Favorite Skincare Products of 2016

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Favorite Skincare Products of 2016:
1. Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream
2. Tatcha Classic Rice Enzyme Powder
3. Eve Lom Cleanser
4. Glossier Priming Moisturizer
5. Belif Moisturizing & Firming Eye Cream
6. Handmade Skin Salve (post coming soon!)
7. Handmade Facial Oil (post coming soon!)

Now that the year is coming to a close, I thought I’d do a compilation of my favorite skincare products of 2016. These are my most used, can’t live without products that I use pretty much every single day. In the list, I’ve included two skincare products that I made on my own! I’ve gotten a lot more into natural beauty lately and have been experimenting with some of my own formulations (will do a more detailed post about this in the future). Read more for detailed reviews on why each of these favorite products made it onto my list + instructions on how to enter the giveaway!

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1. Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream
Call me crazy but after trying this cream for the first time a few months ago, I was so in love with it that I went and bought four more. I even bought one for my boyfriend to use after he shaves. I love the consistency and texture of the Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream and it works so well to soothe irritated or red skin. I use it at night and wake up with zero redness and nothing but soft skin. It is magic!!! This was one of the first products that really sold me on k-beauty. I especially like to use it when I’m using acne medication that is harsh on my skin (like benzoyl peroxide).

Image via Laura Bruj

2. Tatcha Classic Rice Enzyme Powder
All my friends know that I am obsessed with Tatcha. I’ve even converted my roommate and two of my best friends into Tatcha consumers!! I’ve tried so many face cleansers over these past few years and this rice enzyme powder is still my top pick. It makes my skin feel really clean afterwards, without feeling dry. Plus it does a really great job of removing dead skin cells. (Pro tip: if you order from the Tatcha website and use the code WELCOMEGIFT, you get a travel sized Classic Rice Enzyme Powder for free!)

Image via Anthropologie

3. Eve Lom Cleanser
So…Vogue called this the “best cleanser in the world” which must mean something. It has an interesting scent and texture but is filled with essential oils and cocoa butter so it moisturizes the skin as it cleanses. It also comes with a muslin cloth which you use to remove the cleansing balm from the skin. I think this Eve Lom Cleanser does a really good job at being thorough at removing all my makeup. Since I’ve been using it, I’ve noticed a reduction in break outs, in part because I’ve been cleaning my face better.

Image via Glossier

4. Glossier Priming Moisturizer
I use this moisturizer every. single. day. It’s really lightweight but buildable and never makes my skin break out. I got my sister hooked also so now she uses it religiously as well, haha. You can use this link to get 20% off your first order and free shipping on all orders over $30!

Image via Belif

5. Belif Moisturizing & Firming Eye Cream
I first started using this a few weeks ago after not loving the past few eye creams I’ve tried. In fact, this might be the first eye cream that I truly like. It has a good texture and provides nice hydration. First Klairs, now Belif…I’m really starting to join this whole k-beauty trend. Belif has some really great value sets – the Belif On the Go Bestsellers Holiday Travel Kit is the set I’ve been using all winter and it’s only $20!

6. Handmade Skin Salve
I’ve been experimenting with different skin salve recipes to find something that will treat my eczema. My goal is to find a more natural solution to my eczema than my steroid cream I currently use.

7. Handmade Facial Oil
I use this facial oil every single night by mixing a few drops into my moisturizer (either the Klairs Midnight Calming Cream or the Glossier Priming Moisturizer). It absorbs into the skin really well and doesn’t leave it feeling greasy or oily. I’ve been waking up in the morning with glowy skin!

I’ve always loved arts and crafts since I was young, so it’s been really fun to play around with ingredients and make some beauty products of my own. I’ll make a post in the future with more details of this DIY project. Anyways, next on the blog will be a roundup of my favorite makeup products of 2016. Stay tuned!

Because I love these products so much, I’m sharing my love and giving away a full set of my favorite skincare products of 2016 to one lucky reader! This prize includes all seven products listed in this post. Enter below:

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  1. Debbie R.
    December 26, 2016 / 6:09 am

    my faves are prob the Clinique lotion (always a classic) and may lindstrom blue cocoon!

