6 Standout Products of 2017

Hi guys, long time no see! Sorry I’ve been mia, the holidays kicked my butt and now 2018 is kicking my butt… summer is just around the corner, right? Haha! Anywho, I thought I’d share some of the standout products I tried in 2017, I had many favorites but these products really stood out to me and I’ve been thoroughly enjoying them! So, let’s go ahead and get into it. 🙂

Marc Jacobs Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator 

I know, I know, who do I think I am with this fancy product, but GUYS. I went into my local Sephora, the girl helping me had it on and it looked like the most glossy beautiful shine I’d ever seen on a face and I just had to have it. When I wear this it makes my skin look healthy and glowy in a natural way but you can also build this up to be really intense. It sits beautifully on top of powder, I use my finger tips to apply and then push it into the skin with my beauty sponge. I adore this highlight!

Colourpop Semi-Precious palette

Do I even need to say anything? No, no I don’t, those swatches speak for themselves, and yes, if you apply with your finger tip, they look JUST like that on the eye. This is a full shimmer palette and I’m obsessed with it. These shadows aren’t glittery, they’re glowy and shiny and metallic and all things beautiful. I love the size of this palette for travel, pair with some bronzer in your crease and you’ve got an easy, gorgeous eye look. Love how affordable Colourpop products are and they always bring the quality, congrats to the brand for all their successful releases in 2017! **COMING SOON: a review on the newly released eyeshadow palette and highlighter palette, keep your eyes peeled!

Colourpop Super Shock Shadow

Yes, one more Colourpop shoutout. I adore their super shock formula, it is budge proof, crease proof, lasts beautifully ALL DAY LONG. If you’ve never tried this formula, it isn’t a powder, it isn’t a cream, it’s something else, feels kind of like clay but more smooth… it’s strange but boy does it WORK! These are some of my favorite shades, left to right (based on pictures above): Wattles-a satin, love to use a fluffy brush and work this all over the lid and up into the crease for a one shadow look, finish with a pop of your favorite highlighter on the inner corner and you’ve got a quick, easy and polished eye look. Muse-an ultra metallic, this all over the lid with a nice warm shade blended in the crease is perfection for a night out. Telepathy-an ultra metallic, I think this shade speaks for itself, this is a stunning chartreuse shade, love to pair this with a deep neutral brown, or black would look nice too, this shade gets attention! Smash-a satin, again, I love to work this all over the lid and into the crease with a fluffy brush, pop some highlight in the inner corner and you’ve got another easy one shadow look that will last alllllll day! TO-A-T-a matte, easily one of my favorite matte warm browns of all time, I adore working this into the crease and outer corner for an all matte eye look, or pop a shiny shade on the lid with it! I have so many favorites from the super shock line but these are a few that I use often and love. Ps. yes, I 100% cheated and counted these as one product. Haha! 

No7 Match Made Bronzer 

This was in my favorites a while back and I’m still loving it. I have this bronzer in the shade caramel, it is a satin bronzer, not matte but definitely not shimmery, it just makes my skin look healthy and warm (in a non-oompa loompa way). The shade caramel isn’t too warm or cool, it’s neutral perfection. There are two other shades (last I checked) in this line that I personally haven’t tried. I just love this formula, it goes on really smooth, blends easily and lasts all day!

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara

I feared this day would come… when I would have to post a pic of my face on here in the name of beauty (let’s all collectively laugh together). Ughhh, I hate selfies guys, but I really wanted to show you how gorge this mascara makes your lashes look (this pic was snapped after 8 hours of wear too)! While my lashes are decently thick and long (full disclosure, I use Neulash to help get that length), they’re also super blonde and straight, zero curl comes to the party naturally. This mascara gives me volume and length, holds my curl and lasts all day with no smudging, flaking or transferring. Tried this on recommendation by my cousin (shoutout to Ashley!) and am hooked! I know, it’s a high-end mascara, which I use to think was so dumb to spend that cash monay on, but I haven’t been able to find a drugstore mascara that does it all, especially hold a curl without being waterproof, but then waterproof tends to transfer even worse onto my lids than non-waterproof… such a struggle guys. Highly recommend this gem!

Dior Addict Eau de Parfum

9Last up is this stunning perfume! This perfume is warm, sultry and gets serious attention. I own quite a few different perfumes and this is the one I always get questions about. This is described, by Fragrantica (shoutout to Fragrantica.com for their helpful fragrance reviews), as an oriental fragrance with floral notes. Top notes are: blackberry and mandarin leaf. Middle notes are: orange blossom, night blooming cereus, jasmine and rose. Bass notes are: sandalwood, Tonka bean, and vanilla. When you first spray this on your skin, you will notice the floral notes, but those dissipate on me and the dry down is pure vanilla, Tonka bean, sandalwood warmth but in a really unique and sophisticated way. This is hands down my favorite perfume of all time, all year long, for every occasion. Highly recommend you pop into your local Macys, Sephora, etc. and take a wiff. Pro tip: if you’re interested in a perfume go to the store with no scent on (lotion, perfume, etc.) and spray it on your wrists, wear it for a few hours to get a feel for what it will smell like on your skin from first spray to dry down and beyond. Perfume is expensive, I never buy without first trying it on my skin to see how it reacts with my body chemistry. 

There you have it friends, a few things I’m loving thanks to my adventures in 2017! Thanks for hanging with me while I get the busyness under control. Let me know if you have any questions, any reviews you want to see, new products you’re interested in, etc. I’d love to chat! 🙂

Until next time, 

Brooke 🙂



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