The Best Makeup of 2017

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My Christmas and New Years got away from me and I never got a chance to do this post, so I decided it was a great way to kick off 2018 on the blog instead!

2017 was such a great year for me when it comes to discovering new makeup. I was borderline obsessed with finding great new drugstore products as well as some splurge worthy high end products.

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My absolute favourite find of 2017 was L’Oreal’s Lash Paradise. I loved this mascara the day I tried it and used up two tubes since. I was so devoted to my L’Oréal Telescopic Mascara for the last few years but Lash Paradise quickly replaced it. I find the tubes do dry out quite quick though so they do not even last me 3 months where Telescopic could last me forever (although that is not sanitary I know).

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My favourite eyeshadow palette of 2017 has to be the Tarte Clay Play Face Shaping Palette. It is such a beautiful neutral matte palette. I rarely use it for a complete eye look but I usually use it for the transition shade and sometimes to darken the corners and then I add some type of shimmery shade or colour to the lid after. I literally reach for it every day!

The stand out product for me when it comes to innovation is the Stila Magnificent Metals. I own both types and I love them so much! These last so long and the shades are so beautiful. I have Kitten Karma and use it anytime I want a full glam look! I wore it for my 30th Birthday this year. There are no other products on the market that compare to these!

My favourite and most used foundation of the year was Wet and Wild Photo Focus foundation. It is so affordable, long lasting and provides great matte coverage. I highly recommend it!

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My favourite highlighter I found later in the year and it was the Maybelline Master Chrome highligher in Molten Gold. It is the perfect pinky golden shade and it suits my skin tone so well. I literally wear it every day.

My favourite bronzer was definitely Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer. I have yet to find one that blends so easily and add the perfect amount of color. When I am tanned I can’t wear it as much because I need something darker but most of the time this is my every day go-to bronzer!

My favourite lip product this year is the NYX Intense Butter Glosses! I love how pigmented they are yet also hydrating. I wore one to an Arizona Cardinals game and loved how easy it was to touch up and how great it looked in pictures. I have bought a few more since then and plan to keep quite a few in my collection!

I hope you enjoyed reading my 2017 stand out makeup products. Let me know in the comments if you agree with my picks and what else you would add to the list!

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Family Christmas MOTD

 

This is the look I wore to our family Christmas celebration this past weekend!

Primer: Benefit the Porefessional

Foundation: Estee Lauder Double Wear in shade 3C2 Pebble

Powder: Marcelle face powder in Translucent Medium

Bronzer: No 7 Bronzer in Maple and Tarte in Park Ave Princess

Blush: Tarte Blush in the shade Exhilarating

Highlight: Maybelline Master Chrome in Molten Gold

Eyeshadow: Naked 2 shades Tease and Bootycall & Stila Shimmer and Glow in Grace

Eyeliner: NYX Matte Eyeliner in black

Brows: NYX Brow Pencil and Benefit High Brow

Mascara: Stila Huge Extreme Lash

Lips: NYX Liquid Suede in Vintage & Lorac Alter Ego Lipgloss in Minimalist

Setting Spray: Catrice Prime and Fine

 

 

NYX 24 Days of Lips – Week 2

In my most recent NYX Haul I purchased a NYX lippie countdown advent calendar. I have been loving testing out new colors and formulas so far this month!

My Week 1 post is here. This week had some very neutral colors and a couple bold colors. My favourite formula is definitely the Liquid Suede and the Butter Glosses!

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Day 8 was a Butter Gloss in the shade Creme Brulee. It is a pretty neutral pink lip gloss. This formula is not very pigmented or long lasting but it is moisturizing and adds a little color to your lips!

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Day 9 was a Matte Lipstick in the shade Up the Bass. This color was streaky but the formula was moisturizing for a matte shade. I would never wear this shade again though and it was definitely my least favourite lippie so far.

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Day 10 was a NYX Lingerie lippie in the shade Corset. It is a very light nude. I like wearing this under a lip gloss to even out my lips! I will definitely wear it again but likely not on its own as the formula is very drying.

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Day 11 was a Soft Matte lip cream in the shade São Paulo. It was a very bright magenta color. I like this formula and have owned quite a few lippies in other shades. It is light on the lips and not as drying as the Lingerie’s.

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Day 12 was a Matte Lipstick in the shade Indie Flick. I usually hate orangey red lipsticks but I actually really liked this one. The formula was creamy for a matte lipstick and it did not bleed or smear as much as I expected. This color was much more pigmented than the purple shade on day 9. I highly recommend this one!

