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Top 10 picky wins 2023

Grateful to have had many wins this year, but these are my favorite discoveries, the best of the best. Overall I was extremely impressed by skin1004 and numbuzin. Look forward to trying more from these brands! Do you spot any of your favs?

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Madagascar Centella Hyalu-Cica Water-Fit Sun Serum SPF50+ PA++++

I'm pretty sure 90% of PICKIES have tried and love this one, but it's the quickest sunscreen I've ever used up because it is the absolute best for reapplication. I used it almost daily in the summer before I went outside in the afternoon.

Madagascar Centella Hyalu-Cica Water-Fit Sun Serum SPF50+ PA++++ product review
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vanicream


Oily/Sensitive

I received this product for free from Picky and SKIN1004 in exchange for my honest review. Introducing my favorite sunscreen πŸ’–: SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella Hyalu-Cica Water-Fit Sun Serum. πŸ“ Description: "This unscented sunscreen is super lightweight & hydrating, and quickly absorbing with a non-greasy and dewy finish." 🧴 It is a SPF 50+ PA+++ chemical sunscreen containing the filters Uvinal A Plus, Uvinal T 150, Iscotrizinol, and Tinisorb M. There is a reason this product gets a lot of hype πŸ””. Why is it the best? My experience using it: βœ…βœ… βœ… No stinging or burning the eyes, despite being a chemical sunscreen. I had sworn off chemical sunscreens until I met this one because I am sensitive to common ingredients such as Avobenzone and Octinoxate. Even some mineral sunscreens give me trouble! However, it is important to protect all exposed skin including the eye area. A common area for skin cancers is the eyelid. βœ… No white cast, since it's a chemical sunscreen. It blends in seamlessly and could work on any skin tone. βœ… Texture is lightweight as described. It is more of a light watery lotion rather than a typical thick sun cream. βœ… It plays well with other skincare products and never pilled. βœ… The finish is beautiful. It leaves a natural finish which is glowy but not overly shiny. βœ… Re-application is a dream. It layers with no problems like pilling. I could apply over makeup with a sponge. Ingredients: βœ… No fragrance or other sensitizing ingredients. βœ… Features the beneficial ingredients Hyaluronic Acid and Centella Asiatica which hydrate and soothe the skin. Other: βœ… Pump packaging is hygenic and easy to control. The sleek tube is easy to take on the go. βœ… The price is right. It retails $19 for 50 ml / 1.69 oz. πŸ“’ In summary, I think this product could work for anyone: dry, oily, light, or dark skin. SKIN1004 nailed it with this formulation, and this easy-to-use product has quickly become a staple for me.

Madagascar Centella Hyalu-Cica Water-Fit Sun Serum SPF50+ PA++++

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Madagascar Centella Hyalu-Cica Water-Fit Sun Serum SPF50+ PA++++

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Madagascar Centella Poremizing Fresh Ampoule

This is so soothing and I actually prefer the thickness over the original yellow centella ampoule. I finished this very quickly as well, using it in the evenings post shower.

Madagascar Centella Poremizing Fresh Ampoule product review
Madagascar Centella Poremizing Fresh Ampoule product review
Madagascar Centella Poremizing Fresh Ampoule product review
Madagascar Centella Poremizing Fresh Ampoule product review
Madagascar Centella Poremizing Fresh Ampoule product review
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vanicream


Oily/Sensitive

I received this product for free from Picky and SKIN1004 in exchange for my honest review. I enjoyed using this as a hydrating, calming step in the morning after cleansing and before moisturizer. βœ… Great ingredients including centella, hyaluronic acid, and peptides βœ… Helped soothe my easily irritated skin βœ… Sinks in quickly with no heavy feeling or residue βœ… Beautiful packaging, the pink ampoule looks bubbling βœ… You get a lot of product at 3.4oz

Madagascar Centella Poremizing Fresh Ampoule

SKIN1004
Madagascar Centella Poremizing Fresh Ampoule

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4.6

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279

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Let Me Soothing Creamy Mask

This is a game changer for tretinoin. I used to always peel when doing the sandwich method but ever since I have been diluting with this mask, much less irritation and peeling. It is rich but not too heavy or greasy.

