Hello everyone, how are you all? Did you have a good Christmas? Mine was quite relaxed; we sat and chatted, ate a tonne of food, played card games, and then watched the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special (so glad Harry won, his dancing was stunning!)
I also had a mini Christmas with my friends on the 23rd, which involved Monopoly, Cards Against Humanity, Love Actually, Secret Santa presents, a candy cane hunt, and more Chinese food than four people could ever want or need. I had a lovely couple of days and it’s definitely left me feeling recharged after a busy term at uni. But before we move on to 2016, it’s time for Part 2 of my Products of the Year series. This time I’ll be looking at hand cream, hair products, and make-up.
If you missed Part 1 you can catch up here.)
Hands and Hair
Another godsend from Weleda, and this time it’s the Almond Sensitive Hand Cream, £9.95, a.k.a. marzipan-scented goodness. So silky smooth, and so good at soothing sore hands.
As for hair products, I’m afraid I caved and used the Odylique Gentle Herb Shampoo (v), £11, even though I promised to save it for a holiday. I’m not sorry, because it cleanses the hair without stripping it of moisture and is kind to my scalp, too.
Like your conditioners to smell edible? Then the Yes To Coconut Ultra Moisture Conditioner, £5.99, is something you need in your life. It hydrates dry ends without the grease and also leaves them ridiculously shiny.
If you need something a little more intense, then the Neal’s Yard Rosemary and Cedarwood Hair Treatment (v), could be the one. It’s oily and takes a bit of time to wash out, but it’s so good for the hair and my ends look much healthier.
Of course, if you’d prefer a buttery texture then LUSH R&B Hair Moisturiser (v), £11.95, might suit you better. A tiny bit sorts dry hair in seconds and it smells like winter (give it a whiff next time you’re in LUSH and you’ll see what I mean!)
Base Products and Brushes
On to make-up now! The Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation in Porcelain (v), £13.99, has proved to e a welcome, lighter alternative to liquid foundation; it’s a pale, buildable powder that’s suitable for sensitive skin.
That said, there are still days when I need a bit more coverage and that’s when I reach for NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Siberia, £31. This, too, is a pale shade and it provides medium coverage that leaves my skin glowy, not oily. Sold.
I couldn’t talk about base products without giving NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly, £22, a mention. The concealer hides dark circles and is also good at highlighting underneath the eyebrows without any naff shimmer, and correcting mistakes when you’re working on your winged liner.
Finally, we have my new favourite brush: the Lily Lolo Super Kabuki Brush (v), £14.99. It covers a large area of skin but is dense enough to buff everything in; I will never need another powder brush again.
Want to look healthy and rosy-cheeked? Sleek Shimmer Blush in Pomegranate, £4.49, could quite possibly be the answer. Now, I know the word shimmer can be a little worrying when it comes to blush, but fear not: it makes your skin look glowy, not fibre-optic.
Likewise, No7 Instant Radiance Highlighter, £9.95, is pretty and illuminates the skin, and the chunky crayon packaging makes application a breeze.
I never leave the house without doing my brows and the Seventeen Brow’s That! Brow Kit, £5.99, has everything I need in one place (and it’s a perfect colour-match, too).
I’ve also loved the Makeup Revolution Essential Mattes 2 Palette this year. It contains everything you need for chic, defined eyes and only costs £4.
When it comes to lipstick, the love of my life is most certainly Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect, £23. It’s the prettiest pink shade, in the prettiest rose-gold packaging. Love everlasting.
When I want something a bit more bold, I reach for NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl, £19. It’s a gorgeous, blue-toned red and the pencil shape makes it really easy to define your lips.
Finally, I surprised myself this year by buying and loving a lip gloss, of all things: Lily Lolo Natural Lip Gloss in English Rose, £7.99. It’s a lovely everyday shade, it smells of chocolate, and it’s not gloopy; it’s ideal for days when you don’t want to faff.
Which products have you loved this year? Let me know in the comments!
(v) = vegan
Note: Although NARS was cruelty-free at the time of writing, they have since decided to sell their products in China as of June 2017 and therefore are no longer cruelty-free.
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Beth, 25, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travelling, and gin.
I write about ethical & eco-friendly living, minimalism, and mental health, as I muddle through one step at a time. Enjoy!