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The Crew Reviews: Best of 2018 Skin Care

29 December, 2018 - 07:30pm by - Head Pixie | 177 Comments

Compiled by BR Kellie

What must it be like to find a skin care regime you like and stick to it? We imagine a simpler, easier life. One not filled with nail-biting worry about whether your skin will breakout or react in some way to new products. Still, we beauty junkies can't be stopped from experimenting - and every now and then we find something fab that sees us remain true to a product. What's given us a taste of the loyalties this year? Check these out...

BR Merilyn

L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Laser x3 Serum

How did we live without serums? More importantly... how did I survive without this one? L'Oréal have knocked it out of the park with Revitalift Laser x3. Since using it I've seen a visible difference in my skin. It loads my skin up with hydration, plumping up fine lines and I feel like the texture of my skin has improved. I do like to change up my skin care, but this is a keeper.

BR Natalie 

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Plus

My stand out skincare find of 2018 has become a daily staple. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Plus is a mind-blowing product wrapped in one enigma of a tube.  When these first landed at BRHQ, I think it's fair to say, we were all a bit miffed about what it actually was. Even moi, the French speaker of the crew couldn't shed any light on how to use this product after reading the packaging. After a bit of experimenting, I've settled on the fact that this is a thick serum in a tube. I use it after cleansing and before moisturising. The difference to my skin since introducing this one product is immense. Smooth. Soft. Blackhead free. Oil remains firmly at bay, all day long.  My nose crevices don't flake. Ever. My moisturiser soaks in beautifully leaving the perfect canvas for makeup.  Actually. I'm changing my definition of what exactly the Effaclar Duo Plus is. For me. It's still a thick serum in a tube, but its also a mattifying primer that doesn't dull your skin. Hands down. I don't know how my skin ever survived without it!

BR Kellie

Evolu Rehydration Rescue Masque

This isn't new, but it's new to me... and I don't know how Iived without it in my life. Evolu's Rehydration Rescue Masque is my skin's guardian angel. I pop it on at night on those days where my skin's so dry I could be mistaken for a mummified corpse, when my acne's having a flare up, or when I just need a boost... and I wake up the next day and my skin just looks better. Plumper, fresher, renewed. It's like magic. I'm a bit of a skin care maverick and find it hard to stay committed to any particular product, but I'll be staying true to this pretty!

BR Tabatha

L'Oréal Pure-Clay Purifying Charcoal Mask

Hellooooo skin saviour. You know those days when you wake up and your face looks like an oil slick and your pores are like portals to another world and you feel like your skin went out partying three days solid even though you've just done your usual get up, go to work, sleep by ten routine? This will help fix it. At least, it fixes me. I pop the black goop of goodness on, let it sit, then stare in the mirror marvelling at how the oily bits remain a deep black compared to the dry grey bits, wash it off - and there you have it. A brighter, better looking moi. I don't use it all the time as it would dry my skin out too much, but on those blah skin days it's become my ultimate skin pick-me-up.

BR Amelia

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra SPF 50+

I've tried so many new skin care products this year, but none rocked my world more than La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra SPF 50+. AKA the greatest facial sunscreen in the world. I love everything about this product, including the ridiculously cute container. The thing to bear in mind with this product is it looks small, which makes it seem expensive; but a little goes a long way. You can slip, slap, slop this and actually not use very much at all! For those of us with sensitive skin, this sunscreen has no near-rivals. I don't think I've tried a sunscreen so lightweight with such a powerful SPF.  It's non-greasy and I've encountered absolutely no irritation. I can't recommend this enough!  

So... are any of our skin care picks your hits? What's given your skin loads of love in 2018? Go on... hit us up with your recommendations. See if you can tempt us to stray in 2019...


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1st January, 2019

I have a couple of these but haven't tried them yet. BR has introduced me to some great new products this year, and I'm very grateful.

1st January, 2019

I love Effaclar Duo Plus and so does my skin. It really helps to control small areas on my face that are prone to oil, such as my chin or around my nose crevices. I also find it helps with redness, and must agree with thoughts above that it acts as a good primer too.

31st December, 2018

I haven’t tried any of these, oops! :O

30th December, 2018

I can think of quite a few items I really liked and would put on my repurchase list, the Ordinary 30% L-AA in silicone. Not gonna lie this stuff stings and stings for a couple weeks till your skin builds tolerance but those pesky sunspots that wouldn't lighten with expensive serums and peels, a couple of them actually lightened a bit over the course of using a couple tubes and they've stayed lighter even though I haven't used it for awhile, because I ran out and then it wasn't in stock. Not a new product but the Granactive Retinoild Emulsion 2% is also a winner. There's the Kiehls Creamy Avocado Eye Treatment which is the most moisturizing eye cream you can find to lock in hydration for your undereyes. If you get little red bumps around your eyes or milia Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Eye Serum is great for helping them go away. Dear Klairs, Supple Preparation Toner if you have the most sensitive skin (I did after a eye patch went wrong and made me break out in a rash all over my cheeks and eye area and I had swollen double eyelids for awhile) this is the most gentle non-irritating product I have come across it's gentler than aloe vera and was the only thing that absolutely never irritated my skin. Heimish All Clean Balm amazing for the most gentle and thorough cleanse of makeup and you don't need a wash cloth. I could list and list but this probably a good forum thread for me to start. Stay tuned for more BR pixies!

30th December, 2018

La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF50 is amazing for sure! A bottle lasts me all summer. I think my outstanding skin care product of the year has to be Nimue. All of it but particularly the Enzyme exfoliant. So, so, so, so good for my sensitive skin.

30th December, 2018

La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF50 is amazing for sure! A bottle lasts me all summer. I think my outstanding skin care product of the year has to be Nimue. All of it but particularly the Enzyme exfoliant. So, so, so, so good for my sensitive skin.

30th December, 2018

I have only started exploring the Evolu and Trilogy products during the second half of the year.. and i’m loving the Evolu active age defence facial serum which keeps my face soft and hydrated overnight. I can totally describe it as ‘liquid gold’. Looking forward to trying their toner.

I have also noticed a healthy glow on my face since i have started using Trilogy’s creme cleanser. Definitely a cleanser worth investing into my daily skin care regimen.

The La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Plus sounds amazing. And on it goes onto my next-to-try list hahahaha. Maybe i should try the La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra SPF 50+ as well. Thanks BR again for more amazing skin care discoveries!

7th January, 2019

Oh and how could i forget the skinfood facial exfoliator... loving it! =D

30th December, 2018

I got to review the La Roche Posay Duo + and my opinion of their products were confirmed once again. Good for sensitive skin, fragrance free, mild on the skin perfect for the day, my skin loved it.

Perfect for me and I am actively using their skin care products.

29th December, 2018

I've only tried the La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra SPF 50+, but I've used some other Evolu products like the Active Age Defence Regenerative Overnight Cream and Facial Toner that I've had amazing results from using them.

29th December, 2018

I agree with BR Nat, La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Plus is amazing! And I was also confused about what it actually was, but have been using it at night and have noticed visible improvement in my skin. Am now keen to try La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra SPF 50+. Happy new year BR Crew!

29th December, 2018

This year garnier charcoal scrub is the winner for me, it makes my skin look so good. The Ecostore trial I did was absolutely brilliant as too was the La Roche-Posay duo trial.

29th December, 2018

Definitely a fan of that LRP sunscreen - a good reminder I need to buy some more in the new year. I do like to try new things so flit from product to product but this year I’ve been impressed with some of the olay, L’Oréal, Estée Lauder and a few others I’ve tried. I like finding something for my sensitive skin that works.