The Best Skincare Brands 2017 Part 1
Today I am going to be listing the best/my favourite skincare brands!! This post was written in July 2017, and in the future I will probably write part 2!
Kaplan MD Skincare
Kaplan MD is a luxury skincare line that was created by Dr. Stuart Kaplan, who is a highly ranked dermatologist in Beverly Hills. There are a variety of items in the range, including toners, serums, moisturisers, lip masks, lip balms and eye creams, among other things. The formula’s of all of the Kaplan MD products are packed full of beneficial, high quality ingredients and they all rank really well on the Cosmetic Analysis Database.
Price Range Ranking- Medium, Not Cheap, Not Crazy Expensive
Cheapest Item in Range- $30.66 AUD – $24.00 USD (Kaplan MD Perfect Pout Lip Duo)
Most Expensive Item in Range- $146.96 AUD- $115.00 USD (Kaplan MD Night Replenishing Concentrate)
My favourite Kaplan MD skincare items are the Hydrating Toner and the Lip Mask. I have never, ever found a better Toner with a better formula. The Kaplan MD Hydrating Toner has literally NOT ONE not-recommended ingredient which is crazy, and is packed full of so many good ingredients. I will aways buy the Hydrating Toner by Kaplan because it is amazing!
Kaplan MD Skincare can be purchased from Kaplan MD Online, Cult Beauty and Sephora USA.
January Labs Skincare
January Labs is a skincare line that was created by January Olds, a skincare expert. The whole range is natural and pure (etc, there are a variety of plant based ingredients in the formulas), which is beneficial for the skin. The line is completely free from sulphates, parabens and artificial fragrances
Price Range Ranking- Medium Range, Not Cheap, Not Crazy Expensive
Cheapest Item in Range- $30.67 AUD , $24.00 USD (January Labs Restorative Tonic Mist)
Most Expensive Item in Range- $172.52 AUD , $135.00 USD (January Labs Day and Night Duo)
My favourite item in the range is the Pure and Gentle Cleansing Gel. The January Labs Pure and Gentle Cleanser is a gel cleanser that I use as the second cleanse in my skincare routine. It is so nice and leaves the skin feeling so soft and clean afterwards. It also has a really really good formula packed full of beneficial ingredients. I also like the January Labs Retexturing Night Cream
January Labs Skincare items can be purchased from Cult Beauty and January Labs Online
Tarte Cosmetics Skincare
The Tarte Skincare Line is a skincare line that was created by the owner of the popular makeup brand Tarte Cosmetics. There are multiple items in the line including oils, moisturisers, cleansers, masks and eye creams, among more. The formula’s of the skincare products in the line is really good, and most of them contain natural, plant derived, beneficial ingredients.
Price Range Ranking- Affordable
Cheapest Item in Range- $17.00 AUD , $13.43 USD (Tarte Travel Size Ready, Set, Radiant Skin Mist)
Most Expensive Item in Range- $68.00 AUD , $53.72 USD (Tarte Maracuja Neck Cream)
My favourite items in the range are the Tarte Maracuja Oil, the Tarte Drink of Water Moisturiser and the Tarte C-Brightening Maracuja Eye Cream. The Tarte Drink of Water Moisturiser is my favourite moisturiser of all time. It has a beautiful, soft, wet, gel formula and is so so soothing when you apply it to the face. The Tarte C-Brightening Maracuja Eye Cream is my favourite eye creams of all time too!! It has a beautiful, creamy consistency and hydrates the undereyes. The Tarte Maracuja Oil is a nice hydrating oil that contains the highly beneficial oil – Maracuja Oil – in it as it’s main ingredient.
Tarte Skincare Items can be purchased from Tarte Cosmetics Online and Sephora USA.
The Pixi Skincare Line is a line that was created by Petra Strand, who has a long experience of working in the makeup and manufacturing industries. Pixi prides itself on creating natural, pure formula’s that contain botanical and plant based ingredients. There is multiple items in the line, including moisturisers, essences, serums, oils, cleansers and everything else skincare related!
I really really love this brand. While some formula’s are better than others, most of the products return a really good ranking on the Cosmetic Analysis Database and do in-fact contain a variety of botanical and beneficial ingredients. The line is more affordable than other high end brands (like Kaplan MD and January Labs), but is high quality, which is nice.