Let Me Soothing Creamy Mask product review
Let Me Soothing Creamy Mask product review
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vanicream


Oily/Sensitive

I received this product for free from Picky and Plodica in exchange for my honest review. I enjoyed mixing a good amount of the mask with my tretinoin to provide a lot of moisture and soothing benefits. βœ… Yogurt texture which is lightweight but still nourishing. βœ… Feels instantly refreshing during application. βœ… Moisturizes well overnight, cheeks weren't as dry in the morning. βœ… Don't need to wash it off, which is my biggest annoyance with masks πŸ˜…

Let Me Soothing Creamy Mask

Plodica
Let Me Soothing Creamy Mask

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4.7

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Licorice Calming Cream

This saved my skin when I damaged my barrier. It has a gel cream texture which is perfect for AM and PM when your skin needs some TLC.

Licorice Calming Cream product review
Licorice Calming Cream product review
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vanicream


Oily/Sensitive

I received this product for free from Picky and I'm From in exchange for my honest review. βœ… Weightless gel cream texture βœ… Blends easily βœ… Very effective at reducing TEWL, after applying skin felt damp for a long time βœ… Natural finish, doesn't add any shine or dewiness βœ… Feels silky once it sets

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Licorice Calming Cream

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4.7

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No.1 Pure-Full Calming Water Sunscreen SPF50+ PA++++

Soo impressed by this brand. This sunscreen is quite similar to the skin1004 serum above, it feels like a cooling serum and leaves a glowy finish.

No.1 Pure-Full Calming Water Sunscreen SPF50+ PA++++  product review
No.1 Pure-Full Calming Water Sunscreen SPF50+ PA++++  product review
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vanicream


Oily/Sensitive

I received this product for free from Picky and Numbuzin in exchange for my honest review. βœ… Watery essence texture βœ… Feels hydrating during application βœ… Easy to blend, no whitecast βœ… Doesn't sting the eyes βœ… Precise nozzle tip

No.1 Pure-Full Calming Water Sunscreen SPF50+ PA++++

numbuzin
No.1 Pure-Full Calming Water Sunscreen SPF50+ PA++++

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4.8

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No.1 Pure-full Calming Herb Toner

I really couldn't put this toner down after trying it out!! It is so watery and lightweight, perfect for layering with the seven skin method for maximum soothing. I love that it sinks in effortless and leaves no residue at all.

No.1 Pure-full Calming Herb Toner product review
No.1 Pure-full Calming Herb Toner product review
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vanicream


Oily/Sensitive

I received this product for free from Picky and Numbuzin in exchange for my honest review. βœ… Watery and lightweight texture βœ… Simple effective ingredients βœ… Can be layered for deep hydration βœ… Somehow the packaging dispenses just the right amount of product! βœ… Soothed and calmed the skin by taking down the redness and irritation

No.1 Pure-full Calming Herb Toner

numbuzin
No.1 Pure-full Calming Herb Toner

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4.7

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Madagascar Centella Probio-Cica Bakuchiol Eye Cream

Love that this contains Bakuchiol yet caused no sensitivity whatsoever! I could even use it twice a day no problem. It is quite rich but not greasy. I love patting it around the eyes and smile lines.

Madagascar Centella Probio-Cica Bakuchiol Eye Cream product review
Madagascar Centella Probio-Cica Bakuchiol Eye Cream product review
Madagascar Centella Probio-Cica Bakuchiol Eye Cream product review
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vanicream


Oily/Sensitive

I received this product for free from Picky and SKIN1004 in exchange for my honest review. βœ… Thick, nourishing texture βœ… Sinks in without residue βœ… Generous size for an eye cream at .67 oz βœ… Sits well under makeup, didn't experience pilling or smudging the makeup under the eyes βœ… Didn't experience any sensitivity which is awesome πŸ’― because it still contains the active ingredient bakuchiol to help with anti aging

Madagascar Centella Probio-Cica Bakuchiol Eye Cream

SKIN1004
Madagascar Centella Probio-Cica Bakuchiol Eye Cream

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4.6

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162

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Hi Amino All Cleansing Milk

What a unique product! It can be a first cleanser since it removes makeup quite well, or a gentle second cleanser. There is no lather and it is extremely gentle which I appreciate for my sensitive skin.

