#2019RoundUp: Beauty Favourites

Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Whilst my thoughts about the books of the year are still initialising, I thought I would step out of my comfort zone and focus on something a little more clear-cut: the make-up products of 2019 that have brought my shallow little heart so much highlighter-covered joy. In the past twelve months, there has been some clear winners (and honestly, not even that many losers) and now that the year is drawing to a close, I can say that my make-up is in a place where I am finally happy with it. And, seeing as these posts always seem to go over well, I thought I would share my thoughts with you guys and help you make the best possible consumer decisions as you step into 2020.
Because, after-all, feeling great is always the first step on the road towards being it.

Kat Von D's Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks
As much as it pains me to admit it, the KVD liquid lipsticks are some of the best on the market: they are completely matte (a complete god send for someone like me who overdraws their lips to an insane degree) and do not leave that oh-so-common tacky feeling on the lips. Seriously, they are masterclass in nailing the formula and, though the brand's founder's questionable ethics (seriously Kat, just vaccinate your children) have caused me to give the rest of the line a wide berth, I can't help but include them in this year's favourites.

Too Faced 'Born this Way' Foundation*
The one thing you should know about me is that I have dry skin. Crazily dry, super flaky, pancake-face skin; the kind that can only be brought about by a childhood defined by a constant battle with eczema. Which means that, most foundations on the market make me look like I have rubbed a puff pastry all over my face (picture it: it is disgusting, isn't it?). But, not with this one. With a basis of coconut oil, the Too Faced foundation is one of the most moisturising on the market and, by finally nourishing by dehydrated skin, I can finally look like the kind of flawless I have only ever seen on TV.

NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray*
Although I have just said I have dry skin, I still need something to bake and set everything down so I do not spend the latter portion of the afternoon with little more than lipstick on. Powder repeats the puff-pastry scenario mention above, dewy setting sprays make my face look both oily and dry at the same time (how? I have no idea). But, the NYX matte one fixes all of my setting woes: it makes my make-up last all day - to the extent that it is a bloody pain to get off - without edging towards cake face. Honestly, it is like hairspray in a bottle but without any of the toxic chemicals.

Maybelline Face Studio Chrome Extreme Highlighter in "Rose Gold"*
When someone told me I had to try the Maybelline highlighter, I balked. Maybelline? Seriously? Even the mere mention of the brand brought back memories of teenage experimentation, which are days better left in the past (Dream Matte Mousse, anyone?). But, the tip was one of the best recommendations I have had all year. For less than a tenner, you get the bang of sheer starlight without the shocking cost. And, after nearly a decade of prowling the market, I finally have a highlighter that can genuinely be seen from space.

Juvia's Place The Tribe Palette*
LOOK AT IT! Yes, I am leaving the best until last because, well, nothing is better than a Juvia's Place palette. With the news that the brand was finally dropping in the UK, I rang in the New Year by running directly to Beauty Bay with my eyes on one thing only: the Tribe palette. And, I was not disappointed. Described by NikkiTutorials as the world's most pigmented eyeshadows, this black-owned make-up brand brought everything I have ever wanted in a palette. It is truly stunning: surprisingly versatile, INSANELY pigmented and with a lasting power like no other. And, now I have had the best, I just will not settle for anything less.

*some links are afflliates

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