Belated Best of 2023: Beauty And Lifestyle Favourites of 2023

I know we are fast approaching Easter, however, I didn’t want to miss out on doing a round up of the best of the best from 2023, as I’ve missed a few months of writing and my blogging schedule now has a massive back-log…

So, as I do every single year, I gather all my faves from the year into one big collective blog post.

Some of these favourites will be no surprise to some of you, that’s if you read my blog often.

Any who, I tend to be a bit of a creature of habit sometimes, and in 2023 I didn’t do an awful lot of experimenting with new beauty products, especially in the make-up department, besides having a serious moment with RARE Beauty. I do prefer to trial new skin-care and hair-care, so there will be lots of newbies that have become faves on the skin-care and hair-care front.

So without further a do… here we go…


Best foundation: Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation (favorite since 2017)
Best concealer: NARS Creamy Concealer (favourite since 2014)
Best powder: Hourglass Lighting Powder: Ethereal Light / Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish
Best blusher: Hourglass Blusher in the shade Dim Infusion
Best highlighter: Rare Beauty Positive Light Silky Touch Highlighter
Best eyeshadow palette: Charlotte Tilbury’s Golden Goddess palette
Best eyeliner: RIMMEL Liquid Eye liner (favourite since 2012)
Best mascara: Max Factor False Lash Effect Volumising Mascara
Best lip liner: Charlotte Tilbury in Pillow Talk
Best nude lipsticks: Charlotte Tilbury in the shade Bitch Perfect Chanel’s Rouge Coco 402 Adrienne Lipstick
Best red lipstick: MAC’s Ruby Woo
Best lipgloss: Summer Friday’s Gloss
Best lip Balm: LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask & Lip Glowy Balm
Best lip Scrub: Lush’s Lip Scrubs
Best make-up Brushes: Hourglass’ brushes
Best cleanser: Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel
Best cleansing balm: Drunk Elephant Siaai Makeup Melting Butter Cleanser
Best exfoliater: ESPA Skin Polish
Best toner: FRESH Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner
Best moisturiser: Sunday Riley ICE Moisturising Cream and Sunday Riley C.E.O Vitamin C Cream
Best eye cream: Olay Retinol Night Eye Cream 24 MAX
Best face masks: FRESH Rose Face Mask
Best face sheets: Garnier Face Sheets
Best serum: Sunday Riley Serum’s – Good Genes & Vitamin C C.E.O Brightening
Best beauty tools: Dyson Air Wrap
Best perfume: Jo Malone’s Pomegranate Noir
Best shampoo and conditioner: Vegamour HYDR-8, L’oreal Elvive, Redken
Best dry shampoo: Living Proof
Best hair oil/serum: Kérastase Elixir Ultime L’Original Oil
Best shower gel: LUSH Sleepy
Best hair treatment: Olaplex No.3 and L’oreal’s Wonder Water
Best deodorant: WILD

Best beauty brand of 2023:

It would have to be the one and only RARE Beauty. I just haven’t typed up my thoughts of the brand and had the chance to review in detail about their incredible products on my blog yet!

Best beauty product of 2023:

It’s really hard to chose one stand-out beauty product, but mine this year has to be… ESPA’s Skin Polish.


Favourite countries visited: Iceland
Favourite London discoveries: Harry Potter Dark Arts Experience, Eating incredible pasta at Padella, Eating delish foods at Sticks n Sushi, Fine Dining at The Galvin, Eating a feast at Carlotta, Queen Charlotte Afternoon Tea at The Lanesborough was a magical experience.
Favourite TV series: The Crown S6, The Bear, Queen Charlotte
Favourite documentaries: Sly, Limitless, Beckham, Arnold, Selena Gomez’ Mental Health documentary, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck, Wrexham
Favourite albums: Ruby Waters Albums, Olivia Dean’s Messy, Boy Genius The Record Album
Favourite books: Britney Spears The Woman In Me
Favourite films released in 2023: Oppenheimer
Favourite films re-discovered this year: Into the Wild, The King, Happiness for Beginners, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3
Favourite restaurants in London/Hertfordshire visited in 2023: Padella, Plates, HERE, Seasons Cafe, Sticks n Sushi, Crazy Bear, Darcy’s
Favourite sweet/dessert places in London/Hertfordshire visited in 2023: Flourish Bakery, GAILS, Humble Crumble, The Pudding Stop
Favourite Afternoon Tea in London: The Lanesborough, Sketch
Favourite place for Brunch visited in 2023: Plates, Flourish Bakery, HERE, Seasons Cafe
Favourite Cocktail Bar in London visited in 2023: Purl
Favourite local coffee shops: Fred & Ginger, Ocean Bells and Viento
Favourite London coffee shop: Monmouth Coffee
Favourite exhibitions: Yayoi Kusama’s exhibition at Tate
Favourite staycation in the UK: Artist Residence in Oxfordshire and Port Lympne staycation
Best Hot Chocolate in 2023: Knoops
Favourite life-changing product: Lemme gummies
Favourite candle: Anything Diptyque

Best Moments of 2023: 

Iceland in January 2023 was a dream come true! I’ve been wanting to travel around beautiful Iceland for what feels like a life-time and I’m glad I’ve safely ticked it off the bucket-list. I do actually want to go back in Spring or Summer time, but I may wait another year or two before I re-visit.

The Port Lympne experience Joe and I did in September was pretty amazing too. We fed giraffes and slept alongside the animals – in a tent!!!

We had the loveliest stay in Oxfordshire in the Summer at the gorgeous Artist Residence. I booked The Stable Suite which included a massive comfy bed, garden area, sofa, shower room and epic bath-tub. I would love one of those bath-tubs in my house, a lady can dream right? Anyway, I completely switch off from the Digital sphere whenever I stay here. I feel refreshed, relaxed and ready to tackle reality every-time I leave.

Harry Styles gig was a major highlight in 2023, I had so much fun that evening. So many cowboy hats and feather boas everywhere – it was fantastic!

October was a pretty decent month too, also known as Scorpio Season! I loved seeing City and Colour for the 13th or 14th time and going to the Harry Potter Dark Arts Experience on my birthday. As well as experiencing being wined and dined at The Galvin, a foodie’s dream.

I also adored some incredible spa-day experiences, one being at Sopwell House in St Albans and the other at Aqua Sana in Woburn. Can’t beat a spa day can you?!

So that’s all my favourites of the year! Apologies that this post was so belated, life and health is sometimes out of our control… So, better late than never!

What’s your stand-out beauty product from 2023? Or perhaps you’ve fallen in love with a new release or discovered a golden oldie in early 2024 that’s now become a holy grail! Let me know in the comments below.


  1. March 13, 2024 / 10:51 pm

    So many of my favourites here too! I love that you’ve included other categories too! I loved Oppenheimer – we went to see it twice because it was that good! x

    • zoey
      March 14, 2024 / 9:12 am

      Thanks – it tends to be a big collective round up of everything I have loved. Ah it was amazing wasn’t it! I bought my grandad it on DVD as I thought it would be up his street too. xx

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