I started making notes of my favourite products towards the tail end of summer. Just like my 2017 Favourites I’ve tried to keep my list to fresh discoveries for the year that I’ve not tried and spoken about a hundred times before. I don’t post favourites very often, but there were some true standouts this year that I wanted to talk over.
Lancome La Nuit de Tresor
I received this in Christmas 2017 and towards the start of the year I used it all the time, my bottle became close to finished very quickly so I decided to limit it’s use to only special occasions to stop myself going through it. It’s a sweet gourmand perfume which I’ve loved and had so many compliments on.
Pixi Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse
It was a toss up between this and the Emma Hardie balm as the cleanser of choice this year, but this one won out as it’s cheaper and lasted me just as long as the more expensive pot. This is a double sided cleanser with an oil cleanser on one side which melts away makeup with ease and the cream side makes the skin soft and nourished as a second step. This made such a big, noticeable difference to my skin, I can’t wait to crack out my second pot of this when I’ve finished up reviewing three others I’m currently comparing from one brand!
Colourpop Sol and Mar Eyeshadow Palettes
A tough pick to narrow down my collection of eyeshadow palettes to what was my favourites and these out of everything took me by surprise the most and I didn’t stop using them all summer. These for the price were splendid and could do everything from colourful looks to neutrals, the mix of mattes, metallics which verged on glitters and duochromes were really fun to play with and I’m sure these will see a lot of use again in 2019.
Formula Absolute Sleep Cream
I’ve gone through several pots of this since trying it at the start of the year and it continues to not disappoint me. It’s a cream when you google it online has a lot of hype and at one point had a huge waitlist – but for the price I think the quality of it is amazing and my skin always feels so much better after using it.
Jouer High Coverage Cream Foundation
This year I was on the hunt for a replacement for my long time favourite Kat Von D foundation – after she “came out” as an anti-vaccinator I decided I didn’t want to support her priveleged views and wanted to find a replacement that worked for me as well. Step in Jouer which didn’t just work for me as well but worked better. It’s slightly more expensive and the bottle is smaller – however I use less products as it’s just so pigmented. The coverage this has is insane, less product goes way further than the Lock it foundation – it reminds me of the Fenty Foundation I loved last year, but broke me out terribly but the finish is matte effect with a satin sheen that looks like skin.
Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask
I’ve absolutely loved this mask this year and has been on my bedside table and used twice a week in place of a moisturiser. I like it as I find it sinks in quickly so if your head is hitting the pillow as soon as you get into bed you don’t have to worry about any tackiness. My skin laps this up and always feels soft and smooth the morning after using. It layers well with other products if desired but I tend to use this just with an eye cream as my skin gets easily overloaded and this gives me all the moisture I need!
Glamglow Glowsetter Setting Spray
The one product I don’t currently have in my collection and I need to repurchase is the Glamglow spray. This was the first Setting Spray that I’d tried and thought actually worked on my oily skin. The mister on it is perfect as it’s so fine it doesn’t create any beads of wetness at all, and it has a gorgeous delicious smell too. I have this on my to repurchase list in February (I’m going on a no-buy in January!)
Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Lipsticks
This was my first proper experience with Bobbi Brown and it’s been a good one – this formula is such a delight to wear, it has buildable pigment but is glossy and so so comfortable to wear. I’ve worn the shade Cali Rose so much this year, and I now have a mini called Babe which I’ve worn a fair few times over this last month. My friend Lora knew how much I loved these so in a Secret Santa swap she gave me the shade Cherry which is a gorgeous wearable berry red I will be wearing a lot too!
Colourpop Lux Lipsticks
My other favourite formula of the year was this formula from Colourpop I have a dainty collection of 4 shades but I can see it being a formula I pick up “just one more of” every time I place an order. My most work through the year was definitely Colourpop Lux Foolish which is a gorgeous brick orange – oranges I find a bit hard to wear but this one was lovely over summer and was on my lips a lot. It’s a demi-matte formula with high pigmentation that is comfortable to wear and the packaging for such a budget lipstick is amazing!
Danglefoot Polish in Loki
Sometimes it’s green, sometimes it’s purple, sometimes it’s golden-bronze and sometimes it’s purple. This is one magic polish that never fails to get me compliments and questions about what it is and where it’s from. This year I’ve not been about nails all that much at all – I’ve been so housework heavy that as soon as they’ve been painted I’ve been packing boxes/gardening/decorating etc it’s seemed pointless. This however has lured me in almost every time I have painted them, and I’ve ended up buying one as a present. This bottle is down to it’s last third, which quite frankly is amazing as I only bought it mid-way through the year. Amazing quality and I love supporting a small business, the other colours that I purchased are as lovely as this, but in Autumn I couldn’t help myself with this one!
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Highlighter in Royal Glow
The one product on this last I haven’t gotten around to reviewing yet, but I’m so glad I picked this up! Since September this has been my go-to highlighter – I’ve got pretty good at sticking to one or two until they’re done (I just purchase another one or four more in between!). This is my first Becca highlighter and it’ won’t be my last. This is still available if you want a Limited Edition colour and embossed crown on. I was worried that this would be too dark but it’s a colour that looks good on everyone – that peachy golden glow.
Pixi MatteLast Liquid Lipsticks
These were a last minute inclusion as they arrived after I’d began making the list but have been a firm favourite for reliable lipstick wears. The shade Real Red is probably my all time favourite red, they wear well and for a long time, great pigmentation and very comfortable on the lips. Pixi did an absolutely stellar job with these. Full collection swatch and review on the link below.
And there we have it – my favourites for 2018! Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried any of the products I’ve listed above and what your favourites were in 2018. I may be looking for a post-no-buy treat if I’m successful at completing it!