Good evening beauty fam~! Hope 2018 is treating you well so far. This post was meant to go up last week but I was too excited with my Colourpop order that I couldn’t wait to share what I bought. So this week is my 2017 edit, this is a round up of products that stood out and I really enjoyed using. Let’s jump right into it!
Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence
I just finished my first bottle of this stuff, I think it lasted me around 3-4 months. I love it! I’ve mentioned this product in my Spring Edit so feel free to read that if you haven’t already. But it’s an awesome product. I put this on after Cleansing (if you use toner, put it on after toner) and I layer it on three times. It leaves me with incredibly soft and soft skin, perfect if you have issues with the smoothing out the texture of your skin. I find that it’s also super hydrating so I don’t get any dry patches after layering this on. You can layer it on more than three time (there’s a korean skincare method where you layer it on seven times!) but I find three is sufficient for me.
The Ordinary Buffet
I’m now on my fourth bottle of this serum! This is sort an all-rounder serum that helps with several things such as hydration and anti-aging. I’ve gone through four bottles and I can confirm that it has smoothed out the texture of the skin, keeps it hydrated and looking pretty darn radiant. Unfortunately I am not well versed with my skincare ingredients. I recommend you watch Gothamista’s video on The Ordinary. She does an amazing job at breaking down the products and explaining what they do. But I really love this serum, it absorbs really quickly into the skin. There’s no overwhelming fragrance which I love. And because it’s so thin and lightweight, it layers really well underneath my moisturiser. I use this day and night and I can’t go without it. If I don’t use it, I notice my skin starts to look quite dull and and not as plump.
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation
This has been my go-to foundation ever since I bought it. I have oily/combo skin so I really love how matte and lightweight it feels. I use a sponge to blend it into my skin and it’s flawless. I do use a primer and powder on top and it will stay on all day, even during the hottest of climates. I will say it’s sweat proof though. When it gets really hot, I tend to sweat on my upper lip (very unattractive I know). And as I’m sweating on my upper lip, the foundation will start to fade off so it looks like I have a moustache. I found that baking is a good method to keep this from happening but if you don’t like baking and you sweat on your face a lot, you might not enjoy this.
Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder
By far, the best…THE BEST setting powder I have ever tried. It sets my makeup very nicely. It doesn’t look too powdery or cakey, it doesn’t dry out my skin and it just looks so natural. Looking back I think I was one of those people who would cake on their powder to keep their face from getting shiny. But with this powder, even if I go in with a heavy hand,, it does’t look like it. If you are using a glowy foundation, you can still see the glow under the powder. Also it comes in this huge tub so it’s going to last you a really long time.
Colourpop Brow Colour / Etude House Drawing Eyebrow Pencil
I wasn’t sure which product to mention so I decided to shoutout both! For most of the year I was using eyebrow pomades and I really liked the Colourpop Brow Colour. I think the colour “Black N Brown” is a good match for me. I used an angled brush to apply and it applied smoothly and evenly. The best thing about pomades is that they last for ages. You put it on in the morning and it will stay put until you decide to take it off. It also looks really good in photos! Towards the end of the year I started going back to pencils and I reached for my Etude House Drawing Eyebrow Pencil quite often. I love the wedge shape on this pencil, unlike all the other tiny as pencils on the market. I love the bigger pencil because it easier and quicker to fill in your brows. And it looks quite natural which is a nice change from the more dramatic brows I was going for earlier in the year.
Urban Decay Primer Potion, Anti-Aging
I bought this primer earlier this year and it is definitely the best primer I have ever tried! I’ve used the Australis one, which is a great alternative to Urban Decay if you can’t afford it. But I’ve also tried the Too Faced Shadow Insurance which I personally didn’t like because of it’s oily consistency. But this one I feel is very similar to the Australis one, it’s not too oily/slick and blends in really well. But I do find the Urban Decay one to perform better. My eyeshadows definitely look more vibrant and his bottle has lasted me for ages!
Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette
Okay I was going to put Colourpop’s eyeshadows in this blog post but I think I will put it aside since I always talk about them! So I’m going to give my Urban Decay Naked Heat palette some love. When this palette first came out, I was in love and during this time I was going through a bit of a makeup…block? Dry season? I don’t know but I wasn’t impressed with any new releases. So I was so impressed with the shades in this palettte. It’s a warm toned palette with a lot of reds, browns and burgundys which was totally up my alley! While I love the Colourpop eyeshadows, this was the only other palette I was using. I think the shades really compliment my style. This is also my first Urban Decay Naked palette so it’s a little more special than most things I’ve tried this year.
Essence I Love Extreme Volume Waterproof
Mascara is a difficult thing for me. I have the typical asian eyelashes: short, thin and they go straight down so I always use waterproof mascara to hold my curl. Most mascaras I’ve tried either only separate my lashes or really thicken and clump them up. However this Essence mascara gives me that sweet spot. It gives my lashes a decent amount of length and volume which I really love. The brush on this is pretty big and a lil chunky so you need to be careful because there have been a few times where I’ve gotten mascara on my eyelids because of it. But otherwise I really like this mascara, and it’s only like $6!
L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara
So I just mentioned that I always wear waterproof mascara and the reason for that is because non-waterproof mascara my makes me lashes fall straight down. I can’t get that curl and lift that would normally get from waterproof formulas. However, I bought the Lash Paradise mascara from L’Oreal when I was in Seattle earlier this year and I gotta say it is the best non-waterproof mascara I have ever tried! The formula is a little more thicker and drier which is I think is why I am able to hold my curl. The brush on this isn’t quite as big and chunky as the Essence one but it makes it a little bit easier for me to work it into my tiny lashes.
Lanolips 101 Ointment Fruities Peach
I’ve been through what seems like tons and tons of lipbalms but none of them even compare to my Lanolips 101 Ointment. This is a super thick and and emolient balm that is insanely hydrating and it smells delicious. You have to be careful not to put too much because it is very very thick. I like just put a teeny tiny bit on my finger and I spread that all over the lips, leaving me with super supply lips that are ready for lipstick. The only issue I have with this is when I’ve kept it in my pocket so it’s at body temperature, and then I go to open it and squeeze out the product only for it to come gushing out and going everywhere. So be very very careful and you squeeze out the product carefully!
Colourpop Lippie Stix
I wanted to try a mention a lipstick that wasn’t Colourpop but I can’t deny this is the lipstick I consistently kept coming back to. I’m not huge of liquid lipsticks but I still want the same colour payoff. And this is why I love Colourpop’s Lippie Stix. Not only are they way more comfortable than a liquid lipstick but they’re insanely pigmented. The Matte and Matte X finishes leave you with insane colour without having to sacrifice the moisture in your lips. I am the type to reapply after eating and drinking so I love that the Lippie Stix don’t bunch up and get all weird and cakey after I’ve reapplied. At the moment my three favourite colours from the range are Brink, Faded and Secret Stash.
And that’s alllll my favourites for 2017. I know I didn’t mention a lot of skincare and anything too surprising but I’m realistic with my reviews and roundups. I haven’t tried a lot of different products this year but I’d rather mention products that are tried and tested as opposed to products that I’ve only used a few times for the sake of variety.
Anyway I hope you enjoyed this year’s edit of my favourite products of 2017. If you did a 2017 favourites post, link it in the comments below so I can read it!! I’ll see you all next week! xx
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