BEST OF 2017 | BEAUTY

As it is nearing the end of the year, I thought that a roundup of my beauty favorites of the year was in order. There are a couple of products that I’ve only started using in the last couple of months, but I already know that they will be lasting favorites, so they are in this list as well!

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While I don’t use eyeliner as much as I used to, my eyeliner of choice has always been a black liquid liner. With that it mind,  I finally got around to trying the well-loved Tattoo Liner in Trooper (0.19 oz, $20) from Kat Von D. It definitely did not disappoint – the brush tip, my favorite type of liner tip, made it so easy for me to wing out my liner, the black is extremely pigmented, and the formula is so long-lasting. At $20, I don’t find it to be that pricey either, considering that I’ve had mine for a while and it hasn’t dried out yet.

Origins’ SPF 40 Energy Boosting  Tinted Moisturizer (1.7 fl oz, $38) is actually a surprise favorite. While I was very excited for this release, which I have previously reviewed, I had heard mixed reviews and kept my expectations low while I tried this out. I ended up enjoying it very much, but at the time of my review, I wasn’t sure if I would repurchase this. I have since come to love this product and have already purchased a backup. It is truly a tinted moisturizer, with minimal pigment, but it is very moisturizing and has no sunscreen scent at all.

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Glossier’s Generation G (0.07 oz, $18) lipstick in Zip has become my go-to lipstick for when I want a laid-back look that still looks like I tried. In the tube, the bright red can be intimidating, but the sheer formula allows for it to be the perfect everyday red, at least for me 🙂 Full review on this soon.

I have talked about Julep’s Boost Your Radiance Reparative Rosehip Seed Facial Oil (0.85 fl oz, $36) more than once on this blog, but it’s been a while since I did, and I have only grown to love this oil more and more. I use this both morning and night, two drops mixed into my moisturizer, and have already repurchased another bottle. I’ve tried a couple of other facial oils containing rosehip, but this one is by far my favorite so far.

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After just a couple of uses, the Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial (1.69 fl oz, $80) is already a favorite. The product really lives up to the Babyfacial part of its name, leaving me with baby-like skin the morning after I use it. It’s a high acid concentration product, recommended for use weekly.  Stay tuned for a full review of this product!

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The Laneige Water Sleeping Mask (2.3 oz, $25) has been in my monthly favorites before, for good reason – easy to use, moisturizing, and relatively affordable. I have since purchased the Lip Sleeping Mask (0.7 oz, $20) as well and will update you guys after I’ve used it a few times.

When I initially saw all the hype about Glossier’s new perfume, Glossier You (1.7 fl oz, $60), I wasn’t that interested – I’ve never been much of a fragrance user, and figured this one wouldn’t be much different. But then, the hype got to me, so I tried a sample of it that I received with my Glossier haul. It was love at first spray – subtle, but heavy on the base notes, so that your own unique scent becomes the first ingredient. When my boyfriend said that I smelled good without realizing that I had on any perfume, that was when I knew I had to get my hands on the full-sized bottle. I love this perfume so much that it’s inspired me to challenge myself to wearing perfume every day.

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This year was also the year of The Ordinary, the brilliant skincare brand that somehow kept its prices extremely affordable. To be honest, out of everything that I’ve tried so far from the brand, I haven’t been blown away by anything, but I wanted to give this brand a shout out because I have enjoyed most of them that I’ve tried, including this Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution (240 ml, $8.70). I will also be purchasing more of their products to try, as the affordable prices make it easier to do so, and I am almost sure I will discover something that I will love.

 

What were your beauty favorites of the year?

 

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ANTI-HAUL | Winter 2017

With all the temptation and spending that comes with the holiday season, I thought it’d be nice to balance my Sephora haul (and other upcoming hauls…) with an anti-haul.

Although I’ve gotten a lot better about making more informed, thought-out purchases in the last couple of years, this anti-haul will also be a good reminder to myself that money not spent is better than money spent on a product I wouldn’t otherwise use or want to try.

Before I begin with the anti-haul, I have to admit that I went ahead and purchased the Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial (1.69 oz, $80). I was partially motivated by maintaining my Rouge status, but mainly, it seems like a universally loved product, and is unique enough that I probably wouldn’t find a dupe easily, if at all. I’m excited to try it and share my thoughts on it with you 🙂

Although most of the products are carried at Sephora, this list will also include products from other brands (mainly Glossier). I’ll be honest here – my reasons for not purchasing items are all pretty similar… so feel free to skip through my descriptions for each product/brand.

