| Loves | Best of Beauty 2021 - Skincare

Best of Beauty 2021 - Skincare

| Loves | Best of Beauty 2021 - Skincare 

I can't believe I'm already trying to sum up the entire year! If I had to recap the year, I would say it was an extremely successful skin year for me! Not only have I discovered incredible new products but I have really nailed down staple products that are really for me. I have really transformed and improved my skin this year. I would say this is my best skin year, yet! I really can't wait to share the products I couldn't stop using this past year. You may see a few repeats from previous years, that's how you know they're amazing. Let's get into my favorite skincare products of 2021!

Best of Beauty 2021 - Skincare


Augustinus Bader The Cream Cleansing Gel - This is making an appearance for the second year in a row! I just love the way this cleanser removes all makeup and dirt but it also feels nourishing. It really feels like it's a treatment for the skin while it cleanses the skin! This cleanser will give you the smoothest and softest skin. It really gives skin a bouncy texture and a glass-skin finish to my skin! This is a cleanser that I will continue to repurchase again and again. You can read my review here

AveSeena Gentle Gardenia Anti-Pollution Gel Cleanser - This luxurious cleanser smells absolutely amazing!! The gardenia fragrance is so luxurious, uplifting, and soothing. I just want to reach for it all the time because it makes my skin feel so good and it really uplifts my mood. This gel cleanser is super gentle and feels very cushiony on the skin. It cleanses really well but doesn't strip the skin and always feels so nourishing! I have dry skin and I'm very particular about my cleansers. This is one I will continue to use again and again. My full thoughts are my review

Youth to The People Superfood Cleanser - This refreshing gel cleanser is gentle and hydrating. It has a cushiony gel texture that lathers really luxuriously on the skin. It cleanses really well but it doesn't strip the skin, it actually feels hydrating and very gentle. It contains nutrients to really care for the skin while it cleanses. I'm not usually impressed by cleansers because I find most of them to do the job but this one leaves my skin feeling really refreshed and hydrated. It goes beyond being just a cleanser for me. 

OTZI Crystal Nova Makeup Removing Cleanser - This makeup remover and cleanser is unlike any product I have tried before! This gel cleanser works just like a cleansing balm or cleansing oil but without a greasy or oily texture. It really removes makeup really well and it also cleanses the skin! It's a very refreshing and easy-to-use product. It washes away really clean but I still do like to use a cleanser afterward. 

Best of Beauty 2021 - Skincare


Alpha-H Liquid Gold Exfoliating Treatment with Glycolic Acid - This is one of the BEST peels I have ever used! This particular formula is very unique because it needs to be used completely alone because when layered with other products, it buffers the formula and becomes a much more gentle formula. I highly recommend using alone on bare skin. It will completely smooth, soften, and refresh the skin! You will awaken with the smoothest, softest, and glowiest skin! This formula just makes your skin radiant and renewed. It delivers results similar to some of the best retinols I have tried! You can read more about this formula in my review.  

AveSeena HoneyActive Beauty Mask - This is one of my all time favorite masks that I use at least once a week! This mask smells absolutely amazing! It smells like sweet honey and chocolate, it is a decadnt and luxurious scent. The texture is a thick honey-like texture and when you apply it, it is a bit sticky. The magic happens when you rinse it off! It leaves the skin incredibly smooth, soft, and glowing! This is such a great way to detoxify and refresh your skin weekly! I don't tend to use clay masks because they can be drying for my already dry skin. This mask is so nourishing despite being a great exfoliating mask. Also, this mask always feels so luxurious and pampering, which is why I use it weekly! You can read my review on this mask here

Elemis ULTRA-SMART Pro-Collagen Aqua Infusion Mask - This jelly-like mask is fairly new to my routine but I have been using it since October and it became a fast-favorite. This mask has a unique jelly-like texture that melts into the skin but it doesn't feel quite like a gel but more of a satin-texture gel? It's very hard to describe because it doesn't leave the skin with a wet look and it feels satiny on the skin. It feels instantly refreshing, cool, and hydrating. After you rinse this mask off, your skin feels so refreshed and renewed! My skin felt significantly softer, plump, and hydrated! This is the ultimate luxurious anti-aging face mask! 

