It’s that time of year again when we look back to the year we’re leaving behind and we’re inundated with ‘Best of 2018’ blog posts, articles, Instagrams etc. Have we overloaded on 2018 throwbacks yet? Well, tough, because I’m not one to miss out and I’m here to put my oar in with my 2018 Beauty Favourites…
It takes a lot for me to fall in love with a foundation. It takes a lot for me to even consider repurchasing foundation rather than trying something new. But when I found myself rebuying this and adding it to my Christmas List I knew I’d found a good one. As I’ve said numerous times I find a lot of foundations slide off my oily t-zone by midday and stick to drier patches on my forehead. This is one of the few I find actually does stay put for most of the day. It’s good for oily skin without leaving it too matte and flat. It’s not a budget buy but as it’s under £30 I don’t find it as painful to purchase as other high end foundations, and if you can get it when it’s on offer then it’s really not too bad at all for something I can trust to do the job. I find it’s not too dissimilar to Nars Sheer Glow so if you’re a fan of that then give this one a go.
I’ve lost count of how many of these concealers I’ve gone through now. It has become a complete staple in my makeup bag. It’s a lovely creamy consistency that works especially well under eyes. I always find I get through undereye concealer so quickly so I am happy to have found one that works well for me without a hefty price tag.
2018 was the year I tried my first Charlotte Tilbury lipstick and very quickly fell in love. Dramatic, I know. The shade Valentine was unfortunately Limited Edition which is a pain as it was the perfect pink for my skin tone. I often find lipsticks described as ‘pinky-nude’ as too dark or brown for me but this was just right and the formula glides on perfectly and lasts a good few glasses of vino.
I’ve mentioned this a few times this year as I recommend it for anyone looking for a super lightweight SPF with good protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Many people still shy away from a seprerate SPF as they think of thick claggy textures which can lead to breakouts. This one from The Body Shop is not to be overlooked as it offers everything you could ask for in a daily SPF and is great for sensitive skin. It doesn’t even feel like you’re wearing anything. Right, off to go repurchase.
I enjoy using a face mask on a weekly basis to give my skin a bit of a boost, especially if it’s a been particularly tiring week or heavy weekend. However it’s rare to find one that provides more than just an initial softness or brightness. The Emma Hardie Moringa Mask can either be left on for 15 mintes and washed off or left on as an overnight mask which is what I prefer to do. I wake in the morning and my skin looks noticeably plumper, brighter and more radiant. You can’t argue with that.
After trying this for the first time back in January it is now firmly on my must-have list. I spoke about it a few times here and here so I won’t ramble on again but it is one of the most noticeably hydrating products I have used and I can definitely notice both an immediate and lasting difference when I wear it, which can’t be said for every ‘hyaluronic’ based product I’ve used.
This year, due to my new job, I was introduced to Australian brand Alpha-H and their wonderful products. Though every product in their range is great one that stands out as a personal favourite is the Liquid Gold 24 Hour Moisture Repair Cream. I’m not usually one for a heavy cream but I have found this perfect to use at night and when I wake up in the morning my skin is so much smoother than if I go without. It also works hard to treat signs of skin damage and pigmentation for a more even-looking skin tone. I am now addicted.
I am always on the look out for products that help restore my damaged hair after too much heat and bleach and this is one of the only ones I have tried that I actually noticed a difference with. It didn’t just leave a coat of conditioner on my hair like many hair treatments often too but actually made it feel and appear stronger and less brittle.
What have been your favourite beauty products of 2018?
Disclaimer: Due to my career in the beauty industry some products on this blog may have been received free of charge. However this does not alter any reviews and I always give an honest opinion.