Beauty Favorites of 2017 || High End + Affordable Makeup
I won't try to make this stupid long but just mention a few things that I've been obsessed with/found in twenty-seventeen!
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Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Primer: This stuff is super lightweight, perfect for dry or chapped skin especially but good for all around. Provides the perfect tackiness for your makeup to stick without feeling heavy or like a cream. It feels very refreshing!
Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Primer: An old favorite but still so good. This stuff will eliminate your pores in your t-zone but does feel slightly heavier and more silicone-y. It can feel somewhat thick on the face but breathable.
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Wet 'N Wild Photo Focus Primer: Similar to the Too Faced Hangover in the tackiness but not the same refreshing feeling as you work it in. You use more product than the Too Faced but it's very similar in the tackiness and light feeling.
|| Affordable ||
No7 Lift & Luminate Foundation: I use the shade "Warm Ivory" and I love love love this foundation. 99% of the time, I wear this. It has a slightly sheer consistency but covers enough of my redness to counteract it. It has a mousse-y formula and comes out in a neutral color that almost has a gray background but doesn't come off ashy. It blends perfectly and I get so many compliments on it. Very natural and skin like.
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in "Light": Maybelline makes some of the best concealers at the drugstore. This stuff covers, stays, and blends out perfectly. Everything creases underneath my eyes so I can't for sure tell you what doesn't crease and what does but this stuff is golden and stupid cheap. I would use this on my clients, to be honest, and I have a policy to use only the best on them.
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Treatment Concealer: I use this the least out of the two on full glam days since it is so natural and a little more transparent than the other two but this is my go to on the days where I don't need too much makeup and I'm not wearing foundation. It blends well, covers enough to brighten my undereyes and light enough to use as an eye shadow base.
Colour Pop No Filter Concealer: Even cheaper than Maybelline's concealer, this one tends to be a little on the lighter side although I've heard people talk about how it oxidizes a little on their skin to make up for it. I love love this concealer and will continue to use it to cover up my dark under eyes.
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Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder: Tarte stepped up their game in a big way with all of the Amazonian collection. I think they are one of my favorite brands at Sephora. This powder is super finely milled and goes on very smoothly and keeps my makeup looking flawless. It's so nice underneath the eyes and doesn't cake up.
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No7 Perfect Light Translucent Powder: This powder is so finely milled and although it takes a little more product to spread over the face, it is seriously so good. I notice that the area gets covered well and I don't have my makeup breaking down nearly as much throughout the day. A big thing for me is the foundation breaking up on the nose and around the nose and this doesn't do that.
Coty Airspun Powder: This powder has so much product, I think it took me the entire year of using this every single day for me to even knock it out. I use this stuff so much but my only complaint is how messy it gets and the funky smell it leaves behind. I get used to it but at first, it was overpowering. This stuff is dirt cheap for how good it is!
Bronzers and Contour palettes
C//IBY Beauty Highlight & Contour Palette: This is my favorite highlight/contour palette ever. This blends perfectly in with my skin tone and is perfect for contouring. It's half the price of the Kat Von D palette and has almost the same colors. I would even say that I like this a little bit more than that palette.
E.L.F. Cream Contour Palette: This palette is seriously a life saver and so good for the money. I love the shades in this palette and how dark it can be without being too dark or too warm. I love blending this out but I will admit this has a slight blending problem if not blended back into the hairline. I can have it turn muddy sometimes but if blended, it works perfectly and you can't beat the price.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer in "Park Avenue Princess": This stuff is so smooth, blends perfectly and gives a nice healthy flush to the skin without being too warm.
Physician's Formula Butter Bronzer in "Light Bronzer": Holy. Grail. Bronzer. This stuff blends so perfectly and can work with either cool toned looks or warm toned looks. I use this on everybody and refer it to everyone. Perfect bronzer for that light/medium complexion. I wouldn't recommend this to my darker ladies out there since they don't have colors ranging very deep but on the lighter skinned ladies, go for it. You won't regret it. Plus, it smells like a delicious beach.
No7 Match Made Bronzer in Caramel: A very, very warm toned bronzer but I think it will be perfect in the summer. I almost look a little too tan and flushed in the winter with my fair complexion but if you go in with a light hand, it turns out beautifully.
