Hello everyone and welcome to my yearly Best of Beauty round up. As usual, I don’t have a favourite in every category but I’ve got some great new products this year that I’ve really enjoyed.
I’ve finally found a cleanser that has knocked the Vichy Cleansing Oil off the top spot and it’s the Beauty Pie Japanfusion Pure Transforming Cleanser. This cleanser is beautiful, it’s the only cleanser I’ve used for the last 6 months. It removes makeup effortlessly and I also use it as my second cleanse to really clean the skin. The texture starts off as a balm and then once it warms up on your skin it turns into an oil. I remove it with a microfibre cloth and it takes all my makeup with it. Truly brilliant product.
Another product from Beauty Pie is their Plantastic Micropeeling Super Drops. This has made it into the top as it’s done a great job of helping my skin to behave. I have regrettably come to terms that I’m always going to have problematic skin but this serum helps to clear up breakouts much quicker than if I don’t use it, and it’s also diminished all the small blocked pores I had on my chin. It contains a mix of salicylic and fruit acids to clean the pores and provide exfoliation.
My favourite lip balm of the year goes to the Lano 101 Ointment. I’ve currently got the Coconutter scent which is heavenly! I’ve got through so many tubes of this over the year in every scent they make, it’s thick and nourishing, gives almost a barrier type finish on the lips and helps stop lips from chapping and drying out. If you like thick lip balms, give this one a try.
Lastly for skincare is a mask from The Body Shop and it’s their Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask. This product smells so fresh and I love using this when my skin feels aggravated, it helps it to calm down and reduces redness.
Still reigning from last year, my favourite foundation is the Beauty Pie Great Skin. I’ve got through countless bottles of this, it gives a good buildable medium coverage that lasts all day. The finish is matte but it’s not a powdery flat matte, it looks very skin-like. I do also want to give an honourable mention to the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream Illumination, this CC cream is brilliant, covers like a foundation but due to the texture, it’s very easy to apply and it’s another one that lasts all day. I’m almost out of this so I’m going to be getting another tube. Love the packaging too!
Onto brows, for regular readers it will be no surprise that my favourite brow pencil is the Beauty Pie Superbrow Precision Pencil. This pencil is just like the high end micro pencils, but a fraction of the price. I was committed to the Urban Decay Brow Beater but this has replaced it and I won’t be going back. It costs around £3 instead of the high end pencils costing almost £20.
For mascara we have L’Oreal again this year but this time it’s the Paradise Extatic. It gives great volume and length, it does dry out a little too quickly but it’s easily revived with a couple eye drops.
My favourite palette of the year goes to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette. I can’t remember the last time I got so excited about a palette launch. It’s gorgeous, contains a lovely range of mattes and high impact shimmers which are all highly pigmented. I’ve been using the mattes the most as I don’t use much shimmer during the week, you only need the tiniest amount on your brush which is why it looks like I’ve hardly used it!
2018 was so tough for lip products. I got my Invisalign in the January and let me tell you, lipstick transferring onto the trays is the WORST! Anything with too much slip would go all over them and it’s not like you can just rub your tongue over them to remove it like you can if it were on your teeth, no, you have to brush it off. Gloss is just out of the question. Rant over. I’ve had to stick to more natural lip colours that are matte so my most used have been L’Oreal Color Riche Matte in Moka Chic and MAC Liptensity in Clouds In My Coffee. Both of these lipsticks are pale matte nudes that wear off easily, by that I mean it’s not strikingly obvious they’ve started to wear. They have a decent amount of wear time and aren’t drying at all.
I’ve never been into highlighters, but I got a mini Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Vanilla Quartz and I’m now a convert. This shade is a very pale gold with a hint of pink and brings life back to the face. I apply it very sparingly, I don’t like it to look like you’ve got a stripe of shimmer on your cheeks (I think it can look like eyeshadow fall out!) but with a light hand, this can look beautiful.
I went back to having more blonde in my hair in 2018 and the product that has kept my blonde looking bright and icy is L’Oreal Professionnel Serie Expert Silver Shampoo. Once a week I’ll apply this and leave it on for 5 minutes followed by conditioner and once I’ve dried my hair, it looks like I’ve had a fresh toner done at the hairdressers. Even my hairdresser comments on how great my blonde looks when I go in for a colour and she’s bought it for herself.
A couple of brushes I’ve loved in 2018 are the It Cosmetics Double Ended Foundation Brush, it’s very soft, blends in foundation effortlessly and the smaller end is great for blending out concealer. My favourite eye brushes have been the Zoeva 228 Luxe Crease, 231 Luxe Petit Crease and the 239 Luxe Soft Shader. These 3 brushes are pretty much all I’ve used on my eyes, I start off with applying my Crease shade with the 228, add in my lid shade with the 239 and then blend out any edges with the 231. They pick up shadow easily and blend so quickly. Brilliant brushes and very affordable.
Those are my favourite products of 2018. What were your favourite products, any new discoveries? Take care and I’ll be back soon ❤
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