Now, I’m lucky enough to receive product samples of new brand launches so I can try them and let you know if they're any good. Yes, this is really bloody F-U-N, but I also take my job pretty seriously because by recommending a product, I'm telling you it's worth your hard-earned money. Regardless of how much you're financially able to spend on beauty, that's a big deal.
That’s why I LOVE hearing about the products other people in the beauty world, including you, purchase again and again. The ones you love so fiercely, you re-order before they’ve finished so you never have to be without them.
So, I thought I’d share eight of my favourite skincare, makeup, hair care and body products I’ve got in my cart right now.
From bougie serums and affordable dupes, to my tried and tested favourites I’m almost out of, here’s exactly what I’ll be buying with my first Adore Beauty staff order.
My Favourite Adore Beauty Skincare, Makeup and Hair Care Products.
1. Ultra Violette Supreme Screen SPF 50+ Hydrating Facial Sunscreen.
Honest, this Ultra Violette Supreme Screen SPF 50+ Hydrating Facial Sunscreen is a dead-set 19/10. Wearing SPF on your face every day - even in winter, even when working from home - is the easiest and most cost-effective way to prevent the signs of ageing. It also protects you from developing skin cancers (very important!), but for those of us investing in exxy serums and skin treatments, you might as well chuck your money in the bin if you’re not wearing SPF every day too.
Supreme Screen's thin, silky texture sinks in, won’t sting your eyes and plays well with makeup = no pilling! The non-sunscreeny scent and moisturising ingredients mean it feels just like applying any other lovely skincare product.
The formula also has a slight peachy colour so those with darker skin tones or varied skin undertones won't get that annoying white cast. AND most importantly, it provides SPF 50+ UVA (the rays that age you and primarily cause skin cancers) and UVB (the rays that burn you) protection.
If only it could bring me coffee, too.
2. Beauté Pacifique Defy Damage Skin Repair Serum 40ml.
Heralded as an excellent serum for sensitive skin types, I’ve been a loyal Beauté Pacifique Defy Damage Skin Repair Serum 40ml fan since I first slathered it onto my face two years ago. So much so, my skin throws a tantrum whenever I venture out to try something different.
Jealous tendencies aside, this serum has a hydrating, smooth lotion consistency that glides on and sinks into the skin in the time it takes to chuck on a bra. It’s also got the tiniest concentration of Vitamin A to target skin texture and fine lines without causing too much of a fuss. If your skin angers easily or you want to dip your toe into serious skincare, I can’t recommend this serum enough.
3. Skinstitut Enzymatic Micro Peel 75ml.
The Skinstitut Enzymatic Micro Peel was one of the first enzyme exfoliants I ever tried and it’s perfect for anyone like me who has a baby face and is kind of terrified of hectic peels.
Unlike a physical ‘scrub’ exfoliant, the chemical exfoliant formula of this product is super creamy and smells like a tropical smoothie bowl. Or a piña colada. I love it because a thick layer applied all over my face gives me a mild ‘it’s working tingle’ to let me know the papaya enzymes are gently chomping on my dead skin cells to reveal radiant skin underneath. Plus, the hydrating powers of ingredients like Vitamin B5 and Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide), Hyaluronic Acid and fruit oils are looking out for my skin barrier.
Apply it on cleansed skin and leave for 10-20(ish) minutes and voila! Glowing, hydrated, revitalised skin!
P.S. The Skinstitut Enzymatic Micro Peel is a decent alternative to the Aspect Fruit Enzyme Mask 50g if that one’s out of your budget.
4. Murad Vita-C Eyes Dark Circle Corrector 15ml.
Fact: Murad Vita-C Eyes Dark Circle Corrector 15ml is so damn good, one of our writers has had to accept she’ll be sharing it with her boyfriend forever more.
Whether or not you use an eye cream is up to you, but after hearing other beauty editors talking about how much they’re loving this one sick, I can confirm it is, indeed, sick.
FYI, Hannah and Jo asked a dermatologist whether eye creams are actually necessary on the Beauty IQ Uncensored podcast, get it in your ears below!