What do you stockpile?

Davines All in One Milk—What do you stockpile?

All four of these beauty products have inspired such loyalty in me that I live in mortal fear of them being discontinued, and so I hoard them like it’s already happened. I had a recent scare with Oi All in One Milk from Davines, which gets rid of frizz, detangles, smells fantastic, and just sort of changes my hair, I can’t explain it. I couldn’t find it on Amazon or the Davines website, and became convinced it was discontinued. So I bought five bottles from the Barneys site, and now am set for quite some time. (It is not discontinued, BTW: I was just searching wrong.) But forking over all that cash at Barneys was sort of worth it: if you spend over $200 on beauty products there right now, you get a really cute (and big) cosmetic bag packed with about a dozen and a half quite luxe samples.

Davines Love Conditioner—What do you stockpile?

Davines Love Conditioner also aids mightily in the fight against frizz, and heat-styling damage too. It’s a thick deep conditioner, but I use it every time I shampoo, and my hair just absorbs it.

 

Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35—What do you stockpile?

I don’t know what I will do if anyone dares take Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35 off the market; its Medium tone is the best match for my skin I’ve ever found, and it goes on nice and light and sheer.

Ferderic Malle Portrait of a Lady Hair Body Oil—What do you stockpile?

The splurgiest beauty product in my arsenal is Frederic Malle’s Portrait of a Lady Hair and Body Oil. I can’t wear perfume—it’s too fume-y, gives me a headache—so I use this instead. The scent lasts just as long as perfume, but is much subtler. And it moisturizes beautifully.

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46 Thoughts on What do you stockpile?
    y.k.
    27 Apr 2017
    7:39am

    the name of that hair & body oil is Portrait of a Lady. 😊

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      y.k.
      27 Apr 2017
      7:42am

      i stockpile Maybelline eyebrow pencils. my mom does too.

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      KimFrance
      27 Apr 2017
      7:59am

      YK I don’t understand, that’s what I called it. Clearly I’m missing something.

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        Dana D
        27 Apr 2017
        8:49am

        I don’t understand, but I will take this opportunity to state that one of the reasons why I love your blog so much is because you are a gifted writer.

        You give time and attention to these posts and everything you publish here is polished and eloquent.

        I’m looking forward to your book…

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        y.k.
        27 Apr 2017
        9:08am

        😆o emoticons don’t convey everything i have to remind myself ! I’m just tickled that a beauty product is named after one of my favorite books is all.

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    KimFrance
    27 Apr 2017
    9:10am

    Thanks so much, Dana D! Am taking a break from the cheating hussy chapter to break ground on a new one and it’s always hard at the beginning, and I needed those words of encouragement this morning. Loveyouloveyouloveyou.

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      Dana D
      27 Apr 2017
      11:26am

      Write on…(and love to your “hussy” self…)

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    c.w.
    27 Apr 2017
    9:14am

    This has nothing to do with stockpiling, but there is an interesting article in today’s NYTimes about washing your hair (and I do realize how ridiculous it sounds to recommend an article on how to wash your hair––I promise I’m not a super shallow person!).

    I stockpile lip moisturizer because I always seem to lose mine. I used Neutrogena for years, but I can’t find it anymore and now I use a local product by Milk and Honey.

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    themis
    27 Apr 2017
    9:33am

    I also can’t really stomach perfumes; but I live in fear of Korres discontinuing their wild rose oil, which gives me glowy skin and smells amazing – warm, and natural, and somehow simultaneously rich but really subtle. It’s a nice secret weapon.

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    DeDe
    27 Apr 2017
    9:54am

    I would be lost without that Love conditioner – I’m getting more today, in fact! It is literally the *only* conditioner that works with my crabby-ass hair; everything else is either too heavy or not enough.

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    Ruth Harris
    27 Apr 2017
    10:29am

    Leave it to the fastidious Japanese. The only thing that ever worked on my thin, fine, cowlicky hair. Prejume Styling Wax 3 (3.2 oz) by Milbon. $40 at NYC salon. $13 at Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0011B9SLY/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=I3L1ID3D8GP00Y&colid=3EXEZGGXJA98V

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    Mimi
    27 Apr 2017
    10:41am

    A question about the Oi All in One Milk: Does it make hair straight? I have wavy, layered hair and I do everything I can to encourage my curls – i.e. use Oribe Curl Definition Crème and Oribe Surfcomber Tousled Texture Mousse, scrunch while mostly air drying and employ a curling iron here and there. But on a rainy day I can get frizzy. Will the Oi Milk banish the frizz without killing waves and curls? Thanx.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      27 Apr 2017
      11:01am

      Good question, Mimi! I’m in the same boat.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      27 Apr 2017
      11:04am

      Good question, Mimi! I’m in the same boat.