Best of Beauty 2021 - Skincare


Augustinus Bader The Essence - I bought this essence last year but I found myself reaching for it more than ever this year. Maybe it's because the brand has come out with even more skincare products since the release of this one. I found myself layering this essence with the rest of the range and my skin has never looked better! This essence helps smooth out and plump the texture of the skin. It pairs really well with products from AB and other brands as well. You can learn more about this luxurious essence in my review

Elemis Superfood Fruit Vinegar Liquid Glow - This liquid exfoliant has a wonderful fruity scent that smells so juicy and fresh. This formula contains AHA-rich Fruit Vinegars and a Prebiotic that gently exfoliants the skin. It really refreshes the skin. removes impurities, and smooths out the texture of my skin. It gives me an instant glow and I just adore how it helps my other skincare products absorb more efficiently. You can read all about this beautiful formula in my review here

Youth to the People Superfood Unity Exfoliant - There seems to be a superfood trend in my daily exfoliants and I can't deny it delivers great results! I easily went through half of this bottle and I had only used it for a couple months! This is a great daily exfoliant that delivers great results but is still very gentle. This formula really smooths out the texture of my skin and helps all my products penetrate deeper and work more efficiently. Definitely, a fantastic formula! 

Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Moisture Essence - This essence is a hydrating, juicy, and plumping elixir. The texture is slightly viscous and it feels instantly hydrating, like a hybrid between a serum and an essence. It instantly hydrates and plumps my skin. When layered with a face mist, my hydrating serum, and my moisturizer, I have the glassiest and dewiest complexion! I'm very much obsessed with this hydrating and luscious formula! It also has the fresh pro-collagen fragrance that I love! 

Best of Beauty 2021 - Skincare


Augustinus Bader The Serum - This potent serum is a total skin transformer! I loved this serum so much, I had to get a backup because I don't be without this beautiful serum! The serum refines the texture of the skin, shrinking pores, and smooths texture. It instantly hydrates, plumps the skin, and delivers a glass-skin glow! This serum gives my skin the most flawless texture to my skin. It really plumps out lines and makes my skin look ten years younger! The results just multiply with continuous use! This formula is very complex and you learn more about it in my review here

Dr. Dennis Gross Advanced Retinol + Ferulic Texture Renewal Serum - This retinol serum is incredible for smoothing out texture and preventing signs of aging! I have tried many retinol serums and this is among the best. It delivers a glowing, healthy, and youthful look to my skin with one night of use! This is a potent serum but it doesn't cause irritation to my skin. This serum helps give my skin a glassy glow and a smooth texture! 

Peter Thomas Roth PRO Strength Niacinamide Discoloration Treatment - I completely depleted my tube of this niacinamide treatment this year because it just refines the texture of the skin so beautifully! This lightweight cream treatment instantly gives my skin a glow and just makes my complexion look so perfect. It really smooths out texture, shrinks pores, and gives the skin a healthy glow. I kept the empty tube around just to remind me to buy another tube! 

Tatcha Dewy Serum - I can never say no to a glow! This serum instantly gives my skin a ton of hydration and a beautiful dewy finish! It makes my skin feel so hydrated, plump, and smooth. This serum just makes my skin look so good, I often don't feel the need to wear makeup. However, when I do, this serum gives my complexion a beautiful dewy finish! This serum has been my go-to skincare prep before my makeup routine. I also purchased a backup of this serum during the Sephora sale because I love it so much! 

