Five all time favourites - my top beauty discoveries of 2017

A new year new beauty refresh and having had a de-clutter and clear out of my beauty stash recently there are 5 products which have really stood out as favourites from 2017:
These days I'm all about make up products which perform and are quick and easy to apply and this ticks both of those boxes. It's a twist up eyeshadow pen and comes in the most gorgeous shimmery golden bronze. It's so pigmented and creamy to apply - you can blend it out for a softer look but once dry it'll stay in place and won't budge till you remove it at the end of the day. A great one for mornings when you're in a rush or to keep in your handbag for those last minute after work dinner/drinks. 

As someone which short straight eyelashes mascara is always a struggle but No 7 stay perfect long lasting volume is a new favourite. The thin brush manages to catch every eyelash, coating them with dark black pigment and subtly lengthens and volumises for a more sultry wide eyed look. What I really like about this mascara though is that it's a 'tubing' formula so it never smudges when I'm out and about but is so easy and mess free to remove with water at the end of the day.  
This was a game changer for my skincare routine. The key ingredient is glycolyic acid which gently exfoliates and brightens the skin, leaving a more radiant flawless complexion. Since discovering this I've stopped using manual exfoliators completely and now only use this about 2-3 times a week. My skin tone looks more even, any scarring disappears quicker and my skin just generally looks more bright and youthful.

4. Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream
Like the Alpha H liquid gold this as become somewhat of a cult product and I think it's an absolute essential if you suffer from dry winter skin. A thick balm similar to that of Vaseline (but with much better ingredients) it warms up on contact with body heat and just melts into the skin. It takes a little while to sink in so I find it's best used at night on the face although it also makes for a great lip balm and cuticle softener too. A really versatile product and a great staple for any skincare obsessive.

Along with the Burberry eye colour contour this was another wedding discovery from when I was considering doing my own hair and make up last year. If you're someone who loves the look of natural curls but struggles to do them with a traditional curler then you need Babyliss curl secret in your life. Similar in shape to a pair of straighteners it has a curling mechanism at the end, which takes in the hair and curls it to a soft wave or defined curl depending on your temperature and time setting (there are 3 of each and it beeps at the end to let you know when the hair is ready for release).

I must admit it was a little scary at first seeing my hair being 'swallowed up' by the curler but as long as you brush through first and do thin sections at a time there's very little chance of it getting tangled and even if it does you can just release the curlers to free the hair. It takes about 30-45 minutes to do my medium-fine long hair and I like that Babyliss curl secret automatically alternates the direction too so that the overall look is much more natural.
Have you tried any of these 5 products? What were your favourite beauty discoveries of 2017?

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