That’s all folks! Well, very nearly. With just a few hours left of 2017, we’re wrapping things up with a final blog before we welcome in 2018. We can’t wait to find out what next year has in store for us (and yes, by that, we also mean ‘beauty store’! We have a feeling there’ll be many more makeup purchases for M & V in 2018!).

For us, 2017 was a very exciting year, as Verymakeupmad was born. So what better way to end the year than by bringing you our top beauty picks from the last 12 months – the products we tried, tested and fell for in 2017? It wasn’t easy to whittle it down, but after much deliberation, here are our Verymakeupmad favourites – 5 products each that we’ve splashed out on this year and now couldn’t live without!

M’s Top 5 for 2017

Let’s start things off with perfect, glowing skin. We both fell hard for Bobbi Brown Illuminating Moisture Balm , £44.50, with its slight pearly sheen, delicious scent and rich but not-too-heavy texture. M likes to wear alone, over moisturiser for a gorgeous, luminous glow, while V wears under foundation as the ultimate illuminating primer. M is so taken with it, that she recently indulged in the whopping, super-sized, limited edition tub of it (now sold out…everywhere!) and every time V sees it, she wants to dive right in. Or just pinch it, whilst M’s back is turned. If you’re looking to buy this nourishing balm, take note – it’s been repackaged and now boasts 2 new shades – Pink Glow (which V has her eye on) and Golden Glow (which M might try once she’s finished her tub…in 2020!!). The original is now known as Bare Glow.

M’s supersized pot of Illuminating Moisture Cream. She’s not going to run out of it any time soon!

Still on skin, and M has been loving Erborian CC Crème, £17, ever since she stumbled across it at the beginning of the year. It’s all she needs to even out and perfect her skin, blur imperfections and give instant radiance. Plus it ingeniously adapts to the colour of your skin on application, starting out white and transforming to a warm, peachy tone. That’s her favourite bit, if she’s honest!

This was the year of the liquid highlighter, and with so many great ones to choose from, we almost came to blows! But here is our winner – Marc Jacobs Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter, £32. Yes, it smells of coconut and it gives skin the most amazing golden sheen. What’s not to love? A little goes a long way, but try dabbing on cheekbones, browbones, down the nose and on the cupid’s bow for an enviable glow. Or mix with your foundation for an allover radiance.

Dew Drops- the holy grail of highlighters

Onto cheeks and this is where V struggled. She’s a confirmed blusher addict and has added at least 6 new ones to her collection this year. So instead of choosing just one, she’s chosen her top powder blush and top cream blush. And that wasn’t easy either!

Our new crush – Glossier

For cream blush, it’s no contest though – it has to be Glossier Cloud Paint, £15 which gives a gorgeous, dewy flush to the cheeks. Her shade is Puff, but she’s tempted to try Dusk at the first available opportunity. Glossier has only been available to purchase in the UK(online) since October, so we’re hoping to stock up on many more products in the coming months. And in case you missed it the first time round, here’s us using Cloud Paint, to show you just how foolproof it is!

As for powder, V’s always been a fan of Nars blushes, so when the brand launched this Unfiltered II Cheek Palette, £45, earlier in the year, she just had to have it. And she’s not looked back. Each shade is totally wearable (even the top right!) and can be mixed together or used alone. Plus there’s a fab highlighting shade (bottom left!) that V is loving.


Pink to make the boys wink!

Now let’s talk eyes! And on this we both agree that Marc Jacobs has come up trumps this year. The Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, £22, gives lashes instant length and volume and once applied doesn’t budge or smudge. But the real winner is the Twinkle Pop Eye Shadow Stick, £23, which we both wear on a daily basis and which couldn’t be easier to use. The shimmering shadow glides on and feels cool and tingly (we like that bit!) and once it’s dried it stays in place all day. Blue-eyed V is a fan of ‘On The Verge’ a flattering lilac, and also the gorgeous, turquoisey ‘Shoshanna’, while M can’t get enough of ‘Leila’, a burnt orange shade with a hint of pink that looks amazing on her hazel/brown eyes.

Twinkle Pops – they’re top of the pops!

Lastly, lips! And there were plenty of choices for 2017. But we finally settled on these three. Butter London Sheer Wisdom Lip Oil, £18 in Ballet Blush was our most recent find, and one that we’re both loving. A nourishing, tinted cream in a clever, ‘clicky’ pen applicator, it makes lips feel and look amazing, and the effects last for hours. It’s a perfect winter treat, if you’re struggling with chapped lips.

We can definitely see the wisdom of having soft, smooth, kissable lips!

Tom Ford Lip Lacquer, £29, also topped our lip product charts, thanks to its pearly, reflective finish. It has a lovely cream texture and can be worn alone or over your favourite lippie for a subtly shimmering pout.

And we couldn’t possibly put out a New Year’s Eve blog without adding a bit of sparkle! Lip Toppers – not as thick or sticky as gloss – were all the rage in 2017, adding amazing, glittery sparkle to bare or lipsticked lips. Our favourite has to be Jouer Long-Wear Lip Topper, £13.50, in the shade Rose Gold, which makes lips look amazing and honestly lasts for hours. And V is currently on the waitlist at for the Brand’s latest shade – Funfetti. Go check it out!


V’s Top 5 for 2017


So that’s it for 2017. Please leave a comment and let us know what your star products were this year. Thank you for all of your support over the last few months and here’s to making 2018 as beauty-full as we possibly can. Happy New Year Beauty Lovers!

Love & New Year Cheer,

It’s goodbye from her. And goodbye from her. We hope you enjoy your festivities!



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