Best Beauty Products of 2018 Part II: Skincare & Hair

Ola bebes,

You don’t think I’d give you a ‘Best Beauty Products of 2018‘ post and not include skincare and hair products did ya?! For ease of reading sake, I wanted to make a part II post. In 2018 I really got out of my bubble and tried a lot more skincare (and a lot of high end skincare…). Even though I’m in my 20’s, I think it’s SO important to use good quality products on your face. I still use some affordable products, but in 2018 I definitely invested more in my skin. Same goes with hair products- I just don’t see as good of results from a lot of drugstore brands for my hair needs. And sometimes, a b*tch just likes the damn packaging.

Just like my last post, these favourites are all skincare and haircare that I either discovered or were released in 2018. I didn’t want to repeat products from previous years and am trying to keep these favourites posts more freshhhh. Read on for skincare and hair products that I now absolutely adore.

Best Skincare Products of 2018:

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyalauronic Cloud Cream

The name of this product is what got me. Cloud cream? Water vapour? 30% hyalauronic acid that attracts 1000x it’s molecular weight and pulls water vapour from the air to your face? Up to 72 hour hydration? This gel-cream at first is a bit dimethicone-y feeling (it’s in the ingredients list), but overall it’s super hydrating and plumping on my dry skin. I feel like I always had good makeup days when I used this, and it was gentle on my sensitive areas. I do wish they released a thicker version for night, as it’s definitely a little too light for night time use imo.

Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleeping Mask

While I didn’t quite fall for the hype of the Watermelon Pink Juice moisturizer (I just found for the price, it didn’t do a lot), this mask is great. Obviously, it smells like a watermelon jolly rancher. It’s kind of like a runny, bouncy gel, but it just soaks into the skin and I wake up feeling glowy and hydrated. I only went for the travel size since I find sleeping masks last ages because I don’t use them every day, but it’s lasted me a long time. I’ve tried other overnight masks this past year but this one is my fave.

It Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream Transforming Moisturizing Super Cream

With a name like that it better be good! Well it is. This was a newer purchase in 2018 but I had to include it anyway because I am in love. This is a thick, rich gel-like moisturizer that soaks into the skin wonderfully. It isn’t scented too strong, and it doesn’t leave any greasy residue on the face or break me out. It’s perfectly “light” for day use but still rich enough for night time, but not soooo rich that it would be unreasonable to top it with an oil if you were feeling extra. It really does plump my skin and I just have good skin days when I use this! Also it was developed with plastic surgeons so if that isn’t a reason to buy it I don’t know what is ;).

Fresh Beauty Rose Hydrating Gel Eye Cream

Omg what do you know, ANOTHER gel-like skincare product! If you can’t tell what I like in skincare yet….well, I don’t know what to tell you. This eye cream from Fresh is absolutely divine. It really awakens and refreshes my under-eye area and I love the subtle rose scent. Yes it is expensive at $52 a 0.5oz jar but I just adore the formula of this. Again it’s a rich gel, so it soaks in nicely and the hyalauronic acid leaves my skin feeling plump. Also roses give so many anti-aging benefits, so get yourself a jar!

Mario Bodescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater

I almost feel bad mentioning this because it’s literally spammed instagram for all of 2018. If loving this facial spray is wrong, I don’t wanna be right! Wow that was cheesy. Anyway, I didn’t actually end up trying this until late November but it won me. To this day I have yet to find a more hydrating face mist. It almost leaves a slightly tacky feeling to the face (but in a good way) and works really nicely as a priming mist before getting glam. I brought this with me on vacation (see my vacation beauty edit here) and literally sprayed it all over my body everyday and it helped with my sunburn so much. Not to mention, it’s eleven freaking dollars.

Best Hair Products of 2018:

Ouai Hair Oil

I’ve tried soooo many hair oils in my day, and with my fine hair I find that so many of them go from zero to holy-shit-my-hair-looks-greasy-AF. This oil is perfect. 1-2 pumps for my ends and it soaks in beautifully without leaving a residue. If I’m going to wash my hair the next day, I will even use up to 4 pumps at night as a treatment and tie my hair in a bun so it can really soak in. In the morning my hair isn’t even greasy looking at all. Absolutely worth the money, A++++++!!

Ouai Texturizing Hairspray

I first tried this from a 500 points reward set and fell in love. It’s part dry shampoo, part texturizing hairspray but it doesn’t make my hair feel dirty like texturizing spray often can. This is so wonderful if you want to refresh your hair and don’t want to bring hairspray AND dry shampoo with you. Or if you want toussled looking hair, or beach hair, or loose curls, a messy bun, you name it. It’s not crunchy, it won’t make your hair look frozen, it’s effortless but also so effective! Love.

Deal alert: right now you can get this set from Sephora with full sizes of both the Ouai Hair Oil and the Texturizing Hair Spray for only $42CAD on sale from $60CAD! It’s a $102 value, and it’s the set I bought to get both of these.

IGK Expensive Amla Oil Hi-Shine Topcoat

Confession: I originally bought this for the name but soon realized it actually freaking transforms my hair!! This is a conditioning treatment that will literally take a rats nest of hungover sex hair and turn you back into the polished goddess you deserve to be. I usually use it once a week, or when my hair needs extra TLC. I am now in a committed relationship to this (we’re very happy) and am due to repurchase my third tube.

IGK Beach Club Volumizing Texture Spray

Another product from IGK I committed to in 2018- Beach Club will give you texture and volume beyond your wildest dreams. Yes, it’s a pricier texturizing spray compared to what you can find at the drugstore, but it works so well and you really only need a few sprays. I’m so in love with the beachy scent too, which also lasts all day and makes me so happy. I can’t wait to try more from this brand in 2019 because they are hitting it out of the park for me so far.


There we go babes. My best beauty, skincare and hair products of 2018 are a wrap! In case you missed Part I, read it here.

xo J

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  1. January 26, 2019 / 4:20 pm

    Okay, I need to try that PTR Cloud Cream Moisturizer. The name gets me too, it sounds amazing!
    And that Ouai hair oil also sounds great! I have the same issue with hair oils, one drop too many and my hair looks greasy AF.
    THANK YOU for trying that IGK Amla Oil Topcoat. It’s been on my wish list forever but no one has talked about it on blogs I follow. Now I’m not scared to splurge on it. Great post! x

    • January 27, 2019 / 3:35 pm

      Thanks for reading babe!!!! Yes the Cloud Cream is a good one! Also yes omg you need the oil and Expensive. I feel like expensive isn’t talked about enough but it’s literally a miracle product for me. xoxoxo

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