      I was feeling all smug and thinking, “I’m so unattached to material possessions that I really don’t stockpile anything!” *pat on the shoulder ….Until I looked in my lipstick drawer and realized that I have around 100 gazillion tubes of basically the same pinky brown Lipcolor.

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      Cola
      27 Apr 2017
      1:05pm

      I have very curly, very fine, shoulder length hair. I bought this last year on Kim’s recommendation and I’m so happy I did! To answer your question, it doesn’t kill the curl. I make a cocktail with Davines’ Momo leave in. The two together leave my hair almost perfect. Or a close to perfect as my crazy hair will ever get…

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      DeDe
      27 Apr 2017
      1:09pm

      I’ve used the Oi Oil on mine with no problems (and I have really fine hair that is easily overwhelmed by hairstuff). I can’t use it anymore because I have a contact allergy to fragrance, but it’s a great product!

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    Mamavalveeta03
    27 Apr 2017
    11:06am

    I was feeling all smug and thinking, “I’m so unattached to material possessions that I really don’t stockpile anything!” *pat on the back….
    Until I glanced in my lipstick drawer and came face to face with around 100 gazillion tubes of basically the SAME pinky-brown Lipcolor. 😉

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    Emily Lewis
    27 Apr 2017
    11:29am

    I have been converted to the Davine’s Oi All in One thanks to an older post. I gave a bottle to a friend who liked to borrow it when she was at my house and loved the smell. I was horrified when I found she would use it on herself almost like febreze or axe body spray– why wasted that liquid gold for the love of hair?!

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      KimFrance
      27 Apr 2017
      11:44am

      That’s hilarious. But it does smell amazing.

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      DeDe
      27 Apr 2017
      1:12pm

      I am totally imagining your friend bathing in it, Cleopatra style

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      SSC
      28 Apr 2017
      1:07am

      I totally co-sign the Oi All-in-One Oil- the milk leaves my thick, coarse hair feeling a little heavy, but the oil is perfection. The scent is unbelievable as well- first time in my life I’m spending this kind of money on haircare- not only do I love the products but the scent is intoxicating.

      Also- they do sell a rollerball of the Oi scent as a perfume, which I totally keep in my purse to refresh the scent if I’m on a long day!

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    M.A.
    27 Apr 2017
    11:38am

    I fell in love with Portrait of a Lady….so I bought the tiniest travel size and took it with me on a trip earlier this month. The first night, the tiny glass bottle rolls off the bed and shatters, creating an eye-watering cloud of scent that I think literally soaked into the wallpaper of the little bedroom. Needless to say, I hope I never catch a whiff again….

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    Anne
    27 Apr 2017
    11:56am

    Mine is a carryover from before Bumble & Bumble was bought by Estée Lauder and inventories were inconsistent at best. Back in the day, I couldn’t always depend on my salon to have the Thickening hairspray in stock. If there were bottles of it on the shelf, I would grab a couple on my way to my chair and if they didn’t have it, I would have to go hunting. Now it’s easy to find, but I still get nervous when I don’t have a full bottle backup in my closet.

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    Debra
    27 Apr 2017
    12:33pm

    I have a couple of ice pick scars from a bout of chicken pox as a kid. For years, I have used Clinique’s Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector to fill those scars. Clinique changed the formulation on the product and the name. New formulation is not the same. I had stockpiled tubes of the old formula but am now down to last tube and it’s almost gone. I’ve emailed Clinique many times to request the old formula to no avail. So, this is a very sad post because I don’t know what I’m going to do when I use the last little bit in my tube. Losing a favorite lipstick color is annoying but losing the item that hides your scars is beyond annoying.

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    MariaO
    27 Apr 2017
    1:32pm

    Revlon Matte lipstick in Really Red (006) – it is discontinued, I bought a bunch of deadstock on ebay. It is perfect on me.

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    Mae
    27 Apr 2017
    2:13pm

    Tresor bath gel. I’m up for Customer Of The Year at Lancome.

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    Beth C.
    27 Apr 2017
    2:51pm

    Jack Black lip balm. I love it. Any time I buy something on Sephora or Amazon or something and need to round up a bit for shipping I buy a tube. I have one at my desk, one in my bag, two in the bathroom… etc. etc. It’s the best.

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    Kate
    27 Apr 2017
    4:05pm

    I started using Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple face wash about 14 years ago (ohmygodsolongago) and it’s the only face wash that has ever worked for me. I’ve tried multiple different types (expensive, inexpensive, natural), and now that my skin is more mature, I keep thinking that I’ll need to transition to a more moisturizing option but nope, it’s still perfect.

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    Raina
    27 Apr 2017
    4:39pm

    A certain Maybelline lipstick discontinued 3 years ago. It’s still available on Amazon, and I throw a couple of tubes on the occasional order. My hoard is about 15 strong now.

