Beauty Roundup: What Do You Buy in Bulk?




There are products that we get because we’re dying to try them, and then there are the ones that we have to stockpile in case they go out of production or we run out unexpectedly. I buy Rose Balm Dotcom three at a time and put them in all my bags and pockets so I can use them on lips, eyes, cheeks, whenever I feel the need (which is often). I asked my friends what they buy two or three at a time and not surprisingly, we all have something!

Liz Kiernan, editorial consultant. “I literally just bought a dozen each of Stila Kajal Eyeliner in Amethyst and Espresso  . They’ve been discontinued so I buy them in bulk on eBay whenever I get an alert that they’re available. I blend the two colors together (just a touch of each so I don’t look like “eyeliner girl”). I’ve never been able to find another option that comes close to these colors and its smudgy, blendable texture!”
Anne Albert, creative director. Bioderma H2O “It’s just the easiest way to wash my face and they don’t sell it in much in this country so I buy 6 at a time Plus both my girls use it.”
Edith Machinist, vintage purveyor “I try to buy two of the Lancôme Cils Booster XL, it is a primer base that you apply before mascara. I thought it was a gimmick but really works! I used to have a problem where mascara came off my lashes really easily. And the Cils XL makes mascara coat better and stay on!”
Koyuki Smith, doula “I always need a tube of Weleda Skin Food around. And I use it to massage laboring moms’ feet. My doula used it on my feet when I was in labor with my first. It smells great, and it’s really rich. I use it on hands and feet of course, but also a dab on face when I’m super dry or dull, and even a bit in my hair in a pinch! And it’s all natural. “
Liane Radel, photography director “The thing I love more than life itself is these eye pads from Switzerland  by Cellcosmet. Gold gold gold. I get a box or two and use once or twice a week. You can use one pair of eye pads twice. They are crazy $$ but I get them cause they make me happy. I used to carry packets around with me when I traveled a lot- like a drug.”
Hollis Salzman, lawyer.  Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve “It has a faint eucalyptus smell that I like, it immediately soaks into my skin and it doesn’t leave me with oily hands. I buy a few at a time and leave them around the house and in my bag.”








  • February 14, 2017


    I have tins of Smith’s Rosebud Salve all over the house. This stuff has been on the market since 1892!

  • February 14, 2017


    Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Swivel Stick. Smells great, best lip moisturizer ever and can be used all over the body also. They’re getting harder to find in stores, so I order three- or four-packs from Amazon.

  • February 14, 2017


    My favorite cheapie lipstick by Rimmel – always buy 3 or 4 when they go on sale, even cheaper!

  • February 14, 2017


    I recently bought OSCAR BLANDI ‘Pronto’ Texture & Volume Spray in bulk because I noticed it was disappearing from many of the online retailers where I usually buy it. It’s not a dry shampoo — those never seem to work on my hair the way this product does. Just love it!

  • February 14, 2017


    Literally in 4 rooms throughout the house: Nivea creme in those cute tins, Coconut lip balm that I get from my ortho (it’s to die for), NYX lip butter #16, L’Oreal lipstick Mystic Mauve #625 (it’s discontinued….so naturally I spent $50 on ebay for four tubes), dental wax for my braces (hence, the lip balm from the ortho) and Costco readers (literally all over the house). Don’t I sound pretty?

  • February 14, 2017


    I can’t live without Heritage Store rosewater and usually buy 5 at a time. I also stock up on Aura Cacia organic rosehip oil and Sierra Bees organic lip balms that you can buy in 8-packs…the best!

  • February 15, 2017


    I may or may not have half a dozen NYX retractable eyeliners in bronze in various bags and drawers around the house. Such a better color than straight, flat brown on my eyes.

  • February 15, 2017


    Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Red Dahlia and Yes to Carrots Coconut lip balm. They’re everywhere and also hoarded away.

  • February 16, 2017


    Nivea Kiss of Honey lip balm!