Top Products of 2017

2017 has been bit of a shit year for everyone. I do not think many people will look back at this year and think 2017 was a good year. For most people it has bought out the worst within humanity and has really made us question people's sanity. In the UK, our news has been dominated by Brexit, American politics and general crap that won't be resolved any time soon. On a personal level this year hasn't been a great one. With all of the problems going on in the world I feel like I have been left to question my stance on things and how I fit into the world. But this is all getting a little bit deep so lets move on to a better topic, something more of you might find interesting. Instead of my political views, my top products of 2017! A much more positive and cheerful topic.


This year has seen some massive launches and some of them have been truly remarkable whereas some have been more than disappointing! I do have to say I was going to do a whole post dedicated to my worst products of the year but there was only one I could think of that truly was horrendous so instead of doing a whole post on my disappointment, I will just let you know now, the Nars All Day Weightless Foundation is not a good foundation.

This year has seen quite a few new products rise to the top of my beauty regime. If a beauty item makes it into my everyday make up then it must be something I love. A lot of these products I didn't expect to be as good as they are but they have swiftly become are a firm favourite. Some products might have been new this year, some might be older and a rediscovery but they have all earned their place here. I've tried to narrow it down to one item per product type. The only one I couldn't do this for was lipstick but as you know if you've read my blog before I am a lipstick junkie. This is going to be a long post so I would grab a cup of tea, any chocolate you have left over from Christmas and settle in.

Skincare



This year has seen me try and upgrade my skincare, with it becoming more of a regular feature on the blog. People have always said you should take care of your skincare more than your makeup as you would need less make up with better skin. Previously I have completely disregarded this statement but as I have gotten older I am now starting to see the subtle signs of ageing. Therefore I have really tried to test lots of skincare products this year. As skincare comes before make up in the mornings, I have decided to write about my skincare favourites first.


Cleanser - Liz Earle

Let's start with an obvious product, Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. A firm favourite for many years but this year I started it off with the Sweet Orange and Clove version which was their Winter limited edition last Christmas. The scent was incredible. In general, Cleanse and Polish is my favourite cleanser but this scent was by far my favourite of all the limited edition scents I have tried. Read about it here: Liz Earle: Sweet Orange and Clove Cleanse and Polish


Makeup Spray - MAC

As a quick skin refresher I could not recommend anything other than MAC Fix +. I have really found a love for Fix + this year, especially during the Summer. I do not mind a little bit of warm weather but in the UK, it is horrible. It isn't a comfortable heat, it is stuffy and makes you feel disgusting. This year I put my Fix + in the fridge and when I used it, it provided one moment of relief from the overwhelming heat. For that little moment, it deserves to make it to my favourites.


Sheet Mask - Origins

Another product I used in exactly the same way during the Summer was the Origins Rose Sheet Mask. Alongside my Fix + I would pop one of these in my fridge. My all time favourite sheet mask is from Sephora but they are hard to come by in the UK so the Origins sheet masks have provided a good alternative this year. The Sheet Mask itself is quite thick which makes it easy to apply. It has a very sweet rose scent which isn't my favourite but I don't mind it and it works wonders on my skin.  The Origins masks were only launched this year but they have made my life that much easier.




Masks - L'Oreal

This year I have experimented with many masks. One of my favourite people to follow on Instagram is Dominic Skinner who is a Senior Makeup Artist for MAC and he loves a face mask. Dominic has inspired me to try more masks. Admittedly he loves sheet masks and the Glamglow masks but my favourite masks this year have come from the drugstore. Even though I really enjoy the Glamglow masks, they are very expensive. As the L'Oreal masks are only £7.99 each, they are a good cheap mask which truly work. They have extended the range but I have the original three: the Detox Mask, Purity Mask and Glow Mask. They all work in different ways but they all work incredibly well to do what they are supposed to do. My favourite out of the three would be the Purity mask, which as you can tell from the mess of the tub I have used it a lot. These are completely worth the money and I have really enjoyed using them to multi-mask this year.


Eye Cream - Kiehl's

If there are two products I talk about too much on my blog, it would be Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and the Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment. This has done wonders for my eye area, making my eye area look fuller and making me look less tired. Previously I have struggled with dry eyes as I wear contact lenses but this cream has really helped to keep my eye area hydrated. It is quite thick but if you warm it between your fingers before application then it sinks in fine. There is a reason so many people love this eye cream.


Serum - Advanced Night Repair

Another product I have raved about for many years is Advanced Night Repair from Estee Lauder. This is the savior of my skin throughout the year. This is an all round serum which helps mostly with anti-ageing but it also helps with the overall quality of the skin. This year I started to follow Alessandra Steinherr who is the Glamour Beauty Editor and her Sunday Facials give me life! If you want to follow someone who knows everything about skincare, I couldn't recommend anyone else. She raves about Advanced Night Repair just as much as I do and you know if Alessandra likes it, it must be a good product.

Base Makeup



Usually there isn't a massive change in what I use as my base however this year there has been a complete overhaul of my everyday base. Certain items have always changed pretty much daily like my highlight but I have been wearing Estee Lauder Double Wear for years and this year it was replaced.

