My Top 11 Beauty Products Of The Last 12 Months

With hundreds of new beauty products launching every single month, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with choice or get distracted by the newest thing to land into Boots. Navigating the beauty shelves in order to find those little gems worthy of your money can be tricky; I try to bring you an edit of products I really love for that very reason – often revisiting the same things time and time again. To continue in that fashion I wanted to highlight my beauty heroes of the last year so you know the things continuing to get me excited months down the line; narrowing down oodles of products into a sizeable edit of beauty treats I’ve relied on is a hard task, but I’ve managed it! Every single one of these have become a firm favourite and used time and time again throughout 2018, no doubt continuing to serve me well over the next twelve months and beyond. The majority of these I’m already onto my second or third product, which as a beauty blogger really sets the tone and proves how much I love them… Enjoy!

Remove & Chill Nail Polish Remover Cream (£14.25)
I was excited about this before it even launched, and not only because of it’s cheeky name (Nailfix & Chill unsurprisingly had to be changed for legal reasons!) As soon as I used this nail varnish remover cream I was hooked, as it effortlessly lifted away my polish so it could be wiped away without drying nails or leaving a mess behind; every time I use this my nails feel hydrated and smooth, so much that I haven’t touched traditional nail varnish since. Basically, buy this. (Read my original review here.)

Dermalex Repair + Restore (£9.99)
An ultra hydrating daily moisturiser that’s supported by over 20 years of research, Repair + Restore is proven to strengthen the skin barrier and reduce the flare-ups of eczema by up to 50%. The unique formula utilises a dual mode of action that treats the dry skin symptoms whilst fortifying the skin barrier, for long term control over your dry skin without having to compromise. The cream is easily absorbed, working into the skin beautifully without any greasiness – leaving the surface of skin feeling incredibly supple and soft. My husband has gone through about ten tubes of this already, and he’s continually asking for more! Not particularly sexy, but definitely one of the most used things in my household over the last twelve months. (Read my original feature here.)

Beauty Kitchen Naturaline Lip Balm (£2.99)
A 100% natural and 0% petroleum jelly quick fix for dry lips and bits, this little tin features a combination of Castor Seed Oil, Carnuba Wax and Beeswax to provide hydration and moisture for up to eight hours; it’s also clinically proven to do good while allowing the skin to ‘breathe’. Suitable for even the most dry and sensitive of skins, Beauty Kitchen’s Natruline can be used to protect, hydrate and lubricate skin without many of the adverse effects associated with petroleum jelly (if you’re still using it as a lip balm, stop immediately!) and it’s been a staple in my bag since it launched. (Read my original review here.)

NARS Climax Mascara (£21.00)
This was so overhyped and endorsed by pretty much ever influencer on the internet when it launched, so to say I was skeptical is probably a huge understatement. But when I finally ordered it to give it a whirl myself, it was pretty much love at first swipe – this really does deliver a powerful and voluminous flutter, effortlessly creating extra length and lift without flaking or dropping throughout the day. Of all the mascaras I’ve tried this year, this is definitely the one I loved the most (even if the price is a bit eye watering!)

Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart (£55.00)
Although I was introduced to this a couple of years ago, this has been on my face every single day for the past six months; the tinted SPF offers up one of the highest levels of protection against both sun damage and pollution, actually helping to tackle the damage caused by environmental factors too. I thoroughly enjoy the lightness of the texture and how this has encouraged me to wear SPF every single day, even when I’m working from home when I’m continually exposed to blue light. I’m just about at the end of my third bottle, so you know it’s some good stuff and worthy of the hefty price tag. (I wrote about it in a recent skincare regime feature here.)

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Glow Shot (£23.00)
This lingered in my makeup storage for ages before I finally took it out to use, but since then this has been another product that I’ve used practically daily for months. Many liquid highlighters can become cakey, not layer effectively or stop providing the luminous result we crave after only a couple of hours – but this is pure magic in a tiny tube. You need the smallest amount dabbed onto the tops of cheekbones for a super natural but healthy glow that works with any base; I adore it.

Topshop Ultra-Matte Lip Crayon (£10.00)
A late comer to the party, but the red lip product that I’ve been using multiple times a week and choosing over much more expensive alternatives. The soft and highly pigmented formula glides beautifully over lips to leave a precise and elegant result without weighing you down; it feels light and easy on the lips without drying the surface, so it’s perfect for when you want to re-apply throughout the day. What’s even better is that it doesn’t transfer nearly as badly as the majority of other lipsticks, so it lasts for longer and won’t make such a mess on your coffee cup.

Bare Minerals Gen Nude Lipgloss (£17.00)
As someone who has lipglosses lurking in every bag, drawer and pocket, it’s often hard to really tell the difference between one and the next; but this has been a go-to, offering a great texture and perfect colour finish without feeling overly sticky or heavy. I adore the nudes in this range and have been reaching for this when I want to feel polished but understated. It’s the one I always look for at the bottom of your bag, which is sign enough that it’s my favourite!

No7 Laboratories Line Correcting Booster Serum (£38.00)
I’ve written about this a couple of times before (read my original review here) and recommended it to more people than I can count, but honestly this product single-handedly stopped me getting botox. I was really self-conscious about a line between my brows, but when I started using this is dramatically reduced to the point where it no longer bothers me. It’s still something I use on the area daily to prevent those deep lines setting in, so it’s no surprise I’m half way through my third bottle. Perfect for layering and mixing with other products, the clinical trials and testimony on this product are crazy good too!

Dr Lewinn Renunail Nail Strengthener (£21.00)
My nails have really suffered over the last year or two, but this magic in a little bottle has helped to get them back on track more times than I can count. Fortified with calcium gel, it eliminates peeling, flaking and chipping to leave nails instantly stronger while encouraging growth over time. You apply to bare nails every day for a week (or underneath your usual polish for a less immediate result) before removing and repeating up to four times, so it’s a really simple programme. My nails always look and feel healthier, so there’s always a bottle of this in close proximity.

Bare Minerals Skin Longevity Sleep Cream (£28.00)
One of those products that has quietly been on my bedside table for months, this super lightweight gel cream is perfect for applying just before bed if you want to boost hydration and plumpness. It contains Hyaluronic Acid to lock in hydration and soften the skin texture, alongside a blend of botanical extracts and the mineral-rich Long Life Herb – which works to create an antioxidant shield over the complexion, helping to repair the damage caused throughout the day. It’s perfect for layering, or for those of you who don’t like heavy or greasy overnight treatments, and one of those I just kept reaching for night after night. Easy to massage in, this is a lovely treat for all the senses while delivering brighter and fresher looking skin the next morning: I’m a convert!

Although there are SO many other beauty products I’ve been loving, these are the ones I’ve used to death and have recommended more times than I can count. I’ve no doubt they’ll play a big part in my beauty regime for the next twelve months too!




  1. Miggs
    January 22, 2019 / 9:54 am

    That nail polish remover cream! I’m lol-ing here because of Simply Nailogical’s own review of it.

  2. January 25, 2019 / 10:18 pm

    Bare minerals skincare has actually been something that’s been catching my eye for a while. I’m super curious about the brand in general (all I own is their complexion rescue gel) but their skincare looks so awesome so I’ll definitely be dabbling more in their products this year.

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