Favourite Products of 2018

Favourite Products of 2018

We all know I love a favourites post so I thought why not do a round up for 2018?

I think last year I bought and tried more products than I have over my entire lifetime and I know that’s partially because of my blog, watching YouTube and my revived love of makeup.

The products that make the cut may not necessarily have been released last year but they were definitely new to me.

Let’s face it, having been out of touch with makeup for so long, even a wet beauty sponge was new to me – can’t believe I was so oblivious for so long!

Since this is a round-up post, it’s likely the products I mention here will have cropped up before so I will link my previous posts so you can see my full reviews.

Shall we get to it?

Lush – 9-5 Cleanser

I raved about this way back in my May 2018 Favourites and it’s still a firm favourite in my skincare routine.

I’m onto my second bottle now (I even got a big one the second time around as I knew it would get used!) and it is one of the few products that I use every day, twice a day when I’m wearing makeup.

It leaves my skin looking clear and feeling clean and I’ve definitely had a reduction in spots since I started using it.

Child’s Farm – Baby Moisturiser

I don’t moisturise as often as I should, I know this and I’m trying to get better at it. Especially with the winter weather, my skin is taking an absolute beating just now and I’ve got dry bits in places I’ve never had before!

I do use other moisturisers but I think I reach for this one the most because it’s always handy with J using it too!

I can use it on my leg when my tattoo reaction flares up and on my face because it’s so gentle so it’s really convenient.

It’s hydrating, absorbs well and doesn’t leave my skin feeling or looking greasy.

Urban Decay – Naked Skin Foundation

I was given this by my friend as she no longer needed it and it has become my everyday (when I can be bothered) foundation.

It feels really lightweight and gives good coverage without looking cakey or heavy on my skin.

This is one that I definitely will be repurchasing as I know how it works with my skin and it lasts a really long time so I don’t mind spending that bit more.

I’ve done a full comparison post with the All Nighter Foundation so be sure to check that out to see which one you would prefer!

Revolution – Conceal & Define Concealer

This is my go-to concealer, I can’t even remember if I have picked up any others last year at all! Certainly, no others have left an impression.

This just works really well on my skin, it covers what I need it to cover without looking cakey and lasts for a really long time.

The price is also fantastic. I think this is going to be a staple in my makeup collection for a really long time!

MUA – Setting Powder

I never really understood setting your face with a translucent powder but I realise most coloured face powders are the wrong undertone for my skin so thought I would give this a go.

I really like this as you only need to use a tiny amount and it sets everything down so well!

If you do go heavy handed, it leaves a cast on your skin which requires a fair bit of blending to dust away!

I’ve also noticed that if I use too much, I occasionally get a whiff of it through the day. Not that it smells of anything really, it’s more you can smell “generic powder smell”, if that makes any sort of sense?

I think it probably does flashback but I’m so pale my skin does that anyway so it’s never something that I’ve cared about.

I think I picked this up for £4.00 at the start of last year and I have only used about a quarter of the tub so it is going to last a really long time!

Freedom – Bronzed Professional

I’m not great at contouring or bronzing but I really like this powder as it’s not super pigmented.

I don’t think you would really notice too much when I’m wearing it as it is so light but it genuinely makes me look less flat and dead 🤣.

It blends really well and because it’s light it is foolproof (and I definitely need that!).

Revolution – Soph Does Nails Eyeshadow Palettes

I’ve used so many great eyeshadow palettes last year that I found it really hard to choose my favourite.

I think out of my collection I have used the Soph palettes more than any others. I love the original and Extra Spice and I use them both interchangeably.

The formula, pigmentation and colour combinations are all really great especially for the price of them! I just can’t really fault them and the same goes for pretty much every other Revolution palette I have tried.

Seventeen – Falsifeye HD mascara

I am gutted that Seventeen is no longer sold as this mascara is my favourite of this year hands down and I know I’ll be running out soon!

The formula is not too wet or dry and coats the lashes evenly. You can build it up and it doesn’t flake off through the day.

The wand takes a bit of getting used to because the bristles are so thin and I poked my eye on more than one occasion but once I got used to it I loved it. Even when the mascara is long gone, I think I’m going to keep the wand!

Smashbox – Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick

I love this liquid lipstick, I really didn’t want to because the price is pretty steep but it has, by far, the best formulation of any I have tried.

It doesn’t make my lips feel really dry and when it finally starts to wear off through the day, it does it in a kinder way than some that just leave your lips looking like a bumhole!

The colour (Babe Alert) is great for me and the heart-shaped doe foot makes applying it really easy!

