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I'll Say A Bad Word If They Discontinue These Favorites

Updated on May 18, 2020
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Marcy is a school counselor at an alternative school in Illinois. Other than education and her family, her passion has always been writing.

8 Of My Favs I Cannot Live Without

Okay, so my title is a little dramatic. I can live without them, but I will not be happy. We've all been there. We stand in the aisle at the store, and we look for the perfect product....and look.....and move a little...and look some more. It's a big commitment, so we have to be sure to get the right one. In the meantime, other people also want to look, so they are circling you like a school of sharks. Even after all this looking, we cannot be sure we chose the right brand. We take it home, and one of two things happens. We are utterly unaffected by the product, not caring one way or another because it was just so-so. Or, we are entirely in love with the brand and so excited to finally have a product we can return to time and time again to avoid the circling shark scenario.

But then, your supply of the product is gone, so you go to the store. WHAT?! Where is it? And you look....and look....and here come the sharks. The product is either discontinued by the manufacturer or dropped from the store. Here come the bad words out of my mouth right in the aisle of sharks.

The following items are eight of my go-to besties. Some of them make me feel beautiful, and some of them are downright delicious. I will seriously say a bad word if any of them ever disappear from the shelves.


#1 Aveda Cherry Almond Leave-In Conditioner

The initial allure of Aveda's Cherry Almond Leave-In Conditioner is the delicious smell. When I say delicious, I mean I know I can't eat it, but someone could make a fortune developing an edible version of this treasure.

My stylist got me hooked. Let me tell you, it's aroma is a great marketing tool. The minute my hairdresser put some in her hand, I instantly said, "What is that?"

She laughed, "This is a new conditioner from Aveda. Everyone loves the smell."

Well, the initial hook was the aroma, but what it does for my hair is just as fabulous. I have a lot of long, curly hair that is processed to make me a gorgeous blonde. These details about my hair make it a prime candidate for a leave-in conditioner. The Aveda Cherry Almond is hands down the best! If this product disappears or changes in any way, I am going to say more than one bad word.

I wish this photo was a scratch and sniff. This stuff is amazing!
I wish this photo was a scratch and sniff. This stuff is amazing!

#2 Equate Anti-Aging Complete Effects Moisturizer

In my younger years, I had pretty oily skin, so I never needed a daily moisturizer. Now that my skin -- and everything else about me -- has matured considerably, I found myself to be uneducated on this subject. After a lengthy trial and error period and a considerable amount of money, I struck gold with #2.

Equate Anti-Aging Complete Effects Moisturizer is the bargain brand Olay Total-Effects 7-in-One Anti-Aging Daily Moisturizer. I stumbled upon this product when I could not get the Olay version, and I have stuck with it ever since. They even have a tinted version I wear in the winter. It provides a little extra color to my usual foundation.

I have also used department store brands and other, more expensive brands from drug stores; however, none of them wowed me. They were just so-so. Why would I pay more for so-so? I know many people swear by their expensive creams and make-up, and maybe I just didn't find the right one. Still, I prefer my Equate moisturizer and use it every day.

My pick for a daily moisturizer.
My pick for a daily moisturizer.

#3 Green Superfood Effervescent Tabs

I know I should drink water. I know my body needs it more than it needs that diet soda or cup of coffee, but choosing to drink water over those options is difficult. These Green Superfood tabs make my choice a lot easier.

I get these at Target in the pharmacy area. The Detox one will freak you out at first because it turns your water a blackish-green. Don't let that detail deter you. After this tab melts, it gives your water a subtle lemon flavor. I'm not so sure about the validity of the detox aspect, but the antioxidant blend of superfoods sounds like a winner. The main thing I like is this product is a superfood supplement that has no odor.

The Beauty product in the pink capsule tastes like a mild version of pink lemonade. It also has the superfood properties. I like both products and am never without at least one of them.

Who wants bland water? These tabs add subtle flavor and more.
Who wants bland water? These tabs add subtle flavor and more.
This is how the detox superfood tabs will make your water look.
This is how the detox superfood tabs will make your water look.

#4 & #5 V-8 +Energy Pomegranate Blueberry

I love all of the V-8 +Energy flavors. The Pomegranate Blueberry, however, is my favorite. My only complaint is I like fizz, so I usually mix it with Diet 7-Up or ginger ale. The soda also mellows the intensity of the flavor because I think the V-8 is a little strong. I have lumped these two together as #4 & #5 because both products are just so-so without the other one. Together, they create my mid-morning pick-me-up. Now that I am home and not at school working, I can drink this delectable concoction from a wine glass and feel extra special. And on that note, it's just as delicious as wine. Naw, I'm just kidding. But it is something I look forward to every day, and I would seriously say a bad word if I couldn't buy these products anymore.

My mid-morning go-to. The wine glass is just for fun.
My mid-morning go-to. The wine glass is just for fun.

#6 Olivia Grace Boutique Sheet Mask Collection

I know, I know. These are bargain brand face masks, but I love them. I took a chance, buying a box of 6 after Christmas when they were half off. After using a couple, I went back to the store to find only two boxes left on the shelf. Of course, I bought them.

That night I told my husband how much I liked them and that I went back I bought all they had. About two days later, I came home to 5 sacks full of these boxed masks. I looked at my husband and shrugged my shoulders. He laughed and said, "I saw them for half off at another store, so I bought all they had." He really does know how to make me happy.

