A Chemist’s Favourite Beauty Products – the Bonds of Beauty 2019 awards!

Happy New Year 2020! I hope everything you wish for this year comes true!

A lot of people ask me what my favourite products are, not only because I am a beauty blogger but also because I am a chemist by profession and therefore, one can say, I am a little pickier than others. I always take into consideration the ingredient and formulation of the products as well as whether they actually work and if they look nice! So, without further ado, here’s my ride or dies, my swear by products, the official:

Bonds of Beauty 2019 awards! 

These are products that I highly recommend whole heartedly, without any hesitation, as they work well and are worth your time and money. Not all products were released in 2019 but they are so good that they are still holding their title! Since this is about excellent products and not just about good products, I will not be giving an award for each category but only for the ones were there is a clear winner.

These products are top notch and there aren’t many of similar quality that come near them. They are the top of the top and they deserve that you, at the very least, give them a try!

 

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General

 

Best Skincare Brand 2019 – Paula’s Choice

Paula’s Choice is My Skincare Choice as a chemist. This brand might not be very good at makeup but they are the best in skincare.

They use ingredients with scientific backing, which is what I am all about, and their formulations are free from fragrance which is just unnecessary. Their products will not just nourish but also future proof your skin.

This brand doesn’t promise to erase wrinkles and doesn’t base their marketing on women’s fears and insecurities. Paula’s Choice products will deeply nourish your skin while slowing down ageing and in reality that’s all we can do. This brand also doesn’t break the bank as much as others and even if it did…at least the products work!

Sadly it doesn’t have very good presence or any in the UK but you can buy all of their products online. If you only pick one product from this post, go for a Paula’s Choice one. Seriously, give this brand a try.

To get £7.50 off your first Paula’s choice order (minimum £25 order) click here.

 

Best Beauty Brand 2019 – Estée Lauder

This title is still held from the last two years! I don’t think that Estée Lauder, or any beauty brand for that matter, is perfect but they are very consistent and good in both makeup and skincare. While not all of their products are ride-or-die, they are all really good. If I had to live off one brand for the rest of my life it would be Estée Lauder.

You can create entire looks using only this brand. They have pretty much any product you might need and even amazing skin care. The formulation of their products is top notch and it is very rare, in fact I don’t actually have an example, that their products are not good. I might not have a favourite from this brand for each category, but their products are still excellent.

It’s an expensive brand but you also know that you are at least getting quality products. I’m sure that a large part of the price is for the name and the fact that this is a company that specialises in cosmetics, but the products are high quality too.

 

 

Face skincare

 

Best Day Moisturiser for Oily Skin 2019 – Paula’s Choice Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defernce SPF30

Thisi day moisturiser is still holding its place from last year. If you have oily skin, you have to try this one out (also works for normal and combination skin). Don’t get too bothered about the “wrinkle defence” statement if you are too young to care. What that means is that it’s nutritious for your skin and it contains ingredients that you should be using way before wrinkles even appear. There are no ingredients that are specific to ageing skin.

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This moisturiser helps keep your skin moisturised, so that it doesn’t over produce oils, but it also controls any oil production that takes place and helps keep you matte all day. It also contains a respectable SPF30. For summer time or high light exposure I also recommend the Paula’s Choice Resist Youth Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF50.

Both work really well under makeup, nourish the skin and don’t break the bank. Please note that Paula’s Choice is going through package re-design and so you might find these products in matte baby blue packaging instead. The formulation is the same.

Check out: A nourishing, mattifying day cream with SPF – Paula’s Choice RESIST Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defence Broad Spectrum SPF30 – In-Depth Review and Ingredient Analysis

Paula’s Choice Resist Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50 – In Depth Review and Ingredient Analysis

To get £7.50 off your first Paula’s choice order (minimum £25 order) click here.

For alternative options but without SPF check out: Best day creams for oily skin – Estée Lauder Daywear Matte vs Omorovicza Balancing Moisturiser. In Depth Reviews and Ingredient Analyses

 

Best Serum 2019 – Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum

This serum is holding its place three years in a row even though it has been around for a while, but yet it is still so good and worth it.