  1. FENTY BEAUTY: I am a huge Rihanna fan, and I love the message behind the brand, but my makeup inventory is just way too full for more makeup products. I was tempted to get both the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer (0.3 oz, $18) and the Starlit Hyper-Glitz Lipstick in Supermoon (0.45 oz, $19), which I swatched in store and was super pretty, but in the end I decided not to because I’m not a lip gloss user, and there are other lip products that I would rather purchase to try. The highlighters look beautiful, so I may purchase them in the future when I actually need a new highlighter.
  2. FRESH Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner (8.4 fl oz, $44): As soon as this was released earlier this year, I had added it to my VIB sale purchase list. It’s gotten rave reviews, and just looks so pretty with the real rose petals in the bottle. However, I passed on this in the end, because I already have much more affordable toners that are already extremely effective.
  3. SON & PARK Beauty Water (11.49 fl oz, $30): Same reason as for the Fresh toner 🙂
  4. MILK MAKEUP: Every time Milk comes out with a new product, I am so tempted to purchase it. I really like the idea of their makeup – easy, for the on-the-go girl – but I find their items on the pricier side for what they are, and with the state of my current makeup inventory, I really don’t find it necessary to own anymore makeup items. That being said, I do own two items from them, one of which I would possibly repurchase.
  5. Pat McGrath Labs: Everything from the brand looks beautiful, but I don’t wear makeup often enough to want to spend that much on any of the products they offer.
  6. NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment (0.18 oz, $26): I’ll be honest – I was tempted. I haven’t really ever been disappointed with NARS products, and this has gotten rave reviews everywhere. But I’m not a fan of matte lip products, and am extremely picky about liquid formulations. That being said, I am planning on purchasing a Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick (0.25 oz, $24) at some point.
  7. Glossier Face Serums Set ($65 for 3 serums): I was planning to get this when I hauled some Glossier, but then I realized that each serum – Super Bounce, Super Pure, and Super Glow – had a dupe or similar product that could be found in The Ordinary line for a fraction of the price. I really enjoy some of Glossier’s products and the brand as a whole, but I personally just did not find that this $65 would be money well spent.

I could go on and on about what I am not buying and why, but I’ll stop here 🙂 What are some things you decided not to purchase or will not be purchasing in these holiday months?

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REVIEW | Origins GinZing SPF 40 Energy-Boosting Tinted Moisturizer

I was so excited when Origins released their SPF 40 Energy-Boosting Tinted Moisturizer (1.7 fl oz, $38) – I have been looking for a good SPF for a while, and I’m a big fan of Origins’ GinZing line, especially the Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturizer (1.7 fl oz, $28.50) and the Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff (0.5 fl oz, $31). Origins just happened to be having their Friends and Family sale, so I purchased this without much hesitation.

The products in the GinZing line from Origins all contain coffee bean, which helps wake up and restore radiance tired skin, and panax ginseng, an anti-aging ingredient that helps tone and brighten skin. They also tend to have citrus scents, and this tinted moisturizer is no different.

Reviews for this have been pretty mixed, as it seems that the tint, which is supposed to adapt to your skin tone, has been unflattering for many. For me, that concern was put to rest pretty quickly, as my friend had just tried this product without many issues. And, I figured if the color didn’t turn out too well on me, I could use it purely as a sunscreen underneath other face makeup.

Thankfully for me, the tint matched my skin perfectly – it doesn’t really have any coverage at all, but it does even out skin tone and give a nice, healthy glow to the skin. It felt and smelled like a moisturizer, with barely any sunscreen smell at all.

This product is perfect for lazy, no-makeup days, since you can easily use your fingers to apply this. I’ve only used this without any other makeup, as I don’t wear makeup on a typical day, but I can see myself using this on makeup days when I’m going for the no-makeup look.

I’m not sure if I would repurchase this since I do think it’s kind of pricey for how much you get and what it is, but if I don’t find anything I like more I will definitely come back to it.

Have you tried this tinted moisturizer before?

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The Beauty Blogger Tag

Today, I’m going to be doing a tag – my first on this blog! Thanks to Noreen at Beauty on a Budget for tagging me 🙂

For this tag, first, I’ll be answering 15 questions, primarily on the topic of beauty, from Noreen.

