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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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

 

 

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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MOTD Friday – essence lips

I recently did an order on essencemakeup.ca because I wanted to try a few new products that weren’t carried at my local Shoppers Drug Mart. I received a few broken items but when I emailed customer service they immediately agreed to ship me replacements which I thought was great! So I will do a full essence makeup review in the near future!

My makeup today was really simple. I used BB cream and a bit of bronzer and blush on my face, and then a pencil shimmer on my eyes. Then I went for a mauve nude lip which I have been loving lately!

Face: Rimmel matte BB cream shade medium

Bronzer: essence matte bronzing powder in light

Blush: essence satin touch blush in shade 10 coral

Eyes: essence 2 in 1 eye shadow and liner in shade 02 Peach Perfect & NYX jumbo eye pencil in shade 630 Cashmere

Mascara: benefit Roller Lash

Lip liner: essence shade 08 girl next door

Lipstick: essence shade 26 all time favorite

Lip gloss: essence XXXL shine in 07 big night out

Current Drugstore Makeup Favorites

In this post I wanted to share my current makeup go to’s from the drugstore. 

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My ultimate favorite mascara is the L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara. It has an amazing brush that lengthens and separates my lashes. I have used this mascara for several years and despite trying many high end and new drugstore mascaras I always come back to this one. Nothing else lengthens my lashes like this mascara.

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The next favorite is the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer. This is a YouTube cult classic and I totally understand why. This bronzer is buttery and pigmented but still light and natural looking. It also smells like coconuts!

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Last but not least my favorite drugstore concealer is Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer. I have it in the color Neutralizer. I am a new mom and have recently developed darker circles so I need a heavier concealer. I find this concealer brightens my eyes and covers my dark circles without creasing. This concealer does not feel too heavy and holds up all day.

Here is a picture of a look using all three of these favorites in a subtle every day look.

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