Thursday 6 December 2018

The Best of Beauty: 2018

I know 2018 hasn't quite finished with us yet, but I've discovered so many new beauty favourites this year that I just need to share. Some I've been loving for a few months, whilst others are more recent finds that I know I'm going to keep repurchasing. Brace yourselves, the list may be long...

Iconic Bronze Dark Mousse
If you follow me on Instagram you are probably well aware of my obsession with this tan. I became an Iconic Bronze addict way back in May of this year when I was gifted the dark mousse and tan eraser at a Blogger Brunch. Since then, I haven't looked back, and all other tanning brands simply haven't measured up. It's a fab colour, doesn't disappear down the plughole in the shower and is easy enough to scrub off with a mitt. I even mentioned it in my first magazine beauty column.  Their tan eraser is also the best I have tried,  beating the Bondi Sands version hands down.

Bare Minerals Bare Pro Liquid Foundation
This stuff has become my go-to foundation. I am really oily but I don't like being too matte, and whilst this gives amazing coverage, it doesn't cake up or look heavy. I recently suffered with cystic acne and this stuff did such a good job at concealing the hard, red bumps that were appearing on my skin. So much so, that sometimes I didn't even need concealer. It also stayed put throughout a visit to the zoo during the very hot summer we had, and didn't budge nor become greasy under the immense heat. It's just perfect and I know I'm going to keep repurchasing it again and again.

Morphe Jaclyn Hill Vault
This collection of four eyeshadow palettes received so much backlash when it launched. Many people slated the pigment and claimed the shadows were powdery, so I did hesitate before buying it. I usually rush online and buy palettes as soon as they launch, but with this I wasn't so sure. However, one day I took the plunge and honestly, I don't know why so many were giving it a bad review. Each palette contains complementing shades and are so handy and compact especially for travel. You can chuck on in your bag and know you have a crease shade, all over lid, and highlighter colour all in the one palette. They all even have their own mirror. I took one on my trip to New York and it didn't disappoint. On first use I was like why on earth have so many people given Jaclyn Hill such a hard time over these shadows? They are well worth the splurge!

Kiehl's Avocado Eyecream
The thickest, most luxurious eye cream that melts into an oil and leaves your delicate eye area super soft and hydrated. I struggled to find an eye cream that wouldn't irritate my eyes and this doesn't migrate into my eyeballs, which gets a massive thumbs up from me. I am 26 so I am quite conscious of preventing any fine lines that may be starting to appear, and this does a fantastic job at plumping and hydrating. If you're in the market for an effective and affordable eye cream, this is well worth a try.

NYX Micro Brow Pencil
I will let you into a tiny secret, this is a great alternative to the Benefit Precisely My Brow pencil and it's less than half the price. I use the shade chocolate and have repurchased it numerous times. I found the shade 3 in the Benefit pencil was a bit too light and ashy for my colouring, but this chocolate shade is perfect.

Benefit Ready Set Brow
In the past few months I've been favouring a fluffy, textured brow over a neat and perfectly defined one. This clear brow gel is like glue and ensures my brows stay in place all day. I love applying it as the comb catches every single hair and gives a lovely finish every time.

Jo Malone Blackberry and Bay
Last Christmas I received some Jo Malone minis as a present, including a small bottle of this scent. I instantly fell in love as it's so fresh and unique. Peony & Blush Suede is also a favourite!

The Ordinary Buffet Serum
I feel like I've included this in so many different favourites posts, but it just has to be mentioned again. Serums penetrate deeper than a moisturiser, so they are essential for hydrating the deeper layers of your skin. Applying this is like giving your skin a much needed drink as it absorbs so quickly and you feel refreshed. I use it every night before moisturisers and oils, and sometimes in the morning if my skin feels tight or irritated. It also doesn't break the bank compared to other serums.

Tom Ford Blush Nude Lipstick
The most unnecessarily expensive lipstick, in the most gorgeous pinky nude shade. I lusted after this lipstick for so long however I wasn't prepared to pay 35 pounds for it. Luckily, now that I work for Bobbi Brown I receive discount on various brands, and Tom Ford just happens to be one of them. Let's just say, I was able to get this lipstick for an extremely reasonable price, and I am now planning on buying a few more. Now that I have it, I don't know if the formula warrants the ridiculous price tag, but the packaging and the shade really make up for it. The formula is no better than cheaper brands like Rimmel, but I absolutely love the colour.

Bobbi Brown Luxe Liquid Lipsticks
Just when I became fed up of ultra drying liquid lipsticks (apart from the ColourPop formula...) these came along. The range contains both super shiny and gorgeous matte shades, and of course I went straight for the two glossy nude shades. The glosses have an amazing colour payoff and stay put an impressive length of time, even when the shiny finish fades, the colour is still there. I also own a deep shade called Brocade that I became obsessed with around Hallowe'en, and it is still my favourite shade from the matte range. Think dark, plummy purple, with a hint of a pinky tone. Love it!

Inglot Powder Blushers
Cheap, pigmented, and long lasting. These were one of my ultimate favourite discoveries this year. I own two shades and feature one particularly heavily in my beauty look book section. I am quite picky when it comes to blusher shades, as I don't like anything shimmery or too pink, but the Inglot powders have a good range of peachy tones and even a couple of really subtle nude shades that are perfect for when your lips or eyes are doing the talking.

Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara
I don't know how many tubes of this I have gone through, but all I'm saying is you need to try this mascara. I use the waterproof version as it holds a curl better, and it makes my less than impressive lashes look full, long, and extra glorious.

Doll Light Shine Bright Highlighter
This is another really recent favourite, and every time I wear this so many people ask what it is. It's blinding, and is the perfect champagne shade for my skin tone. I am always going to be a fan of highlighter, it just adds a little something to every make up look.

Lime Crime Venus XL Palette
I couldn't not mention this. I bought it back in March and all other palettes in my collection were quickly cast aside. I love every single shade in this and it is such a perfect match for my colouring. There are pinks, golds, and deep plums and they are all extremely pigmented and easy to blend. There is one particular shade that I used basically every day for months and I still haven't hit pan, so you must get plenty for your hard earned cash too. Honestly, just invest.

Bobbi Brown Pink Glow Highlighter
Another highlighter that I most certainly did not need to add to my monstrous collection. It is a marbled effect of a gold pinky tone mixed with a beaming white shade. Mixed together they give such a gorgeous glow that can be built up as much or as little as you fancy. The white alone is also great for  subtle inner corner highlight if you're also that way inclined.

Soap & Glory Bubble in Paradise Call of Fruity Shower Gel
This is a reasonably new addition to the S&G family and it is my favourite of them all. It has a mandarin and mango scent that you can smell for quite some time after your shower. I think I used almost a quarter of the bottle in my first use, it's just that delicious. Don't judge.

Kiehl's Buttermask
If the recent stint of cold weather has your lips squealing for moisture, give this a whirl. I apply it at night and it melts in giving an almost oily texture. You can use it during the day too if your lips are particularly bad. It is quite expensive for a lip balm, but the effects are well worth it, plus you only need to use a tiny bit at a time.

Natasha Denona Lipgloss
I bought this in Sephora in New York after lusting after it for so long. If you haven't heard of Nastasha Denona, you need to check her out on Instagram. She also has ridiculously priced eyeshadow palettes, but the shades she creates make my mouth water. This gloss gives a gorgeous wash of colour and shine, and I am considering buying some more shades online.

Well, that's it. A list of all the beauty products I've discovered this year. The worrying thing is, the year isn't over just yet and I still have another full month to try new things...


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