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The Crew Reviews: Best of 2018 Skin Care

29 December, 2018 - 07:30pm by - Head Pixie | 170 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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15th January, 2019

From these recommendations I would like to try the Evolu Rehydration rescue mask, especially after going to the beach and feeling parched. My top favourite skincare product for 2018 is Essano Rosehip Micellar water. It is handy on nights that I don’t have the energy to cleanse my face with water and cleanser and effectively removes my makeup without stinging my eyes like other brands I have tried and is locally made.

15th January, 2019

These look like some awesome recommendations. For 2018 my top skin care products was actually the loreal clay charcoal mask that was recommended above. I enjoyed using twice a week at the end of the day. It helped get rid of the excess oils that my skin likes to produce and did really well at tightening my large pores.

15th January, 2019

I like these recommendations and will have to give them a try! For me 2018 was the year of Goodness. My daily skincare routine consisted of only Goodness products. I use the cleanser morning and night, the morning spf moisturiser, the night cream and the eye cream (only at night). I do love these products and my skin seems to like them too (most of the time!). One thing I also loved was the Frank facial scrub. Nothing makes my skin feel better!

15th January, 2019

I'm going to put a recc in for Dermalogica skin smoothing cream. I thought it might be too heavy for my skin because I'd normally only used their Active Moist. Maybe age is catching up to my skin :S No SPF, but that does mean could use it day or night. Minimal scent and the packaging design is nothing crazy which I like.

15th January, 2019

I recommend the Extraordinary Facial Oil by Essence of Humanity. It is luxurious and comes in the cutest packaging but most importantly it hydrates and softens my skin. I mix one drop with my daytime moisture for added hydration and at night time I apply a liberal amount to my face before my night cream. Not to mention that Essence of Humanity is non profit so you are supporting a great cause while getting great skin!

15th January, 2019

Loved the Estee Lauder Nutritious Super-Pomegranate Radiant Energy Moisture Creme and the lotion intense moist from BR! Loved the scent and lightness of the product~

Also, similarly was the Simple skin quench sleeping cream~ <3

14th January, 2019

I have not tried any of these skin care products but DEFINITELY am going to look into them :D I have sensitive skin so am really pedantic about what I do use for my skin but I have recently been using a new moisturiser which is perfume free and just glides onto my skin really nicely

14th January, 2019

I haven't tried any of these skin care products but am interested in trying the loreal revitalift laser x3 or the loreal pure clay masque as I have found that charcoal works really well with my skin and makes it less prone to breakouts. My favourite go to skin care product so far this year has been Garnier Pure Active 3 in 1 Charcoal Anti-blackhead wash, scrub and mask. I think this has kept my skin from going nato after stopping the birth control pill and I love the versatility of it (cleanser, exfoliator and mask) all in one. I was fortunate enough to trial and review this through beauty review and I have purchased it ever since.

14th January, 2019

I have recently discovered the Sukin oil-free range and I really like it, the scrub is really nice and the cleanser and has become a staple in my skincare routine.

14th January, 2019

I have been loving the beauty shield magnetic mask kit by E.L.F, Its great and affordable! I instantly noticed a difference after using it, my face was hydrated and glowing. It's a must have!

14th January, 2019

Regenerist moisturiser its pretty good, but I have to use something else after a few months, my skin goes wierd, so use Vaseline Intensive care deep restore.

14th January, 2019

I love the clay mask, but my favourite product of 2018 was the Tailor Oil Cleanser. My skin is so soft now!

14th January, 2019

I highly recommend Mario Badescu. My favourites from this brand are the Botanical Exoliating Scrub (gentle yet powerful) and the Hyaluronic Day Cream (moisturising without feeling heavy, great for daily wear under your makeup).

14th January, 2019

I agree - the cleanser with rice milk is my fave!

14th January, 2019

I have to agree with Amelia - discovering La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra SPF 50+ (through the trial team - thank you!!) has changed my beauty routine significantly. I love this sunscreen so much and I have felt so much more confident that my skin is protected over the summer months. The best bit about this sunscreen is that it isn't greasy at all, so it feels nice on my face and doesn't make me look all shiny. Thanks BR!

14th January, 2019

I haven't tried any of these products yet but I do like the Evolu range, the relaxing crème cleanser is my favourite to use at the end of the day, it smells so good!