It gives your skin that little extra nutrition and it is the type of product that you will see a difference from fairly quickly or when you stop using it. I don’t think I can praise this serum enough, for me it’s almost like skin medicine. My pores became noticeably smaller, my skin smoother, healthier and younger looking.

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It’s such a versatile product as well. If you get burnt while cooking you can use this to help your skin heal faster, thanks to the hyaluronic acid and other great ingredients it contains. If you get a rash or irritated skin, this will calm it down. Obviously, if you have a skin condition or something more serious that you are worried about, consult with a medical doctor first.

The bottle is nice and I love that it comes with a little squeezy dropper. It is expensive, £53-88, depending on size but it is absolutely worth it. Check out: Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II Serum – In Depth Review and Ingredient Analysis

Another good serums worth mentioning that I’ve been loving this year are the: Paula’s Choice Peptide Booster, C15 Super Booster and 10% Niacinamide Booster.

 

Best Treatment 2019 – Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment

Another product that holds its category from last year. You just can’t beat Paula’s Choice skincare.

If you don’t have retinol in your skincare, start with the cream mentioned in the next category below first, the Paula’s Choice Clinical Ceramide Enriched Firming moisturiser, as it is an ingredient that you should only slowly introduce to your skincare, to avoid skin peeling and other side effects. When you start using the Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment also go slowly and use it only 1-2 times a week up to every other day slowly if your skin can tolerate it.

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This product has made a difference to my skin, making it look younger even though I don’t have wrinkles yet but also more healthy and less dull. It might be marketed and focused on retinol but it also contains a huge list of other ingredient goodies, a whopping 53 ingredients of which 41 will offer your some benefit (the rest are mostly for formulation purposes).

In a nut shell, this product is a cocktail of skincare goodies that your skin will absolutely adore. Definitely a must try product! For all the details check out: Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment – In-Depth Review, Ingredient Analysis and a Chemist’s Verdict

To get £7.50 off your first Paula’s choice order (minimum £25 order) click here.

 

Best Night Cream 2019 – Paula’s Choice Clinical Ceramide-Enriched Firming Moisturiser

I found a couple of excellent options for day and night creams and in truth I just rotate between them but if I had to only pick one I’d pick the Paula’s Choice Clinical Ceramide-Enriched Firming Moisturiser. However, all three creams mentioned below are different enough to be worth buying all and since they don’t contain SPF you can use them at any time, day or night.

In third place I’d rank the Estee Lauder NightWear Plus. I’ve been using this cream for ages and it is nutritious for the skin. It has great ingredients and a nice formulation. It’s thin and not too creamy, so it works really well for oily skin and it gets absorbed very quickly. It doesn’t leave any residues behind and it has a refreshing, cucumber-like scent. It’s called NightWear but in reality there is no reason not to use it in the day other than it doesn’t contain SPF or help with oil production. The creams mentioned in the day cream section are obviously better and more suited for purpose but if you were stuck and had nothing else you could use this one as a day cream too. The biggest drawback of this cream is the jar packaging which is not hygienic and might help accelerate ingredient oxidation.

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In second place I’d rank the Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Ageing Clear Skin Hydrator which is suitable for normal, combination and oily skin. It works really well, comes with a pump and contains many nutritious ingredients. It’s not a night cream specifically, it can be used at both day and night but again because of its lack of SPF and oil control I use it in the night.

Last but definitely not least, in fact best, is the Paula’s Choice Clinical Ceramide Enriched Firming Moisturiser. This cream is my top not only because it is suitable for all skin types but because it contains many nourishing and skin replenishing ingredients and works really well. It also comes with a pump which makes it easy but also sanitary to use and it has made a huge difference in my skin which now feels thicker and healthier. It is also not a night specific cream but because it contains retinol, lack of SPF and oil control it is best used at night. Check out: Paula’s Choice Clinical Ceramide-Enriched Firming Moisturiser – In-depth Review and Ingredient Analysis

As I mentioned at the beginning all three creams are suitable for all times, almost all skin types and are worth the cash. Because of their slightly different ingredients I tend to rotate between them and match them up with the serums or treatments I use. For example, if I use the Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment I would follow it up with either the Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Ageing Clear Skin Hydrator or the Estee Lauder NightWear Plus and avoid the Paula’s Choice Clinical Ceramide Enriched Firming Moisturiser because it contains retinol too. Check out: Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator – Indepth Review and Ingredient Analysis

To get £7.50 off your first Paula’s choice order (minimum £25 order) click here.

