Fall Beauty: Skincare Favorites

In the past few years, I’ve ramped up my skincare regime and dialed in what works for my skin type (dry/combination). While an effective skincare routine is not low maintenance, the preemptive measures in taking care of your skin is an investment. Recently, I had the fun opportunity of being a judge for the AOL.com Best of Fall Beauty Awards in the category of skincare! From the dozens of products I tested, below are my favorites:

Skincare Favorites

fall skincare
L-R: Nordstrom marble tray, First Aid Beauty face cleanser, Murad exfoliant,
First Aid Beauty toner pads, Josie Maran skin oil, Murad night cream, C.O. Bigelow lip balm

Best Face Wash

First Aid Beauty face cleanser

First Aid Beauty face cleanser – I love this cleanser! It’s gentle enough to use in the morning, yet it also removes ALL my makeup. It’s fragrance free, and leaves no residue on the face. My skin feels so clean after, but not to the point where it feels stripped.

Best Exfoliant

Murad exfoliating cleanser

Murad exfoliant – Usually I prefer chemical exfoliants over physical exfoliants (like scrubs), because scrubbing tends to irritate my skin and only exfoliate the top layer. While this product has jojoba beads, it’s so fine that it doesn’t bother my skin. Plus, there are three exfoliating acids to really rid dead skin. I only use this at night once every other day after cleansing.

Best Toner

First Aid Beauty toner pads

First Aid Beauty toner pads – These pads are so convenient. They’re soaked in the toner, and alcohol and fragrance free. The pads have a textured side, which gives me more control in targeting my t-zone area.

Best Skin Oil

Josie Maran argan oil

Josie Maran argan oil – My ultimate favorite is the Sunday Riley “Juno” skin oil, but that is rather pricey. This one is pure argan oil, which is nice that there’s no fillers. I layer it under moisturizer at night, especially during cold and dry wintertimes.

Best Night Cream

Murad night cream

Murad night cream – The texture of this night cream is so luxurious! It’s creamy and thick, but just airy enough and not greasy. When I apply this, it feel like my skin is drinking in the moisture, and it keeps skin hydrated and supple all night.

Best Lip Balm

CO Bigelow lip balm

C.O. Bigelow lip balm – Let’s not forget the lips! When it comes to products, I’m big on packaging, not only for aesthetics, but mostly for utility. I don’t like dipping my fingers into products for sanitary reasons, and this applies to chapsticks as well. That being said, I like the easy and clean applicator for this lip balm, and the light mint scent is pleasant.

Shop my favorite fall skincare products:

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What is your favorite skincare product right now? Let me know in the comments! I always love discovering new products.


  1. October 15, 2015 / 5:24 pm

    I LOVE First Aid Beauty, but I haven't tried either of these. It works so great for my skin though, and I'll be needing a new face wash soon. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    Shae @ Current Habits

  2. October 15, 2015 / 6:23 pm

    Ohhh! I'm so disappointed that Murad is still using microbeads: 1. There are so many great alternatives and 2. A bunch of states and countries have already banned them. The other products look great though. 🙂

    • October 15, 2015 / 10:53 pm

      I totally agree about banning microbeads! However, Murad uses jojoba beads, which are natural and not plastic/harmful to the environment. 🙂

    • October 16, 2015 / 4:32 pm

      Hi Seyra! Yes, it keeps the lips moisturized overnight.

  3. October 16, 2015 / 3:25 pm

    I'm always on the lookout for new products to try! I want to check out the Murad exfoliate and moisturizer!

    Doused In Pink

  4. October 16, 2015 / 5:25 pm

    What awesome favorites – these are all such great skincare brands. I love Murad so much and would love to test out First Aid Beauty as well. Great post!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

  5. October 16, 2015 / 5:40 pm

    Really love your post ! xo
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    BLOG | GorisHelena

  6. October 16, 2015 / 6:58 pm

    These beauty products look amazing! I will have to check them out. I also love the marble tray. Thanks for sharing. Xo, Ellese


  7. October 16, 2015 / 10:04 pm

    Awesome review! I've been thinking about trying some Murad products 🙂

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