Monthly Must Haves: January 2021

Favourite products of January 2021 featuring Avene Aoxitive Night Peel, Uriage Barriderm Lip Balm, Uriage Sleeping Mask, Smashbox Covershot Matte Palette abd Neostrata Intensive Eye Therapy.

I know many of us are happy to leave 2020 behind. I love the start of a new year as they feel like a fresh start. 2021 has started off with some really great skincare products for me. I have tested out some new products and loved them. I specifically tried some new products from Uriage and this is my first experience with the brand. Check out my favourites below to see what I loved from the brand along with a few others


Uriage Water Sleeping Mask

Uriage Water Sleeping Mask – When the Uriage Sleep Mask launched I was so excited. It reminds me a lot of the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Night and the Avene Hydrance Aqua Gel, two of my favourite products, so I couldn’t wait to try it. This one is definitely the lightest in texture out of the three. It is a little bit more affordable then the other two and definitely a great alternative. While I don’t find it to be quite as hydrating as the other two, it does leave my skin feeling really soft and refreshed. I love layering it overtop of my retinol or any kind of active treatment that can leave me feeling a bit dry as it does provide a boost of moisture. I think this will be a staple in my summer skincare routine when I want something light, but really hydrating.

Avene Aoixitive Night Peeling Cream

A-Oxitive Night Peeling Cream – This night cream has been amazing for my skin. I have am almost finished the bottle and I have a back up ready to go. It is a retinol based product (containing retinaldehyde) that is designed to prevent the first visible signs of aging. It makes my skin feel really smooth and radiant, but the biggest changes have been with my acne. I have been struggling with acne from wearing a mask (you all probably know by now) and have been also dealing with acne scarring. This product has been amazing for helping to treat my acne and acne scarring. I still have occasional breakouts, but they are much less severe and heal very quickly. My acne scarring has really improved. I have had people comment on how much more even my skin has gotten since I have been using this product. I can’t recommend it enough if you are looking to try a retinol product.

Smashbox Covershot Matte Palette

Smashbox Cover Shot Palette Matte – This eye shadow palette has been in my collection for a while, but was something I have recently started using again over the last couple of months. This is the perfect matte neutral palette and retails for only $35. It comes with 8 neutral matte shadows and the two softer base shades that are used most often come in a larger pan size. I love this palette because it is super pigmented, the shades blend out really easily and it has everything you need to create a one eye look. It is also super compact, so if you need to take it on the go it is small and has everything you need in one palette.

Uriage Bariederm Cica Lips Protecting Lip Balm

Uriage Cica-Lips Protecting Balm – Lip balm is an essential for me in the winter, but I tend to have a hard time with lip products. They often cause more irritation and end up making matters worse. This lip treatment from Uriage is a game changer. It comes out like a rich gel – kind of similar to Vaseline. It helps to soothe irritation and leave my lips really hydrated. I also find the formula is really long lasting and I don’t need to reapply often. It is really gentle, effective and doesn’t cause further irritation.

Neostrata Intensive Eye Therapy

Neostrata Intensive Eye Therapy – This eye cream is marketed as one that is really good for firming and tightening the eye area, but it also has really great anti-wrinkle benefits. I am using it specifically to get the anti-wrinkle benefits as I am finding I am starting to notice fine lines and wrinkles around my eyes. While I haven’t been using it long enough to speak the results personally, Neostrata has some really amazing studies and clinical results for this product. You can find them here on their website. The reason why I have made it a favourite this month is the texture. This product is almost like a primer texture that really helps to blur and smooth the eye area. It makes a great base for makeup and I love the way it makes my skin look and feel.

Those are some of my favourite new products I have been using in January. Have you tried anything new over the last few months? Let me know in a comment below!


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