SkinStore Editor’s Choice 2018: The Products We Can’t Live Without

Here at SkinStore, our team of Beauty Editors are always trying new products and discovering the new must-have, Holy Grail, skincare and beauty items. Throughout the year, we’ve been testing and trying out products and figuring out which ones we can’t live without. Read more below on why these products made the cut for the SkinStore Editor’s Choice 2018 and how you can enter to win a bundle of these favorites!

Editor’s Choice 2018:

  1. Makeup: Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer
  2. Exfoliators: SkinMedica AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser
  3. Body Care: ESPA Exfoliating Body Polish
  4. SPF: Hydropeptide Solar Defense Tinted SPF 30
  5. Facial Mists: Caudalie Grape Water
  6. Skin Care Tools: Foreo Luna Mini 2
  7. Serums: Dermalogica Biolumin-C Serum
  8. Styling Tools: T3 Singlepass Wave Wand
  9. Natural Beauty: Arcona Wine Oil
  10. Cleansers: DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
  11. Firming Favorites: Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Firming Elasticity Repair
  12. Masks: REN Clean Skincare Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask
  13. Moisturizers: Epionce Renewal Facial Lotion
  14. Self Tanners: Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion

Makeup: Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer

Primer is our go-to cosmetics product when it comes to creating a long-lasting makeup look. We continue to turn to the Hydra Veil Primer from Illamasqua because it continually hydrates and comforts our skin, while still creating a perfect base for any and all makeup. It’s full of hydrating and soothing ingredients, like vitamins C and B3, microalgae and other plant extracts that help keep our skin looking healthy and happy.

Exfoliators: SkinMedica AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser 

If you aren’t already exfoliating regularly, you might be missing out on smoother skin, improved brightness and less visible pores. This cleanser from SkinMedica not only physically exfoliates with ultra-fine jojoba beads, but also exfoliates below the surface using Alpha- and Beta-Hydroxy acids. This is the perfect do-it-all cleanser, because it removes makeup, exfoliates, hydrates and refreshes.

Body Care: ESPA Exfoliating Body Polish 

When we’re thinking about ways we can relax and unwind, a SkinStore favorite is an exfoliating body scrub. We love this one from ESPA for a few reasons: it contains Aloe Vera to hydrate and condition, it exfoliates using gentle apricot seed kernels and it is cooling and refreshing. It’s the perfect midweek, weekend, any-day-you-choose treat to yourself!

SPF: Hydropeptide Solar Defense Tinted SPF 30 

During the summer, we’re constantly out to find the best sunscreens for everything that summer brings. This summer, we love this tinted option from Hydropeptide. It is a color-adjusting formula that blends with all skin tones, which makes it ideal for our simplified summer skincare routine. With SPF 30 coverage, free radical protection and built-in concealing color-adjusting spheres, this multitasking product is perfect for everything from the beach to the next music festival you’re attending this summer.


Facial Mists: Caudalie Grape Water 

Our current must-have for our desks, cars, airplanes, purses, anywhere is this classic facial mist from Caudalie. With no scent and a fine mist spray, it is ideal for anytime your skin just needs a bit of a pick-me-up. Catch the SkinStore Beauty Editors keeping a supply of this on our desks always for a midday refresh!

Tools: Foreo Luna Mini 2 

This product is not only a SkinStore Beauty Editor’s favorite, but a cult classic tool! Take your cleansing to the next level with the Foreo Luna Mini 2, which provides a professional-level-clean  in a one-minute ritual. This tool can do it all—it cleanses, exfoliates, unclogs pores and lifts out dirt, oil and other impurities. Healthier skin is only one tool away.

Serums: Dermalogica Biolumin-C Serum 

This product was only released in June of this year, but it has quickly made its way into our regular skincare routine (and into our #shelfies). It is a concentrated vitamin C formula that delivers three times the amount of vitamin C when compared to competitors. We love it because it brightens, firms and defends our skin, without being a heavy, sticky formula. Bonus: it also has a light, citrus scent that the SkinStore Beauty Editors can’t get enough of!

Styling Tools: T3 Singlepass Wave Wand 

Tousled waves are in, and we’ve got the perfect tool to help you get the look! This curling wand from T3 is created to give you the style you want, in one pass. With a smart microchip and high-performance ceramic heaters, you’ll get consistent, even heat in order to protect your hair from hot spots. It makes sense that an effortless style would be achievable with an effortless-to-use tool, right?

Natural Beauty: Arcona Wine Oil 11291413

You’ve heard the stories of women who swear by a glass of red wine a day to help them stay young, right? Well, the Wine Oil from Arcona gives you all the benefits of a glass of red directly to your skin. A concentrated formula of resveratrol (an antioxidant found in red grapes), grape seed oil, and linoleic and oleic acids, this oil will hydrate & lock moisture in your skin while also reducing inflammation. Cheers to that!

Cleansers: DHC Deep Cleansing Oil 11207442

For an effortless cleansing experience, a cleansing oil is perfect. We love the Deep Cleansing Oil from DHC because it’s full of vitamins and removes even the most stubborn waterproof makeup. The primary oil in this cleanser is olive oil, which is rich in antioxidants. So, not only are you getting nourishment and hydration, you’re giving your skin amazing protection from environmental aggressors.

Firming Favorites: Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Firming Elasticity Repair 11289005

Anti-aging skincare is constantly evolving and we’ve found a product that we love that helps maintain our skin now and prevent signs of aging in the future. This treatment from Osmotics combines the benefits of copper (collagen stimulation, antioxidant boosting, promote skin regeneration), with a new anti-aging peptide to increase firmness, improve skin texture, and promote a more radiant and luminous complexion.

Masks: REN Clean Skincare Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask 11289481

This mask has been nicknamed the “Get Cute” mask, and the SkinStore Beauty Editors would have to agree! The combination of 11 natural fruit acids gently removes dead skin cells to help renew your complexion. The aftereffects of this mask include an instantly brighter complexion, less congested skin and overall healthier-looking skin!

Moisturizers: Epionce Renewal Facial Lotion 11287459

If you’re looking to introduce a preventative anti-aging skincare product into your routine, we have to recommend the Renewal Facial Lotion from Epionce. It is a lightweight formula that is perfect for normal to combination skin, and helps your complexion become more smooth, radiant and hydrated. It helps reverse signs of aging, combats loss of elasticity and evens out hyperpigmentation.

Self Tanners: Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion

While you might already have a beautiful, bronzed glow this summer, that won’t last forever. Keep your sun-kissed skin around with this gradual tanning lotion from Vita Liberata. It applies like a regular lotion, but deepens over time for a radiant glow. This can be used all over your body, and fades after four to seven days, so it’s the perfect product to maintain your summer tan. Just don’t forget to wash your hands after application!

There are so many skincare and beauty products and tools that we love, but these are the products that we can’t live without! And, for a limited time, you have the opportunity to win a bundle of these favorites! Click HERE to enter!

Which products are YOUR must-haves? Let us know on Instagram, by using #skinstore and tagging us @skinstore!

Schané Flowers

Schané Flowers

Beauty Editor

A beauty enthusiast by heart and a plant lover, I'm always looking for the latest and greatest in skincare and beauty, especially clean and organic! I think everyone's entitled to high quality skincare at any budget, and I'm always on the lookout for what's new in the industry be it tips, tricks, or products!

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