Mac will always be my first love of makeup!!!! Thanks for sharing a great blog with us!!

  • Tarte Tanya

    I love MAC MSF Natural.
    It’s like a non-powerdrey power.
    lovely purchases!
    Not going to lie now I feel like doing some foundation shopping myself.

  • Elena

    Love the mac powder, it’s my favorite

  • Shani

    I’ve never actually tried that powder, but you’re making me want to! I briefly strayed from my L’Oreal Voluminous mascara, and when I went back for nostalgia’s sake, I never left again.

    Shani x
    She Dreams in Perfect French

  • Vicky King MUA

    I bought one of my first perfumes again last year, Liz Claiborne (American girls in their 30s will understand). Memories! After straying to Smashbox for a year or so, I went back to my old standard Estee Lauder Ideal Light Illuminating Concealer. There was a physical relaxation as my dark rings disappeared. xxx

  • Chelsea Leigh

    I’ve tried a sample of that Guerlain foundation and it was so lovely!

  • BeautyClassyfied

    I repurchased a couple of beauty things this weekend. There’s something satisfying in buying a product you know is great and works for you. None of that anticipation “will this work for me?!” Great post! Xox

  • Marlenne

    I love MAC MSFN in Medium Plus as a bronzer! It is such a versatile product.

  • beautycoure

    I love your blog. I always find the best products here. Those will definitely be in my basket at my next shopping spree through the Beauty halls.

  • beautycoure

    I love your blog. I always find the best products here. Those will definitely be in my basket at my next shopping spree through the Beauty halls.

  • Sandy

    This is gonna sound really creepy but I just watched your Sephora haul from years ago where you bought the lingerie de peau and MUFE HD yesterday!! Freaky haha. Definitely need to give it a try. xx

  • Louise

    I’ve only tried soft and gentle, never this one! Might have to make a trip to Mac tomorrow!

  • Fiona Bradley

    I bought my first MAC MSF 2 years ago beacuae of you and have LOVED it ever since! Delighted to hear you’re back in the club, even if it’s just an odd touch up here and there :) X

  • Francisca Ferreira

    I love that mac powder is amazing!!

  • Cassie

    I’ve yet to try a Mac mineralize skin finish, but I’m going to need to soon!

  • Sylvia

    What a cute post. It’s always fun to look back at the products that we used to use.


  • sarazbeautytonic

    its always nice to go back to ur old favourites

  • Allie

    Awe, I love this post!

  • Grace

    Please do a review on the Guerlain lingerie de peau foundation. Would love to hear your sincere opinion. Because i always trust your views

  • Emma

    I remember reading your blog back in the day and you used to absolutely rave about Lingerie de Peau :)

  • PeonyandPeach

    I’ve never tried either of these, will have to check them out!

  • Sybil Mae

    I’m curious about the Mineralise Skinfinish Natural, might give that a go! :)

  • Christiana

    Ah, the MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural (in medium ;) )! Got it a couple of months ago and use it everyday. Think it will forever be one of my must have products…