29 Dec 2017 31 comments

2017’s Best Beauty Discoveries.

A year in beauty products…

This year has been great for beauty discoveries – and not just products either, but entire brands too. I feel like I’ve found some lifelong favourites in amongst this bunch, so of course I had to share them with you.

The haircare heroes

I found two hair brands I doubt I’ll ever stray from this year, the first being IGK. As soon as I saw their products in Sephora in the US earlier this year, I stocked up. It was the packaging at first, but before long I was a loyal fan of the products too.
The IGK Jet Lag Invisible Dry Shampoo is great for adding texture to fine hair, and for zapping greasy roots too. Honestly, I’ve tried so much of the range now and I love it all.
Another US hair brand I fell in love with this year was Kristin Ess’ hair line. I’ve followed the lady herself for years and I’ve always been a huge fan – I feel like the packaging was made with me in mind!
My most loved find of the range is the Leave-In Conditioner, which leaves my hair so, soft soft and shiny! Plus, it makes detangling suuuuuper easy too.

In my skincare stash…

I, along with many, discovered Glossier this year and I really haven’t looked back. There’s so many gems, but my absolute favourite has to be the Moon Mask; a moisturising, glow-inducing treatment that works wonders for my skin. You need this!
The Milky Jelly Cleanser is another must, I use this daily and it cleanses my skin without the stripped feeling. Perfection!

The Beauty Pie Five Minute Facial is something I tried on a whim, but have been fully committed to since that first use! It’s a quick-action peel that transforms my complexion right away – I use it once per week with awesome results.

My skin also fell for the La Mer Moisturising Soft Cream, which is so typical. Of course my skin has to have such expensive taste! I’m so, so picky with moisturiser so to find something that is hydrating yet light, and doesn’t break me out, is a bit of a miracle!

The Makeup must-haves

I didn’t think I had switched up my makeup all that much this year, but this edit tells a very different tale!
I discovered the amazing new Estee Lauder primers that launched this year; I adore The Illuminator primer for a flawless, soft glow, and The Smoother for a super soft, super perfected finish – I usually layer them over each other for impressive results.

My foundation discovery this year was the new Clinique Even Better Glow – the most flawless base for naturally radiant skin! I’ve always been a big fan of Clinique foundations, and I feel like I have found a long-term love in this.

The release of Fenty Beauty was huge, and the hype has been crazy! As much as I adore Rhi Rhi, I wasn’t all that bothered about the range until I saw it in person. I had to have the Killawat Highlighter duo, just look at those shades! I use these as illuminating blushers and they always help to bring my makeup to life!

I’m still a crazy fan of Charlotte Tilbury makeup, and I added two new additions to my everyday favourites this year – first, the Hollywood Lips, which are effortless creamy liquid lipsticks available in an array of beaut shades. I rarely use anything else!
Then there’s the new highlighting Hollywood Light and Contour Wands, although I’ve never been a big fan of contouring, I find these so infallible for creating a bit of structure to the face.

2017 in beauty…

One thing is for sure, this year has been a great year for beauty releases! From Fenty Beauty to Glossier and Jo Malone, we’ve been spoiled!

As for everything else…

My perfume of the year has to be Diptyque Dans L’Ombre, the Baies scent in fragrance form. This smells so deliciously fresh, like blackcurrants and roses and English country gardens. It’s so sophisticated and totally different from anything else I’ve ever worn!

Let’s face it, this wouldn’t be a KLV roundup without a bit of Jo Malone, and this year gave us the new Exfoliating Shower Gels! I totally fell in love with the Lime, Basil and Mandarin scent, it’s such an indulgent treat for my morning shower – I’ve been through a good few tubes already.

Aaaaaand that’s finally it – I told you it had been a good year! My favourite finds from the 2017, all rolled in to one. Have you tried any of these? Have you found any long-time loves this year too?

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  • Kelly

    The year was just loaded with great releases, right? I’m still desperately waiting for Glossier to have shipping to Europe, going to some serious damage when that happens. Loved the photography in this post, it’s totally brilliant!

    K E L L Y | W E S T R A

  • Glossier and Fenty beauty kind of killed it this year. I think it was a year of many really great releases, of both new and old brands.