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Day 13 was by far my favourite formula and shade of the week, it was a Liquid Suede cream lipstick in the shade Vintage! My sister actually owns the full size of this one and I love it. I wore it to our family Christmas. I highly recommend this formula and this shade. The formula is light but fairly long wearing and wears well under a lipgloss.

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Day 14 was a Butter Lipstick in the shade Root Beer Float. This formula is a sheer hydrating lipstick that wears off nicely without staining the lips. I personally do not wear a lot of sheer lipsticks but I really liked this shade and the extra color it added to the lips. I would definitely wear this one again!

I hope you enjoyed this weeks lippies! I really love how I get to try so many different types and shades of NYX lippies with this calendar. I found quite a few gems so far and I am excited to try the rest of them this upcoming week!

Let me know what your favourite NYX lippie is in the comments!!

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Luxebox Unboxing Winter 2017

 

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My winter Luxebox arrived this week! Luxebox is a Canadian beauty subscription box. You can purchase its at myluxebox.ca for $26CAD per box. It is sent through Top Box if you are familiar with their boxes.

This month I was not super excited. It is a decent box but since getting Boxycharm not much else compares. I like to support Canadian subscriptions but the value cannot really compare to Boxycharm!

I did not receive an email with an explanation of the products this month so I am just going to provide any information I can find online. This seasons box includes:

Barefoot Hand Moisturizer $10 – I like that this is a Canadian brand, although I am never a huge fan of hand moisturizer in my box.

Cougar Eyeshadow Contour Set $13– This is a weird shimmer eyeshadow palette. I have never seen it in a round package like this. I love these colors so I may use it but it is not an item I am super excited about!

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Morgan Taylor nail polish $7– I actually love this nail polish color. As long as it is decently long lasting I will be happy with it!

Laritzy silicon makeup blender $14– I have only seen bad reviews about silicon makeup blenders so I am super disappointed that they included this. I feel like it was something Laritzy tried to get rid of.

Medusa lipstick $7– I love this shade so I am excited to see how the formula is!

GlamGlow Youthmud mask $24– I was so excited about this in the last box but now I have got a few of these in boxes and I think they need more variety. It is an amazing mask though so I am happy to have it.

Sweetie Peppermint Bliss bath bomb– I love bath bombs so its a welcomed add on to the box!

All in all this box has decent value, I just was not super excited for any of the products. I think I will continue with Boxycharm but discontinue this one. I really wanted to like it because it was Canadian. I may try it out again in the future!

What subscription boxes are you loving lately!?

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NYX 24 Days of Lips – Week 1

I was really excited for December because I decided I wanted to get through all of the lippies in the NYX Advent Calendar that I bought in my last NYX Haul. Many of the colors are way out of my comfort zone so I knew I likely would not wear them out but I was still excited to try them out and see which ones I would add to my collection.

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The lippies themselves are mini versions but NYX stayed very true to the same packaging that is on the full size products. I think they are the perfect size to throw in your pocket or purse and I rarely use a whole lip product so this way I may actually get a chance to finish them!

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Here is the mini Intense Butter Gloss compared to the full size. The packaging is almost identical, even down to the detail of the metallic lid!

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The first lippie for Day 1 is a Matte Lipstick in the shade Eden. I was a bit worried because the box and tube showed it to be a true red but it was actually more pink toned than it looked. I love pinky reds because I feel they brighten up my makeup without being too harsh. I actually really liked this formula, it was comfortable and went on extremely opaque. I did not find it too drying and it looked creamy on the lips despite being matte. I would definitely wear this lipstick again!

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The second lippie is a Liquid Suede cream lipstick in the shade Soft-Spoken. I LOVE this color but I didn’t really love the formula. I wore it to a supper out and after eating it had completely worn off and it didn’t fade nicely. I like the color enough though to wear it again, I just won’t wear it when I know I will be eating or drinking much.

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The third lippie is the Simply Vamp lip cream in the shade She Devil. I do not usually like vampy colors because I find them patchy and this lip cream was no exception. It was very patchy and hard to apply. The formula itself was nice and creamy but it could not be built up so it never looked fully opaque. I do not recommend this formula at all.

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The fourth lippie is a Lip Lingerie in the shade Push Up. I originally thought this color would be way too light on me but I actually ended up loving it! It is the perfect “my lips but better” nude color and I have found myself wearing it a few times already. I have reviewed this formula before here. I still feel the same way about the formula being dry and not long lasting, but I like the color enough to wear a gloss over it and this color wears off nicely. I highly recommend this one!

