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.


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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?

New skincare faves – Lavera Anti-Pollution review

  lavera detox mask
Current skincare faves – Lavera Anti-Pollution skincare products review

I’m quite bad at handling stress.

Or – I’m the master of it. I manage to stress about almost everything: food, sleep, outfits, work, play and even my toes.  It’s a constant struggle and something I do pay attention to daily – I have moments, when I realize it’s so unnecessary, take a deep breath and just enjoy whatever it is I’m doing or seeing. And on the other hand, it’s just life and it’s something you need to live with.

But one thing I haven’t had to stress much about lately has been my skin. I always get new products to try out and not always do they work for me. But I realized one day, that the routine I’m doing right now with some new products (received as pr-samples)  is actually working brilliantly for me.

So obviously I need to tell you about those products.

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Lavera Anti-Pollution line

Lavera is a german brand, that is quite affordable when it comes to price point. It’s ecocertified and sustainable.

The three products I’ve used lately regularly, have been from Lavera’s new Anti-Pollution line. The products are meant to shield your skin from air pollutants, keep it fresh and radiant and nicely moisturized. I’m quite excited about these ones, because Lavera is not only ecocertified and natural, but it’s also affordable (even though this line is slightly more pricey than the other lines). I admit I’m always a bit hesitant to try affordable things especially with skincare, but these products turned out to be very nice.  By the way, Germany has some really cool natural skincare brands!

Usually Lavera’s packaging doesn’t appeal to me, but with this particular line, there’s actually a bit more effort on it. I know it’s just a packaging, but I like pretty things. I’m seeing the product every day, so it’s nice that it’s nice to look at. But I have to say, that I do like that a brand uses more money on the inside of the product, rather than on the outside. What are your thoughts on this? 

I have combination skin, and I have found that these products suit my skin perfectly. All of these are vegan.

lavera hydro effect cleansing balm

Lavera Hydro-Effect Cleansing Balm

Somehow finding the perfect cleanser has been very hard for me. I’ve usually used gels and foams, but I’ve been wanting to try something more gentle. This cleansing balm is exactly what I’ve been looking for: it’s a creamy gel, that cleanses my skin gently, but effectively. It’s not like the cleansers made for oily skin (that leave my skin feeling dry), or like the milk cleansers made for dry skin (that leave my skin feeling like nothing’s happening).

This feels very nice on the skin, it slides nicely and it leaves my face fresh, clean – yet lightly moisturized. It has a natural sweet scent to it, which I love.

I actually use it both in the evening and in the morning.

*Lavera Hydro-Effect Cleansing Balm

lavera hydro effect day cream

Lavera Hydro-Effect Day Cream

This day cream is a lightweight gel-cream, that absorbs nicely into the skin. I always prefer a light consistency in my lotions and this makes no exception. The day cream brings just enough moisture and care to my skin, without clogging my pores.

It has the same sweet scent as the cleansing balm, which is a nice addition. I have to note, that even though there is a scent to these products, it’s very subtle. With natural products the scents are also natural – meaning that they evaporate quite quickly. So even if you preferred unscented products, you could probably use these.

Since this is quite lightweight, I would recommend this for normal to combination skin.

*Lavera Hydro-Effect Day Cream

lavera detox effect mask

Lavera Detox Effect Mask

I try to use a mud/clay mask weekly. I don’t always manage to do that, but I try my best. Doing a mask once per week helps to keep my skin radiant and clean. It also helps to fight any imperfections and sebaceous filaments.

This Detox mask is not too drying, but it’s still effective. It contains clay, but also nourishing ingredients such as jojoba oil, almond oil, shea butter and aloe vera. It has these tiny grains in it, that help to exfoliate the skin. When I’m rinsing off the mask, I do some circular movements with my fingers to get rid of dead skin cells.

*Lavera Detox Effect Mask

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