Best of Beauty 2018: Skincare Edition

Hi everyone! On Monday, I shared Part 1 of my Best of Beauty of the year, which was all about my makeup favourites. Today is the second of my Best in Beauty of 2018, which features all about my bodycare and skincare favourites. Read on to see what I loved this year!


Hand Cream: Delectable Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream

I bought a 6 pack of these last December, and now I’m currently on my last two tubes. A lot of my blogger friends raved about these Delectable hand creams before I ever got to try them, and now I finally see why. I wash my hands a lot, so they’re always dry. They’re very affordable drugstore hand creams, and are the most hydrating lotions I’ve used in a long time. A huge plus is that these are the perfect size for the purse! A few of the scents were not my favourite, but they weren’t a dealbreaker, either. I recently bought a set of bigger tubes that I have placed on my bedside table and office desk!



Lip Balm: Glossier Balm Dotcom

In my makeup favourites post, I talked about how much I love the Cloud Paints. These are another hit from Glossier! My long-time favourite lip balm for the last decade has been the ones from Jack Black, and I’ve never been able to find another brand that I liked just as much. Well, I discovered this year that the Balm Dotcom gives it a run for its money! I’ve tried a few balms throughout 2018, but the Balm Dotcom was my favourite by far. I wouldn’t say that it’s better than the Jack Black, to be honest, but it’s just as good even though the formula is different. It keeps my lips moisturized for a few hours before reapplication is needed, and it’s just the right texture – not thin and greasy, but also not thick and hard to spread out either. I recently purchased the rose scent, and I’m looking forward to adding more to my collection one day.



Makeup Remover: Farmacy Green Clean Meltaway Cleansing Balm

reviewed this makeup remover in the summer, and it’s still a standout for me now. For the first time in nearly a decade, I’ve found a makeup remover that has replaced my holy grail, the MAC Cleanse Off Oil. This cleansing balm has a subtle fresh scent that smells really nice. More importantly, I want my makeup removal process to be fast and effective, and this removes even the most stubborn of my makeup quickly with no trace of it left over. Massaging it into the skin feels nice too, as it feels very hydrating and turns into a nice milky texture once you add water to it. It’s the first cleansing balm I’ve ever tried, and it won’t be my last!

Runner up is the Garnier Miscellar Water, which saved me when I had eyelash extensions and couldn’t use an oil-based makeup remover. I never “believed” in miscellar waters before because anything besides oil-based remover has always been ineffective in makeup removal on me, but this was so impressive in getting makeup off my skin.



Serums: Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Lotion

I didn’t really know how to classify this, but I guess a serum is close enough. I’ve tested out 4 different hyaluronic acids now, and this has by FAR been my favourite even though it’s the newest addition to my collection! I purchased it in Japan after reading that pretty much EVERYONE recommends this, and it lives up to the hype. It’s the most hydrating out of the four, and soaks right into the skin. It also has a nice consistency that’s not too runny but also not goopy. it’s unscented, and it doesn’t do anything weird like pill underneath other skincare or makeup. I feel like my skin has felt a lot less tight since starting to use this!



Facial Oil: The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane

I’ve never had much luck with facial oils until I met this one. Squalane is meant to lock in moisture, and this does just that. I apply it as the last step on my nighttime routine in order to lock in all of the hydrating properties from the other products I applied underneath. I’ve found that since using the squalane, my skin feels quenched and supple in the morning. Although it’s an oil, it doesn’t feel too greasy, and it’s also unscented, which is a big plus for a lot of skincare lovers. I reviewed this back in September here.



Exfoliator: Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum

I will be doing a review of all the products included in the Drunk Elephant Littles Kit in the next month or so, but all you have to know about this product is that it is so phenomenal. This is a pretty strong AHA/BHA blend, but I found this to be really gentle on my skin. No stinging, no scent, and no drying out my skin. I’ve found that I just end up with a smooth and much more radiant complexion after using this regularly.



Moisturizer: Herbivore Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Creme

Not only is the packaging and the pink cream pretty (the aesthetics is always a bonus, am I right?), but it has a light, airy texture that feels nice on the skin. Yet, this is still really moisturizing despite the lighter texture. I have dry skin and have that it has worked well for both the summer and winter so far, although as the weather continues to get colder, I’m now just starting to find it’s not enough. The scent is a bit strong, which is definitely a negative for people who don’t like fragrance in their skincare, but I personally don’t hate it. I did an in-depth review of this moisturizer here.

