Best of Beauty – 2017

I thought I would share with you my best of beauty picks from 2017. Some old favourites and some brand new discoveries that have now found a place in my everyday routine.

Lets start with makeup. The best primer that I wore almost every day is the Becca First Light Priming Filter. It gives a wonderful lit from within look and smooths everything over giving you the perfect base for your foundation. My two favourite foundations of 2017 are actually both from Lancome. First up is the Lancome Miracle Cushion Foundation in 01 Pure Porcelaine. It’s perfect for when you are short of time in the morning but still need to apply a quick base before you head out. It has a light to medium coverage and is very easy to build. I also loved using Lancome’s Teint Idole Ultra Wear in 010 Beige Porcelaine. This is a great long lasting foundation medium coverage foundation and will not budge all day.

Next up is eye makeup favourites. First is an eyeshadow palette from Dior. It’s the Eye Reviver Backstage Pros Palette. its perfect for creating a everyday nude look. These creamy shadows have great pigmentation and are so easy to blend. In 2017 I have discovered some products that have managed to beat my oily lids. First up is the Lancome Artliner eyeliner. It creates very precise lines with it’s soft foam tip, dries quickly and is also easy to remove. Artliner is the only eyeliner that I have found that once applied, it will not budge. I cannot wear any pencils or gels because they end up smeared across my lids seconds after being applied. I also have the same issue with mascara. In 2017 I have gone through several tubes of No7 Lash Impact Waterproof Mascara. I can wear this all day without it smudging. The clump free formula separates and defines lashes for maximum impact.

2017 hasn’t really been a blush kind of year for me, but I have been using lots of different bronzers and highlighters. My favourite was the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow Face Sculpt & Highlight palette. The sculpt shade is the perfect mid toned brown and the highlight is very subtle. Put them together and it creates the most healthy looking glow.

Brow products are tricky to get right. Finding the perfect shade that compliments your face without looking like slugs on top of your eyes is hard. My favourite has been the Fleur De Force by Eyelure Brow Palette. It creates the most natural look with the two shades and the powder gives you control over where you want to define.

Next is skincare. My favourite make up remover has been the La Roche-Posay Micellar Water Gel. I love micellar waters, but the gel version is even better. It leaves the skin feeling clean and fresh. I usually follow this with Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. The combination of eucalyptus and rosemary leaves your skin feeling refreshed and squeaky clean. If I am wearing a bit more make up, I will use Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse. The solid cleansing oil will melt your makeup away. I love it. Then the cleansing cream, will remove anything that is left on your face.

My favourite serum has been the Kiehls Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate. I have been on the hunt for any product that will add moisture to my skin. This product does just that.  This is then followed by Lancome’s Energie De Vie Nuit Overnight Recovery Sleeping Mask. The gel texture smoothes and hydrates dull and tired looking skin.

The one fragrance that I constantly found myself going back to was Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet. It is both fruity sweet notes of orange with a touch of floral rose and peony.

These are just a few of my top beauty picks of 2017. I can’t wait to try some of the new exciting releases that are coming out soon in 2018.

Christmas Shopping Haul

I’m one of those people who gets their Christmas shopping done very early. I’m talking October. That’s when I start organising myself and thinking about what I am going to buy for my family and friends. I don’t get very much time off work over the festive season so I like to get things sorted and wrapped up ready under the Christmas tree.

This has meant that I’ve also had a lot of time to also spend buying treats for myself. Haha! It’s been ages since I have bought a new fragrance, maybe a year in fact. In the Black Friday sales I bought Dior Addict Eau Fraiche and YSL Mon Paris. I’ve been eyeing up these two fruity fragrances for months and months. Addict for about 2 years and Mon Paris since it’s release last year.

I have finally got my hands on the limited edition Christmas Cleanse and Polish in Sweet Orange and Mint from Liz Earle. Every year I remember it’s back, but by the time it happens it’s already sold out. Also got myself a couple of beauty bits, two Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils in Mint and Candy, Mac Eyeshadow in Satin Taupe and the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3. Also picked up a bottle of Amino Acid Shampoo from Kiehl’s and a Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm.

It’s not Christmas without making a trip to Lush and selecting loads of bath bombs to enjoy on a cold winters evening. Every year I stock up on So White, the perfect apple scented bath bomb, but this year it was no where to be seen in store. Luckily I have still have a couple saved from last year, but thank goodness I later found it online and not discontinued it altogether.

I think it’s safe to say that I have spent a fair amount over the past month or so, but it’s Christmas!

 

 

Beauty Advent Calendars

It’s not too soon to be thinking about Christmas. The shops have been decked up since September and the clocks have gone back an hour, so we’re half way there! I’ve never really had a chocolate advent calendar. Even as a child, it wasn’t really a thing with my family. Maybe one year I may have shared one with my sister, but that was it. But beauty advent calendars are a whole other story. Last year I remember getting a Liz Earle calendar. It was only 8 days but included a full size 150ml hot cloth cleanser. I loved it and it was great value for money.

Spoiler alert! Here I will share with you some advent calendars that have been released this year. They all vary in price and length, both 12 day and 25 days.

Sleek Makeup A Gift a Day

This 25 day calendar is great value for money at £35 and comes in the classic tear off packaging. This collection of products will be perfect to create multiple looks over the festive season.

It contains:

4 Matte Me Lip Creams
3 Twist Up Eye Pencils
4 Twist Up Lip Pencis
1 Mascara
2 Eyeliners
1 Blush
3 iDivine Eyeshadow Palettes
1 Lip VIP Lipstick
4 Matte Nail Varnishes
2 Makeup Brushes

Liz Earle Twelve Days of Christmas

Priced at £66, this calendar is for the skincare enthusiasts out there. All the products are individually wrapped in little cute blue boxes. This calendar contains similar products to last years version and is also almost double in price, with only a deluxe sample size of the award winning hot cloth cleanser and the addition of products from their Superskin range.

It contains:

Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
2 Pure Cotton Cloths
Eyebright Smoothing Eye Lotion
Gentle Face Exfoliator
Intensive Nourishing Treatment Mask
Deep Cleansing Mask
A Sponge
Superskin Moisturiser
Superskin Concentrate for Night
Superskin Superlip Balm
Botanical Essence No.15 EDP
A Soft White Headband

Clarins 12 days of Christmas

What I love about this calendar is that it comes with two full sized products worth £39.50. This calendar is perfect for for someone who wants to try Clarins products for the first time. It has both skincare and makeup products for £60. This calendar is also great to reuse and make your own advent calendar for next year.

It contains:

Supra Volume Mascara
Instant Light Perfectors
Beauty Flash Balm
Tonic Bath & Shower Concentrate
Instant Eye Make-Up Remover
SOS Hydra Mask
One Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser
Gentle Refiner
Hand and Nail Treatment Cream
Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch Primer
Eau Dynamisante Candle

Ciaté Mini Mani Month

This advent calendar will take care of your nails for more than just a month. Priced at £50 for 24 polishes. There is only one filler product, a miniature nail file.

I will be getting the M&S calendar too, which came out the 9th November. It’s £35 when you spend £35 on clothing, beauty and home.

There are some great advent calendars out this year. They make great presents for friends and family, and you don’t have so spend a fortune on them either if you just wanted to try out products for the first time.