Do you ‘save’ your good products?

On Thursday I had a great day celebrating Lancome’s 80th birthday (they’re now on Twitter and Facebook locally, by the way) with a makeup lesson from their international guru and a swish party at the Four Seasons Westcliff.

Luzanne and I also got to spend an afternoon lying around in Leigh’s hotel room (she from Lipgloss Is My Life) and in between spending our life savings on room service Cokes, watching dear Leigh legitimately trying to scale a rock wall because she thought it was an exit and spitting out 3-week-old fancy pants French macarons that have gone bad; one of the many (MANY) conversations were about beauty products. Obviously.

All of us get review samples of products AND we buy our own, and Leigh and I both recently started changing the way we use our products.

You see, it goes a little something like this. When I receive review products they go onto a set of shelves until I write about them, and after testing I either keep them in a cupboard until I need them or I give them away. For the longest time I’ve been ‘working my way through’ the less luxurious, not-great-but-ok products until I can finally ‘get to’ their more luxurious counterparts.

L'Occitane Frisson de Verbena EDT - love that the packaging is truly unisex

Lorac Pro 2 eyeshadow palette

LUSH Valentine's bubble bars - Heart Throb, Lonely Heart and Unicorn Horn.


Which is incidentally the opposite way of how I approach just about everything else in my life – in our house we eat supper with an inherited antique cutlery set and we don’t save the good towels for guests only.

But why do it that way round? Using products I really like makes me feel good. I feel pampered when they apply well and smell great and WORK. As I overheard Leigh in a phone convo with her dad: You can’t think so much about the future as you’ll be DEAD in the future (I’m not quoting verbatim but that was my takeaway from the blatantly eavesdropped conversation).

So recently I ditched my mediocre shower gel for a luxuriously creamy one. I put the meh body scrub I was using in my donate box and whipped out a glorious-smelling Soap and Glory scrub that I had muled here all the way from Dubai. I’ve displayed all my perfumes so I can smell good every damn day. I use the eyeshadows I enjoy most instead of trying to make sub-par ones work.

I’d really hate to perish with a cupboard full of pristine products that I only use on special occasions (or not at all). So tell me, do you save the best for last or do you dive right in the minute you buy/receive something new? I’d love to hear.

C x



  1. Nasrene Sheik
    Mar 1, 2015 / 11:26 AM

    I have that habit of saving the good stuff for occasions… Thanks for the new outlook I am now going to start using it everyday too. Especially my perfumes which I have quite a few stashed in a dark cupboard and only use when going out.

    • Mar 1, 2015 / 1:37 PM

      I do love a ‘special occasion’ scent myself – but no harm in making a couple of days a week special for no reason

  2. Mar 1, 2015 / 11:58 AM

    I always save the best for last. As a full time mom. i put my family needs before mine and most of the time i never buy myself anything. Having said that, if i do have any high end products i tend to use them sparingly as it will be while before i can purchase it again.

    • Mar 1, 2015 / 1:35 PM

      For me it’s not so much about high end vs affordable, I’m just all about enjoying small things that give me joy (which can be something as simple as the smell and feel of a Dove body wash that I snuck in while grocery shopping). But I’m with you on using the special/luxury products sparingly – want them to last as long as possible!

  3. Forever21
    Mar 1, 2015 / 12:42 PM

    I guess I find joy and excitement in the possibility. I get excited about wrapped presents possibly more than the actual gift, I have gift vouchers that are years old because I would rather have the possibility of finding something brilliant than buying something meh. When I am gifted something I value I tend to hold on to it as once I start using it it is gone. Recently though I have been trying to curb this a little as apart from dying with a bunch of unopened good stuff, the good stuff may also expire and be bad by the time you get to it. Now that’s a waste 😉

    • Mar 1, 2015 / 1:33 PM

      I’m about 50% with you – love the anticipation and you can basically wrap a rock and I’ll be happy to open it. But I’ve consciously decided to enjoy things as opposed to stashing them and merely enjoying the thought of having them – such a waste!

  4. Mar 1, 2015 / 3:54 PM

    Great outlook and I have to say I totally agree. In the beginning I used to use my favourite products sparingly so it would last but recently I’ve been using what makes me happy and what works. I know if I finish it I can just buy some more. Can’t say the same about some of my limited edition products though 🙂

    • Mar 1, 2015 / 5:08 PM

      I’m much more zen about limited/rare/expensive products too – will likely have to use something less special afterwards, but at least I had the pleasure of using something really good.

  5. Mar 2, 2015 / 7:07 AM

    I used to save my products… till the day I had to throw my favourite and most expensive fragrance in the bin as it went off (te vroeg in die oggend vir my brein om die Engels vir ‘verslaan’ te onthou). And I can’t afford to replace it 🙁 That was a sad day. Now I use all my good stuff!

    • Mar 2, 2015 / 12:47 PM

      Dis nie eers meer vroeg nie en ek kan nog steeds nie dink wat verslaan is nie… But yes, I’m with you – I’ll rather get pleasure from them for a short time than watch them go off in a cupboard somewhere.

  6. Mar 2, 2015 / 12:42 PM

    Yes, so with you! I reckon I deserved the best of everything TODAY.

    Anyway, tomorrow isn’t guaranteed to anyone.

    • Mar 2, 2015 / 12:48 PM

      Yes, yes, yes. Can’t believe how long I used products with the concept of using the crappy ones first and only then getting to the good stuff (which I’d given away most of by the time I ‘get’ to them).

  7. Mar 2, 2015 / 9:30 PM

    So strange to read this since I am the complete opposite! I love to use my more luxurious products on a regular basis and even sometimes use my two favourite perfumes (one is a limited edition) as room spray simply because the scent makes me happy.

    XoXo One Stiletto At A Time

  8. Hildegarde_k
    Mar 27, 2015 / 11:10 PM

    Wow this post really made me think. I tend to put the good stuff away for “later”. And I have no idea why. I think I’ll go whip out that Soap & Glory body scrub now.

    • Chantelle Bester
      Mar 29, 2015 / 8:04 PM

      Everything started with a S&G scrub for me 😛

  9. Feb 22, 2016 / 11:34 AM

    I’m sure if you looked hard enough, you would find that somewhere along the line Coco Chanel herself may even have said something in the lines of “Never wait to use the good stuff” ha ha, well something like that at any rate. I used to be like you and save the best only for special occasions but these days there is so much in life that gets us down or feeling despondent, so what a better way than making yourself feel good in one of the few ways you can control yourself.

    • Chantelle Bester
      Feb 23, 2016 / 4:50 AM

      Haha I’m sure there’s a Chanel quote along those lines 😛

  10. Tima
    Feb 22, 2016 / 3:37 PM

    Lovely post..Yes I use my l’occaitaine neroli shower gel and milk every day..Bath and body works when I am holiday so I make memories when I use it at home ..yes I use all my high end products every day
    Tomorrow may or not be..

    • Chantelle Bester
      Feb 23, 2016 / 4:48 AM

      Exactly 🙂

  11. Anri
    Mar 12, 2016 / 7:18 PM

    I love the post! We deserve to spoil ourselves, so I use my luxurious products whenever I feel like it, and not just for special occasions! I do keep an eye out for specials though, to always ensure I have my favourite products in stock. I feel empowered when I use my luxurious products, like nothing can stand in my way! ?

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