The Beauty Priorities You Should Be Making in 2017

When it comes to beauty, we as women can have rather a lot on our plates. No matter how much we say we love it, beauty prep can be such a chore. From the hours of showering to even longer finishing the look, it can be exhausting. So much so, that it’s not always that easy to know what to prioritize.

One thing’s for sure, taking care of your skin should always be up there. But it’s not the only thing, from taking care of your health to caring for your hair, here are the areas that you should be putting all of your beauty efforts into for 2017.

Keeping Your Skin Clean

First of all, it’s more important than just about anything else to keep your skin clean. It’s what will keep it clear. Removing your makeup at night should be something you never fail to do. There are very few circumstances where this can be thrown out the window – and even those are life and death. Make sure to cleanse your skin too, it’ll make sure that your skin stays cleaner for longer. Exfoliating will also help to keep your skin looking brighter by removing dead skin cells.

Focusing On Quality Not Quantity

With so much focus on makeup in our modern world, we can often be lead to believe that more is more. When actually, it’s not. If you’re a collector of makeup, it’s time to cut back. You’re beauty of buying beauty products that you love and investing in them, than buying lots of bits that you only kind of like. When it comes to beauty, quality beats quantity every single time.

Moisturising From Head To Toe

We know all about moisturising and how important it is, but sometimes we only focus on the face. In fact, it’s just as important to moisturise the rest of our bodies, if not more. Yes our face generally sees more sun and can suffer from more environmental damage, but the skin on the rest of our body is often more forgotten about, making it just as susceptible to damage as our face. By moisturising all over, from head to toe, you make sure all of your skin is healthy and cared for.

Cutting Back On Heat

Healthy hair isn’t as achievable as it once was. We’re using more heat related products than ever and as much as heat protection sprays can help, they also aren’t as great as staying away from heat entirely. Although you are going to still use heat products from time to time, it’s good to cut back on them as much as you can. You hair will become a lot healthier for it.

Balancing Your Lifestyle

And finally, it’s time to prioritise balance. It’s not that easy to stay all healthy, all of the time. So instead, what you want to try and aim for is a healthy balance. By eating as well as you can, increasing your water intake and getting enough sleep, you’re doing your bit to improve your skin and your overall appearance. As we all know, under-eye bags are never the best accessory.

Rosie for Autograph Cream Blush – Romantic Flush*

When it comes to winter beauty, I don’t think that there is anything quite so pretty than a flushed, blush look. It adds some my needed colour on grey days, and it’s not as high-maintainance as wearing a deep or berry lip.

The Rosie for Autograph Cream Blush feels like it was made for Instagram in it’s pretty, rose gold casing, which really does look beautiful! Available in four shades, Romantic Flush is a stunning pinky coral which really lifts winter-pale complexions.

Since the blush is a cream formula, it effortlessly blends into skin, leaving behind a believable glow. I love it for brightening up my level of paleness, and it leaves skin looking beautiful and almost airbrushed.

Tapped onto the tops of cheekbones, it melds into skin, but it’s also stunning when applied to the lips for a natural, believable looking coral stain. I love how comfortable it is to wear, and the lasting power is fabulous – I easily get 10 hours before the colour starts to fade!

Rosie for Autograph Cream Blush is priced at £14 and is available here

Christmas Lip Smackers*

Ok, whilst we’re on the subject of keeping lips hydrated over Christmas, I thought we should take a look at these adorable Lip Smackers Christmas baubles.

With four scents in each, they’re the perfect little stocking stuffer, and let’s be real, who wouldn’t want to wake up to Skittles-flavoured lip balms this Christmas?

Lip Smackers Christmas Baubles at £8 each and are available here

Confessions Divine Hydra-Gel Lip Mask*

I’m not sure that there is anything quite as uncomfortable as having dried out lips. Running around from central heating to winter temperatures though, had left my lips feeling in need of a little TLC, so when Confessions Divine Hydra-Gel Lip Mask popped through the door, the timing couldn’t have been better!

Looking like something out of a cartoon, I’ve been dying to try out a lip-specific mask! Anyone who knows me has heard about my Korean sheet-mask collection, so these felt beyond due! The lip masks are designed to really hydrate lips, leaving them looking full and healthy. They’re the perfect thing to combat winter chapping, and they prime lips for dark lipsticks perfectly!

The masks themselves are a pink gel, and they will fit those who have been blessed with the fullest lips. After cleansing, I tend to apply my in the evenings after cleansing. They feel cool and refreshing to wear, and I have been popping one on in the evening after cleansing my face. After about 20 minutes or so I’m left with lips which feel soft and smooth, and even look a bit plumper!

A pack of two masks costs £7.50 and is available here.

Models Own Holochrome Eyeshadow Palette & Lipgloss*

I’m not sure if it’s just me, but once we hit this time of year, I want pretty much everything to sparkle. I’ve got red sparkly nails as we speak, and I’m all about a little extra glitter. So, When Models Own’s stunning new Holochrome Eyeshadow Palette and lipgloss

Thearrived, I was overjoyed!

The eyeshadow palette is one of the best looking pieces of makeup I’ve seen in a while. I just adore the green and purple sheen, it’s an absolute joy to look at, and it feels super seasonal to use.

Inside is just as pretty – eight metallic shades, with a matte brown and matte black to layer and define the eyes. The colours are a great mix of neutrals which are seriously Christmas-party appropriate. From blues and purples to a selection of rich chocolates, the variation you can achieve with the palette is seriously impressive!

Applied directly to the eyelid, the shimmer shades give a sheer wash of coloured sparkle, but layered on top of the matte shades, they come alive. The deep base shades mean than the duo chrome nature of some of the shadows looks absolutely magical – exactly what you want in the winter!

I also seriously appreciate the double ended brush that Models Own have included with the palette. The bristles are wonderfully soft, and really pack on the colour. It’s such an improvement from the foam-tipped things that even designer palettes are guilty of including!

Then, as if the eyeshadow palette wasn’t gorgeous enough, I had to get my hands on one of the stunning glosses. Laser Lilac is pretty must the opposite of my regular, nude coloured glosses. Even though I do tend to favour mauve-y shades, this one does look quite purple in the tube.

On the lips though, it’s absolutely gorgeous, and incredibly wearable! With a rich, balm-like consistency, which isn’t in the least bit sticky, it leaves lips with a wash of sheer, slightly lavender tinged hue. The blue micro glitter makes teeth look ultra white, and I’m obsessed with the colour. It’s such a fun, and surprisingly subtle way to change up my look.

Models Own Holochrome Eyeshadow Palette is priced at £19.99 and Lipgloss is priced at £6.99 and they’re both available here.

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