Hey guys! So, I am so excited and somewhat nervous about this post because I tried to do the flat-lay type of photography that I see everywhere. I’m really happy with the results, now I’ve just got to do the writing! I was looking back through my makeup drawers and I found some goodies that I thought wow, I haven’t used them in a long time! So I thought I would put together a post of how my go-tos have changed this year – or whether they have at all.

Let’s get down to it!

  1. Primer.

At the beginning of 2017, I used to use my Nyx Pore Filler primer* which I got in a Nyx bundle Christmas set that my sister got for me. I love this primer so much – it’s silicone based so it makes your face feel so smooth and it definitely does hide your pores. The only reason I haven’t bought it again is that it’s normally around £16 (although at the time of linking, Amazon were selling it for £9) so I’m trying to find a cheaper alternative. I no longer have the packaging which is why it’s not in the photo.

16 v 17 primer

At the end of 2017, I’m using this primer/setting spray duo which I have spoken about tonnes on this blog. It’s one of my favourite makeup discoveries of this year, I am in love with it. – it’s the Rimmel London #Insta Fix & Go 2 in 1 Primer & Setting Spray.* You just spray it onto your face before applying your makeup and I definitely have seen a difference in how long my makeup lasts. It doesn’t make my face softer or minimise pores so I am still on the lookout for one that can do that!

2. Moisturiser.

At the beginning of 2017, I used my Clean & Clear Dual Action moisturiser. I’ve said before that there’s nothing particularly special about this moisturiser apart from the fact that a.) it doesn’t break me out and b.) it’s cheap.

16 v 17 moisturiser

At the end of 2017, I will be still using the same moisturiser. But I would like to make an honourable mention of the Tarte H20 Moisturiser which I tried in August. The only reason that I’m not using this one is purely because of the price. It’s about £30 which is a lot of money for moisturiser and don’t get me wrong, it is worth it. I really miss this moisturiser but financially, I can’t afford it right now. #one day. If anyone has any moisturiser dupes to suggest, let me know in the comments below!

3. Foundation. 

At the beginning of 2017, I was using the L’Oreal Infalliable Matte 24hr Foundation*. I really like this foundation, it does everything I want it to. The only thing that I find with it is that the more I use it, it’s as if my skin gets used to it? So it doesn’t show up as well and sinks into my skin more than normal. It’s really weird because I’ll take a break from it for a few weeks and go back to using it and it’s as good as I remember when I first started using it. Does anyone else get this? Am I crazy?!

16 v 17 foundation

At the end of 2017, I’m going to be using a mixture of the above foundations. I’ve spoken before about the L’Oreal True Match foundation*. It’s a perfect match for my skin but it’s just a little bit too oily for me. The Rimmel London Match Perfection* beside it is a re-discovery. It’s way too dark for me because it’s in Classic Beige but the formula is so lovely so once this is used up, I’m going to buy it in the right shade. I’ll more likely be using this one than the L’Oreal one purely because it’s nowhere near as oily.

4. Concealer. 

At the beginning of 2017, I’ll admit it: I wasn’t using concealer. I’m really not a concealer fan and it’s just because I’ve never really found one that I liked or that I found really made a difference to my makeup.

16 v 17 concealer

At the end of 2017, I’ll be using the Nyx Colour Correcting Concealer palette* which I’ve spoken about before on this blog. As you can see from the picture, the main colours I use are the yellow and green. The others are a bit too peachy for me but the yellow is so good for dark circles. I did put in a mention of the Makeup Revolution Focus & Fix concealer but I wonder if you guys can guess why I won’t be using this. I’ve literally used it about 4-5 times and the tube is already looking empty! It doesn’t do anything special so I wouldn’t recommend it.

5. Powder.

At the beginning of 2017, I was using the Rimmel London Stay Matte Setting Powder* to set my makeup. I’m pretty sure I’ve been using this one since I’ve been doing makeup? It’s amazing. It’s my one true love. You can see how much I’ve used it from how scuzzy it is, you can’t even see the writing anymore. I also got it wet which is why it’s gross. Whines about it.

16 v 17 powder

At the end of 2017, I’m still going to be using the same powder. I don’t think I’ll ever find one that matches this one but if I do, I’ll let you guys know. I did try to branch away from my favourite by picking up the Collection Sheer Loose Powder but wow. I don’t know if I’m just anti-loose powder in general but the mess. I’ve never known anything like it. It definitely didn’t set my makeup at all, either. If anything, it made it more oily. 100% would not recommend!

