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Miraculous Facial Oil
Miraculous Facial Oil

The Crew Reviews: Best of 2018 Skin Care

29 December, 2018 - 07:30pm by - Head Pixie | 171 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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31st January, 2019

My vote is for the Evolu Rehydration Rescue Masque - I like it plumpy!* *my skin that is :-)

30th January, 2019

L'Oréal revitalift lazer x3 is my favourite treatment I am positive it has helped some me fine lines and also one deeper line between my eyes Love it so much !

28th January, 2019

Essano Rosehip Night Creme is my new favourite night moisturiser. Leaves my skin feeling hydrated!

28th January, 2019

Ole Henrinkson banana eye cream was my discovery for 2018 as my number one skincare item and repurchased this the entire year.

28th January, 2019

EcoTan salt scrub..... So good! Definitely worth a try

28th January, 2019

I love the skin food mud masque!

28th January, 2019

I am in love with the dr Lewinns skin care range. I would love to try some of these recommendations!

18th January, 2019

Mecca’s To Save Face sunscreen. Doesn’t feel like sunscreen at all, just like a lovely moisturiser. It also acts as a primer under makeup. Since discovering this, I now wear sunscreen everyday.

18th January, 2019

I loved the Glow Lab Facial Oil! I added a couple of drops morning and night to my moisturiser & night cream and it kept my skin feeling hydrated and nourished. It also didn't make me break out which is a huge plus

17th January, 2019

Neutrogena® Rapid Tone Repair Day Moisturiser SPF15 is my top skin care for 2018. As well as having SPF 15 in it, I did extensive research and found it contains 2 ingredients that I really wanted as they have been proven to help reduce wrinkles and age spots - hyaluronic acid and retinol. In my experience it DID help reduce and prevent wrinkles AND it got rid of my age spots (only had a couple of small ones, but still - it's fab to have them gone)!!

I don't like to pay full price for anything (seriously who does) and I have the time to investigate (back injury/can't work) so found it at Pharmacy Direct for $31.80 which is good as you only need 3 pumps a time and it lasts for MONTHS.

Tip: it is strong so I have 1 day a week off it as it can sometimes dry my skin out otherwise.

16th January, 2019

You should try ‘Supergoop! City sunscreen serum’ it’s really lightweight, great SPF coverage and no stinging (perfect for sensitive skin)

16th January, 2019

my total winner of 2018 was Olay Total Effects Moisturiser, tinted, spf, smooth, great pump applicator - a total winner for me

16th January, 2019

I have been using REVUELE Age Revive moisturizer and it is super nourishing for my skin. It comes as a day cream with spf15, a night cream and an eye cream. There are two types either Q10 or Hylauronic acid and both are lovely. Postie Plus sells these and for only $5 each, definitely my best purchase.

16th January, 2019

My favourite product for 2018 is Cosima Skincare, Flawless Cream. This product is seriously like botox in a bottle, but all natural and oh so devine. You only need a small amount for the most luxurious moisturizing action, and overtime the dreaded fine lines lessen and youth returns

15th January, 2019

Favourite of 2018 would have to be the olay regenerist miracle boost. Feels amazing and great under moisturiser