Best Beauty Buys of 2017 So Far

Can you believe that we are already more than half way through the year? Nope me either! I haven’t done a favourites post in a while, so I thought I would go through some of my most loved beauty buys of the year so far…

I’ll start with makeup as I feel like 2017 has been a really good year for new makeup discoveries. One of my first makeup buys this year was the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Light. With it being so pricey I definitely did put it off for a while and wasn’t sure whether it would be worth the hype, but this really has become a holy grail contour for me as nothing else compares. The tone is just right creating a really natural looking contour which actually does add more shape to my cheeks and sculpt the face well.

Moving onto Nars, since picking up the Soft Matte Complete Concealer in Vanilla my other concealers haven’t had a look in. It’s creamy, lightweight and looks incredibly natural whilst still offering a good medium/ full coverage. I find this works well both under my eyes and to cover blemishes – it’s the perfect everyday concealer. Another recent Nars purchase is the Laguna Bronzer, although this does look quite dark in the pan it’s actually a really natural looking bronzer, the powder is super soft and finely milled giving a subtle and believable glow to the skin.

Another base favourite for me has been the Too Faced Hangover Primer. Annoying I’m nearly out of this now as I did purchase it back in February, but I’ve absolutely loved using this pretty much everyday to hydrate and prime my skin ready for makeup. It helps my makeup stay put for longer and gives my skin the hydration it needs for my makeup to sit well and look good – it smells amazing too!

Over the past few months I’ve tested out a fair few mascara’s, both highstreet and high end, but the most impressive has been the L’Oreal Mega Volume Miss Baby Roll. I love how much volume and length this gives my lashes without being too clumpy. The formulation isn’t too wet or dry and the brush makes it easy to get right to the root of the lashes. If you haven’t tried this mascara then I would seriously recommend it. Also, little shout out to the Benefit Roller Lash too, I’ve been using it the past week and it’s amazing at lengthening the lashes!

A product that has helped me step up my tanning game this year is the Tan-Luxe Illuminating Face Drops. Adding two drops of this to my evening moisturiser I’m left with an even tan that’s natural looking, doesn’t clog my pores or interfere with my skincare or smell! I love wearing fake tan but I always had the dilemma of my face being pale, this product has filled that gap and is well worth investing in.

Finally, I recently wrote about switching to sulphate free shampoo and Ive recently started using the Pureology Serious Colour Care Shampoo*. This is nourishing, leaves my hair feeling soft and hasn’t been stripping my colour at all. Even my hairdresser said my hair felt thicker and looked in much better condition – winner!

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  1. Morgs
    July 18, 2017 / 5:22 pm

    Your photography is so beautiful it literally blows me away everytime! I love that you're favourite mascara is a drugstore one, just proves that sometimes the cheaper products can be way better than the high end ones! <3Morgan //

    • Jodie Melissa
      July 23, 2017 / 9:16 am

      Wow, what a comment! Thank you so much… Exactly, most of the mascara's I repurchase are affordable 🙂 x

  2. Francisca Carvalho
    July 18, 2017 / 8:02 pm

    Your photography is seriously goals! I need to try every single product you've displayed here xxFrancisca |

    • Jodie Melissa
      July 23, 2017 / 9:17 am

      Thank you so much Francisca, I absolutely love your photography x

  3. Laura | Style and Sushi
    July 18, 2017 / 8:18 pm

    That Too Faced Hangover Primer is such a big favourite of mine! I really want to try that NARS Concealer, I've heard so many great things about it and am so excited to try it out! 🙂 x

    • Jodie Melissa
      July 23, 2017 / 9:17 am

      It's incredible isn't it! The Nars concealer is a must try x

  4. Carolina
    July 18, 2017 / 9:06 pm

    I have the Benefit Roller Lash and it is my holy grail!! :)

    • Jodie Melissa
      July 23, 2017 / 9:19 am

      It's so good isn't it! x

  5. Steph Hartley
    July 18, 2017 / 11:12 pm

    I really want to move to sulphate-free shampoo. Ones I've tried in the past have made my hair feel so healthy and genuinely clean! It really felt like they got rid of any product build up. I'm going to have to check out that one by PureologySteph –

    • Jodie Melissa
      July 23, 2017 / 9:20 am

      They're really effective, in the short term and long term when it comes to keeping your hair healthy! I'm so impressed with Pureology and definitely recommend x

  6. Cindy
    July 19, 2017 / 1:11 am

    I've been using sulfate free shampoo for almost 2 years now and it makes such a difference!! I highly recommend trying Not Your Mother's hair products – not sure if they're available in the UK yet but they're affordable and also cruelty free :)Cindy |

    • Jodie Melissa
      July 23, 2017 / 9:21 am

      Oo that sounds good! Yeah that's the one thing with sulphate free a lot of the options seem to be quite pricey x

  7. Beautylymin
    July 19, 2017 / 7:47 am

    Some of my wishlist products are here – mainly the Kevyn Aucoin contour powder & Nars matte concealer! xxBeautylymin

