My Best Beauty Discoveries in 2018 – Skincare Edition

Even though I would like to think I have cut down my beauty spend and purchase significantly in 2018, when I look back at my purchase history, it clearly tells a different story. Yes, it’s an improvement from last year, but still not close to where I want it to be, which is another story, for another time. What I’m trying to allude to is that, picking out only two new beauty discoveries, was not an easy task. There are a lot of products I love and enjoy, but not every one of them can crown the title of “best”. After listing out a lengthy list of criteria (including but not limited to the price, the easy of use, and the results), and many hours of debate with myself, I proudly present you the following two winners, which I would confidently recommend to any friends, colleagues, family and my fellow beauty lovers.

Kiehl’s Glow Formula Skin Hydrator

The name says it all, it gives your skin a subtle, healthy glow while adding an extra shot of hydration. It has a peachy, bronzy tint that disappears completely when rubbing into the skin, leaves a beautiful sheen without any glitter. You  can use it alone as a moisturizer if you have oily skin, or mix with your moisturizer of choice, or as a makeup base for that ultimate subtle glow from within look. 

Personally, my favorite way of using it is to mix with daytime moisturizer, it’s quick, it’s easy, it’s gorgeous and the glow is so convincing that everyone would believe it’s your natural glowy skin, including yourself. And of course, it helps when it’s actually a skincare product that comes with hydration, and antioxidant benefits.

The only bummer is that it’s very difficult to find in Kiehl’s counters in Asia for reasons unknown to me, so I have already stocked up a backup for myself when in New York a few week ago. I purchased mine at Sephora US.

Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum

2018 is the year that I decided to incorporate one of my favorite skincare ingredients – retinol into eye care routine, because it works so well for me on the rest of my face, why not add it to the area where I have more fine lines? And believe it or not, retinol eye product is difficult to find, as most eye creams only focus on hydration, or taking the route of using natural/organic ingredients that have antioxidant benefits. When it comes to anti-aging, however, I prefer the scientific retinol/vitamin A route, rather than the natural/organic direction.

This ramble is my way of saying it wasn’t easy for me to finally find the Dr. Dennis Gross eye serum, which proves to be a wonderful product. Not only the click and twist design is great to keep the product fresh and hygienic, the texture of the gel is also fantastic: it’s lightweight, melts into the skin instantly, layers well with other hydrating eye creams I choose to put on top of, and it doesn’t give me any milia, which happens to me quite often. Even though it doesn’t make all my fine lines and wrinkles disappear, which I have come to a conclusion that probably no product will ever do, it keeps my eye area hydrated, more smooth and lightened premature fine lines. This is easily my favorite eye product by far, and will definitely repurchase.

One small complain though, as much as I like the click and twist design, I dislike the fact that you cannot get out the last bits of product at the bottom, perhaps make the pump slightly longer, please?

This eye serum is also available at Sephora US, and Cultbeauty, which is where I purchased mine.

In addition to these 2 lovely new discoveries, some of my old favorites are obviously still holding firm positions in my stash, such as the Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum (can I ever raving about this too many times? Perhaps not!), the Omorovicza Cleansing Foam, SkinCeutical C.E. Ferulic, Pixi Glow Tonic and etc. I don’t think I’ll ever stop experimenting new skincare products, just because it brings so much joy to me, but I’m also gradually narrowing down my routine, and focusing more on finishing one product before trying a new one this year. A good start to become a skincare minimalist? I sure hope so.