Suddenly it’s that time of year again where I look back at what beauty products I’ve used in 2018 and work out which ones I’ve been constantly reaching for this year.
L’Oréal Hydra Genius Moisturiser
The top spot absolutely HAS to go to the L’Oreal Hydra Genius product, I first bought this back in January and I’ve used is every single day all year. I’ve repurchased it a few times too.
The packaging is a tall glass bottle so it feels quite luxurious and I love the greeny blue colour which gives the appearance of freshness. It comes in three formulations; mine is for dry to sensitive skin and it has a gel like consistency. One pump of product is enough for your whole face (a little goes a long way) and it’s oh so light – it goes on the skin like a dream and I’ve found that it sinks in really quickly. It’s also non-greasy which is a big win in my books. The smell is super refreshing, thanks to the aloe vera and it’s really hydrating because it contains Hyaluronic acid. I use this after applying serum to my skin, before I do my makeup every morning. You can use this in the evening too but I use a thicker night cream instead.
The L’Oréal Hydra Genius Moisturiser is normally £9.95 but I’ve managed to pick it up from a few places with 30% off a couple of times this year (yes, I’ve repurchased it THAT many times). I love a bargain!
Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Scrub
This year I discovered Nip + Fab products and loved them so much that I blogged about my Nip + Fab Favourites. It’s a tough call to choose my favourite of my favourites, but it has to be the first product that I tried in June which led me to try more of their products which is the Glycolic Fix Scrub. Glycolic Acid is an exfoliant which features heavily in my skincare routine (a bit like hydrating Hyaluronic Acid products) and this is in a body scrub form with a delicious grapefruit scent. It’s gritty (a bit like the grains of salt) and easily buffs away dead skin cells leaving my skin feel refreshed and renewed.
The Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix scrub costs £9.95 and Superdrug seems to be the best place for a good selection of Nip + Fab products. They often seem to run decent offers so you can pick up a few for a good price.
Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser
I’ve always been a big fan of the Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser and this is a great alternative for just £6! I first purchased this in the summer on a complete whim when I was browsing the shelves in Superdrug and selected three different products from the Naturally Radiant range that were on a 3 for 2 offer. Since the summer, I’ve been reaching for this a lot in the evenings after work to remove my makeup as it works in the same way as Liz Earle.
It’s got a thick and creamy consistency which you rub straight into dry skin and wipe off using the included muslin cloth soaked in hot water ,although I tend to just use a normal face flannel. My skin feels soft and clean after using it. Admittedly, I wouldn’t use it for super heavy duty makeup but for my everyday makeup this works perfectly and the price point is great.
The pale green packaging uses a similar colour scheme to Liz Earle although it doesn’t come with the pump applicator, instead it is a tube which you squeeze the product out of.
The Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser costs £6 and comes with a muslin cloth. A great budget cleanser.
Maybelline Tattoo Brow
After moving to London, I began to begrudge the prices at brow bars around the areas that I live and work so I started trying various brow tinting products. I’ve tried a few out but keep reaching back for the Maybelline Tattoo Brow; its a peel off tinting product which only lasts for about three days but I find it quick and easy to apply at home which is handy if I’ve not had chance to get my brows done properly.
I have the shade medium brown which is dark enough for me and after applying, I just leave it on for ten minutes (yes it looks a bit scary at this point) and then it dries and you just peel it off.
The Maybelline Tattoo Brow costs £12.99 from Boots so it’s mid priced, but a good last minute fix to have at home.
Revolution Fast Base Foundation Stick (F4)
The Revolution Fast Base Foundation Stick launched in February and quickly became the talk of the town. It’s high coverage, easy to apply and blend and really compact making it good for travelling as it takes up less room than my other foundations which are stored in glass bottles. It’s available in 18 shades so there’s a good range of choices and it’s really pigmented so a little goes a long way. It doesn’t, however, include an SPF so you’ll need to apply this separately.
I blogged about the Revolution Foundation Stick and Conceal & Define Concealer back in June but the foundation has been my preferred product. I originally tried out the shades F2 & F3 but I’ve since settled on F4 as a good match for my MAC NW20 skin.
The Revolution Fast Base Foundation Stick (F4) costs £5 and is available from both Boots and Superdrug.
New CID i-Glow Highlight (Sirocco)
l’ve already got a few favourite highlighters but the New CID i-Glow has gone straight to the top of the list and I’ve used nothing else for the second half of this year. I first heard about this product after hearing Boss Mummy (Georgie) on Instagram raving about New CID’s products so I was keen to try them for myself.
The New CID i-Glow Highlight in the shade Sirocco is a beautiful marbly highlighter with a golden glow which is really pigmented as it’s baked rather than pressed giving radiant illumination, perfect for cheekbones, brow bones and the cupids bow.
The packaging is a bit bulky so it’s not ideal for travelling with (although this hasn’t stopped me before) but it does come with a mirror which is handy.
The New CID i-Glow Highlight (Sirocco) is £27.50 but I think they have deals pretty regularly, I bought mine as part of a deal earlier this year (I also purchased the i-Prime primer). Next up, I want to try the New CID i-Glow Blush in Coral Crush which has been recommended by Caroline Hirons.
This Precleanse oil quite literally melts all makeup of your face (even the heavy duty stuff) and I’ve been testing out Dermalogica products in Q4 of the year and I’ve really loved this one. It’s one of the best cleansing oils I’ve tried (and I’ve tried a fair few) and I love that it smells of haribo! It comes with a pump and the oil itself is pretty runny and viscous so I’ve found that one pump has been enough to remove a whole face of heavy makeup, including waterproof eye makeup.
It’s one of the more high end favourites for this year at a price point of £38.50 for 150ml if this works for your budget. I’ve not been using this everyday (due to the cost) but I’ve been reaching for it when I’ve been wearing a heavy layer of makeup. I’ve also got this in a travel size version (30ml) which is great to take away on holiday as it’s very effective at removing sunscreen products which can clog up your pores but this travel size version is a good option for anyone wanting to try out the product before purchasing the full size version.
Many of my 2017 favourites have continued to be part of my regular routine; the Clinique face mist, Pixi glow tonic and urban decay naked heat being the standouts that I continue to love.
What have been your 2018 favourite beauty products?