I thought it would be a great time of year to give you some of my most coveted beauty products in 2017. As the year comes to an end, I’ve been thinking about the products that I really loved the most. I’ve felt that this has been a very up and down year for me when it comes to beauty products. I started the year off quite optimistic about the beauty products but then when I became ill with anxiety and depression I quite frankly couldn’t care less about makeup. In the more recent months I’ve been focusing more on simple and natural products, as I’m embracing wearing less and less makeup. However, this is supposed to be a fun and light-hearted post, so let’s get into the products I’ve been loving!
This past year has definitely seen a lot of the same type of products being released. From unicorns to mermaids, and highlighter upon highlighter – the products released were somewhat quite the same. The biggest thing to come from the beauty world this year definitely has to be the new Fenty range by Rihanna. She definitely did shaken things up a lot! However, I’m sorry to say that Fenty Beauty will not be featuring in any of my best of beauty for this year as I just don’t reach for it enough.
I’ve been really searching for a great primer this year and luckily for me I found that about 6 months ago with the Hylamide Matte Finisher Primer by Deciem. At first I was a little skeptical about this particular primer as it has more of a silicone finish to it, however I found that this worked great for my oily skin without leaving my skin too dry. I also feel that this primer works great with any foundation and keeps my oils in place for a decent amount of time.
With regards to foundations, I ‘discovered’ a well known foundation this year. I’d heard people talk a lot about the Nars Sheer Glow foundation over the last few years and decided to give it a go – and I fell in love. I honestly thought that this foundation was for people with dry or normal skin, however I was very wrong. It gives me a demi-matte finish and lasts all day on my face. I don’t find my skin to get oily when wearing it and it’s very comfortable too. I love it!
In the last couple of months I’ve also fallen in love with the new Clinique Even Better Glow foundation. I use the shade Clove and it matches me ‘perfectly’. It works the same as the Sheer Glow foundation in that it gives me a demi-matte finish, but still with a luminous finish and lasts very well on my skin. I can’t recommend these two foundations enough. I’ll definitely be continuing to use both well into 2018.
For me, the concealer of choice in 2017 has definitely been the Colourpop No Filter concealers. I know lots of people rave about some more popular ones from Nars, Tarte and Urban Decay, but I’ve honestly been reaching solely for the Colourpop concealer non-stop. If you like your concealer to appear matte and last a long time then I’d recommend this concealer. It doesn’t crease on me at all and it doesn’t appear too drying either. I also love the fact that it is only $6! I will say that Colourpop should really work on expanding their shade range in the new year to really improve on this.
The powder choice for me this year has definitely been the Laura Mercier translucent setting powder in deep. I was so excited when they released the darker powder of the translucent setting powder. It works great for my skin and keeps me very matte all day. Another powder I’ve been enjoying has been the Bare Minerals Invisible Bronzing Powder in dark to deep. I was quite skeptical about this powder at first, but quickly warmed to it as I realised it was one of the most natural looking bronzers I own. It also gives me a subtle glow too.
I also couldn’t write this post without including a highlighting powder! My favourite highlighter of this year definitely has been the (no longer available sorry!) MAC ‘Highlight The Truth’ mineralise skin finish by Taraji P. Henson. I really enjoyed this highlighter as it gives me more of a natural highlight, and its peachy tone works perfectly on my darker skin. I found that I could use this highlight for work, but at the same time use it when dressing up to go out. Unfortunately this is no longer available, however MAC do some other great minerals skin finish powders that are quite similar here.
When it came to choosing an eyeshadow palette that I really enjoyed using this year, I was finding it quite difficult to narrowing it down to one. There have been quite a few palettes that nearly made it, but the one that stood out to me was a later release in the year. I chose the Soph x Makeup Revolution eyeshadow palette as I thought that it was a palette that I’ve used quite often and included in my travel makeup bag too. I love the warm tones of the palette, and the fact that all of the shades work well for me. From her shimmer / metallic shades to her mattes, they’re all shadows I reach for. I also love that the palette is affordable (only £10!) and can be found online and in store (when in stock!). I’ve been focusing more on natural makeup looks and this palette has allowed me to do so, but it’s also great for an exaggerated eye look.
The final makeup products I wanted to talk about are my favourite lip products of this year. The first is one which I haven’t pictured (it’s in my handbag somewhere!), but I’ve loved so much. The Revlon lipstick in the shade Mink has been my go to nude lipstick of choice this year. If you haven’t already guessed, this year has definitely been a year of embracing the more natural looking makeup for me. Revlon Mink is a pinky brown tone, that works great on my darker skin. It has been my number one recommendation for lipstick products this year too. If you’d like to see what it looks like on, then check out this lip swatch video I did showing my nude lipstick recommendations for dark skin.
Another lip product I’ve enjoyed this year has been the Nars Velvet Lip Glide in the shade Bound. This is one of the easiest lip gloss products I’ve used, as it not only lasts a long time, but it’s not tacky feeling either. The shade is also a lovely ‘nude’ tone for my skin tone too, despite its mauve pink shade.
There’s only been one skincare product that really stood out to me in 2017. The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Mattifying Toner. This was a definite game-changer for me with regards to my oily skin and blemishes. I found that this toner works great for controlling my oils, but it also worked amazingly at clearing up my blemishes. Over the past year I’ve noticed a considerable change in the clarity of my skin when using the toner, and also noticed that my skin has not been as oily as it used to be. If you have issues with oil and blemishes, I’d definitely recommend you trying out this toner. The best thing is that it costs £6!
I’ve gone through a few fragrances this past year but my favourite perfume this year is not necessarily a new one. I came across the Lancôme Poème perfume as my mum recommended it. As soon as I smelt it I had to have it. It’s been my go to fragrance this year and I’m on my last few drops so will definitely need to stock up soon! The fragrance is described as ‘a feminine fragrance of seduction with a blend of white flowers, mimosa, rose, datura and an essence of vanilla for a floral, yet sensual fragrance.’ I love the subtlety of the fragrance as I find it works great as an everyday perfume, but also works well as an evening fragrance. If you haven’t yet smelled this perfume, please go and do so!
So I think I’ve covered it all. 2017 was definitely a year of stripping things back for me and keeping it simple. I think my beauty choices definitely reflect that well. What were your beauty choices of 2017? Are there any similarities to mine?
This is my last post of 2017! I can’t wait to share more with you in the New Year. For more beauty posts check this one out!
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