Price Range Ranking- Affordable
Cheapest Item in Range- $16.57 AUD , $13.10 USD (Pixi Moisturising Cleaning Cloths, Pixi Makeup Melting Cleansing Cloths + Pixi Lash Nourishing Makeup Pads)
Most Expensive Item in Range- $43.08 AUD , $34.07 USD (There is multiple products in the line that cost $43.08 AUD ($34.07 USD, including the Pixi Rose Essence and the Pixi Glow Oxygen Mask)
My favourite items in the range are the Pixi Glow Tonic Toner, Pixi Double Cleanse and Pixi Hydrating Milky Serum.
The Glow Tonic Toner is one of my go-to toners. It contains Glycolic Acid, and exfoliates the skin. I have heard that people with sensitive skin tend to dislike it, but my skin reacts so well to it and I love it. It also has a pretty good formula.
The Pixi Double Cleanse is one of the BEST products in the whole Pixi range! It contains an oil cleansing balm and a cream cleanser, which makes up the double cleanse (oil cleanser first, followed by a cream, gel or foam cleanser). The two products you need are in one handy bottle, and it’s just so convenient. This is one of my favourite skincare products of all time.
The Pixi Hydrating Serum is such a nice, affordable serum. The consistency is thick (like milk), and it hydrates the skin, leaving it so soft and smooth.
Pixi Skincare Items can be purchased from Pixi Online, Cult Beauty and Target
Frank Body Skincare
The Frank Body Skincare Line is an Australian face and body skincare line created in 2013 with the release of their Body Scrubs. Frank Body is most known for it’s body scrubs, but they also have a line of facial skincare that is really good. The line prides itself on it’s natural ingredients, and coffee bean extract are in a majority of their formulas (coffee bean extract has powerful anti-oxidant properties and is beneficial to the skin).
Price Range Ranking- Affordable
Cheapest Item in Range- $9.95 AUD , $7.89 USD (Frank Body Lip Balm)
Most Expensive Item in Range- $21.95 AUD , $17.41 USD (Most products in the line cost this)
My favourite items in the range are the Frank Body Creamy Face Scrub (Exfoliator), the Frank Body Creamy Face Cleanser and the Frank Body Coffee Body Scrub. It’s so hard to choose because I love the whole range. The Frank Body Creamy Face Scrub is a really good exfoliator that smells like coffee. It scrubs and cleans the skin, leaving it feeling so smooth and soft. The Frank Body Creamy Face Cleanser is a cream cleanser that doesn’t contain coffee. It leaves the skin feeling so soft and beautiful afterwards, and removes all traces of dirt, makeup and other debris from the skin.
The Frank Body Coffee Scrub is one of the most popular items in the range, and with good reason. It completely exfoliates the skin, and leaves it feeling SO SO SO soft.
Frank Body Skincare can be purchased from Frank Body Online and Mecca AU
The Farmacy Skincare line is a line that was created by a group of farmers. All of the ingredients in the formula’s of the products and grown by them, and are completely natural. Farmacy have the absolute best formula’s, and all of them contain top of the line, high quality ingredients. Echinacea GreenEnvy complex, which is a powerful antioxidant that has many benefits for the skin, is one of Farmacy’s main ingredients that are in all formula’s. This complex has SO MANY benefits for the skin, including anti-aging effects.
Price Range Ranking- Medium Range, Not Cheap but Affordable
Cheapest Item in Range- $37.84 AUD , $30.00 USD (Farmacy Clear Bloom Cleansing Oil, Farmacy New Day Exfoliating Grains)
Most Expensive Item in Range- $82.00 AUD , $65.00 USD (Farmacy Root Cell Anti-Aging Serum)
My favourite items in the range are the Farmacy Sleep Tight Firming Balm and the Farmacy Clear Bloom Cleansing Oil. The Farmacy Sleep Tight Firming Balm is one of my favourite products of all time. It has an absolutely amazing formula with not ONE not-recommended ingredient, and leaves the skin feeling so silky and soft in the morning. The Farmacy Clear Bloom Cleansing Oil is a facial oil cleanser that completely cleans the face and leaves it super soft. It is one of my favourite oil cleansers for sure.
