Hello Beauty Babes, HAPPY 2018!!!!!
Before getting into it, I wanted to wish you all a freaking amazing year that is full of accomplishments and blessings. I wrote you guys a very special message but it was a bit personal, so I decided to put it at the end of this post. so if you want, you can check it out!
Buuut for now, let’s get into some makeup!
This year has been full of new makeup. Some were good, some were bad, some were returned, but the very few have been chosen for my 2017 favorites!
Favorite Primer – NYX Hydratouch Oil Primer ($13.99)
It’s funny to think that I used to not even be that into primer & now I never go without it.
NYX HydraTouch Oil Primer is unlike any other primer I own. I never thought that using an oil primer would be so beneficial. When I saw it on the NYX website, I thought it was a great affordable dupe for the Smashbox Oil Primer. But seriously, this primer is way more than a dupe. it’s amazing all it’s own. It doesn’t feel greasy, or separate your foundation. It gives your skin and makeup a natural, glowing from within look.
Even when I use other primers, I still use a few drops of this in the foundation I’m wearing to give it an extra boost of glow.
Favorite Foundation – L’oreal Infallible ProGlow ($11.99)/ Maybelline Fit Me Matte&Poreless ($5.99)
I couldn’t choose between these two, so I’ve called a tie.
Loreal ProGlow is a Normal/Dry girl’s dream. It has medium coverage, but it doesn’t feel too heavy on the skin and gives your skin a naturally glowing from within look. I recently repurchased this and have worn it for most of fall/winter.
Maybelline Fit Me Matte&Poreless really suprised me. I thought that because it was matte I wouldn’t like it, but it has the perfect combination of factors that works with my skin, but also gives the benefits of a matte foundation like a flawless finish, long lasting, poreless appearance, etc. I also bought another bottle of this this year and ever since, I haven’t moved it from my vanity. Also, it’s one of the least expensive foundations I own at $5.99 but it performs better than some of my more expensive ones!
Favorite Powder – Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder ($4.99)
When I heard that the Fit Me line was coming out with a loose powder, I was SOOO HYPE! And it did NOT dissapoint! This powder has such a nice consistency. It sets the under eye area amazingly. And because it’s tinted, I also wear this as an all over powder. It locks in makeup so well, I’ve reached for this numerous times this year!
Favorite Concealer – Wet N Wild Photofocus Concealer ($3.99)
I don’t know how else to describe this other than saying it’s bomb af.
It just works! I can’t explain it! It’s just really good, and it blends out flawlessly and doesn’t crease alot, and it has great coverage. This concealer is less than $5 but it works like a high quality product. I have two tubes of this so that I always have some at the ready.
Favorite Contour Product – Fenty MatchStix in Truffle ($25)
I’m Not gonna lie, I did buy the matchstix trio ($54) this came in because it was named after my dog, truffles. But now, it’s my go to contour product. It’s such a gorgeous brown color that looks great with my skintone. It’s not too cool, but not too warm either so it chisels out your cheeks without looking harsh. It blends out like a cream very effortlessly, but it sets into a powder and lasts for hours.
Favorite Bronzer – Iman Luminous Foundation Powder in Earth 2 ($9.69-$13)
I know this doesn’t advertise as a bronzer, but that’s how I use it and it’s my favorite bronzer this year sooo yeah.
I got this on sale at Walgreens and had no idea I would use it so much. it’s such a great bronzer shade and it has some slight gold reflect that gives your face such an amazing natural looking glow and warmth, it’s awesome. I also have another Iman Foundation Powder in a Matte finish in Earth 6 that’s also really nice, but this one has been on my makeup stand for months and I’ve used it consistently.
I’m not sure the retail price because I got mixed results, so I’m not totally sure the price, but it’s around $10-15. You can get it at Target.
Favorite Blush- Sephora Collection Blush -Hot Flush($14)/ Milani Baked Blush – Luminoso ($9.49)
Another Tie! (sorry, i’m very indecisive)
Hot Flush from Sephora Collection is just such a unique blush color. I still have not seen a blush that looks like this. It’s like the color of cheetos but with this beautiful warm golden sheen. It looks so amazing on the cheeks. It’s like nothing I own, and in 2017 I used this all the damn time
Milani Luminoso is just…I mean come on! It’s freakin’ Luminoso! Soo many beauty gurus love this and now I know why. It looks good all the time, on all skin tones, with any makeup look, etc. It makes your cheeks look absolutely amazeballs.
