Let’s talk about tried-and-true, come-back-to-again-and-again products that unequivocably bear the Whoorl Stamp o’ Approval, shall we? You simply can’t go wrong with these picks and I’m willing to fight ya over it.
My Ultimate Skincare and Makeup Favorites
Let’s get started with skincare. (Asterisks next to the ones I haven’t written about before!)
Top Skincare Picks
One Love Organics Easy Does It Face Cleanser
I’ll say it until I’m blue in the face – this cleanser has been my favorite for years. Gentle, smells great, and takes ALL my eye makeup off with ease. (And by “off with ease,” I mean with just my fingers. Trust me, I know there are lots of you out there tugging and rubbing your eyes with washcloths…ladies, THERE IS ANOTHER WAY. Come over to my side, it’s happy here.
*Osea Cleansing Milk
This cleanser is so good for super sensitive skin. When I had dermatitis flare-ups earlier this year, this fragrance-free cleansing milk was so soothing and lovely.
The OG, baby! Nothing fussy…the Anarose Toner is a beautiful blend of rose flower extract, aloe leaf juice, and other goodness that performs exceptionally in preparing your skin for serums and such.
African Botanics Nutritive Molecule Serum
My daily Vitamin C serum with so many benefits. The Nutritive Molecule Serum also works well with sensitized skin because I was able to resume using it once I introduced serums again after my pared-down perioral dermatitis routine.
African Botanics Cell Resurrection Recovery Serum
My gold trophy, shining star…this retinol serum is the reason my skin looks pretty dang good for a lady turning 46 in less than two weeks. As you will see from this list, African Botanics products are my favorite and you can read my full review of the line here.
*Marie Veronique Soothing B3 Serum
I fell hard for this serum in 2020 when I was in desperate need of something to help reduce my redness and inflammation. Oh, this product did its job and then some! Leaves a lovely glow as well.
Maya Chia The Supercritical Chia Oil
After transitioning back to an oil moisturizer this year, I re-introduced this long-time love of mine and it did everything I knew it would. You can read my full review here.
Le Prunier Plum Oil
Another favorite I wrote about in the above-mentioned review! I will never get over how good this oil makes my face look with just ONE INGREDIENT. And I want to smell it all day long.
African Botanics Fleurs D’Afrique Oil
I use the Fleurs D’Afrique Oil in combination with the Cell Recovery Serum for my 1-2 retinol punch. It’s a gorgeous earthy blend of powerhouse ingredients that are insanely active in the best way.
*MARA Algae + Moringa Universal Face Oil
I tried this oil for the first time this year and fell in love. It’s packed with algae, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and essential fatty acids formulated to help nourish tired, dry skin (*waving hands*) and it’s definitely in my top 5 facial oils.
*GOOPGENES All-in-One Nourishing Face Cream
This cream has far-and-away become my favorite night cream. Obsessed. Full stop.
*One Love Organics Eye Bright Serum
Dayum! This cooling serum wakes my eyes up! And I love that it is fragrance-free because my eye area can be super reactive to scented eye creams and serums.
African Botanics Le Masque Hydralift
If you are looking for the quickest way to plump and revive your skin, put this amazingness on your face. I don’t rinse it off like typical masks – I just mix it with a facial oil and let it be. My skin always looks amazing when I use this!
African Botanics Mineral Cleansing Mask
Designed to deliver much-needed oxygen, nutrients, and minerals rich in iron, zinc, copper, and magnesium, the Mineral Cleansing Mask helps nourish and clear skin congestion.
Herbivore Blue Tansy Mask
Looking to do some clarifying? This cooling gel mask gently exfoliates, smooths, and rejuvenates skin with a blend of fruit enzymes, willow bark, and blue tansy oil. It’s such a gorgeous color, to boot.
Bonus: EleVen Unrivaled Sun Serum SPF 35
Ladies, this SPF serum is exactly what you need if you’re looking for something very lightweight to wear underneath your makeup. It’s so lovely and leaves no cast on the face at all – just a velvety finish. And it’s fragrance-free!
Moving onto makeup!
Top Makeup Picks
*Exa Beauty High Fidelity Foundation
Ohhhhh, this foundation is good. Satin-matte finish, medium coverage, a bit of glow, doesn’t sit in pores or gather in fine lines. So affordable too. I am loving this one! (I wear Dana 430.)
Rituel de Fille Concealer
The Rituel de Fille concealer has such a lovely satin matte finish on the face. It’s super silky and blendable and doesn’t sit in my pores or look heavy at all. I love it as a spot treatment, undereye concealer, and a foundation. I wear the shade Metis in the warmer months when I have some color. And Ceres works for my paler months. I highly recommend it!
Kosas Creamy Concealer
The Kosas Concealer is my go-to when I want a more light-reflecting concealer. Full review here.
Westman Atelier Super Loaded Tinted Highlight
Just buy this in Peau de Peche or Rosé and thank me later. Full review and photos here.
Rituel de Fille Rare Light Luminizer
This highlighter in Phosphene is a color I’ve never seen replicated and looks downright ethereal on the cheekbones.
Westman Atelier Lit Up Highlight Stick
This highlighter makes you look like a straight-up dewy goddess. I love it and you can see it in action here.
Kosas Color + Light Pressed Blush in Contrachroma
I love several of the Kosas Pressed Blushes but there’s something about Contrachroma that immediately warms up my face and makes me look put-together in a snap.
Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks
My favorite cream blush, no question! I love Petal and Chouchette. Thinking of buying Dou Dou today.
Westman Atelier Blender Brush
This brush is a must-have for blending blush and/or highlighters. It’s the perfect match for the Super Loaded Tinted Highlight.
Lily Lolo Bronzer in Honolulu
Best neutral-to-cool-toned bronzer. I’ve worn it for years!
*PYT Beauty Day-to-Night Cool Eyeshadow Palette
This palette is new to me in 2020 and it’s just incredible. The range of shadows is beautiful and every single one of them is wearable! Also love the all-over lid shades.
Ilia Limitless Lash Mascara
Nothing compares to this mascara. Nothing.
*Westman Atelier Lip Suede
I definitely prefer applying lipstick out of the bullet, but the colors in this lip palette are too good to pass up. I honestly love all 4 colors and am complimented on them constantly.
Great, wearable colors for all skintones. Full review here.
*Tower 28 ShineOn Lip Jelly
I was sent this lip gloss in the color Fire (which I never in a million years would have picked for myself), but it is so beautiful. Don’t be afraid of the orange hue in the tube. It’s gorgeous.
Top Hair Picks
I’ve talked about all of these ad nauseum, but if you are looking for great styling products, I love all of these.
Innersense Whipped Creme Texturizer
Captain Blankenship Mermaid Hair Oil
EVOLVh WonderBalm Magic for Curls
So who’s ready to shop?! As always, if you have any questions, hit me up in the comments!
Michelle F.October 22, 2020 at 11:57 am
Have you ever found a foundation that you don’t have to wear a powder as well? I’m looking to lighten my load, so to speak, and would love to find something I could use that would work as both a foundation and a powder.
JacalynOctober 22, 2020 at 6:43 pm
Hello! I adore your blog and have purchased so many of your fav items insluding African Botanicals! Thank you for all the wonderful advice. Last year was the first time I bought African Botanicals and there was a 30% sale on their site during the holidays. I was going to order from Credo but wondered if African Botanicals typically has an annual 30% off sale?
whoorlOctober 23, 2020 at 7:30 am
Hi Jacalyn, I have no idea if African Botanics is doing a 30% off Black Friday promotion. Sorry!