The runner-up in this category is the Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream. It’s a runner-up because I only started using it in December and need more time to test it, but I’m seriously loving it so far. This moisturizer is a lot thicker than the Herbivore Pink Cloud, but it doesn’t sit heavily on my skin. My skin has been drinking all of the moisture up! I will have a review of this up in the next two months.

And that is it for my roundup of 2018 favourites! What products did you love this year?


33 thoughts on “Best of Beauty 2018: Skincare Edition

  1. I’ve not heard of Delectable before! Will need to do some research on them…are they a Canadian brand or have I just been under a rock? haha

    So happy you love the Hada Labo lotion! (Had no doubts either.) I think it’s such a user-friendly brand let alone product – I have yet to hear a person say a bad word about it.

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    • Yes, Delectable is Canadian! It’s a collection owned by the company Cake Beauty. I’m not sure how easy the brand is to find outside of Canada!

      I totally agree that it’s a really user-friendly brand. I decanted some of it and gave it to my mom, and she’s been enjoying it too!

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  2. I love the Farmacy makeup remover and the Drunk Elephant TLC Framboos serum! Even though it’s so expensive – I’m about to buy it again. I’ve tried dupes and I just don’t like it as much as the original DE TLC Framboos serum!

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  3. I love those delectable hand creams too! The balm dot com has now been added to my to-try list.
    I’m glad that the green clean balm worked for you! I don’t know why it didn’t work the best for me, maybe my sample was a bit off :S
    I haven’t tried anything from the ordinary but I heard that it might come back to Sephora? It if does I’m definitely interested in trying out some of their serums/oils. Great post! x

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    • Yes, would highly recommend the Balm Dotcoms!
      Aww, that sucks the Farmacy cleansing balm didn’t work for you! At least you got to try it from a sample first to determine that you don’t like it, instead of investing in a full size.
      I order The Ordinary right from their website, which I found so much easier than at Sephora when everything was constantly sold out! It’s free shipping with any $25 purchase (plus no duties since they ship from Ontario), which is actually kind of hard to reach because The Ordinary’s products are so dirt cheap lol.


  4. I was just thinking the other day how much I love the Glossier Balm Dotcom. I only have the Coconut one but I want MORE. Actually, I want all of them. 😆

    It is SUPER impressive that the Farmacy Green Clean Meltaway Cleansing Balm knocked the MAC Cleanse Off Oil from its pedestal! I know you’re try to get more into clean skincare but the Clinique cleansing balm is really good – very effective and a tube lasts forever.

    When I was in Japan, I didn’t pick up too many skincare because of the weight but this time I’m going to make a point to pick up some Hada Labo products. They’re so inexpensive there compared to here.

    I just cracked open The Ordinary Squalane and have used it a couple of times so I can’t comment yet. So far so good.

    I’ve already mentioned in the other post about discovering the Belif creams in 2018. 🙂 The other skincare I’ve enjoyed is the Charlotte Tilbury Take It All Off Eye Makeup Remover. It’s one of those bi-phase eye makeup removers – it works really well and doesn’t leave a greasy film on my eyeballs.
    A face sunscreen favourite in 2018 was Innisfree Perfect UV protection cream triple care SPF50+ PA+++ – a very good mineral sunscreen.

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    • Right?! I totally want all of them too!

      Eh, I don’t know if I’m so much trying to actually get into clean skincare than just learning/researching more about it this year – in the meantime, I’m all for trying all brands. The Clinique Take the Day Off is on my list to try!!

      Do you have a list going of stuff you want to pick up from Japan this time, other than the Hada Labo stuff?

      Oooh, let me know if you love the Squalane! I don’t know if I should repurchase the Squalane or try the Rosehip Oil next…it must be nice getting to try the products in store!

      Yes, I’ve heard so much about Belif this year but I haven’t looked much into the brand! And I wasn’t even aware that Charlotte Tilbury had a makeup remover. Sounds nice, though! I was actually tempted to buy that Innisfree sunscreen in Hong Kong as well as the Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen AA SPF 50+ PA+++ in Japan, but since I already bought one in Japan, they’d probably both go bad before I got to using them!


  5. I love the makeup remover and I know that everyone woman must have one ,but my biggest problem is trying to maintain a proper skincare routine, have any tips ?

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    • Honestly, just like anything else that requires a routine (working out, getting up in the morning…haha) you just have to do it until you get in the habit and it becomes natural. Maybe try starting off really simple first, because a 10-step routine right off the bat is probably going to turn you off of it. Makeup remover, cleanser, a serum, and moisturizer might be a good start?


      • Thanks a lot. I always tried to follow the usual 10-12 routines and I ended up giving up at the end of the day. Thanks for your advice .

        The four things you mentioned are nice and I’ll surely try them out .


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