2014 was the year of skincare on Hyacinth Girl, so it only makes sense to round up my 2014 skincare favourites as well as makeup. I could have posted almost every product I used, but these were the ones I truly valued. Another common thread with all of these products is that they’re largely affordable products that have surprised me by how dope they are.
Formula 10.0.6 So Totally Clean Everyday Cleaner, Sensitive Formula
This has got to be product of the year for me. I came across it entirely by accident and it’s still a little hard to believe: an AHA that’s affordable, non-irritating and alcohol free! I know a lot of my readers have bought this one and like it too. I wrote this whole big post on AHAs and chemical exfoliants in general.
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
I bought Bioderma earlier in the year but this does exactly the same thing. It’s a makeup removing water and I like to do a bit of a once over with this on my face before I use my main cream cleanser at night. I think you have to buy this from Feel Unique if you’re in New Zealand but it’s cheap as fuck and they have free worldwide delivery for orders over ten pounds so, wah. The bottle says it’s enough for 200 uses and I was all “good one, doubt it”, but I’d say I’ve used it at least 100 times and I’m just over halfway through, so that’s impressive.
Soapwalla Deodorant Cream*
Is deodorant skincare? It’s not makeup, anyway, so it will have to fit in this post. I wrote extensively on this deodorant earlier in the year and it’s still giving me good mileage. It has made it into my top products of the year because I was so surprised by how functional it is. I genuinely like using it. Sometimes my armpits feel wet when it’s really hot (because it’s not an anti-perspirant) but I never stink, and that’s rad.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel*
Yet another product that truly surprised me by how rad it is. And cheap. And good and light and smooth and non-greasy and all the things you don’t expect a supermarket hydrating moisturiser to be, especially on oily skin. I honestly can’t recommend this enough. It’s good under makeup. It’s in a fancy-looking tub. I won’t feel reluctant to buy another, because I can pick one up while I’m buying baby leaf spinach and gnocchi for dinner at New World.
Bonus thing that’s dope: Rekorderlig Elderflower and Lime cider. Or anything with elderflower at the moment, really.
Hit me with your 2014 skincare favourites!