None of us could have been prepared for months of self-isolation and social distancing. As everyone bought up the toilet paper, hand sanitizers and face masks, being the very serious beauty editors that we are, we also made sure our beauty arsenal was stocked.
With minimal social interaction and few places to go, it’s safe to say that we’re all evaluating our priorities—including beauty routines. Which products are we still holding onto at home? Which products are we still reaching for with no one to impress but ourselves? And most importantly, why? There’s nothing like a global pandemic to help us reprioritize. Here are the beauty products getting our editors through quarantine.
Drunk Elephant E-Rase Milki Micellar Water
As far as cleansers go, micellar water is by far the easiest to use. With just a few drops on a cotton pad, you can wipe away the stresses of the day while sitting on the couch. Drunk Elephant’s version, E-Rase (HKD220) can gently remove makeup, dirt, pollution and bacteria while refreshing the skin without stripping the skin’s acid mantle. Made with ultra-mild micelles, Vitamin E, and fatty acids, the skin is still hydrated even when squeaky clean.
Foreo UFO (Ur Future Obsession) Masking Device
Say goodbye to messy clay or sheet facemasks! This high-tech mask combines thermo-technology with sonic pulsations and LED light therapy (HKD2,280) to give you smooth and firm skin in 90 seconds.It’s truly incredible how quickly the skin absorbs the mask’s essence (there’s 7 to choose from) – with no icky, sticky residue afterwards like a true mini spa session. True to its name, this Swedish brand’s newest beauty gadget is bound to be your newest obsession – especially with salons closed in the current situation!
Sunday Riley Good Genes All-in-one Lactic Acid Treatment
Sunday Riley makes it as our favorite cult skincare brand because of its award-winning product, Good Genes (HKD670), an all-in-one lactic acid treatment. It sloughs away skin dulling, pore-clogging dead skin cells to make your skin smoother, clearer, and younger-looking. Apply a thin layer over clean skin and follow with a moisturizer (and as with any lactic acid treatment, make sure to wear SPF to prevent sun sensitivity!) Good Genes will leaves your complexion glowy – perfect for that Zoom meeting anytime of the day!
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Serum Crystal Elixir
Slather your complexion with this ground-breaking peptide blend! Working with the hydration powerhouse polyglutamic acid – which is four times more moisture-locking that hyaluronic acid – skin is noticeably firmer in an instant. Also at play are adptogen and golden Vitamin C for brighter, more even looking skin. Massage into clean skin every morning and evening and it’s radiant in one sweep. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Serum Crystal Elixir (HKD486) makes for a hydrating daytime serum that will glaze your skin in some luxury and protect it while doing so. Don’t we all want to believe in magic?
Herbivore Botanicals Facial Oil Trio
This trio (HKD235) is the perfect kit for anyone new to facial oils or who wants to layer their oils for custom blends. From dry skin to dull or oily skin depending on the seasons or hormones, this kit keeps up with these changes in skin needs. Herbivore Botanical’sbestseller, Lapis, aids in soothing dry irritated skin and reduces appearance of redness so it’s formulated for blemish-prone skin types. Phoenix, a blend of luxe botanical oils and CoQ10, is their ultimate hydrator leaving your skin replenished. Adding a soft glow, Orchid is a lush, exotic floral oil that proves to be a skincare savior. Who would’ve thought that applying oils to one’s face would actually be a trending craze?
Farmacy Dew It All Total Eye Cream
Revitalize your eyes with this decadent, do-it-all eye cream from Farmacy. Best-selling Dew It All Total Eye Cream (HKD328) is a comprehensive treatment for the eyes that brightens, hydrates, tightens, and de-puffs as it fights the signs of aging, stress, and fatigue for a more youthful, radiant look. Farm-fresh natural ingredients like Echinacea GreenEnvy™, algae, baobab, and rosehip extract add hydrating properties with a beautiful dewy finish. Dew It All glides over and sinks into the delicate skin around the eyes without any tackiness, making it an incredible primer for under-eye concealer.
Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream
When it comes to face creams, heavier formulas can cause my skin to go When it comes to face creams, heavier formulas can cause skin to go into a frenzy, so this light-as-air feel from Fresh Rose Deep Hydration FaceCream (HKD380) makes it a holy-grail. It is created with time-release hydropatches, which, yes, sounds like something straight out of Transformers ,but actually helps skin stay hydrated with intense moisture throughout the day. Added into the mix is an anti-inflammatory angelica leaf extract, moisturizing hyaluronic acid, and soothing rosewater to hydrate and nourish skin for an overall healthier complexion.
Tarte Drink Of H2O Hydrating Boost Moisturizer
If you’re only down to use vegan skincare products, give this water-based moisturizer from Tarte (HKD125) a try. It moisturizes your skin and plumps up fine lines thanks to hyaluronic acid and squalene – and because the formula is animal-friendly, you won’t have any guilt slathering it all over your face. Also formulated with Tarte’s exclusive Rainforest of the Sea™ antioxidant complex, this cooling gel moisturiser helps restore natural hydration for skin that’s fortified, refreshed, and healthier-looking. The lightweight formula absorbs into skin, leaving no oily or greasy residue behind.