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vanicream


Oily/Sensitive

I received this product for free from Picky and Dewytree in exchange for my honest review. Usage: tried both as a first and second cleanse. For first cleanse, applied to dry skin. For second cleanse, applied to wet skin. βœ… So soothing, perfect as a winter cleanser or if you have sensitive skin βœ… No lather, no stripping the skin βœ… Skin feels moisturizer after, balanced βœ… Easy to rinse off βœ… Effective as a single one step cleanser. Able to remove light makeup and water resistant sunscreen. For heavy makeup I would still use an oil cleanser.

Hi Amino All Cleansing Milk

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Hi Amino All Cleansing Milk

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4.6

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108

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Authentic Lip Balm

Dior who??? Lol but seriously, this curbed my appetite for getting the pricy dior $40 lip balm. This shade is similar, a cool pink which looks so fresh and youthful. The packaging is also adorable.

Authentic Lip Balm product review
Authentic Lip Balm product review
Authentic Lip Balm product review
Authentic Lip Balm product review
Authentic Lip Balm product review
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vanicream


Oily/Sensitive

I received this product for free from Picky and AthΓ© in exchange for my honest review. βœ… Sheer cool pink, similar to Dior lip glow. It's a great shade which brings out a translucent vibrancy which is super fresh and healthy looking βœ… Great for no makeup makeup βœ… Perfect for those with pigmented lips since it enhances the natural color of the lips βœ… Glossy finish βœ… Stains slightly after wiping with a tissue βœ… Thick, plush, cushiony formula βœ… Buildable up to light pigment βœ… Adorable packaging wirh ribbons and keychain add ons βœ… Like that the cap color differentiates the formula (white = regular, yellow = airy) βœ… Magnetic closure is fancy. Not only does the balm stick to the cap, but the 3 balms also stick to each other

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01 Authentic

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4.7

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Welcome to Water Village Kit

This really snuck in at the last moment but I've enjoyed using this set for hydrating my skin in this dry winter. They all have a certain thickness which is helpful this time of year. My face never feels tight or dry while using this, even thought I'm on tretinoin.

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Oily/Sensitive

I received this product for free from Picky and Plodica in exchange for my honest review. This set of minis contains the re:wake moist treatment, into the water-hole ampoule, and water-bag barrier cream. These are perfect for travel. I found this routine suitable for both AM and PM use, as they didnt feel too heavy in the cold weather. Makeup and sunscreen sat well over these products. The superstar ingredient is lotus extract which is prizes for it's soothing properties. I certainly found this to be the case as they calmed down my skin and lessened the redness. All of these products had a certain level of "thickness" to them which felt like it coated the skin with a nourishing layer. πŸ’• Treatment βœ… Thick toner, moisturizes skin well unlike some watery toners which can seem to disappear βœ… Suitable for drier skin, great for colder weather βœ… Coats the skin and feels nourishing πŸ’• Ampoule βœ… Milky in color, medium thickness βœ… Leaves skin looking radiant and plumped βœ… Feels slightly cooling on application βœ… Sinks in with no tacky residue βœ… Contains beta glucans which is great at soothing and repairing the skin πŸ’• Cream βœ… Super moisturizing and makes skin look healthy and dewy βœ… Medium thickness βœ… Spreads and blends in easily, coating the skin in a nourishing layer

Welcome to Water Village Kit

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Welcome to Water Village Kit

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4.8

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Skinicals

Dry/Sensitive

That sunscreen is a love 😍
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Janete

Dry/Resilient

Great listπŸ˜ƒ
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Deedee1

Oily/Resilient

I love this sunscreen
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Baifernn

Oily/Sensitive

This is very good sunscreen for sensitive skin
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Great List! πŸ’™
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