Top 11 Beauty Products I’d Take to a Desert Island

April 1, 2014 | By | Comments (12)

This weekend, as I was spring cleaning, I did a fun experiment (well, fun by beauty editor standards, anyway). I tried to pare my cosmetics down to 10 items. I did it to clear clutter, of course, but also because I think it’s a good way to determine which products are really working for me. Hopefully the 11 (in the end, I couldn’t choose just 10) well-loved products you see here inspire you to: a) clean b) try new products that may just turn out to be your must-haves, too c) re-assess your stash or d) all of the above.


From left to right:

• Elizabeth Arden Smoky Eyes Powder Pencil in Espresso (glides on effortlessly, stays on beautifully)
• Olay CC Cream—Total Effects Tone Correcting Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 (skincare and protection in one, what’s not to love?)
• Curel Ultra Healing Lotion (quite possibly the most emollient body lotion on the market)
• BeneFit They’re Real Mascara (all the better to flirt sans clumps
• Clarisonic Mia 2 (because I no longer feel I’ve washed my face well if I don’t use it)
• Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle Correcting Eye Cream (quite simply the lightest, yet most nourishing eye salve)
• Nexxus Pro-Mend Shampoo and Conditioner (you can not beat the smell, feel, and results for the price)
• Cover Girl and Olay Simply Ageless Corrector (despite prolific use of eye cream, sometimes a girl needs a killer under-eye concealer)
• And lastly, although they’re pricey, my two all-time favorite perfumes (I imagine one might get a bit smelly on a desert island!)—Dior Patchouli Impérial and Giorgio Armani Rose D’Arabie.

I’d love to hear your DIPs (desert-island products)!


  1. Lisa Sherin

    Cool choices, I’ve never done a post like this. Might have to try it soon

    April 1, 2014 at 1:32 pm
  2. Brad E Wakeman

    Seems this post should be on the “Simple Tip” blog, not “Daily Thought” . . . .

    April 1, 2014 at 1:51 pm
    • Rachel Stein

      Good catch, thank you!

      April 1, 2014 at 2:29 pm
  3. Karen

    Definitely need to do this as I am a cosmetic and body product junkie, OK…hoarder. I know I would have to have chap stick in my cache. Will work on this for sure!

    April 4, 2014 at 8:09 am
  4. PR

    Um, no. You do not need makeup or perfume on a desert island. Frivolous post!

    May 12, 2014 at 7:24 pm
  5. Lynn

    Nivea cream-best for tropical climate!

    May 12, 2014 at 7:51 pm
  6. Julie

    You do to need perfume on a desert island, and some coconut oil for your skin and hair and cooking

    May 12, 2014 at 8:38 pm
  7. Marlys Lenters

    I would have to add a lip balm or two

    May 12, 2014 at 9:02 pm
  8. Jenny Katz

    you need a liil balm EOS in sweet mint is good

    May 12, 2014 at 9:56 pm
  9. Jenny Katz

    lip balm

    May 12, 2014 at 9:57 pm
  10. Kayci

    You forgot the most important item, sunscreen!

    May 13, 2014 at 9:45 am
  11. Cheryl

    I would only take Sunblock, that’s the only thing you need, you will be bored and can probably make your own makeup from things on the island!

    May 13, 2014 at 5:00 pm

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