Best in Makeup 2017

I cannot believe 2017 is over! It seems to have flown by in a blink of an eye. PaleGirlRambling had an unplanned break and was a little quiet in the run up to Christmas but I’m back and super excited to create lots of content in 2018! What better way to kick off the new year than with a round up of my favourite makeup bits of 2017.

Best in makeup 2017 Tarte Charlotte Tilbury Kevyn aucoin ahb cosmetics Pillow Talk

Tarte Shape Tape

Tarte’s Shape Tape concealer was something I tried to put off buying for the longest time. I hated that I couldn’t go to a store to swatch and check if it’d be truly pale enough for me. In a moment of madness during one of Tarte’s free international shipping weekends I crazily pressed the order button and I couldn’t be more glad that I did! There’s a full review of Shape Tape along with comparison swatches to my old favourite Nars Radiant Creamy concealer so that you can compare shades.This full coverage concealer has been a life saver in 2017 and I can see it being a makeup bag staples for years!

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation & Matte Revolution Lipstick

This post wouldn’t be right without some Charlotte Tilbury obsessing. I could talk about all the CT products that I own, the brand as a whole has been my favourite 2017 discovery but Charlotte’s Magic Foundation and Matte Revolution Lipsticks are right at the top of my list. If you’re yet to try a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick then I’d advise making that your number 1 thing to do in 2018 (priorities right?!) the formula is next to none and I’m obsessed with Pillow Talk and Very Victoria in particular. I can’t wait to try more shades from the range along with more from the K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Collection.

The fact I got to work with Charlotte Tilbury on the launch of their Beauty Icons Gift Set was one of my highlights of 2017, it was a dream to work with one of my all time favourite brands, something I never thought would happen yet alone in my first year of blogging!

Best in makeup 2017 Tarte Charlotte Tilbury Kevyn aucoin ahb cosmetics Pillow Talk

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics

Another of my favourite beauty discoveries this year was Urban Decay’s Naked Ultimate Basics Palette. I’ve loved all the Naked palettes I’ve tried this year but the Ultimate Basics has by far had the most use! It’s an all matte palette perfect for everyday eyeshadow. The shadows are pigmented and blend like a dream. I have a full review of the Ultimate Basics palette with swatches but let me tell you it’s well worth investing in. I’ve used this palette for most eye looks in one way or another in 2017.

Best in makeup 2017 Tarte Charlotte Tilbury Kevyn aucoin ahb cosmetics Pillow Talk

Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder

Kevyn Aucion’s Scuplting Powder was something I’d lusted after for years. It’s been coveted in the blogging and YouTube world since it was released and as soon as I tried it I could see why. Kevyn Aucion have released the sculpting powder in light, medium and dark so there’s a shade for everyone. This little contour powder is pricey but well worth the splurge in my opinion. It’s like a contour for dummies and makes you look flawless!

Best in makeup 2017 Tarte Charlotte Tilbury Kevyn aucoin ahb cosmetics Pillow Talk

AHB Cosmetics Strobe & Highlight Palette

AHB Cosmetics was a brand I came across thanks to blogging and I’m so glad I did. The Strobe & Highlight palette is currently their only product but it’s a good one! I have never used a powder with no fall out until this one! I can’t get over how they do it but you don’t waste any product at all. I’ve used this palette an insane amount over 2017 and it looks basically untouched so although it’s an investment it’s well worth it for how long it’ll last! Seriously check out the swatches and you’ll be obsessed!

Best in makeup 2017 Tarte Charlotte Tilbury Kevyn aucoin ahb cosmetics Pillow Talk

I can’t believe that’s 2017 over, I cannot wait to see what new makeup bits I come across in 2018, I’ve already got some new products on the way that I can’t wait to try out over the next few weeks.

My top skincare picks of 2017 will be live next week and I’ll be back to my usual schedule so keep an eye out for that.

What were your favourite makeup finds of 2017? Did you try any of my favourites?


  1. January 4, 2018 / 1:35 pm

    I am so with you on the Charlotte Tilbury lippes, and the two colours you mention are my favourites too! Good choice. I like the sound of the sculpting powder too, may have to add that to my lust list! Happy new year xx

  2. January 4, 2018 / 2:51 pm

    The Tarte Shape Tape has definitely made my 2017 beauty favorites, it’s just the best! And those Charlotte Tilbury lippies look stunning!

