It is the time of year for reflecting on what is important to us…like which beauty products really stood out during 2017. Here are my top 10 favourite products that I couldn’t get enough of this year.
L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise ($12)
I repurchased the Lash Paradise mascara five times this year. I have never been loyal to a mascara in the past because my short lashes pretty much look the same no matter what goes on them. This product was a game changer for me. It makes them look thicker, longer and more fanned out.
NARS Soft Matte Concealer ($37)
If I’m not trying to cover up my acne, I am trying to cover up my acne scars. This concealer helps me to create a flawless base without any discolouration peeping through my makeup. The formula is thick, but doesn’t crease or look cakey after hours of wear. If you love full-coverage concealer, this is the product for you.
Milk Makeup Matcha Toner ($31)
Toner is an important step in my skincare routine because I have oily and acne-prone skin. Milk’s Matcha Toner is alcohol-free and comes in a convenient gel stick formula. You simply rub the stick over your face and you are done. It is mess-free, quick and doesn’t sting my skin.
Stila Magnificent Metals Liquid Eyeshadow ($31)
This highly-pigmented glitter formula doesn’t require any glue, and there is no risk of fallout either. Whether you are cutting the crease, adding a pop of shimmer into the inner corner or blending it over the entire lid, this is the go-to product for an easy, beautiful finish.
Herbivore Bamboo Charcoal Soap ($12)
This year, I was introduced to the world of non-toxic beauty and have started trying to switch to more conscious products. One of the easiest transitions to make is basic skincare because there is a large variety of products available. I love to use the Herbivore Charcoal Soap on my face and body as a daily cleanser. It leaves my face feeling squeaky clean, and the charcoal helps to draw out impurities from my skin. Oh, did I mention it is only $12?
Glossier Cloud Paint ($22)
We all know that Glossier has one of the smartest marketing strategies in the beauty world. When they dropped Cloud Paint in 2017, Instagram was flooded with videos of naturally beautiful women mixing and smudging the four shades on their face, leaving behind a rosy glow. I wanted it immediately. I have used cloud paint as a blush, bronzer, eyeshadow and as a lip colour. It is versatile and flattering no matter where or how you apply it.
Fenty Beauty Lip Paint ($30)
Rhianna had one of the most anticipated and successful beauty launches of 2017. Although the Fenty Lip Paint was not a part of her first drop of products, it has been the one that has won my heart. Not only is this lip paint the perfect shade of red that makes your teeth look dazzling white, but the formula is also incredible. To top it all off, the packaging looks luxurious.
Maybelline Fit Me Loose Powder ($10)
Drugstore companies have been coming for high-end brands this year. Dupes are no longer just products in a similar colour, but rather formulas that perform the same or better than their more expensive twin. Maybelline’s expansion of their cult favourite “Fit Me” line featured a loose powder that is giving Laura Mercier a run for her money. It has added coverage, creates a flawless base, and keeps everything looking matte.
Kaia Naturals Detox Deodorant ($21)
I talk about this product so often that you would think that I am sponsored. I get so excited talking about my transition to natural deodorant because I actually feel like it changed my life. I have always been an active person and sweat easily, so I was constantly self-conscious about smelling bad. After detoxing my armpits with this deodorant, my body doesn’t produce odor as easily. Plus, it is a healthier alternative to the antiperspirant I used to use.
Glossier Invisible Shield Sunscreen ($38)
Ever since turning 21, I have developed a fear of aging. I think that is because the media tells me that I should always try to preserve my youth. Either way, this fear has led me to start wearing sunscreen on my face every day, so I suppose that is a good thing. Sunscreen usually causes small clusters of breakouts on my forehead and chin, but this one is the exception. The clear formula sets matte and doesn’t cause my makeup to slide around overtop.