Favorite Highlighter – Girlactick Luminous Face Veil in See Through & Lustre
You guys know I LOVE highlighter and I have alot. You would think this would be a hard category to choose for me, but it really wasn’t. Because I knew that these highlighters dominated 2017.
Girlactik Luminous Face Veil was MY JAM! It not only looks blinding and like you can be seen from space while still somehow looking natural. It just melts into the skin! And, it lasts on your face all day. Lustre is a gorgeous pink toned highlighter and See through has a stunning gold champagne tone. This year I would switch back and forth depending on what my eye look was. If I was wearing a pink or cool toned look, I would grab Lustre. and for warmer looks, I’d grab See through. I did obviously wear other highlighters, but these two were one of my favorite purchases of 2017.
Honorable Mention: Maybelline Master Chrome ($7.99)
This highlighter is not only drugstore, but it is the perfect gold shade for highlighting your cheekbones AND it has a great formula! The glow is real, and I had to give it a shoutout because I reached for this all year long!
Favorite Eyebrow Product – NYX 3in1 Brow Pencil ($12.99)
I’ve never seen a brow product do so much in one. You have a pencil, powder, and gel all in one matching shade, all in one pencil. And all the products are actually great! The brow pencil is pigmented and long lasting, The powder sets in all the right places, and the gel is hella pigmented and keeps your brows in place all day! This idea is so unique and revolutionary. I was a bit shocked at the price, but after using it, you literally are getting 3 products in one, so it really is worth it.
Favorite Eyeliner – NYX Epic Ink Liner ($7.99)
Don’t be mad at all the NYX. you guys know I love NYX!
I never had an eyeliner that was a holy grail. I kind of just would pick out a liner at Target and hope for the best, but now, I need to have NYX epic ink liner in my life. It’s hella pigmented, the felt tip applicator is pointed, and you get the perfect winged liner that lasts all day and doesn’t budge! You can check all my Instagram (@SageSlays_) video tutorials, and 99% of the time, Nyx Epic Ink Liner is what I’m using!
Favorite Mascara – Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara ($5.59)
I wasn’t going to do a favorite mascara, because I really have a #1 mascara in my collection I just kind of have my favorites, you know? But I realized when I was picking the products for this post that I used this mascara for most of the year.
It was my go to this year. It just works so well, it gives me volume, and length, it doesn’t make my lashes feel stiff or look clumpy. And I don’t wear false lashes, so I need my mascara to be POPPIN’ and this mascara, is poppin’.
Favorite Eyeshadow Palette – Morphe 39A ($32) / NYX In Your Element Palettes ($30)
You guys, I have alot of palettes. Palettes are like one of my favorite products to buy so this was really hard to pick. And even so, I had to pick two for a tie.
Morphe 39A is a palette I haven’t had as long, probably a month or so, BUT ever since I got it, I have used it so much. I’ve created two videos using this palette on IG, and I’ve used it everyday as well. You get 7 big pans for transition colors for all different skin tones, and you get shadows in a variety of colors so you can really get creative. Not to mention the formula is awesome, they’re blendable and pigmented.
NYX In Your Element Palettes were a big favorite of mine in 2017. NYX totally stepped it up. These shadows are super pigmented and easy to blend out, and you can create so many looks with the colors in these palettes. I wasn’t a big fan of the hiked up price ($30!!!) but I do feel like you get your money’s worth. The quality of these shadows is up to par with high end palettes.
Honorary Mention: Lime Crime Venus II Palette ($34)
The Venus II palette is such a unique palette. The shades are one of a kind, and thats why I use it so much. My favorite most used shade from this palette is Mustard and it is the perfect mustard shade. I use it in so many looks to get that warm mustard tone in an eye look. But the palette all together is very useful. Jam and Mud are two shades that I can use on a daily basis and pretty much all the shades are well loved.
