I'm fortunate enough to get to try lots of new and classic products and it keeps my bathroom counter on a consistent rotation of goodies. Here are a few of my current faithfuls and new ones I'm liking!
Clarisonic Mia 2
The Clarisonic uses sonic frequency and a rotation of 300 oscillations per second. So it cleanses and gently exfoliates the skin. If it wasn't for the Clarisonic I most likely would not exfoliate my skin every night. If it wasn't for their PR company, I wouldn't have paid $200 for it either. It's just not a cost I would budget for so I wouldn't have bought it on my own. Do I like the results, yes, so in that regard it's worth it. There are other products like it but I really don't think they compare. I've seen one that vibrates not rotates and it's a lot cheaper but I really don't think it's going to cleanse as well. If you're looking for a gift for you boyfriend this would be great. And it comes in a variety of colors so you can choose one that is more manly!
The Body Shop Tea Tree Cool & Creamy Wash
I've been using The Body Shop's tea tree oil products for about 15 years. I use the Cool & Creamy Wash ($12) as my nightly cleanser and apply it to Clarisonic. I also use the body wash and face wash in the shower. Love it.
Olay Regenerist Wrinkle Revolution Complex
I've decided to be proactive over the past couple years and start using an anti-wrinkle cream in hopes it'll prevent lines from forming down the road. Right now I'm using Olay's Wrinkle Revolution Complex (around $30) around my eyes, on my forehead, and on my laugh lines before I go to bed. I don't see anything revolutionary with my wrinkles as of yet but I'm hoping to prevent them from appear as I age.
Mereadesso All-In-One Moisturizer
I've met the lady behind Mereadesso a few times and I really like her moisturizers. They are on the pricey side (the moisturizer is $120) but worth it if you can afford it. I use the moisturizer daily and on days when I have dark circles or blemishes I use the newly launched All-In-One Tinted Moisturizer($48) in the medium shade. It's the same formula as the regular moisturizer but with the added coverage of a tint.
Gillette ProGlide Styler
Recently I haven't been fully shaving my face, I like the look of a little stubble. To keep it at a good length I use the ProGlide Styler (under $30 at Walmart). It comes with a quadruple blade razor and a clipper with three interchangeable combs so you can adjust the length of your beard. I trim my beard with no comb attached on the clippers so it gets pretty close to the skin leaving a little stubble. I then shave below my adam's apple with the razor so it's neat and tidy.
Schaf Skincare Shave Cream
Right now I'm using Schaf's shave cream when I shave my neck. I never really liked using a cream instead of a foam because I found it pulled my hair but Schaf's shave cream has lubricants in it to help your razor glide along your face. I always make sure I have a fairly new blade when I use a shave cream to help reduce discomfort from it dragging on the skin from dullness.
Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner
I'm a firm believer that as a male with short hair I don't need to use fancy or expensive shampoo and conditioner (unless there is a skin condition like dandruff). I get a hair cut every 4 weeks so there isn't much time in between for my hair to become damaged or dry. I also rarely use conditioner. Aveeno's ($8 at Walmart) new line is what I'm currently using and it's sulphate free. Sulphates are a detergent that most shampoos contain as a way to make them lather. Sulphates are linked to drying out the scalp and hair and can lead to irritation. I suppose it's comforting to know that the shampoo I'm using is sulphate free but I feel it's more of an advantage for women with longer hair as a way to prevent drying out the hair.
Kevin Murphy Night.Rider and Anti.Gravity
When it comes to styling products I'm not so lenient. My hair is quite fluffy after it air drys and can be a bit unruly when it's not styled. I use Kevin Murphy Anti.Gravity when my hair is damp to give it some body and decrease the fluff before styling. When it's almost dry I use Night.Rider (around $30 in salons) for a constructed messy look with no shine. Kevin Murphy product are a bit expensive but worth it.