Hello, Hello! It’s been a Minute, but what a joy to be back on these sacred pages of Into the Gloss. And in such solemn circumstances! The end of the year! The end of the decade! Just in time for the Top 25 ITGS 2019! So much to celebrate, I don’t know where to start.

Today I have important business to do: the five best products of the year, in my opinion. When Ashley asked to participate in this exercise (only five, she said-no backups, no congratulations, believe me, I tried), I said“ “no problem.”It’s almost 2020! I have been thinking in the form of “Best Of” lists since the release of the calendar in December. If you don’t mentally catalog your best movies, TV shows, Podcasts, beauty products and memes, how do you spend your time from waking up to falling asleep at the desk before rehearsals?

All this means that I am more than ready for this Moment. 2019 has been a great year for me when it comes to beauty. On the one hand, this was the year I finally cleaned my skin. That was also the year I discovered how to do my own hair. In addition, I can now say that I am the proud owner of a signature make-up. See? A lot to say. So let’s go. The countdown starts now:

Renee Roller Fast-Reacting Detoxifying Cleanser

The five products on this List are not listed in any order, but if they were… this cleaner would be a serious competitor to N° 1. at least it’s my favorite product launched this year. By deeply clarifying (It’s lactic acid, kaolin clay and tea tree oil) without ever drying out my skin (Renee threw glycerin on it to keep the skin’s moisture barrier high), it’s the cleanser I grab when I feel a clogged pores or activity.It also serves as a quick mask – I like to put it on 5 to 10 minutes before taking a shower, then rinse it off while I wash the rest of myself. I use it twice a day for 1 to 2 days and all the bumpy signs of red pimples have disappeared. Big demands, I know. But I mean you.

Is a clinically active serum

Miraculous drops from the sky. This is what Clinique should rename this product. I tried many, many, many things to cure my cystic acne: I went all natural, I took pills, I added retinol, I sipped oils for a while… Some things helped with a few steps, but nothing stopped my acne forever. Up to that kind of stuff. Bless the good and kind people at the Glowbar (New York’s recent fast-casual facial spot that’s a must for the money-for a super-effective 30-minute session if you sign up for a monthly visit) that got me excited last September. The main mixture is Salicylic acid with a sharp menthol kick so that you really feel the burn. Every evening I use three drops applied directly to my forehead and both cheeks to minimize the waste from my hands. When I say that I haven’t had a single cystic zit since I used it, you know that I really mean it.

Melanie Simon Serum C

It’s awesome what you can do once you get over your acne (vigorously knock on wood). When the previous two products brought me to Ground Zero, the addition of a serious vitamin C serum took my Routine to a truly sacred place. Melanie Simons’ vitamin C intake does not smell, does not dry out and does not pieces in the sun or outdoors. (Unlike most formulas, their formulation is soluble in oil and their only enemy is water). It’s expensive, but it’s worth it. Not only does it neutralize redness, eliminate imperfections and seriously brighten my complexion, but the texture (similar to facial oil) adds the perfect total of shine under a moisturizer and concealer in the morning. A twofer!

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