December 28, 2017

My Year in Beauty {2017}

Although I've been slacking off as a blogger lately, I've been eagerly anticipating the month of December because recap posts are my favorite (to read and to write!). Whether it's personal reflections or newfound obsessions, I love looking back at the past year. For the next few days, I'm highlighting what I loved in 2017. Today, it's beauty products! (2016 Favorites)

1. Buxom Dolly's Wild Side Eyeshadow Palette ($40) - I just got this palette for Christmas, so it may be a little early to include it on a list of favorites. But I'm doing it anyway because I really love this selection of colors!

2. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner ($27) in Caviar Ink - This was my go-to eyeliner years ago until I abandoned it for a YSL one that's since been retired. I've fallen back in love with this one, especially the almost-black brown color.

3. Laura Mercier Lacquer Up Acrylick Lip Varnish ($28) in Seductive - I probably wouldn't have purchased this gloss for myself, so I'm glad my mom didn't love the color and passed it on to me instead. I really love it!

4. Real Techniques Blush Brush ($5) - When my blush brush started losing its bristles, I knew it was time for a new one. I ended up with this one that I found while browsing Target and have been really pleased with the quality.

5. Tarte Double Duty Shape Tape Contour Concealer ($27) in Fair - Last year's list included a different Tarte concealer, but this is my new favorite. It lasts forever and is great for extra coverage on blemishes or undereye circles. 

6. Anastasia Brow Definer Pencil ($23) in Caramel - Honestly, I never do anything to my brows. But I wanted a quick and easy way to fill them in a bit, and a Sephora employee recommended this to me. I love it so much!

7. MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot ($22) in Bare Study - I've been using this as an eyeshadow base/primer. The hint of shimmer is perfect and seems to help my eyeshadow last longer and look more pigmented.

8. Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm ($8) in Lemon & Shea Butter - This was another recommendation from a Sephora employee, and I am obsessed. I don't know if I'll ever buy another lip balm. This ons is just too good.

9. Kristin Ess The One Shampoo & Conditioner ($10 each) - These haven't replaced this shampoo and conditioner as my favorites, but it's an awesome option when I need a change! I love how my hair smells when I use it.

10. Wet Brush Bamboo Earth Collection ($16) - I don't have this exact Wet Brush, but mine just has a different color handle (and was a little cheaper). But I've fallen in love with the brush, which easily detangles my long hair.

11. Pixi By Petra Glow Peel Pads ($22) - I saw these mentioned on Instagram as an affordable skincare product that actually works, and I can now second that recommendation! I love these little exfoliating pads.

12. Beachwaver S1 Curling Iron ($129) - This was a random splurge that I bought based on the online hype. And it was worth it! I know I'll love and use it even more once I finally get a much-needed haircut.

13. Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb ($38) - This was another Sephora employee recommendation, and it's been so great! I love it the most during the winter because I can tell it's hydrating my dry skin.

14. Simple Micellar Cleansing Water ($9) - My mom had a bottle of this at her house, and I tried it out of curiosity. Hello, new favorite! It quickly removes my makeup without leaving behind any oiliness or residue.

15. Thayers Witch Hazel Toner ($9) - Toner isn't typically part of my routine because I feel like they dry my skin out. But tried this one based on reviews and really like it, even though I have no idea if it makes a difference.

Do you have any beauty product recommendations?
See anything new on my list that you want to try?


  1. Thanks for your recommendations! I ordered the Tarte concealer and the curling wand! I've been looking for a good one because I've attempted using a straightener to curl my hair plenty of times and while I'm getting the hang of it, I still don't have it down and I think a curling wand would just be easier!

  2. Love this list! I'm going to try that Simple Cleansing water.


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