Happily, an end to 2020 is on the horizon. In fact, “Take care of yourself!” has a whole new meaning now. But seriously, it’s time to take care of number one; you. In compiling a litany of daily tasks on how to do so – let’s not forget the basics -maintain a healthy diet, get plenty of rest and keep a personalized skin regime.
I cannot stress enough the importance of keeping healthy skin. A daily routine consists of starting the day with a cleanse, mid-day refresher with a mist if you need, and at night time cleanse and moisturize. In addition, a cleansing mask on the week-end is an added bonus. Moreover, it is fun for couples to do together.
Counting down to the near end of an undoubtedly challenging year, the approach this holiday season will be having the strength to take control of 2021 with the utmost precision.
This year, a handful of cosmetic companies had the great insight and innovation to channel new ways of development to ensure its lucrative longevity will be fulfilled by its loyal customers. Taking to online interactive events, they opened the doors thus inviting customers to experience the behind the scenes- learning first hand from world renowned cosmetic doctors to sales staff and all talent in-between.
Let’s face it, with the onset of the pandemic, soon thereafter the entire planet scrambled for hand sanitizer and disinfectants alike. The beauty industry was quick to respond by inheriting the position to step-in and provide additional hand-sanitizing products; proving a coherent understanding of an accessible avenue they could swiftly embark upon.
As luck would have it, online shopping came to the rescue with the ‘one click purchase’, a development the industry can thankfully value for keeping them afloat with this modern day advancement— while store locations across the planet closed.
Moving forward there is light at the end of the tunnel. Thankfully, consumers and brands are focused on environmental progression being practiced by sustainable efforts with concern to manufacturing to product make-up and even packaging and localization
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Let’s jump into this season’s top everyday skincare that is an easy first step in taking care of ourselves.
& Other Stories:
& Other Stories—This renewing body sugar scrub that gently exfoliates your skin, turning it silky smooth. This cotton-based scent is interpreted through a floral blend of bergamot, spring magnolia and white linen, as an ode to Humlegården, a beautiful park nestled in the heart of the bustling city. $20 USD
AMOREPACIFIC Nature and science meet in AMOREPACIFIC’s “Unleash Your Inner Youthfulness” limited edition holiday set. The silky Time Response Skin Reserve Crème addresses visible lines, laxity, uneven texture, dark spots, and dryness while the velvety Time Response Eye Reserve Crème addresses the look of dark circles, wrinkles, and puffiness in the delicate eye area. These transformative, high-tech formulas are infused with concentrated green tea to improve overall look of skin health. $330 USD ($410 Retail Value)
Blissoma -We begin with freshly infused organic oatmilk, a moisturizing powerhouse that has been well known for centuries as a traditional skin remedy. What our grandparents didn’t know was that Beta-glucans were part of why it works so well. Beta-glucans are special sugars from oats and mushrooms capable of penetrating deeply through multiple layers of skin which means hydration in places other ingredients may not reach. Add to these nifty qualities the fact that they can improve the appearance of redness and inflammation and the humble oat starts to seem far more exciting. Mushrooms are another key Beta-glucan source and we’ve included a hefty helping of beautiful Reishi and Maitake mushrooms to complement the oats. To all this we add organic St. John’s Wort, Astragalus, Self Heal, and Passionflower to assist the pickiest skin. Cupuacu butter is an Amazonian rainforest superhero of moisture retention for skin, sealing in what skin needs due to its rich phytosterol content. It softens, conditions, and fortifies skin with more than 10 antioxidant compounds as well. Organic oils of Baobab, Pomegranate, Perilla, and Pumpkin make a synergy to nourish skin after exposure to sun and wind, or to improve the appearance of chronic inflammation. Together they offer up some beautiful results that improve the look of resilience and even fine lines. A once a week mask with Lavish and your skin will be feeling like it has had the star treatment. If you suffer from chronic winter dry skin, redness, roughness, and flakiness this mask will be your jam. Even for normal skin types it is a softening, luxurious indulgence. $50
