best skincare products of the year 2018

This year I most definitely wanted to choose my ultimate favorite products of the year AKA the best beauty products of the year. I chose two categories (so that I could include more products, I know, I’m wise): skincare and makeup.

Today I will share with you my favorite skincare & body products of the year 2018. These products I used the most and I feel like they are amazing and they deserve this special title. You may have seen some of these on my other posts, but there are also some products I haven’t yet talked about. I only chose nine items, because I wanted to keep this listing short – and – well, special. Obviously there were other great products I used as well.


best skincare products of the year

When I chose my products I noticed a funny thing: there were three brands I loved the most. Rituals, Evolve Beauty and Lavera. Oh – and most of my favorites are from organic brands! Lavera, Evolve Beauty and Hurraw! are all natural beauty brands.


best evolve beauty products

Cotton fresh deodorant cream*
Last year I found a deodorant that works and I was happy to find it from an organic brand. This deodorant has my back and I really appreciate it. Natural deodorants can be effective as well, guys!
Read my blog post on it here.

Evolve Beauty Radiant Glow mask*
I love this mask. It smells amazing, it makes my skin smooth and radiant and it’s quick to use. I mean, five minutes is more than enough to work it’s magic. One of those can’t live without products. I would recommend it to all skintypes, but if your skin is very dry or sensitive, let it sit on your skin for a shorter time.
Read my blog post on it here.

lavera best skincare products

Lavera Hydro-Effect Cleansing Balm*
After years of searching for the perfect cleanser that would be gentle yet effective, I think I’ve found the one. This finishes my cleansing ritual (after taking my makeup off with another product) and overall I think it’s a great product for normal to oily skintypes.
Read my blog post on it here.

Lavera Mattifying Balancing Cream*
Sometimes having a sister with oily skin comes in handy. As in, she finds the perfect moisturizer before you and loops you in. This mattifying cream is great for my skin especially during summer. It’s somehow quite thick and moisturizing, even though it does leave a matte finish and is lightweight for oilier skintypes.

rituals happy buddha shower foam ritual of dao body mist

Rituals Ritual of Happy Buddha foaming shower gel*
I’ve been obsessing over Rituals body products and especially these foaming shower gels for so long, I thought it was time to introduce some on my blog as well. I know shower products might seem boring, but if you haven’t tried Rituals’ shower gels, you haven’t lived. It’s the perfect every day luxury. Happy Buddha is one of my favorite scents along with Sakura and Dao.

Rituals The Ritual of Dao bed & body mist*
The scent of the year for me was this. It’s calming, sweet, mild and delicious all at the same time. I bought this last summer while we were in Amsterdam and been using it ever since. Especially when I’m stressed, I like to wear this. It’s funny, because usually I’m all about sweet and crazy scents. This one time I wore a perfume and Risto thought I was carrying candy with me. I think that about sums up my scent-profile. But hey, maybe I’m becoming a proper adult and appreciating things that are a little less… well, intense.

makeup eraser pink

Makeup eraser*
I only got this at the end of the year, but I know it’s here to stay. If you’ve been searching for the best and easiest way to remove your makeup, look no further. This solves all your problems. I mean, it removes all your makeup. Quick and easy. Honestly. I might just do a blog post about it. The post will be called “An angel’s touch on your skin”. Or not. You get the idea.

skin treat warming body scrub

Skin Treat Healthy Radiance Warming Body Scrub
I love being warm and this warming body scrub makes me feel warm even after showering. Living in a cold country I’ll use all the tricks to stay warm. Oh, and this also makes my skin nice and smooth. Again, body products can be boring and I know that taking care of all your skin is a struggle (or is it just me?). This makes the task just a little bit easier and nicer. And your body cream absorbs nicely after using this. Taking care of the skin of your body is just as important as taking care of your face. 

hurraw! moon balm best lip balm

Hurraw! moon balm*
This just had to be included in the list. I’ve been using Hurraw!’s lip balms for years now and this is my secret weapon in fighting dry lips. It’s very nourishing, smells good and is just perfect to use during nights.

the best skincare products of the year

And that’s it! There was one product I didn’t choose for this list, just because I’ve been mentioning it quite a lot in my blog already. But I wanted to quickly give it one more shoutout, just because, well, it’s the best. And that is The drops of youth serum from The Body Shop. It just stays in my favorites year after year. It’s the key product in keeping my pores clean, my skin smooth and helping diminishing my acne scars.

