I Tried Over 100 Skincare Products in 2018 and These Are the Ones That Made the Cut for 2019

Ok maybe not 100, but pretty damn close! I set out on a mission around this time last year to try all the skincare products I could get my hands on, just so that I could write this post. I know, that sounds insane but I wanted to be able to honestly tell you what the best of the best were and which products I’ll definitely keep using come 2019. So here it is, the ultimate list. All the tried and true products that are now both essentials in my routine, and the products that would have definitely won my very own 2018 Best of Beauty awards. IS Clinical Cleansing Complex

Out of all the many, many beauty products I recommend, this is the one people always tell me is life changing. It stops breakouts in their tracks and keeps your skin clear, hydrated and happy. I’d give it the #1 spot as the best cleanser out there for all skin types (even sensitive) and I definitely couldn’t imagine a single day of 2019 without it.


COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patches

If you have a zit, or two, or three these patches are all you need. Yes, I’m making that claim because these are the closest thing to magic I’ve ever encountered as far as skincare goes. Within two nights of wearing these your zit will significantly shrink or completely go away. I’m guilty of wearing these out during the day because I think they conceal zits way better than makeup can!

Elemis Peptide4 Eye Recovery Cream

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, finding an under eye cream is insanely difficult. Coming someone who chronically looks sleep deprived, this stuff is the real deal. I first learned about it on makeup artist, Katie Jane Hughes’ Instagram and bough it shortly thereafter. It definitely helps brighten and de-puff your under-eyes and I use it on top of my concealer every day to create a more illuminated look.

IS Clinical Active Serum

This active serum has become one of my nightly routine staples and has simplified my whole routine by being the ultimate multitasking product. It’s my go-to product when my skin is breaking out for  its unmatched, zit-clearing magic and I know I can always rely on it to return my skin back to its best, glowing self. It’s like hitting the reset button on your skin.

Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum

Finding the right vitamin C serum is a lot like finding a good life partner, hard. I’ve gone through at least ten different vitamin C serums this year and only two made the cut into the 2019 pile. It reverses all the damage done to your skin by the sun and other free radicals and prevents acne or any other dark spots from forming. It significantly made my acne scars start to fade and I noticed after a week of using it that my skin was definitely brighter


Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 1970

It’s usually hard for me to tell a major difference in my skin from any single product, but after introducing this chemical exfoliant to my routine that definitely changed. When I don’t use this for even just two days I can see my discoloration start to reappear and the texture of my skin starts to dull. I hate to play favorites but I really think this may be most impactful product I’ve tried this year.

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask

I have very dry skin, especially in the Winter so finding a good moisturizer hasn’t been the easiest task. I’ve tried nearly every heavy-duty expensive moisturizer only to find the most effective one was this $48 Jet Lag Mask. Yes, I know it’s a mask but it doubles as the worlds greatest moisturizer that almost instantly soothes and hydrates my skin leaving it as smooth as baby skin.

Bioderma Micellar Water

The best makeup remover out there as far as I’m concerned. It makes even the toughest eye-makeup a piece-of-cake to take off without having to rub or scrub! I use this every day and one bottle of it lasts forever and I’ve used it every night of 2018, so it’ll definitely be used every night of 2019 too.

Dr.Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum

While I want to be smarter about my spending in 2019, this splurge has become a necessity in my daily routine and I can’t part with it.  Especially this Winter when my skin has been so dry, I’ve become addicted to it. The serum sucks and locks moisture into the skin while plumping all fine lines and leaves your complexion looking fresh and youthful.

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic

My whole morning skincare routine revolves around using this serum. I’d heard a lot of buzz about it before buying it but I can honestly say, after my third bottle, it’s worth the hype. It protects your skin from all outdoor pollutants/sun damage and makes your skin glow like crazy which I definitely don’t hate.

C & The Moon Malibu Made Body Scrub

I want to eat this scrub I love it and its smell so much. It’s a deliciously luxurious body scrub made with all natural and organic ingredients so I guess I could actually eat it if I wanted to…It exfoliates and moisturizes your skin and every time I use it after I shower I can’t stop feeling my arms and telling others to feel them too. To say it leaves your skin soft is a tremendous understatement, it leaves your skin feeling like butter for hours after showering, no lotion necessary.


Cover photo c/o Mara Sherlock