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The fifth lippie is a Soft Matte Lip Cream in the shade Paris. I have a lot of these in my collection but luckily didn’t have Paris already. I like this color and the formula of Matte Lip Creams. They dry down fairly quickly and are not too drying on the lips. I find them quite long wearing but not fully transfer proof. I recommend any of the Soft Matte Lip Creams as I have five or more already in my collection.

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The sixth lippie is a Butter Lipstick in the shade Seashell. I had my sister try it because I felt it would be way too light for my skin tone. She did not like how light it was on her either. I have tried Butter Lipsticks before and do not love them. They are creamy and comfortable but not long wearing and depending on the color they can stain your lips. I think my sister pulled this color off but I do not think its for everyone.

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The seventh lippie is an Intense Butter Gloss in the shade Berry Strudel. I have a couple Intense Butter Glosses and I LOVE them! They are fairly hydrating and really pigmented and they last quite awhile. They wear down well without staining your lips, even the darker colors. I am not a fan of purple lip products at all because they are often patchy but this one was really pigmented and buildable. I do not see myself wearing it out of the house but it was fun to try with a purple eye look! I do recommend this formula if you are looking for opaque lip glosses.

So that concludes Week 1 on my NYX Lippie Countdown! I am really excited to try the rest of them in the upcoming weeks. This advent calendar is such a great way to try different shades and formulas of NYX lip products! Let me know in the comments if you purchased any Advent Calendars this season.

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Christmas Inspired MOTD

 

Today I decided to try a Christmas inspired makeup look. I have been loving red plaid lately, mostly due to this festive blanket scarf! My sister recently bought the Jaclyn Hill Morphe palette when we were in Arizona so we used that to create the eye look. Everything I used was from the drugstore except the blush!

Todays Makeup:

Foundation: Fit Me Matte and Poreless in shade 310

Bronzer: Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer

Blush: Tarte Blush Palette in Fortunate

Eyes: Jaclyn Hill Palette in Hunts and Little Lady

Eyelashes: Single Ardell Lashes

Mascara: Essence Volume Stylist Lash Extension mascara

Eyeliner: NYX Matte Liquid Liner

Brows: NYX Precision Brow Pencil in Ash Brown

Powder: Marcelle Face Powder

Lips: NYX Matte Lipstick in Eden

 

 

BOXYCHARM November 2017

This is my second month receiving the BOXYCHARM beauty subscription. I have done ipsy in the past but I got sick of getting the same small things every time and I ended up with a large stockpile of skin products I never used. I have seen some great reviews on BOXYCHARM and decided to try it for myself because they give full size products and often include higher end brands. I paid $59 USD for 3 months so I saved $4 compared to monthly! Then it is $5 USD per box for shipping. All in all it was just under $100 CAD for 3 boxes shipped.

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This months theme was Sweater Weather. I wouldn’t say the items really scream comfy cozy but I do think this box offered great value!

Included in the box was:

Luxie Beauty Quad Eye Travel Set (Est Value: $32) – I have tried Luxie brushes before and liked them, so I am happy to have a travel eye brush set to keep in my travel makeup kit!

KNC Beauty Collagen Lip Masks (Est Value: $15.00) – I got three of these and I am so excited to try them. I have heard really good things about these masks but never planned on spending the money on them. I am happy they included them!

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Winkylux Kitten Palette (Est Value: $25) – These are my kind of eye shadow colors. I will probably use this when I travel because it is compact and has a good mix of matte and shimmer shades and will be great for day eye looks!

Laqa & Co Cloud Lips (Est Value: $17) – This is a really sleek looking lip color. It is not a shade I would usually try but I think I will try it out on my vacation coming up next week!

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Cover FX Illuminating Setting Spray (Est Value: $31) – I saw they were including this in the spoilers on Twitter and was slightly disappointed. Last month the high end product was a Becca highlighter and I am in love with it. I do like setting spray but this one is illuminating and has actual shimmer in it which is not my style. I will use it for the odd night out though and may end up giving it to my sister.

Overall I did like this box and I do think every BOXYCHARM has amazing value! I am excited for my December box and think I will likely keep my subscription going.

Whats your favourite subscription?! Were you happy with yours this month?

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Tarte Don’t Quit Your Day Dream Palette Review

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My sister Joyelle is a makeup junkie as well and recently got the Don’t Quit Your Day Dream palette from tarte. I have been bugging her to do a guest post on the blog and she finally agreed to review this palette! All the opinions and pictures in this post are hers. 

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My sisters review: It is a perfect palette for everyday wear, I use it literally everyday. The “Lovee” shade (top right hand corner) is the perfect crease color, I use it for crease or transition color in every eye look I do. I really like the shimmer shades but it is better to use your finger as they don’t seem very pigmented when using a brush. I like the highlight shade for an inner corner highlight but find it too light for my cheekbones. The bottom left shade “Runway” is my favourite color in the whole palette. I was originally looking at Urban Decay Heat palette but I am glad I got this one instead because it is way better for everyday. This palette is also nice a small so it is easy to travel with. Every time my best friend comes over she wants to use it! It is on sale on the Tarte website right now, and its limited edition so I highly recommend you get your hands on it ASAP.

Makeup used in the above eye makeup look:

She used Essence 2 in 1 eye shadow and liner in 02 peach perfect as a base. Then she used the don’t quit your day dream pallet on the eyes – she used visionary all over the lid, then Loveee as a transition color, Mixed Werk and Runway for the crease and also Runway on the outer corner of the eye. Runway is smoked out on the bottom lashline. She also added Specter from the UD Moondust pallet over visionary because she loves extra glitter.

I hope you guys enjoyed my sisters review and eye shadow look! This truly is a beautiful palette and its awesome that it is currently on sale for $25 CAD on the tarte website. That is a steal for a higher end palette.

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Fall Beauty Favourites

Snow has arrived in Saskatchewan! I love Autumn but I hate how short of a season it is. Usually it lasts most of October until the first snow fall, and that snow fall showed up here this past week.

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I was planning to do a favourites post, and although fall has come and gone I figured I would update you all on all my makeup favorites from this fall.

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My most used product the last two months has definitely been my ELF blending brush. It is fairly dense and fanned out so it works great for bronzing! I literally use this brush everyday (as you can tell from how dirty it is!). My favourite blush this fall has been the Milani baked blush in the shade in Soleil, which is a medium shade with a bit of gold shimmer in it. The shimmer is not chunky at all and adds a nice shimmer to the skin!

My favourite highlight this month has been the Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in the shade Incandescent. It gives a nice pink toned highlight that is perfect for the changing of seasons. In the summer I tend to lean towards gold highlight but in the fall and winter I like to add more frosty highlights to my routine.

The brow product I use literally everyday is the Essence Make Me Brow in shade 02 browny brown. It is a tinted brow mascara that works on its own or overtop filled in brows. Even on days I barely wear any makeup I still use this product to keep my brows in place.

I have also really been loving the Milani eyeshadow primer. I do find it helps my eyeshadow last all day, whether its high end or drug store! When I want a more dramatic eye look I have been reaching for the NYX matte liquid eyeliner in black. It has a nice brush applicator that makes winged eyeliner a breeze.

Lastly my go-to lip product this month has been the Kat Von D everlasting liquid lip in the shade Ludwig. I got this in my Sephora favourites nude lips and I have used it a lot since then.

Let me know if you have tried any of these and if you have been using them a lot as well and if there are any other new products I should be trying out!

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Small Project Pan – Winter 2017

Lately I have realized how hard it is to use up an entire full size makeup product. I find it especially hard to use up things like bronzer and blush. I rarely use up makeup products before they expire and I often buy something new before I finish what I already have. I love makeup so I do not see myself not purchasing more makeup this year, however I do want to use these few things up before I buy or use anything new in these categories.

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My first goal is to use up the rest of my Revlon Colorstay Whipped foundation. This color is perfect for fall/winter because it is lighter and matches my skin when it is not very tan. I have already used an entire jar of this in the spring so I do think it will be quite easy to use the rest of this up before the new year. I think this formula is discontinued which I find disappointing because I really like it, but I do have other favourite foundations from the drugstore that I enjoy as well.

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My next product I want to completely use up is my Maybelline Age Rewind concealer in the shade neutralizer. I really love this concealer but I have been reaching for my Shape Tape or Catrice camouflage concealer more lately. This is so close to being finished that I want to use it up before the end of the year!

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The last thing I want to use up before the end of the year is my Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette. I don’t think its realistic to think I will use up all the shades by then but I do think I am able to hit pan on a few more and possibly use up the couple I have hit pan on already! I really loved this palette but it is getting old and I should probably use it up before I keep buying newer high end palettes. I have my eye on a few for the Sephora sale or for Christmas so I want to use this one more before then.

Have any of you tried to hit pan or use up more of your makeup this year? Has it been successful? Let me know in the comments!

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