Consumers have a tough job trying to find their way through a sea of marketing mumbo jumbo, paid shout outs from content creators, and pointless fear pushed by the “natural is better” community.
The truth is, there isn’t a whole heck of a lot out there that is designed to steer you in the right direction. You may find some recommendations from peers or maybe an MD (who may not be well read in skin care outside of prescriptive problems), but really finding a source with solid information that isn’t trying to sell you product is close to zero.
That really is why I started this website. While I am more than happy to accept product for consideration, it is in my policy to not take money for product placement. I have quite literally set up this website with a business structure designed to keep an arms distance away from individual brands and companies with the intention of always keeping face.
This is precisely why I am able to make blog post like this. This is the truth based on science, not marketing, and if you put these steps into play, you will start having more “good skin days”.
If you know me personally, you would know that I love to spend me some money. I can’t help it, I work hard for my money and I like to have nice things to show for it. I will however admit that while my wardrobe is top notch and my cosmetic drawer could make even a Nordstrom employee blush, the bulk of what I own could easily be replaced with something more cost effective without sacrificing quality.
With that being said, does that stop me? Of course not! If you have been curious about that real high end stuff sold in select beauty counters, not that middle of the road *yawn* cosmetics found in line at your local Sephora, then this is the list for you.
These products are the real deal. You may need to consider getting that seasonal job at Hickory Farms to be able to afford this list, but I promise you, they are all worth it.
I’m not one of those vegans that thinks I can bully society into bending into what I think is more ethical and a better fit for my personal lifestyle.
I’m not here to demonize anybody or any certain company. Really, I would love to have all of these brands that aren’t cruelty free to be on the other side of my list in the future. I would not be mentioning these companies and brands if they did not have something to offer to the beauty table.
When that day comes (not holding my breath), I will be the first one singing their praises, front row center with bells on.