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Monday, 5 February 2018

My Favourites Of 2017

I'm back! As always I took most of January off apart from my Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018 post. I like to take a break and get ideas together on content I want to post on my blog this year, I have so much planned!

I was going to jump straight in with Valentines Day content but I had seen so many of these "My top products of 2017" or "My favourites of 2017" posts that I wanted to have a reflection of what I loved from last year. 

Too Faced Born This Way Concealer - This is now my holy grail concealer. I purchased this along with a few other Too Faced products last May. Since then I have re-brought this a few times as it does wonders covering up my dark circles. If you have dark circles or suffer with fatigue this has a brilliant consistency, conceals and brightens with weightless full coverage. 

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara - I find a lot of volumising and lengthening mascaras clump on your lashes with more than one coat. I feel this gives you full and long lashes with just one coat but gives you an amazing falsies effect with two. 

Colourpop Shock Blush - I love a rose pink blush and I found the perfect one with Colourpop. Their blushers have fantastic pigmentation and lasts all day. I was quite surprised how they glisten without being overloaded with shimmer. I really want to invest in this brand more over 2018.

Revlon Concealer - This is such a good alternative to the Too Faced Born This Way Concealer. For days where you are wearing lighter makeup, this gives you perfect coverage for around 6-8 hours so great for work or school. The only downside to this product is that the colour range isn't as diverse as the Too Faced Concealer.

StylPro Makeup Brush Cleaner & Drier - This is the most amazing makeup "gadget" I have ever brought. I picked this up in May and I haven't looked back. The StylPro in my opinion is the best thing to clean your makeup brushes with. If you click here you'll be able to see how the StylPro works and you'll probably get hooked too. It does take time to get the grips with it, like with most gadgets and/or products, but once you do you can clean and dry your brushes in one sitting whereas you'd usually leave your brushes to dry over night or longer. 

Nip & Fab Toner - This was released towards the end of 2017 but has easily become the best toner I have ever used. I've done many posts about Nip & Fab skincare but I haven't reviewed this as of yet. I find this really hydrates my skin whilst shrinking my pores. I have larger pores on and around my nose and you wouldn't know if you saw me after doing my skincare regime. This doesn't sting either which I found happened quite a bit with other drugstore toners. 

Korean Skincare - There are many brands that I have only tried one or two products from so I decided to umbrella them. Korean Skincare has been a topic amongst Bloggers & YouTubers for the past couple of years. There has always been products I've wanted to try but ultimately didn't give it a go until 2017. I was trying many different skin regimes with the least steps/amount of products because of cost and because I was worried about how many chemicals I was using. An off-putting factor for me with Korean Skincare was the 10 steps you take in the regime. How was I to know which products were doing it's best for me and if I was still having problems which step was it I needed to change / miss out. That then circles back to a cost build that I couldn't budget for. I decided to take the chance by starting with one thing at a time and I went with face masks because they are a great way to give the skin a lot of nutrition and blackhead removing products as they act as a now and then deep clean for your pores. They have been brilliant for me and my skin and I am looking forward to trying out more products in 2018.

The Good Doctor - I love a medical drama but I love them more when they have a unique quality. This series follows a resident surgeon with Autism and Savant Syndrome. We are only half way through the series and I cannot wait to see what it has to offer in terms of medical cases, personal story lines and character development. It has everyone in the states talking and I think it's safe to say it will be renewed for another season. 

Mindhunter - If you didn't know I am a Criminology & Psychology graduate so when shows like this come about I become hooked. This series follows two men at the F.B.I and a psychologist who are building the concept of criminal psychology and criminal profiling by speaking to convicted serial killers. In some situations they even apply what they've learnt to real cases. Set in the late 1970's this so far has had some Hollywood dramatisation to it but ultimately explains the progress really well. This only has one season out, season two is to be released later this year and I'm super excited. This is only available on Netflix so if you don't have an account borrow a friends and if it is your cup of tea you'll end up binge watching this in a day. 

NCIS: New Orleans - This has been going for a couple of years now but as a spin-off from the original NCIS series it started to build its own momentum from season three. Although the season started in September 2016 the build in the story line and ultimate series finale in spring 2017 is one of the best I've seen and I love the NCIS franchise. With the original series having 15 seasons under it's belt and no sign of slowing down it's safe to say NCIS: New Orleans will be going down the same path. With lead actor Scott Bakula and NCIS's Mark Harmon as an executive producer I predict some major love for the new spin-off. 

I didn't include any films in this list as there were so many I loved from 2017 that this post would have gone on a bit. I have some ideas for posts surrounding my favourite films which will be coming soon.

I would love to know what your favourites from 2017 were so leave a comment below or catch me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

I have 3 Valentines posts planned for the upcoming week which I am really excited about. I've been changing up my style a little bit so hopefully you'll like it and you'll get some ideas for your loved one if you celebrate Valentine's Day.

As always thanks for reading...

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