Best of Beauty 2019— Favorite Affordable Skin Care and Beauty Products

A best of beauty 2019 round up of favorite affordable skin care and beauty products that were a game changer.

This year I had an opportunity to try some amazing skin care, which included drugstore brands as well as some high end products. It’s been really fun to get to sample both luxe skin care and beauty brands, but also give drugstore makeup and affordable drugstore skin care products a test. In the end, my best of beauty 2019 round up includes a mix of both, and my favorite products in my skincare lineup might surprise you.

best skincare and beauty products

The Must Have Skin Care Products

Earlier in 2019 I worked with Neutrogena, and was sent their Hydro Boost Water Gel. After that campaign, I have purchased this jar twice. It’s everything you want a must have skin care product to be. It hydrates, absorbs quickly and can be used both night and day. During the colder months, I found this product to be the absolute best for battling dry skin.

Hyaluronic Acid is a hot ingredient and virtually every dermatologist will tell you to have a skincare product with hyaluronic acid in it. It improves elasticity and leaves the skin dewy—who wouldn’t want that?

Next on my list to try is a more expensive option, so it will be interesting to compare the two Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream and see which will make it to the best of beauty 2019 round up the next time around. 

Shop: Best of Beauty 2019— Favorite Affordable Skin Care and Beauty Products

The More Expensive Favorites Worth the Buy

I’ve written about Sunday Riley’s Luna Sleeping Oil, and I have to say it’s still one of my favorite products. Because my skin is very sensitive and prone to both dryness and redness I have to be very gentle when incorporating retinol. I swear this product helps even out my skin tone and bring down the redness. Also, the blue essential oil feels super luxurious and like I am doing everything right in my skin care routine.

Sunday Riley’s Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment is also a product worth the investment. I use it on days that I’m not using the sleeping oil.

You can purchase both as a kit. It’s a great way to try out both of these products, without being stuck with the large bottle. It was on my list to also try the much hyped Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II  so I purchased the mini sized bottle last month. It’s too soon to tell how I feel about it, so I will report back in my next best of beauty 2019 round up.

Favorite Cleanser and Under Eye Cream

An honorable mention in this round up should also go to two Kiehl’s skin care products that I really enjoyed this year. First, I’m a fan of traveling with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser  I found it to be very good at removing access makeup, while still leaving my skin moist.
And another Kiehl’s product that I have repurchased is the avocado eye cream. It’s incredibly rich, yet gentle and a little goes a long way.

best of beauty and skincare of 2019

The Must Try Beauty Products

I was introduced to Tarte Shape Tape by a girl working at Ulta. It’s a super popular beauty product and it deserves all the raves. The Shape tape is only available at Ulta—no idea why, but while it’s a little pricey a little goes a long way, and typically I get good six months out of just one bottle.

It’s perfect for those of us that need a strong concealer for under eyes, and I also use it to contour my face a little as a highlighter. Definitely a must have beauty product.

Best of Beauty 2019 —The Ultimate Favorite Product

The award for best of beauty 2019— the make up category goes to the least expensive item on this list (!) Yes, it’s the most affordable beauty product and it’s also a drug store beauty product. Can you believe it?

On most days you will find me with L’Oréal’s Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream, a little mascara and highlighter, and gloss. That’s it.

Without make up, no matter what I do my skin especially around my nose is always red. I’ve tried every single cream and correcting serum under the sun and nothing really works.

I did recently finally tried an IPL laser treatment which helped a lot, and I am thinking of doing more of those to fight the redness, but for now  this $12 BB cream is my favorite beauty purchase of 2019. It neutralizes the red and gives just enough coverage to make it seem I’m not wearing make up.

I keep on in my make up and also have another one in my purse—to fight redness on the go!

favorite drugstore makeup

Favorite Make Up Buys of 2019

The runner up for daily wear award goes to this Pixi Glow Duo almost every time that I wear this highlighter I get compliments on my skin. I didn’t always wear a highlighter as part of my daily beauty, but now I’m addicted to the look (and maybe the compliments). You can find the duo at Target—you can see from the photos how much I love and use this product.

An honorable mention must go to my favorite lipstick of the year Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution Lipstick. It’s a splurge, but with this item you really feel the luxe ingredients and the pigments are gorgeous. The packaging is beautiful too, and in truth it feels very good to have a luxury brand lipstick as part of my beauty make up bag.

Shop: Best of Beauty 2019— Favorite Affordable Skin Care and Beauty Products