7 beauty favourites of 2017 so far

You know when you just really want to share some good pieces, and there’s no ‘How-To’ or ‘My Tips’ about it?

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Today’s post is a good old fashioned beauty favourites. I picked seven items I’ve been loving in the first four months of 2017 to share with you today in a hope you might discover them too. Some skincare, some haircare, a few make up items and something for the bath tub – they’re items I’ve been reaching for over and over and I wanted to share just how much I love them!

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder – approx. £28.50 for full size

I’ve only got the sample size of this (from one very unfortunate shift I did on the Laura Mercier counter near me when I was working solely as a make up artist) but this is hands down my favourite bronzer of the moment. I have it in Shade 3 Bronze, which is really quite warm toned but it’s actually the consistency of the product that I love so much. It’s in the name – Radiance Powder. It’s just completely glowy and beautiful. It’s light and fresh and gives my skin a real lift without really noticeably changing the colour. It’s marketed as ‘ultra-smooth’ and it’s just that – it doesn’t cling or clump, it just glides on and give you a dreamy glow. I’m keen to pick up a cooler shade come Autumn.

The Bathory Bath Soak

Okay, I’ll put my hands up here. I LOVE this product, and have been using it for about a year. This is my last tub and when I Googled it to link it – the company don’t exist anymore! A total blogging fail on my behalf, and a real shame for them as these were fab products. I remember I chose all my favourite scents and then inputted into the website what my woes were (stress, restlessness, sleeping issues etc) and they whipped up a concoction of epsom salts for the bath to help combat it. Let’s hope there’s something else on the market like this soon!

Covergirl Advanced Radiance Age-Defying Pressed Powder – approx. $6.99

I picked this next item up in California at Christmas and cracked it open a few weeks back. I’d read online about the Covergirl powders, and heard this one was particularly good. For me, powder is a must to set my make up but as I talked about here, my skin has become a lot drier lately. This powder is perfect for smoothing my skin, making my make up look complete, as well as keeping a radiance to my skin. It’s light enough to not cling to dry patches and for around £5 (I’m not sure you can get Covergirl in the UK at the moment), it’s a really good drugstore buy for those who can get their hands on it!

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Nip + Fab Glycolic Cleansing Fix – approx. £8

I wrote about this product in my 3 Glycolic Faves post here, and I’ll admit, I’ve given myself some anxiety surrounding it – it seems to be starting to sell out! It’s a chemical exfoliant cleanser that I swear by – you can read more about what that means in the other post linked, but this is a must for me most evenings.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion – approx. £16

This was another USA buy, that I picked up in the outlets in Palm Springs. I’ve always sworn by an eyeshadow primer but never tried the much hyped Urban Decay ones. I’ve got this in the shade Sin (a light, shimmery bronze) but this makes little difference to the make up I put over the top of it. It’s a great product and a little goes a really long way so I hope my tube will last me some time! I’ve always got on with most eye primers, low and high end, so I can’t really say if it’s worth the money but it does the job for me!

Tangle Teezer Ultimate Finishing Hairbrush – approx. £15*

I’ve been a big fan of Tangle Teezer since my extension days, owning a Classic, a Compact and an Aqua Splash. I was given the chance to try the Ultimate Finishing Hairbrush recently and this has fast become my favourite. For me, as someone who doesn’t do much more than a few waves, perhaps it’s skills in finessing an updo are lost, but what I do love? The handle. I reach for this over my Classic most mornings as, hands up, I’m pretty clumsy and am forever flinging my others across the room. The handle makes using the Tangle Teezer so easy and as usual, it detangles and de-stresses hair brushing like a dream.

L’Oreal Paris Extraordinary Oil – approx. £6

I’m always on the look out for reasonably priced hair oils and I recently came across this one whilst it was on offer in Superdrug (which it still is!). As someone who heat styles daily, and has bleached ends, my hair needs a lot of moisture. I swear by a good hair oil before blowdrying and this one has become my go-to lately. It’s thick and hydrating and does the job. I also run a little bit through when my hair is styled, to tame frizzy ends and it never weighs my hair down. I obviously avoid the root area, but the ends lap it up and I think I’ve finally found my budget hair oil!

Is there anything in particular you’ve been living this year so far?



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