My 2017 Make-Up Favourites

It's the end of the year so I thought I would do a round-up of some of my favourite make-up products that I have been using throughout the year. Some of these have featured in my Five Favourites posts that I have done, and if not, I have definitely raved about them in various posts - so I'm sorry if you're reading some of this for the millionth time. I have had most of these products since at least the summer so they have definitely been tried and tested and I would definitely repurchase all of them.

Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzer
Hoola has been one of my favourite bronzers for a long time and I have recently got back into using it on a daily basis. I have been using Hoola a lot more for contour. I use the side of the Spectrum Collections A05 Brush to apply a precise contour and then gently blend it out. I still use it as a normal bronzer so it is a great multi-use product.

Rimmel London Kate Sculpting Palette
I bought this as part of a drugstore back-to-school make-up post that I was doing and I actually really like it. The blush is the most used for me as it brightens up my skin without being too pink. I also like the highlighter as it is not too intense so if I want a nice subtle highlight, I will go for this one. There are a lot of drugstore contour kits out there that aren't very good but I think this a great option. It only comes in two shades which is a shame and I definitely think Rimmel should expand it.

Sleek MakeUP Highlighter Palette in Solstice
This palette really got me into highlighter a lot more. It is intense - subtle does not describe the highlighters in this palette. I really like all the different shades, even the pink and purple highlighter shades look really nice on the skin, and don't make you look like you've dressed up for Halloween. If you love intense highlighter but don't want to spend loads of money on a higher end option, I would really recommend this palette. It is affordable, highly pigmented and lasts really well.

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette
I was so excited for this palette to come out and since I got it, there has only been a few times when I haven't used it in my make-up routine. It has a great variety of mattes and shimmers, that all blend really easily, super pigmented and last really well. Even though all the eyeshadows are warm-toned, I have been using it in the winter and works amazingly.

NYX Retractable Lip Liner
Now this is a lip liner. However, I use it as an eyeliner and it is the best black eyeliner I have ever used. I should point out that I only use it on my eyes so don't fear, there will be not spread of infection. It has incredible lasting power on the water-line which can be a problem with many drugstore black eyeliners. It is also retractable which makes it so much easier to use, you don't have to worry about sharpening and getting some of the pencil in your eye.

MAC Cosmetics Lip Pencil in Whirl
I love this lip pencil. I use it almost every time I am wearing lipstick as it works under most lip colours because it is a neutral colour. I have slightly dark lips so it works great for me as a natural lip base but it is slightly darker. It is the most used out of all my MAC lip pencils and I would definitely recommend getting it - it is lighter than the lipstick which I don't quite understand but I guess that it is a good thing for working under other lip shades.

NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment in American Woman
I am still so obsessed with this liquid lipstick. I don't think I've worn any other lipstick more than I have this one for 2017. It is really easy to apply, feel comfortable on the lips and lasts a really long time. I am definitely going to purchase some more over the next year - next year's favourites could be entirely made up of the Powermatte lip pigments.

So those are my favourite make-up products from this year. I am looking forward to trying more products throughout 2018 and see if they match up with my current favourites!

Ellyn xx

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