Beaute Basics Bronze Essentials: Very, very, very warm toned bronzer. I will absolutely love this in the summer, I'm sure, but I go in with a light hand in the winter and it still blends out perfectly. This is so smooth and rather dark golden toned.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Bazaar + Blushes: These blushes are highly pigmented and have such good colors. They are higher quality and a fan favorite overall.
Wet 'N Wild Blush in "Mellow Wine": This is a super cheap, affordable blush with a pretty peachy bronze undertone. Love this for the fall or a bronzy summer makeup look!
Burt's Bees 100% Natural Blush in "Toasted Cinnamon": This is definitely a bronze type of cheek color. This stuff almost looks like a peachy bronzer anyway. This one is also affordable and so easy to blend. Can you tell I like my blushes with an orange background?
Anastasia Beverly Hills Blush Trio in "Peachy Love": My favorite trio. There was a point in the summer when I only ever used this. I like to mix them or wear them on their own with all of my warm toned looks. You can tone down and darken them by mixing or just wear them on their own. Such an easy, blendable formula.
Milani Rose Powder Blush in "Romantic Rose": This is my go to for any cool toned looks or natural/neutral. This is a buildable blush but also gives your cheeks such an effortless tinge of color without coming across over powering. Love this blush so much.
Becca Highlight in "Pearl" + "Prosecco Pop": Becca has some of the best highlighters. They usually are buildable in coverage but they go on smoothly and can build up to a blinding highlight very quickly. Prosecco Pop is more of a yellow gold and Pearl is a white gold. Both are too dark for light/fair skin, but are perfect for medium/dark skin tones. Prosecco Pop is almost a hair too dark for even my skin tone but I can usually make it work with a slightly darker base. I'm excited to see what it looks like in the summer.
Blinc Electric Eyes Palette in "Sphene": This color is my go-to for any bright white gold inner corner highlight or nose highlight. I don't always highlight my cheekbones but I love nose highlights and this on the very tip of my nose and in my inner corner is my favorite. It brightens up any look.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Lipgloss in "Butterscotch": Perfect coverage and isn't thick and chunky. I dislike sticky lipglosses but this one is a little more running and not quite so thick but it still stays on. One of my favorite lipgloss formulas.
Too Faced Melted Matte Lipstick in "Lady Balls" and "Suck It": My favorite red shade ever is Lady Balls. Such a true blue based red perfect for the holidays and for any days that you want your teeth to look whiter. Same goes for Suck It which was my fall shade of the year by far. It's a perfect red brown with some purple in the mix. It goes with every single red, purple, or brown without clashing with any of them. I love this formula because it isn't so drying and lasts almost all day on me without needing a touch up. I get more compliments on these two colors than most of my lipsticks combined.
Anastasia Beverly Hills lipstick in "Dead Roses": This color is another one of my typical favorites with the dark purple mixed with red. This formula is so pigmented and doesn't dry out my lips either.
Too Faced Melted Latex in "Hopeless Romantic": This lipstick/lipgloss is the perfect peachy nude without being too peach and without being too brown. It's balanced to go with multiple eyelooks and I'm pleasantly surprised at how versatile it is with so many looks.
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Splash Lipstick in "Beach Babe": This lipstick is so pigmented and creamy and one of my favorite formulas for a lipstick besides the Bite Beauty Lipsticks. It's also formulated to be more nourishing and hydrating which is nice since I wear a lipstick almost 99% of the time at work and I get tired of my lips drying out.
Essence lip liner in "Satin Mauve": I've tried a few lip liners from the drugstore but this one takes the cake and it's half the price and longevity of a bunch of the other drugstore lip liners. I love love this shade and will wear it underneath any of my nudes, or lip glosses.
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray: I never really put much stock in setting sprays but this stuff LOCKS. IT. DOWN. I can wear my makeup all day at work and it still keeps it fastened in place. Perfect and I will definitely be repurchasing.
Milani Setting Spray: This one is also good, especially since the nozzle sprays such a fine mist instead of squirting weirdly out. It also smells pretty good on top of making my makeup last awhile. It also helps the powder melt into my skin.
Mascara + Lashes
Tarte Tarteist Mascara: This mascara at first had me questioning it since it hardly had any bristles on the brush and it didn't seem to do much. Once I kept working with it, I noticed that it made my lashes longer and blacker for an extended period of time.
Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara: This on me is a long wearing, black mascara with a thick, fluffy wand that grips the lashes and makes them appear thicker and longer. This is a personal favorite and it lasts much longer than the L'Oreal dupe.
L'Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara: A great dupe for Too Faced's mascara, but this little tube definitely dries out faster than most. What makes a good mascara half the time is the brush. It's dense and fluffy like the one from Too Faced which makes your lashes longer and thicker.
PUR Cosmetics Lashes in "Diva": While these are ultra long and thick, there's something about them that almost seem natural as well as glam. Most of the time, people don't know I'm wearing lashes but I usually get compliments on them. I have reused these tons and they are still going strong on the fifth use. They don't have a light band but definitely lighter than the Eylure ones below and hold up better than the Ardell which are not made to be worn as many times as these. These are definitely my favorite lashes ever.
Ardell Faux Minx Lashes in "811": These suckers are large and in charge. In Trump's words, "'Uuge" (huge) I love how big these are and I get multiple compliments on them whenever I wear them. Definitely not natural, however. These are very glamorous.
Eylure X Nicole Guerrieo "Casually Glamorous": These are some of the thickest lash bands I've ever worked with, but they are so thick and fluttery that I. live. for. them. If you can get past how heavy the lashband is, these lashes are perfect for date night or weddings!
ColorPop Super Shock Eyeshadow in "Weenie": This is my go-to rose gold shade, and it looks as if I've wet it with MAC's Fix+ when I rub my finger into it. It's sooo pigmented and creamy. It has a wet consistency and I can honestly swatch a vibrant streak on my arm even after I've put it all over my eye. Very very pigmented and so cheap.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette, Prism Palette + Makeup by Mario palette: I feel like I don't even need to tell y'all about these because they are just so good. Anastasia Beverly Hills tied with my Morphe shadows this year with how many palettes I bought from them. I will say that the mattes are better from ABH but I almost like the shimmers better from Morphe. That being said, my favorite shades from each palette are "Dimension" from Prism, "Marina" from Makeup by Mario, and "Realgar" from Modern Renaissance.
Morphe x Jaclyn Hill palette: I don't have a favorite shade in this palette since I create so many bomb eyeshadow looks with this. I can almost do anything with this palette and I keep finding more and more ways to use it. I would say the top right corner of the palette is my favorite section with the pinks and golds and reds, but they are all so so good. I think the shimmers from Morphe have to be some of my favorites since they are so rich in pigment and smooth to blend out.
Morphe 39A Dare to Create palette: This is a solid eyeshadow palette. Since their reformulation, the shadows have improved so much and are very buttery and blend-able. I've loved every shade I've used from this palette, especially the greens and purpley pinks. It's so cool to me that they included the matte crease shades in a bigger pan since you will definitely use those more than any other on every eyelook.
Colorpop "I Think I Love You" eyeshadow palette: I use a few of these shades but most of the time, I use the shade "Screw It" all over my lid on days that I go to the gym and don't put a lot of effort into bringing tons of products with me. I have gotten so many compliments on that rose gold shade and I just apply it with my finger all over the lid.
The Brow Gal by Tonya Crooks Convertible Brow: You can see the giant dent in the darkest shade. Not only is this powder a nice cool dark brown without being black, but mine also came with a brush and spoolie from my Boxycharm. It's the perfect combination. Get a trusty eyebrow brush. They make all the difference in the world.
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Nyx Wonder Pencil in "Light": This is the perfect, cheap nude waterline pencil. I use this constantly and as long as I keep it sharp, it glides on smoothly and keeps my eyes bright and awake looking.
Colourpop Creme Gel Liner in "Teaspoon": This is one of my favorite colorful liners, especially in the spring and summer. I used this a ton to spice up a pop of color along the waterline or adding to a green that I buffed underneath the lashline.
Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner Black: I love love love the tip on this liquid felt tip liner. It's short but still skinny along the tip which doesn't go every which way when I'm trying to make a subtle line.
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Lorac Front of the Line Pro "Black" Eye Pencil: This is the perfect, creamy gel liner for the waterline. Most of y'all know I don't use a whole lot of eyeliner anyway but I do like to darken up looks with some gel eyeliner in the waterline and this makes it nice and black.