If you’ve ever walked into Sephora, only to walk straight back out empty-handed, we get it. Not only are most Sephora’s huge, they are filled to the brim with products, some great, others not so much. But how do you know which is which. We all know that just because a company has a great moisturizer, it doesn’t mean it’s got a good Vitamin C serum. Actually most companies have a few hero pieces that are go-to’s. Here are ten products you need to know about when faced with these brands. Happy Shopping.
Sunday Riley’s Luna Retinol Sleeping Oil
Phenomenally potent, Sunday Riley’s ‘Luna’ is a retinol-rich night-time treatment which works to reduce signs of ageing as you slumber. With an advanced retinol complex, Luna Sleeping Night Oil helps to lessen visibility of lines and wrinkles, while correcting signs of damage caused by sun, time and everyday exposure to pollutants. Just warm a few drops of the brilliant blue elixir between your fingertips, then press and massage into clean, dry skin before bed – the replenishing oil intensively hydrates and stimulates sluggish cells to encourage repair and renewal processes. Collagen synthesis is increased and elasticity enhanced, while cold-pressed extracts of avocado, chia and concord grape seed combine to promote skin’s strength, resilience and radiance.
Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask
Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask has acquired more accolades than we’ve had hot dinners! Suitable for all skin types – except the especially sensitive – this refreshing and softening mask contains pink clay, to draw impurities from the skin to improve the appearance of enlarged pores without stripping your skin of its natural oils. The undisputed ‘Queen of Green’, Tata’s super-natural skin care has bewitched beauty editors, award panellists and countless devotees.
Drunk Elephant’s C-Firma Day Serum
Probably the most wanted skin care range ever, Drunk Elephant is worth the hype – and then some… Founded by Tiffany Masterson, who wanted a clean break from toxins and the ‘Suspicious 6’ (essential oils, drying alcohols, silicones, chemical screens, fragrance/dyes and SLSs) this brand has created a whole new category in the beauty space: ‘Clean-Clinical’. This super-potent vitamin C day serum is brimming with antioxidants, essential nutrients and fruit enzymes, all of which work together to firm and brighten the appearance of skin and minimise signs of ageing.
Pixi Beauty’s Glow Tonic
Marrying affordability with efficacy, Pixi’s skin care solutions have quickly acquired legions of devotees – from top beauty bloggers and editors, to die-hard customers who are totally addicted to their simple-yet-sophisticated range. This gorgeously glow-giving tonic has received endless acclaim (just read some of the rave reviews!) thanks to its ability to dissolve the bonds binding dead, dulling cells to the skin’s surface, revealing the radiance beneath. Beautifully gentle and soothing, this is a definitive Cult classic.
Tatcha’s The Water Cream
An oil-free, anti-aging water cream that releases a burst of skin-improving Japanese nutrients, powerful botanicals, and optimal hydration for poreless-looking skin. The Water Cream provides nutrient-rich, balanced hydration with the unique water-burst that breaks upon application to deliver nourishment without leaving skin sticky or greasy. It clarifies and refines skin with pure, powerful Japanese botanicals: Japanese wild rose visibly tightens pores and smooths skin texture; Japanese leopard lily helps control excess oil and purify skin by supporting natural skin turnover; and hadasei-3—an anti-aging trinity of green tea, rice, and algae—restores healthy-looking radiance. The formula imparts a subtle, shine-free glow with a touch of 23-karat gold.
Korres’ Wild Rose Spotless Serum
A powerful 15 percent vitamin C brightening bi-phase serum to reduce the appearance of dark spots, dullness, and skin discolorations for spotlessly luminous skin. This unique formula is formulated in two phases to maximize the results for your skin. The top oil phase is comprised of wild rose oil with 15 percent vitamin C for the ultimate brightening and evening skin tone.
Ole Hendriksen’s Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator
A lightweight, mattifying hydrator with potent active botanicals and powerful AHAs to reduce oil and minimize the appearance of pores, and improve the wear of foundation. This innovative moisturizer is powered by Green Fusion Complex™, a proprietary blend of potent active botanicals with natural antiseptic properties. Combined with neem seed oil and powerful AHAs, it helps keep pores clear and skin matte all day long while maintaining optimal hydration and a healthy balance. Developed as the product Ole Henriksen wishes he had during his own struggle with oily skin, this lightweight, mattifying hydrator gives oily and combination skin types essential moisture to look its healthy best.
Kiehl’s Calendula and Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque
This lightweight gel mask—formulated with hand-picked calendula flower petals and aloe vera known for their soothing properties—bursts into a refreshing surge of cooling hydration upon application to instantly achieve hydrated and soothed skin. With continued use, skin is revitalized for a healthy-looking complexion.
Dr. Barbara Strum’s Clarifying Face Cream
An anti-aging moisturizer specifically developed for blemish-prone skin that creates a more even, clarified complexion. Dr. Barbara Sturm is a world-recognized aesthetics doctor globally sought after for her non-surgical anti-aging treatments and proprietary methods for skin renewal. The three pillars of Dr. Barbara Sturm Molecular Cosmetics—hydration, boosting the skin’s natural barrier function, and reducing the visible signs of inflammation—are built on Dr. Sturm’s acclaimed career as an anti-aging doctor. Dr. Sturm’s uncomplicated yet highly effective skincare creations heal, protect, and regenerate the skin for youthful, glowing complexions at all ages.
Glow Recipe’s Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Mask
A potent yet gentle treatment formulated with avocado, encapsulated retinol, and PHA to help nourish and calm skin, and control blemishes. Revitalize skin with encapsulated retinol, an innovative form of retinol that releases antioxidants over time for skin that appears brighter, firmer, smoother, and more hydrated.
Use as a wash-off mask for a flash facial, or overnight for deep skin recovery.