December 29, 2017

My Ten Favorite Beauty Products Of 2017

Favorite beauty items

Hello readers,
Today I have my ten favorite beauty products of 2017 to share with you. This list features a mix of staples I can't live without and new products that I fell in love with this year. Let's take a look at what made the cut.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

This is my go to black liquid liner, especially when I do a winged look. My hooded lids have put this eye liner to the test and it passes with flying colours. The brush tip applies the product so smoothly and never frays. The formula itself is super pigmented and only needs one pass for full coverage. I've also never experienced issues with transfer or smudging over a full day of wear.

Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara

Givenchy Noir Interdit

I reviewed the new Givenchy Noir Interdit mascara a few months ago and came away with good impressions. The bendy wand didn't really do anything for my, but the comb style brush with tons of tiny bristles got my approval at the time and has continued to impress. It is so easy to get a clump free finish with this brush, and whenever I go back to another mascara it just feels like so much extra work to apply. The time I save in the morning is so worth the luxury brand price tag. The next time I need to buy mascara, this one is at the top of my list. See the original review here.

Urban Decay Primer Potion

Urban Decay Primer Potion

I have hooded eyelids. Without primer, whether budget brand or high end, any eyeshadow will last approximately 2.3 seconds before it starts to crease on my lids. Urban Decay's Primer Potion in the original formula is one of the few primers that I have found that can keep shadow in place on my lids throughout the day. It also does a decent job of bringing out shimmer and duochrome shifts, and keeping glittery shades glued down. I've also had good luck layering other glitter glue style primers on top when I needed just a bit more stickiness. The reasonable price tag and easy to apply formula are a bonus for me. You will always find UDPP in my makeup collection.

Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal

Becca opal highlighter

I originally got this mini Opal highlighter in a Sephora value set and it was the start of my love affair with Becca Cosmetics pressed highlighters. The formula is so creamy and pigmented. You can build it up or sheer it out for a more subtle look. This is currently my go to cheek bone and brow bone highlight shade when I want a natural toned shimmer. The fact that it's the only highlighter I have on the go in which I've hit pan speaks to how much I reach for this.

Hello Waffle Cosmetics Finishing Powder

Hello Waffle Cosmetics Finishing Powder

I use this product pretty much every day. Sometimes I use it on its own, sometimes over a tinted powder or foundation. I find this finishing powder gently blurs my skin without it looking like I'm wearing makeup. It does a decent job of controlling shine and I can add an extra layer to my oily spots midday easily without it looking cakey. This is one of those staple products that I've repurchased multiple times and would feel a bit lost without.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Sake

Bite Beauty Sake

This is my perfect soft pink, but still pink enough that it's not a nude shade, lipstick. On those days when I'm rushing out the door it's the shade I instinctively reach for. The formula is also the perfect balance between cream and matte. It's has decent staying powder while still feeling comfortable on the lips. One midday touch up after lunch is all I need to get through the work day. Sake was one of the first lipsticks I bought when Bite Beauty came out with their Amuse Bouche line and I've purchased at least a least a dozen more colours since. Even with a big selection, Sake remains one of my top picks. See the original review here.

Hello Waffle Cosmetics Sweet Express Loose Blush

Hello Waffle Sweet Express

I got this blush as part of Hello Waffle Cosmetics' monthly Visage subscription. It features a sheer pink base with lots of shimmer. This is the blush I reach for when I'm looking for something a little more subtle, often if I've done a bolder eye or lip. Day to day it's one of my most used blushes. See the original review here.

Hello Waffle Sweet Express

Clionadh Cosmetics Crystalline Eyeshadow

Clionadh Cosmetics Crystalline

I was introduced to Clionadh Cosmetics at Indie Expo Canada this past June and got a sample of the shade Crystalline, originally part of their Paleo Palette. When I tried it out I was very impressed. The formula was nice and pigmented and the colour shift from purple to green was amazing. Seriously, just look at the glowy finish. I've purchased additional shadows from them since and continue to be impressed. You can find the original review for Crystalline and some other Clionadh Cosmetics products here.

Clionadh Cosmetics Crystalline

Clionadh Cosmetics review

Femme Fatale Stone Of Water Eyeshadow

Femme Fatale Stone Of Water

Femme Fatale Cosmetics was the guest indie brand for Hello Waffle Cosmetics' May 2017 Visage subscription. This is another eyeshadow with a really pretty colour shift. It's kind of neutral, but kind of not so you can create bold or softer looks with this shade.The pigmented easy to work with formula was a bonus. See the original review here.

Femme Fatale Stone Of Water

Book Of Shadows Magnetic Palettes

Book of shadows palette

This is more of a beauty accessory, but I've found it's made such a difference for me that I had to include it in this list. I love exploring indie beauty brands, and often, if you buy a pressed shadow it comes in an individual clamshell, or without a permanent case. Some mainstream brands sell shadows like this too. Not so convenient when it comes to remembering what colours you have, or trying to figure out what shade to add to a look in progress. That's where empty magnetic palettes come in. I've tried a few different brands and Book of Shadows is my hands down absolute favorite. They are excellent quality, super sturdy and very durable. There are so many designs to pick from and a variety of sizes. These are works of art even when empty. I highly highly recommend these palettes if you're looking to combine a bunch of pans in one spot.

Book of shadows palettes

There you have it, my top ten beauty items of the year. Some new to me brands, some old favorites that are hard to knock of the list. What were your beauty picks this past year? Let me know in the comments.

Happy polishing and happy new year,


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