2018 beauty favorites (1)

HAPPY 2019!

One of my intentions this year is to share more of myself through social media, specifically when it comes to things that I think may help or inspire others.

I am a lover of all things beauty so I’m going to ease my way into this with some of my favorite beauty products of 2018. Before I get into that, I thought it would be beneficial to share some of the things I’ve learned in 2018 that may help you in the new year as you work towards #selfcare goals (yes, please!) or just overall wellness.


Over the past 6 months, I have been leaning towards “clean” beauty products that are free of toxins such as parabens, phthalates, PEGs, ethanolamines, and synthetic fragrances. As I continue down my own wellness journey, I’ve found that removing those with endocrine disrupters and carcinogens has done wonders for both my skin and well-being. Some of my favorite “clean” beauty brands have a blend of both science, nature, and ethics (will link some of these products further below).

It’s important to note that the FDA is not required to approve beauty and skincare products before they’re put on shelves so if this is important to you, it’s beneficial to do your research as the consumer to understand what you’re putting on your body, which is then absorbed into it. My beauty products are not 100% clean yet as I was skeptical if these products would even work (I literally remember thinking that if it had a lot of harsh ingredients, it meant the product would work that much better!), but I am a true believer of their effectiveness now. It’s also liberating to know how much control we have as consumers if we take the time to gain the knowledge on these ingredients before purchasing, especially since your skin is the largest organ you have and absorbs about 60% of what you put on it. One final word of caution is that there is no regulation regarding the use of words such as “natural”, “botanical”, etc. by the FTC so it’s best to review the ingredient list on the back of the label to determine which ingredients are important for you to leave out. Use of marketing tactics with plants or green packaging may not necessarily mean the product is free of these toxic ingredients. In my experience, just like in your food, usually the less number of ingredients listed, the better. Below is a helpful chart that I found outlining some of the product labels you might see and what they mean.

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Now, on to my favorite products of 2018! As I mentioned, not every product listed below will be considered “clean” but this is all a journey and we have to start somewhere – even small changes make an impact!

Youth to the People – Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser

Great cleanser for ALL skin types. I have been using this for the past month or so and my skin feels clean and refreshed after. I don’t have the tight feeling like I have using other cleansers that strip away your skin’s natural oils but I also don’t feel as though my skin has a a film over it either after using it. This product is vegan and cruelty-free, coming in recyclable packaging. It is free of sulfates, alcohol, and the glass bottle helps to maintain the purity of the plant-based nutrients in it.

Youth to the People – Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream

This is my go-to deep moisturizer for dry skin, although it is suitable for all skin types as well. This is because it has adaptogenic herbs and mushrooms like ashwagandha, reishi, and rhodiola that work with what your skin needs. It smells a little “natural” which can be hard to get used to at first… until you start seeing the benefits! This is also vegan and cruelty-free, formulated without parabens and other harsh ingredients.

Herbivore – Blue Tansy Resurfacing Mask

This mask is perfect when I feel some breakouts coming on or want a good exfoliant to remove dead skin cells. It’s a gentle resurfacing mask that’s made with blue tansy oil, white willow bark (a natural BHA high in salicylic acid for breakouts/acne), and papaya and pineapple that help to exfoliate the skin. My face feels soft as ever after I use this but I do follow up with a deep moisturizer since it can be a little drying. This is vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, and silicone-free. There are also no sulfates or parabens and it has the “clean” seal at Sephora.

Herbivore – Youth Facial Oil

My holy grail of facial oils – I love this stuff. It smells so luxurious due to the orchid and jasmine extracts and actually works by absorbing into your skin, helping keep your skin’s elasticity with it’s blend of fatty acids like omega 3 and omega 6 to help fight fine lines and wrinkles. It’s made with only natural ingredients, is vegan, cruelty-free, and has no unnatural preservatives or fillers. It doesn’t weigh down your skin or cause breakouts at all but still leaves your skin feeling and looking glowy, which is why I love it!

Anastasia Beverly Hills – Brow Wiz Pencil

An easy-to-use eyebrow pencil that mirrors your natural brow hair. It’s not common for me to buy the same beauty product over and over unless I really like it (I enjoy finding new things to try out!), but I will never stray from this one – it’s that good. It comes with a retractable brow pencil on one side and a brow brush on the other. It’s free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates as well. I’ve bought this at least 10 times and I swear by it.

Becca – Highlighter

I found this product on Olivia Jade’s YouTube channel since she always has the best glow and this product does not disappoint. I’m a big fan of the entire Becca product line after seeing that it’s used by Jojo Fletcher’s makeup artist because I love the makeup looks she gives her! This highlighter goes on with an almost “liquid” finish but it’s a pressed powder and make you feel like a glowy goddess when you put it on areas you want to highlight.

Tarte – Double Duty Shape Tape

Another beauty staple I found that I can’t live without. This. Concealer. Works. I have dark circles from genetics (thanks, Mom!) but this truly covers them without leaving those creases that we all hate. It has shea butter to help moisturize and nourish and it’s perfect for both concealing and using as a highlight/contour product. A little goes a long way but you can also build up the coverage as needed. I will not go back to any other concealer as long as they keep making this! This is a vegan, cruelty-free product that is free of gluten, parabens, and phthalates as well – bonus! …but I can’t say I’d get rid of it even if it wasn’t.

Tarte – Toasted Eye Shadow Palette

I love the warm colors in this palette and how well they blend together to create so many different looks. I think these colors would look good on any skin tone and I love that you can keep your eyes more natural or make them pop using some of the more pigmented, darker colors for going out. This eye shadow stays on your eyes and doesn’t give you any “raccoon” effects during a night out.

It Cosmetics – CC Cream

I’ve been looking for an everyday “foundation” but kept buying products that were drying out my skin, making my skin look cakey and feeling heavy on my skin. Then I found this gem. It’s a full coverage color-correcting (CC) cream that gives me the dewiest skin and has SPF-50 to keep me covered throughout the day. I am loving it so far and think it’s perfect for work days and weekend errands when you want some coverage but don’t necessarily want anything too heavy.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me! Cheers to a happy, healthy, beautiful new year!

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