Happy 2018 everyone! I know it’s been quiet here the last couple of months but it’s been super busy with traveling and holidays and such, so I’m back now with my usual rundowns of my favourite products of the past twelve months.
I think in the past couple of years I’ve more or less figured out what works for me and what my skin likes, so there are repeat products here, but at the end of the day that is basically just a testament to how good the products have been. One product I’ve blogged about nonstop has been the Bosia Clear Complexion Treatment – I slather it on in the morning and it is amazing. I haven’t been able to find anything as good in a similar price range, and I simply can’t do without. Another love is the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm. This stuff is magic for oily skin – it removes makeup gently and effectively without leaving any weird residue or scent behind, and as an extra plus, no cotton pads are required to make this work. The Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Transformation Gel is another repurchase; I bought the jumbo bottle in the fall and use it every night. It really helps with blemishes and evening out skin tone, so I think my day and night treatments are really set for the foreseeable future.
One of my newer discoveries this year and absolute loves have been the Belif Witch Hazel Extract Toner, which I use every morning. It combats blemishes and moisturizes, which is a combination that basically defined my skincare routine in 2017. It’s got a bit of a thicker consistency, so I don’t even bother with a cotton pad to apply, I just dump a bit into my hand and pat onto the face. It’s not cheap but at this rate it is going to last me absolute ages.
Another love is the Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser. I’m getting down to the dregs of it now, but I used it faithfully every morning for the majority of 2017 and really enjoyed the gentle exfoliating effect it has. The bottle is also huge and lasts ages. I will definitely repurchase in the future and recommend pretty much all the Murad cleansers.
My last favourite is a bit of a cheat because I didn’t start using it until the fall, but I can 100% say it is responsible for my lack of dry patches this winter, which is a first in my life. The Ordinary’s 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil is really great; it helps to brighten the skin and to moisturize, without being too rich or greasy for my skin. I add 1-2 drops to my regular moisturizer every night and it works wonders. The best part is that it only costs $10 and there is a Deciem store close to where I work. As an added bonus, it seems they’re now carrying The Ordinary on Sephora. Woohoo!
What were your 2017 skincare favourites and what are you excited to be using going into the new year?