CAILEUR-The Mini Moisturizer + Mask Set has all our favorite essentials to stay moisturized and dewy! Perfect for a self care night in, or to bring on a weekend trip away.The price in USD $75
cocokind—Cocokind’s celery duo reduces the look of pores and uneven texture while promoting a satiny-smooth complexion. The celery duo diminishes the appearance of pores, fine lines, and rough patches, while providing nourishing, all-day hydration with a lightweight, silky feel. The celery duo includes two luxurious products at an accessible price. Price in USD.$32
Cygalle Beauty—Our private alchemist and hemp expert Nanaiya Craft has worked with plant medicine for over 20 years as an organic specialist in the commercial cannabis world. She and Cygalle believe that adding hemp to all the skincare products will amplify their effectiveness and speed the healing time for the skin. Cygalle Organic Luxury Wellness brand is committed to deep healing and anti-aging of the skin and body. Along with the hemp CBD, we have included many other superstar ingredients. $155 USD
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare:
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare—Our signature Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel brings Dr. Gross’s classic professional treatment to your bathroom for a quick 2-minute at-home treatment. In our Alpha Beta Daily Peel, step one exfoliates the skin while step two neutralizes the alpha and beta hydroxy acids in that first step and delivers powerful anti-aging ingredients to firm fine lines and wrinkles, texture and diminish dark spots, among other benefits. These anti-aging ingredients can penetrate deeper into the skin after the exfoliation in step one. $88
Dr. Michele Green:
Dr. Michele Green—Essential Antioxidant Infusion is uniquely formulated with triple antioxidant protection, to stimulate collagen production while you sleep. It is compounded with Vitamins A, C, and E, to exfoliate, renew, and replenish your skin overnight. Achieve a healthier, brighter, more youthful appearance. This complete antioxidant complex diminishes fine lines and wrinkles, repairs skin elasticity, increases moisturization, and improves both tone and texture. Recommended for those looking for a one-step nightly anti-aging product. Directions: Apply sparingly to face and neck. Use in conjunction with SPF in AM. $150 USD
Eight Saints– Rollin’ With My Skincare Homies Routine. Triple threat vitamin-packed serums and oil delivers max hydration, and a smoother more even skin tone! Products include Seeking C Serum, Pep Rally Gel Radiance Serum, High Society Botanical Face Oil, Dermaroller .3mm Microneedle Roller (NEW!) Price: $215
Furtuna—Furtuna Skin’s Replenishing Balm calms and revives skin with an organic blend of medicinal plants that have an extraordinary history. Charged with nutrients, phyto-ceramides, and antioxidants, key ingredients are hand-picked specifically to help repair the skin’s natural moisture barrier and build resistance. The Replenishing Balm is made with clean, organic, and wild-foraged ingredients including Spirulina Concentrate, Wild Organic Hawthorn and Organic Magnolia Oil. The luxurious Replenishing Balm has a unique magnetic spoon for a smooth application. $185
HoilFrog-This restoring and reparative hybrid is a serum that moonlights as a lotion or an emulsion (or maybe the other way around, depending on where you choose to put it in your routine). Its concentrated, minimal water formula (yes, we understand the irony) combines hydration-attracting humectants with plant-based antioxidants and botanical oils to flood your pores and seal in moisture. It has a lightweight, silky texture that makes it a perfectly adaptable skincare concierge to soothe dry skin’s rough and cranky texture as well as help balance oily skin’s sebum levels. If you could assemble a fantasy football league of skin health-bolstering antioxidants, hydrating heavyweights, and nourishing plant-based oils, this is the team that will sweep the floor with dull, dry skin. We all want well-moisturized skin that looks fresh, bouncy, and soft, but achieving that can be a delicate balance depending on your skin type. If you’re not sure whether you’re dealing with dry or dehydrated skin, the annoying news is that they both require different things to be happy, but the good news is that Galilee Antioxidant Dewy Drop contains a number of ingredients made to satiate both. That doesn’t mean it’s not friendly towards oilier skin types either—thanks to its lightweight, silky texture, it acts as a hydrating emulsion for those who don’t want heavy or thick moisturizers but still need a self-sealing layer of hydration.