 

Best toner and Tonic 2019 – Paula’s Choice Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner and Pixi Vitamin C Tonic

There are two toners I’ve been loving in 2019. One is, you guessed it Paula’s Choice which I’ve been loving for two years in a row, but I’ve also loved the Pixi Vitamin C Tonic this year.

Toners are not must have products but they can be excellent addons to take your skincare a little further. Ideally, you should choose ones with ingredients that are not in your day/night creams or serums, but once you start looking at their ingredients you will quickly realise that most of them are just a waste of money.

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The most nourishing and actually worth using toner I found so far is the Paula’s Choice Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner. It is at the right pH for the skin, it can remove left over makeup and oils and also contains good nourishing ingredients.

It doesn’t break the bank either and lasts for a while. For more details check out: Great skincare addons – Paula’s Choice Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner – In-depth review and Ingredient Analysis

However, I’ve also loved the cheaper but also likely more dilute, Pixi Vitamin C Tonic. For more details check out: Pixi Toners Part D: Pixi Vitamin C Tonic – In-Depth Review and Ingredient Analysis and Pixi Tonics – Which one is best?

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Best Solid Cleanser 2019 – Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

I was never into solid cleansers but my aw my this is a good one. It is very easy to use, melts into your hands and speards over the face effortlessly. It takes away most of the makeup with ease, doing all the cleansing heavy lifting.

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If you love to use a solid cleanser to take most of the makeup off before you use a more gentle liquid one, then this is worth a try! Check out: Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm – In-depth Review and Ingredient Analysis

 

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Makeup

Best Eyeliner 2019 – Nyx Professional Matte Liquid Eyeliner

The best eyeliner is a major, major, major, major category for me as I have been wearing eyeliner on a daily basis for at least 20 years. I consider myself a bit of an eyeliner super user and so it’s an absolute huge thing for me to say that the best eyeliner that I currently use is the Nyx Black Matte Liquid Eyeliner, which is still holding it’s title from the last two years. Nothing this year has managed to convinced me to switch and if I can make a prediction, nothing will next year either.

It’s sleek, has a proper black colour, it doesn’t shine, doesn’t smudge, lasts all day and it’s even there after you wake up (we’ve all been there) and although it is not waterproof, it survives a splash of water. It only comes off if you rub it while wet or if you fully immerse yourself under water.

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It works well over eye shadows, doesn’t lose its intensity and you can also layer it up although, it’s really not needed. It has a very thin brush which I love as you can create very precise looks. I personally prefer brushes over felt tip pens because (a) they are most of the time more intense in colour and (b) they can be a lot more precise if you practise using them and (c) you don’t have that problem of them loosing pigment because you are holding them upside down or in an angle (aka they don’t work like the pen ones).

This eyeliner is completely weightless and super affordable. It comes off easily in the shower with just water or a makeup wipe/remover and doesn’t ruin your lashes. The best part is, it retails for £6!

 

Best Eyeshadow Palette 2019 – Tarte Tartelette in Bloom

This is an interesting category as there were so many nice eyeshadow palette releases ever year and in general there are so many palettes worth having. I was super excited for the Urban Decay Honey palette this year but I didn’t end up using it much. Check out: Urban Decay Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette – In-depth Review and Ingredient Analysis

The one palette that everyone should have is the Tarte Tartelette in Bloom. I’ve been loving this palette for two years in a row. This palette is very good quality, durable and travel friendly, looks nice, has a giant mirror and the colours contained are suitable for all. It has a gorgeous vanilla smell, the ingredients are actually better than a lot of other eye shadow palettes and it is standalone, meaning it contains a white and a black as well as mattes and shimmers. The brown and gold colours are suitable for both day and night looks as well as casual, glam and professional occasions.

