Skincare: 2015 Favorites

SkincareThis week, journalists and bloggers often curate “Best Of 20XX” lists to celebrate the highlights of the past year. So here are my favorite discoveries from 2015 in the skincare, makeup, bath and body, and hair categories.

If I plan to repurchase a product the minute I run out, it made the cut. A big part of a walk-in closet and an entire room in my apartment are dedicated to all of the products I have accumulated since I started beauty blogging. If I repurchase something, rather than doing a deep dive into my stash, it has to be really good.

We’ll kick things off with skincare.

I am obsessed with Cover F/X Custom Infusion Drops, specifically the Radiance (vitamin C and lemongrass) and Anti-Aging (vitamin A and jasmine). If I could put them in my food, I would. If I could put them in my cats’ food, I would.

I love to add these to my moisturizer in the morning and at bedtime. The drops don’t leave my skin feeling oily, because they absorb quickly, and my skin tone and and the appearance of any fine lines and wrinkles have noticeably improved.

DermaE Microdermabrasion Scrub is my go-to for getting rid of excess oil and makeup, and those annoying little red spots that sometimes pop up. Plus it smells clean and citrus-y. The scrub is especially great in the summer, when your skin can feel extra dirty from sweat and sunscreen.

Of all the skincare regimens I’ve tried, Paula’s Choice and Laneige stand out. The regimens don’t have a million steps, and my skin feels and looks amazing. Both lines are pretty wallet friendly, too.

Oh, and before I forget, I discovered Avene Retrinal 0.1% Intensive Cream over Thanksgiving. My skin already looks smoother and more youthful, and it feels great on my face. I use it at night, because it contains retinol, which can make your skin UV sensitive.

You can buy Cover F/X Custom Infusion Drops at Sephora and DermaE at Walgreens. Paula’s Choice is available at dermstore.com, as is Avene. Laneige, from top Korean beauty company AmorePacific, is available at Target.

What skincare products and/or brands have you discovered in 2015? Tell me about them in the comments! I’m always open to recommendations.

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