Best Beauty Products of 2017
I almost didn't write this post. Since the New Year began, I have seen so many pieces of content and videos about the best beauty products of the year. To make things even more monotonous, these posts all seemed to be the same. Everyone loved the same moisturizer, shampoo, blush, whatever. It made me not even want to click on the next one that I saw.
I realized then that I might have something to offer to this conversation, a perspective that comes from developing opinions on products that I did not receive as a part of PR. I thought that I could give you a few recommendations for the products that I've tested over the past year, both on a drugstore and high-end budget. Without further ado, below is a list of my favorite beauty products from 2017.
Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer: If you have skin that can't decide whether it's oily, dry, dehydrated or sensitive, this is a great moisturizer to try out. I prep my skin for makeup every morning in the winter with a hefty pump. This version, in particular, is great for skin that skews red or blotchy like mine!
Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment: While this product is a relatively new discovery, it's already changed the way I think about my skincare. I had never incorporated any sort of acid into my routine before, thinking that it would irritate my semi-sensitive skin. However, this lactic acid treatment eradicated any sort of texture I had on my cheeks within days. I'm already dreading the day I have to shell out the cash to replenish this product.
Becca First Light Priming Filter: The hype behind Becca and their highlighters and primers is well known within the beauty community. I received a small sample size of this product in my Sephora Play! box, and rationed every last drop. It's a purple primer, so it color corrects a bit to bring dull skin back to life. It is also fairly hydrating and glowy, but don't expect this primer to make your makeup last longer!
Glossier Super Pure Serum: This is the serum that I basically said saved my life in last year's best beauty products post. I needed to mention it again in this post because it has continued to keep spots at bay while minimizing my skin's redness. I've used this on everything from an under-the-skin bump to my perioral dermatitis and it has passed every test. If you get spots or redness, you need this serum in your life.
L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation: After a year of going back and forth between different drugstore foundations, I have gone back to my one true love, the L'Oreal Pro-Matte Foundation. It lasts all day on my skin and leaves it looking even and poreless. One pro tip: if you're wearing this in the winter, load up on moisturizer underneath so it doesn't cling to dry patches.
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder: I've always heard YouTubers and bloggers rave about this setting powder, but couldn't get myself to buy into its price. However, when a sample-sized jar arrived in my Sephora Play! box, I knew I was going to be hooked. This powder is so finely milled that it never looks cakey or fake. I use this to set my undereye concealer and through my T-zone to prevent oiliness throughout the day. The best part: I got the sample-sized version months ago and am not even close to running out.
Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk: Cream blush can sometimes get a bad rep for being too sheer or difficult to work with, but Glossier broke all the rules with their product. Cloud Paint is extremely pigmented, so you only need a tiny amount to give your cheeks a pretty flush. I like Dusk because it is a brownish-pink so I can use it not only as a cheek color but as a sculpting shade.
MAC Highlighter in Soft and Gentle: Here's another product that has appeared on my must-have list two years in a row! As far as highlighters go, this one is perfect for those of us with rosy-undertones. Whether I'm pale or tanned, this highlighter gives my skin a perfect sheen without any chunks of glitter.
Benefit Gimme Brow: Like many other products on this list, I received a Benefit Gimme Brow Brow Gel in my Sephora Play! box. When you see this incredible product on the shelf, make sure that you pick it up. Here's why: it volumizes your brows, makes them feathery and gives them color without leaving them stiff. I wear the shade Medium!
L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara:Knocking my favorite L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara off the top of my list, this pink tube of perfection is my new #1. My first impression of this formula was that it was a bit dry. However, it layers up gorgeously without clumping and gives you so much length and volume. Add this one to your next "best beauty buy" list!
Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen:Eyeliners aren't too difficult to judge. Is the color pigmented? Does the formula run when applied? Is the pen simple to use and can it draw a sharp wing? The answer is "yes to all" for this eyeliner. If you need simple, do-it-all eyeliner, reach for Clinique.
Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette: There was a ton of hype around this palette and I have to say it was for good reason. Jaclyn Hill is an incredible beauty guru and she knocked this palette out of the park. The product is full of pigment, each shade seemingly more opaque than the next. I love each metallic, shimmer, matte and satin in the palette.
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray:Setting sprays are a must have if you expect your makeup to last all day. Not only do I love this formula for its staying power, but also its dewiness. It brings your skin back to life after you've gone a little overboard with powder products. Spritz away!
Kristin Ess "The One" Signature Shampoo/Conditioner: I've been obsessed with Kristin Ess for as long as I've had an Instagram account. She's a celebrity hairstylist with clients like Lucy Hale and Lauren Conrad. Let's face it, those ladies always have the best hair! If you're into beachy waves and stunning curls, check out Kristin's Instagram. Anyways - when she launched her line at Target I knew I needed to try it. The original shampoo and conditioner formulas work perfectly for my strands. They are both sulfate-free and cleanse without leaving a residue. The shampoo is also one of the first I've tried that doesn't leave my hair feeling dried out!
Kristin Ess Soft Shine Beach Wave Spray: I am beach wave-obsessed. For years I have been trying to achieve the perfect beach waves. You know, the kind that Kristin creates for her clients every day? Now that I have my curling iron technique down (sort of), I look for products that will help my waves stay relaxed throughout the day. This beach wave spray smells so wonderful and gives my waves the perfect texture without leaving them crunchy. If you want messy waves instead of perfect curls, this is the best beauty product.
Klorane Dry Shampoo: I've found the perfect dry shampoo. This formula doesn't cover up oily roots, it eliminates them. This is the only dry shampoo that I have ever tried that leaves my hair actually feeling clean. Once you spray your roots, massage in the product and brush it out, you don't feel it in your hair. With a light, fresh smell, this dry shampoo is the one I reach for when I need my hair to look refreshed and just-styled.