As we are approaching the end of 2017 so many of us are making our respective ‘best of…’ lists. It feels very satisfying to take a last look at the year and collect a small collage of positive memories. It’s been a busy year in the beauty industry, picking favourites has been challenging but here are my final best beauty moments of 2017:
#5 L’oreal collaboration with Balmain
Who doesn’t want a touch of luxury at a high street price? I most certainly do! When L’oreal launched their collaboration with the iconic fashion brand Balmain, the beauty industry got a little bit more exciting. The range has a shade for all of your moods, it is like a perfect wardrobe that suits all occasion, not to talk about a packaging is to die for!
I bought Fever for myself which is a bright brick red shade, but look at all the other ones! What a sight! Have you seen this diversity of colours on the high street before? I haven’t.
#4 Diversity on the runway at the S/S 2018 Fashion Weeks
Talk about diversity: I have to say when I saw Winnie Harlow (Canadian fashion model who has a skin condition called vitiligo) walking down several runways during the Spring/Summer 2018 Fashion Weeks, apart from having a big grin on my face, I thought, wow, finally the fashion business is starting to catch up with the world and is changing for the better. The industry has been criticized so many times, quite rightly so, for the lack of diversity in skin tones, sizes but it seems things slowly start to look more realisic on the runway.
A serious contender for the highlights from Fashion Weeks was the moment when the Supers walked together for Versace again. Having grown up when these ladies were THE THING, this sight warmed my heart and filled me with great memories of admiring those Revlon ads on tv with Claudia and Cindy!
#3 The Ordinary – budget brands on the rise
We live in a time when budget brands are becoming more and more refined and you can find really decent skin care products at a great price. There’s no denying though, if any brand should take home an award for ingenuity, it would be Deciem for creating The Ordinary. Delivering highly active ingredients on a budget price to a wider public has been a great achievement on their part and this gem of a brand hasn’t stopped growing ever since it launched. As skin science and technology develop they keep bringing out new, exciting formulations and I can’t wait to try them all. I have to say, The Ordinary has turned me into a little bit of a science geek. Researching different ingredients and finding out how they work is incredibly thrilling to me. Looking at the ‘coming soon’ list on their website I will keep my eyes on The Ordinary next year as well and see what they have in store for us.
#2 Adwoa Aboah cover, new era at Vogue
As Alexandra Schulman said goodbye to British Vogue and stepped down as Editor-in-Chief with this memorable cover I thought it will be difficult to find a person matching her brilliance and her successor will have some rather big shoes to fill.
As soon as Edward Enninful took over the iconic magazine with a mind-blowing cover with Adwoa Aboah and an edition to pore over, all my doubts have vanished and thought, this will be the start of a very exciting era in the life of British Vogue and the fashion industry as a whole. This new Vogue screams: ‘Diversity, here we come!’
The list of contributing beauty editors is already impressive enough (Val Garland, Sam McKnight, Guido Palau and Charlotte Tilbury) but Pat McGrath being beauty editor-at-large (and responsible for the make-up of Miss Aboah above) is the icing on the cake!
#1 Glossier launching in the UK
I am not ashamed to say that I’ve been completely swept away by the Glossier hype and I have to admit, I don’t mind it one bit. Going back to simplicity in make-up and skincare as well as in design is something a large portion of beauty lovers have been craving for and this little brand is catering for them brilliantly. When Glossier finally landed in the UK in October, I didn’t hesitate and put in an order straight away. The few products I tried (Read my longer review here.) are right up my street so I am excited to get my hands on some more. Having Glossier here in the UK is a breath of fresh air and I hope they will open a stand-alone store in London soon.
I am going to shamelessly toot my own horn and say that the bonus beauty highlight of MY year is the launch of my new blog. I’ve been blogging for one and a half years on a free host and when I started I never thought I will love it as much. In October I decided to change hosts and make it look a bit more professional. It has proved to be a great decision. I love coming here every week and share my thoughts with you. I feel I have a tiny voice in the beauty industry which makes me very happy. Thank you to everyone who supported me on this journey, liked, followed, commented every week. I am looking forward to creating content for years to come.