Best Pre-Makeup Glow | Peter Thomas Roth
I ordered the Peter Thomas Roth Prism Cream in a set from QVC out of which I only liked this cream and the face mask. It's great for moisturizing and adding a real pre-makeup glow that will peek through complexion makeup. A little bit of this cream really goes a long way, so a lot doesn't need to be applied. More could leave the skin shining in a much less flattering way. I recommend it under a light to medium layer of liquid foundation or alone. I also love wearing it when I don't wear makeup and just want to run errands -- I'm 100% here for a grocery stop glow!
Best Honey Hydrator | Kiehl's
I've tried a handful of moisturizers and creams with honey in the last couple of years as Manuka honey has become more and more popular. The benefits of honey are excellent for smoothing the skin and locking in moisture. If you have dry skin, the Kiehl's Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream is a must-try. It's even ideal for in between seasons when the skin tends to suffer or get a little patchy to use morning and night.
Best Affordable Day & Night Duo | derma e
Typically, I switch up my day and night creams, so they don't exactly coordinate by brand or collection. However, Derma e's Hydrating Day & Night Creams are the two I tend to gravitate towards on a regular basis. They're both very hydrating as it states in the name, but I think it's the light fragrance that I really adore. The Hydrating Day Cream doesn't interfere with my makeup and the Hydrating Night Cream keeps my skin on point as I get my beauty sleep at night.
Best Inexpensive Eye Cream | e.l.f.
Age shows up the quickest around the eyes, so for anti-aging it's important to take care of the skin around the eyes. Eye creams can get ridiculously expensive and, while I will splurge, I don't exactly want to spend $100+ on an eye cream. The e.l.f. Illuminating Eye Cream is the least expensive that I've purchased that seems to get the job done for me. It's non-fragrant, hydrating, and soothing. As a matter of fact, I use it on days when my eyes are suffering from intense allergies. Getting this eye cream is as simple as popping into your nearest Target store.
Best for Priming | Embryolisse
A few years ago at the very first Makeup Show in Dallas, I was introduced to Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré. It's greatly used amongst models, celebrities and makeup artists on set and I can see why. This product is a moisturizer, primer, and makeup remover all-in-one. It may be a little pricey for some, but it lasts for a long time and a little bit goes a long way keeping the skin hydrated for 24 hours. In my opinion, this is perfect for all skin types...but definitely those with sensitive skin.
Best for Everyday & Active | Alchimie Forever
If you're always on-the-go, like to work out or are often outdoors, Alchimie Forever of Switzerland's Daily Defense Cream SPF 23 should absolutely be in your bag. The European blueberry is Alchimie Forever's signature ingredient and the antioxidants for the skin are amazing blended with Vitamins C & E and edelweiss. I like to wear it especially on my light makeup days with a tinted moisturizer first thing in the morning. It can be reapplied throughout the day and its 1.7 oz size is just under the TSA limit for liquid items, so it's a great carry-on cosmetic bag item!
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