  2. December 26, 2016 / 1:36 pm

    I would much rather spend money on good skincare that actually works, instead of designer makeup. I’ve been loving Kiehl’s Avacado Eye cream this year and can’t seem to keep my hands off of it haha. So generous of you to be doing the giveaway! x

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  3. December 26, 2016 / 6:27 pm

    Aw thanks so so much for this giveaway dear! I love all of your picks, I also really enjoy using that Klairs cream! I think my favorites definitely have to be ones from Votary cleansing oil, De Mamiel balm, Mahalo rare indigo, and Whamisa mist! I hope you have a wonderful week and successful, happy, and loving new year!


  4. December 26, 2016 / 8:11 pm

    Everything May Lindstrom has been a favourite this her. And Belief moisture bomb!!!

  5. Kristyne
    December 26, 2016 / 8:19 pm

    I must try the Klairs Calming Cream! My favorite skincare products this year have been Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum! SERIOUS GAME CHANGER for me. The May Lindstrom Blue Cocoon, Diptyque Infused Face Oil, and lastly African Botanics Resurrection Cell Recovery Serum (expensive but well worth it).

  6. Rachel Lankford
    December 26, 2016 / 8:31 pm

    Love all of these picks 🙌🏻 I’ve especially been digging the kbeauty products this year! Great post!

  7. Heather
    December 26, 2016 / 8:31 pm

    I really want to try that Klairs cream now! My favorite this year has been Stratia Liquid Gold.

  8. Colette
    December 26, 2016 / 8:33 pm

    I love Deciem’s The Ordinary hyaluronic + b5 serum and rose hip face oil! Both are less than $10 and they work just as well as other expensive serums.

  9. Jen B
    December 26, 2016 / 8:38 pm

    Love this giveaway! Some of my favorite skincare items of 2016 have been Glamglow mud masks, Kate Somerville Exfolikate, L’Occitane Divine Cream.

  10. Helena Cadenas
    December 26, 2016 / 8:45 pm

    Hi I adore your blog and insta! My favorites this year would have to be the Glossier supers, Caudalie instant detox mask and the Drunk Elephant virgin marula luxury facial oil <3

  11. nymargie1
    December 26, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    Erborian liquid lotion!

  12. Kasia Bernat
    December 26, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    Great post. I really enjoy sheet masks and will try anything to hydrate my skin. Korean beauty seems to do well for my skin. I also love french brands like Avenel and Larache Posey

  13. naty
    December 26, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    I’d say my favorite skincare product of this year is Clarins toning oil. all starts!

  14. Victoria
    December 26, 2016 / 9:15 pm

    I love love love love tatcha! Can’t wait to hear more about your homemade skincare items!!

  15. Sophia Cheng
    December 26, 2016 / 9:54 pm

    Fresh Seaberry Face Oil and Clinique Toner!

  16. December 26, 2016 / 10:48 pm

    Origins Night a mins moisturizer and Embryolisse Lait Cream Concentre! 💖

  17. Pattie Cowan
    December 26, 2016 / 10:52 pm

    I love Kiehl’s for skincare. I have never been disappointed with any of their products.

  18. December 26, 2016 / 11:57 pm

    If you enjoy K-Beauty stuff my favorites are Benton’s snail bee essence and Skinmiso’s pore corset serum

  19. helenlam
    December 27, 2016 / 12:40 am

    I’ve been liking Laurel sun damage serum and Vintner’s Daughter. I discovered facial oils this year!

  20. Nadiah
    December 27, 2016 / 12:53 am

    Thanks for the giveaway! I always wanted to try the klairs cream

  21. Hallet
    December 27, 2016 / 1:39 am

    I don’t have that much skincare stuff, but I have to say Glossier balm.com saved the life of my lips- I also use Glossier’s hydrating mask, and the multi-use Urban Outfitters petal oil

  22. December 27, 2016 / 1:58 am

    Oh, all the products on this giveaway seem great, I had only heard of Glossier out of all the mentioned!
    I am Latvian and my fav skincare products come from a Latvian brand ‘Madara’. I love their toner for dry skin, their hand cream that smells a little like marzipan and also their hemp lip balm.

