Disclaimer: Some of these item(s) were received at no cost for reviewing purposes in the past, some were purchased by me, but the opinions are mine and, as always, honest. Read the full disclosure here.
I’ve collaborated with my friend and fellow blogger Amy (healthandbeautygirl.com), to share the products I’ve been loving lately. I don’t normally do this, but it makes sense to showcase which products, out of all the ones I’ve tried and tested, I really love and use a lot. So this is a big list of products, and I’ll share a bit about why they made the cut, but please feel free to message me or post a comment in case you need any additional information. And make sure to go and check Amy’s favourites, too!
BATH AND BODY PRODUCTS
- LUSH Satsuma soap (Christmas collection) – This soap has a nice fresh scent, and it melts well, but not too much. I am so sad I didn’t stock up, and will be doing so if they have it around the next holiday season.
- LUSH Rose Jam shower gel – I love this shower gel because of the scent. It’s a really sweet rose scent, so not for everyone, but I like it and it makes me feel very feminine.
- L’Occitane Almond Oil shower oil – This shower oil is pure luxury. It lathers well, doesn’t dry out my skin and has a lovely sweet scent. I almost always have it in my shower product rotation.
- LUSH Soft Coeur massage bar – I love it for the scent and the rich oils that moisturize really well, but I do hate the small blob of chocolate they put in it. As you can see, I always dig it out, because it stains my skin and clothes. It’s small, but the scent is worth the price tag.
- LUSH Holy Berry massage bar (Christmas collection) – Another limited edition bar I love, and wish I bought more of. It has a nice citrusy scent that is not overwhelming, and it moisturizes really well. It’s also quite big and can last for a while.
- L’Occitane Shea Butter ultra rich body cream – This is one of my favourite body creams/butters. It’s rich, but still somehow creamy, and my skin soaks it up. It never just sits on top like some other rich shea based products. It’s pricey, but I consider it a well-deserved luxury.
- dpHUE ACV apple cider vinegar hair rinse – I’ve had this bottle sitting around for a long time, but unopened, and finally decided to use it. I admit, it’s weird – it doesn’t lather, smells a bit like apple cider vinegar, and doesn’t feel like it’s doing much. But once rinsed out, it leaves my hair so clean. I do follow with a conditioner afterwards, though. I noticed that I can go longer between hair washes with this product without using a dry shampoo. If you wash your hair too often, this may be a good product to try and extend that.
- Quickie Me dry shampoo foam – This is my new favourite dry shampoo. It’s a weird wet texture at first, but it makes my hair look cleaner, and most importantly, gives me that extra lift at the roots.
- Briogeo blow dry protection & heat protectant creme – I honestly can’t be 100% sure this is doing anything. However, I’ve been using a small amount before drying my hair every time I wash it, and when I go for haircuts I have barely any damage or split ends.
- Oribe Dry texturizing spray – This product is new to me, but I like it for days when I do some styling. It gives extra texture to my otherwise sleek hair, making it easier to do some simple hair styles for dinner dates, without making my hair crunchy.
HAND AND FOOT CARE
- Yves Rocher hand exfoliating care oil – I like a nice scrub, and this one is affordable, does the job and it’s not too harsh. For the price alone I’d keep getting it, but it’s great for those with sensitive skin, since it doesn’t scrub as hard as sugar scrubs do.
- L’Occitane Shea butter intensive hand balm – Their regular Shea hand cream was always my favourite, and this balm is just a step above it (barely noticeable difference). It’s greasy, so I only use it at night, but nothing can heal my dry skin better.
- Weleda nail care pen – I love this pen because of the delivery system. The pen and brush tip make it easy to use, and the product inside is more like a thinner balm than oil, so it stays where I apply it. It’s great for dry cuticles.
- Sulphur pumice stone – To be honest, I randomly but these at Winners, grocery store, wherever I find them, so no brand name here. They are usually marketed for men, but I love this type of stones because they are harsher and very effective at removing any dead skin, especially if I soak my feet first. I can recommend them over any other pumice.
- The Chemistry Brand Heel chemistry foot cream (Deciem brand) – This cream is not greasy, absorbs quickly and the scent is not too strong. It’s particularly great because I can put my socks on immediately and they won’t stick to my feet, and in the summer my feet don’t slip inside my sandals. And of course, it works.
- Baby Soft Foot peel mask – I added this here, although I can’t use it yet – I just know it’s great and I’ll use it as soon as the baby is born. My feet need deep exfoliation. From my experience, most foot exfoliating masks are similar, so I don’t have a brand preference, and I just get this one because it’s available at my local grocery store, so it’s very convenient.
