It’s that time of year where I think about the beauty products I’ve been constantly reaching for all year that make up my 2019 beauty favourites.
Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance
I first tried the Intensive Moisture Balance when I went to Dermalogica in the spring for a facial and I was blown away by the richness of this moisturiser. It’s perfect for my dry skin and I’ve incorporated it into my routine for the rest of the year alternating it with my 2017 favourite, the Clinique Moisture Surge moisturiser.
It’s pricey at £68 for 100ml so I prefer to use it alongside other moisturisers rather than using it every day but my god is it worth it, particularly in winter.
Elf Lip Exfoliant Sugar Scrub
I picked up the Elf Lip Exfoliate Sugar Scrub on a complete whim at the checkout and I was surprised how much I loved it when I tried it. Its easy to apply, in a bullet form and the sugar is a great exfoliant, leaving my lips super soft. Mine is the brown sugar version and I use it most nights before I go to sleep as part of my night-time routine. It’s great value at £4.50 and it’s lasted me all year so far so its made it into my 2019 beauty favourites.
This Works Deep Sleep Spray
I’ve always been a huge fan of This Works and I’ve been using the Deep Sleep Spray for years. The lavender and camomile scent helps to improve sleep quality and reduce anxiety. I spray this on my pillow every single night and it literally knocks me out – I’m pretty sure I’ve got it in every size that they sell, my favourite is the giant supersize version but you can get the 75ml bottle for £19.50.
Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Water
I’ve never been a huge fan of fake tanning, mostly because of the faff involved but this summer I was converted after using the Self-Tanning Water by Isle of Paradise which was so easy to use as it comes in a spray bottle. I have the shade light as I’m quite pale which gives me a sun kissed glow. I also purchased the self-tanning drops which come in a little glass bottle with a pipette, perfect for tanning the face.
I used this quite a lot over the summer and considering I don’t normally bother with fake tan, I felt that this deserved a spot in the 2019 beauty favourites. I paid £18.95 for the bottle of tanning water which has easily done me this year and will definitely last until next summer too.
Rimmel Dark Matte Tan
This seems to have been the year for tanning! After watching videos by bambidoesbeauty on Instagram I decided to buy the Rimmel dark matte tan and incorporated it into my summer makeup routine. I’ve been applying this with a brush to my face after moisturising, before my foundation for a healthy glow. This is a wash off tan and I chose the dark matte colouring under the recommendation of bambidoesbeauty because apparently the medium shade is quite orangey and the shimmer is too sparkly for the face. You can buy this for £6.99 from boots or Superdrug.
Revolution Quinoa Night Peel
I was really excited when I heard the Revolution were releasing a line of skincare and I immediately purchased a few different products from the range. Out of all of them, the only product I’ve continued to reach for has been the Quinoa Night Peel – an exfoliating serum which I’ve incorporated into my night time routine on a twice weekly basis. It’s quite gentle compared to other peels I’ve used, and it makes my skin feel super soft giving a lovely radiant glow, especially the day after. This is an absolute steal at just £8 and it’s one of my standout products of the whole year so it was a clear entry for my 2019 beauty favourites.
It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream
I’d heard a lot about this product as being a really lovely base but I’d avoided buying it because of the high price point but after biting the bullet I can’t believe I didn’t try the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream sooner! It’s quite a full coverage which is quite unusual for a CC cream as these are typically quite light but I reached for this quite a lot, particularly over the summer as it contains a 50 SPF and it’s very hydrating. I’ve been using the shade medium but I think I’m going to purchase the next shade down “light – medium” to get me through the winter months. The It Cosmetics CC Cream costs £31 so admittedly it’s a higher price but I would repurchase it in a heartbeat.
Too Faced Hangover Primer
Everyone raves about this “holy grail” product and admittedly, I was quite reluctant to try it given the fairly high price point for a primer – I have a drawer full of them at home. I first dabbled when I found the travel sized version in boots – this is a great way to try products out to see if you like them before purchasing the full size version. I quickly decided I liked it and bought the full sized version so I can now keep the travel version for when I’m travelling. The primer is lightweight, not sticky and gives a really lovely glow to the skin underneath makeup – I’ve found that you only need to use one pump for the whole face. The Too Faced Hangover Primer costs £26 so it’s a bit more than I’d normally pay but I’m going to make this last all year.
Nip & Fab Vitamin C Fix Concentrate Extreme 3%
I kid you not – I use this every single day and I have done ever since I bought it. I’ve barely touched any of my other serums since I bought the Nip & Fab Vitamin C Fix Concentrate serum. It comes in a glass bottle with a pipette for easy application, a few drops is all you need. I normally add this to my skin before moisturising every morning and it’s got a lovely smell.
What have been your 2019 favourite beauty products?