Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Top 5 Beauty Products of 2017

Nivea Smooth and Protect Lip Balm
Possibly the most basic, fuss free product I have ever talked about on my blog but it is just so good I had to talk about it. This little Nivea lip balm cost me a couple pounds and is easily one of the best products I discovered in 2017. It is free from mineral oil which is  must for me when it comes to any product (but especially skincare) so it doesn't feel heavy or greasy on the lips. I keep it on me literally at all times and just throw it on whenever my lips feel dry or dehydrated. No matter how often I apply it either it never feels icky, like too thick or goopy on the lips.

The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation £16
Fresh Nude foundation has been my everyday foundation for 2017. I love how it wears throughout the day. For such a lightweight foundation, it really sticks around and lasts so well. It almost looks better and better as the day goes on. It is described as a "semi-matte" finish. If you have dry skin I would say semi-matte is the finish you will probably achieve, however, I have oily skin and it definitely leans on the more dewy side for me, especially a few hours in. I set it down with a generous amount of translucent powder (more to come on that!) and it looks great all day. It has a light coverage that you can build up to a medium coverage by adding an extra layer. I just find it great for everyday! It looks so lovely and natural on the skin whilst still giving me coverage. There is  great shade range (16 shades) with lots of different undertones to choose from.

Kat Von D Lock It Setting Powder £22
The powder I use to set my foundation is the Kat Von D Lock It Setting Powder. This stuff is so good! If you want a setting powder that really sets everything in to place, but is totally invisible on the skin- this is your guy. I love applying it with a damp beauty blender. I dip my sponge straight into the powder and pat it all over the skin. It meshes flawlessly into the skin but really does lock everything into place. Despite being completely matte, it does not look cakey or heavy at all! I love how it looks under the eyes too- it does a great job at locking concealer into place and stops creasing. But again it does not look heavy, which is something that can easily happen under the eyes. You also get a lot of product! I've had my pot since May and I have barely made a dent in it.

The Ordinary Lactic Acid Treatment £5.80
My favourite skincare find not only of 2017 but possibly ever. Not to be dramatic but it really is that good. If you struggle with congestion on your skin, you need this guy. It wipes out congestion within a couple days and leaves the skin feeling so plump and supple. I love an AHA but lactic acid was one I hadn't used before, however, this has worked so well on my skin I will be looking into more products containing lactic acid. I have written a full review here if you want to know all the details but basically it is so bloody good and you need it in your life.

Vichy Mineral 89 Serum £25
Now you're probably sick of me banging on about Vichy Mineral 89 but I can't help it! I'm obsessed. If you have dehydrated skin, Mineral 89 will literally be your best friend. It instantly hydrates the skin and gets rid of any tightness caused by dehydration. It is super, super lightweight so sinks into the skin so easily without leaving any residue or stickiness, making it great for oily skin too! You can read my full review on Mineral 89 here! Oh and just in case you're on the ball and reading this as it goes up- Escentual are selling Mineral 89 for £14 instead of £25. I've attached the link that takes you straight there! GO GO GO.

So, those are my top 5 beauty products of 2017. What are yours? Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading!

Zoe x

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