Starting with skincare, I have explored a lot more brands this year and I'm so glad I did. The Nourish London Skin Renew Cleanser* and Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser still remain my favourite evening cleansing duo at the moment (although I've ran out of both!). I decided to delve into Pixi skincare by trying out the Peel and Polish; a face scrub that helps to get rid of my dry patches and improve the overall glow of my complexion.
It seemed to be the year of the face mask and I discovered some gems like the Glow Recipe Watermelon Mask* and Fresh Rose Mask*, both of which are hydrating and great for my dehydrated skin. As I previously mentioned, The Ordinary was a 2017 discovery and one that was welcomed with open arms. This affordable brand has taken pretty much everybody's skincare routine by storm and I've now got a fair few favourites that I'll be taking into the next year with me like the Glycolic Acid and Caffeine Solution*.
I was going to split the makeup section up into categories, but decided that is was going to be near impossible to pick my individual favourites. 2017 bought the release of Fenty Beauty, the UK introduction to Glossier and many other new products that made their may into my makeup bag. The Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lipstick was an early discovery of 2017 and one that I snapped up pretty quickly - It's nude, it's very me and it remains one of my most worn lipsticks of the year.
For a base, I switched a lot between lightweight, radiant foundations and buildable, long wearing offerings. It was the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation that really upped the game and I've been wearing it even since I got it back in August from my trip to Sephora in Paris.
Glossier has made its way into my makeup routine too, the Cloud Paints and Wowder Powder being two of my top picks. The latter prolongs the wear of my makeup whilst being super natural on the skin, whilst the blushers add a subtle, yet buildable pop of colour.
The release of the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette* was highly anticipated and I can't believe how much use I've got out of it - It's great for a smokey eye, especially during the Autumn/Winter season. I also discovered the Huda Beauty Mini Palette* which inspired me to wear more eyeshadow and experiment more.
Fenty Beauty is a new brand that I'm glad I bought into, as the Amber Match Stix has become a contouring staple of mine. The cool-toned cream blends into the cheekbones seamlessly, whilst creating the perfect illusion of a shadow and looking natural at the same time. I often set this with another new discovery, the Becca Sunlit Bronzer* which adds warmth to my skin without being too overpowering.
What are your top 2017 beauty picks?
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