Happy Monday!

I hope everyone is surviving exam week and travels safe to the homeland. With the semester and year coming to a close, I decided to feature this year’s top skin care products (I am a Sephora addict so I have tried zillions of different skin care products) Here are my “best of” beauty awards of 2014.  These products are great last minute gift ideas – who doesn’t love quality skin care products? Sephora also has sample sizes of most of these products which would be great stocking stuffers!

BEST CLEANSER

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Soy Face Cleanser, by Fresh. It is an extra gentle cleanser and ideal for any skin type. Soy is very rich in amino acids which help with cell turnover and support moisture retention. I loved this cleanser because it is a multi-tasker- it not only leaves my face feeling fresh and clean, but it also removes any trace of eye makeup… a definite time & money saver!

BEST EXFOLIATOR

s1201755-main-hero-300Kate Somerville’s best selling product is her ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment. It’s no secret that Somerville’s line delivers dramatic results; however, her products are extremely pricey. Sephora gave me a sample of this product and I instantly fell in love. After just one use, I saw a definite difference in my skin-this product polished my skin and cleared my complexion. This miracle in a bottle is something to save up and splurge on.

BEST TONER

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My roommate & BFF Kelly recently introduced Caudalíe’s Beauty Elixir to me. I asked her how she had such perfect skin and this was her answer. Just one spray of this product minimizes pores, smoothes the skin, sets makeup and instantly provides energy radiance.

BEST MOISTURIZER

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My mother and I are all hooked on Josie Maran 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil. This is a very versatile, light weight oil that can be used to moisturize not only skin, but also hair and nails. This multitasking product is a staple in my skin care routine!

BEST EYE CREAM

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I swear by Origins GinZing™ Refreshing Eye Cream. If it weren’t for this product, I would look like a zombie in the morning. It is formulated with coffee bean complex which instantly refreshes and wakes up tired eyes. After cleansing, I apply a small amount of this product under my eyes and that is when the magic happens- my morning tired eyes, puffiness and bags vanish.

BEST BLEMISH TREATMENT

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GLAMGLOW does not joke around with their  SUPERMUD™ Clearing Treatment. This stuff seriously works. If you have problem skin or even random breakouts here and there- it is time to part ways with your dermatologist and try this product. It was developed by GLAMGLOW dermatological chemists to fight all skin concerns. I tried this once and visibly saw how powerful this skin clearing mud is.

BEST MASK SET

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Peter Thomas Roth is the man when it comes to masks. This Skinstant Mask Magic set includes 3 masks: Cucumber Gel Mask, Rose Stem Bio- Repair Gel Mask and Pumpkin Enzyme Mask. This is one of my favorite products- each mask works wonders in its own way. I keep the Cucumber and Rose Stem gel masks on my face overnight. These masks are light weight and I wake up with refreshed skin. The Pumpkin Enzyme Mask is an exfoliator that polishes and perfects. I gave this to my mother for her birthday and she absolutely loves it! This is a perfect Christmas gift or stocking stuffer!

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