I was in two minds about publishing my review of beauty in 2017 because I’m so ridiculously late with it. However, in the fast moving world of beauty, I think there’s a lot of value in highlighting the things that impress over a long period of time regardless of whether it’s pegged on to a particular date landmark or not.
Having said that, I actually didn’t think 2017 was a great year for new products. There are definitely some that I really love and will continue using in 2018 but just not that many compared to previous years.
My overall favourite new launch is the Murad City Skin Age Defense SPF 50 (reviewed HERE). At £45 it might seem expensive for a daily SPF but its benefits make it more than worth it. It protects against pollution, blue light from screens, infrared radiation as well as UV rays. What’s really great about it is that it does everything and still has an easy-to-wear formula. It’s neither greasy or drying, sits well on top of serums without pilling and doesn’t leave a white residual. In fact, it has a peachy tint to it that gives skin a nice glow. Interestingly, it gets top marks by the notoriously hard to please ‘experts’ on Beautypedia.
The new Survival range from NIOD is innovative and impressive in equal measure. I’m a strong believer in products that provide a protective barrier against the elements and the Survival range uses the most advanced ingredients to do this. The two products I like to keep in my stash are the Survival 0 and Survival 30. The only downside to Survival 30 is that the dropper bottle it comes in can be slightly messy to use though this isn’t a problem for Survival 0.
The much-hyped foundation launch of the year was the Armani Power Fabric and I bought it after repeatedly reading how brilliant it was. However, it turned out to be completely wrong for me. It was an effort to apply, the shade wasn’t quite right, it looked flat on my skin and felt drying. In comparison, the new Clinique Even Better Glow was the exact opposite – easy to apply, great colour match, feels comfortable and makes my skin look fresh and dewy. Basically, it gives a significantly superior result on my post-45 year old skin. My full review is HERE. The other new launch from Clinique that I love is the High Impact Curling Mascara as it gives lots of lift and length in a non-irritating, smudge free formula.
I really like the new Perricone MD Elemental range and in particular the Hydrating Booster Serum. As with all the products in this range the serum includes the H2 Energy Complex which I’ve written about in more detail HERE. It’s one of those products that’s universally loved by everyone who tries it as it makes skin look and feel a lot better. As well giving instant gratification it will help skin stay healthy over the long term too.
Though I don’t underestimate the importance of good skincare, it can only do so much and I’ve been increasingly turning to aesthetic treatments to improve the look of my skin. Last year, I included Dr Dhillon (at Phi Clinic) as being the best for fillers and botox in my 2016 Beauty Review and this remains the same for 2017. Along with the botox and fillers, under the guidance of Dr Dhillon, I also had the M22 and Tixel laser treatments and Ultraformer. I’ve had great results from each of these treatments and I’d love to have them done again in 2018 (unless something even better comes along!). The M22 and Tixel represent the new and exciting trend in laser technology for providing great results with minimal downtime. I’ve written about them in more detail HERE.
If you are interested in aesthetic treatments (and I’d choose them over a pampering facial any day of the week) I highly recommend Stefanie William’s new book, Look Great, Not Done! The Art & Science Of Ageing Well. It provides in-depth information on the different types of treatments (or tweakments) and how to get the best results. Her approach is about finding the ways to look like the best version of yourself regardless of age. It’s definitely the best beauty book of 2017.
One last thing I’d like to mention which isn’t a product or a treatment but something I think has had a huge impact on my appearance and general wellbeing and that’s exercise. It improves the health of the skin no end and not just on the face. Since I’ve been doing weight based arm exercises the dry bumps (keratosis pilaris) on my arms have disappeared. Over and above the superficial benefits of exercise, it gives me more of a positive outlook. Feeling fitter and stronger makes me feel better about myself generally and I’m much less focused on what I don’t like about the way I look. The reasons to exercise are so numerous and diverse (with scientists discovering new ones all the time) there really is no excuse not to make room for it in your week.This post contains press samples unless otherwise stated. Please visit my Disclosure page for more information