Firstly, Happy New Year to you all. The end of 2017 was so busy I really struggled to keep up with my blogging and had so many post ideas I just put myself under too much pressure to write. So I have been planning and writing and have decided to post less but spend more time really researching good subjects.
So, as we head into 2018 I thought I would sum up the best products I have used and tested throughout 2017. These are the products that I kept going back to and still use daily now. They wear well, look natural and apply lovely.
I have really played about with my skincare this year. The past few months I have found my skin has not been happy and has become very dry and my usual products are not suiting my skin. I love the Superdrug B Skincare range, click here for full review. However, in the last couple of weeks I visited my favourite counter Elemis and had a skin review and they recommended some new products that I am really loving! So, I decided to add them as my skin is feeling and looking really good.
Cleansing: Elemis Pro-Radiance Cleanser
£31.00 for 150ml from Elemis
A luxurious deep cleanser that removes makeup, cleansers this skin without drying and adds a glow to my skin. I apply it to dry skin and massage in for a minute. I then use a hot damp linen cloth to gently remove it. I use twice a day.
Toning: Elemis Rehydrating Ginseng Toner
£23.50 for 200ml from Elemis
A nourishing toner that tones skin and rebalances the skins natural pH level. It is really gentle and refreshing and contains no alcohol or harsh ingredients. I apply it to a cotton pad and wipe over my face twice a day after cleansing.
Face Oil: Elemis Superfood Facial Oil
£45.00 for 15ml from Elemis
This is a really nourishing hydrating face oil that really makes my skin glow. I apply a few drops to my fingers and then tap it around my face in the evenings before my serum. You can see a full review here.
Serum: Superdrug B. Radiant Rejuvenating Serum
£12.99 for 30ml from Superdrug
This is part of the phase 2 range for people aged 35-45, this serum is non greasy and leaves my skin feeling subtle and smooth. I have noticed a difference with my fine lines which appear minimised. I apply after my toner morning and night. You can see a full review here.
Day Cream: Elemis Hydra-Boost Day Cream
£40.00 for 50ml from Elemis
A nourishing anti-oxidant rich moisturising cream that leaves my face feeling smooth and soft. I rub a pea size amount to my fingers to warm the cream then apply it to my face. I apply it every morning.
Night Cream: Elemis Hydra-Boost Night Cream
£44.00 for 50ml from Elemis
A replenishing night cream that really nourishes my skin and leaves it feeling moisturised and soft all night. In the morning my skin still feels lovely. I apply it in the evening.
My makeup is a mix of high end and lower priced products. I like my makeup to look natural especially my skin products. I can’t stand being able to ‘feel’ makeup on my skin so don’t like heavy coverage.
Primer: Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer
£7.99 from Superdrug
This is a fantastic primer. It is a silicon product that applies smoothly on skin reducing the appearance of my fine lines and makes a great base to apply my make up. It doesn’t dry my skin out or add more oil to my T-zone. It really helps my makeup last throughout the day.
Foundation: Bourjois Healthy Mix Gel Foundation
£10.99 from Superdrug
I love this foundation. It applies well with a brush or sponge and has a nice medium coverage but defers light on the skin. My skin still feels like it can breath when I’m wearing it. I wear a mix of shades 53 and 55.
Concealer: Maybelline Age Rewind Eye Concealer
£8.99 for 6.8ml from Superdrug
This is a great concealer especially for the price. I think it is better than most of the higher end ones I have tried. It is not too thick but still provides good coverage. It has a sponge applicator so you can just roll it under your eyes and around your face where needed. I then use a brush or makeup sponge to blend it in. It lasts well and does not sit in my fine lines. I wear the shade nude.
Pressed powder: NYX Professional Makeup Studio Finishing Powder
£9.00 for 6g from Feelunqiue
I was new to loose powders as they always scared me as I thought they would be messy to use. I really like this powder though. It is very finely milled so applies really lightly to the skin. I use a smaller brush to dab it around concealed areas then use a big brush to apply it to the rest of the face. It sets my foundation and concealer without looking cakey and helps makeup last all day. It does however have flash back and can make skin look light in photos, but to be honest I hate having my photo taken anyway so don’t mind this. You can read my full review here.
Bronzer: Benefit Hoola Bronzer
£24.50 for 8g from Benefit
This is one of my favourite products. I apply this every day. It is a matte bronzer that suits most skin tones. I apply it with a big fluffy brush and simply push the brush together to add more controlled contour areas. It really makes my skin look healthy without looking over the top or orange. You can see my full review here.
Blusher: Benefit Rockateur Blush
£24.50 for 5g from Benefit
I am not a big blusher wearer. I find my Hoola bronzer is enough on a daily basis. However when I do wear it, I love to use this blusher. Benefit are so good with face products like this. The quality of it is fab, the pigment good and the colour is a beautiful rose gold colour. I apply it with a big fluffy brush to add subtle colour to my cheek bones. It is pricey but lasts forever.
Highlighter: the Balm Mary Lou Manizer
£20.00 for 8.5g from Feelunique
This is such a cult product and has been the only highlighter I really use for a long time. It is a champagne silver type highlighter that looks gorgeous on the skin. It is quite pigmented though so you need to apply carefully. I find it suits any look too.
Eyeshadow: Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette
£39.00 from Selfridges
This has been the only palette I have used this year. I wear it every day. The colours are so gorgeous with a range of shades to suit any occasion. There is also everything you need in this palette, a white highlight shade, a warm beauty real brown for the crease and darker shades for depth. I know I ca take this palette and have everything I need. The colour range also means you can do subtle day looks or glam night looks. The pigmentation is great, there is no fall out and it lasts all day. Plus, the palette smells gorgeous. You can read my full review here.
Mascara: Younique Moonstruck Epic Mascara
£19.00 from Younique
I hadn’t realised how good this mascara was until it ran out and I started using my old ones again. It blows every other mascara out of the window. It columnists, adds deep colour and makes my lashes look amazingly long. You can read my full review here.
Liquid Eyeliner: Rimmel Glam’eyes Professional Liquid Eyeliner
£5.29 from Superdrug
This has been the only eye liner I use for years now. I have never found another that is as easy to use or looks as good. It has a pointy needed brush that allows me to get a good cat flick and the black is pigmented. It lasts all day long without fading. You can read my full review here.
Lips: MAC Matte Lipstick in Lady Danger
£16.50 from MAC
This is another product that has been one of my favourites for a couple of years now. It is a really pigmented orangey red. It is bright bold and a real statement lipstick. It is a matte formula but does not leave my lips feeling dry like other matte lipsticks. It also lasts for hours.
I hope you enjoyed this post. I’m researching and studying skincare at the moment and will be posting about how to look after the different skin types over the next few weeks. I’m also going to post about how to choose a foundation and the best primers so make sure you add your email and click the follow button at the top of the page to ensure you don’t miss any.
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