Roundup Skincare

Best in Skincare and Grooming 2015

December 31, 2015
I discovered a lot of new favorites in 2015 for skincare. I’ve compiled a list of items I consider game changers that have made a significant difference for my skin over the past year improving texture, clarity, and smoothness. I struggled over 2014 with lots of stress with some life changes and didn’t take the best care of myself health-wise. It impacted my skin and took months to recover. In 2015 my husband also went outside of his comfort zone to try more in skincare and grooming. We’ve rounded up our favorites for the past year. First up, best skincare picks for me:

Shown above featured from left to right:
  • Le Mieux 4-in-1 Ultrasonic Anti-Aging Skin Perfecter* (review here) best cleaning device tool discovered this year, helps to clean pores and with gentle extractions that won’t break the skin
  • Glamglow Supercleanse Daily Clearing Cleanser (review here) best daily cleanser to help clarify skin, clean pores and help prevent breakouts
  • Tatcha Indigo Triple Recovery Cream* the entire Tatcha Indigo Line actually should be on the list as I’ve found every item I’ve tried to be a game changer for my sensitive skin. It’s great for those who have eczema, for me it helped moisturize and soothe irritated and inflamed skin on flare up days, you can try the entire line in the Soothing Indigo Mini Set
  • Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream (review here) one of my top day creams
  • Eve Lom Brightening Cream* (review here and here) also in the top day creams which really helped with brightening the complexion and lightening dark spots and acne scars
  • Kate Somerville Dermal Quench and Dermal Quench with Retinol * (review here and here) experiencing the Kate Somerville line in person this year at the clinic in Los Angeles changed my life, I had always been interested in the line but didn’t know where to start, having an in person assessment and facial helped me pick out what would be best for my skin, the Dermal Quench items have been game changers to improve skin texture for day and night, helps give the skin a lift and also reduce redness
  • Hourglass Equilibrium Biomimetic Skin Active Serum* (review here) I wrote about this back in February after giving it a thorough 50+ day test (or night that is), it comes with a hefty price tag but I found it to be the biggest game changer for my skin, at the beginning of the year I had horrible skin texture, lots of dark spots from acne scars, breakouts on the chin area – nothing I tried seemed to restore my skin and at that point I was too scared to use anything with retinol. This completely restored my skin in a gentle non-irritating way. It’s a night treatment that helped with resurfacing and rebalancing. I continued using it weekly throughout the year as needed and I’m almost finished with the bottle. Whenever I feel my skin starting to act up this has hands down been the best treatment to help improve texture.
  • Tatcha Pore Perfecting Sunscreen* (reviewed here and here) best sunscreen I’ve ever tried that doubles as a matte primer, helps smooth skin, doesn’t look white on the face, keeps oil controlled
  • First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream* back in November, my skin suffered a serious allergic reaction to Neosporin. I put it on a couple scabs that I had picked from acne to help with the healing process, instead my face literally blew up into a serious rash with tons of deep red bumps and swelling. It took around five weeks for my face to recover (it wasn’t bad enough for any prescription treatment, I was told the only thing to do was wait for it all to heal). The First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream was one of the few creams I could use for my irritated inflamed skin. My friends swear by it. I really love it.
  • L’Occitane Divine Youth Oil* best facial oil that I like to use at night or weekends on no makeup days, helps restore the skin’s glow and moisturize without being too greasy, bottle lasts forever as a little goes a long way
  • Chanel Sublimage Eye Cream after all the eye creams I’ve tested this is still my favorite

For my husband, best in men’s grooming:

Men’s grooming favorites shown from left to right:

What were your skincare favorites? Any new discoveries that you found to be game changers?

Press samples featured with a * indicator next to the product names.

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  • Clever Girl Reviews December 31, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    I haven't tried any of those besides the Chanel. I liked it but I found I liked other things as much for less so I didn't buy it after sampling.

  • Livia Francine December 31, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    You've got lots of different creams here I've always wanted to try! Will perhaps check out the Charlotte Tilbury and L'occitane ones x

  • SuzanneGabrielle January 1, 2016 at 4:08 am

    Was sorry to hear about your problem with Neosporin, but not surprised. My daughter had a horrible reaction to it altering using it on a leg wound. It was absolutely hideous and left severe scarr-like marks that took months to disappear. Our dermatologist told us that there is a percentage of people that have this reaction and that's why she prefers Bacitracin as an antibiotic ointment.

    • Sabrina January 4, 2016 at 11:42 pm

      I was surprised when I googled it that a small percentage of people are allergic. I don't know why I just discovered that I'm allergic, I'm pretty sure I used it before. Thanks for the rec on the alternative!

  • Charlëy January 1, 2016 at 11:08 am

    I would love to try the glam glow super cleanse daily clearing cleanser and the Charlotte tilbury I have always wanted to try these

    • Sabrina January 4, 2016 at 11:43 pm

      I really love the glamglow cleanser, I keep meaning to try the other ones they launched!

  • Beauty Bloss January 1, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    I'm absolutely in love with the Tatcha sunscreen and also received a beautiful gift set of lots of Tatcha products for Christmas, can't wait to crack into them all x
    The Beauty Bloss

    • Sabrina January 4, 2016 at 11:43 pm

      Sweet! Excited about your tatcha gifts!

  • Rachel Polansky January 1, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Pixi launched new skincare just a few weeks ago and I've been loving everything!

    • Sabrina January 4, 2016 at 11:44 pm

      I'm still working my way through the Glow Tonic 🙂

  • Anonymous January 2, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    You should really try Shiseido's Benefiance WrinkleResist 24 Eyes cream. This is, to me, is a duplicate of the Chanel Sublimage. It has the same texture and the same lasting effect. Plus, it is SO much cheaper! A really wonderful product. In many years past it was part of the Bio-Performance line.

    • Sabrina January 4, 2016 at 11:45 pm

      Thanks for the rec, I will check it out once I've used up my eye creams 🙂

  • Шерочка Машерочка January 3, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    My husbend loves Kiehl's too)))
    And Clarisonic)

    • Sabrina January 4, 2016 at 11:45 pm

      Yay another Kiehl's fan!

  • Cheryl Wooodman January 5, 2016 at 8:13 am

    The first aid secret is colloidal oatmeal… literally porridge!haha… it’s just ground up super fine to make the good stuff in it available to your skin. I love oatmeal, its one ingredient that does A LOT for skin but is also non-irritating, hypo-allergenic and super soothing. I have the 'oatmeal lowdown' (haha oh yes!) here if you fancy knowing more about why it's awesome for skin

  • Rebecca Dawkins April 8, 2016 at 9:57 am

    It's always good to read about beauty products. My skin is too sensitive so I avoid using these products, only use organic products. I would love to recommend this products to her. Thanks for sharing!

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