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.
PRODUCT LIFE SAVER/CAN NEVER BE WITHOUT
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.
BEST OVERALL MAKEUP PRODUCT
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.
MOST EFFECTIVE PRODUCT
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.
BEST NEW DISCOVERY/COMPANY IN 2017
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.
MOST SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED PRODUCT IN 2017
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.
BEST LIP PRODUCT
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!
MOST CARING/PROTECTING SKIN CARE PRODUCT
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.
MOST LUXURIOUS BEAUTY PRODUCT
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.
BEST HAIR CARE PRODUCTI
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.
BEST SKIN CARE PRODUCT
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.
MOST COST EFFECTIVE BEAUTY PRODUCT
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.
PERFUME/FRAGRANCED PRODUCT OF THE YEAR.
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.
BEST MAKEUP TOOL
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.
MOST OVER-HYPED/DISAPPOINTING RELEASE OF 2017
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. 😉