Skincare Awards: 2017

2017 really was the year of skincare for me. It’s when I learned how much I truly loved learning about skincare and how different ingredients react with my skin.

These are some of my favorite things I tried out in 2017.


Tatcha Pure Camellia Cleansing Oil

I have been droning on & on about this cleanser for months now. I’ve been through 3 bottles of this stuff, & don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. It’s simply the best. It removes makeup with ease, breaking down even my toughest mascaras. It is non-irritating, so I don’t have to worry about getting it in my eyes while trying to remove eye makeup. One of my favorite things about it; it emulsifies. Even though I remove all of my cleansers with a flannel, having it emulsify means that I don’t need up with an oily residue left over. If you are looking for the perfect first cleanse, look no further.


Retrouve Luminous Cleansing Elixir

This is the first cleanser to give my beloved Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel a run for its money. This rich, essentially balm, cleanser moisturizes while intensely cleansing the skin. It just feels so luxe to use. It also emulsifies, something that in case you haven’t figured out yet, I absolutely adore.


Girl Undiscovered Under the Waterfall Crystal Cleansing Water

During the week, my morning skincare routine is minimal at best. I refuse to wake up early, meaning that I have all of seven minutes to get ready in the morning before I have to race to my car so that I can make it to work on time. So when it comes to skincare, I require that everything be quick and simple. This 3-in-1 cleansing water can be used to cleanse, tone & hydrate making it basically all that I need in the morning if I’m running late. It also doesn’t need to be washed off, meaning that when Austin steals the bathroom to shower in the morning, I can finish my whole routine. I do like to apply the Pour Moi Climate Dat Cream on top of this for added hydration throughout the day.

LilFox Jungle Glow -or- Planted In Beauty Detox Exfoliant

This is really based on personal preference. If you like a really gentle exfoliation, something you could reasonably use everyday without irritation, then I would recommend the Planted In Beauty Detox Exfoliant. If you like an exfoliant with a bit more grit & is more of a once a week event, the LilFox Jungle Glow is your best bet. You really can’t go wrong with either, but if I had to choose one, I would probably say that I prefer LilFox’s Jungle Glow ever so slightly more.



Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask

I have long loved this mask. Over the last couple years, I have probably owned 3 or 4 of these. There is just something about this mask that constantly has me reaching for it. First off, the smell is perfection. Like a fresh baked pumpkin pie. YUMM! Using pumpkin enzymes to gently but effectively exfoliate the skin, I am left with brighter, more radiant skin after just one use. It does tingle, so be warned. But I love that feeling. It feels like its actually doing something.



Luxe Botanics Camu Brightening Mist 

By far, Luxe Botanics is the best mist I have ever used. The sprayer is perfection. It’s so incredibly fine & can be used under or over makeup without any fear of water droplet marks. This refreshing mist is nutrient rich in vitamin C, sodium hyaluronate, damascus rose water and soothing botanical antioxidants. This is one of the most soothing mists I have used. An instant pick me up, plumping and priming skin to lock in moisture, leaving a soft, dewy glow. BUT! It is currently only available if you purchase $100 of Luxe Botanics products from Neiman Marcus, which is a huge bummer.


Oskia City Mist

If you don’t want to drop money on other products to get your mist as an add on, I highly recommend checking out the Oskia City Mist. Oskia’s alcohol-free Citylife Facial Mist hydrates, refreshes and plumps your complexion at the same time as deflecting damaging pollution. Copper-rich malachite, brightening vitamin C, detoxifying vitamin B3 and red snow winter rose extracts work together to offer antioxidant protection and uplift the complexion. One drawback is the sprayer. Its not amazing. Perfectly fine to use with a clean face, it is not great to use on top of makeup. I just find that it hits my face with water droplets instead of a fine mist. Overall, it is a beautiful mist that protects my skin from the days pollution, but just be wary of the mister.


Kypris Moonlight Catalyst

There’s just something about Kypris that makes me happy. Now I know very little about retinoids, but this is supposed to be a gentle, natural alternative to a retinoid. What I love this for is it’s exfoliation properties. Pumpkin enzyme is one of my favorite exfoliants, and this oil is chock full of it. This serum refines texture, encourages cell turnover, even skin tone, calms skin, & reduces healing time of blemishes. It really is one of my favorite serums for acne-prone skin.

Luxe Botanics Kigelia Clarifying Serum

Where Moonlight Catalyst is all about cell turnover, Kigelia is all about soothing the skin. When I have acne that is deep under my skin, this is what I reach for.  Immediately cooling on contact, this serum feels like a thinner alternative to aloe. It calms my aggravated acne spots while soothing & hydrating my skin. I just don’t know where I would be without this in my life.


Oribe Balmessence

This is by far the most expensive lip balm that I have ever owned ($35), and honestly, I regret nothing. This glorious gift from the Gods contains Camelina oil, Vitamin E & Shea Butter to instantly soothe dry, chapped, intensely dehydrated lips.  It has a beautiful satin texture and gives a matte look to the lips, allowing my boyfriend to actually use it too (he absolutely hates lip balms that make it look like he’s wearing lip gloss). This is one of the thickest lip balms that I have used, making it ideal as a intensive night lip treatment. That, however, does not stop me from slathering it on throughout the day as well.


Girl Undiscovered Stars Aligning Crystals

Now I don’t know how I feel about the idea of certain crystals having healing properties. I’m not knocking anyone who does believe that they do, I just don’t fully understand. What I can say, however, is that taking 5 minutes out of my day to do a face massage a few times a week has been so incredibly relaxing. using these crystals to apply my facial oils increases absorption and helps bring blood to the surface of the skin, encouraging skin repair.


What were your favorite skincare products of 2017?


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