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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Almay Mega Volume Mascara Review – My first VoxBox

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In September I received my very first VoxBox from Influenster.com. I was so excited when I got the email saying I made the short list and even more excited when I actually got the VoxBox in the mail.

I love mascara, whether high end or from the drug store. I tend to lean towards drug store mascara because I find they perform just as good as most high end ones and tend to cost 1/3 of the price! Recently my go-to has been Lash Paradise so I was excited to try this one from Almay.

The brush is shaped like a megaphone, starting off small and getting larger at the end. I thought the shape was strange because it would be too large for the inside of my eye, however the bristles are fairly strong and do a good job of not creating clumps even closer to the inside of the eye. It truly is a one coat mascara, any more than one coat and it gets clumpy and spidery. The formula is not too dry, but dry enough to create some volume. It can occasionally leave some transfer on my eyelid, but not enough to bother me. I really enjoy this for quick makeup days because it gives a good amount of volume with one coat and you don’t find yourself fussing with it too much. I have never seen a mascara perform so well after one coat!

If you are looking for a quick everyday mascara I highly recommend this one. I tend to like more dramatic looking lashes so I only reach for this one on very light makeup days, but I have already got a lot of use from it for those days I am in a rush!

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Let me know if you have tried out this mascara and if so do you agree with my review!

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*Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes*

 

June Favorites

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I have got quite a few new products in the last few months and in June I found myself using and loving makeup more than ever! Here are a few of my favorites this month:

Wet N Wild Photofocus Foundation in Soft Beige ($7.99 CAD) – I really like this foundation. I picked it up at Loblaws Superstore because I had originally bought some off Well.ca but it was way too dark so when I saw it at Superstore I was excited to be able to color match to my skin. This foundation is medium to full coverage and lasts all day. It looks flawless in pictures and is a great canvas for other makeup to sit on top of. I apply it with a flat foundation brush or damp sponge. I find both work well. I highly recommend this foundation!

Essence Long Lasting Lipstick in the shade All-time favorite ($3.99 CAD) – I ordered this online but you can also often find them at Shoppers Drug Mart. I just find my Shopper does not carry vary many shades and is often sold out of what I want. I love this color and formula. It is creamy and a perfect everyday mauve nude. It does not last very long but with lipstick I am fine with reapplying it throughout the day.

Sigma Tapered Blending Brush E40 – This brush is EVERYTHING! I did not know what I was missing until I purchased this brush. It helps me blend my crease colors effortlessly and I seriously use it everyday.  Sigma brushes are amazing quality and worth every penny!

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Tarte Park Ave Princess bronzer (sample size) – I got this in my most recent Tarte haul and I really like it! It has a bit of shimmer but the color gives the perfect sun-kissed look on my medium tan skin. I have never hit pan on a bronzer but I have a feeling I will use this one up by the end of the summer!

Makeup Revolution Luxury Powder in the shade Banana ($8.45 CAD) – I really like this banana powder for under my eyes. Before I had this powder I was using the Kat Von D Shade and Light palette’s banana powder and I honestly like this one better. It blurs out my under eye area and sits really well on top of concealer without settling into my fine lines.

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Benefit Roller Lash mascara ($30 CAD) – My first impression of this mascara was not great, I felt it was good but nothing special. However, the more I use it the more I love it. The brush separates my lashes nicely but it still gives me a bit of length and volume. It does help my lashes hold a curl as well. My favorite thing about this mascara is that it is super easy to remove. For an everyday mascara I need it to be easy to remove and this stuff comes off with simple face wash which is great! I definitely recommend this mascara for every day use.

That wraps up my June Favorites!! Comment below and let me know if you are loving any of these products as well and what other products you have been loving this month.

xoxo Sarah

 

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Decluttering – Pt. 2 Moving On

I decided to go through my makeup collection and pull out things I do not use anymore and pass them on to my sister.

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Eyes & Extras:

Mascara’s – Clinique, Smashbox, Benefit & Loreal – I have tried all three of these mascaras and got more as sample sizes in various subscriptions and Sephora orders. I like the Clinique one but it doesn’t do enough for me to love it. I find the Smashbox Full Exposure has a really large brush and I don’t love it. I really dislike Benefit’s They’re Real, I find it impossible to get off at the end of the night and the formula is too dry. I usually like drier formulas but this one just doesn’t coat my lashes very well. I LOVE L’Oreal Lash Paradise I just accidentally bought waterproof which I find too hard to get off for everyday mascara so I am passing it on to my sister. I already repurchased it in their non-waterproof formula.

Eyeliners – L’Oreal and Bellapierre – I liked both of these eyeliners but I just don’t reach for them anymore. The Bellapierre is just a typical black pencil and isn’t anything special. I use my Makeup Forever and Tarte pencils much more often. The L’Oreal Infallible Smoky eyeliner is a cool concept, it comes out more like a smoky powder and it does not budge all day and is great for smoking out the lower lash line or adding some extra color to your lash line. I just don’t use it anymore.

