Friday 5 January 2018

My Top Beauty Discoveries of 2017

It's the end of the year so it's time to talk about the products I discovered in 2017 that I loved! I've become a real creature of habit with beauty so these are the skincare and makeup bits I've genuinely used just about every day. I really tried to narrow it down to 10 but I just couldn't cut anything, so here's my top 11 of the year...

Let's kick off with a couple Pixi bits, because we all know I'm a fangirl. My favourite mask of the year has hands down been the Glow Mud Mask, which is the perfect deep cleansing mask that also exfoliates and doesn't strip your skin of the stuff it needs. On the tube it says it's a '15 minute facial' and I have to agree, my skin always looks gorgeous after using it so it's become my quick fix when my skin is lacklustre. The other Pixi love of the year is the Glow Mud Cleanser. As you may know, around the first half of the year my skin was constantly breaking out and nothing seemed to help it. I stripped back my skincare routine and brought this in as my morning cleanser. Just like the mask, it draws out any impurities and chemically exfoliates, and so it's a perfect way to start the way. I really like it has changed my skin which is miles clearer than it was a few months ago! I can't imagine not using it.

Ok, we've got two foundation picks because I couldn't make up my mind - they're both so different! The It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream came to me first, and is the perfect glowing base. It's got a medium coverage I'd say, and does an amazing job at covering any imperfections while yes, still looking like your skin. The YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation was discovered at the Hello October event I went to in April. The coverage is pretty close to the It Cosmetics, but it definitely feels more like a foundation. It's also lovely and glowy, and is the foundation that when I use it, I think "ooh, my skin looks nice today!" Right now I'm actually loving mixing the two!
For concealer, I've got to shout out the Glossier Stretch Concealer. I've never loved pot concealers but this one is a dream. A lot of people say it isn't great for blemishes but I actually love it to cover redness or spots, as because it isn't matte it just looks like skin when applied. Sometimes it does move around a little around my nose, where I have a bit more oil, but for the most part the staying power it great. Another base love is the YSL Touche Eclat Glow Shot in Shade 3. This was another find at the event with Suzie, and probably my favourite discovery from the brand! I love the rose gold shade that is pale enough for my skintone, and the gorgeous glow it gives. I love highlighter but I prefer a subtle approach and that's what you get with this - a pretty sheen rather than glitter.

It's lipstick time! I'll first talk about the Fleur de Force x MAC Lipstick because I'm aware it was limited edition and it's a little mean to mention! This lipstick is super comfortable to wear and probably my most worn of the year - the browny pink is a gorgeous colour that suits me so well, and I don't know what I'm going to do if I ever use it all up! My other favourite of the year is the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lipstick. It may look pretty similar to the MAC, but it's different I promise! This is the only Charlottle Tilbury lipstick I own (so far) and I'm such a fan of the matte formula. It sticks around without drying my lips out, something which happens whenever I wear matte lipsticks. What's more, the pink shade is gorgeous and matches my hair perfectly when I have it tinted pink!

Glossier Boy Brow had to be on this list. For years I've used Benefit Gimme Brow but I think Boy Brow has pipped it to the top. I adore the colour (I use shade Dark Brown) and love how it gives me such feathery and thick brows. I'll use it on its own when I'm not wearing much makeup, or over a brow pencil like the Soap & Glory Brow Archery Pencil to add more volume and to keep the hairs in shape. For eyes, here's a shocker, I'm not going to mention an eyeshadow palette. I've flitted between a few this year, but one product I've fallen for is the Rimmel Magnif'eyes Shadow and Liner in Queens of the Bronzed Age. I've always been a bronze eye gal, but this copper shade has won me over. Most of the time I'll apply it all over the lid and lower lashes, smudge it out with a brush and apply the gold shade to the inner corner, but sometimes I'll have both on the lid, and sometimes I'll use the gold as a soft wash for subtler makeup days! It doesn't budge and the colour is to die for.

Lastly, comes a nail polish! My most worn this year has definitely been Smith and Cult's Doe My Dear. It's a greigey colour, but such a pretty one, and is the colour I reach for when I don't want a full-blown colour on my nails, or when I can't decide what I want. The formula of Smith and Cult polishes is so gorgeous - they are super shiny and always last ages on me. This colour is also perfect to layer under glitters, and I particularly love using Essie's Sparkle on Top over it!
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