MB's Beauty Awards for 2017…………………The Winners and The Shocker!

Hi Everyone,
I can’t believe its that time again. Working out which beauty products have hit the mark for me the whole year, is always a bit tricky. I try out so many things but i have finally narrowed them down.

I have done this post in 2015 and 2014 but didn’t do one last year!!!! I think my favourites were not that different from the previous year and that’s why i didn’t bother.
Lets Begin.
Guerlain Multi- Perfection Hydrating, Blurring Concealer.
This concealer is beautifully creamy and covers darkness really well while also brightening. It doesn’t settle into any lines and doesn’t drag the skin when you apply it.

Most heavy coverage concealers are usually quite drying but this doesn’t at all. I do set it down with a touch of ultra fine powder. Simply gorgeous and one of Guerlain’s finest products. A great product for more maturing skin like mine.
NARS Blush, Blissful.

What a difficult one. I love so many make up products; it’s ridiculous. I do however, adore NARS blushers and this one is a lovely deep rich burgundy red with a hint of blue undertone. Highly pigmented, never goes patchy, or fades and doesn’t oxidize either. Excellent for a mid price point and that’s why it gets this award.
Chanel Ombre Première Long Wear Cream Eyeshadow, 802 Undertone.
Fantastic for highlighting, using as a base product or as a primer for other colours. Chanel really upped the stakes with these new Ombre Premiere eyeshadows. (I have bought two more since their release.)

They are beautifully creamy, easy to apply and blend. Non-glittery and leaves a subtle amd classy natural look to the eye. They dry down and never crease. A super effective eyeshadow for multi use and travelling with.
Peter Thomas Roth.
I first heard about him through Pixiwoo sisters and I’m loving the hyaluronic cloud moisturizer.
It’s super light and works a treat on winter dry skin and non-greasy. Very impressive! I hate greasy, heavy moisturizers. There is no scent to it either. I am also playing with a selection of face masks from PTR to.
I hope it becomes mainstream in the UK soon. It is available to order on line. I bought mine in Sephora while on holiday.
Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara.
Where Dior disappoints, (see below) Lancôme has come up trumps. They have come up with a mascara that not only delivers massive lashes, it gives massive volume for a very reasonable price.
Not that cost is an issue for me when it comes to beauty products that actually deliver, but this is fantastic for £21. Has a whopping 10ml of product and the wand is great for giving long fanned out lashes.
It actually beats my all time favourite from Lancôme; Definicils mascara! Which is very good to.
My only slight gripe with it is, the flat top end of the wand doesn’t give great lower lashes. Still, its a complete winner and it doesn’t smudge either.
Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet, Night Fall.
OH MY! OH MY! Talk about a statement lip.
Chanel make the best lipsticks ever! You know its true. The Rouge Allure is the cream of the Chanel crop in texture, pigment and longevity. The Rouge Allure Velvet is how a matte lipstick should feel on the lip and Chanel created the first ‘comfortable feel’ matte lipstick long before the mainstream brands.

Velvets do not look drying or flat like some mattes do either.
Nightfall from the Fall 2017 collection, just delivers a punch with a deep, vampish rich red that will suit anyone. It has a cool tone that keeps my teeth looking white, even though they’re not. I just love it. I always get great comments when i wear it too. Sadly, it is LE and still available, i believe. So get it quick!
Chanel CC Cream. SPF 50 PA++++
Chanel knock it out of the park with this CC cream. I used it everyday while i was in the US on holiday and i never got even the tiniest bit of colour on my face. Fantastic protection!

A lovely creamy, mid to high coverage cream and covers blemishes a treat. It can be set down with a good quality setting powder without looking cakey. The B30 gives me a nice colour without looking orangey; especially in the summer when i have a touch more colour.
The PA++++ offers the highest protection from the worst type of sun rays.
It is expensive for a reason. Probably the best foundation type product you will ever use. Or; at least, i have used.
Chanel ‘Les Exclusifs’ No 22. Eau de Parfum.
I first tried this at Caesars Palace Forum, Las Vegas. (There are no boutique stores where i live). I was lucky enough to get two samples of it from the lovely assistant.

Santa sent me a bottle for Christmas. It is part of the Les exclusifs range that offers a stunning collection of fragrances not available on the high street.  No 22 being my favourite!
It is very similar to no 5 in that it is rich in Aldehydes but it really packs a punch and isn’t as sweet. One spray lasted the whole day on my skin whereas, N05 EDP will last 3-4 hours.
Kérastase Aura Botanica Moisturizing Oil Mist.
This really should be under the best new release for 2017 but as its a hair care product i adore, i will put it in this category instead.
A beautiful and very light weight oil mist for hair.

