I think it’s about time that I share what I’ve enjoyed using the most over the past year. I’m not really one to do monthly favourites because my routine doesn’t generally change a great deal month to month. However I love doing an annual roundup, and almost re-discovering products in my own stash that I’ve forgotten about.
Let’s start with fragrance. Back in New York, on the last day of my trip I made my last stop at Sephora before heading to JFK. I really didn’t need to get anything. To be honest I shouldn’t have gone in because I had literally been in a different Sephora every single day of the trip. I saw a stand for a Chloe fragrance. I was almost going to walk straight past it because you can buy it at home, but there was a promotion for a fragrance I had not seen before. Chloe Nomade is very different to the other fragrances I own. It has fruity notes with an intense oak base. I was only able to get a travel spray because I had no more space in my suitcase. It came with a free scented to candle to match and also a bespoke illustration from the artist ‘Bang’. As soon as I got home I bought the full size.
Shampoos are products I constantly change. Once I finish a product, I would just pick out the next one to use. However, the one product that I will always go back to is the Kérastase Specifique Anti Dandruff Shampoo. It is the only shampoo that helps with my dry and itchy scalp. My favourite heat protectant is also from the Kérastase range. The Smoothing Taming Milk helps keep my baby hairs at bay.
The best shower product I have used is the L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil. I first discovered this when the brand did a collaboration with The Anna Edit and Lily Pebbles and released a beauty bag. The shower oil is the perfect indulgent shower product for an evening pamper.
I’m not the biggest fan of body butters, purely because of the amount of work needed for the product to be absorbed into the skin. I much prefer body lotions. My favourite was the Mixa Anti-Dryness Lotion. It leaves your skin so smooth and hydrated. My hand cream of the year was definitely the La Roche-Posay Lipikar Hand Repair Cream. It sinks into the skin quickly and isn’t greasy.
Last year I was definitely on the hunt to find products that put as much moisture back into my dry skin as possible. Some of my favourites were Kiehl’s Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence, Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist, La Roche-Posay HyaluB5 Serum and Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque.
The best products I’ve tried for makeup removal were Clinique Take the Day Off and Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm. The next step in my routine would be the Pixi Glow Tonic, which I would use on alternate days.
Eye creams have always been a step that I used to skip. This was because I had never found one that actually did much. They were all ok but definitely not memorable. This was until I discovered Drunk Elephant’s C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream. It does a great job at brightening and smoothing the eye contour. La Roche-Posay Effaclar H was a re-discovery for me. I had just run out of Clinique Moisture Surge and wanted to switch up my routine a bit. I found Effaclar H in my already open box and it managed to pull me out of my ‘only water-based moisturiser’ rut. Haha! It really helped with soothing my occasional hormonal breakout.
Now let’s talk about some of my makeup favourites. NARS has been my go-to brand for primers. I can’t wear any eyeshadow without applying NARS Tinted Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base first. I got into the habit of just using my concealer on my eyelids, but found that by midday my eyeshadow would crease. Then I tried Nars and have not gone back. My eye makeup lasts till the end of the day and still looks perfect.
My everyday foundation was definitely the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation followed by either the matching powder or bareMinerals Invisible Light Translucent Powder Duo. Concealer is a step I often forget when i’m rushing out of the house in the morning. When I have more time, I love using the YSL Touche Éclat to brighten my under eyes. My trusty Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit 3 is my favourite for both my highlight, bronzer and even a light eyeshadow. On dressier days I like to use Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette or my Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Palette.
No7 still continues to win on the mascara front. I just can’t find any other product that does not smudge under the eyes or have any fall out quite like the No7 Lash Extender Mascara. When I’m feeling fancy, I also use Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyeliner.
I’m definitely still loving these products and have even gone back to some of my most loved from 2017. But right now I’ve stopped buying so many products and have been shopping my stash and discovering a couple of hidden gems along the way.
Shampoo: Kérastase Specifique Bain Anti Pelliculaire
Heat Protectant: Kérastase Smoothing Taming Milk
Shower: L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil
Hand Cream: La Roche-Posay Lipikar Hand Repair Cream
Body Lotion: Mixa Anti-Dryness Body Lotion
Eye Makeup Remover: Clinique Take the Day Off
Makeup Remover: Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm
Toner: Pixi Glow Tonic
Essence: Kiehl’s Iris Extract
Mist: Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist
Eye Cream: Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream
Serum: La Roche-Posay HyaluB5
Moisturiser: La Roche-Posay Effaclar H
Lip Balm: Clinique Pep-Start Night Mask
Mask: Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydrating Masque / Garnier Glow Shot
SPF: Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily Defense SPF 50
Primer: NARS Smooth & Protect Primer
Eyeshadow Primer: NARS Tinted Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
Foundation: Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation
Powder: Bourjois Healthy Mix Powder / bareMinerals Invisible Light Translucent Powder Duo
Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette / Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Palette
Highlight: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette Edit 3
Bronzer: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette Edit 3
Blush: Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Blush
Mascara: No7 Lash Extender Mascara
Eyeliner: Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyeliner Pen
Brow: Benefit Fool Proof Powder
Lip: YSL Volupte Tint-In Balm / Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector