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
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
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
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.
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 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.