Sunday, 9 January 2022

Best Beauty Discoveries 2021 | Makeup and Haircare

best beauty discoveries 2021 makeup haircare

I’m never organised enough to have these up at the end of 2021 so today I’ve got my best hair and makeup discoveries of last year and next week I’ll have my skin and bodycare! Not everything was necessarily released last year, 2021 just happened to be when I tried it for the first time! 

 

charlotte tilbury cheek to chic love glow review

Starting with makeup, and blush and lip balm are my weakness so it’s no surprise that my makeup discoveries are made up of them and you have probably seen them featured on the blog before too! At the end of 2020 I bought a couple of blushes in the Cult Beauty sale and I have used them non-stop since! The Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blush in Love Glow RRP £30 was a blush I deliberated over for ages, I had swatched them years ago in Sephora and couldn’t make up my mind but I finally bit the bullet and I am so glad I did (especially as there was 20% off!). This is a gorgeous pearlescent pink shade that is easily buildable leaving a beautiful healthy glow and colour to my skin. The lasting power is great too and I ended up picking up another shade in the Cult Beauty’s recent sale as I love this one so much! Full review here! 

 

nars blush in behave

 

At the same time, I got the NARS Blush in Behave RRP £27.50. I am a huge fan of NARS blushes but I’ve only had minis before and they come in limited shades so after looking at some swatches (thank god for Google images and YouTube lol) I went with this one – a warm pink, matte shade that, like the CT, is buildable and lasts all day for me. Another one I haven’t put down all year! See my full review and a swatch here! Rounding off my trio of blushes is the Pixi On-The-Glow blush stick in Juicy RRP £18* and one I would not have bought for myself as I thought cream blushes wouldn’t last on my skin and would disturb my base. How wrong I was! This formula is amazing and as well as being a blush, it can be used on lips too. The shade Juicy is a gorgeous subtle coral on my skin and makes me look so healthy and dewy and the wear time is great too (my skin is normal atm). Full review here with all three shades and swatches! 

 

pixi on-the-glow blush review

Moving onto lips and the NARS Soft Matte Tinted lip balm in Unrestricted RRP £23 definitely needs a mention! These are billed as limited edition but most shades are still in stock and I really hope they make them permanent! This applies super smoothly and feels so comfortable to wear despite being matte. Unrestricted is a pink nude shade and I just think it looks so chic and understated being matte, LOVE! Full review and swatch here!

 

nars soft matte lip balm in unrestricted swatch

nars soft matte lip balm in unrestricted

Continuing with lip balms (I can’t remember the last time I wore a lipstick but I still love a tint of some sort) is the Charlotte Tilbury Hyaluronic Happikiss RRP £25. Part lip balm/part gloss, I gave this a pretty meh review if I do say so myself but it has definitely grown on me since then! I stand by what I said about the packaging – it’s awful but the product itself is lovely, it really does keep my lips hydrated and I love the shade – a classic my lips but better.  


Moving onto haircare now and most of my staples have stayed the same but there are a few that I have fallen in love with! The Inkey List Caffeine Stimulating Scalp Treatment RRP £14.99* and The Ordinary Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density RRP £15.80 are essentially very similar products aimed at increasing thickness in hair as well as decreasing hair loss and optimising growth in the Inkey List’s case. The ingredients list is similar for both of these and I have been using The Inkey List on my left hand side and The Ordinary on my right and I can’t tell much difference between the two. My hair has dramatically reduced in hair fall – I was seriously worried at how much hair was coming out every time I washed it – I know its normal to lose some but this was a lot for me). I was worried these would make my hair very greasy as I have an oily scalp at the best of times anyway and while it definitely does look like I have something in my hair I wouldn’t say its greasy looking. I have only been using these for just over a month so I have no hair growth updates but honestly for the price and how much less my hair is shedding I can’t recommend them enough! The Inkey List caffeine treatment is currently £1.49 in Home Bargains too but beware it’s the awful old packaging so no nozzle and it’s a smaller 50ml! I picked up four to refill this one when it's done!  

 

Finally, along with extra shedding this year, my hair has been super frizzy too which is unlike it and I originally thought it was humidity in the summer but now I’m not sure if its hormones/aging but it’s been driving me crazy! I tried loads of different serums and sprays and while they worked nicely at making my hair soft, the frizz was still poking out around the top of my hair. Queue me dumping some Heritage Store Castor Oil RRP £6.99 onto my scalp as a makeshift hot oil treatment (except it wasn’t hot). I thought it would be hard to wash out as it felt pretty sticky but surprisingly it wasn’t and when I dried my hair I was left with zero frizz! I only need to leave it on for about an hour too but so happy with the results!

 

So those are my standout makeup and haircare discoveries from this year! See last year’s here! Let me know what your favourites were from last year too!

 

*denotes a PR sample that was sent to me.

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Danielle xx

 

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22 comments

  1. LOVEEE CT's blushers! I need to get mine out of my stash again as I haven't used it in a while. Great picks lovely. x

    Zoey | www.zoeyolivia.com

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    1. So impressed with it and love it so much I picked up another! xx

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  2. Lovely post. I love castor oil.

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    Annie

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  3. What a nice post. I would really like to try The Inkey List Caffeine Stimulating Scalp Treatment because i have the same problem as you had. I have been loosing a lot of hair, maybe its because of the season changing, but i would like to help that problem. I will deffinitely try it!

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    1. It is definitely worth a try! So affordable for so much product too! xx

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  4. Need to try these products!
    -Nina
    http://www.stylingwithnina.com/2022/01/houndstooth-print.html

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  5. My nieces love pixi blushes - they are easy and safe to use even for beginners in makeup :)

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    1. Exactly! This one surprised me so much, i wasn't expecting to love it as much as I do! xx

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  6. So many amazing products! I love the look of the CT blush, it looks like such a beautiful colour. Also totally agree thank you to google and youtube when it comes to finding swatches, I'm forever googling products to see what they look like haha xx

    Hannah | https://luxuryblush.co.uk/

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    1. A necessity especially when you can't get to a counter haha! xx

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  7. I love that CT blush - you've inspired me to dig it out x

    Beautylymin

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    1. Oh definitely do! Such a perfect buildable blush! xx

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  8. The Inkey List treatments sounds like exactly what I need! I had no idea they did hair treatments like these i'm going to check them out now!
    Milli x - http://millidavison.co.uk/

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    1. I am so impressed! Bought a few more things from their haircare line to try aswell! xx

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  9. oooo what great finds! I swear by castor oil thicker & faster hair growth, it's a miracle worker x

    mia // https://miasdiyprojects.com/

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    1. It works amazingly well on my frizz! I love it! xx

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  10. I also have the Charlotte Tilbury blush from that line, except that mine is in "Walk of no shame", and I'm loving the formula! Haven't tried anything by NARS, but one day I will for sure. <3


    http://www.couture-case.com/

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    1. Ooh that looks like a beautiful shade too! Ah, hoope you get to try some NARS, one of my fave brands for sure! xx

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  11. I adore that Charlotte Tilbury blush, it is perfect!

    Danielle | thereluctantblogger.co.uk

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