  23. Lizzie
    December 27, 2016 / 4:54 am

    Gorgeous products! One of my favourites of this year is Leahlani’s siren serum – it smells so so so good I love it!!

  24. Iana Arsenii
    December 27, 2016 / 4:56 am

    My skin heroes this year have become Aurelia Skincare Miracle Cleanser Balm and Skin&Tonic Detox Oil!

  25. Dominique
    December 27, 2016 / 9:26 am

    My favorite skin care product of 2016 was also the Tatcha rice powder that I got a sample of!

  26. Julie Doherty
    December 27, 2016 / 9:53 am

    Amazing selection! I already love Glossier moisturizer and Tatcha rice powder but I’ll keep an eye out for the others. Thank you for the giveaway! Finger crossed!

  27. Brandi Young
    December 27, 2016 / 9:56 am

    Even though I’ve been buying mostly natural thanks to petit vour, I love RoC 5 in 1 retinol night cream.. It truly has evened my skin texture, dark spots and lines. I also love Caudalie Divine oil for my body and Poetic Blend hero oil for my face.

  28. Alison
    December 27, 2016 / 4:05 pm

    My favorite for 2016 has been the Tatcha rice powder cleanser. Thanks for the chance to win!

  29. Sandy
    December 27, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    1) Estee Lauder Micro Essence 2) Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream 3) Kiehl’s Avocado Creamy Eye Treatment

  30. Nguyet
    December 28, 2016 / 2:31 am

    Cosrx pimple patches and Ciracle red spot cream are my favorites.

  31. Catie
    December 28, 2016 / 12:09 pm

    I’ve also been loving the Glossier moisturizer throughout 2016 and can’t wait to try their priming moisturizer rich! LOVE the Tatcha rice powder too! Also been liking Drunk Elephant T.L.C night serum!

  32. Nhung
    December 28, 2016 / 4:04 pm

    My favorites for 2016 would have to be the Banila co Clean it Zero for Sensitive skin and the Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve face cream!

  33. December 29, 2016 / 5:54 pm

    I love that you’re making your own products! This is something that I also do since I believe in natural beauty products and knowing the ingredients you put on your skin!!

  34. Meredith Vaughn
    December 29, 2016 / 6:25 pm

    I have loved the Glossier Priming Moisturizer too! I has also loved the Coconut Balm dot com and Kiehl’s Dark Spot Correcting Serum.

  35. zoe m
    December 31, 2016 / 4:38 am

    I started using neutrogena’s face wash this year and i like it so much more than the grocery store brand (yikes) i was using before!

  36. Rebecca
    December 31, 2016 / 10:11 am

    I am loving the Dr. Jart Water Drops moisturizer. It’s not super heavy and keeps my skin soft all day!

  37. Ken D
    January 1, 2017 / 11:18 am

    I recently got a sample box of some sunday riley products and I have been LOVING them! My skin has never felt so soft lol

  38. Sadie
    January 2, 2017 / 9:33 am

    Glossier is everything! I’m absolutely loving seeing everybody’s top skincare picks…so many new things to try!

  39. Leah Toma
    January 5, 2017 / 2:42 am

    K-beauty skincare has been my favorite this year! Especially the Nature Republic Aloe Vera Soothing Gel; its so light and refreshing (especially when put in the fridge), and it moisturizers my face (oily skin type) and dry spots on my legs and elbows really well!

  40. Eva
    January 6, 2017 / 11:28 am

    thanks for a great giveaway! My all time favourites are Clarins flash beauty balm, Bioderma micellar water, and embryolisse. Can’t live without them.

  41. August 25, 2017 / 8:59 pm

    Hi Stephanie! I totally found this article helpful as I have sensitive skin too and need/want to use greener and better skincare products. Thanks for showing us your favorite skincare products of 2016!

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