  3. January 4, 2018 / 3:50 pm

    Tarte’s Shape Tape is on my wish list and has been for so long, I need to bite the bullet and just order it already! x

  4. January 4, 2018 / 5:07 pm

    I unfortunately haven’t tied any of the products you mentioned. They all seem to be absolutely incredible. I’ll definitely check them out this year. x

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

  5. January 4, 2018 / 5:08 pm

    The Tarte Shape Tape is definitely my number one! Im obssesed with this. Happy New Year lovely.

  6. Corinne and Kirsty
    January 4, 2018 / 5:11 pm

    Still so in love with your photos! So pretty! Charlotte Tilburry! seems to be a must have! their lipsticks look so amazing! xx corinne

  7. Hello Bexa
    January 4, 2018 / 5:14 pm

    Wow! Your photography is absolutely stunning! I’ve not tried any of these products but you have made them look so appealing! I’ll keep my eye out for them if I feel like treating myself. Thank you for sharing! 💖 xx

    Bexa |

  8. January 4, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    I own so many Naked palettes but not the Ultimate Basics. I think I’d get a lot of use out of that.

    Faye Jessica |

  9. January 4, 2018 / 5:22 pm

    I need to up my cosmetics, I have been using the same ones for ages and don’t spend as much time recent trying new makes. I love Urban Decay eyeshadows and must try this one xx

    Stacey |

  10. Zara McIntosh
    January 4, 2018 / 5:28 pm

    I’ve used the Naked Basics a couple of times and love the palette! It seems so underrated too, I don’t see half as much hype over it as it deserves. I really need to try the Shape Tape concealer too,
    Zara xx

  11. January 4, 2018 / 5:31 pm

    You’re back with a bang with stunning photos as always! Charlotte Tilbury does indeed seem to have made a splash in the blogging world this year, I’ve read a couple of 2017 makeup must-have style posts which feature one product or another from her, I really need to bite the bullet and try something out from her line! The Naked Ultimate Basics Palette is still on my shopping list, it seems like such a great staple with so much versatility! Thank you for sharing your faves!

    Abbey x

  12. January 4, 2018 / 5:37 pm

    Oooooooh I’m loving the look of the Kevin Aucoin sculpting powder! So jealous!! My 2017 fav has got to be the Illamasqua gel sculpt, it’s an epic contour option 😁 #TeacupClub


  13. January 4, 2018 / 5:38 pm

    I love your flat lays!
    I am desperate to buy the Ultimate Basics Palette! The colours look so gorgeous and would be perfect for me! Also that ABH Cosmetics Strobe and Highlight Palette looks amazing! I need that too!

    Ciara |

  14. January 4, 2018 / 5:40 pm

    I love reading everyones 2017 Best in Beauty post, it doesn’t mean that I then have a massive shopping list of things I want to try. I love Charlotte Tilbury matt revolution lipstick, my favourite has to be Pillow Talk too. I love the sound of he AHB Cosmetics Strobe & Highlight Palette, I need to defiantly check this out. Lovely blog post!

    Steph x

  15. January 4, 2018 / 6:14 pm

    I tried a CT lipstick for the first time and absolutely love it! Definitely need to try some more products from the brand! Desperate to try something from ABH!
    Beautiful photos by the way!

    Chloe ❤

  16. January 4, 2018 / 7:51 pm

    I agree, I can’t believe 2017 is over already either. Like seriously, WHERE did it go? 2018 will be the year I finally try something from Charlotte Tilbury! 🤞🏻 xxx

  17. January 4, 2018 / 7:53 pm

    Gorgeous photos as always!! I really want to try the Tarte Shape tape. I’ve heard nothing but raves for it, and I’m already a fan of Tarte in general so I really should get onto that haha!

  18. January 4, 2018 / 8:08 pm

    All this I would love to try. I’ve never had the joy of having any Charlotte Tilbury or Tarte cosmetics. But maybe 2018 is the year I treat myself to it. My fav product for 2017 was the Stila eyeliner pen. It lives up to it’s claims of being long wearing. Really recommend it! xx

  19. January 4, 2018 / 8:29 pm

    Oh wow so many gorgeous products in this post, im all heart eyes over here!!! I keep seeing Charlotte Tilbury products everywhere and Im totally kicking myself that I havent tried any out yet!

    Sarah | xx

  20. January 4, 2018 / 8:47 pm

    I adore shape tape!!! Changed my life 🙂

  21. January 9, 2018 / 5:49 pm

    I received the Naked ultimate basics for christmas and I’m already INLOVE with it! I’m hoping to grab my hands on the shape tape concealer this year as well!

  22. January 11, 2018 / 11:13 pm

    I think this year finally has to be the year that I try out Shape Tape – I’m still desperate to!! xx

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