And as I said, there were so many great skincare products I loved this year. If you would like to read more about them, check out my Skincare category for more reviews.


What were your favorite skincare products of the year?

2 x a mask, that does it all

evolve beauty masks

organic masks

Masks are my favorite thing when it comes to skincare. They are the key thing in keeping my skin healthy. It’s that one extra step you need to take, if you really want your skin to look and feel great. Obviously you need to have your basic routine in place, but you also need those special products for weekly use.

I always say this. Once a week: exfoliate your skin and do a mask. Or – do just one of those, but choose a mask, that does it all. A mask that gently exfoliates while giving you the experience that a good mask gives you. Lately I’ve been skipping exfoliating and just stuck with masks.

Today I’ll talk about two masks that are quite the multitaskers: Evolve Beauty’s Radiant Glow mask and Miracle mask.

Masks received as PR-samples.

Evolve beauty radiant glow mask

Evolve Beauty Radiant Glow mask

I tried this mask for the first time with my best friend. It’s both lovely and sad, that every time I use this, she comes to mind. I miss her like crazy. My friend lives in Austalia, but was visiting here for a while. I thought it would be cool to get a second opinion on this mask. We went to a sauna and did the mask afterwards. We opened the jar, applied the mask on our faces and came to the conclusion, that we could just eat the whole jar (haha).

So the mask smells delicious. And it’s even more delicious, because it’s artisan-made of fresh ingredients like raw cacao, almond oil and coconut shell powder. It’s fragranced with vanilla oil, which actually explains why I feel so strongly about this product. I love Vanilla-anything.

The mask feels very nice on the skin. Thanks to the oils, it melts a little on the skin. And thanks to coconut shell powder, it gently exfoliates the skin. After using the mask, my skin feels plump, soft and radiant. Especially the next morning. You could see and feel, that your skin had just gotten some special treatment. My friend and me were both loving our skin the next day.

I love timesavers and this mask is one of those good guys. Five minutes is enough with it. The only thing to note though, is that this is not the easiest mask to take off. The tiny little coconut shell powder gets everywhere so it can be a bit messy.

I’ve now almost gone through my first jar and I’ve already bought another one. So it is that level of good that I don’t want to run out of it.

I would recommend this to all skin types. It’s a safe bet in my books – it’s effective, but still very gentle. It’s the perfect beauty treatment before a big day. A new favorite.

Evolve Beauty Radiant Glow mask* 22,90€
Evolve beauty Radiant Glow travel size* 13,90€

evolve beauty miracle mask

Evolve Beauty Miracle Mask

After trying the Radiant Glow and seeing this new mask on the shelf, I knew I had to see if it was just as good. And it is – but it’s different.

If Radiant Glow was effective, this is next level. The mask contains fruit acids (AHA) which gently exfoliate the skin making it smooth and radiant. What I didn’t know, is that AHAs also help to moisturize the skin by binding water to the skin. Because water = moisture. Fruit acids are amazing.

Besides AHAs, the mask contains ingredients like Peruvian maca, Papaya extract and Aloe leaf juice.

This mask feels very smooth as it doesn’t have any grains in it. It feels a bit like a jelly. It makes me think of mango puree. You know, the one that babies eat? I may or may not sometimes buy it for myself because it’s delicious.

As usual with masks containing acids, it feels a bit tingling on the skin. That’s how I know it’s working. It reminds me of these very effective professional masks I’ve used both in school and at work (at a beauty salon). This mask doesn’t feel like your usual mask. It’s almost like a professional beauty treatment that you can do at home. Except it’s only 5 minutes and you can, indeed, do it at home.

I think this mask would work for all skin types as well, but if your skin is more sensitive or dry, I would just leave it on for a shorter time. I would do this mask a few days before an important day.

Evolve beauty Miracle Mask* 27,90€
Evolve Beauty Miracle Mask travel size* 14,90€

I think it’s interesting that the most effective and best masks I’ve tried, have all been from an organic brand. Natural ingredients can be awesome, right?

organic deodorant

Evolve beauty is a very interesting brand. It was a coincidence when I first happened to try their organic deodorant cream. Which is still, as I declared it, the best deodorant ever. After that I tried their hair products, which I actually just purchased for my upcoming trip. I’ve also tried their hyaluronic acid serum, which was great. So far none of this brand’s products have let me down. Actually quite the opposite. I’m quickly becoming a huge fan.

Have you tried these or something from Evolve Beauty? Are masks in your weekly skincare routine?

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