This silky serum/lotion/emulsion/oil is an overachiever and a bit of a people pleaser (Holifrog’s resident Virgo, if you will). With moisture-attracting humectants, vitamins and antioxidants from plant-based oils, and skin-strengthening botanical extracts, think of Galilee Antioxidant Dewy Drop as the perfect date: incredibly smooth, impresses everyone it meets, leaves you softer than when it found you, and doesn’t come with any unnecessary and potentially harmful baggage. $52.00
Jordan Samuel Skin Because all the world’s a stage, The After Show treatment cleanser is the ideal first step in preparing your skin to glow in the limelight. This unique, non-stripping gel-to-oil formula uses olive, jojoba, and grape seed oils to remove every trace of makeup and SPF, while sugarcane, apple and willow bark extracts provide a gentle exfoliation to leave the skin hydrated, soft and absolutely pristine. Mango and Citrus extracts combine to create a subtle yet revitalizing signature aroma to elevate your daily cleansing experience. Glow in the radiance of you. Price: $22
Kat Burki – A dual purpose retexturing anti-aging treatment is uniquely benefited by 10% Glycolic Acid and 5% Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, derived from the seeds of Cassia Angustifolia, exfoliates the skin while Advocado Oil is included to refresh and nourish the skin post peel. $135.00
LaCrème Beauté —The original cocktail of Bee Venom, ethically harvested from the very potent African Honey Bee and Tamanu Oil, a natural form of Vitamin A, acts like nature’s botox. The Venom works like a topical neurotoxin allowing the mimic lines on the face neck and décolleté to be released and stimulates blood flow which causes a noticeable tightening and lifting of the skin. The Tamanu oil works to regenerate the skin at a cellular level to renew and replenish collagen yet also helps to fight acne as it is a natural form of Vitamin A. This exclusive combination of high-performance organic and cruelty free ingredients deeply nourish, hydrate and rejuvenate the skin and provide a glowing complexion. Available at Knockout Beauty’ $204
La Mer Discover the moisturizer that started it all. Enjoy this luxuriously rich limited-edition duo set of Crème de la Mer in 0.5 oz. and 2 oz. sizes. Encased in a keepsake box, this duo set is perfect to help heal dryness both at home and on the go. $345
LAVLAVLUV- Elevate your bedtime ritual and achieve a Zen state of mind before catching those Zzzz’s by adding the world’s most calming face mask to your routine: LAVLAVLUV’S The Before Bedtime Mask. Detoxifying and brightening, LAVLAVLUV’s The Bed Before Bedtime Mask combines the power of New Zealand Lavender with Moroccan Lava Clay to create a calming clay mask that works hard to draw out impurities and soothe the skin at the end of a long day. Ethically sourced New Zealand Lavender provides calming and detoxing benefits for the skin by cleansing pores and soothing irritated skin, while the mineral-rich Moroccan Lava Clay that is sourced from the Atlas Mountains naturally exfoliates the skin to remove dead skin layers to reveal a brightened and illuminated complexion. Witch Hazel, Aloe Vera, Licorice and Seaweed ingredients provide additional benefits to deliver effective results while you relax and unwind after your day.
