Hi, hello my loves!
I hope you have been doing well and that you had a very Merry Christmas! I had such a lovely holiday with my family…good things are happening and I can’t wait until the New Year!
I only really got into a good skincare routine at the end of this year, so my skincare favourites aren’t over the top in terms of serums, toners, retinols and all that. It is definitely pretty basic as I just started using serums and such not long ago so I don’t really count it as a favourite of 2017.
Best Cleansing Balm
Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm with Echinacea GreenEnvy ($44 CAD): This cleansing balm has changed my life! I like using a makeup remover (you’ll see which one later on in this post) and then going in with this cleansing balm to ensure ALL my makeup is removed. It has a creamy consistency on my face that feels moisturizing yet isn’t greasy like I find the Clinique balm. This one really removes all my makeup that I may have missed with my initial remover, so it is safe to say I’m obsessed!
Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Cleanser Daily Foaming Wash ($48 CAD): This foaming cleanser is soo creamy which I am in love with! It smells so nice and refreshing and my face feels really moisturized once I use it. I’ve been using this daily with my Clarisonic and I love how it foams up – I’ve noticed a big difference in my skin since I’ve been using this and I think this is partially responsible!
Best Makeup Remover
Garnier All-in-1 Cleansing Water Waterproof Makeup: Micellar water has been all the rage this year and for good reason. I don’t use this as a cleanser, but I use it to remove my makeup initially before I go in with a cleansing balm. I find this Garnier Micellar Water, specifically with the waterproof remover works amazingly! I’ve used two bottles this year and I am on my third, which is pictured above! I think this does a great job at gently removing makeup.
Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner ($54 CAD): If you know anything about me, I love anything rose–so it’s a no brainer that one of my favourite items happens to reflect that. I love the Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner as it is alcohol free and contains rosewater and real rose petals, which helps nourish the skin. I love how this toner is hydrating and it smells sooo good. I’ve found that throughout the year I’ve used it, my skin is looking much more clear and I think this has to do with it!
Garnier Pure Control Deep Pore Exfoliating Cream Scrub: For some reason I cannot find this anywhere online, but this has been an amazing exfoliator for me! I got this from Winners early during the year and love how the beads foam up and how refreshed my face feels after using this. I like using this every other day as it also has a creamy texture that is suitable for my drier skin.
Best Facial Pads
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads ($37 CAD): I kind of made up this category but I truly love these Facial Radiance Pads that have come into my life this year! I use these in the morning and I love how convenient they are! Each pad has just enough ingredients to effectively tone, brighten and exfoliate the skin gently. I’m obsessed with using these pads in the morning or if I’m going back and forth to my boyfriends place as it is super convenient to use!
Sunday Riley C.E.O. C + E antiOXIDANT Protect + Repair Moisturizer ($85 CAD): OH MY GOSH THIS MOISTURIZER SMELLS AMAZING! I got this as a 100 point perk from Sephora this year and I loved it so much I ended up getting 5 more point perks with it and then got a full size for Christmas (thank goodness). This has a pretty hefty price tag for a moisturizer, but I feel that it brightens my complexion and I love how it has anti-aging properties in it and how it feels sooo luxurious on. I’ve been using this religiously and I am so in love with it – I can tell this is going to stay!
Best Face Mask
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask ($45 USD): Ahhh I’m crazy about the smell of this mask! It smells exactly like watermelon and it is so, so good. This jelly-like mask is amazing to wear overnight as it moistens and refreshes the skin. I find when I use this mask my skin peels a bit, which is said to be normal as it gently exfoliates your skin as well. This is the perfect mask to put on at night and then wash off the next morning. I feel much more brightened and rejuvenated once I use it!
Best Skincare Tool
Clarisonic Mia 2 + Sonic Foundation Brush Bundle ($258 CAD): I originally purchased this Clarisonic at Sephora and it came in a set, but the one on the Clarisonic site is the same thing basically, but the one from Sephora is no longer available. The Clarisonic has definitely changed my skincare game this year–I use it once a day (at night) and at first I found that my impurities showed up in the first week of using it, but after that my skin has been really clear! I feel like this cleanses my skin a lot better than my hands. I love how it also has a timer with it, so I know how long to cleanse my face for. I highly recommend the Clarisonic for those who are on the fence purchasing it. It was definitely a game changer for me this year!
That’s it for my favourites! I’m currently looking for an amazing eye cream so if you have any favourites, let me know down below!