I use about 2-3 of these masks per week and still have a hoarder's stockpile. One thing I like about these is the soothing feeling when I put them on. The moisturizer on the mask is clear and odorless and doesn't get all over everything, either. Plus, I don't have to leave them on for an eternity, only about 10 minutes. I do not rinse the moisturizing gel off my face; I rub it in. It is not greasy or tight. I love all the different versions of the mask, but the Vitamin C one is my favorite.

I wasn't going to say where I got these for fear the masses would gobble them up, but I think I have enough. Refer to the picture below. I got them at Big Lots. Yes, I said Big Lots.

Biggest bargain ever!
Biggest bargain ever!
My stash.
My stash.

#7 & #8 Los Rijos Tequila and Strongbow 100 Calorie Cider

Occasionally, I need something a little more robust in that wine glass, and V-8 +Energy is not going to cut it. Numbers 7 & 8 don't necessarily have to go together. I generally indulge in them separately. However, I already had this gorgeous picture of my bar, and I wanted to use it.

Anyway, I have a real taste for good tequila. I would be a liar if I said Los Rijos is as good as Patron, because it's not, in my opinion. It is, however, my new favorite because it is a smooth enough tequila to do shots, and it is priced right. I take my tequila shot with training wheels. I never knew what that meant until I was at a bar and ordered one, and the bartender asked me if I needed training wheels. I thought it was about something altogether different, so I was a little miffed. He could see my disdain and said, "No, I mean, do you want salt and a lime." Well, yes, doesn't everyone?" Apparently not.

The other favorite featured here is Strongbow's 100 calorie Original Cider. These ciders come in a variety pack of 3 flavors: Original, Pear, and Rose. I like them all, but I am partial to the Original. It has a light, crisp golden apple flavor that is divine. No doubt, bad words would be spewing out of my mouth if Strongbow discontinued these gems. So, let me add right here that I just wrote this article a few days ago, and today I went to three stores looking for the Stongbow Slims. None, anywhere! Seriously, here come the curse words......

I want to draw attention in the picture to the Himalayan salt shot glass, which is next-level as far as tequila shots go. So, maybe this write-up should be numbers 7,8,& 9.


Adulting at its finest.
Adulting at its finest.

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Product Reviews Concluded

Well, there you have it. Eight of my -- obviously unrelated -- favorite products. So far, so good on returning to repurchase all of these, except the Strongbows. Grrr... After re-reading this article, I've come to the conclusion I'm pretty low maintenance when it comes to beauty products. Two of the three are bargain brands. Yet, when it comes to my liquid refreshment, I tend to like the good stuff.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Marcy Bialeschki

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    • Marcy Bialeschki profile imageAUTHOR

      Marcy Bialeschki 

      3 weeks ago from Cerro Gordo, IL

      Thanks Jim,

      This was inspired by the fact that my favorite hairspray has been made "new and improved" and I don't like it at all anymore. They just can't leave stuff alone.

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      Jim Henderson 

      3 weeks ago from Hattiesburg, Mississippi

      I know how you feel. Every time I find something I like, it gets discontinued. I'm usually the calm one in the marriage but my wife and I swap roles; she has to talk me down from making a scene!

      Thanks. I enjoyed this.

    • Marcy Bialeschki profile imageAUTHOR

      Marcy Bialeschki 

      5 weeks ago from Cerro Gordo, IL

      Jennifer,

      Keep buying it. Maybe it will never go away...lol.

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      Jennifer Moore 

      5 weeks ago

      I LOVE V-8 + Energy! My favorite is black cherry.

    • Marcy Bialeschki profile imageAUTHOR

      Marcy Bialeschki 

      5 weeks ago from Cerro Gordo, IL

      BTW, glad to converse with a fellow teacher, JC.

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      Marcy Bialeschki 

      5 weeks ago from Cerro Gordo, IL

      JC, so apparently I am looking at this as a consumer problem, but in fact, it is a business strategy. Hum.....I just want what I want when I want it. No discontinuing the good stuff! LOL.

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      JC Scull 

      5 weeks ago from Gainesville, Florida

      Hello Marcy,

      You remind me of a student I had in one of my international marketing classes. She thought it was a betrayal of companies' customer base to discontinue cheaper less profitable brands and replace them with products that deliver higher margins and can also create "consumer trial". But, hey, I know how you feel. Consumers get attached to brands. We are humans after all.

      The reality is, however, that companies are constantly trying to up-sell the consumer whenever possible. In marketing it is sort of an art form to do it and get away with it.

      Good article. You took me back ten years in time to when I used to teach this stuff!!!

    • Marcy Bialeschki profile imageAUTHOR

      Marcy Bialeschki 

      5 weeks ago from Cerro Gordo, IL

      I'm kind of cheap and go for the bargain. Of all of these, the conditioner is a premium product I pay extra for. I think the 100 calorie Strongbows are lighter, which makes sense...less sugar, fewer calories. I like the lighter taste. They are also in a "slim" can. I think they are 10oz. instead of 12.

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      Liz Westwood 

      5 weeks ago from UK

      Of all of these I recognise Strongbow in the UK, but I haven't seen the 100cal drink. It's interesting to see what your favourites are.

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