Favorite Lip Liner – Sephora Collection Rouge Gel Lip Liner in Monarch ($11)
I don’t use lip liner all the time, but this lip liner was a HUGE favorite in 2017.
The sephora rouge gel lip liners as a whole are amazing, the formula is so unique. it’s not hard or stiff, and it feels so luxurious on the lips.
This shade Monarch however I literally took with me everywhere. It just looks good with pretty much any nude shade. I wore this sooo many times by itself, under a gloss, with a lipstick, etc. it’s such a diverse lip liner and is absolutely a holy grail product. I keep it in my makeup bag so that I always have it with me on the go.
Favorite Lipstick – H&M Beauty Lipstick in Biscotti ($9.99)
I’ve never tried anything from H&M beauty, but this lipstick is awesome saucesome. It is the nudest nude i’ve ever seen. It’s like concealer nude, but it looks good. The undertones in it are not at all pink (which I love) and it works well with so many nude shades. I like to use it sometimes on top of deeper nude shades to lighten them. But my favorite way to wear this is with the sephora liner in monarch.
Honarary Mention: Revlon Lipstick in Sandalwood Beige ($4.99)
This lipstick is such a gorgeous warm nude. I reached for this alot in 2017 because the color was so stunning, and the lipstick formula was fabulous.
Favorite Lip Gloss – Colourpop Ultra Glossy Lip in My Jam & Cabana Boy ($6 each)
I love lip gloss, I swear it’s making a comeback you guys. But this year, my go to lip gloss was the Colourpop Ultra Glossy Lip in My Jam & Cabana Boy.
Now I know these are two glosses, but they’re so freaking similar. same formula, same metallic finish, etc. But Cabana Boy is more rose gold while My Jam is a gold shade. These look so gorgeous on their own, but they also pair well on top of other lip colors and give them a nice metallic glossy finish. If i’m ever unsure of what lip to where I throw one of these in my makeup bag.
Favorite Miscellaneous Product – NYX Glitter Glue ($5.99)
I wanted to include this product because I’ve literally used it in 99% of my makeup looks this year. pigments, glitters, metallic shadows, I ALWAYS use the Nyx Glitter Glue. It keeps my shadows in place, and it also intensifies the shadow so it really stands out. I even keep a tube of this in my makeup bag so that I always have some on hand! I had to give this product a shoutout because it was well used in 2017.
Favorite Beauty Sponge: Mikasa Beauty Lemon Drop Sponge ($8.25 with code SAGCATHERINE25)
I had to mention my Mikasa Beauty Lemon Drop sponge. I was so happy to have Mikasa Beauty reach out to me to become their affiliate. One of the products I tried was this sponge and I’ve used it ever since! It is sooo soft, it blends makeup out flawlessly, and I just love it. This retails for $11, but you can use my code SAGCATHERINE25 to get 25% off of your purchase!
Alright you guys! These are all my favorite products of 2017! What a year of makeup. I’m so hype to try out all the new makeup coming our way and to keep posting about it.
I want to say how blessed I am to have my beauty babes. You guys, the people who share my love for makeup and read my blog and watch my Instagram, you guys make me feel great. I love our little community and I love being able to thrive in it in my own unique way. The beginning of this year was very melancholy for me. to be honest I didn’t really believe I was capable of anything. I was kind of stuck. I spent a lot of time alone not progressing and wishing for a change. I was not only depressed, but was letting my emotions affect my physical health and sickle cell disease and got very sick as well. I don’t mean to make this a long ass sob story, I just wanted to really share so that you realize how much getting to this point means to me. I feel so blessed to be at this point in my life. I still have a lot I need to tackle and deal with, but unlike last year, I now know that I am capable of doing what I set out to. I know some may not think makeup is valuable, but it’s about expressing yourself and showing the world a different side of you every single day. and to anyone that hopefully is a reader of my blog that ever feels incompetent or alone, just keep going. You are EXACTLY where you need to be at this point in your life.
Success is Defined by your Willingness to Keep Going.
Keep up with me in 2018 on social media
Instagram: @SageSlays_ Snapchat: @SageCatherineXO
I love you beauty babes!
Stay Fierce, & Stay Ready for the new year!
XOXO, Sage Slays