Herbal Face Food Serum I and The Serum II - This range of all-natural serums is the most potent antioxidant serum on the market! Think of these serums are vitamin c serums on steroids! It is a unique and concentrated blend of natural plant concentrates. Combined together, this formula not only helps brighten and protect the skin from environmental damage but it actually repairs damage to the skin! I have never come across a serum that is so powerful and effective at repairing the skin. From stubborn texture to sun damage, this range of serums really turns back the clock on your skin! You can read more about this multipurpose and potent serum in my reviews, the Serum I review, and the Serum II review

Herbal Face Food The Cure X - This product is a super potent form of the Herbal Face Food Serums but it is used as a spot treatment. You can use the particular spot treatment to treat hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and texture! I love using it to treat my milia and it has worked wonders! I have been using it for almost two years now and I have seen tremendous improvement in my milia, even some of the smaller bumps disappear completely! It is also fantastic for treating sun damage, like sunspots, pigmentation, and wrinkles. This product will give your skin an intense tingling and burning sensation but this is totally normal and it is how you know it is working. If you have skin conditions and intense skin issues, you're going to LOVE this treatment! Learn more about this formula in my review

AveSeena Micro Algae Immun-B3 Serum - I love a niacinamide serum! It's just an ingredient that works so well with my skin! This is the cleanest niacinamide formula I have tried and it is incredibly potent. This serum significantly smooths, softens, and refines the texture of my skin! Every time I use it, my skin feels baby-soft! This serum refines the skin and shrinks your pores. It really deeply nourishes your skin and plumps it. My skin is so healthy and glowing when I use this serum! It is rich in antioxidants, protecting the skin from environmental damage and helping repair signs of aging! It is a luxurious formula that is well worth the price!  

Best of Beauty 2021 - Skincare


Augustinus Bader The Cream & The Rich Cream - I finished a bottle of each this year, despite all the other skincare products I used and tested this year. Plus, I repurchased another bottle of The Cream. These creams are so nourishing and potent! These moisturizers treat the skin immediately and the results only get better with more use. They give the skin a refined texture, a glass-skin glow, and it improves signs of aging! This is, by far, the best anti-aging moisturizer I have ever tried! This moisturizer firms, increases elasticity, and refines the texture of the skin. You can read more about the fabulous formulas in my review here

Augustinus Bader The Face Oil - This face oil is a potent and deeply nourishing oil that repairs and treats signs of aging! While many face oils provide a lot of hydration and nourishment, they only treat lines and wrinkles minimally. This oil contains all the beneficial and potent ingredients found in The Cream in a richer oil formula. The oil is so beautiful because it refined the texture of the skin, while it plumps out lines, and hydrates the skin! This oil is such a crucial step in my routine in the colder months but I often use it year-round. You can read my full thoughts here in my review

Dr. Zenovia Peptide + Ceramide Repairing Moisturizer - This is probably one of my most used moisturizers of the year! I think I went through three jars of this stuff! This moisturizer has a wonderful balmy and hydrating cream formula. I love using this moisturizer in the evenings to seal in my other skincare products and a ton of hydration. In the morning, my skin is so plump, hydrated, and super smooth! You just notice a huge difference in the condition of your skin! It looks so glowing and healthy! This moisturizer really smooths out textures and lines. It’s a potent formula because you will see results overnight! 

Herbivore Pink Cloud - This soothing formula is a cushiony cloud-like texture that leaves my skin hydrated and plump. This is my favorite hydrating moisturizer that doesn't contain a lot of active ingredients. Sometimes you just need a more simple moisturizer for your skin, like when you're using strong acids or retinols. This one is perfect because it is so hydrating, plumping, and nourishing. I have almost finished a whole jar of this moisturizer and I highly recommend it! 

Elemis ULTRA-SMART Pro-Collagen Night Genius - I found myself craping the inside of the jar of this moisturizer halfway through the year. I was trying to get every last drop out of it because it is so good! This moisturizer has a lightweight and slick texture that glides onto the skin and makes your skin feel like cashmere! Overnight, this powerful night cream works to smooth, refine, and plump the skin! This formula really increases elasticity in the skin and makes my skin look so youthful. It completely renews my skin and doesn't cause any irritation like other anti-aging formulas. This formula may be costly but it is well worth it! You can read my full review of it here

AveSeena Green Caviar Oil Elixir - This luxurious oil smells absolutely incredible! It contains Gardenia, Damask Roses, Tiare, and Blue Tansy absolutes that make it smell heavenly! It's such a luxurious treat for your senses and for your skin! It's a very lightweight oil so, it doesn't feel heavy on the skin. It's incredibly nourishing and hydrating. Plus, it contains so many nourishing ingredients to help combat signs of aging, texture issues, dullness, and dryness! I can't recommend this beautiful facial oil enough! 

Best of Beauty 2021 - Skincare


Replenix Tinted Oil-Free Face Sunscreen SPF 50 - This tinted facial sunscreen is amazing! I love the warm tint to it, it makes my skin look really healthy and prevents the high SPF from giving me a white cast! This sunscreen leaves a healthy luminous finish on the skin. I love the high factor protection because I feel very secure that my face will be well protected. This is easily a product I will continue to buy again! 

Elemis ULTRA-SMART Pro-Collagen Enviro-Adapt Day Cream - The complement to the Night Cream, this day cream is just as luxurious and promotes youthful skin and repair during the day. This day cream has the same silky and slick formula. This day cream makes my skin feel so silky smooth and soft! It's a great moisturizer for priming the skin for makeup and when used with the night cream, my skin just looks better with each passing day! You can read more about this formula in my review

Victoria Beckham Cell Rejuvenating Priming Moisturizer -This product is likely to show up in my best of beauty makeup edition too! This skincare-makeup hybrid has grown on me over the past year. While it is a diluted version of Augustinus Bader technology, it still contains the innovative and effective formulation from the brand. I am all for improving and caring for my skin, while I wear makeup and this priming moisturizer definitely delivers in that respect. The formula contains fine luminous reflects and it leaves the skin with a very healthy glow. I have a review of the original shade here and the golden hour shade here

Best of Beauty 2021 - Skincare


Augustinus Bader The Eye Cream - This lightweight eye cream feels more like a serum on the eyes than a cream. It instantly hydrates and brightens my skin. I saw noticeable improvement with the fine lines under my eyes. This eye cream really firms, tightens, and increases elasticity. Additionally, it really brightens and smooths out the texture under the eyes. The formula is potent and you only need the tiniest drop and while the product is expensive, it is a phenomenal eye cream! I am very milia-prone so, I don't like most eye creams but this is the perfect texture for me. It doesn't clog my pores and it is so effective on my under-eye issues. You can read all about this formula in my review

AveSeena The Supreme Recontour Eye Concentrate - This super lightweight eye serum feels so refreshing, soothing, and cooling! It feels amazing in the mornings when my eyes are tired but it also works fantastically in the evenings because it is so nourishing and hydrating! This formula is extremely concentrated so you literally need the tiniest drop for each eye! I love this clean formulation and I love how gentle it is on the eyes. The super-light texture means I don't have to worry about getting milia. This formula really helps hydrate, reduce signs of aging, and depuff the eye area. It's an incredible and luxurious formula! 

Sunday Riley 5 Stars Retinoid + Niacinamide Eye Serum -  My two favorite skincare ingredients, retinol, and niacinamide. This eye serum is a beautiful anti-aging eye treatment. It has a texture that is between a serum and an eye cream. It is very light and blends into the skin quickly. It feels very hydrating but not greasy or heavy. It really smoothes out the texture of the skin and reduces the appearance of wrinkles without causing irritation. This has been one of my go-to eye creams in the evening and it has become a staple in my evening routine. 

Elemis Matcha Eye Dew - This refreshing and cooling eye gel instantly depuffs and cools the eye area. The caffeine in the matcha helps reduce puffiness and helps tighten the eye area. This is my go-to when I'm having an exhausting early morning. It really makes my eyes feel more awake and refreshed. It is also very hydrating without adding any additional oil or grease to your eye area. It's also great for makeup prep. 

