Sunday, January 7, 2018

Skincare Sunday - Best of 2017 Skincare Favorites and Game Changers!

I haven't ever done Yearly Favorites on the blog before so I am excited to dive in to these! I'm starting my favorites off with Skincare - and will be posting my beauty favorites soon!  

Now, everyone does there yearly favorites a little different - for me, I am only included products that I tried and loved in 2017! Most of these were products that were released this year that I tried; but, in the case of a couple it was products released earlier that I tried for the first time this year! 

Skincare Sunday - Best of 2017 Skincare Favorites and Game Changers!

Lush Cup O' Coffee Face And Body Mask ~ $22.95 for 325g (also, $11.95 for 150g). If you're a sucker for the strong, scrubby, stimulating type, this coffee-filled mask is just the thing to kick-start your day. Wake up and invigorate your skin and mind with the rich, intoxicating aroma of freshly brewed coffee and sweet roasted cocoa extract. Kaolin deeply cleanses impurities from the pores and ground coffee acts as a gentle scrub to buff away dryness and reveal glowing skin beneath. Smooth this one all over your body to feel soft, clean and wonderfully fragrant.

Honestly, I have talked about this mask a ton on the blog as I did a full post on it and use it most months so it's always on my Month in Masks! This is both a face and a body mask that is amazing to use before a morning shower - it has actual coffee in it (I have watched them make this mask!) and wakes up your senses and skin when you use it! I slather it on my face and body, wait 5 - 10 minutes and then scrub and rinse it off. My skin looks so bright after! 
Fronaturals Facial Elixir ~ $34.99 CAN. We’ve taken 4 of the most powerful skin nurturing natural ingredients and created this amazing formula. It will have a deeply transformative effect on your skin. All you have to do is massage four to five drops directly into your face, or add it to your usual moisturizer. In just a few days you’ll see a massive difference in the tone and texture of your skin, and other people will notice it too. That’s the power of high strength natural ingredients. Developed with over an year of  testing and based on a proprietary formula, this will make your skin feel so good you will wonder why you didn't find this earlier.

This serum is a late addition to my favorites but I had to include it! Honestly, I received it in October and have used it every night all of November and December - every night! I usually switch through 3 or 4 night serums and this has made me not use anything else. Both months I did not get any hormonal breakouts and my skin has been super smooth. I absolutely thank this serum for that! So good - it is vegan, cruelty free and handmade by a small Calgary company - so amazing! (I did a full review on this serum here if you are interested).

Vichy Mineral 89 Fortifying Daily Skin Booster ~ $39.95. Give your skin a daily boost of strength. Mineral 89 is a non-greasy gel formula combining all the power of high-dose Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water with natural origin hyaluronic acid to strengthen skin's barrier function. Drop after drop and day after day, a daily dose of strength to boost skin's health and resistance. 

All I can say about this is GAME CHANGER! I received this in early Summer and I have used this every morning since! This is almost empty but my skin has been drastically improving since. Some mornings I will follow up with another serum and some mornings and others I will only use this under my moisturizer. It is amazing! If you are interested in seeing a full review, you can check out my past thoughts here

Lush Scrubee Body Butter ~ $7.95. This happy little bee looks innocent enough, but it means business when it comes to buffing your skin smooth. We've combined scrubby ground almonds and coconut shell with softening honey, cocoa and shea butter in alternating exfoliating and moisturizing stripes for the smoothest skin. Save the Scrubees!

Another product that I have to say is amazing! This is both a moisturizer and an exfoliator that you use in the shower and it is everything! I never have time to myself in the shower anymore so I duel use products that actually work are fabulous! This exfoliates well and actually hydrates the skin so much that you do not need a moisturizer and my skin was smooth and soft all day! Also, it was much cuter to start off with but I'm almost through my first one! See how cute it is here

Skoah Masks - Hydradew, Klearity, & AHA ~ $38.00 - $52.00 full size. 

I use a ton of masks and probably could have included a few brands or masks; but, I had to talk about these Skoah masks because all 3 of these masks have been amazing on my skin! I had 2 facials this year with Skoah and absolutely loved what it did for my skin. I picked up a few masks and have felt the same way about all 3! 

The Hydradew (full review here) is a hydrating mask that is multipurpose mask - you can use it as a 10 minute rinse off mask, or leave it on overnight as an intensive mask, or I like to mix it in with my moisturizer for all day hydration! I love this - it is a must have in my skincare routine.

When I went for my 2nd facial, they mixed AHA and Klearity together and it was amazing so I picked up a few samples to try it out at home and these are the only masks that I must use at least once a month! Klearity is great for oily/acne prone skin and is great for helping to prevent hormonal breakouts. The AHA mask uses alpha hydroxy acid to clear off dead skin - it is also infused with peppermint and smells amazing. These are amazing together! 

The Face Shop Dr. Belmeur Daily Repair Moisturizer ~ $32.00. A low-irritant moisturizer that calms sensitive skin and protects skin damaged by the external environment. Daily low-irritant moisturizing solution: Contains phytoshpingosine, moroheiya, birch tree sap and Skin-sync Rx™ which helps form a moisture layer to calm dry skin. 

This moisturizer has been really surprising to me - I really like it! The Daily Repair line is meant for dry, sensitive skin. This moisturizer has a gel-cream texture that is really nice on the skin. I thought that it would be best for Spring and Summer; but, I have been using this all Fall and Winter and it has been moisturizing so my skin is not dry at all (and I live in a cold, dry climate) but it doesn't feel heavy either so I find it really great for wearing makeup over top of too! 

Skincare Sunday - Best of 2017 Skincare Favorites and Game Changers!
Have you guys tried any of the same products as me this year? And, did you have the same results? I would love to hear your thoughts! 

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  1. Thank you Renee for your lovely feedback. The Facial Elixir is the culmination of a year's worth of testing to find the perfect facial oil formulation for everyday use. Only pure, organic, virgin coldpressed seed oils are used without the addition of any chemicals, fragrances or diluents.

    1. It has just worked so well - thanks for making a great serum!