16 Products Byrdie Editors Actually Spend Their Paychecks On

No, it's not necessarily a secret, and yes, it's naturally assumed, but as beauty editors, we get a lot of free stuff. To provide a quick visual, each of our desks, vanities, cars, and bathtubs could, without doubt, serves as prime real estate for an episode of Hoarders. While outwardly acknowledging our sky-high stashes has always felt a little uncouth (we never want to sound like we're bragging or being flippant), unboxing is, indeed, a huge part of our jobs, and we do, for the most part, strive to test and review every single compact and gadget that comes our way. If we love it, you'll hear about it. If we don't, we'll store it in the beauty closet for future photo shoots or donate it to friends, family members, or causes like the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

That's all to say this: We receive enough products on a daily basis that, if we so desired, would never have to buy anything with our own money. But, when we inevitably try something that inspires a head-over-heels, can't-live-without-it fixation (think Jack and Rose in Titanic), we happily spend our own paychecks on more of it 1) so we can hold onto our undying love for said products indefinitely (the bottles we receive aren't bottomless magic carpet bags, after all) and 2) to help support our very favorite brands. So, which beauty products do Byrdie editors actually spend money on? Keep scrolling for the 16 products perennially in our shopping carts.