I have extremely fine hair so, the very words hair oil, sends me running a mile. I conjure up greasy, lank hair. No thanks!! I had nothing to worry about with this product!
I ordered this because there was quite a good discount on it and i have very dry/split hair ends.
It is lovely. Used sparingly, its gives my hair lovely soft ends. (I have heat treated, dyed hair). I have only used it on towel dryed hair so far but it can also be used on blow-dryed hair to. Ideal for the hair ends and not the roots unless you have very coarse/thick hair, i would say. This bottle is going to last a long time.
I plan to get the whole range at some point and will keep you posted.
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix.
I always award this category to EL every year for their ANR. This time i am giving it to the new release eye matrix.
I really love this formula. I do like the other ANR Eye Serum to; however, this one has a wand which isn’t the best i have ever used but, It’s still better than putting my finger in the pot.
It soothes, reduces fine lines and actually moisturisers the area.
I always say, you can tell a great skin care product when you run out of it because, I notice the difference within a couple of weeks if i’m not using it. This applies to ANR every time.
Nivea Dual Phase Eye Makeup Remover.
Effective, cheap, great for sensitive skin and works a treat. I used to use the expensive ones but tbh, i couldn’t really see a difference.
Nuxe Prodigieux Precious Scented Shower Oil with golden shimmer.
I love the body and hair oil already. It has a lovely, very natural botanical fragrance. I can’t say i notice the golden shimmer unless it’s super fine.
The shower oil is no exception. It is a fragranced gel/oil that lathers up fairly well and leaves the skin with a mild fragrance and very moisturized.
Other than my high end body products that match my perfumes, this is my next all time favourite without a high end price.
Laura Mercier Fan Brush.
Still the best makeup brush i own. It is a mix of goat hair and synthetic fibres that give a very effective brush for highlighting and removing excess powders. Super soft and gentle. Its like a feather on the skin.
Washed many times, its never lost its shape or lost a single hair either. Worth every penny.
Diorshow Pump N’ Volume Mascara.
Seriously disappointing. Dior released it to replace my all time favourite mascara, Dior Extase. A poor substitute with 4gms less product and more expensive.
Don’t get me wrong, it made my lashes look great; false lash effect, full and spider-like but it started to dry out after just 5 weeks of use. The pump thing is too gimmicky and pointless. I will not be re-purchasing.
There you have my top picks for 2017. Which were yours?
Have a great 2018 and i hope to see you all then. 😉


  1. ladyjicky
    January 8, 2018 / 6:47 am

    OK … here I go – I thought this was going to be “easy” – oh hell no! LOL
    Prod. Life Saver cannot live with out — for me its Clinique Dram. Different lotion – the Old Yella one! It does not “play” with any foundation I use . Tried other moisturizers but this do not “play” with my makeup and I am not allergic to it.
    Best Overall Makeup Prod. I have very sensitive eyes but Urban Decay 24/7 glide on eye pencil is the best !!! I have a collection of the colours and “Ether” is my fav. Lauder’s Double Wear Cushion comes 2nd… just hate the packaging but the foundation is lovely .. I wear pale almond
    Most Effective Prod. Pixi Glow Tonic …. makes for smooth skin and my eyes are fine with it!!!
    New Best Discovery …… well – new for me. Chantecaille. I have looked but never parted with the $$$ but last year I did. A refillable single eyeshadow in Opal and the Christmas highlighter called Les Paillettes … both lovely.
    Best Lip Prod. AND the Most succesfully launched product is Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity refillable lipstick ….. omg … better than Chanel … daughter gave me this for Christmas I have “My Icon is” a red .
    Most Care/Protecting . La Roche Posay Anthelios XL for the face – this is one of the best and does not make my eyes smart or water!
    Most Lux. Product….. for me last year was that Chantecaille highlighter.
    Best Skin Care……I have trouble with my eyes and night cream …. I keep coming back to Boot No 7 Serum 7 Regenerating Night Cream. We can only get Boots skin products – probably not all and NO makeup- 🙁 So want that.
    Most Cost Effective …. Garnier Micellar Water in the pink top…. does not hurt my eyes like many micellar’s do
    Perfume…. I got some vintage Champ Elysee on ebay ….. its beautiful .. sadly the bee bottle has been reformulated …. Guerlain are so stupid lately!
    Most Over hyped …. it was not released last year but boy it was a disappointment for me and I will not go there again. I had the Laura Mercier loose powder and it ran out so I thought I would get the translucent powder pressed this time —— never go there!!! Or Do Not Wear Black …. that pressed powder flies in the air just looking at it , let alone put a brush in it. So in my little mind Mercier Powders are so over hyped!
    I read your lot and I have to get that Chanel lipstick . Take a look at the Hourglass ones Mandy – $$$ for what you get but Oh Boy – smooth and lovely- lots of shades too. 🙂