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It’s an all-round high quality palette suitable for all people and occasions. For all the details check out: Which Tartelette palette? Amazonian Clay Toasted vs Bloom vs Matte. In depth review, functionality and ingredient lists

Another worthy mention is a palettet that I keep using, year after year, the Too Faced Sweet Peach which is by now a classic must-have. Check out: Battle of the Peaches – Too Faced Sweet Peach vs Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes

 

Best Makeup Primer 2019 – This Works In Transit Camera Close-up Primer, Mask, Moisturiser

This product is as much skincare as makeup-enhancer and still holds its place from the last three years! The first time I saw this I was completely confused. Is it a primer, a mask or a moisturiser? How can it be all, there are very different ingredients, formulations and functions for each one of those! I was almost sure it wasn’t going to be good but my goodness, it is the best!

This primer is bar none, the most nutritious one out there that I have at least come across. I use it as a primer, after my moisturiser, and it keeps my skin nicely moisturised and smooth while helping my makeup stay flawless all day long. After using this for a while, I noticed a positive change in my skin.

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It smells really nice and has a thick consistency, however, don’t rub this too much, it sort of destroys the formulation. Just dub it in and let it get absorbed by the skin.

You won’t find another good for your skin and great functional primer out there like this one. It is truly in a league of its own. Even Victoria Beckham said “this works” and it has also won a lot of beauty awards.

It retails for £30.00 which honestly, is an excellent price for the ingredients it contains and it lasts for 3 months of daily usage. It’s also great for travelling as you can use it as a day/night moisturiser too, not needing to take other products with.

For more details check out: Not all primers are equal. Too Faced Primed and Peachy Cooling Matte Skin Perfecting Primer VS This Works In Transit Camera Mask, Moisturiser & Primer.

 

 

Best Foundation for Oily Skin 2019 – Estée Lauder Double Wear

There have been a couple of good foundation releases this year but the Double Wear foundation is still holding its title and probably for many years to come! I have oily skin which makes finding a suitable foundation very difficult. There are many foundations in the market that claim to control oil production and stay put, without coming off or separating, all day long, but neither work as well for me as the Estée Lauder Double Wear. It comes to no surprise that this is the world’s number one foundation and the beauty bloggers’ choice, if you check places like Influenster etc.

It lasts all day long, controls oil production well and it’s one of the very few foundations out there that truly don’t come off. There are many foundations that claim to “stay in place” but this one actually does.

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The formulation doesn’t contain bad ingredients, doesn’t separate, doesn’t oxidise, it’s an all-rounder, and even the bottle it comes in looks nice. It doesn’t have a pump but you can buy one from the brand (£4-5) if you need to, although I promise you it’s very easy to get used to it, you won’t need one at after all.

It’s a medium to full coverage and layering it up works like a charm. I actually always layer it twice because it controls my oil production even better, not so much for the coverage and this way it lasts all day without re-touching. Honestly, I cannot speak highly enough for this foundation, give it a try, especially if you have oily skin. It lasts me somewhere between 3 weeks to a month, depending on usage, and it retails for £33.50.

For more foundation comparisons check out:

Estée Lauder Double Wear vs Urban Decay Stay Naked Foundation – In-depth Reviews and Ingredient Analyses

Estée Lauder Double Wear vs the two L’oréal Infallible Foundations – In-depth Reviews and Ingredient Analyses

Expensive vs Cheap: Estée Lauder Double Wear vs Maybelline Fit Me Foundation – In-depth Reviews and Ingredient Analyses

Best Foundation Dupe yet? Estée Lauder Double Wear vs Nyx Can’t Stop Won’t Stop vs Nyx Stay Matte – In-depth Reviews and Ingredient Analyses

Three Way Battle of Foundations: Estée Lauder Double Wear vs Clinique Superbalanced Silk vs Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free. In-depth Review and Ingredient Analyses

Battle of the Foundations: Estée Lauder Double Wear VS Tarte Shape Tape Matte Foundation – In Depth Reviews and Ingredient Analyses

Estée Lauder Double Wear vs Primark My Perfect Colour Stay foundation. Ingredient Analysis and a Chemist’s Verdict – Is it a Dupe?

Three way battle of foundations: Estée Lauder Double Wear vs Too Faced Peach Perfect vs Too Faced Born this Way.

Battle of the Foundations: Estée Lauder Double Wear VS Revlon Color Stay. A chemist’s verdict on whether it is a true dupe.