Suitable for all skin types, the Before Bedtime Face Mask is PETA-approved, cruelty-free and vegan, as well as free of all sulphates, parabens, and phthalates. Why just love your bedtime skincare routine when you can LUV it? $52.00
The London Grant Co.:
The London Grant Co. Tiffany Staten, Founder and CEO, carefully curated the Recover + Glow Duo to create elevated gifting options for joyful living. A perfectly curated bundle made to keep that Summer glow lasting through sweater-season. Featuring the best-selling Cocoa & Jojoba Body Soufflé (1.3oz) and Chai Spiced Latte Body Polish (4.6 oz), this seasonally festive duo transforms the gift of self-care. Each bundle is delivered in a luxe, magnetic closure gift box and wrapped with a beautiful satin ribbon. $59
Mukama Botanica—This is the facial mist of your dreams. Here to boost your skin and your mood, this pH-balanced potion is 100% organic, with zero fillers so each ingredient is active, alive and works on a cellular level too to rejuvenate and improve skin’s radiance. A percentage of all proceeds from Mukama Botanica are donated to As You Sow, a non-profit organization that effectively persuades large companies throughout the world to make protecting the environment and human rights central to their decisions. $55.00, AMAZON PRICE $49.95
Mint Green -Lena Wild Harmony Bloom Oil. A harmonizing blend of organically grown plant oils and CO2-extracted Nordic berries. Sea Buckthorn, Cranberry and Blackcurrant help smooth the complexion and restore balance. This oil is carefully formulated with skin-clearing essential fatty acids such as linoleic acid and gamma-linolenic acid and powerful antioxidants to fight the oxidative damage. This lightweight, nutrient-rich formula leaves skin feeling soft, supple and helps promote its true radiance. $83 USD
MUTHA Crafted with 100% of natural origin ingredients, MUTHA™ Body Butter is a whipped trifecta of shea, cocoa, and mango butters, vitamins, fatty acids, and pure seed extracts. It delivers intense yet lightweight moisture, while putting in harder work to minimize stretch marks. The glass containers cap is con-caved as to double as a ring holder. $95 USD
Natura—2. 5 of Natura’s best beauty treats with nourishing Castanha to pamper and delight all the amazing people in your life.
- Castanha Creamy Exfoliating Soap: Made in the Amazon, this vegetable-based soap contains a blend of pure Brazilian oils, including nourishing castanha oil.
- Castanha Nourishing Shower Body Milk: A lusciously versatile in-shower or after-shower moisturizer. Made with the a blend of nature’s most replenishing moisturizers including 10% castanha oil from Brazil, Almond Oil and cupuaçú butter.
- Castanha Body Lotion: A body-smoothing indulgence blended with nourishing Castanha oil for 24 hours of deliciously soft, refreshed skin.
- Castanha Hand Cream: A skin-loving vegan cream blended with energizing açaí oil and murumuru butter to treat and soften hands.
- Castanha Foot Cream: A pampering foot cream enriched with a blend of nourishing castanha oil and cupuaçú butter from the Amazon.This essential treat for feet softens, smooths, and repairs even the roughest, driest skin.
- William Santiago Holiday Gift Box: Our gift boxes feature illustrations that embody the dreams of a more beautiful world. They were designed to add even more excitement to the act of gift unwrapping.$68
No, Thank You:
No, Thank You– Our night mask is one of our personal favorites in the NTY product lineup. It’s a testament to our uncompromising approach to quality and our willingness to say “no, thank you” to superfluous ingredients. The basic premise behind NTY’s night mask is simple: your skin is punished during the day and needs to be replenished at night. We have packed our mask full of moisturizing and hydrating ingredients, including vitamin B3 (niacinamide) and hyaluronic acid (HA). In fact, we have two types of HA in our mask, each that targets a specific layer of the skin. Because the base of the mask is coconut water, we’ve been able to include water-soluble, nano-emulsified CBD. The small particles mean it’s absorbed more quickly, delivering the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of the CBD with great efficiency. Because the mask contains some natural plant oil extracts, the product will separate. Instead of including an emulsifier to prevent separation, we decided to leave that out. We would rather give the product a quick stir or shake instead of including an ingredient we don’t absolutely need. And we know we’ve got it right – our customers love the glow they see each morning when they get out of bed. $85