    • Jodie Melissa
      July 23, 2017 / 9:21 am

      You need both I think 😉

  8. Nicolete
    July 19, 2017 / 8:44 am

    I definitely understand the fair skinned struggle of getting a natural looking tan. I never new that a product like that existed, it's as if it were created for us!Nicolette |

    • Jodie Melissa
      July 23, 2017 / 9:22 am

      I know! I didn't realise it existed either until I purchased a beauty box and it was in there, I'm so impressed it's become a staple x

  9. Izzy K
    July 19, 2017 / 9:25 am

    I've been desperate to get on the hype of the hangover primer, and I'll have to check out everything else you mentioned too :)http://izzyk1998.blogspot.com

    • Jodie Melissa
      July 23, 2017 / 9:25 am

      It's so good, I need to find a more affordable alternative to use day to day but for now I'll have to stick with it because it's just fab! x

  10. Jasmine Harding
    July 19, 2017 / 11:46 am

    Wonderful post, Jodie! I love the sound of the Tan Luxe drops, a very handy product to keep the skin bronzed and glowing! The Kevyn sculpting powder is still my favourite for contouring, you must try the highlighter to go with it! Jasmine x

    • Jodie Melissa
      July 23, 2017 / 9:26 am

      Thank you Jasmine! I think you would love the Tan Luxe drops, they do so many other tanning products too. I remember you being one of the first people I saw mentioning the sculpting powder, glad I picked it up it's incredible! Oo I'll have to swatch it next time I'm at a counter xx

  11. Ana
    July 19, 2017 / 12:18 pm

    I would love to try the Benefit Roller Lash, it must be so good! xxx

    • Jodie Melissa
      July 23, 2017 / 9:27 am

      It's amazing! I only have a sample size at the moment but I'm going to invest in the full size for sure x

  12. Becca Fletcher
    July 19, 2017 / 4:57 pm

    Ive been wanting to try the Too Faced Hangover primer but Im not sure if it will work with my combo/oily skin type. And Benefit Roller Lash is amazing isnt it!

    • Jodie Melissa
      July 23, 2017 / 9:28 am

      I have combo skin and it works well for me, I use it in combination with the benefit porefessional for where I'm oily and it works so well x

  13. Danielle Alexa
    July 19, 2017 / 6:38 pm

    I really want to try the Nars Laguna Bronzer, it is one of them products that has been on my wishlist for such a long time!Danielle xx

    • Jodie Melissa
      July 23, 2017 / 9:29 am

      It's such a cult classic isn't it! I'm so glad I picked it up x

  14. Gemma Louise
    July 19, 2017 / 7:09 pm

    I love your photography in this post! I can't thank you enough for making me get the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder… it's my holy grail too! Definitely need to try those Tan-Luxe Face Drops they sound amaaazing xGemma Louise

    • Jodie Melissa
      July 23, 2017 / 9:30 am

      Thank you Gemma! Always means a lot coming from you… Ahh I'm glad you like it as much as I do, nothing compares does it?! x

  15. Abigail Alice x
    July 19, 2017 / 9:09 pm

    I would love to try the Baby Roll mascara, the packaging is enough to make me interested in it! thanks for sharing some more of your faves, I'll definitely check them out.Abigail Alice x

    • Jodie Melissa
      July 23, 2017 / 9:34 am

      It's so good! Underrated for sure 🙂

  16. The Makeup Directory
    July 20, 2017 / 5:48 pm

    Ah I always love reading 6 month in favourites and yours are fab. I've been after that Kevyn Aucoin contour for so long but haven't been able to justify it but I'm so tempted now as it just looks perfect!The Makeup Directory

    • Jodie Melissa
      July 23, 2017 / 9:37 am

      Thank you Sally, I love reading these kind of posts too, it's always interesting trying to whittle down everything over the past 6 months! I think I picked it up when Cult Beauty had 15% off, it's so unique and like no contouring product I've tried, it really does sculpt the face 🙂

    July 20, 2017 / 6:02 pm

    I love so many of these products! The new nars concealer is so much better than the radiant creamy! Courtney | Lashes and Luxe

    • Jodie Melissa
      July 23, 2017 / 9:37 am

      It's soooo good isn't it! x

  18. Gemma Etc.
    July 21, 2017 / 1:07 pm

    I'm loving the L'Oreal Baby Roll Mascara right now, it's so good xxGemma • Gemma Etc. ❤️

    • Jodie Melissa
      July 23, 2017 / 9:40 am

      It's fab isn't it! I keep reaching for it, such a bargain x

    • Jodie Melissa
      July 23, 2017 / 9:40 am

      It's incredible isn't it! I keep reaching for it over all my others x

  19. Jasmine Stewart
    July 25, 2017 / 4:36 pm

    Great round-up – the Nars concealer is one of the best new launches I've tried this year by far! I love the Too Faced primer too :)Jasmine xx Jasmine Talks Beauty

  20. Lucie Alice
    July 25, 2017 / 6:31 pm

    Such a lovely post, I love hearing what people have loved over the year – I must try out the Kevin Aucoin sculpting powder, sounds dreamy!Lucie | Forever September

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