Ever since I was a child, I loved to make people feel and look beautiful.

Cult-Favorites That We Love Too!

I don’t know about you all, but when I hear about a new treatment, product, business, etc., regardless of whether it’s skincare or not, I tend to let the hype pass before I get on board. I guess I’m a product of my parents quirkiness and teachings that things don’t always live up to the hype. We, as a family, always tended to go against the grain and figure things out in our own time. I like to be that way, but as I’ve started Cheeky, I realized that we need to stay on top of these ‘cult-like favorites’ because they could actually be an amazing product or brand that are worth getting excited over. And we hate missing out 😉

But in the same vein, just because a product has a 10,000 person waiting list, it doesn’t always mean that the product is actually THAT good. It could be trending on Instagram, or it’s a new brand launch from a super famous person, or whatever the case may be that makes it a ‘hyped up product’. So it may not be that great, it just has gained popularity! It’s important that we’re able to decipher between what’s real and what’s not!

Over the last couple years, and even many years before Cheeky began, we have been following plenty of brands and products that are being promoted as ‘cult-favorites’ in the skincare realm and we thought we would take the time to review which ones actually live up to the hype. At least according to us!

Have a question about a cult-favorite you’ve seen? Let us know and we can do some research!

Sunday Riley Good Genes

By far, one of my favorite skincare staples. On my second bottle and absolutely love it! Will continue to keep it stocked in my insanely busy (cluttered)  skincare cabinet.

‘Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment is formulated with high potency, purified grade lactic acid that immediately exfoliates dull, pore-clogging dead skin cells, revealing smoother, fresher, younger-looking skin. Fine lines appear visually plumped while the skin looks more radiant. With continued use, the appearance of stubborn hyperpigmentation and the visible signs of aging are reduced for a healthier-looking complexion. Perfect for all skin types and all ages, this treatment is enhanced with licorice for brightening, Good Genes clarifies, smooths, and retexturizes for instant radiance.’

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

I’ve heard and seen NOTHING but great things about this product and I feel very comfortable recommending it to you Cheekys! I plan to order this after my Elemis Papaya Peel runs out (that’s really great too though)

‘The Hollywood 2-minute facial.” Exfoliate and polish skin with ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment to reveal a glowing, fresh-from-the-clinic complexion. Kate’s bestselling exfoliator is formulated with face scrubbing natural exfoliants to deep clean clogged pores without over-drying skin. Lactic acid and fruit enzymes— papaya, pineapple, and pumpkin—reveal smooth skin and a brighter, healthier-looking complexion in as little as one use. This signature formula works both physically and enzymatically to deliver safe, dramatic results from the comfort of your home.’

– 94% of women tested showed highly significant improvement in skin texture
– 97% of women tested showed highly significant improvement in the appearance of pores
– 100% of women tested showed highly significant improvement in the appearance of crow’s feet, fine lines, and wrinkles

COSRX Triple C Lightning Liquid

I have recently run out of this goodness and I’ve placed an order just now! I’ve re-ordered it 4 times and ADORE IT! I’ve noticed a BIG difference in my skin when I’ve been off it, so I can’t wait to get back on the train. In fact, a Cheeky recently emailed us and said: ‘This stuff also helped and I never would’ve discovered it without your blog! I keep it in the fridge and it has stayed fresh.’ We’re so happy this cult-favorite is proving to be amazing, time and time again.

‘An exclusive collaboration between popular Korean acne brand COSRX and Charlotte Cho, the Triple C Lightning Liquid is a powerful vitamin C serum. Launched in 2017, Triple C sold out within four hours of launching, and has since become a cult-favorite!’


– All skin types
– Dull skin
– Hyper pigmentation (sun spots, acne scars, melasma)

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

Works like a charm! Highly recommend it for dry skin, mature skin and normal skin.

‘DHC Deep Cleansing Oil removes excess oil, makeup, dirt and other pore-clogging impurities with its water-soluble formula. Infused with olive oil and vitamin E, it nourishes and hydrates the skin, while rinsing completely clean, never leaving behind a greasy residue.’

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair

This is definitely on my wish list! 2,651 4.9-star reviews on this bad boy!

‘Lines and wrinkles look significantly reduced. More than 75% of women felt their skin looked more youthful in just 4 weeks. Skin feels smoother, hydrated, stronger. 82% felt their skin was immediately hydrated. Skin looks younger, radiant, more even toned. 83% felt their skin looked healthier, fresher, more rested in just 4 weeks.’

Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

We’ve written about this product before and have recommended it to a Cheeky! We continue to stand behind our recommendation as this has proved to be a cult-favorite amongst the dry skin folks.

‘Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre (formerly Lait Creme Concentre Gold 24 Hour Miracle Cream) features a light and milky texture that absorbs easily into your skin with a soft satin finish to restore moisture levels and revitalize your complexion. Shea butter provides emollient hydration as it delivers skin-nourishing essential fatty acids to repair the lipid barrier and increase elasticity. Soy proteins firm and tone your skin to diminish fine lines.’

Bioderma Sensibio H20

We have written about this micellar water before and stand behind our support of it! We’ve also heard from a Cheeky who suffers with acne that this has been very helpful! It’s considered a cult-favorite and the original creator of micellar water.

‘Keep sensitive skin feeling smooth and clean with Sensibio H2O from Bioderma. Its potent micelle formula works to soothe and clear up irritated skin. Gentle enough for everyday use, this non-rinse cleanser is perfect for removing makeup from the face and eyes.’

Tend Skin Liquid

We wrote about this just the other day for our Father’s Day post! This is a fan favorite among EVERYONE and has been for years.

  • SHAVING / WAXING / HAIR REMOVAL – Use after shaving legs, bikini lines and underarms
  • INGROWN HAIR – Tend Skin effectively reduces unsightly ingrown hairs without tweezing
  • RAZOR BUMPS – Tend Skin effectively reduces razor bumps & redness after shaving / waxing
  • TRUSTED – Only solution designed to rescue your skin from the hair removal woes
  • CRUELTY FREE – Tend Skin Liquid is cruelty free and developed with No Animal Testing’

Dermal Korea Collagen Essence Sheet Masks

Mildly obsessed. I just ordered some for my mom and I use these 3 times a week! 4.3-star rating by over 3,000 reviewers (and that’s even more amazing on Amazon because I feel like those reviewers are a pretty tough crowd)! And it’s flipping $11 for 16 masks!

Drunk Elephant T.L.C Sukari Babyfacial

‘A pro-quality AHA/BHA mask that works as a “facial” to reveal greater clarity, improved skin texture and tone, and a more youthful-looking radiance.

Solutions for:
– Dullness and uneven texture
– Fine lines and wrinkles
– Uneven skin tone’

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

‘Recharge your dehydrated skin while you sleep with this innovative mask. It’s formulated with highly concentrated Hydro Ionized Mineral Water to deliver high doses of moisture to stressed, parched skin. Calming Sleepscent™, infused with orange flower, rose, and sandalwood, and it relaxes and comforts while apricot and evening primrose extracts to brighten and purify fatigued skin. The result: skin looks and feels radiant, refreshed, and soft so you wake up with soft, glowing skin.’

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