Foundation - Fenty Beauty



I never thought I would find a foundation that I would like as much as Double Wear but Rihanna has done it. The moment I heard about this foundation it sounded like something I would like; a matte finish, long lasting formula and a good colour match. The shade 140 in the Pro-Filter Foundation is perfect. I do have to say Double Wear is still my ultimate but as an everyday foundation I have been using Fenty Beauty since I bought it. At £26 it is cheaper than Double Wear and I like it just as much and for this reason alone, it is my top foundation of the year.

Concealer - MAC



Concealer is a product that I have very little interest in, as long as it does what it is supposed to and covers everything I want it to, we are all good. In past years, I have stuck to Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Concealer but this year I decided I needed to find a cheaper alternative which has been the MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC20. It is basically the same, there are a few differences; the main difference for me is the price. The Estee Lauder concealer is £22 whilst the MAC concealer is £16 and I even managed to get 10% off my last repurchase. If you are a fan of a pot concealer, this is a good one and it isn't too expensive. I've even found a new use for this concealer in the form of a cut crease. I have been doing a half cut crease for my Christmas looks this year and the concealer has been perfect for it. Plus the empty pot counts towards Back to MAC.

I'm going to skip powder as I do not have a favourite powder. I am fickle with them. I am using the La Mer Loose Powder but I'm not sure I like it as much as I thought I would so I'm going to skip this one and go straight to Bronzer.


Bronzer - Benefit

If you have read my blog throughout the year then you will know one bronzer has featured consistently since I bought it in February; it is the cult favourite, Hoola from Benefit. I think this deserves a shout out purely because I've hit pan which is really unusual for me. I like the colour of this bronzer and I find it easy to work with as long as I've tapped off the excess. Having used this so much I will probably repurchase this when I run out early next year. 



Highlighter - Fenty Beauty

Another product I've hit pan on is my favourite highlighter which also comes from Fenty Beauty. I have the shade Lightning Dust/Fire Crystal and it is perfect for my skintone. It is one of the only highlighters to work as a highlighter on my skin. My one problem with it is that I have already hit pan and I only bought it a few months ago. The shade is so perfect that I have used it a lot but really? I can't believe I have used that much over the course of a few months. Even though it doesn't last very long, this is still my favourite highlight of the year.


Blush - Kiko

The final base product is blush. I have to say blush isn't a product that I find very interesting. I also do not buy blusher very often so this is my first rediscovery of the year. Whilst going through my make up collection, I found the Kiko Tri-bal blush in Wild Muave. It is very pigmented so you do have to have a light hand when you use this blush. It is the perfect colour to add a natural, soft flush. This is such a bulky blush and I don't think I'll ever get through it which is a good thing as you can no longer buy it. The packaging is epic and I just really enjoy using it. Obviously you can't buy this one anymore but it felt like I had to write about it as it has genuinely been my favourite of the year.

Eyes 



Moving on, I want to focus on the eyes.This was a surprisingly easy category to pick products for. Eye and lip products are the ones that I change most often so I thought it would be a struggle however there have been some stand out products this year.


Eyeshadow - Morphe x Jaclyn Hill

As I've purchased so many palettes this year I thought I would never be able to pick one but there is one that really stood out to me this year which was the Morphe x Jaclyn Jill Palette. When I first read about it, I didn't want to want it but after it went live on Beauty Bay, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it and it really did not disappoint. I questioned whether it would actually be any good and I was pleasantly surprised. There is an amazing colour range, they are very pigmented and you can create so many looks with it. If I am trying to create a look, this has been the first palette I have gone to as I know in all likelihood there is a shade that will match in this palette. Considering this was £37 for 35 shades, I can not fault it.


Eyeliner - Marc Jacobs 

I have to admit eyeliner is not part of my everyday look. I think it is far too bold and I just can't be bothered with the stuff. However for a night out I do want my eyes to draw attention and the eyeliner I use for this is the Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Blacquer. It is the most pigmented black liner I have ever used and it just glides on as it is a gel formula. It blends well until it sets and when it sets, that is it, there is no moving it. Even though eyeliner in general is not my favourite product, this is outstanding and if I were to recommend an eyeliner this formula would be it.


Mascara - L'Oreal

This year I have really tried to change it up with my mascara but as soon as May hit and the L'Oreal Miss Baby Roll Mascara came out, I was hooked! Prior to trying this mascara I have always used high end mascara; Tom Ford being a regular favourite. In my mind high end mascaras work better however this theory had been proven wrong when I discovered the Baby Roll Mascara. At only £7.99, it is a fraction of the price of the mascaras I have used in the past. It gives length, volume and is very black. Some days I can even get away with wearing this mascara and getting no transfer. Some days I'm not as lucky but oh well. Ever since I discovered this in May, I have bought tube after tube of this mascara; so much for trying lots of mascaras this year.