  • Mario Badescu Collagen Mask has to be my best find this year!
    x Mariya


  • I love my sample of the Milky Jelly cleanser and I’m so excited to crack into the a full size one that I got for Christmas! xx


  • Love ❀️ the Glossier products. All really good stuffs! πŸ’—πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ’—

    πŸ‚β„οΈπŸƒLA BIJOUX BELLA πŸ‚β„οΈπŸƒ| by mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

  • The fenty beauty range is literally amazing!

    Beckie // The Pale Tails

  • So many products i’ve not tried here, love the selection. How do you find the Creme De La Mer cream?

    Mel x mediamarmalade.com

  • I really want to try Glossier in the next year, the brand seems to have such a positive hype! I shall be trying out a few bits and pieces here, thank you.

    Paige xo // The Joys of Being Paige

  • L J Eliz

    So many good releases this year, Fenty and Glossier were my faves but CT bought out some killer stuff too

    LJ x

  • Frida

    Woah, that La Mer cream was pricey haha. There is probably something veeery similar on the market for a fraction of the price, as it mainly contains silicones and petroleum, which are cheap ingredients – and frankly not that good for your skin, sadly.

  • Glossier is on my list next year.


  • Glossier’s milky jelly cleanser is something I’ve loved this year as well, the best cleanser I’ve tried!

    Lucy | Forever September

  • i have heard so many good things about charlotte tilbury I think its time i finally try some of their products xx


  • Such a dreamy round up Kate! I need to try the Charlotte Tilbury contour wands and Fenty Beauty range asap! <3

  • Loveeee the milky jelly cleanser, it’s incredible! So many gorgeous products, I haven’t been drawn to any of the Fenty beauty products but the highlighter looks so dreamy x


  • I loved this post and am so inspired to try some of these products! Glossier and Fenty are brands that have been hyped about this year, but I have yet to try their products. The Milky Jelly cleanser is on my list of things to buy! Thanks for this round up, Kate!

    Mia | http://www.verymuchmia.com

  • I’ve absolutely loved discovering Glossier this year and I almost didn’t make an order – I know!! I love the Milky Jelly Cleanser and also the Priming Moisturiser xo

    Char | http://www.charslittleblog.co.uk

  • I’m in the market for a new detangler and your pick from Kristin Ess is so up my alley. Unfortunately, they don’t ship to Canada πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ It’s on my list of things to buy when I visit the US now haha


  • Valeria Wiwinius

    love love love this recap – it gives me so much inspiration! I really want to try out the Clinique foundation and am currently searching for good skincare products, so I’ll definitely check out some of the ones that you mentioned here! Thank you so much!

    xx, Valeria


  • Glossier’s UK launch was definitely a beauty highlight of the year, and I’ve loved having the chance to try out their hyped up products, including the Milky Jelly Cleanser. All of the Charlotte Tilbury products you mentioned are on my wishlist!

    Pumpkin Lemonade

  • Juliana Paz

    Glossier has been one of my best discovery this year, along with Jo Malone.


  • i always find so many new beauties in your posts – glossier is definitely a brand i NEED to try in 2018. i’m a big believer in the healing power of a facemask so adding that to my list too.

    wishing you all the best for 2018 lovely!

    katie. xx lacoconoire.com

  • Yet to use a fenty beauty but fret not I shall in 2018 πŸ™‚


  • I’ve heard so many great things about Glossier, and I’ve really been wanting to try it! And Fenty too! <3 πŸ™‚ Seriously love all of the packaging of the products that you mentioned in this post!

    XO, Elizabeth

  • i would love to try glossier and fenty beauty for myself but its so hard to get where i live.


  • Such gorgeous discoveries Kate!
    – Ambar x

  • Great post, I love fenty can’t wait to try it out!


  • Loved this round-up post – so many amazing products that have launched this year! Glossier has defo been a highlight for me, what an exciting brand! Jasmine x http://www.jasminehardingmakeup.com

  • I just got the IGK dry shampoo and I AM IN LOVEEEE – cannot wait for the range to come to Space NK!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Cruelty-Free/Vegan Beauty β€’ Lifestyle β€’ Photography

  • I’ve been looking for a new perfume and this Diptyque Dans L’Ombre one sounds so lovely!

    -Sophie xx
    Cherries & Perfume

  • Elley

    I was just at Target yesterday and came across Kristin Ess’ hair products–I need to give that leave-in conditioner a try!