Beauty products

The 9 beauty products Viva editors use to the last drop

We repeat these tried-and-true favorites, from sweet-smelling body cream to cult sunscreen.

Sans Ceuticals Activator 7 Body + Hair + Face Oil, $62
— Babiche Martens, photographer

How good was it? Originally purchased after having surgery in 2012 on my shin bone which left a long scar, I bought this to aid the healing process and help reduce redness. I loved it so much I have since bought it and now use it all over my body. I love the scent and it’s not greasy at all as I generally don’t like oils on my skin for that very reason. It spreads easily so a little goes a long way. The scar line has healed beautifully and is almost imperceptible.

Would you buy it again? I am aware that our skin is our largest organ and I love that there are no harmful substances entering my bloodstream. Since body lotions are the most amount of product I use on my body on a daily basis, this gives me peace of mind.

Lush Yummy Custard Shower Gel, $17
— Ashleigh Cometti, Beauty Editor

How good was it? I’ve been lucky enough to try a few body washes in my day, but none come close to Lush’s limited-edition one. Not only does it smell exactly like custard (the scent lingers long after you step out of the shower), but it also leaves skin soft and supple – a must during those dry winter months.

Would you buy it again? I tried! When I got halfway there, I rushed to Lush to stock up, but sadly, it’s part of the brand’s limited-edition Mother’s Day collection. So if you’re reading this, Lush, please bring it back!

How did you get rid of it? I haven’t finished the tub (yet), but when I do, I’ll shed a tear and send the packaging back to Lush as part of their Bring It Back program, where you can earn $1 per returned item for your next Lush purchase.

Embryolisse Milk-Cream Concentrate, $55
— Emma Gleason, Business Writer

How good was it? It’s one of my favorite moisturizers, my skin loves it. I bought my first tube when I was in Paris (so cliche) and now I buy it on the local beauty site Ines.

Would you buy it again? Yes, I replaced it several times. I use every last bit and I will roll the tube until there is nothing left.

How did you get rid of it? I separated the plastic lid from the metal tube and put both in my recycling bin.

Mecca Cosmetica to Save the Face SPF50 Superscreen, $47
— Rebecca Barry Hill, writer

How good was it? It’s not easy to find a good face sunscreen that protects the skin without making it oily or cakey with your makeup. But this fail-safe product isn’t just effective — providing broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection — it feels like wearing a lightweight daytime moisturizer.

Would you buy it again? Yes. Even in the colder months, I like to wear an SPF, and this one contains vitamin E to combat dryness. It is also oxybenzone free.

Clarins Sandalwood Face Care Oil, $72
— Amanda Linnell, Editor-in-Chief

How good was it? I am currently testing different face oils because I like how they feel on my skin. I was drawn to this Clarins product designed for dry skin and made with 100% pure plant extracts, including hazelnut oil for hydration and soothing essential oils such as sandalwood, cardamom and lavender.

Would you buy it again? Absolutely. I like a simple routine and the fact that you can use it morning and night appeals to me. In addition, it smells good and above all leaves my skin supple and smooth.

How did you get rid of it? After wringing out every last drop, the bottle and dropper went for recycling.

Sans Ceuticals Cellular Repair Body & Face Lotion, $55
— Johanna Thornton, Associate Editor

How good was it? It’s a dreamy moisturizer, packed with niacinamide, shea butter, and grape seed extract. I love that it’s formulated for both body and face, to help simplify my routine and the amount of products I have in rotation. It is also a very nice consistency and absorbs beautifully into the skin. It feels good to buy a beauty product made locally, without animal testing and without artificial colors or fragrances.

Would you buy it again? I have repurchased this product several times now and probably need to upgrade to the larger size.

How did you get rid of it? This lotion is housed in PETG, which is a high quality recyclable plastic, which means I can put it in the recycling bin rather than throw it away.

Drunk Elephant T.LC. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, $219
— Julia Gessler, digital and production journalist

How good was it? This decongestant serum justifies its high price by delivering on its promise: a smoother, brighter complexion. A pump every other night sees my skin noticeably different in the morning, and that’s great followed by a moisturizing oil or serum if you have one on hand.

Would you buy it again? I’ve repurchased it several times now, and my skin is truly in love with the cocktail mix of glycolic, tartaric, lactic, citric, and salicylic acids.

Caudalie Paris Vinoperfect Complexion Correcting Radiance Serum, $115
— Annabel Dickson, fashion assistant

How good was it? I saw this product on TikTok and needed another serum, so I decided to give it a shot! I loved its shiny texture. This product targets dark spots and hyperpigmentation and mine have cleared up after three months of continuous use.

Would you buy it again? I notice a difference in the texture and glow of my skin when I’m not using this product, so I’ll be coming back to the store quick and smart when it’s empty.

Sunday Riley CEO Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Oil $65 (15ml)
— Dan Ahwa, Creative and Fashion Director

How good was it? I don’t use much on my face other than sunscreen and a decent moisturizer, and at night and on colder days I like to use this cold-pressed face oil that has a blend of vitamin C and golden turmeric for antioxidant defense.

Would you buy again? Still. It’s a great pick-me-up for my skin and has this great smell that’s super refreshing.