Farmacy Skincare items can be purchased from Farmacy Beauty Online and Cult Beauty
Sunday Riley Skincare
The Sunday Riley Skincare Line is a line that was created by a girl named Sunday Riley. Sunday Riley isn’t only the brand owner, she also formulates the products. The Sunday Riley line is known for it’s face oils, anti-aging products and lactic acid treatments, but also sell other skincare items such as moisturisers, cleansers and serums.
Price Range Ranking- Expensive, High End Range
Cheapest Item in Range- $56.23 AUD , $44.47 USD (Sunday Riley U.F.O Ultra Clarifying Face Oil)
Most Expensive Item in Range- $115.70 AUD , $91.51 USD (Sunday Riley Flora Face Oil + Sunday Riley C.E.O Rapid Flash Brightening Serum)
My favourite items in the range are the Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment and the Luna Sleeping Oil, which are Sunday Riley’s best selling products. The Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment is an anti-aging treatment that plumps fine lines. It has many benefits including brightening the skin, correcting damaged skin, evening skin-tone, among more.
The Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil is an overnight facial oil that has anti-aging benefits and makes the complexion look smoother, firmer and clearer. It contains a variety of essential oils and keeps redness and irritation at bay. The Sunday Riley Sleeping Oil and Lactic Acid Treatment can be purchased in a bundle called the Power Couple Duo that contains both items in a slightly smaller size.
Sunday Riley Skincare Items can be purchased from Cult Beauty, Sephora and Mecca AU
Paula’s Choice Skincare
The Paula’s Choice Skincare Line is a line that was created by Paula Begoun, who is an expert on skincare . The Paula’s Choice Skincare Line is absolutely massive, and contains all kind of products such as moisturisers, serums, masks, toners, and anything and everything else skincare related. The line has multiple ranges targeted for specific skin problems, such as skin recovery and skin hydration, etc. There is DEFFO an item for any skin problem or skin type in the Paula’s Choice Skincare Line!
Price Range Ranking- Mid-Range but Affordable
Cheapest Item in Range- $17.00 AUD , $13.46 USD (Paula’s Choice Lipscreen SPF 50)
Most Expensive Item in Range- $104.00 AUD , $82.32 USD (Paula’s Choice Resist Moisture Renewal Booster + Retinol Treatment 1%)
My favourite items in the range are the Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Enriched Recovery Calming Toner, the Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Treatment Mask and the Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturiser. The Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Enriched Recovery Calming Toner is a really nice, non-harsh toner that is one of my favourites. The Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Treatment Mask is an absolutely amazing spot treatment. You only have to leave it on for 5-10 minutes, and when you wash it off the skin is left feeling so soft. I love this treatment because you don’t have to keep it on long and it does the job perfectly. It also has a really really good formula.
The Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturiser is a nice, hydrating moisturiser that leaves the skin feeling super hydrated and soft.
Paula’s Choice Skincare Items can be purchased from Paula’s Choice Online
The Nivea Skincare line is one of the biggest, and best, drug-store skincare lines. It was created by Dr. Oscar Troplowitz in 1911 (yes, the line goes back years!). As I said, the Nivea Skincare line is absolutely massive and contains all types of skincare products such as toners, serums, moisturisers and everything else. I will say, Nivea is the only brand on the list that contains Parabens, but the products are still really good for the price and get the job done. They are one of the only drugstore skincare brands I will recommend.
Price Range Ranking- Very Affordable, Drugstore Pricing
Cheapest Item in Range- $2.99 AUD , $2.37 USD (Nivea Soft Cream Moisturiser)
Most Expensive Item in Range- $27.99 AUD , $22.19 USD (Nivea Visage Cellular Anti-Aging Volume Filling Pearls)
My favourite items in the range are the Nivea Gentle Cleansing Lotion and the Nivea Exfoliating Scrub. The Nivea Gentle Cleansing Lotion is a really good cream cleanser that is used after you use an oil cleanser (if you do the double cleanse). It is absolutely amazing, gets all makeup and debris of the face and leaves the skin feeling so soft. The Nivea Gentle Exfoliating Scrub is an amazing face exfoliator that isn’t too harsh, but gets all the dead skin of the face and leaves it feeling clean and soft.
Nivea Skincare Items can be purchased from Priceline and Chemist Warehouse,
Did you see any of you’re favourite skincare brands in this list?? If not, what brands do you want to try?? Let me know in the comments below babes!!!
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