Hey guys and Happy New Year!
I can’t believe I’m barely getting to say this only a few days from February 1st. Better late than never, huh? For today’s blog post I wanted to talk about products that I really enjoyed in 2018. More than enjoyed, that were truly 100% worth the money and will be definitely re-purchasing in 2019.
Maybe you are looking for a product recommendation, maybe you’re curious to see if you tried any of the products I mentioned… Either way, I’m very happy that you’re here so let’s just jump right into it!
Note: These products are just randomly organized, the order doesn’t matter. But do know that every single product here genuinely changed my life.
I have naturally curly hair and I have been straightening my hair every single day since I was 13 years old. So when I say that I’ve tried literally every single flat iron on the market, I really have. This one is by far the best I’ve owned in my life. I love this guy for so many reasons, it straightens my hair so freaking fast. Only one pass and its smooth as heck. And this is also the only flat iron I’ve tried that doesn’t leave my hair frizzy. My hair routine has definitely changed for the best and I no longer dread straightening my hair because I get it all done in under 15 minutes with this bad boy!
This is one of the products that I got towards the end of the year, yet still changed my life. I received this little guy in the mail and before this product, my only other experience with Caudalie was their Beauty Elixir (which I absolutely love and highly recommend). I was a little skeptical about this since it does have salicylic acid and it totally sounds like a nightmare for my sensitive skin. Listen, I don’t know what kind of liquid magic is inside this bottle but my incoming breakouts reduced by 70% no more, like 90%. While this is not amazing at targeting current breakouts, it definitely helps immensely with incoming ones. I noticed when I started using these that instead of getting weekly several breakouts, they quickly became one single individual pimple every month. And this is usually around my lady time so there’s nothing we can ever do about it.
I’ve always used these type of pre-cleansing products and while they definitely made a significant impact on removing my makeup. I felt that other than leaving your skin squeaky clean, they didn’t really do much. Which was fine by me though. Until I tried this Dermalogica precleanse. When I first got it I fell in love with the formula and the scent. And I continued to used this until I went on a trip and packed my little Clinique solid melting balm. I started realizing on my trip that my skin was not feeling or looking as great. I was really confused because I brought all my regular skincare products except this guy. (I usually wouldn’t travel with this because its a liquid “oil” so definitely don’t want any accidents.) I realized that switching back to the Clinique melting balm made me break out more… interesting huh? It’s one of those situations of “you never know what you have until it’s gone”. I realized what a difference this made on keeping my skin breakout-free, soft and squeaky clean! This is the only pre cleanse products that I will be using!
Have you ever tried a dry shampoo that looks bomb right when you apply it but by the end of the day your hair is already greasy? Me too! Until I was introduced to this miracle in a bottle. This dry shampoo truly keeps your hair clean all day, I spray it in the morning before going to work and when I get home really late at night it still looks bomb. Also, the scent is so great! I’ve had people complimenting me on my “perfume” when it was just my bomb ass dry shampoo smelling so great.
YES! You read this right, a freaking chapstick changed my life in 2018. I bought so many tubes of this product in 2018. There is not much to explain here except that this is the best chapstick I’ve tried in my entire life and I’ve tried everything out there. I’ve tried the high, the low, the trendy, you name it. This chapstick truly moisturizes your lips. This is a chapstick that I feel truly penetrates the surface of your lips to give you intense nourishment. Its definitely on the thicker side, and this is how I personally like my chapsticks. I’ll definitely re-purchase this for the rest of my life.
If you watched my only skincare routine video I did in 2018 (shame on me!) You already know how much I love this product. This is a resurfacing serum that is absolutely safe for sensitive skin. Such a rare product to find. My skin started peaking after I started using this. I use this once a week and I noticed how my skin looks and feels congested when I forget to apply that week. Its definitely on the pricier side but I’ve had my bottle since July 2018 and I still have more than halfway to go. And like I said, I use it religiously once a week.
