We are a week in already, but I still have to share my favorite beauty products of 2017! It’s definitely been a good one with lots of new launches, trends and brands, so I wanted to share my highlights of the past year.
Eyeshadow-wise, I really stepped up my game this year. I used to only wear it occasionally, but through the whole year, I made an effort almost every single day. I am still a more natural kinda girl though, so I don’t go full glam with dark smokey eyes and whatnot, but I was really into my neutral eyeshadow palettes. My fave from this year was by far the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette. First of all, I love peaches and everything that smells like them, so that was a no-brainer for me, but the color selection and payoff is the thing that I love about this palette the most. You can use this everyday, and still manage to create new looks for weeks. Love! For my base (I have super oily eyelids) I loved the combination of the NARS eyeshadow base and the MAC Paint Pot in ‘Painterly’.
I tried a couple of different foundations this year and It was quite hard to pick just one, so I ended up picking two.. Uhm. I went with the L’Oreal Pro Glow as well as the The Ordinary Full Coverage Foundation. It’s a bummer that you can still not get the Pro Glow outside of North America afaik, but it’s the perfect base for everyday. The coverage is really nice and it gives a subtle glow to the skin, but still doesn’t make me look greasy. Win! If you can’t get hold of this one, I’d recommend the Full Coverage Foundation by The Ordinary. It has very good coverage but still doesn’t make your skin look cakey and it’s even cheaper than the Pro Glow. Yay!
My concealer pick was the easiest one: NARS Soft Matte all the way. I used this every. single. day. since I bought it. It covers perfectly and feels amazing on the skin. Expensive, but it does go a long way! Highly recommend. (I do love Tarte Shape Tape, but as I can’t wear this under my eyes, the winner had to be NARS!)
I don’t have a powder favorite, but my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Vol 2 from 2016 is glorious. Hourglass’ powders are just the best and I really used it a lot. It still looks like I barely touched it though, so I don’t feel as bad to recommend such an incredibly expensive product as it does last forever. It’s definitely something special, but if you feel like treating yourself, I’d highly recommend all powders Hourglass does.
Even though I used the blushes in the Hourglass Palette a lot during 2017, I reached for Tarte ‘Exposure’ the most, especially in the colder months. Their blushes are amazing and if I wouldn’t own way too many beauty stuff already, I would definitely pick up more shades. For my highlighter, I picked BECCA’s Moonstone as this is just the perfect shade for me. It gives an amazing glow without being too much, which is exactly what I want (it was a hard decision between this and the Glossier Haloscope in ‘Quartz’ though!).
For mascara, I mainly used the Catrice Glam & Doll Waterproof as it’s the only one that holds the curl of my stubborn lashes. I often topped it with a more volumizing one though, so hopefully I’ll find my perfect mascara in 2018! Brows-wise, the combo of the NYX eyebrow pencil as well as the Glossier Boy Brow is the perfect one for me. I use both of them every day, and don’t see my stopping that anytime soon (Glossier, can you PLEASE finally come to Austria or at least Germany? I need you!).
For lips, I couldn’t pick just one, I’m sorry. I absolutely LOVED the Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lipsticks in ‘Desert’, ‘Sand’ and ‘Vineyard’. This is just such an amazing formula – not drying, and even though it is not matte, it still lasts a decent amount of time on your lips. And the scent! I want them all. I also wore (again, second year in a row!) NYX’ Matte Lip Cream in ‘Stockholm’ a ton. They brought out new shades and I recently picked up Rome and Budapest, so let’s see how my favorites for 2018 will look like. For liquid lipsticks, I definitely wore ‘Bestie’ by Tarte and ‘Pasadena’ by OFRA the most. My last and probably biggest favorite of 2017 has to be the Glossier Birthday Balm Dot Com. I adore this so much and if I had to choose one Glossier product to repurchase, it would be definitely this one. Love, love, love.
Bring it on, 2018!