    • January 8, 2018 / 7:41 pm

      I have to deffo try out the No 7 reg night cream. Think Guerlain are cutting costs in the wrong areas. Their fragrance bottles are usually amazing and what makes that brand great. Sad times really!
      I had a look at the Laura Mercier loose powder once and decided my Chanel one kicked its arse. Chanel do a lovely translucent powder both pressed and loose and it doesn’t spill everywhere. I also own Dior Nude Air pink loose powder and again, fantastic. So i don’t need to bother with any other powders really.
      I would like to try out Chantacille lipsticks but heres the thing; I own 60+ lipsticks already. No lol !! I cannot justify anymore than £30 for a lipstick and that is why i don’t bother with Tom Ford either. They look great though.
      I use La Roche Posay Effaclar A.I for blemishes and it works a treat.
      My new latest discovery is, by Terry Rose Lip Balm. I am just so in love with it but i bought it on sale and got it cheap otherwise its £32 for 10gms. Thats a lot of money. Great product though and plumped lips if you use it just before going to bed.
      Thanks for writing your choices and they are great picks too. Have a great week hun and take care xxx

  2. ladyjicky
    January 8, 2018 / 9:32 pm

    I am going to put your Chanel powders on my “list” …. I am trying to do a “low buy” this year. So when something is used up then I can replace . One out One in sort of thing….. wish me luck! LOL
    Oh …. the lipstick you should NOT look at is by Hourglass!!!! LOL

    • January 8, 2018 / 9:49 pm

      Haha I keep telling myself to buy as needed and now Dior have released new lip balms darn it.

    • January 20, 2018 / 4:55 pm

      ahhh thought it was Chantacaille but Hourglass too i guess. Trying to be good she says, buying three of the new Dior Lip glows and the new foundation. Ha Ha guess they know how to win the battle really. And may i just say, the Dior Capture Totale new serum, Line plumping and Youth Glow are both just amazing. They gave me samples of each. I am in love with both because they both actually work and no, i’m not even going to tell you how much they are lol. Have a great week Hun. My review of the Dior Lip glows coming tomorrow.

  3. January 18, 2018 / 9:34 am

    Well, this is an expensive read! Chanel, Peter Thomas Roth, Keratase, Estee Lauder, I NEED THEM ALL! I trust your judgement Mandy so I’m going to have to get some of these recommendations. I know the make up shades wouldn’t suit me, but loving the rest. Your hair looks gorgeous and I’m a huge Kerastase fan so I’ll prob get that first. I’m with Lady Jicky, I’m trying to use up products first before repurchasing, but the oil mist is a must have right now! So hard to get a shine on processed blonde hair but yours looks so good. Great post!

    • January 18, 2018 / 10:40 pm

      I didn’t buy a whole lot last year. I picked items carefully whereas, in the past, I just bought with my, ‘ rose tinted’ beauty goggles 😁.
      What I did buy mostly, I loved.
      The Kerastase spray oil mist was a top buy. I got it with a fab discount because I cannot justify paying salon prices at all and it was so worth it. One of the best I bought this year and I plan to give it a proper review because it’s that good. I only need the smallest amount so, that bottle is going to last some time which makes it great value in the end. Hope you enjoy it too. Use sparingly and I prefer it on dry hair. Thanks for reading and I hope you’re doing well xxx

      • January 20, 2018 / 4:58 pm

        No sorry, i prefer it on damp hair because it’s smoothes out as you blow dry. I like it on dry hair but i have other products to use for smoothing out the cuticle on dry hair and prefer not to waste this that way. If you buy it, let me know which way you prefer it hun xxxx

      • January 22, 2018 / 1:23 pm

        ‘Rose Tinted’ beauty googles? Isn’t that the truth! I’m going to write down all my purchases in a diary, although January is already looking full! X

      • January 22, 2018 / 9:17 pm

        Oh i’m too scared to do that. I will realize just how much money i spend and i try to buy in sales or on offers. Its a good idea though.

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