2017 – A year in beauty

If it’s make-up, then there’s only one person I turn to – my friend The Mumster. Seriously, if you can swatch, dab or layer it, she’s there. I’m so happy she’s agreed to do a regular piece for 50 Sense. Enjoy… (Nothing here comes from PRs. It’s all her own stuff and her own opinion.)

At this time of year the TV, radio and newspapers are littered with reviews of the year. It’s definitely a tradition – and who am I to argue with that? Traditions are what keep us going. Except sprouts. No one needs sprouts.

I love make-up. It is my Kryptonite, as my bank account will testify. The packaging, the thrill of the purchase, the joy in using the latest thing that will make me look stunning (or at least feel stunning and isn’t really the point of make up?) I tried a few new things last year, but only a few made it. So here are my finds for 2017:

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Foundation Make Up Spf10 £32.50 – I was very resistant to buy this, even though everyone raves about it. I’m not sure why, maybe it was the hype, not being able to find the right shade or just being contrary and not wanting to be like everyone else. But, I was wrong. It’s fantastic and with the imatch machine, I have my perfect shade.

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Eye Base £20 – This is brilliant. I have tried the Urban Decay Eye Base and it is amazing but blimey, it makes your eyelids feel so incredibly dry. This base keeps your eyeshadow in place all day, but is still moisturising.

Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lipliner £22 – Matte lipsticks are THE big thing at the moment and if it comes in nude, all the better. These are richly pigmented but not drying. While not the easiest to apply, they give a lovely effect. I love the shade Vintage Pink. The product details say it lasts all day –but it doesn’t.

As well as make-up, I also am rather partial to a bit of skincare. I’ve yet to find the promised land where I wake up looking ten years younger after one application of miracle cream, but I’ll settle for slowing down the years, even if I can’t stop them. The ones that did this last year were:

Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base £43 – I have combination skin which means I’m shiny on my t zone, ie the central strip looks like it’s had a paintbrush of grease swished across by mid morning. Thick creams are often too heavy and make the shine worse. However, this is not the case with this moisturiser. A little goes a long way when warmed in your hands first before smoothing on. The pleasant lemon scent makes it a joy to use and it contains a primer to help fix your make up. If anything my skin has felt less greasy since using it. I love it

Guerlain Stop Spot £20 – My face mocks me with spots next to wrinkles. On Christmas Day, my nose was like Rudolph’s so I bought this. It has a pleasing camphor fragrance and is tinted so calms the unappealing redness of the offending spot. I applied it at night and by the morning, my nose had returned to it’s normal colour.

My other discovery of the year has been YouTube make-up tutorials. It’s very easy to get stuck in a rut, especially when heading for a significant birthday. At my age, you think you know your face and what works and while that is true, it does no harm to review and update your look. My two favourite channels are Andreea Ali and The Very French Girl. I’ve also been employing the hooded eye eyeshadow technique – I don’t have hooded eyes, but it does give them a more wide awake look that I like.

Products used:
Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs in Les Cuirs 07 – sadly discontinued, but their La Palette 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow in 3 Coque d’Or £43.50 looks very similar
Elizabeth Arden Bold Eye Pencil/Crayon in Terra – unfortunately discontinued 
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