I have no idea where this year has gone, but we’re almost half way through already! In today’s post I’ve rounded up some of my favourite finds so far in 2017.

Oh K! Lip Balms

Korean inspired beauty brand Oh K! make the cutest products. I reviewed their coffee mask previously and have since been using the lip balm duo I ordered with it, daily. They’re candyfloss and peach scented, my favourite being the peach. I keep these on my desk and use them constantly to keep my lips hydrated. The packaging is adorable but they appeal to Hekla who knocks them onto the floor and plays with them whenever he can.

MUA Burning Embers Palette

MUA Burning Embers Palette

I gambled with this and ordered it online without swatching. It cost something ridiculous like £6 so I figured it was worth taking a chance on. I absolutely love the colours included, visually it’s such a stunning palette. I was excited to see a fair amount of mattes included, but sadly that’s where this palette falls down for me. The mattes are really dry and chalky, you can barely get any payoff on a brush or swatch. The mattes are essentially useless. However, as you can see from my swatches of the shimmers, they more than make up for it. The colours are gorgeous and they perform really well. I’d pay £6 for a palette containing just these 12 shimmers so it’s still a bargain in my eyes. The second shadow on the second row is a while pearlescent shade with violet running through it. Unicorn tears spring to mind.

Micellar Oil Infused Cleansing Water

Micellar Oil Infused Cleansing Water

When seemingly the whole world got on the micellar water hype, I felt as though I was missing something. Yes it works as an eye makeup remover but I could never imagine replacing a step in my double cleanse with it. It always felt somewhat drying, so when I saw Garnier had released a new version containing oil, I decided I’d give it another go.

What a difference! It’s not greasy in the slightest but feels so much more gentle on the skin. If I’m rushing or have a lot of makeup to get off, I often replace my gel cleanser with this. I’m on my third bottle and always bring it with me when I travel. This stuff gets a big thumbs up from me.

Tweezerman Angled Tweezers

Tweezerman Angled Tweezers

Eyebrow tweezers aren’t the most exciting things. However I realised I hadn’t replaced mine in 190312093 years and they were starting to resemble a blunt torture device. These are a lot smaller which I find easier to manoeuvre. They’re also angled which I find helps a lot, especially for getting annoying barely there hairs.

born this way concealer

Too Faced Born This Way Concealer

I have such a love hate relationship with Too Faced. I picked up this after hearing rave reviews and have to admit at first I hated it. The formula is water based which makes it a lot sheerer than I’m used to. Whilst it does look quite brightening on skin, it can separate makeup if applied over it. After a bit of messing around, I discovered it works better when worn under makeup and is effective in hiding unwanted darkness. I find this looks nice when wearing less makeup on hot days and I’ve even started to like the water based formula. It’s not going to be great for highlighting with in my opinion, but for a lightweight concealer with good coverage I have to admit it’s not bad.

Essence The Gel

Essence The Gel Nail Varnish

I could rave about this stuff all day. It’s one of my favourite beauty finds this year. These nail varnishes retail for £2.50 in Wilko of all places and are honestly the best formula I think I’ve ever used. They do look a little gel like in finish but not as ‘padded’ as others I’ve tried. For me the real wow factor is in the longevity. I use their top and base coats and can get 4-5 days of no chipping (which is totally unheard for me). I don’t consistently do my nails as they only last about a day but I’ve found myself having to remove this to change colour as it lasts so long. In terms of value for money vs quality these are incredible.

Have you tried any of these yet? I’d love to know what you thought of them.

This post was not sponsored & all the items featured were purchased by me. Find out more about how I review makeup. You can find similar products to my Spring picks in my directory.

  • OMG these lip balms are just the cutest thing ever!! Love the cute designs

    Beauty Candy Loves

    • Amy

      Oh K! are the masters of cute kawaii packaging!

  • Rosy Ferry

    Those Oh K! Lip balms are so so cute! I really love pretty and unique packaging, especially if it has an edge of cuteness to it haha.

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog
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    • Amy

      I agree, they make me smile whenever I see them!

  • Yiotou_La

    The MUA Palette looks gorgeous, the shimmery shades are so pretty.I love the Essence gel nail polish too, you know I do!! xx

    Yiota
    pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

    • Amy

      So glad you got me onto them, they’re amazing!

  • Hey Amy! I’m glad at least the shimmers worked to that eye shadow palette. I felt the same way about the Too Faced Concealer. I still feel it’s alright. I just tried Tarte’s Shape Tape and like it better.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

    • Amy

      I wish I had got the Shape Tape instead!

  • Those lip balms are so cute! MUA palettes are so affordable so it’s such a shame the mattes aren’t good but the shimmers look stunning! Lovely post x

    Erin // Everything Erin

    • Amy

      They’re great value for money even with the dodgy mattes haha.

  • I love K beauty products, they are always the best!

    Lotte | http://www.lottebeautybox.blogspot.co.uk

    • Amy

      I want to try more K beauty!

  • Katie

    I have such a problem with chipping, I’ll have to try out the Essence polishes! I recently hopped on the micellar water train so next I should try the oil-infused one x

    Beauty From Katie

    • Amy

      I do too and these are seriously so much better! I can really recommend it x

  • How cute are the lip balms! The cleansing water sounds lovely!

    Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

    • Amy

      I love both 🙂

  • I have the MUA tropical palette (the bright version) and I love it, the shimmers really are amazing, I thought the mattes in that one were ok too. I love Essence as a brand, they do fab mascara and eyeliner.
    http://Www.mrstsmakeupbag.blogspot.co.uk

    • Amy

      I’ll have to check that one out! I love their mascara too.

  • Those lip balms are so cute!!! I need to get them 🙂
    And I also love the tweezerman angled tweezers! They are so good and easy to use!

    xoxo

    Ileana

    Novelstyle Blog

    • Amy

      They’re fab aren’t they? x

  • Amy

    That one had to be the main pic haha. It’s so tricky, I love the packaging but feel like they’re increasingly style over substance!

  • Charlotta Eve

    I have the same tweezers and I love them. I also have essence nail polishes. 🙂 The most interesting product here is definitely that oil micellar! I don’t like micellar waters in general, but oil I could try.

    http://www.charlottaeve.com

    • Amy

      I hated them until I tried this one so it’s worth a try!

  • Great finds for the first half of the year! The lip balms are so cute.

    • Amy

      Thank you!

  • Eyebrow tweezers is really the most handy and the most exciting thing to use these days.

    Thanks
    http://www.vouchercodes.my/Althea

  • I definitely need more Tweezerman tweezers! I LOVE them. Also, I defo need to invest in Oh K! – it’s all so kawaii. 😉

    T x

    • Amy

      I’m converted now. It really is!

  • Gorgeous picks! Those lip balms are adorable! The MUA palette looks beautiful too, it’s just a shame about the matte shades!xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

    • Amy

      It was a shame, it had a lot of promise! X

  • How cute are those Oh K lip balms!! OMG love them ha,ha! I adore Korean packaging it’s the cutest and so quirky! xx

    Jenny | http://www.krystelcouture.com X

    • Amy

      So cute! X