Let’s Talk Skincare — Holy Grails

I was a broke high school student when I first stepped into the world of skincare. I have to apologize to my skin for:

  • not using sunscreen
  • not washing my skin properly when I was younger
  • using highly fragranced products
  • not using sunscreen

I will definitely dedicate an article on the DON’Ts of skincare. Oh, the regrets of my younger days.

(Each category will only have one product.)

Makeup Cleanser


Reveal smooth, glowing skin from the start of your routine and effortlessly dissolve makeup, dirt, and oil with the PEG-free Papaya Sorbet Enzyme Cleansing Balm. This balm-to-milky oil harnesses naturally-enzymatic, actively smoothing papaya to satisfy and gently resurface skin, creating the ultimate baby-soft canvas for skincare and makeup. The mix of exfoliating and calming papaya seed oil, papaya enzymes, papaya extract, and antioxidant-packed blueberry, leaves skin clean, bouncy, and glowing.

- glowrecipe.com

This was what Mulan used to wipe away her makeup!

I feel like a fruit goddess whenever I use this on days when I cake my face. It really does smell like papaya and I’m not talking about Laffy-Taffy level. I’m talking about genuine papaya!

A little goes a long way. I usually use about a dime to a nickel size to rub off a face of concealer, powder, browscara, and sometimes lip tint.

To be extra luxurious, the container is made out of glass!

Can I Recycle It?

Yes! Every part of this packaging is recyclable. The glass jar, the inner lid, and the entire carton can be recycled curbside. The plastic cap and spatula can be recycled through our Terracycle program. Please rinse out the jar before recycling!


My skin is super moisturized after using it! Feeling like a prune is so 2000.

$15 off your next glowrecipe order!

Daily Cleanser


An antioxidant-rich jelly cleanser that’s as satisfying to use as it is effective. The bouncy gel formula creates a silky lather on the skin that lifts away impurities and irritants accumulated during the day. The best part? No dry, tight after-feeling like conventional cleansers.

- kravebeauty.com

I’ve been watching Liah for a long time and when she announced her own skincare brand, I was more than delighted to try her products!

After recently having gone through a pretty bad retinol peel, most of my holy grail products are hydrating. I use this twice a day and boy, oh boy, my skin doesn’t break out as much anymore. (Of course, I still get my occasional hormonal breakouts. Thanks, womanhood.)

Through years of trial and error, I have learned that hydrating my skin is the best way to keep my skin barrier strong, which means fewer breakouts!



Botanically rich, pH-balanced formula cleans, clears and preps the skin for moisturization or further treatment. Enhances skin’s natural ability to retain moisture.

Neutralizes and balances skin pH for calmer, healthier skin

Contains essential nutrients including Vitamins C and E

Remove excess oil, dirt and makeup to prepare skin for further treatment

Sulfate and paraben free

- drmtlgy.com

Finding an affordable toner has been tough. I have tried Missha’s Time Revolution The First Treatment, Tatcha’s The Essence, and Sulwhasoo’s First Care Activating Serum. My wallet haunts me every time I let myself indulge.

I haven’t noticed a big difference in my skin by using those toners. They were very hydrating but not enough for me to repurchase. My wallet needs time to recover.

However, drmtlgy’s products are incredible and worth every repurchase. I used to swear by K-beauty products but I’ve been recently obsessed with drmtlgy. This toner is very basic and that’s really all I need right now. It’s just moisturizing enough and preps my skin for the serum.

A referral link for 25% because I truly love their products.



Needle-less Serum is a twice-a-day serum that safely targets the appearance of fine lines around the mouth, eyes, and forehead, while also hydrating the skin to give a radiant glow! Our advanced formula helps with signs of aging by strengthening skin’s moisture barrier, while improving the look of skin fullness and pore appearance. Now formulated with our proprietary Cerapep® Technology: a revolutionary blend of restorative peptides & ceramides.

Our best-selling product

Works with any other skin care product and regimen

Absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave a greasy residue

- drmtlgy.com

The most lightweight serum that I have tried! Although lightweight, it’s extremely hydrating! My favorite attribute has to be that this has no heavy fragrance.

I use it in both my morning and night routines because my skin just doesn’t glow without it.

I think I have purchased about 4 jars thus far.

A referral link for 25% because I truly love their products.



This rich, creamy night time moisturizer adds layers of hydration to help soften the appearance of signs of aging and repair damaged skin. Our concentrated blend of peptides, ceramides, and antioxidants help lines, wrinkles, and signs of sun damage appear reduced, leaving skin feeling strengthened and moisturized. Experience younger, rejuvenated-looking skin with every application.

Calm, soothe and replenish dry, dehydrated skin

Restore the appearance of skin back to a strong, healthy state

Apply before bed and let it work while you sleep

- drmtlgy.com

I hate heavy creams. They not only clog up my pores but also cause dead skin to build upon my face.

Enter, the Peptide Night Cream. Although the name suggests that it is a night cream, I have been using it twice a day. My skin accepts it and doesn’t become an oily wok.

This cream is not enough to give you the trendy glass skin but it will give you healthy skin.

A referral link for 25% because I truly love their products.

Body Moisturizer/Cream


Wrap your body in Pink Dream Body Cream! Effortlessly smooth skin texture and hydrate your body all-at-once with the Watermelon Glow Pink Dream Body Cream. Treat your body with the same love, attention, and powerful actives found in your daily skincare routine. This luscious body cream is whipped with vitamin-rich watermelon seed butter, naturally smoothing hibiscus AHA, soothing watermelon extract, and multi-weight hyaluronic acid for deep moisture and ultimate comfort. The deliciously creamy lotion leaves skin baby-soft and with a healthy glow.

- glowrecipe.com

Enter another product for me to smell like a fruit goddess!

Since the product’s launch, I have ordered 3 bottles! I even use it as a hand cream. My body has never been smoother and I can finally smell like a watermelon. Since this is fragranced, I wouldn’t recommend this to those with sensitive skin. Definitely do a patch test first to see if your skin will appreciate you being a fruit goddess or fruit god.

My only complaint is that this product is quite small or maybe I’m just using too much too quickly. Nevertheless, I will be repurchasing this once my new credit card comes, so I can easily reach the card’s promo purchase amount.

$15 off your next glowrecipe order!

Sun Protection


No more excuses! This unique cushion compact makes applying sunscreen on-the-go and reapplying during the day easy. The physical formula effectively blocks UV rays while repairing and soothing sun damaged skin with Natural Protector, a patented ingredient.

This product is free of parabens, artificial fragrance, color, animal products, alcohol, and mineral oil.

- sokoglam.com

I used to hate applying sunscreen and sometimes I still do if I am trying out a new one that has a nasty texture.

But have you heard of cushions? There were BB cream cushions, but there are sunscreen cushions now and they are absolutely life changers. Of course, you can buy your cushion and fill it with your favorite sunscreen!

This cushion is big and slim so the puff actually covers a big portion of my face. Applying it takes about 15 seconds. Also, the fragrance is super light. It has a super faint sunscreen scent, but it’s not a big issue.

The only downside is that it has an ever so slight white cast, but it is not too noticeable.

WOW. $10 off!

Thank you for reading! Please share your holy grails! Would love to discover new products!

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