Native Unearthed – Natural Deodorant Balm

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My last favourite is also my saddest favourite. I love this deodorant, love! I raved about it to everyone, it’s cruelty free and lasts all day.

I was even given some by a reader as she didn’t want to use it and I repurchased it too.

But disaster struck! In October/November I developed a really red sore, weepy rash in my armpits. I couldn’t lift my arms above my head the skin was so tight. I had been using the deodorant for months at this point so tried everything to prove it was not causing this pain!

Alas, I had to stop using it and the rash cleared and my skin went back to normal. Gutted is an understatement!

So that’s it, my favourites for 2018!

What did you think? Was there any on my list that were on yours too? Something you think shouldn’t be on there? Or something I should try for 2019? Let me know in the comments below!

As always, thanks for reading! Speak soon!

Claudia xxx

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New Year – 2018 Round Up & 2019 Goals

New Year – 2018 Round Up & 2019 Goals

Happy New Year! I hope everyone brought in the bells with their loved ones and you weren’t feeling too rough the next day!

I spent January 1st mainly sleeping – not quite sure why I felt so tired but I slept the entire day away! Tried to make up for it on the 2nd as I tried to cram as much as I could so I could say I didn’t waste my time off!

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I thought it would be useful to reflect on what 2018 brought to my blog and what I hope 2019 brings.

These are my stats since I started blogging consistently in April – not the biggest numbers ever but I’m still proud of each and every view!

I had quite a few opportunities this year which I’m quite proud of as I didn’t imagine I would have had quite as much interest as I did especially with my teeny tiny following.

I worked with some fantastic brands and bought a tremendous amount of new products to satisfy my beauty cravings!

I got to go to Deep Sea World and spend time with other bloggers which took me way out of my comfort zone!

I was invited to a Lush event but I had to turn that down due to my real life job which was majorly disappointing!

I was even nominated for a Mystery Blogger Award and I hosted my first giveaway!

A lot of the brands I worked with were through Instagram so I didn’t always post on my blog but I thought it would be nice to roundup who I have worked with for the year.

***Please note: Products featured in this post have been sent to me for free to test and review but as always, opinions remain my own!***

The first brand I want to mention is Kalon Kosmetics. From winning their giveaway and then a few months later getting a PR package was an amazing experience. JaLeeda is one of the most amazing ladies and the company have great values that I can really relate to. I can’t wait to see what they do in 2019 as they just seem to be going from strength to strength! I’m really thankful to be involved with then for their Achelois Goddess campaign.

I was sent some XLS Nutrition which was the basis for a “weight loss post”. I think if there was any doubt about my honesty in posts, this proves I don’t hold back.

I got to use a really fancy foot file by Dynesse. I’ll be honest, it’s not something I would normally buy but being sent it was great as my feet have felt nice and soft ever since!

I was sent not one, but two sleep masks from Bedtime Bliss which, although I wouldn’t use them for every day, they are perfect for travelling and I even gifted one to my friend so she could use it on her flight to Canada this Christmas.

Eyewake kindly sent me some collagen gel which helps me wake up in the morning and reduces the bags under my eyes. I am doing another campaign for them this year too which I am really looking forward to.

Lastly, I was sent a Vitamin C serum by Skinkissed and I have just finished the whole bottle which says a lot as I never tend to keep up with my skincare but I found this to be so nice for my skin!

Murphy wasn’t kept out of the action this year either. After the launch of his Instagram, he was sent a fab little bandana from D and C Pet Couture. I don’t do football so unfortunately he only wore it for the photo, but it was a really good product!

I was also sent some Olay Daily Facials from the Savvy Circle, Colgate Toothpaste from Home Tester Club, primer, mascara and face masks from Alba Science. These aren’t directly related to my blog itself but I’d definitely recommend signing up to these places so you can try out some new stuff in exchange for a short review.

This is by no means a bragging post – I know this is not impressive compared to a lot of bloggers but I am proud of my blogging achievements this year and I’ve discovered some new brands and products that I love.

I’m not really one for resolutions but I would like to get my organisational skills back to help me feel less overwhelmed with social media and trying to get my posts out – I feel like I’m constantly playing catch up at the moment!

I know I said it before, but I would like to get my own domain but taking the leap is so scary. I’m worried I will lose my posts I’ve already created but my biggest fear is spending money on something that I can’t keep up with!

What did you achieve in 2018? What are your goals for 2019? Let me know in the comments below!

I’ve said it before, and I have to say it again – I’m so grateful to you all for the support I’ve received since I started this endeavour. Thank you! 💜

Claudia xxx

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