Odièle—Our Rose Sérum is a powerful cocktail of essential fatty acids loaded with vitamins and minerals that infuse the skin with essential nutrients. This bioactive phytonutrient dense face oil restores and reinforces the integrity of your skin’s lipid barrier. Anti-aging and anti-inflammatory, our Rose Sérum increases energy production in skin cells, promotes anti-oxidant protection and works its magic by increasing hydration retention levels of the skin. 125.00
Primally Pure– This collection includes Primally Pure’s Clarifying Mask (1 oz), Clarifying Serum (.5 oz) and Yellow Nephrite Ridged Roller – an intentionally curated regimen to create clear, glowing skin. The clarifying serum is a best seller and features staple ingredients like jojoba oil, manuka, turmeric, and marula oil. $124
Pursoma—The new PurBody Body Butter is the perfect solution to dry, cracked winter skin. Formulated with 100% vegan, non-GMO and cruelty-free ingredients including essential oils, Shea Butter, Mango Butter, and Avocado Seed Oil, PurBody Body Butter is sure to leave your skin feeling refreshed and hydrated. $18
Pursoma Give the gift of soft skin, soothing scents and deep sleep this holiday season with Pursoma’s Limited Edition Holiday Box. Packed with some of the brand’s most-loved products, the Holiday Box provides an at-home spa experience that truly allows you to unwind and unplug. With a retail value of $100, the 2020 Holiday Box includes: Resurrection Bath Soak, Moonlit Ritual, Pursoleil Body Oil, Body Brush and Herbal Wellness Teas. $60
Rael—As a Korean-American brand, Rael is bringing next-level K-Beauty innovation to the U.S. through its 360 degree approach to personal care. The Rael Beauty Glow Chemistry Kit is an integral part of Rael’s holistic care line in showcasing our innovative approach to self-care with clean, effective ingredients. This set includes 2 of Rael’s first-to-market breakthrough skincare innovations including our best-selling Glow Chemistry Serum, formulated with Fullerene, an antioxidant 172x the power of Vitamin C, and our Moisture Melt Snowballs which are Hyaluronic Acid concentrates that are freeze-dried for maximum potency. Combined, the pairing delivers instant and long-lasting hydration that lasts for 24 hours after application based on clinical results. $50
Retrouvé. Make the holidays merry and bright with the Beverly Johnson Iconic Collection, featuring four of the iconic supermodel, Beverly Jonson’s all-time favorite Retrouvé formulations in a keepsake velvet drawstring pouch. The exclusive set is available for a limited time only and includes the following unisex full-size products: Luminous Cleansing Elixir, Baume Ultime, Dermal Defense Hand Cream & White Jade Roller housed in a Keepsake Velvet Drawstring Pouch $260
SERUMKIND—This ‘Highly Moisturizing Serum’ contains 500,000ppm of Chaga Mushroom (Inonotus Obliquus Extract) collected from Siberia to recharge your skin with its nourishing properties. $55
SK-II— Featuring their iconic Pitera Essence, a powerful treatment product for your skin dubbed “Miracle Water” in Asia. Each bottle contains 90% PITERA, a natural bio ingredient cultured exclusively in Japan for SK-II. Its transformative powers on skin appearance are so legendary, that a bottle is sold every 2 seconds. Experience the power of PITERA with our Trial Set that includes our iconic Facial Treatment Essence, a deluxe sample of Facial Treatment Clear Lotion, and a Facial Treatment Mask. $99
TULA Skincare— The rose glow & get it cooling & brightening eye balm instantly hydrates, cools & helps reduce the look of fine lines & wrinkles around the eyes, and is ideal for use whenever the eyes need a quick pick-me-up. Made with probiotics & superfoods like caffeine, aloe & watermelon, as well as rosewater & rosehip oil (known to be a plant-based retinol alternative), the rose glow eye balm is an essential for feeling refreshed and energized. $30
Valmont—This highly restorative serum benefits from a high concentration of Liposomal RNA. It strengthens microcirculation, evens the complexion, and soothes sensitive or reactive skin. $205
Volto Urbano -A biodegradable facemask that delivers a boost of radiance enhancing actives. The mask contours to the face like a second skin for an intense infusion of powerful ingredients. Tropaeolum Majus Extract derived from nasturtium flowers stimulates the ATP cell renewal process to fight digital pollution while Moringa Oleifera Seed Extract and Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract combine strong polyphenol antioxidants to wipe away free radicals and other skin choking environmental irritants to reveal a fresh and radiant complexion.Promotes oxygenation and the ATP cell renewal process, Purifies the skin from environmental irritants such as particulate pollution and protects skin from digital pollution like damaging blue light and infrared radiation. $65 (set of 5)