Happy New Year’s Eve! I thought I’d end 2017 with a post all about my absolute favorite products of the year. This year I probably bought and tried fewer products than I have in several years, but what I did find was really, really amazing! And I also used the heck out of products I already loved. This past year I really focused on having less, but what I do have is my absolute favorite stuff. And I can honestly say that I enjoyed my beauty routine more because I felt less overwhelmed by everything I had to pick from. I plan on continuing that focus in 2018- to only have my absolute favorite things around in my life!
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask– I purchased this in the summer to see if it would help with my constant dry lips. Boy, it was one of my best purchases this year! This stuff is amazing and I don’t think I will EVER be without it. I like that you can use it any time of the day, and even though it is $20, it will last forever. I use it daily, I’m only about a third of the way through it.
Sara Happ Ballet Slip Luxe Gloss– I’ve always preferred lip gloss over wearing lip stick and this gloss immediately won top spot of favorite gloss. EVER. It’s thick and long wearing and ACTUALLY HYDRATES MY LIPS. I also got the Sara Happ scrub, mask, and lip slip balm in a kit for Christmas (you can buy them individually too), and let’s just say you can’t go wrong with any of her products. I’m addicted!!!
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Ultra Gentle Daily Peel– When I went on vacation to Hawaii in June, my skin freaked out. I think I had an allergic reaction to something, and it caused HUNDREDS of tiny bumps all over my face. It was awful. Six weeks later, I was still dealing with the issue when I went to Sephora and was given a sample of these pads to try. To my elated surprise, my skin was clear the next day! My skincare gal, Tina, at Sephora told me I needed to be chemically exfoliating to help with the reaction and she was soooo right. I’ve continued to use these a couple times a week and they’ve helped keep my skin clear and I’ve noticed my pores are smaller too. My skin is SUPER sensitive and they don’t irritate my skin or make it peel. These are pricey, but worth it in my book!
Kenra Dry Texture Spray – My love affair with this product has been going on for years, and probably won’t end any time soon. First, it smells amazing! I use it daily, whether in my roots to add volume or to my curls to add messy texture. I don’t even know how many bottles I’ve been through.
L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Primer– I don’t have the world’s greatest lashes, so I love the idea of a primer to add volume and length. This is the only one I’ve used all year, even though I’ve tried a million different mascaras with it. I love the formula and you can’t beat the price.
Invisibobble– I’ve wanted to try these for ages, but thought it was silly to spend $8 on three hair ties. I finally broke down, and let me tell ya, IT’S WORTH EVERY PENNY! These hair ties all so much texture and dimension to my messy buns versus a regular hair tie. And I’ve used and used and used mine and they’ve help up great.
Make Up For Ever Hydrating Primer– I love to use this primer right before I put on my foundation. I like to mix it with other primers, especially illuminating ones. This primer adds the perfect amount of hydration and sinks in quickly without being heavy and greasy. And I recommend checking out all their primers, they have one for all kinds of skin types and issues!
Urban Decay Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Primer– I use an eyeshadow primer every day to help my eye shadow stick and last all day and I’ve loved this one all year. I like that it’s anti-aging, so I’m getting double benefits! (I just got the mini one and it lasted me over six months.)
Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Shadow Stick in Grey Pearl– I keep my makeup pretty simple most days because I don’t have much time in the morning, and this eyeshadow stick was a life saver! I swipe it all over my eyelid and blend it out with my finger and I’m done! I looked put together with VERY minimal effort.
Bare Minerals Hydrating Mineral Veil– This is hands down my favorite and most used powder this year. It is lightweight and gives my skin a natural finish, which is exactly what I want! (I do still love and recommend the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Power.)
Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Heather Pink– I picked this up last spring because I loved the color and haven’t stopped using it since! It’s by far my favorite blush. It gives a natural, healthy glow and wears well throughout the day.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Nude Bronze Light– I also picked this up last spring when they released this color (the original colors were to orange for me), and like with the blush, haven’t stopped using it. It gives the most natural bronze glow to my pasty face. Hourglass powders rarely disappoint in my book and this one is definitely a keeper!
BeautyBlender– I saved the best for last! I used a Beauty Blender every single day that I wear makeup! I use the original one to blend in my foundation and then use it with my loose powder to set my makeup. I also use the blush one to blend in my under eye concealer. I’ve tried dupes, and they have never worked as well as the BeautyBlender. It’s hands down my favorite beauty tool of 2017 and of life!
I have tons of other much loved beauty products, but these are my favorite of the year. What have been your favorite beauty products of the past year? I hope everyone has a very Happy New Year and a beautiful 2018!!!
Also, would anyone like to see a post on my favorite non-beauty items of the year? Let me know!