- MaskerAide Let’s face it Purifying cleansing stick – I love how easy it is to use this cleanser, and it does the job really well, without making my face too tight. It’s great for traveling, too, so I may get another one for that purpose.
- Drunk Elephant JuJu bar – I love this bar. It gently exfoliates, cleanses and doesn’t strip the skin. I am definitely buying another one once I use this one up!
- L’Oreal Pure sugar grapeseed oil face scrub – This scrub is effective, but gentle enough. It has oils that keep my skin nourished, but I did notice some residue when I use a toner afterwards. I still like it for the texture alone.
- L’Occitane Immortelle oil makeup remover – I just started using this, but I like it. It removes pretty much all my makeup, and doesn’t sting my eyes. It also rinses off easily.
- Yves Rocher Soothing micellar water – This is a good product, especially for the price. It doesn’t remove everything, but I never found a micellar water that can effectively remove all my eye makeup, regardless of how they advertise them. I like how gentle this one is, and most importantly, doesn’t leave any residue on my face.
- Divine Essence Organic damask rose floral water – This is a great floral water, adds a layer of hydration, and the spritzer is not too bad. I like it for refreshing my makeup during the day, too.
- The Ordinary Lactic acid 5% + HA – I was recommended this product by a fellow blogger because I needed a gentle, affordable acid during pregnancy. This checks all the boxes, and works well. I may go up to 10% after the baby is born, though, but for the price I can highly recommend this acid.
- Vichy Aqualia Thermal light moisturizer – I got this as a sample, and I like it even more than the rich version. It absorbs very well, and it’s moisturizing enough even for my dry cheeks. I only need to add some oil on very cold days, but this mostly works, since this winter has been mild in BC.
- Belif Moisturizing eye bomb – Since most of my under eye lines appear because I am too lazy for an eye cream, this is the perfect solution. It absorbs so quickly and instantly makes me look awake, and I can apply makeup over it instantly, without waiting.
- Drunk Elephant Virgin marula oil – This is such a basic oil, I use it for everything. It absorbs ok, but it doesn’t contain any essential oils, so I felt safe using it through pregnancy. I even used it on my belly a few times. I only need 2-3 drops for my whole face, so it lasts and lasts and lasts…
- Garnier Ombrelle SPF 60 tinted sunscreen – This is so far the best physical sunscreen I’ve tried. It doesn’t completely dry out my skin like others do, and it’s tinted enough to make my skin look more even, so I can mostly skip foundation. I just use a concealer over a few spots for a natural makeup day. It also doesn’t feel greasy and I can’t feel it sitting on my face. I’ll be repurchasing.
- Bite beauty Agave lip mask – I have a few of these in various tastes. After I got used to the sweet taste, I started using them instead of a lip balm during the day, too. They are keeping my lips soft and without flakes all winter, which is a huge achievement.
- Biore pore strips – I can’t leave without these. Even with constant using of clay masks, my pores get easily clogged, so I use one of these strips every week or two. It really helps to keep my pores under control. Sometimes I use the regular ones, this time I picked up the charcoal ones, but they all work really great!
- Boscia Charcoal pudding mask – Out of all the clay and charcoal masks I’ve tried, this one is my favourite, because it’s not too drying. Even though my T-zone can be oily, some mask can make it peel (sounds weird, but it happens), and this one never does. I only use it on my T-zone though.
- The Body Shop Mediterranean almond milk with oats instant soothing mask – Again, out of all the soothing and hydrating masks I’ve tried, this is my recent favourite. It’s very soothing and cooling and makes my face silky.
- Global Beauty Care Spascriptions face mask applicator – I love this applicator for every type of mask, but especially for clay and charcoal ones, because it doesn’t stain, and it’s easy to rinse off. Plus, silicone is very hygienic.
- Eco Tools Mask remover sponges – These sponges elevated my masking experience to a whole other level. use a lot of wash off masks, and some can be VERY hard to wash off, so I used to do it in the shower, only on hair wash days. It’s so much easier to wash off those masks using these sponges without making my hair dirty or wet, and I don’t want to ever be without them.
- dr Brandt Luminizer primer – This primer adds subtle glow to my face, which is then toned down with foundation, giving me a healthy, natural look. It somewhat fills pores and lines, but not completely, so expect some natural skin texture. Like all silicone based primers, it tends to clog pores, but not too much, so I make sure to remove my makeup as soon as I’m back home.
- Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Blur & Go Stick – I am so thrilled with this product. It mattifies, blurs and completely fills out pores, and makes my skin look great on its own. IT’s pricey, but I may consider purchasing it once it runs out, that’s how much I love it!
- Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation – This is one of the best foundations I’ve tried lately. It doesn’t cling to dry patches, has a natural finish and lasts pretty much all day. Also, one pump is literally all I need for a natural look, which will make this bottle last until it expires.
- Tarte Shape Tape concealer – I only recently tried this (I know), but I fell in love with it. It’s a tiny little bit dry for my skin, but it covers everything so well with the smallest amount, and once I set it with powder it doesn’t move around.
- Benefit Cosmetics Dandelion blush – This is my go-to blush for quick makeup application. It’s not too dark, so I am never afraid I’d apply too much, especially in the early mornings when it’s still quite dark. And the color is a great match for my skintone.
- Seraphine Botanicals Lychee + Gold blush – This was an unexpected Ipsy find, and every time I wear this blush I get compliments on how my skin glows. It has a bit of shimmer, which is not what I usually go for, but it’s not too much, and it’s easy to apply and blend.
- Make Up For Ever Ultra HD setting powder – I use this setting powder because it works well, although it does flash back. But I don’t often get in such photos, so I’m not worried. I have been using this tiny sample for a long time, and it looks like it will take me forever to use it up, because I only need the smallest amount to set my foundation and concealer.
- Smashbox 24h Photo finish shadow primer – I haven’t tried many eyeshadow primers, but this one is my go-to for now. Eyeshadows cling to it so well, I never have any issues with creasing, which is a big problem with my eye shape. Even cream eyeshadows cling to it very well. It does make blending a bit harder, but this is manageable for me considering how well it works against creasing.
- Clinique High impact mascara – I have a few mascaras that I swear with, and this is one of those. The brush and formula are great, add lots of volume, curl and length to my lashes, making them look amazing.
- Make Up For Ever Aqua eyes eyeliner – It’s hard to find an eyeliner that actually stays on my waterline, and this one does it really well. I have teary eyes, but like black eyeliner on my waterline, and with this one I have barely any smudging. It’s also soft enough to be applied to this area.
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow wiz eyebrow pencil – I don’t add makeup to my eyebrows often, but when I do I use this little sample. This ABH pencil is easy to apply, doesn’t smudge and looks natural.
- Make Up For Ever Brow gel – Although I don’t use eyebrow makeup much, this is one product I ALWAYS use. Even on no makeup days. My eyebrows have long hairs that tend to swoop down towards my eyes, making them look unruly, and a little swipe of this gel makes them look nice and groomed. Most importantly, it never gives me that crunchy feel.
- Givenchy Rouge Interdit Marble Rouge Revelateur – Out of all the red lipsticks I have, I reach for this one most often. It’s hydrating, and the red color with blue undertones works well for my complexion.
- Kevyn Aucoin Expert lip color lipstick in Twilight Lotus – I call this my moody lipstick – the mauve here has a bit more purple than I’m used to, but I like it. And this lipstick is one of the most comfortable ones I’ve ever tried, so much so that I’ll probably get another color or two.
- Laura Mercier Velour Lovers lip colour in An Affair – This is my go-to berry lipstick. It’s a bit drying, but since it’s a darker color I like how it stays put, so once I apply it I don’t have to worry about it getting smudged or running out of the lip line.
- Guerlain KissKiss Roselip in Morning Rose – This is basically a lip balm, to be completely truthful. I keep it in my purse for no makeup days, because it does somehow make my lips look nicer, although it has barely any color.
- Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey – This is such a special color, I get asked what lipstick I have on pretty much every time I wear it. It’s half a lipstick, half a lip balm, very comfortable and the color goes well with everything. It’s one of my favourite lipsticks ever.
- Givenchy Rouge Interdit in Noir Revelateur – Similar to Clinique lipstick above, this one doesn’t add too much color, but just enough to make my lips look nice and naturally flushed. It’s another lipstick I use a lot, because it looks great whatever other makeup (or no makeup) I have on.
This rounds up my current favourites nicely! I included a lot of products that I can certainly stand behind. Let me know if you have any questions.
Now I highly recommend you go and check Amy’s favourites, too, she uses some great products, and they are usually very affordable!
Do you love any of these products? What are some of your current favourites? Do you stick to the same products always, or do you change what you use often?