Favorite skincare product?

This varies for me, but right now my favorite is facial oil. I used to hate facial oils because every single one I had tried had been too greasy, but Julep’s Boost Your Radiance reparative rosehip seed facial oil has completely changed my mind, and now facial oil is my favorite step in my skincare routine.

How often do you clean your makeup brushes?

This is embarrassing. I know I should clean them more often, but it’s good if  I even clean them once a month. Then again, I probably only wear makeup once a week…

Your first makeup product you ever purchased?

Honestly, I don’t remember. It might be this cheap, wooden, glittery blue pencil liner from the Walgreens that was right off my college campus. Yeah, I was one of those people with a blue eye makeup phase.

Favorite makeup brand?

This is really difficult for me, since I’m still searching around for different brands and products that fit my current lazy girl philosophy for skincare and makeup. But for now, out of brands from which I’ve tried the makeup products before, I’d have to say…  Laura Mercier.

How much beauty sleep do you get on a regular basis?

A lot. On average, I probably sleep at least 8 hours a day. Every day.

What are your thoughts on makeup/beauty brands created by celebrities?

I’m neither biased against or for them – I would judge them based on their quality, but I also am not especially interested in going out of my way to try them.

How often do you wear nailpolish?

I wear nail polish for special occasions, and maybe a couple of times outside of that.

Describe your go-to makeup look.

For a look beyond my typical no-makeup makeup look, my go-to is a brown smokey eye, winged liner, dewy skin, and long, almost spidery lashes (no falsies – those are impossible for me to put on).

Matte or dewy skin?

Always dewy.

How much money do you spend on beauty in a month?

As much as I wish it were less, probably $50 if you average it out. This is primarily skincare, since I try to minimize the amount of makeup I buy.

How do you remove your makeup?

I soak a cotton pad with Garnier’s micellar water for eye makeup, and either Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser or oil cleanser for face makeup. Right now, I’m using Tatcha’s Camellia Cleansing Oil. If I run out of my micellar water, I’ll probably use the oil cleanser on a cotton pad for eye makeup as well.

Describe you hair type/style.

My hair is to my upper/mid-back, thick, and slightly wavy. It’s black for the most part, with gold and red highlights at the tips from when I had ombre hair in 2016.

Do you wear fake lashes?

Nope, unless someone will do them for me for special occasions. I tried twice by myself and traumatized myself so badly from how horribly I did it that I never want to put apply them myself again.

What product or brand do you think is hyped?

I assume this is a product I think is over-hyped? Honestly, I don’t like saying anything is over-hyped unless I’ve tried it myself enough to be able to have a good opinion on it, but I have been seeing Fenty Beauty everywhere. However, I do think the hype for this brand is well-deserved; Rihanna was very hands-on in the process and took two years to perfect everything, and the shade range for the foundation is very expansive compared to the beauty industry standard at 40 shades.

How often do you workout?

I hike once a week. I do enjoy exercising and I wish I could say I did more, but, as I think I’ve already made clear, I’m extremely lazy.

And now, for my questions! I’ll be asking 15 of my own, then nominating some bloggers to answer them.

  1. If you could only use one makeup product for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  2. What is your signature scent?
  3. What is your favorite My Lips But Better lippie?
  4. What about your favorite pop of color lippie?
  5. What got you into beauty/makeup?
  6. What is your favorite thing about beauty/makeup?
  7. Are you more of a minimalist, maximalist, or somewhere in between for your skincare routine?
  8. What is your favorite place to shop for beauty products?
  9. Are there any skincare or makeup products that you find unnecessary?
  10. What is your favorite eye makeup look on yourself?
  11. Glossy or matte lip?
  12. What’s the most recent book you’ve read?
  13. What is your favorite fashion item?
  14. Are you an early bird or night owl?
  15. If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?

I nominate:

  1. Tigritsa Beauty
  2. smudges
  3. Lê Wendy
  4. The Champagne Diaries
  5. kindapuffy

If I nominated you, please don’t feel obligated to do the tag! Though I’d really like to see your answers 🙂 And if I didn’t tag you, please feel free to answer my questions and share your answers with me! I’d love to engage with more of you and I’m curious about everyone’s thoughts on my questions!

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