 

Best Concealer 2019 – Tarte Shape Tape

Again, another amazing product that holds its title from last year.

I love this concealer because it lasts for ever, it doesn’t crease, it doesn’t need to be set with a powder as it dries on its own, it doesn’t add heaviness to the eyes and it truly does make the eyes brighter and younger looking (choose 1-2 shades lighter than your foundation).

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It’s basically very similar in terms of results to the Urban Decay Naked Skin with the only difference being that it is slightly thicker. It retails for £22 but it will last you 2-3 months!

Both concealers are really good options. Check out: Battle of the top 2 concealers – Urban Decay Naked Skin vs Tarte Shape Tape – A chemist’s verdict and ingredient analysis

 

Best Mascara 2019 – Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir

This is a tough and very extreme category. Mascaras for me either work really well or not at all, there is almost no mediocre. All my favourite mascaras have been the same as last year, nothing really stood out this year.

The absolute best mascara I’ve ever tried so far is still, as the last two years, the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir but getting your hands on it can be quite difficult. Check out Marc Jacobs Beauty​ Velvet Noir Influenster VoxBox – Unboxing and Review.

As a result I’ve also been using alternative options such as the Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart mascara which is very good indeed but also not the easier to get.

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A cheaper but also very good option is The One 5-in-1 Wonder Lash Mascara which costs something like £4 but is even harder to find.

The most accessible mascara’s that work well are: the Too Faced Better than Sex mascara and for more natural looks the Max FactorX 2000 Calorie mascara.

All the above mentioned last all day and do not smudge but the only one that gives both length and thickness (and might even temp you to not use fake lashes) is the the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir. If you can get your hands on it, try it!

 

Best Natural Highlighter 2019 – Too Faced Love Light Blinded by the Light

These two highlighters still hold my heart for the last 3 years! They are amazing value for money, work well and do not emphasise texture.

They are still my favourite out of so many highlighters out there because they look natural, not only in their blindness but also in their lack of added texture. The light they reflect doesn’t look like you are oily or sweaty but rather just a bit naturally reflective. You can also layer them up for stronger looks, they come with a mirror and in a super cute heart shape container. What more can you want?

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There are three available colours, “blinded by the light” which is the silver one, “you light up my life” which is the gold one and a pink one which I always forget the name of. The pink one is not as good quality so just forget it, but the gold and silver ones are great. They retail for £25-30 which is a very good price considering they will last you for 1.5 years+. For more details see Too Faced Summer Collection 2017 – Natural Love Eye Shadow Palette and Love Light Highlighters – Reviews and Swatches !

 

Best Setting Spray 2019 – Urban Decay All Nighter

Again, another no shocker here, three years in a row. A beauty blogger favourite, the Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray. There are many setting sprays out there but not many will keep your makeup flawless for as long as this one does and not many will help control your oils too.

It doesn’t feel sticky or strange, it doesn’t smell bad, it doesn’t feel like a shock when you spray it on the face and it doesn’t ruin your makeup at all. It dries in a few seconds and creates a nice invisible barrier between the world and your makeup.

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It retails for £24 and comes in a travel size too. You only need to buy the travel size once and then you can keep the bottle, open and refill every time you need to use it!

Check out: Showdown: Urban Decay All Nighter vs MAC Prep and Prime Fix+. Are They Both Setting Sprays and Which One is Best? In-depth Review and Ingredient Analyses

 

Best Lipsticks 2019 – Clinique Pop Lip Colour and MAC

Ok so lipsticks are a real favourite of mine. They are probably the beauty product I get most excited about, even more than eyeshadow palettes.

My favourite lipsticks for dry lips which are also the most nourishing and moisturising lipsticks which last a long time too, are the Clinique Pop Lip Colour.

They keep lips feeling hydrated all day long and only fade slightly when eating or drinking (although that depends on how you eat and drink as well). They come in three different finishes: matte, glossy/shiny and sheer, as well as many colours to choose from. The only let down is the lack of range in the red shades, for example, there isn’t a nice strong red with blue under tones or a darker wine-red but aw well!

