For the last year, I’ve been fine-tuning my morning and nighttime routines, to find a skincare, hair care, and shaving regimen that fits my busy life. I’m so thrilled to share a handful of these products with you, as most of the containers are almost finished! I think a big testament to the quality of any product is reaching the bottom of the package.
SO, here are my top products of 2018 for the ~fab~ human…
Alright, it’s time to stop what you’re doing, and forget everything you think you know about washing your face. Simply put, micellar cleansing waters removes makeup, cleanses skin, eyes and lips without rubbing or rinsing. By applying micellar water to a cotton pad, the micelles capture and life away dirt like a magnet! It leaves your skin perfectly clean and refreshed without over-drying. I’ve managed to try a few different micellar waters this year, and I can honestly say that Neutrogena’s is the BEST! I usually see it retailing for about $12 – 14 CAD, and one bottle will last you 2 – 3 months. When I stay on a strict regimen of cleansing 2 x per day, I almost never break-out.
Once again, stop what you’re doing. This time, head to the closest Sephora and purchase this mask by MURAD. DISCLAIMER – this mask retails for about $45 CAD, but is the most effective acne-clearing mask I’ve ever used. The mask’s formula is thick and rich, so you don’t need to use a lot, roughly a quarter-sized amount for your whole face. The 4.0% Sulfur treatment perfectly reduces the appearance of redness within a couple hours, and blemishes are cleared within a day or two. I use this as an end-of-week skin treatment, or as a rapid spot treatment for days that I have video or photo shoots.
Let me preface by saying that I’m not big on the whole charcoal craze. I do have a few charcoal products, but by no means do I think this is some magic ingredient that’s going to change your life. HOWEVER! The Origins Charcoal Honey Mask is the perfect addition to your skincare, because it manages to bring out a radiance in my skin that makes me appear more awake and alert. As such, this is not a cleansing mask, as it’s more of a short-term treatment mask. If you apply the mask at night, your skin will look visibly more radiant and even-toned the next day. However, I wouldn’t say that the mask’s effect lasts more than a day or two. If you’ve got a special event or occasion that you want to look radiant for, this is the mask to use! It retails for $42 CAD, which in my opinion is a bit pricey. However, the jar has lasted me 3 months so far, and I’ve got a couple more treatments left in the package. At the very least, you’re getting a lot of product for the price, which is great.
Interestingly, this face cream is marketed as a day cream, mean’t to be applied in the morning before you head out the door. I’ve actually been using the product as a nighttime cream, because it’s extremely thick and rich, which helps my skin retain moisture throughout the night. To be honest, I like lighter face creams for the day, especially if I’m on-the-go. However, as a nighttime cream, this stuff is 10/10. It retails for about $85, but will last you at least 8 months. I’ve had this cream for about 5 months now, and I’ve only used about 65% of it.
Full disclosure, the brand directly sent me this product. We had planned to work on a partnership together, but it fell through last minute. Since I already had the product, I thought I might as well use it! I’m SO thrilled that I took full advantage of this face cream, because it’s been the perfect day cream! The cream is super light, which keeps my skin moisturized without feeling heavy or greasy. They also claim that this duals as an eye cream, but I’m not totally convinced on that. At best, it’s a superior day cream that dries almost instantaneously (and only costs $22 CAD!)
I’m in LOOOOVE with this product! Interestingly, my partner, Chris, picked up a sample of this product at a recent product preview — so of course, I used it for myself! I had a photoshoot one morning, and wanted to sure that my under eyes we’re bright and awake. The product are these eyedrop-shaped gels that you place under your eyes for about 10 minutes after your morning shower. After 10 minutes, your eyes are visibly brighter, tighter, and more awake! Each eyepatch sells for $3, which makes it a great stocking stuffer for the holidays.
SO, I’m pretty sure this 3-part product like is marketed towards women, but for some reason the Vichy Canada team decided to mail it over to me to try! Yaaaass, gender is a construct anyway. SO! While my hair isn’t receding or going through any balding process, I am noticing some minor thinning as I move through my 20s. As someone who’s been styling their hair since the 9th grade, my hairstyle is very important to me. The product line consists of a shampoo, 1-minute rinse-off hair cream, and a leave-in spray. After using all three products, I noticed that my hair styled easier, and look visibly thicker. I’d highly recommend it for other guys like me, who are noticing minor thinning, and want to sustain their fuller hairstyle. The product line costs $86CAD, so not cheap! BUT, I can honestly say that the product line delivers what it says it’s going to deliver, so it’s worth the money in my opinion.
I’ve been obsessed with this product since 2017, because of its effectiveness, versatility, and affordability. I primarily use the product as a leave-in hair oil to help replenish some of the lost nutrients from blow drying & styling my hair. I found that it helps to keep my hair moisturized and shiny. However, you can also use argan oil on your face, skin, facial hair, nails, and cuticles as an organic moisturizer. It sells for $30CAD, so once again, makes a great stocking stuffer for the holidays!
Mister Pompadour’s Beeswax Paste is a 10/10 hairstyle product for groomed pompadours. The brand uses all natural products, which allows it to rinse out of the hair effortlessly, so you don’t get any waxy residue after your shower. Additionally, the product is very light, but packs a huge hold for all-day style. It retails for $20USD, and consistently sells out online due to its sheer popularity by users. An absolute MUST for men’s hairstyling.
As most of you know, I’ve been exclusively using Gillette for my shaving needs over the past 10 years. While I don’t normally think of including Gillette in my round-up posts, I wanted to highlight their new Gillette On Demand service! Gillette On Demand sends you blades (+handle) to your door over a pre-set time period, depending on how often you shave. You end up saving several dollars each shipment, when compared to buying cartridges individually at the store. It could make for a great gift or stocking stuffer for that bearded family member of yours! Prices range depending on shipment frequency.
That’s my 2018 round-up of my top skincare, haircare, and shaving products! Happy holidays, everyone.