6. Brows.

At the beginning of 2017, I was using the Revolution Ultra Brow Palette which is something that I rave about all the time on this blog, too. It has so many different shades for varying depths of brow and also has two waxes, a highlighter and a concealer. I’ve had it for exactly a year now and I’m still working my way through it. It’s so long lasting and hands down, the best brow product I’ve ever used.

16 v 17 brow

At the end of 2017, I’ll be still using the same brow palette but I will make an honourable metnion to the Rimmel London Brow This Way Brow Gel* which I discovered this year. It’s so good for if you don’t have time to do full #instabrows and lasts all day. Love it.



7. Eyeshadow.

At the beginning of 2017, my go-to eyeshadow palette was the Naked3*. I’ve had this since my 19th birthday and I love it so much. I know people are a bit uncertain about the Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes but I love this one so much. It’s perfect for neutral looks.

16 v 17 eyeshadow

At the end of 2017, I will still be using my Naked3 palette but my go-to is my Mannakadar 3-in-1 in Fantasy. It’s so glowy and easy to apply and lasts all day even without a primer. It really makes my blue eyes pop, too!

8. Eyeliner.

At the beginning of 2017, I was using the Soap&Glory Supercat liner. I think I used the one that was super chunky but to be honest, this has been the first year in ages that I haven’t consistently put on winged liner. It’s too much of a faff in the morning when I’m about to go to work so I only do it if I’m really feeling it.

16 v 17 eyeliner

At the end of 2017, I’ll be using the Nyx Felt Tip Liner in Jet Black. It’s nothing that special. It is easy to use and it’s cheap but there’s nothing that selling about it aside from that. Like I said, I’m not really an eyeliner connoisseur anymore. (P.S. I spelt that right first time, who’s impressed?)

9. Mascara.

At the beginning of 2017, I was using the L’Oreal False Lash Fibre mascara*. I love this one. I’m really picky with mascaras because I find that I’m allergic to a lot of them so I was surprised that I got on okay with a fibre one but I recommended this to my mum and my sister and now, we all use it. It genuinely does make you look like you’re wearing false lashes.

16 v 17 mascara

At the end of 2017, I’ll be re-buying the Tarte 4-in-1 Mascara which again, is something I’ve raved about multiple times on this blog. You can see how much I’ve used it because the words are completely rubbed off. It is hands down the best mascara I have ever used and it’s only a little bit more expensive than the Fiber one.

10. Contour.

At the beginning of 2017, I was using the Kate 3-in-1 Sculpt Kit* in the shade Coral Glow. I love this contour as it blends out really nicely and is the perfect shade for me. I don’t contour all that often so it’s just a handy thing to grab.

16 v 17 contour

At the end of 2017, I’ll be using the Model Co contour stick. It’s so creamy and easy to use that it’s made me fall back in love with contouring again. The stick format makes it easy to do nose contouring which normally, I don’t like but this formula blends so nicely that it almost looks natural. Almost.

11. Blush.

At the beginning of 2017, I was using the same blush as above, the Kate sculpt kit in Coral Glow. It’s such a gorgeous blush that I can’t recommend enough to people. It sits nicely on the skin and the colour is just beautiful. I love it so much.

16 v 17 blush

At the end of 2017, the Tarte blush is my go to blush. It’s a very similar colour to the Coral Glow, it’s in the colour Thrilled and it is one of the best blushes I’ve ever used. I’ve heard people rave about the Tarte blushes and I always thought it was just a hype but it’s amazing. I’m also making an honourable mention to that gorgeous pink shade in the Revolution Ultra Blush palette in Golden Sugar 2 Rose Gold as I reach for that quite a lot. I’m also also making an honourable mention to the Spectrum A05 brush as it’s the best brush I’ve ever used.

12. Lips. ( If you’re still here, you get a cookie. )

At the beginning of 2017, I was using my go-to combo of the Rimmel London Lipliner in Tiramasu paired with the Rosetto lipstick by Kate. I love this combination so much, it makes your lips look nice and plump and has a beautiful finish. You can see how much I love it because it’s almost completely gone.

16 v 17 lipstick

At the end of 2017, I’m still going to be using my go-to lip combination but I wanted to make a few honourable mentions to the above lipsticks. I rediscovered the Rimmel London Apocalips liquid lipsticks and this shade is Pomegranate. They literally do not budge all day, they don’t feel sticky and they don’t crumble. They are amazing. I also love the Revolution Liquid Lipsticks (this one is in Peach Charming) and I’ll be collecting more of them. They’re a little less long-lasting but they are so pigmented and pretty.

So, there you have it! Well done for making it all the way down here. Did you make any discoveries in 2017? Let me know in the comments below!

Morgie out.

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