Check out: Best Lipsticks for Dry Lips – Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer – In-depth Review and Ingredient Analysis

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However, with all that being said, the lipsticks I used the most this year were MAC. They might not be as moisturising as the Clinique Pop but the colour range is amazing and there are also so many different type of finishes. MACs are also super long lasting and they look gorgeous.

To get you started with great value for money MAC lip kits check out: Great Beauty Gifts – MAC Taste of Stardom Mini Lipstick Kit Starring You 2019 Collection – In-depth Review and Ingredient Analysis and MAC COLLECTOR OF THE STARS KIT 2019 – In-depth Review and Ingredient Analyses

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Special shout out to the Urban Decay, Laura Mercier, Estée Lauder and Too Faced lipsticks all of which are also great and have good colour ranges (especially Urban Decay and MAC) but are nowhere near as nutritious or moisturising as the Clinique Pop ones. For all the details check out: Coffee Chat: Q&A You asked “What is your favourite lippie formula” – Best lipsticks for dry lips

Also special shout out to the MAC lip glasses. They are the most gorgeous and long lasting glosses I’ve tried this year.

And in case you are wondering, my favourite every day lipsticks are: Urban Decay Backtalk, MAC Mehr and Clinique Cute Pop, all of which are dirty pink-mauve shades.

 

Best Contour Product 2019 – Nyx Wonder Stick

There are many products out there that can work well for contouring including bronzers and concealers, you don’t have to have contouring specific products to achieve a chiselled face.

However, for me the Nyx Wonder Stick has been a favourite for a couple of years now because it is one of the very few brown colours out there that is actually brown and not orange-brown. Why is this so hard to find! It’s also not too dark for me (there are a few options for the stick but I use the Light/Medium which is the lightest) and it looks natural. It looks like a bone shadow on my face which is what contouring should look like and not like I put lots of brown stuff on it.

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It’s creamy and very easy to use as it glides effortlessly, it blends quickly, can be easily layered for more intense looks and it costs £11! It lasts for months too.

The only let down is the highlight side, it just doesn’t work well for me. I’d prefer to use my concealer but even for using half of the contouring stick, only the brown side, it’s totally worth it for me.

 

Best Setting Powder 2019 – Laura Mercier Translucent powder

This might also come as no surprise as it is a beauty and blogger influenser favourite for years and there is good reason.

This powder works really well. For me the biggest advantage ia the fact that it doesn’t add colour or oxidise after, which is something that I’ve noticed with many powders, even the ones that are labelled as translucent! Another big advantage is the fact that it doesn’t have flash back whereas many other branded ones do, like the Estée Lauder or Bare Mineral ones that will make you look like an alien/firefly hybrid in pictures (don’t even try)! You would think that these two characteristics are just logical but they are not found in a lot of setting powders.

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The bar is fairly low on this type of product and even though the ingredients are not worth the cash, this product wins the category for the fact that it simply works well and as intended (a bit sad).

 

Best Beauty Tool 2019 – Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge

I really like all the Real Technique sponges and there is a good use for all of them. Check out: Real Techniques Makeup Sponges – Are the different colours and shapes just gimmicks?

However, the one sponge that has been a life changer for me is the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge, aka the orange one. It comes with a flat bottom which is so much easier to use than the egg shape beauty blender or other sponges because (a) it uses a larger surface area with each bounce so it can apply foundation faster and (b) it can also get into corners, like around the nose, easier.

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It doesn’t give you any miracle complexion etc as the name might suggest, but it’s shape, higher durability than a beauty blender and the fact that you can also buy it with a case, make it the most practical one. It’s also cheaper than a beauty blender (although not as cheap as unbranded sponges) and the case can be used even if you are not travelling, just to keep it away from dust (which makes you foundation look worse).

For a comparison check out: Battle of the makeup sponges – Beauty Blender vs Real Techniques vs B.

 

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Haircare

 

Best Shampoo & Conditioner 2019 – Living Proof Restore Shampoo & Conditioner

I have been looking for a shampoo and conditioner to tame my thick, unruly hair for years now and I have finally found them. The Living Proof Restore Shampoo & Conditioner smells nice, works well and leaves the hair sleek but healthy looking.

