thursday 11th January
Can you ever really have too many beauty products? If something as small as a lipstick can bring so much joy, or something as simple as a perfume can transport you to another place and time, how can you ever have ‘too many’ beauty products in you life?
So, after another year infused with great beauty product testing and reviews the time came to pick my best of beauty 2017 and as usual it was no easy task because there were so many wonderful beauty products that graced my dressing table through the year; it was challenging, to say the least, to narrow it down to just a few top favourites over a few categories.
As with the best of skincare picks, I will be sharing my favourites from the past year from various categories and a runner up product for each that was in my opinion a good match or a very close second.
There is plenty in this list to sink your teeth into, but if you don’t see your favourites listed, or think you’ve tried products that are even better then let me know in the comments below. I am always on the hunt for new brands and products to try and test out and would love to hear your feedback on what you think is worth purchasing in the beauty world at the moment.
This foundation is the perfect product for everyday wear; it’s lightweight and medium coverage, it has a subtle dewy finish and it’s compact and easy to travel with and apply on the move. I personally don’t use the cushion applicator provided, and instead use a beauty blender/sponge directly into the product for a flawless application. I love how lightweight this product is, because I am really against wearing full coverage, heavy foundations on a daily basis it just can not be good for your skin in the long term. While it’s not the cheapest ‘drugstore’ foundation it does provide a decent amount of applications because you need so little of it; also when I finished one recently I washed it out and then refilled it with another favourite pump foundation and it worked like a dream.
This foundation retails for less than €10/£10 and is such good quality. On top of that it is cruelty free (suitable for vegans) and a really basic, fuss-free formula with a natural SPF15. I can’t recommend it and it’s full coverage counterpart enough to people.
I’ve tried to cut back on the amount of concealer I use lately because of the dragging effect the extra product can have on the delicate skin under the eyes, however if I do use a concealer this is the one I swear by. A cream formula that provides full and complete coverage with a matte finish; its one downfall being that it comes in a jar so you either have to apply with your fingers or a separate brush which is not always the most convenient or hygienic method. However, I can’t fault this product for being one of the best coverage, non-caking concealers I have tried yet.
A close second to the Nars concealer is the more budget friendly option: Maybelline Instant Anti-Age Eye Treatment & Concealer. This liquid concealer comes in a tube with an applicator on top, to apply you simply twist until the applicator is filled with product and then dab onto the under eye area. A little goes a long way with this concealer, as too much will look caked and while it is effectively a longwear product, if you cake on too much it tends to not wear as well as when you apply a smaller amount.
I love, love, love this bronzer; I searched for so long for a bronzer that is natural looking on fair skin and with the right undertones so that it neither looks too orange or too ashen. This bronzer is the perfect colour for fair complexions, it can be built up for a dramatic contour or just used on it’s own over the whole face for a natural sun kissed colour.
While the colouring on this isn’t quite as good as the Bobbi Brown bronzer it is a good budget alternative. It’s a light bendable powder bronzer, great for adding shape to your face. Its one major downfall though is the packing, it slides out rather than opening like a classic compact, which actually resulted in mine smashing in my beauty bag during travel; I would say this is a stay at home product.
Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzer – Santa Barbara
Although it is branded a bronzer, this product falls more in the category of a tinted highlighter in my opinion, and can be used as either a blush or highlight, but I wouldn’t really use it to bronze or contour. The beautiful rose gold colouring looks much more natural on the cheeks than other shimmery gold highlight products and it wears equally well on sun kissed skin as it does on paler winter skin.
This made the number one spot on the best of beauty last year, and still is one of my go to highlighters of choice. However, I do think this palette is better for a dramatic look because of how highly reflective the pigments are, so I don’t find myself using it on a daily basis when I’m going for a more natural look.
This one was an easy choice for me, as the Pure Colour Love PR package I received was probably the most exciting package I received all year. I love these lipsticks, because of the colours, the pigment, the wear and comfort as well as the fact that there are different formulas (from sheer to matte) that have actually been designed with mixing, building and colour play in mind. As you can see from the photos mine have been much loved and I plan on picking up a few more shades in 2018.
Lip kits were all the rage in 2017 thanks to Kylie Jenner and her beauty line. Now, while I haven’t tried the Kylie lip kits (out of principle mostly as I think they are slightly over priced) I was eager to try this budget friendly alternative and it didn’t disappoint. Earlier in the year I tested a few longwear lip products and these lip kits came out on top for colour payoff and length of wear. They are super value for money.
Zoeva is currently such an underrated beauty brand, not only are their products cruelty free and suitable for use by vegans, but they are also really affordable despite the extremely high quality of each product. This eye palette is everything I expected it to be and more; the colours are beautiful, the pigments out of this world. It’s blendable, buildable and versatile and up there with one of my best purchases in 2017.
I love a neutral toned eye look and this little palette is perfect for that. I love that it is packed in a tin also because that combined with it’s sized make it ideal for travel, no fear of your eye shadows getting smashed in your beauty bag. The colours are beautiful and combine together to create so many looks from such a compact palette.
I tried a lot of different mascaras in 2017 but of all of them, this was my favourite. It really separates out your lashes, resulting in a fuller look. It also builds really well without becoming clumpy, which is a look I personally don’t like.
Another l’oreal mascara favourite is the double ended false lash superstar mascara. The step one mascara on it’s own makes your lashes look longer and separated. Step two adds volumising fibres for that ‘false lash effect’ and the most volume you can get without adding lashes. However, the fibres create a heavy feeling after longwear so this isn’t the best mascara for all day wear which is the main reason it comes in second place.
I love the colour range of these liners, the pigments are pure without being too shocking. They also are truly waterproof, so ideal for summer. They can be used to create a sharp fine line or blended out for a softer smokey look; in either case they don’t rub off or smudge and will stay put from morning to night.
At the end of the day I love a classic black liquid liner cat eye look just as much as the next girl, so this one is a very close second. I tried a lot of different liquid liners in 2017 and this one was the best of the batch. It creates a clean sleek line with a pure black pigment, is easy to hold and control so minimal mistakes.
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