My 2018 Beauty Favourites

Happy New Year, loves!

Welcome to my first blog post of 2019… wow that feels weird to say! I hope you had the most amazing NYE celebrating with your family and friends. Matt and I certainly had the best evening celebrating with each other and our friends! I hope you all started the year surrounded by amazing people, and fingers crossed 2019 will bring you some amazing things. Matt and I can’t wait to get back to cooking together! After indulging over the Christmas break, a little detox is much needed. I can’t believe all of the festivities are over for another year, however I’m so excited to be beginning another year with the love of my life; a year of travelling and exploring, saving for our house and all the extra fun things we’ll be up to!

Matt and I are super lucky to have had yesterday and today off work, spending some much needed quality time together! I’m feeling so happy and ready to take on the new year. Tonight we’re heading to our first NUFC game of the year, fingers crossed we beat Man U!

Today’s post is all about my favourite nine beauty products from 2018. Some of these products were new discoveries for me in the past year, and some I’ve loved for a very long time and realised just how much over the past twelve months. I struggled so hard to narrow this down to just nine products, but I feel like we’re thrown so many ‘must have’ products from blog posts, YouTube videos and magazines, and there’s some weird obligation I often feel to try everyone’s must-haves. I looked through my makeup and skincare stash, and had a little snoop around the bathroom and tried to think more in a sense of #holygrail products – anyone remember when everyone on YouTube used to use that phrase about pretty much every product they’d ever used?! Well this is more along the lines of your whole makeup and skincare collection got taken off you and what would you re-purchase first! Literally my worst nightmare HAHA, but that was my thinking behind picking up these products, I hope you enjoy!

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip Cheat Pencil & Lipstick
I’ve used and loved this lip liner for the past few years (I’m pretty sure I discovered it through Amelia Liana’s vlogs!) and this year it’s become my number one go-to. I always buy myself a Christmas present every year – no shame – and this year I treated myself to a few Charlotte Tilbury goodies I’d had my eye on for a while. This lipstick is the perfect pinkish nude, and it’s lived in my handbag ever since I bought it. It’s a more dark nude shade on me as I have super fair skin! I wore it on Christmas Day too (I totally skipped Buxom Hot Toddy that I featured in my Festive Makeup Routine post in favour of my new lipstick love) and it lasted so well through eating, drinking, and of course kissing Matt! These are both my perfect your lips but better shade, and I can’t recommend them highly enough if you’re in the market for new high end lip products.

The Body Shop Bouncy Eye Mask
This is without a doubt my best skincare product of find of 2018, possibly ever! I have had issues with dry, irritated skin under my eyes for the past few years, especially during the colder Autumn/Winter months, and this product has completley fixed that. I use this every night and it leaves my skin feeling so smooth and soft, and my under eye area never feels dry or flaky like it used to. I find that after I do my morning skincare routine my under-eye area still feels so great and makeup sits so well on top.

Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Light
I only picked this up in November, but it’s already a holy grail must-have product for me! I was using Benefit Hoola as a contour product for the longest time, and admiring this from afar as Alana and Anna always rave about it in their videos! The colour is slightly grey toned and not at all muddy, it blends perfectly and the pan seemingly lasts forever (I’ve used this every day since I bought it and there isn’t even a slight dent on the powder). It’s by far the best contour product I’ve ever used, and is the perfect shade for my fair skin tone. I’ll definitely be picking up the medium shade when the Summer months roll around!

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo
This truly is a skin-saver for me! I’m currently planning my skincare routine post featuring all of my favourite products that will be up in the next few weeks, but I can’t tell you how much difference this makes to my skin. It’s priced well – I’d say mid-ranged – and is often included in three for two offers in Boots and on Feel Unique and Look Fantastic. I use this every day and find it’s the perfect base for makeup; it doesn’t feel heavy or thick on my face but it definitely moisturises and creates a great barrier on my skin for makeup to lay on top of. It’s made a huge difference to my skin, and has been a huge help in healing scars and pigmentation, caused by previous acne. I couldn’t be without this! This is solely the product that allows me to feel comfortable on the odd no makeup day I have each month!

Radox Acai Berry Bath Salts
I discovered these late in the year, but I can’t tell you how great I feel when I use these in my bath! I sprinkle them in to every bath I take, along with bubble bath and sometimes a bath bomb, and they smell so so beautiful. They claim to ‘wash away stresses and clear your mind’ and I’d say I agree with that; I feel SO relaxed and calm after each bath, and I genuinely look forward to using them! I picked up the spearmint scented package for Matt and he’s a huge fan too, we’re both literally obsessed with baths HAHA.

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder
I used this a ton at the beginning of the year, drifted off to various products in between, and now I’m firmly back on the Laura Mercier train. I can’t stress how beautiful this product is; it sets my makeup without it looking cakey, and doesn’t wear off throughout the day. I use this every day, as a powder to lightly bake under my eyes and under my contour, and to set the rest of my face with a big fluffy brush. It’s so finely milled and I swear a full size powder lasts FOREVER, even if you’re like me and end up with half of it over your boyfriends carpet on the daily! (Sorry, babe!)

Nars Soft Matte Concealer in Vanilla
I’ve talked about this so many times on the blog and recommended it personally to pretty much every makeup-wearing person I know! It’s the most perfect concealer to cover redness, blemishes and acne scarring. I had pretty bad acne scarring on my cheeks, that has gone down so much over the past year (thanks to Effaclar Duo!) but it’s still there, and visible through a light layer of foundation. I only use my foundation to even out my skin tone, then use my concealer to correct imperfections and redness; this means my face doesn’t look cakey and all of the makeup sits so well. I don’t use this under my eyes as it’s a little too thick, however as a secret extra favourite product I LOVE the Laura Mercier fusion concealer; I’ve not been using it long enough to class it as a 2018 beauty favourite, but I can’t imagine ever stopping using it!

Garnier Skin Active Sheet Masks
My love of sheet masks hit an all time high in 2018, and these are the ultimate best on the market for me. Matt and I often spend an evening relaxing watching Netflix and throwing on a sheet mask (he’s such a good sport HAHA). He prefers masks he can peel off, but even he comments on how good his skin looks every time we use these! We used them the night before Christmas Eve and our skin looked so healthy and glowing on Christmas Day. I wrote a whole post about these masks which you can check out here.

Estee Lauder Eight Hour Cream
I freaking LOVE this product! I keep it in my bag at all times as I just feel I can’t be without it. It’s a great multi tasking product, although I typically use it as a lip balm (religiously before bed I switch between this and Nuxe Reve De Miel – Matt isn’t a fan of ‘goopy’ lip balms when he kisses me HAHA) and a cuticle treatment. I think it’s because it’s Winter and my skin is feeling a little more dry in general, but I’ve had lots of dry skin around my fingernails and on my hands in general. This product has been a miracle worker and made my skin feel so soft and smooth! I know if I ever have dry or chapped lips, a night of wearing this ensures they’re good as new in the morning.

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you found my top nine beauty products from the year helpful, and maybe to add a few things into your beauty wishlist for the new year. What were your standout must-have products for the year?

-G x