MUKTI 2-in-1 resurfacing exfoliant: one of the best skincare surprises of 2018
A marvelous gooey green texture that eliminates dead skin to reveal a fresh and glowing complexion. The results are quickly noticeable and in my humble opinion, this might be one of Mukti’s star products. Made with Caviar Lime, Desert Lime and Rainforest Lime native (AHA) fruit acids, jojoba esters and finely ground bamboo particles, it is gentle but performs like a treatment you’d get at a spa. Not to mention, the delightful tropical aroma it leaves on your skin.
LUXE BOTANICS Kigelia clarifying serum: a must-have for acne/blemish-prone skin.
I used it up to the very last drop, as this has blown me away. Unlike other acne-targeted serums, this texture that does not feel sticky, it just absorbs like a dream thus being ideally suited for layering skincare routine. I have noticed a drastic difference on my chin and forehead breakouts since using Kigella and it is now a permanent member of my blemish-fighting arsenal. (full review here)
MUN Anarose toner: don’t send me roses, I prefer Anarose.
This is actually a rediscovery, I have been using Anarose more diligently this year and have fully been enjoying its enticing floral scent along with its soothing and hydrating benefits. The Mun Aknari (reviewed here) is one of my all-time favorite serums and Anarose is simply put, the toner version of it.
SKINOWL beauty drops: Can’t remember what life was before them.
I have been using the SkinOwl beauty drops all year and I never felt the urge to try anything else because they make me feel good about my skin. I felt like a mini chemist because the beauty drops allow you to make own custom blends by mixing the different options they have. The Beauty Drops contributed to keeping my skin perfectly nourished and balanced. They absorb seamlessly and not once did I experience any discomfort or clogging effect. I can’t praise SkinOwl enough, it’s one of my go-to brands because tremendously simplify your beauty routine while never compromising on quality and performance.
MALAYA advanced repair Neem mask: the queen bee of honey masks.
The Malaya neem mask solves the problem for people with blemish-prone skin who are still seeking to get the benefits from honey-based masks without the pore-clogging risks. It is also exceptionally packed with clays, reparative herbs, flower hydrolats, aloe vera, colloidal silver and probiotics to tackle various skin woes. While it can effectively be used all year long, I find it particularly enjoyable in fall/winter for its cocooning and restorative effects.
NAMARI Kokon cleanser: the cushiest cleanser.
There was a before and after Kokon. I have never felt a cleanser that feels so luxurious and cushy. It is an absolute skin treat, that effortlessly removes every trace of dirt and grime while providing intense nourishment and comfort. A dream cleanser. (Full review here)
INLIGHT line softener: Botox and fillers who?
A product that was completely off my radar, until Beauty Heroes shone a light on it. It does exactly what it says. An amazing balm for mature skin to soften lines but also an excellent preventing and nourishing treatment for tired, worn out skin and neglected areas such as neck, eye lines and lips.
LINA HANSON Global face trio: the best friend I never knew I had.
One of the most effective brightening treatments I have so far tried. It has considerably smoothened my skin texture, softened acne scars, and dark spots. Over time, my skin felt brighter, clearer and healthier. It can be used in a multitude of ways and the global face trio fits wonderfully within this effort of reducing waste and going more minimalistic. It belongs to my holy-grail products.
LILFOX Kalahari eye serum : thanks for hiding my insomnia.
I struggled the past few months with restlessness and sleep deprivation (I have now been receiving treatments). While the struggle to find sleep got me at my wit’s end, I knew that I could at least use proper eye products for damage control. Every day and night, I popped the Kalahari serum and it has helped me maintain a healthy-looking eye area. I still have some dark circles but no bags, no crepey texture, and harsher lines. I feel like the Kalahari would be the beauty bestie for all the party animals out there 😉
SIAM SEAS Songkran elixir: a shining star.
I am one of those people that enjoys adding spicy sauce to meals as it can elevate the blandest of foods. Siam Seas’ Songkran elixir has the exact same function, but for skincare. I add a couple of drops to a mask or a face oil and I get an anti-inflammatory boost in my beauty routine. It used to be part of a limited edition release however, I heard through the grapevine that it could make a comeback. If it does, get your hands on this potent potion.
AMBAR daily antioxidant primer: one of the most innovative products I’ve tried.
Everything about this product is unsettling at first, the color, the texture, the scent but once you apply it on the skin, it leaves you in awe. Ambar (founded by Celestyna – aka founder of Moss) is among the coolest and most creative brands I’ve seen. It is buttery smooth and light but it is packed with antioxidants to help fight pollutants. It imparts a dewy and soft-focus finish, perfect for makeup-free days. Since Vit C can be an irritant to some, Ambar came up with a much-needed alternative.
AMBAR Lumi & Halo: the Starsky & Hutch of suncare.
Together they make one of the most powerful and enjoyable sunscreens I’ve ever tried. You can use Halo on its won and combine it with the face oil of your choice to create a custom sunscreen, but I kept it all in the Ambar family but mixing Lumi and Halo. In the summer, my skin becomes particularly sensitive and I don’t tolerate a lot of products but I credit Halo/Lumi for keeping my skin balanced and calm during the heat. No irritations, no white casts (it provides a tinted coverage), no clogged pores, Sun protection just becomes a breeze with this duo.
5YINA divine biocellulose sheet mask: the sheet mask to rule them all.
This year is also the year I tried a multitude of sheet masks and at some point, I could not detect any differences between them, until 5Yina came along. They’re on the pricier side but they feel and perform like an instant facial. You get dewy, plump, fresh, soft and calm skin all at once. Personally, I don’t see the appeal of using sheet masks on a weekly basis (unless you are traveling a lot) when I can resort to my cream and powder masks, but 5yina’ masks are a real skin treat.