5 holy grail beauty products I buy again and again

As a beauty blogger, I get to try more products than the average consumer. However, it’s a choice I weigh very carefully because I do value what I use on myself. Naturally, this also means that products that I repurchase over and over again must really mean something for me. So are there a lot of products that I repurchase again and again? Well, there are actually just a handful. And what are they? Come take a look!

These are my absolute favorites. Some of them are old loves while some are relatively newer. Nonetheless, they are products I would not hesitate to fork out money for. In fact, they are also products I would highly recommend.

Marie-Veronique-Moisturizing SunscreenMarie Veronique Organics Moisturizing Face Screen, US$40 from MVO
Right at the top of the list is my favorite sunscreen from Marie Veronique Organics. I’ve been using this product since 2009 when it was still under the old name of “Creme de Soleil”. It is my HG daily sunscreen and I can no longer remember how many bottles I’ve used thus far. I can just see myself continuing with this because I can’t find any other products that can replace this. Available at Marie Veronique Organics and it’s been renamed to MVO Everyday Coverage. You can read my older reviews here and here.

Giovanni-Golden-Wheat-Deep-Cleanse-ShampooGiovanni Golden Wheat Deep Cleanse Shampoo, US$5.57 from iHerb
I like this shampoo so much that I’m probably in my fifth bottle now and I’m still ordering more from iHerb. It’s so cheap and works great for my hair type. I don’t even need a conditioner with this one! Although I do like to try new shampoos but I’m so hesitant that they’re just going to ruin my shampooing experience. But for now, this is my HG! Available at iHerb.com and you can read my review of the product here.

Surya-Henna-CreamSurya Brasil Henna Cream, US$9.22 from iHerb
I’m surprised this one has ended up in my favorite beauty buys. In fact, I’ve used like four bottles now! Well, it works well for me and I end up coloring my hair once a month now. I can see my hair looks healthy, unlike those who have their hair colored using the conventional dyes. Available at iHerb.com and my review of the product is here.

AFC-Collagen-SupplementAFC Japan Collagen Beauty Supplement, S$43.30
I sometimes try new beauty supplements but this is the one I keep going back to because it works for me. I have lost count but must have taken about seven packs or more now? I usually stock up when it’s on sale. Available at Guardian, Unity or Watsons and you can read my review of the product here.

LA-Splash-Mineral-Foundation-PowderLA Splash Mineral Foundation Powder, S$34.90
I’ve strayed quite a bit with foundation powder but after trying out a couple of mineral foundation, I have to say I like this one. I have been mixing around with the colors though by adding in purple and green bases. It works well with my skin type and I can see myself using this for longer. But then again, I definitely wouldn’t discount trying new foundations. Available at Guardian Pharmacy and I wrote a review of the product here.

More HG products
I have a couple more favorites but I haven’t purchased them more than once or twice and hence, I’m not highlighting them here. I certainly hope to be able to find more awesome products going forward. For a start, I’ll like to find a HG deodorant. Perhaps a great eye cream and maybe some good makeup products too.

So are any of my HG beauty products your favorite too?



  1. zz says:

    Hi, is there any shop where I can buy MVO face screen other than online? Would like to try b4 buying.. Is it difficult to blend in?
    I just started changing my skincare products to natural ones.. And I see MVO often featured by many bloggers!

  2. Eco Beauty says:

    Hmmm… The AFC Collagen supplement is tempting me now. I’m currently focused on skin brightening supplements but I’m not sure whether they are doing anything.
    Eco Beauty last post is: The Natural Sunscreens in my Life

  3. zz says:

    In one of your earlier posts about MVO face screen, u mentioned u preferred the non-tinted? But I don’t see any non-tinted on their website.. : (

  4. Jean says:

    I do like Giovanni shampoos – my favourite is the Tea Tree Triple Treat.
    Jean last post is: Canada: Place d’Armes Square and Notre Dame Basilica Montreal.

  5. Diane says:

    I’ve never tried Marie Veronique Organics Moisturizing Face Screen but I’ve heard some positive things about it. I’m thinking about trying it, but I live in the UK, do you know where I can get it?

  6. Victoria says:

    Hi Sesame. I have been a silent reader of your blog for sometime and always come back to it whenever I need to read up about natural, organic or DIY items. Would love to try Marie Veronique Organics Moisturizing Face Screen but after conversion to RM and together with the shipping fee, it is just way over my budget.

    Could you please tell me why you love Giovanni Golden Wheat Deep Cleanse Shampoo and also the changes you noticed in yourself after taking the AFC Japan Collagen Beauty supplements?

  7. Sesame says:

    No, only online from the shop. Some people have complained it’s difficult to blend but the trick is to pat the suncreen onto the skin. It might not work so well for dry skin types…best to use this over an oil but I’m currently using it over a serum with satisfaction.

  8. Sesame says:

    For brightening, Fancl’s probably worth a try.

  9. Sesame says:

    Check the extra light tint…it’s the non-tinted version. But it works better for those with light skin tone or very fair.

  10. Sesame says:

    I’m surprised I like it so much.

  11. Sesame says:

    They used to sell at puresha.com but now, the website is on a hiatus. You might have to order from US if you want to try.

  12. Sesame says:

    Yes, it’s not cheap. I use it because it works for me and hence, I don’t mind the steeper price cos it’s really hard to find a good sunscreen.

    I updated the post with the links to the review for the products. You can check to see what I said about them. ? Not taking AFC Japan Collagen for a period of time makes a lot of difference for me – skin appears less firm.

  13. miriss says:

    Hi sesame,

    is there any particular mask you personally find to be useful and effective?


  14. Lauren says:

    I have use couple of these and they are really good. Thanks for sharing it.
    Lauren last post is: M2lashes Eyelash Activating Serum

  15. Sesame says:

    You’re welcome!

  16. Chris says:

    I thought about buying the Surya henna cream to cover my grays. I read some reviews that said it doesn’t really work. However, if it works for you I will buy it. ?
    Chris last post is: Color Club Professional Nail Lacquer in Blue-Ming

  17. Sesame says:

    I’m not sure if it works for a lot of grays…my grays are scattered so Surya can cover up. You can give one a try and see if it works. The longer you leave on, the better it is. My experience tells me leaving on for about 4 hours can last me a month.

  18. Chris says:

    I have scattered grays too. I’m only 28, so I don’t have a full head of grays. ? I wan to use it for spot treatment. It makes sense that leaving it to soak in longer would make it last longer. Thanks, Sesame. ?
    Chris last post is: Nuance Salma Hayek Nail Lacquer in Dark Earth

  19. Sesame says:

    Spot treatment? It may work…I don’t see why not.

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