29 Jan My 2017 Beauty Favourites
According to my mom, in 2017, I became a makeup snob.
What she means is that during the past year, I changed my usual routine quite a bit – I call it, “maturing” – and while I still love a great budget find, I am leaning more towards quality items versus how much I can get. Even so, looking over my “best of” list, a good portion of the products mentioned are available from the drugstore, but none compromise on quality – which is what matters most.
Sorbet BB Cream
Sadly, I haven’t discovered a new foundation that makes my heart skip a beat, probably because Revlon’s ColorStay Foundation still ranks #1. However, I did find and fall-in-love with Sorbet’s BB Cream which is out of the ordinary for me as I have never been a fan of beauty balms. Since trying Sorbet’s BB Cream, I have come to learn that it’s a favourite among South Africa’s beauty bloggers and for good reason too. While it ticks all the usual boxes of a BB Cream, the stand out difference is that it provides a little more coverage and lasts longer than any other brand that I have tried. Oh, and it’s only R99! The formula is light-weight on the skin, leaves your complexion looking fresh, bright and dewy.
(PS. It has just been announced that Sorbet is launching a full makeup range in March of this year, which I am super keen to learn more about)
CATRICE Liquid Camouflage High Coverage Concealer
Motherhood 2.0 really did a number on my under-eyes, which have certainly darkened. CATRICE’s Liquid Camouflage comes highly recommended by some of my favourite international beauty bloggers and after trying it, I completely understand the hype. CATRICE have developed a high-quality concealer at a fraction of the price, that covers any trace of darkness, brightens the area, and does not crease. I have since tried other drugstore brands but nothing comes close to the quality and finish of CATRICE’s Liquid Camouflage – it’s a total winner!
Elizabeth Arden FourEver Bronze Bronzing Powder
If you had to take all my makeup away, this is the item I would claw to. Elizabeth Arden launched the FourEver Bronze Bronzing Powder during the year, causing a massive disturbance to my usual routine where nothing can convince me to try anything new. This stuff is like velvety butter made for your face! The four-in-one compact features highlight, blush, contour and bronzing powder so that you can sculpt, contour and glow by either using each product on its own, or blending them altogether (like I do!). The silky-matte formula melts into skin, leaving you with a natural looking golden glow.
Wet n Wild Highlighters
The brand that I probably explored the most, this past year, is Wet n Wild – thankfully, they’re budget friendly. There are several of their products that truly stand out, but right off the top of my head is their highlighters which, in my opinion, had created a new expectation from drugstore highlighters which had previously been chalky, glittery, and inconsistent. Wet n Wild’s ultra-pearly finish blends like a dream, is silky smooth and highly pigmented giving a bright, in-your-face glow that is great for highlighting your cheekbones, and cupid’s bow.
L.A Girl Shady Slim Eyebrow Pencil
By now you probably know that I judge people by their eyebrows. I love everything about eyebrows – how they can change the shape of your face, how they change your expression and I especially love doing eyebrows. In fact, I love brows so much that I was even tempted to start a Brow Bar after so many requests to do people’s brows. So, it should come as no surprise that I am a bit pedantic about which brow products I use. I personally prefer a pencil as I like to create tiny hair strokes for a more natural look – I am not a fan of those Instagram eyebrows, sorry! Half-way through the year, I started the search for a local eyebrow product as my KleanColor Brow pencil was running out and the stress of not finding a good replacement was catching up to me. I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you I have tried about 30 brow products this year, so believe me when I say that L.A. Girl’s Shady Slim Pencil is the best darn pencil I have found, even compared to my Dior eyebrow pencil. The super slim retractable tip helps to easily create sculpted brows, making them appear fuller while still looking natural and flattering.
ColourPop Eyeshadow Palettes
I have always stayed away from buying international makeup, but this year I took the plunge and flip, it’s been worth it. ColourPop is a well-known and very affordable brand that reigns from sunny-California, offering an incredible range of makeup that rivals higher end brands. In fact, the brand has become so popular that it is now stocked at Sephora. Last year, they launched the first of their pressed eyeshadow palettes and being a sucker for beautifully curated eyeshadow palettes, I couldn’t say no. I now own 5 of their pressed eyeshadow palettes with another 2 on their way to me and can confidently say that their shadows are the best $16 I have ever spent. I love how compact the packaging is and that their primary focus is on the product inside. Each palette has been designed with a very specific theme in mind, with the shadows matching and blending beautifully. But the real wow-factor is just how buttery and pigmented their shadows are – I love the velvety finish, and how easy it is to create cohesive looks with very little effort or know-how.
Essence Volume Stylist 18H Mascara
I have lost count of how many people I have recommended this mascara to and who have come back to say that it is their ride or die. Essence has MANY mascaras that I swear by, but they have seriously hit it out the park with the formula of their Volume Stylist Mascara which uses micro-styling waxes to provide lashes with long-lasting volume. The brush does a wonderful job of grabbing every lash, coating it in the creamy and rich black formula, leaving lashes volumized, lengthened and defined. For only R65, you can’t go wrong with this gem!
Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit in Rebel Rose
I have never (ever) gotten as many compliments as I do when I wear Wet n Wild’s Liquid Catsuit in the shade Rebel Rose. It’s the most flattering nude liquid lipstick that lasts for hours, doesn’t need retouching and works perfectly with any makeup look. Of course, the shade is just my personal preference and I find that the darker shades aren’t as long-lasting. However, I love this particular shade so much that I own 3 of them, so that I always have one nearby! I am seriously impressed by the formula; it just glides on, giving a high-pigmented matte finish that is light-weight and doesn’t dry the lips.
Urban Beauty United (UBU) Beauty Tools
A few years ago, my mother-in-law gave me a UBU brush which stood out for it’s quirky bright bristles and great quality. Since then, I have started building my own collection of their brushes and with every new brush set that I discover, I am more impressed with their brand and what they have to offer. Their brushes are soft to use, their handles are nicely weighted and overall the appearance is quite great too. I especially love their eye-brushes which are my go-to for creating detailed makeup looks.
And that rounds up some of my favourite makeup products of 2017. What are you most excited to give a try? Remember that if you want to see how I use these and other beauty products, to follow my Instagram challenge called #52Faces where I will be sharing a new makeup look each week, for 2018.
I am the creator behind By Megan Kelly, mom of two boys, named Axl (4-years old) and Eli (1-year old), and local business owner of Dr. Design. I live on copious amounts of coffee, spend my free time listening to podcasts while I garden or journal, and really enjoy baking fresh treats for my family. On the weekends, you’ll likely find me exploring our local city, looking for new family-friendly places for our kids, but that’s only if I am not already shouting at the soccer on TV. I support Tottenham and enjoy pretending to know what I am doing in the Fantasy League, but really I am just in it for the laughs. I can be bribed with chocolate and will never admit to having too much makeup – although, I probably do.