Skincare Favorites 2016 

Wow, we’re 2017 is already here! 2016 was a busy year for me with moving cross country, completing my PhD and buying a house! I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store for me.

I spent much of 2016 working on a skincare routine that worked well for me. While I found many products that I really enjoyed using, I picked the following 5 products as my new  must-haves that I simply can’t stop using.

Farmacy Rise ‘n’ Shine Daily Moisture Lock. This moisturizer is lightweight and absorbs readily into the skin, so it’s a perfect base layer for makeup. Event though it is so lightweight, it leaves my skin very moisturized. The combination of the Farmacy serum and moisturizer keeps my skin from drying out throughout the day, but also prevents it from being oily which is a huge win!

Tata Harper Purifying Mask. I  received this mask recently, and was excited to use it as my skin was very congested and this is supposed to do wonders at clearing skin. It has a very strong ginger scent, so definitely smell it before purchasing if you’re sensitive to scents. This mud mask is almost mousse like, with a nice cooling effect on the skin that tells me it’s working! After using it for 30 minutes, my skin was clearer and felt less oily. With multiple uses, it helped clear my skin and prevent future breakouts.

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. Prior to this, I had never used a cleansing balm. This starts as a solid and once it gets warmed up from contact with your skin, it melts into an oil. I apply it all over my dry face and then use a damp Liz Earle muslin cloth to remove it, which leaves my skin silky smooth. I use the muslin cloth because I find it really helps to remove all traces of the product and makeup. When using this cleansing balm (as opposed to other cleansers), I don’t have to follow up with makeup remover, even when I have hard to remove mascara on.

Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator Scrub.  I have talked about time and time again about this scrub, and there’s a reason that I’m still talking about it.  I first sampled it through Birchbox in 2012, and haven’t been without it since. It uses a combination of papaya enzymes and microderm crystals for exfoliation. After use, my skin looks and feels smooth and brighter. It really does remove top layer of dead skin cells to uncover a new level of skin cells. I’ve found that this is even more gentle than the dermaE and I’ve been able to use it up to 5 times a week.

Jouer Daily Repair Treatment Oil. This oil has an ingredient that acts similarly to retinol without the bad side effects, in order to help hydrate skin giving it a smoother, firmer appearance. I apply this to my skin after washing and before moisturizer.  It absorbs really quickly and adds an extra dose of moisture which also making my skin brighter.


What were your favorite products of 2016?




  • The Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm is on my list too! (I just posted my list today too)
    And yessss, that Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator Scrub is one of my favourites – I don’t have it in my stash right now and I miss it. Maybe I need to go pick one up.


      I’m almost out of the Clinique TTDO and don’t know if I should replace it or try the Pixi Caroline Hirons double cleanse. I’m going to go read your list!

    • beautifulbeakers

      I can’t wait to read your list! Do you have any alternatives to TTDO or Vasanit? Almost out of both and thinking about what to replace them with.

  • I’ve only tried the Vasanti and I agree that it’s amazing! I have red patches and it makes them almost go away after using!


      Yeah, it does wonders for my skin. I went a few weeks without using it, and then I used it once and my skin was instantly better! Thanks for visiting 🙂

    • beautifulbeakers

      The Vasanti did wonders at making my complexion more even. Plus I love that it’s gentle enough to use multiple times a week!

  • The Sunday Mode

    I’ve been quite curious about the Clinique cleansing balm for a while now, just the whole concept of cleansing balms really interests me and I want to try one for myself! I love the idea that a balm could take off even stubborn eye makeup without the need for other removers.

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    • beautifulbeakers

      This was the first cleansing balm I tried, and I’m a convert now! It took off even my They’re Real mascara, which is notorious for being difficult to remove. I definitely recommend trying a balm, if you’re willing to splurge a bit the Clinique one is great!