Dr. Dennis Gross Advanced Retinol + Ferulic Triple Correction Eye Serum - This super lightweight gel treatment feels very refreshing and hydrating. This formula absorbs fairly quickly and while it is a retinol formula, it is very gentle and non-irritating. I love this lightweight formula because my eyes are very milia prone and this formula treats my skin for fine lines without causing milia. It's a plumping, hydrating, and smoothing formula. This formula is one that I reach for again and again. 

Josie Maran Argan Pro-Retinol Eye Cream - During the first half of the year, this was pretty much the only eye cream I reached for in the evenings. This unique eye cream has a hard balm texture but when you blend it into the skin, it melts into the skin beautifully. It feels hydrating and nourishing but not greasy or heavy, due to the balm-like texture. This formula really smooths the texture of the skin and reduces the appearance of lines. This very clean formula is incredibly potent and powerful. 

Best of Beauty 2021 - Skincare


Bliss Clear Genius Acne Spot Treatment - I haven't had the best of luck with spot treatments, I often find they don't reduce my spots much quicker than if I just left it alone. However, this spot treatment is insanely potent! After one application, it reduced my spots by at least half! Even the biggest volcanos on my face will reduce to a small spot overnight! It also doesn't dry out my skin or further irritate my skin! I am so impressed with this formula and how quickly it treats my spots! Plus, the formula is very affordable. I will definitely be purchasing this again in the future! 

Best of Beauty 2021 - Skincare


Augustinus Bader The Lip Balm - This is probably the most expensive lip balm I have ever owned; however, it is an incredible balm! It is more of a skincare product than a lip balm. Not only is it incredibly nourishing and repairing but it has a nice natural matte texture. It doesn't have that greasy emollience that really intensely hydrating balms that I use in the evenings. During the day and for a lip prep, I prefer this formula and finish. It really helps rejuvenate the look of my lips and plumps out the lines on my lips. I repurchased this balm this year, which is really saying something about how much I love this balm. You can read my review on this balm here

By Terry Baume de Rose - This luxurious rose-scented balm has a rich, emollient, and creamy texture. It glides over the lips leaving a very soft and cushiony veil but doesn't leave the lips feeling greasy or sticky. It really deeply hydrates the lips overnight, which is when I have been using it. It leaves my lips feeling petal soft and cushiony in the morning. My lips get chapped and dry easily but this formula has prevented my winter chapped lips. 

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask - I finished a tub of this lip mask this year and it is a formula I will continue to buy again and again. This thick, rich, and emollient lip mask coats the lips in a nourishing and moisture-trapping veil. These come in so many delicious flavors as well! I have tried and finished many flavors of this treatment. When I ran out of my last tub, I used some other lip masks but they just didn't work as well. There's nothing quite like this formula. 

Best of Beauty 2021 - Skincare


TriPollar STOP Vx - This device is EASILY my greatest beauty discovery this year! While expensive, I have never seen such amazing results except for when I use this device! This radiofrequency facial device delivers a powerful treatment that completely rejuvenates the skin, tightens the skin, and reduces wrinkles! I will tell you that you will notice results after your first use! The results will just get exponentially better the more consistent you are with using it! This device also tones and enhances the contours of the face better than my microcurrent devices! I haven't reached for my microcurrent devices since this one is significantly better! It is one of the BEST investments I have ever made for my skin! The treatment does take a long time and your arm will get tired but it is well worth it! My skin has never looked better and I believe this is probably the best prevention and treatment for lines and wrinkles I have ever tried! You can get 20% OFF at the TriPollar site with CODE: PRETTY 

DermaFlash ONE Exfoliation & Peach Fuzz Removal Device - Every once or twice a month, I'll give my face a good dermaplaning and it feels amazing! I've never been a fan of the peach fuzz on my face and while I love getting my face threaded, I haven't been going to get it done in the past year. I find that I love the convenience of remove my facial hair on my own time and this device makes it super easy to do at home! It's a very gentle vibrating razor that scrapes all the excess hair from my face. I find this treatment makes my skincare absorb better, my skincare work more efficiently, and my make apply seamlessly! This device has been an essential part of my routine for years now. I still continue to use it and recommend it! 

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