Best of Beauty | 2017

By the start of February, 80% of people have already broken or abandoned their New Year’s resolutions. Shocking, isn’t it? Or factually correct if I’m anything to go by. If you successfully endured Blue Monday without chocolate or wine, I salute you. That really was a tough, gloomy day. I posted a picture on Instagram on Blue Monday calling out my personal approach to the most depressing day of the year (coffee and fresh air) and feelings about the Christmas decks being packed away for another year. Putting the spring back in my step has been all the virtual beauty shopping I’m undertaking from the comfort of my own sofa via YouTube. Now, thank the Lord Pay Day has arrived, it's time to treat ourselves and ensure we're putting the #self into #SelfcareSundays with these new buys. Here is what's in my online shopping basket...

It made me reflect on my most treasured beauty products from 2017 and I’ve short-listed to my top 5 in case they wind their way onto your shopping list!
Marc Jacobs Limited Edition O!mega Bronze Coconut Perfect Tan (Similar: here)
Biggest Sephora splurge moment of 2017, too! Luckily, the investment has paid off as I’ve barely brushed the surface of this one despite daily use over several months now. Any product with ‘coconut’ in the title and it piques my interest but this purchase had been raved about by many including InTheFrow and The Anna Edit. It's the perfect shade for an English rose (read: pale) and has a mahoosive mirror for on-the-go application. I’m one to steer away from any kind of glitter or shimmer and I’m hoping it lasts me throughout the majority of 2018 too.
This is the cheapest item on my list and one I’ve been reliant upon to cover those pesky blemishes! With only three shades in the range, it’s rather limited in that sense but luckily for me, the ‘Fair’ shade works perfectly for under my eyes to hide the late nights, redness around my nose and hormonal breakouts. The consistency is creamy which makes it feel really hydrating in all those vulnerable areas and it has great medium to high coverage. I literally have one in my handbag, gym bag and make-up cabinet.  
Professing ‘a new way to blush’ and, boy, was this a revelation! I had never been within touching distance of a liquid blush before these, despite my sister being a big advocate for cream-blushes, the thought drained the colour from my very cheeks. You might have similar preconceptions of ruining your base or over-applying to look like Rosie Posie! I overcame my scepticism firstly, with thanks to Alix from I Covet Thee who was the perfect model and truly raving about the product which counts for a lot given how many this beauty maverick has tried! Secondly, I visited the Glossier Showroom in Soho, New York, and test-drove the product myself. That’s when it confirmed that what I had seen on Alix’s cheeks wasn’t just fancy lighting, it was this product! The colour pay-off is really impressive so a little goes a long way and if, like me, you’re more on the inexperienced end of the spectrum, it’s so workable that over-zealous application can be easily blended by hand, beauty blender or brush. Seriously, a game-changing product in my make-up routine. Looking super healthy and flush, I’ve tried Puff (bubblegum pink), Dusk (bronzed rose) but my favourite is Beam (coral pink) which, on my pale complexion, brings rosyness and vibrancy to my cheeks. Literally LOVE THEM! 
Without a doubt this is ‘my nude’. I know everyone is on the hunt for their perfect shade and when it comes to it, brands like Tom Ford and Charlotte Tilbury are hot on the lips of many. I, however, have stumbled upon a far more purse-friendly find which is great when I’ve already repurchased twice this year! The formula is nourishing without leaving a sticky or drying feeling and it has just the right kind of sheen to make my lips look fuller. I’m secretly fearing my perfectly toned pink may soon be on the discontinued list as it's part of quite an old collection now, so I’m scouring the shelves of every US and UK store to accumulate a lifetime’s supply. 
I’ve spoken a lot about this CC cream in my Mrs A to B review series and after using this daily for a few months now, I’m still a big fan! It was one of the industry’s wonder products of 2017 and topped many blogger’s ‘Best of…’ reviews of late. Perfect medium-to-heavy coverage which you can build to tailor your look which I adapt between my work-ready face and laid-back weekend look.

I would love to know the beauty products that had your back in 2017? After all, shopping with friends is always more fun!


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