🧪Game-changing Clean Skincare Brands With Effective Product Formulas
It’s 2020 and we refuse to buy our skincare blindly. Gone are the days of throwing a beauty product in your cart (physically or online) without glancing at the ingredient list for key ingredient call-outs.
Practically every gal with a pulse has at least a general understanding of the skincare basics (i.e. don't sleep with makeup on, sunscreen protects against UVA and UVB rays, moisturizers hydrate the skin, retinol helps with aging, etc.). Our ears perk up when we hear juicy buzzwords like: salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, rosehip and vitamin c. Some of us even spend hours on /r/SkincareAddiction looking up before and after photos like it's a hobby.
As skincare consumers, we now expect more from the products we slather on our face day and night; in this case, high expectations produced high rewards: a flurry of brands entering the market with brilliant ingredient stories and highly efficacious hero products for our pleasure. Snaps for us!
The following brands have gained cult-like support and popularity for their well-intentioned, successful ingredient lineups that not only produce measurable results, but look stellar on our ever-growing beauty shelf.
This hot commodity skincare brand recently acquired by Shiseido is not only unique in name, but in their ingredient philosophy. Drunk Elephant Founder Tiffany Masterson developed the entire product lineup without 6 commonly used ingredients she calls the "suspicious six" including: silicones, essential oils, chemical screens, SLS, drying alcohols and fragrance/dyes.
The Drunk Elephant philosophy is to avoid controversial ingredients and focus on developing formulas with effective active ingredients and biocompatible (easily absorbed into the skin) additives. The Allure, Essence, InStyle, Cosmo and WWD award-winning T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial ($80), for example, contains a 25% AHA blend (glycolic acid, tartaric acid, lactic acid and citric acid) with 2% salicylic acid for a moderately potent chemical exfoliation. This powerful blend is accompanied by rich antioxidants and fatty acids like matcha, pomegranate extract and virgin marula oil, to temper the acidity and rehydrate the skin.
DRUNK ELEPHANTT.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial Mask
Whether you desire a deeply hydrating mask like F-Balm™ Electrolyte Waterfacial, a vitamin rich bronzing agent to add to your sunscreen like D-Bronzi™ Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops or a rich moisturizer like Protini™ Polypeptide Cream to restore collagen, Drunk Elephant has a goody in store for you.
Classic Japanese tradition meets fast-paced American lifestyle with this beautifully packaged and exquisitely formulated skincare line.
Every Tatcha product starts with the Hadasei-3™ ingredient trinity featuring: green tea, rice and algae. These 3 anti-aging ingredients form the basis for the Japanese diet and are notorious for their use in original geisha beauty rituals dated back for generations. Japanese and American scientists work concurrently on the product formulations to ensure the perfect balance between time-honored, traditional beauty and modern skincare demand.
The ultra-popular Dewy Skin Cream ($68) moisturizer is a rich, hydrating cream formulated with Japanese purple rice, Okinawa algae, hyaluronic acid and botanical extracts. Japanese purple rice has antioxidant properties, protecting the skin from environmental assaults including UV damage and pollution. Okinawa algae and hyaluronic acid help to restore hydration and nourishment to the skin, restoring the skin's natural moisture barrier and protecting against future moisture loss.
TATCHAThe Dewy Skin Cream
Francophiles rejoice in this French minimalist skincare line originating in Bordeaux with an emphasis on antioxidant-rich grape seed oil and natural ingredients.
Caudalie founders Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas found that not only the seed oil from grape vines produced miraculous effects on the skin, but grape vine sap, grape vine stalk extract and grape water extracted from organic grapes each had their own contributions to overall skin restoration.
Caudalie now sources grape vine extracts from Bordeaux, Champagne and Burgundy with the same commitment to excellence from the brand’s origin. The brand's best selling product Vinoperfect Radiance Serum ($79) contains Viniferine (sap from the grape vine), which is 62 times more effective at evening the complexion than its vitamin c counterpart. 98% of ingredients in this product formula are naturally derived including the formula's scent, which is composed of citrus blossom, orange tree leaves, watermelon and mint.
Arguably the first natural luxury skincare line, Tata Harper created her namesake brand with the intent of creating 100% natural skincare products that uphold the same standard of elegance and prestige as Chanel, Dior and the like.
All Tata Harper products are formulated without GMO's, toxins, fillers, artificial colors, artificial fragrances and synthetic chemicals leaving the formulas pristine for both your skin and your overall health. If that isn't convincing enough, the batch number is printed at the bottom of every bottle; if you desire, you can search your product's batch number to learn just how fresh your purchase really is.
The Glamour award winning Purifying Mask Deep Cleaning Treatment ($72) is catered to the skincare user prone to an occasional breakout or blackhead. Formulated with 100% natural ingredients with 59% of the ingredients from organic farming, this mask is a beautifully natural way to detoxify the skin and increase overall radiance.
TATA HARPERPurifying Mask
🧡Creator Roundup 🏷 Beauty Year-in-review
Check out these creators’ profiles to see their beauty journeys in 2020! Creator: @Ren14 “What Stayed🍾Cooluli - Classic 4 Liter Small Mini Fridge Cooluli Skincare Fridge: I adore my little fridge! It feels so good to have chilled serums, especially in the morning! I love it so much that I’m thinking I’m going to get a bigger one so I can add more products in! Truly a must have for a skincare lover! Also, the fridge can warm up products too!” Creator:@LindseyRR “2020 is the year I think we all will remember forever. Everything in our lives changed and things have been incredibly difficult. The entire world had a health crisis, so many of our loved ones are no longer here. I myself am taking a journey with a health crisis of my own but as hard as 2020 has been, it has also been INCREDIBLE.” Creator: @briordan2000 “This year has definitely been a wild ride. I’ve learned so much more about my hair and skin in this last year than I ever thought I would or needed to know!“
3 Easy Ways to Volumize Your Hair
Hair concerns: Flat, Thin These are my 3 quick, go-to hair tips for volumizing my hair! This is great for when you’re on the go and don’t have too much time on your hands. 1. Use a Root Volumizer Hot Tool (Bed Head Little Tease Hair Crimper for Outrageous Texture and Volume) - Using this root volumizer hot tool will give you the volume of teased hair without the tangled knots and hairspray. It works by making small crimps or waves in your hair and gives your roots volume from the texture it creates. Just make sure to cover your roots with a layer of hair to conceal the textured areas. - Directions: Clamp the hot tool at your roots, brush it out with your fingers, and cover it with a layer of hair. Spray a moderate amount of hair spray to keep it in place. 2. Dry Shampoo - Thin, flat hair usually looks lifeless because of the lack of texture and thinness of the hair shaft. This means that having freshly washed hair can actually be your worst enemy if you’re going for a volumized look. Adding in a hair product can help at the roots by allowing for your hair to be styled into place. You can use any texturizing spray to do so, but I like to use dry shampoo especially for second-hair days! It helps soak up the oils in my hair as well as volumizing my roots. - Directions: Use any dry shampoo your own and spray onto your roots and brush it out. 3. Hair Extensions - Adding hair extensions onto your head will effortlessly give the illusion that your hair is much thicker than it actually is. The added layers will make the roots of your hair appear uplifted. You can choose from lengthening hair extensions (like mine) or extensions that match your hair length. Either way, it’ll make your hair on your head look much fuller. - Directions: Use clip-in hair extensions and clip it onto your roots. Cover the clip-ins with a layer of hair and spray hairspray it to keep it in place. #cheriepartner #sponsored
Join the trending topic 🏷 Beauty Thanks
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, cherie would love to know what you are thankful for this year! 💜 Whether its your full cheeks that remind you of your mother, or your curly hair that expresses your personality, share it on cherie <3 What beauty item, goal, or experience are you thankful for this year? Tell us in the trending topic 🏷 Beauty Thanks ✨What is something new you learned about beauty this year, whether it is a beauty aesthetic, an innovative product, a skincare ingredient, or a wellness habit? 💫What is your experience? Do you have a routine to achieve the beauty goal?
