2017 has been the year I stepped up my makeup game and tried lots of new products, there were some repeat buys and some major busts that went straight in the bin. Lower end makeup brands really wowed me this year, and reminded me that price doesn’t always mean quality… I’m looking at you Kim & Kylie. Here’s a round up of my most memorable hits and misses of the year.

My 2017 Beauty Hits & Misses- MAHALA

Here are the hits:

Colourpop’s No Filter Concealer ($6) was a definite hit for me, the formula is incredibly pigmented and creamy, blending out beautifully. It hides blemishes and dark circles, you definitely don’t need a filter with this one!

This year I haven’t come across a hit foundation, although I did find yet another great budget concealer from Collection, their Lasting Perfection Concealer (£4.19) is a thicker concealer to the Colourpop one and has amazing staying power. It doesn’t crease and seems to last forever!– I’ve only just run out after months of constant use.

I’ve been loving peach makeup and a go to of mine this year has been Too Faced’s Sweet Peach Gloss (£16), the gloss is comfortable to wear without any hideous stickiness. The peach oil formula hydrates the lips and smells deliciously peachy. I love the shade Pure Peach, if you’re after an understated lip you should give this one a go.

Now onto the product I can’t live without… Garnier’s Soothing Botanical Toner (£3.49) with Rose Water, this skincare product has done wonders for me. It has reduced my pore size and redness, and you don’t have to break the bank for results.

Strawberry Deodorant | Hit or Miss?- MAHALA

Another skincare product made my hits and it’s an odd one, The Body Shop’s very own Strawberry Deodorant (£4). I never thought I’d love a roll on more than a antiperspirant spray, but this product is fruity and keeps you fresh all day.

In October I learnt the difference between a setting spray and finishing spray (two very different things!), as I fell in love with cult classic MAC Fix+ Spray (£18). It’s great to spritz on dry skin before makeup to hydrate it or after makeup application to get all the products to sink into the skin and look more natural (aka less powdery).

And here are the Misses…

Kylie Cosmetics’ KKW Crème Lipsticks ($45) was my biggest beauty disappointment of 2017. The formula is just rubbish, it’s very difficult to work with and once you’ve played around with it to have good coverage, all your efforts are wasted as it moves around on the lips so easily. It’s definitely not what I expected when I ordered the four liquid lipsticks and I wish I hadn’t bothered.

Now onto a budget product that went in the bin, is Primark’s Glitter Obsessed eye cream palette (£4). To sum this palette up it’s as if someone has put some vaseline in some pans and sprinkled some glitter on top, there’s no pigmentation to the creams. Let’s just say I’m happy I didn’t pay more.

In September I got burnt by a face mask. Lush’s Oatifix (£7.50) made a very quick presence on my face before severe stinging meant I had to immediately remove it. Ever since I’ve given Lush skincare a miss, I’ve just lost confidence with them.

Another miss for me this year has to be Makeup Revolution’s Aqua Priming Base (£5), it smells horrible, just horrible like dirty old water with a hint of flowers. I felt it didn’t do anything for my skin except make it smelly. Although bizarrely the brand did feature my picture on their Instagram, they clearly didn’t read my review!

That’s just a quick round up of my hits and misses of 2017, what have been yours this year?- Be sure to comment to let me know! ♥︎