Brows - Soap and Glory

The final area to talk about is my brows. I used to think brows counted as part of the eyes but now they are probably a category in their own right. I don't take massive care of my brows. I get them threaded every once in a while and I fill them in everyday but other than that they do not concern me as much as they do other people. My brow pencil of choice is the same pencil as every year, the Soap and Glory 2-in-1 Brow Pencil in Brownie Points. I have always rated the Soap and Glory brow pencils as they get the job done. I would compare it to the Benefit Precisely My Brow pencil but cheaper. It is a fine pencil so you can get the shape and the detail into the brows, whilst making them look fuller. At £8 I really can't say enough good things about this pencil.

At this point I would discuss brow gels but I do not have a favourite this year. It would have been Benefit's Gimme Brow but there was a product recall on it back in October and they are no longer making it at the moment. The other brow gel I have been using didn't make it as a favourite but you can read my thoughts on it here: Battle of the Brow Gels: Benefit Vs. Soap and Glory

Lips



Lets get into the most exciting part of the post, the lip products! I have three to talk about; 2 nudes and a red. Two are sort of liquid lipstick formulas and one is a traditional lipstick. Really there should have only been one lip product but I just couldn't narrow it down that much.


Liquid Lipstick - Sephora Collection

When I was thinking about this category, I have so many to chose from but the first one that sprang to mind was the Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in 40 Pink Tea. I bought this online back in March and I couldn't believe how comfortable it felt on my lips. It didn't feel cakey at all and it wore really well. The shade is lovely even though I didn't have the chance to see it in person before I bought it. It starts off quite liquid although it dries down a lot but not to the point where it makes your lips look chapped. Then as it wears it reveals a stain which keeps it looking good for longer. The problem with this one is if you are based in the UK then they aren't the easiest to buy but anyone who is lucky enough to have Sephora in their country, I highly recommend checking this one out.



Lipstick - Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder

The traditional lipstick I have loved this year is also a nude shade and it is the Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder lipstick in Nude Spice which was a birthday present to myself back in February. The thing that really made me want this lipstick was the fact that it is called Nude Spice but other than that I have really enjoyed using it. It is a matte which is my favourite formula but it doesn't feel drying. The shade actually reminds me of MAC's Velvet Teddy but the packaging is gorgeous for this lipstick. I am a big Victoria Beckham fan and this lipstick was a must have for me and I am so glad it lived up to my expectation.


Red Lipstick - Chanel 

The final lipstick I want to talk about was a treat purchase at the end of last year. This one is sort of an honourable mention as throughout the year I do not wear red lipstick very often, the only time it really comes out is December. However when I do wear a red, this year I have been using the Chanel Rouge Allure Ink in 152 Choquant. I have spoken about this lipstick a lot this month but for those of you who haven't read my posts before, this works as a stain rather than a liquid lipstick. When you first apply it, it is super glossy and bold but as it wears off it leaves a lovely stain It is comfortable and it looks good, whilst somehow managing to not end up all over your face; for that alone, it makes this lipstick a win.

Perfume

That completes my make up favourites so lets move into more general beauty. This year has seen a lot of new perfume additions to my collection and all of them have been lovely. To be honest most of them are from Jo Malone London. 


My favourite has to have been Jo Malone London's Star Magnolia. Not only did I buy the perfume but I originally bought the Hair Mist which is the first one Jo Malone London have ever done. The scent is everything I like: light, floral, feminine, with a touch of warmth. I do not use this very often as I keep it for best and I am unsure of whether or not it will be launched again but this was a stand out perfume for me.

Sample

Other than skincare, makeup and perfume, nothing has left me overwhelmed in my beauty regime. This year I did think I would include one more category which is my favourite sample of the year.


This year in June, I signed up to the Glamour Beauty Club which has been one of my highlights of the year. I've always wanted to be given the opportunity to try as many products as I can. My dream is to be a beauty editor one day and the Glamour Beauty Club gives me the opportunity to feel like it for a moment. This year they have sent through some amazing samples so I thought I would include my favourite which was the first one I received, Chanel Gabrielle. Perfume is my thing and I absolutely love all of the artistry that goes into making such a complex and layered product. I had been trying Chanel Gabrielle in store for a blog post I was writing at the time, then the email came through offering me a sample and I jumped at the chance. Not only did I fall for the fragrance but it also gave me an indication of the sort of products to expect from the sample scheme.

That completes my 2017 favourites and my blog posts for 2017. This year has been my best year for the blog and I feel a sense of achievement when I look at it. This is the first year I have completed a full year of posting every Monday, Wednesday and Friday so in total I have published 152 posts this year, which is a lot of writing and a lot of products which have been tried and tested. It fills me with a sense of accomplishment I didn't even know I wanted. Plus I still enjoy writing it, it doesn't feel like a chore which is a success in itself. Not only do I feel a sense of pride looking at all the posts I have actually written but I have also surpassed a certain amount of views. By the end of the year I was hoping to be at 10,000 views which doesn't sound like a lot to most people but for me that is more than I thought and the majority of those views have been from this year. I passed this amount a few months ago so I was absolutely thrilled by the reception my blog has had this year. Thank you so much for a wonderful year and there will be a new blog post on Monday to pave the way into the New Year!

I hope you have an amazing New Year and let me know in the comments what some of your top products from 2017 were. If you want to read about any of the items I have spoken about in this post, in all likelihood there is a more depth post about it somewhere on my blog, you've just got to search for it.

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