Highligher – Benefit’s Watt’s Up – I really like this but because it is creamy I find I forget not to set my face first so I can’t use it as easily. I have another sample size one so I decided I didn’t need two and my sister really wanted to try it. I doubt I would use up two before they expired so I am passing it on.  It is a great highlight though!

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Face:

Concealer – Elf and Hard Candy – I find both of these concealers way too cakey and they crease really bad. I didn’t find the Glamoflauge as amazing as everyone says it is and it doesn’t last very long on my oily skin.

Bronzer – Body Shop – I find this bronzer super orange but my sister is fair skinned so it may work better for her.

Powder- Elf Booster – I have so many powders and I just don’t reach for this one. It is not special enough to make the cut!

Primer- Body Shop – I find this primer really heavy and it actually breaks me out. My sister doesn’t have sensitive skin so she might like it.

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Palettes:

Eye shadow Palette – ELF – I used to LOVE this palette, as it obviously looks well loved. I find ELF has good drug store eye shadows and they actually are quite pigmented and creamy for how cheap they are. I just have so many eye shadow palettes that I love more now so I am passing this on to my sister. She saw it and is really excited to play with it!

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Lips:

Lipsticks – Makeup Forever (Freedom) and Essence – I find the Makeup Forever reds really bleed and I don’t suit red to begin with so the fact that it bleeds really bad just turned me off. My sister loves red lips so she may like these. The Essence is a nude shade that is way too light for me. My sister is fairer but I feel it may even be too light for her. I love Essence lipsticks though, this shade just didn’t make the cut.

Liquid Lipstick – Kat Von D – I got this in a Sephora Lip Sample Kit and I find it to be quite streaky which I don’t like in a dark lip product. My sister loves the color though so she will still get use out of it!

First Impressions – L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara

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On the weekend I was really excited to do a drug store haul because Shoppers Drug Mart was having a Spend Your Points event and I had $200 worth of Shoppers Optimum Points. I only spent $85 worth of points but I was excited to buy a few new things to try out.

This morning when I woke up I decided to try a couple of the products I purchased and write about my first impressions. Here is how I felt about the products:

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I was especially excited to try the new L’Oreal Lash Paradise mascara as I heard it was a dupe for Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, which I really like. The wand on this mascara is straight with lots of dense bristles to help hug every lash. This mascara has a thicker drier formula which I personally like. I could build this mascara up to three coats without it looking too spidery. This mascara gave my lashes a lot of volume and some length. I curled my eyelashes before applying it and it held the curl throughout the day. 8 hours after I did my makeup my lashes still looked great and there was no smudging or flaking.

My only complaint about this mascara is that because the applicator is quite large I got a lot of product on my eyelid when I applied it. This is not usually a problem for me and it was a bit frustrating having to touch up my eye makeup after I applied it.

Despite the product getting on my lid I would still definitely recommend this mascara. It keeps my eyelashes looking voluminous all day!

NYX PORE FILLER ($16.99)

This product claims to reduce the appearance of pores. It can be used underneath or on top of makeup. Today I used it as a makeup primer under my BB cream. I found it definitely minimized the look of my pores on my cheeks. Usually my pores are very visible and combined with the BB cream my skin looked really smooth.

I will have to see how the looks when I apply full coverage foundation on top as I find full coverage foundations tend to exaggerate my pores, but so far I really like this product. The price tag is quite expensive for a drug store product but I have yet to find a good drug store primer so if this continues to work I will consider it a great find!

RIMMEL LONDON BB CREAM ($6.99 CAD on sale)

I purchased this BB Cream because I was looking for a matte BB cream that provided decent coverage and was perfect for an everyday summer base for my makeup. I bought the color medium because I get quite tanned in the summer. The medium shade is quite orange but it blended well into my skin and was not too noticeable. It was light coverage but better than many other BB creams I have tried in the past. I put NYX Pore Filler as my primer underneath and I felt the primer and BB cream together gave my skin a smooth appearance. I could easily put bronzer and blush over top and set it with a powder.

I do not think this BB cream is anything mind blowing but it will still likely be one of my staples this summer!

MAYBELLINE COLOR SENSATIONAL INTI-MATTE NUDES LIPSTICK ($5.99 CAD)

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I picked up this lipstick in shade 565 Almond Rose because I was looking for a matte rosey nude lipstick for the summer. I have owned Maybelline lipsticks in the past and find they have a moisturizing formula. This lipstick was great! I applied it at 9 am and it lasted past lunch. It was really easy to apply without a liner so I could reapply it easily throughout the day.  This lipstick also has a sugary scent which smells amazing! This lipstick is a perfect summer nude and I highly recommend it.

 

Here is a picture of these products in today’s makeup look. I really like how the mascara makes my lashes look!

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I was really excited about these new products and can not wait to try the rest of my purchases from this weekend and review them in future posts!

Let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these products and enjoyed them as well!

xoxo Sarah

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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