I'm going to skip gushing how 2017 has flown by - I actually think 2017 was quite a long year with a lot of major ups and downs. What I noticed was each month flying by, but the year in all took a while.
If you're a regular reader, you may know I've was on a cosmetics no-buy from August to end of December. I only bought a couple of necessities I had run out of and consciously rotated most of my makeup collection, so I thought I wouldn't have enough products to show for a best of beauty post. In the end, I got inspired to type which products have been the standouts for 2017. I'm sure many of you will enjoy this type of a roundup as well!
These are the skincare products I've 1) discovered in 2017 2) are crème de la crème, top of the bunch, best of the best, hall of fame.. If some category is lacking this means I either rotated products in this category a lot or just didn't encounter something that blew my mind. Sorry if this post is mainly hyping, but these items are worth it!
Best of Skincare 2017
Josh Rosebrook Active Infusion Serum*
In my review and empties post I shared my love for this serum, but even after I've used up and recycled the bottle I keep remembering how amazing it felt - both on my skin and for the senses. The scent is divine, but not overpowering or sickly sweet: there are a beautiful hints of ylang ylang and vanilla. There is a beautiful mixture of avocado, marula, jojoba, hemp seed and sea buckthorn oils (just to name a few) and herb extracts that gave both instant glow and moisturization for my skin. Although the "serum" is heavily oil-based, it still absorbed quickly without leaving my skin tacky. Looking forward to repurchase this in 2018!
Max and Me Enchanted face oil
I had a small dilemma which product to feature from Max and Me as I've loved everything I've tried from the brand. I knew I wanted do a shoutout to one of the oils as I've used them ton during 2017, but which one? The body oils are divine and I can't really make up my mind between Enchanted and I am the Light, but in the end I chose Enchanted as I've used it the most. Soothing, nourishing and repairing oil that uplifts both your skin and your mind. Full review here.
Mahogany Naturals the Blue Lover* and Lina Hanson Global Treasures
In 2017 I tried out a bunch of incredible balms from Max and Me, May Lindstrom and Mahalo, but in the end I decided to feature the Blue Lover and the Global Treasures. Max and Me's Sweet Serenity balm came close, but these other balms I discovered earlier in the year and have been using more. I feel like I've reached Global Treasures the most, as it's oddly "lightweight" balm, ie. non-greasy or very oily feeling, which makes it gorgeous under the eye area and all over the face to seal in other skincare. The Blue Lover on the other hand is my "therapy" balm as it has incredible scent and skin calming properties. Read more in my review! I always reach for it if my skin feels troubled or irritated. I'm excited to try more from these two brands!
Mahalo the Petal mask
I feel I gave this mask a bit harsh review. I wasn't sure what it does.. Moisturizes? Calms? It's a pretty hefty price for a jar that doesn't do anything. I decided I'd use it up anyway, but the more I used the more I kept reaching for it. If you skip the fact the floral honey smell is divine and the mask feels nice on the skin, this sure is a multi-purpose fix for a variety of skin concerns. Feeling congested? The Petal. Feeling dry? The Petal. Not feeling your best, but not sure what to do? The Petal. It's not a magic fix, but sure turns your skin for the better. I will definitely repurchase this mask. Full review here.
January Labs Skin Brightening Tonic*
Very gentle daily exfoliator packed with aloe, lactic acid and various fruit extracts. Now when my skin is looking better (vs adult acne I used to suffer), I like to reach for a gentle daily exfoliator. My skin loves lactic acid and this toner helps to keep any spots at bay.
Kypris Antioxidant Dew and Luxe Botanics Camu Serum*
Again, something I've used up and recycled the bottles, but have been missing every since.. And when it comes to choosing beauty products, I think it's a good sign. I honestly miss how these serums made my skin feel. Both formulated with great ingredients, antioxidants and hydrating properties that my skin loved. I find it hard to choose one over the another, so I'm giving a shoutout to both! Read my Camu serum review here.
Pestle and Mortar cleansing balm
This cleansing balm took me by surprise. I had sampled a nice mix of cleansing balms during 2017, but I needed something that had good ingredients but wasn't too expensive so I could use it liberally to remove my makeup. Pestle and Mortar's cleansing balm had an unique texture - oily, but a bit "gritty" and makeup easily glided off after massaging my face with this balm. Very nice, I can't wait to purchase my second jar!
What were your standout skincare items for 2017? Makeup version of this post will be following soon, please stay tuned! Happy Holidays and New Year! xx
Items marked with * were kindly sent to me as PR samples for test and review: this does not influence my opinion. I would repurchase everything on this list with my own money.