- Fenty Beauty Foundation £26
Exploding onto the make-up scene with a cruelty free, all-inclusive brand that launched with 40 foundation shades, we all knew Fenty was going to be a game-changer. The foundation itself is a long-lasting, matte formula that really does make the skin look flawless. It lasts all day long with a flawless finish, and to be quite honest I can’t fault it, so this was definitely a fave of 2018!
- Sol de Janerio Brazilian Bum Bum Cream £18
I personally have never believed the hype with expensive moisturisers, so when this was getting raved about, I never bothered to purchase it. Plenty of my friends loved it, begging me to try it, so much so that they got me a mini shower gel and cream set as part of my birthday present. Ever since, I have used this cream. It has no parabens, no phthalates, no artificial colours, but instead is packed with emollient ingredients to actually help your skin, and honestly you can tell the difference. Even better, the fragrance is insane, and you feel as though you’re on a hot beach in Jamaica when using it so what’s not to love? The set I started with is on Cult Beauty for £12 if you want to try it out!
- Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb in Universal £16
THIS lip-gloss truly changed the game. As earlier, Fenty was challenging and breaking make-up boundaries already and somehow managed to go on and release this stunning lip-gloss. Non-sticky, suitable for all skin tones, beautifully fragranced and perfect for day or night wear, this gloss is certainly a staple in my make-up kit alongside others. At only £16 I think this is an absolute steal. I’ve never used a formula like it, and I don’t intend to use another!
- GLOSSIER Solution £19
Even though I have always loved The Ordinary Glycolic Solution that is only £8 for 240ml, I purchased a mini of this to give it a go. I can safely say this product saved my skin in 2019, as I have noticed reduced acne scarring and increased smoothness with regular use. I’d definitely recommend this!
- Jeffree Star BLOODSUGAR Palette £46
Undeniably a controversial figure, Jeffree does release some amazing make-up products. This gorgeous pink, red and purple toned palette has smooth and long-lasting eyeshadows that can’t be faulted. They blend together beautifully, both the mattes and shimmers, and are so pigmented you only need a tap of product on your brush so the palette will last ages! The unique cased packaging is amazing and heavy, even though it may not be perfect for travel, it’s definitely a must-have (especially with Valentine’s coming up!)
- The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalene £8
Though I betrayed the Ordinary for glycolic acid, I don’t think I’ll ever betray them for my retinoid as it is so cheap and works just like any another! Putting it on every PM you start to notice a real difference in the way your skin looks and feels. Even better, it is a scientifically proven preventative of aging so if you start using it regularly now, it’s a win-win.
- MAC Studio Fix 24-Hour Smooth Wear Concealer £18.50
I never expected to even be using this concealer, let alone have it in my 2018 faves. I went into MAC with the intention of getting the iconic Select Cover-up concealer, only to find out that it is discontinued. Quite frankly I couldn’t be bothered to shop elsewhere, so I asked if they had anything similar. Got colour matched and purchased it, to find that it is my favourite ultimate concealer, even over NARS Radiant! The non-drying formula lasts all day long, with great coverage that can be built up. Although it hasn’t been raved about in the beauty community, I have got some other friends to try it who loved it.
Last modified: 7th February 2019