For all the details check out: Living Proof Restore Shampoo & Conditioner – In-depth Review and Ingredient Analyses

I’ve gone through bottles and bottles of these and trully the only downside is the price for the size of the bottles (£24 for a full size 236mL bottle each). But, I still pay it because it works for my hair and at the end of the day, that’s what I’ve been looking for.

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Best Hair Spray 2019 – Percy & Reed Session Hold Hairspray 

I often use hair sprays to hold all those little hairs that pop out when you are wearing a pony tail but most of them leave the hair dirty, sticky and don’t last all day. The Percy & Reed Session Hold Hairspray is the exact opposite. It smells nice, lasts all day and doesn’t leave the hair sticky or dirty. If you want to wear your hair down you can simply comb it over and it will be gone.

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For all the details check out: Percy & Reed Session Hold Hairspray – In-depth Review and Ingredient Analysis

 

 

Bodycare

 

Best Deoderant 2019 – Elsa’s Natural Deodorant Stick in Ocean

Since I first tried this deoderant in 2018, I just couldn’t put it down. It is the most long lasting deoderant you will ever get and it smells nice too. It is quite expensive at £10 a pop but it lasts a couple of months and it ensures that smelly days are history.

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Check out: Elsa’s Natural Deodorant Stick in Scent Ocean – A Chemist’s Verdict: In Depth Review and Ingredient Analysis.

 

Best Hand Cream 2019 – The Chemistry Brand Pro-Repair Anti-ageing Skincare for Hands

Another favourite for two years in a row. This hand cream might be a little sticky, expensive and harder to get than others but it is the most nourishing hand cream I’ve ever tried and it truly moisturisers the skin. I can see a difference that is beyond moisturisation, from when I use it consistently and when I don’t and it contains many good ingredients including amino acids. For all the details ceck out: The Chemistry Brand – Pro-Repair, Anti-Ageing Skincare for Hands. Does it Work?

The Chemistry Brand Hand Chemistry Pro-Repair 2_20180408104728023

 

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Summary

That’s it for the beauty favourites of 2019. Most of them were favourites from 2018 and some even from 2017 which means that these products are trully great. No other products managed to take their place in those years and that means that they are at the very least worth a try.

There’s a lot of categories I haven’t touched at all, not because there aren’t any good products in them, but because those products are not THAT much better than others to deserve the category award of the year. I’m very excited to see what 2020 will bring us and if next year this time, I will be talking about the same products as the past few!

I hope 2020 is even more beautiful!

 

I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.

Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!

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10 responses to A Chemist’s Favourite Beauty Products – the Bonds of Beauty 2019 awards!

  1. choronghi.WORDPRESS.COM says:

    just wanted to say i like the picture of the 1% paulas choice retinol. it’s very pretty. i’m using it 1x a week currently until i become more tolerant. also how do you use the peptide booster?? i tend to put a few drops on my face

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    • Hi my lovely and thank you for reading. Glad to hear you are including retinol in your skincare routine, be patient and consistent with it. I use the peptide booster like any serum, a few drops on clean face at night before my moisturiser. I usually rotate through the 4 serums I metioned in this post.

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  2. choronghi.WORDPRESS.COM says:

    I do think the paula’s choice spf 30 breaks the bank actually if you want to get the spf 30 out of it . you’d get 48 uses out of it if you applied 1.25 ml each time and that would only cover the face. 365/48 = 7.6 bottles per year which is a lot compared to other sunscreens but you are paying for quality. I use that suncsreen for around my eyes and eyelids so the price ain’t bad. unlike the elta md one, it blends into my skin so it looks like i have nothing on my eyes. I use japanese sunscreens and krave beauty beet the sun for my face because I like advanced sunscreen filters like tinosorb s and uvinul a plus

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    • choronghi.WORDPRESS.COM says:

      also the 48 uses doesn’t account for re-application which may be necessary for long/hot days

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    • Fair enough but do remember that you are not just paying for SPF, that cream also has a lot of skincare worthy ingredients so essentially it could be your day cream x

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  3. Antidote says:

    Side note, some of these pictures look reeeeally professionally done! Amazing job doing them, I know how hard it is and it is appreciated.
    Happy New Year 🙂

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