14 Dec 2018

The Top Ten Beauty of 2018

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The top ten beauty products we’ve adored in 2018.

2018 has been an incredible year for beauty.

All of the mentioned products are those we wouldn’t want our makeup bags or bathroom cabinet to be without. These are products we truly love; they work brilliantly and we will be using them for years to come.

1. Giorgio Armani Rouge D’Armani Matte 403

This lipstick is the creme de la creme, the ultimate rouge, and the one we keep referring to every time we say ‘wear it with red lipstick’. This is the one and a good red lip is a VA must.

“403 is easy to apply, stays within the lines and has a beautiful matte finish. I apply and blot, apply and blot three times and this way even with eating and drinking the colour still looks quite vibrant.” – VA

2. Sisley Paris Phyto-Eye Twist All In One

Next up is this ultra-versatile product from Sisley Paris. This handy liner doubles up as an eyeshadow, pencil and eyeliner all in the same swipe. Makeup bag necessity if you ask me.

“Like one of those fab lingerie outfits that hold and smooth – this one pencil is an all-in-one that does it all and easily.” – VA

3. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Moving swiftly on, we have the primer to rule them all. Primer is often the unsung hero in our makeup bags, but this one from Smashbox will make sure we never forget it again.

Its ultra-smoothing formula leaves our skin feeling soft and ready for anything.

“Smashbox was the original primer favoured by professional artists to smooth skin and set makeup; this one I use for special occasions or on its own.” – VA

4. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation

This aptly named, magical product from Charlotte Tilbury undoubtedly earnt its place on our list. Finding the right foundation can be a common struggle but this miracle foundation has become our number one go-to.

“Charlotte’s Magic Foundation is pretty near perfect. It is the cover I want when I don’t want any cover if you see what I mean. When you think about it it is pretty crazy expecting a product to look like it doesn’t exist. That’s girls and makeup for you. Natural with nuance we might say.” – VA

5. Bobbi Brown Art Stick

Here we have another two-in-one product, doubling as both a lip liner and a lipstick. This multi-tasking stick is another necessity and will keep up with even the busiest of us.

The VA top picks are ‘Bare’ and ‘Dusty Pink’.

“The formula glides on to the lips so effortlessly and the creamy, but buildable, formula ensures that they aren’t drying on the lips.” – VA

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6. Eyeko Brow Gel

This is the product no makeup bag can exist without. It’s the perfect gel for taming even the wildest of brows making sure they’re in place and looking well-groomed all day long.

“I haven’t found one I like as much or use as often – it’s my can’t live without eyebrow product.” – VA

7. Escentric Molecules Molecule 01

It’s true what they say about Molecule 01, it’s the perfume to turn heads. Its smart formula makes the scent smell different person-to-person, but we can rest assured it will always smell absolutely divine.

This is the one where people stop and ask.

“Whenever I wear this fragrance I feel fabulous. It might be because strangers comment or it may well be because the scent is indefinable but I think most of all it is because the perfume is unique.” – VA

8. Sunday Riley Good Genes

This powerful product from Sunday Riley was guaranteed to make the cut.

“It is a cross between a serum and a light grade lactic acid to cleanse and brighten the skin. It is all the right natural ingredients and I have to admit feels really good. I have been using it for a while now and I really see the change it brings to my skin. Clearer, brighter and I think, smoother.” – VA

9. Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Patches

These have become a beauty drawer essential we use all around the clock and are the ultimate masks to eliminate bags and puffy eyes.

“Use Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Detox Hydra Gel Eye Patches 1 to 3 times a week for the best results. They contain aloe vera and caffeine, both ingredients used to cool and de-puff the under-eye area. Massage the remaining serum after using to have your skin feeling soft and revived.” – Mary

10. Byredo Blanche Hand Cream

And last, but not least is the true handbag essential many of us may forget, but fear not, this stunning hand cream will leave our hands feeling hydrated and smelling incredible.

“I like them for their light consistency and nourishing texture but there is something else. It is rare to stumble across a hand cream that delivers delicate fragrance, without having to compromise on hydration.” – VA

And there you have it, the ultimate beauty list of 2018.

Finding the right product can take time. We are all so different and unique with varying skin types and preferences. When we find a great product we just have to share it and enjoy it together.

Is there anything on this list you have also enjoyed in the last year?

The Top Ten Beauty of 2018

giorgio armani rouge matte 402  ||  sisley phyto-eye twist  ||  smashbox photo finish primer  ||  charlotte tilbury magic foundation

bobbi brown art stick  ||  eyeko brow gel   ||  escentric molecules molecule 01

sunday riley good genes  ||  peter thomas roth gel patches || byredo blanche hand cream

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I’ve GOT 3 of the items already because I read about them HERE!
You had just tried the RED lipstick by ARMANI when I met you in LONDON so its STILL HIGH ON YOUR LIST!!!OFF TO TRY IT!XX

Trish Murphy

Hi Vicki. A great list must try the lipstick perfume and pencil ….. and a few more on the list. Thank you for the tips as always. X Trish


One is feeling quite smug when one’s 2018 beauty list matches many the same as V.A.( Always referred to by my group of Vicki fan girls as “Our Vicki..”)
Could I add to that Claris Beauty Flash Balm – an oldie but such a goodie, Chanel CC Cream-spf 30, Hourglass Caution extreme lash mascara, Byredo “Rose of No Man’s Land”- a swoon worthy perfume for flower lovers and Estée Lauder Pure Colour Lipstick in Proven Innocent.


Thank you Deb…I will start trying these… and love the idea of the Byredo fragrance… Going to face Harrods today so I will have a try… :)


Beautiful, beautiful Vicki Archer, how GORGEOUS you are…..I’ve said this before, but how I’d love to photograph YOU! This is a great list for me to look over and explore. If there’s anyone to trust on beauty care products, it’s you. Thank you for a smashing 2018!!!


Vicki, do you think that Red Armani color is one that is somewhat universally complimentary? I have not started the search for Red lipstick and frankly dread the sampling. So many factors to what looks good like complexion hair and shade of teeth.


I think it’s a great red.. it’s a bright and strong red so if it’s your first it is a bold shade… but it is a good one :)

Chanel DeLaney

Hello & Happy Holidays!

The Armani matte lipstick link for Nordstrom doesn’t have 403, is it 402?

Thank you for confirming.

Felicity Browne

Sunday Riley Good Genes has two formulations. The Lactic acid formulation is no longer available in the EU.
The EU formulation is glycolic acid. As far as I know at this stage the glycol acid good genes is not available in the United States.


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