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    Pamb
    27 Apr 2017
    4:41pm

    I am too fickle to stockpile. I read too many beauty blogs, get too many recommendations; there will never be time to try them all! Next up: The Ordinary. After that: Vitner’s Daughter.

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    Lynn in Tucson
    27 Apr 2017
    5:45pm

    Qtica Intense Lip Repair Balm. I am lost without it.

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    LisaR
    27 Apr 2017
    5:53pm

    Shiseido translucent pressed powder. I always have at least three or four of them around and get nervous if I don’t have at least one backup. It magically gets rid of shine without adding any color or texture, and it is small enough to fit into any handbag.

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    Alix
    27 Apr 2017
    6:10pm

    Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Hair Color. The only color IN THE WORLD that doesn’t rinse out of my hair the very next day. Not even the reds!

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    Gables girl
    27 Apr 2017
    6:48pm

    I am a product junkie–here goes. Aquafor balm in the giant tub, Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day serum, Leonor Greyl Hibiscus Hair Gel (for my curls), Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray and Caviar Night Cream. Retina A and I always have medical grade cortisone cream around. I could go on…

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    anastasia
    27 Apr 2017
    9:44pm

    I stockpile something really cheap but that has served me well so far!
    Garnier BB cream for Combination skin
    its got some bad reviews online but the oil free formula has made such a difference to my skin!
    its light feeling, great shade, looks natural and keeps my skin matt yet dewy!
    ive tried some pricier BB creams but nothing compares.

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      Kate B.
      27 Apr 2017
      11:40pm

      I love that product too, anastasia! Have used it for years now (since it first came out).

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    Adrien
    28 Apr 2017
    9:58am

    Y’all are making me want to try the Davines products. Would they work on straight, fine hair?

    I don’t really stockpile (too fickle) but I probably have ten plain Chapsticks at the bottom of my purse right now.

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      Emily Lewis
      28 Apr 2017
      10:44am

      I have stick-straight, fine hair and that Davine’s Oi All in One is like a magic potion. My hair is also colored light ash blond, so it is stripped and dry and entirely unhappy with my heat styling on a daily basis. It feels like a fortune, but is worth the try.

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        Adrien
        28 Apr 2017
        11:45am

        Thank you!

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    jenny
    28 Apr 2017
    11:00am

    Does anyone know which of these products are “clean” or green-ish? It’s hard to find decently-performing cleaner hair products. (Same with mascara. I gave up and am currently wearing eyelash extensions.)

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    LMM
    28 Apr 2017
    12:36pm

    I stockpile R&Co Analog cleansing foam conditioner – it’s like fancy 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner. It’s pricey but it saves me so much time in my morning shower that I justify it, but I’m always looking for coupon codes or other deals/freebies with purchase, and buying two at a time to stockpile.

    I stockpile my facewash (Origins Checks & Balances) and my face moisturizer (Sephora Mattifying SPF 20) lest they be discontinued.

    Oh, and sheet masks! Cheaper than my other stockpiles and so fun to have around.

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    Francine
    28 Apr 2017
    1:53pm

    L’Oreal Mystic Mauve lipstick….wonderful texture and a very cool shade of eggplant. I haunted CVS and Rite-Aid to stockpile, but found out it was discontinued last year. On a whim, I check eBay. Sure enough, I bought a pack of two. Set me back about $50. I know. Crazy. But I love them! Thinking I need to check eBay for more.

    Burt’s Bees Apricot Baby Oil (or the Lemon one too). Goes on beautifully and smells heavenly. I must have 5 in my bathroom. Petrified that they’ll discontinue it.

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    Sara
    28 Apr 2017
    2:40pm

    I’ve been wanting to try the Davines products for years! I have crazy thick and wavy hair that I heat style. Currently using Living Proof, do you think they would work for thick hair? xxx

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    Tina
    1 May 2017
    9:18am

    Funny you should ask Kim . . . .I just returned from a stockpiling trip to Ulta. They’re currently making a makeup eraser washcloth that’s so perfect. It’s a small 5 x 5 square and it’s dark gray, which looks cool and won’t stain. My face is crazy clean after using it, but it’s so gentle. It’s like washing your face with a stuffed animal. Just found them a week ago and I’m stockpiling, in case it’s a limited edition. In the evening I use a cleanser too, but in the a.m. it’s the perfect way to just wake up skin with a little water.

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    Heather
    1 May 2017
    9:21pm

    I’ve tried stockpiling much-loved products that seem to have gone by the wayside (RIP Sue Devitt), only to find they ‘turned’ before I finished them all. I’m also on my last bottle of a much-loved hair product, the Defining Cream from MOP, which has been renamed “modern original products,” doubled their prices, and no longer make this product. Oh well. On to try new things.

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