Last year I pretty much (as it seems many other bloggers have done) sacked off monthly favourites posts in favour of the odd ‘Currently Loving’ type post. But when it comes to the end of the year, I do like to look back at what has been a consistent favourite and if anything has made it to Holy Grail status. So here I’ll give you an overview of my top discoveries of 2017. Grab a cuppa, this is going to be a long post.
Too Faced Peaches and Cream Primed and Peachy | $32 | available here
OK, so I only bought this at the start of December but I can already tell you this won’t be leaving my face any time soon. It’s definitely the best primer I tried all year. I bought this in Sephora while I was in Las Vegas even though I thought it had already launched in the UK but when trying to link the product it looks like it’s still only available Stateside. I really hope it comes to the UK before I run out of this tube! The primer has a strange whipped texture, unlike any other primer I’ve tried. It is cooling on application and does a good job of mattifying and smoothing out my skin. I’ve always been a die hard fan of the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light as its oil control is amazing but I do find my skin is blotchy the day after using it so I save it for special occasions and not for everyday use. The Too Faced primer doesn’t affect my skin at all, but has (dare I say it) even better oil control than the Smashbox one. I can wear it all day every day and stay matte with no adverse reactions the morning after.
Tarte Shape Tape Concealer | £28.02 | available here
One bug bear – look at that price. Come on QVC, why bother with the 2p?! Just round it down! But I’ll let it slide because this is the best concealer ever made. I have completely stopped setting my undereyes because this barely creases but doesn’t look dry at all. I don’t know if I got dud packaging though because my tube looks a right mess, as if it’s not got a stopper in the tube. I haven’t seen or heard anyone else complaining about this which makes me think mine was faulty. I really want to try some darker shades for cream contouring but trying to get my own shade is hard enough so baby steps. When you buy from QVC you also get a Tarte beauty sponge which is actually really good. I’d liken it more to the Real Techniques sponge than the Beauty Blender as it’s got the flat side which is perfect for baking and setting if you’re into that. If you haven’t already tried this concealer – make 2018 the year you do.
Lottie London Arch Rival Brow Artist | £6.45 | available here
My favourite kind of brow product is a skinny mechanical pencil because I find it the easiest to use and fill in sparse areas of my brows. Others I like using are the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz and NYX Micro Brow Pencil for reference. But I think the Lottie London one is my favourite of all of them. The dark colour is just the right amount of warmth without leaving an orange cast under my brows. The texture of the pencil is firm but very easy to apply and blend out. And best of all, it’s cheap as chips!!
L’Oreal Paradise Extatic Mascara | £11.99 | available here
Did anyone not try this mascara in 2017? It felt like everyone went crazy for it so of course, if there’s a mascara craze, I’ll be all over it. Disclaimer – I can only use this mascara when my lashes are looking their best, so I do have another favourite mascara coming up for the not so good lash days. This mascara is lengthening, volumising and because it’s quite a dry formula it’s good at separating and defining my lashes. The brush is full and has proper bristles, as opposed to the plastic / rubber wands. I did review this mascara a while ago, so if you want to see some dodgy looking before and after pics for reference then check it out here.
L’Oreal Miss Baby Roll Mascara | £7.99 | available here
For the not so good lash days, I prefer to go for something really natural so as not to draw attention to the sparse spiky mess that are my lashes. This mascara coats my lashes nicely, adding some length but separates them really well. It never seems to clump. I’ve read a couple of reviews on the Boots website which said it dried out quickly but mine definitely hasn’t, it’s just as fresh now as when I first opened it. I wonder if the people saying this are the ones who pump the mascara wand before removing from the tube *shudder*. It also comes in some different colours (blue, teal and purple) which aren’t for me but if you’re into that then definitely check them out.
Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer | $14.95 | available here
Sorry, another US product which I’m gutted I can’t repurchase. I actually bought this in Orlando back in September 2016 and tried to find a back up in Las Vegas but it seems to only be available in Ulta which was really out of the way from where we were staying. That being said, I have used it pretty much daily for months and I still have quite a lot left. Hopefully by the time I’m almost out I’ll have either booked another trip to America (unlikely) or we’ll be able to get our hands on it over here. Anyway, this bronzer is just perfect. It smells like a tropical dream. It’s creamy and blends out really easily. It gives a natural looking warmth to the face without ever looking orange. I will
probably definitely have a little cry when I run out.
Morphe The Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette | £37 | available here
I posted a review on this palette as soon as I bought it (read it here) and I have not stopped using it since. It’s got almost every shade I’ll ever need so when I’ve been away for hen parties or nights out I’ve taken it with me. I stand by my opinion of Morphe eyeshadows being some of the best available on the market – they never fail me. I’m still a little miffed at the price being so much more than a standard Morphe palette but then again, I just bought the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette which contains 12 shadows and retails for just shy of £40 so it’s still a bargain for the 35 shadows you get.
Jeffree Star x Manny MUA Velour Liquid Lipstick in I’m Shook | £16 | available here
If I had to pick my most worn lip product for 2017 it would easily be this. I’ve mentioned it before on my blog as being the perfect off-red shade which is really flattering on my skin tone. I am quite picky with reds as I don’t like anything cool toned or too bright but this is described as a burnt red toned coral so it’s warm and muted. It’s a limited edition shade but they do still have some in stock on Beauty Bay – I may have to order a back up (or two).
Jouer Powder Highlighter in Citrine | £19 | available here
Again, I’ve thought back about what my most reached for highlighter has been and it’s definitely this one. Whenever I want a beautiful highlight, I go for Citrine. It gives a glossy, glowing finish without ever looking chunky or glittery. I also bought Rose Quartz thinking it’d be better for pink toned makeup days but I still end up reaching for Citrine. It’s very pigmented so I barely have to tap my brush in the product to get a good amount so it barely looks like I’ve used it, meaning it’ll last for ages.
We’ve made it to the end. It was really fun to look through my collection and really pick out my faves, although it was pretty easy to say as they’re pretty much permanently in my every day makeup bag.
I’d love to know what your favourites from 2017 were – if you’ve done a similar post, be sure to link it in the comments so I can check them out!