I found my holy grail of eye cream in 2018 and I’m never going back. I used to never use eye cream until 2 years ago. (I know kill me!!) And I really really avoided buying the expensive stuff, like this one. I tried drugstore, oils, serums, etc. But listen, I smile often and my crows feet are so prominent. This definitely has helped so much and its so freaking rich. It’s such a thick product but because of this you only need the tiniest bit. You actually only need the size of a rice grain for each eye! (A girl that works at Kiehls told my mom). This stuff also lasts forever and when you apply it you can immediately see those dark circles disappear and it moisturizes continuously.
This is also, one of the products that I got towards the end of the year. This sleeping mask is great for normal to dry skin. Especially during the cold months. I received a sleeping mask from Laneige and tbh I wasn’t impressed, never really got the hype of sleeping masks. Until I tried this one, I thought it was going to be the same situation with Laneige but holy cow! When I woke up my skin was glowing like never before. So so so plump and healthy, I looked like I was 18! I use this guy 2-3 times a week. It honestly makes my skincare routine easier because I just slap this on and forget about the rest! This is the most rich-moisturizing product ever and my skin always looks when I use this.
My little baby! This product gives me so much joy! I was introduced to this when I was getting a facial at Dermalogica and as soon as the girl put it on my face I was like “OMG is that lavender I smell?” So naturally I fell in love with this. It’s a night cream or gel.. tbh I’m super confused but its really really bomb. It not only has great benefits, helps your skin repair overnight, it doesn’t clog your pores. But also has lavender and patchouli to help you go to sleep and listen to this… the smell activates as you move through the night so it keeps you sound and sleep! Mind. Blown. On a serious note though, I’ve been in the hunt for the perfect night cream that can actually help my skin do more than just moisturize over night. And this is it!
This mascara definitely is my favorite of all time. I got the waterproof version because you all know that’s all I wear. I wear contacts every single day and my eyes tend to water a lot during the day so this is the way to go for me. This mascara really does wonders for my eyelashes, gives volume, definition and curl. The reason why this mascara became my favorite of 2018 is because it stays put so well. The way it looks right after you apply it is exactly the way it stays until the end of the day. When I know I’m having a long day it’s a no-brainer, I always go back to this mascara! It’s the only mascara I own that stays the same throughout the day. I’m very picky with mascaras, I hate clumps and I like my eyelashes to be defined but long and voluminous. This one is just perfect.
I purchased my first tube of this at the beginning of last year and my brows were never the same. This brow setter is freaking magical. Just like the mascara I mentioned above, this stays on all freaking day. Your eyebrows stay intact. Before I discovered this product, my eyebrows would be bomb and defined at the beginning but as the day went by it would be super faded and ratchet. But ever since I wear this brow setter they stay so sharp and defined all day. I will continue to re-purchase this forever as well.
2018 was the year where I experimented with face powders. I used to think that face powder was meant to make you look, well, powdery. And that there was nothing I could do about it. I tried seriously so many powders this past year. I tried everything on the market, every new release, every brand, high and low. Nothing impressed me. (Side note- thank God for Sephora’s great return policy). Until I discovered Wowder from Glossier. This powder is like a second skin, never looks powdery and looks oh-so natural. You guys this is it! The best face powder in history. I still have bought some face powders even after using this guy and I still go back to this one, there is nothing out there as good as this.
I gotta give it to this guy for saving my hair in 2018. In 2018 I stopped doing the Japanese Straightening treatments that I did for so many years. For the first time I had to style my hair every single day. This hair primer is really so unique. It protects your hair from the heat, UV rays and also makes your blowout last for days. A tiny bit goes a very long way, you guys have to be careful to not overdo it because your hair can certainly look greasy. I put this on my hair every single time I styled it and I think my hair would be completely damaged if I didn’t use it.
13 products change my life in 2018 and will forever be a staple in my vanity. I hope these are helpful for you guys and maybe you will find one of these products to change your life in 2019!
Thank you so much for reading this blog post and I love you guys!!