The Beauty Bits I Tried In 2017 & Loved

Here are all of the beauty products I tried in 2017 & loved. @thefeliciarenee

2017 was the year of buying endless beauty products: body care, skincare, and a few makeup products. Your skin is your body’s largest organ so I believe that you should take care of it. I truly indulged when it came to body care and enjoyed trying every single item. I tried my best to stick to buying toiletries minimally, but I wanted to find products that truly work for my skin in order to buy less of them.

After a lot of trial and error and returning multiple products back to TJ Maxx. I found a few amazing products that I love and a few of them I’ve repurchased already. I have ran out of the products that are not pictured below and will purchase them again very soon!

Here are all of the beauty products I tried in 2017 & loved. @thefeliciarenee

the beauty products i tried in 2017 & loved:

body care

Last year, I truly fell in love with First Aid Beauty. They have some amazing products that are not talked about enough, like their Ultra Repair Gentle Cleansing Bar. This bar of soap is amazing! It soothes my sensitive skin and makes it feel so soft and not stripped, like most soaps do. I like to use this soap, or a body oil wash like the Glossier Body Hero Daily Oil Wash. I tried this when I was in New York and bought one to ship back to my house. Oil washes are great for after you’ve exfoliated your entire body so it will feel moisturized. The body scrub that I’m loving is the Shea Moisture Green Tea & Olive Hand and Body Scrub. I believe I’ve purchased this product about five or six times!

I’m still looking for my holy grail body cream. But for now, I’m loving one from Lush that I forgot about, so we’ll see if that makes the cut! Until then, I like to use a multi-purpose balm in addition to body lotions. The one I’m currently obsessed with is The Body Shop’s Amazonian Saviour Multi-Purpose Balm. I like to use this balm on my feet, elbows, and knees when they get extremely dry. I also love to use Kocostar Nail Therapy masks, when I feel like my nails need a little bit of love.


Last year, I didn’t play around with skincare as much as I usually do. I was sent some products from Lumene’s Klassikko collection and I loved trying them. Lumene is a skincare brand from Finland and the Klassikko collection includes nordic ingredients, like Nordic Cotton Grass and Pure Arctic Spring Water. What’s cool about this brand is that it is available at most local Walmarts and online, so it is easily accessible. (NOT SPONSORED!)

The items I liked most and I’m continuing to use are Lumene’s Purifying Gel Face Wash, which is becoming a skincare staple. I am also enjoying their restoring night cream and nurturing eye cream, which is interesting because I usually prefer an eye gel. But I do love these products and they fit seamlessly into my routine and do not irritate my sensitive skin at all!

The face mask that I’m currently loving is the Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask. If you haven’t tried this, stop what you’re doing and buy it now! It is so gentle and it makes your skin super smooth and feel like you just drank 64 ounces of water. I love this mask and it is now apart of my weekly skincare routine.

Another product I picked up while I was in New York was the Fresh Sugar Lip Caramel kit. It recently launched when I was there so they were running a special. I was able to get the lip caramel hydrating balm, a smaller version of  the balm, the Sugar Lip Polish, and the Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment. This was a $70 value, but I got it for $40! And I love the entire kit. I know that I will repurchase the lip balm and lip polish when I run out.


As usual, I didn’t try much makeup. I did like the Haloscopes from Glossier, but not enough to purchase them. I might give them another try this year. I was able to switch to a more natural mascara. I am currently loving all of they Physican’s Formula mascaras and when I run out of one, I purchase a different kind. My eyelashes aren’t long so I know that mascara is just something I enjoy, not really a way to make them look longer. My everyday lip balm has also become the Nivea lip balms. I like the Original Moisture Lip Balm and the Smoothness Lip Balm with SPF 15. They are both very moisturizing and the only lip balms (other than Fresh) that have soothed my dry lips.

what beauty products did you try in 2017 and love?

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  • That Lumene’s Purifying Gel Face Wash sounds really good! I just finish the one I was using and I was looking for a new one!

  • I need to try that nail therapy! I use the same one but the “foot therapy” one and love it – I didn’t know there was a nail one!

    • Yes! They have a hair therapy mask and a split-ends one too! You can get all over in a pack at Anthropologie.

  • I’ve been wanting to try out Glossier’s Moon Mask forever now!

  • ohh i haven’t tried any of these yet! I think I need the nivea lip balms you mention. I have the WORST cracked lips ALL the time since I was a kid

    • Yessss! They definitely help with that and you can get a pack of two for like 4 bucks at Target!

  • I got the Jaclyn Hill Morphe palette and it is AMAZING!!

  • Fresh Sugar is by far our favorite lip products. Especially in the winter.

  • Taylor Smith

    Awesome products! I need to check them out ASAP

    • Yes, especially the face mask – it’s the best!

  • The Glossier Moon Mask sounds AMAZING! I definitely need to try it out!

  • I love Physician’s Formula’s bronzer and blushes, so I definitely have to try their mascaras next!

    • I’ve heard good things about their blushes! I should try it. I currently use a Tarte one.

  • Yolanda

    I’m always on the look out for natural beauty and skincare products. My absolute fav body cream is made by Maison de Beaute and I have the Shea Butter cream. It’s AMAZING! They also have beautiful almond body wash.

    • Oh nice, I’ve never heard of that brand & I just looked it up & it’s in the UK. I’ll have to see if I can find it in the US!

  • Physician’s Formula mascara is my favorite. I have really sensitive eyes so I love that they use organic ingredients!

  • I haven’t tried any of these products before but I need to give them a try!

  • Parul G

    Such great products all of them! Personally for me, my greatest 2017 find was The Body Shop Almond Body Oil. My skin is in love with it! I don’t think I’m ever going back to a moisturizer. 🙂

    Parul |

  • I know it’s one of those “everybody’s doing it” things, but I really got into Lipsense this year! I don’t normally wear much lipstick but I’m a big fan.

    • Nice! I’ve heard some really great things about it!

  • I love Sugar lip polish! It is legit my favorite lip scrub of all time. I’ve never used anything from Glossier, but so many of my friends rave of about their products, so it’s cool that you mention them!

    • I wanted to be obsessed with Glossier, but it didn’t happen haha I’m glad I went to New York to try their products in the showroom. It truly helped! But you can’t go wrong with trying their stuff.

  • I really want to try the Sugar products. I keep seeing them but can’t bring myself to buy them for me! I’m not really cheap when it comes to spending money on anyone else but I am when it comes to spending money on myself!

    • I completely understand! Go to a Sephora & test them to see if you’ll like them!

  • I loved reading your post! I think the beauty products I tried in 2017 were Urban Decay liquid lipstick. I love it so much more than regular lipstick.

    • Oh, nice! I don’t think I’ve tried a liquid lipstick that I like yet. But I’ll go to a Sephora & check those out – I haven’t tried them!