The Ordinary Empties and final thoughts!
I believe it’s been almost 10 months of me using The Ordinary products and wow! I can’t believe so much time has passed! These 3 products are the very first products I ever bought to try and here’s what I think! The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% This serum I would buy again and again. And I do! I’m on my 3rd bottle! Because I usually wear glasses, my nose gets really really oily under the nose pieces which causes them to slide around my face A LOT. After using this serum, I’ve noticed that I really don’t get oily in that spot anymore thank god! My T zone is balanced and because of my oil production going down, I’ve also noticed my pores around my nose have shrunk dramatically. The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 This one I’m really on the fence about. I have definitely seen improvement in my face in terms of “wrinkles” which really were just a way of my face telling me I needed more moisture! However, the formula is soooo tacky that when I try to use it during the day it makes my sunscreen pill no matter how long I wait for it to settle in. Even though I hate the tackiness, I still bought a 2nd bottle! The Ordinary - Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG There’s nothing wrong with this product. I just feel like it didn’t do much for me! I got it to help with my dark under eyes and puffiness but I don’t think it did much. If it did do anything, it was too gradual of a change for me to notice. Also, does anyone know what all this buildup is around the cap??? I guess we will see how long it takes me to realize it did help and I run to get a new bottle! For now, I think one bottle of this was enough for me.
The Organic Skin Co.
Have you tried this brand yet. This brand is The Organic Skin. THE ORGANIC SKIN Co. - Cheeky Lips • This product is a blush and lip product. Versatile, multi-purpose blush Designed to provide a perfect natural flush and the pout to match. • Cheeky Lips comes in eight bangin’, long-lasting, highly pigmented colors. • Whether you’re looking for a soft pink blush for your cheeks and lips. • Organic castor seed oil and supercritical extracts of rosemary, pomegranate and calendula will help to replenish your cheeks and lips, keeping them smooth and healthy. 💭 I wasn't sure how to use this product when I first received it. The color is very pretty. The texture is soft and smooth. I used this on my lips. The color is very pigmented and long lasting. I tried this on my cheeks and wasn't a fan. It was too greasy for my liking. #The Organic Skin - Natural Lipstick[products]#[TwoStars] • This lipstick comes in 12 colors. With the added benefits of calendula and rosemary supercritical extracts, as well as nourishing organic oils and carnauba wax. Shades: Coral & Ruby Red 💭 I really wanted to like these lipsticks. The packaging is so pretty. The issue is the texture. These lipsticks are a little rough. I wasn't able to wear it by itself. You Definitely have to apply a gloss before using or it will break. Unfortunately it became to stressful to use. lol They wouldn't apply the right way. #The Organic Skin - TASK FORCE NINECALENDULA AND TURMERIC CREAM [products]#[FiveStars] • Infused with 9 active natural ingredients – aloe vera, jojoba seed oil, lemon peel oil, calendula, turmeric, rosemary, honeysuckle, vanilla, and seabuckthorn – this multi-tasking treatment cream has moisturizing, antiseptic and antibacterial properties. 💭 This is a nice everyday cream. The texture is nice and light. It leaves your skin smooth and moisturized. It's non-greasy and smells amazing. This cream is good for all skin types including sensitive skin. #The Organic Skin - The Eyes Have it[products]#[FourStars] • With 8 colors to choose from you can mix, match and blend our cream eye shadows. Highly pigmented, long-lasting, multi-hued, and full of supercritical extracts. How to use: Using your finger or an eye shadow brush, apply to your eyelids. Shades: Greenstone & Silhouette 💭 These are really nice eyeshadows especially if you like cream shadows. It's easy to apply and the texture is smooth. Once these shadows dry down, they stay in place. My issue was on of the shadows was hard. It kept rolling up as I was trying to get it out of the package. The shades are very pretty especially greenstone. It's very pigmented. I'm not sure if I would purchase any of these products. Your thoughts? (Gifted) #whoisnee #cheriecreator
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