Hi friends! 2018 may be here, but today I thought I’d do a post on the makeup I used the most in 2017. I have a vast makeup collection and love testing new products, but these are the items that held my interest. We’ve got a lot to cover, so let’s get right to it!
B A S E
First off, we have Laura Geller Spackle Under-Makeup Primer in Champagne. I have been a Spackle fan for almost SIX years now! To me, it is the perfect primer: it adds moisture, helps my makeup stay on, and is not the least bit greasy. The Champagne tint just adds a little extra glow without looking shiny. The formula goes on smoothly and doesn’t ball up on your skin. Spackle is perfect if you have combination to dry skin. I will continue to repurchase for years to come.
In 2017, I was obsessed with TWO drugstore foundations: Maybelline Matte+Poreless and L’Oreal Pro-Glow. The Maybelline foundation has a soft matte finish that isn’t drying and stays all day. It is an ideal foundation for daily use; the coverage is light-to-medium. Pro-Glow has more of a radiant, glowy finish that doesn’t slip on my skin or look greasy. I’m loving it during these frigid temperatures! I am a fan of mixing these two foundations together; they create a smooth, natural finish. These items have taught me that you don’t have to break the bank on a quality foundation!
I don’t wear concealer all the time, but when I do I reach for the Hard Candy Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer in Light. This stuff is no joke! High coverage concealers are really trendy these days; most high-end beauty brands offer them. However, this one is sold at Walmart! I pop on a small amount to cover blemishes or brighten under my eyes. For a small price, you get a large amount of product. A little goes a long way.
A L L S E T
I feel like setting your makeup is one of the most overlooked steps in a beauty routine. It may seem unnecessary, but I truly think it makes a difference in the longevity of your makeup look. To set my foundation and concealer, I’ve been using the elf Tone Correcting Powder lately. It is effective and mess-free. Since it’s finely milled, it won’t make you look ashy!
Setting spray is even more important than powder. No matter your skin type, spray a generous amount of this stuff on, and you will look airbrushed. My two favorites of the year have been the Catrice Prime and Fine MultiTalent Fixing Spray and Kat Von D Makeup Setting Mist.
The Catrice spray is a great hidden gem at Ulta. To be packaged in a small bottle, a large amount of product is dispensed in a single spray. Only about three pushes covers my entire face! That being said, the spray is high quality and fine; I only wish it came in a bigger bottle. I am already on my third one!
When I first purchased the KVD Spray, I was skeptical. Was it really worth $26? I was alarmed at how fine the mist was when I first put it on my face. It felt like air! However, this spray does set my makeup beautifully. It takes just a few more sprays to cover my face. Plus, it is so refreshing and smells like cucumber! I think I will repurchase.
B R O N Z E / B L U S H / H I G H L I G H T
In my opinion, the Physician’s Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer is the ABSOLUTE BEST BRONZER at the drugstore. It has the smoothest, most buttery texture that is impossible to mess up! I am on my third pan and will continue to repurchase. It is just so natural looking and wearable; not ashy, orange or muddy! Sure, it may be a tad expensive for the drugstore, but it is so worth it. I recommend it to everyone. Give it a try!
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed has been by far my favorite blush I have purchased in a looong time. It may look boring in the pan, but it is the prettiest, most natural pink. It literally goes with any makeup look; dramatic, everyday, you name it. I cannot say enough good things about it! I absolutely LOVE exposed. If you are scared of blush, try this one. It looks good on every skin tone and is impossible to mess up. No shimmer or glitter; it brings out your natural flush!
The drugstore has really been stepping it up with highlighters. I bought a lot of them in the past year, but my favorite has been the Flower Beauty Shimmer & Strobe Highlighting Palette. Mine took one too many tumbles, but I have thoroughly been enjoying the gold and pink shades. They may be in powder form, but they apply quite creamy. The smooth texture makes it so, so easy to blend. I love to apply this to the tops of my cheekbones or inner corners. My face is instantly glowing, without tacky glitter. This palette may be on the bold side, but it’s still wearable if you use a light hand. I highly recommend.
E Y E S
I have had my Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette for a year and a half now. Yet, it is still my most-used eyeshadow palette! To this day, I CANNOT get over just how gorgeous each shade is. Whether you want a natural, everyday look or something more sultry, you can achieve it with MR. My favorite shades are Love Letter, Antique Bronze and Red Ochre. The shimmery shades are just stunning! Plus, each shadow blends easily and is not patchy. You need to give this palette a chance!
Eyeshadow primer is another vital product to your makeup routine. I have used the Essence I Heart Stage Eyeshadow Base so much in the past year. It has a little tint to it that covers imperfections. Most importantly, it improves the staying power of any shadow. This primer is around $4 at Ulta. Can’t beat that!
The bareMinerals Lash Domination Ink Liner is the best liquid eyeliner on the market, I kid you not! The formula is PERFECT: creamy, inky, pigmented and it stays on all day. The felt-tip is so fine and precise. It glides on with ease; I achieve a perfect cat-eye every time. I don’t mind that it costs a little extra; I will repurchase again and again.
I have gone through four or five of the Mary Kay Lash Intensity Mascara in the past year and a half. This product lengthens and volumes my lashes. The formula is creamy, ultra-black and not brittle. I love to try a lot of different mascaras, but this one will always be a staple!
L I P S
Confession: I am a lip balm hoarder. I honestly have five or six on my night stand right now. But you know what? I use every single one of them. One of my favorites has been the Sol de Janiero Brazillian Kiss Lip Butter. Sold at Sephora, it reminds me of a way better version of the Eos Lip Balms. Remember those? This one is much more creamy and moisturizing. I love the chunky packaging and the warm, macadamia nut scent. This is a unique lip balm; I’ve even got my sister liking it too.
The Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer is one of the best lip glosses EVER EVER EVER. It has the prettiest, sheer rose-gold pigment, but the formula is what takes the cake for me. While most lip glosses merely sit on top of your lips and do nothing, this one is actually really nourishing. I’ve applied it to chapped lips before and this gloss brought them back to life. Gloss Bomb is such a perfect product. It looks good alone or on top of lipstick. I really hope that Rihanna releases more colors with this formula. It’s so good!!
For a more pigmented lip, I have loved the Nars PowerMatte Lip Pigment in Save the Queen. I would describe it as a rosy mauve shade. It is really nice and mid-toned, so it can be worn during any season! While most liquid lipsticks are drying, this one is not. The formula is really thin and breathable yet pigmented. I love the tiny, precise applicator. It is mess-free and easy to apply. I will definitely be buying more shades.
S C E N T
Chloe Eau De Parfum is my all-time favorite fragrance. To me, this perfume is everything. It is the perfect balance of fresh and floral; the honey note even adds a bit of warmth. It is so light and not the least bit cloying. It can be worn during the day and/or at night. I love it! I have almost finished this bottle and got another one for Christmas. This will always be in my collection. It’s just so elegant, chic and comforting!
After a novel of a blog post, I have finally finished talking about my favorite beauty items of 2017. If you have read on this long, thank you for sticking with me! What products have been staples for you this year? I’d love to know!