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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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23rd August, 2019

Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover. It's really kind on my skin, doing a good job in removing makeup but without feeling like I'm lathering strong chemicals on my face. It leaves my skin hydrated rather than stripping the oils out and leaving it dry.

17th August, 2019

I actually don't use a whole range on my skin although I should try something, but I did try the Blaq mask which (should only be a sometimes thing) made my skin feel super soft and fresh after use

14th August, 2019

My latest favourite skincare product is L’Oreal Age Perfect Cell Renewal Night Cream. I love this moisturiser, both for night and day time use especially in winter when you need more moisture for your skin. Great base for under my bb cream giving me a smoother complexion. I have had comments on how good my skin is looking.

14th August, 2019

I have tried the L'oreal Pure Clay Mask with good results, and am going to try the Evolu Rehydration Rescue Masque, having used Evolu Night Cream which was really good.

13th August, 2019

Hemp see oil, it goes everywhere now. Basically I shower and then bathe in it, I use so much of the stuff I buy it in 250 ml bottles. On my scalp, my skin, even mixed in with my shower scrub, best discovery ever

13th August, 2019

Out of these products my favourite is the Evolu Rehydration Rescue Masque. However, I am using the MAC complete comfort creme at the moment and loving it!

9th August, 2019

Hi it has to be for me the Laser X3 Anti Aging serum l use this regularly and for me it's my go to skin care , it feels great and my skin feels and looks good

7th August, 2019

I still love the trilogy oil balancing moisturiser as it doesnt break me out and give just enough moisture for the day

6th August, 2019

I am and will probably always will be a sucker for the Nivea moisturiser. I love the texture. It always makes my skin smooth and feel hydrated.

11th February, 2019

I love the Natio spf 50 tinted moisturiser. It goes on really nicely and doesn't feel like sunblock. And no sunburn on my face all summer!

9th February, 2019

I love Garnier Perfect Match BB cream, it matches my skin tone perfectly. I love how it feels on and happily wear it everyday (and I found it through a review panel from Beauty Review :)

8th February, 2019

i Honestly dont use much things on my skin as im sensitive but i have found and tried that L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Laser x3 Serum was ok that it didnt leave any black bags under my eyes as it took away the color

6th February, 2019

I must be honest . Last year the only thing I tried was the Loreal Pure Clay Mask. It had my skin feeling so amazing. It has done my skin wonders and didn't break the bank!! I'm in love with this mask!!!!!

2nd February, 2019

My favourite is the loreal revitalift 3 skincare range. It worked well with my stressed and dry skin.

31st January, 2019

A friend of mine was clearing out so I had a squiz through and tried out the Sukin toner spray she had, Omg will be keeping that one it's so good for calming down my poor skin especially in summer. Best of all hydrates instead of drying out my skin