2017 Beauty Round Up

2017 was an amazing year for me beauty wise. Working in cosmetics retail for a number of brands, I was able to get my hands on products that I would have otherwise never touched, and let’s be honest, I got a ton of free stuff to expose me to brands that I have never heard of.

Some products weren’t for me and I wasn’t a fan, but there were a lot that I fell in love with and I wanted to share the love with you. I had three criteria in order for products to make my list (since I had used SO MANY).

Each product had to be:

  • a) something that I had never used before,
  • b) something I used consistently to prove that it worked or I really loved it and
  • c) if it was something that I got for free, it’s something that I would purchase with my own money.

Without further adieu, here are my favorite products from 2017!


Miriam Quevedo Glacial Spa Resort Cleansing Balm and Leave In Conditioner

Oribe Imperable Anti Humidity Spray

Design Essentials Agave & Lavender Silk Blow Out Line

Ouai Curl Jelly


L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil

Luv Scrub Mesh Body Exfoliator


Valentino “Donna”

Diptyque “L’Ombre dans L’Eau”

Jo Malone “Peony and Blush Suede


Rodial Stem Cell Super Food Facial Oil

Kiehl’s Crème D’Elegance

Dr. Lancer Dani Glowing Skin Perfector

Jade Roller

Farsali Rose Gold Elixir

Eve Lom Cleanser

Eve Lom Rescue Mask

Bobbi Brown Instant Detox Mask

Rodial Dragonsblood Hyaluronic Mask

Cane + Austin Peel Pads

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil

Rodial Super Acids Cleanser


Becca x Chrissy Highlight Palette

Ardell #600 Lashes

Vegas Nay Bronze Beauty Lashes

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Kevyn Aucoin Etherialist Foundation

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder

By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Laura Mercier Lip Parfait in “Cinn-ful”

Tom Ford Lipstick in “Devore”

Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Pain in “Uncensored”

L’Oréal Brow Stylist Definer

MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash Mascara

Chanel Le Volume Mascara

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara

Preparing Your Pout for Matte Colors

Helpful tips on how to prepare your pout for matte lips!

I’m not always a fan of matte colors, but the right hue will get me every time. Whenever I wear dark colors I tend to go for matte colors (my reds, wines and plum colors).

I shared on Instagram how much it irritates me when I see matte colors on chapped lips. I can’t be the only one bothered by this, am I right?!

Prepping your lips for matte colors is extremely important. Not only do you want to ensure that your color is going to apply properly (evenly, and long lasting) you don’t want to do any additional harm to your lips. Matte products by nature can be drying, and if your lips are already dry, you’re adding insult to injury. Putting salt in an open wound. Literally.

Here are some tips to keep your lips perfect and supple before applying matte colors: Continue reading “Preparing Your Pout for Matte Colors”

The BEST Lash Glues (for strips)

I’m obsessed with wearing strip lashes. They just give me the extra umph I need whenever I have a full face, and I feel naked without them. They just always up the ante!

One thing I don’t like is feeling insecure that one of my lashes (or both) will try and forsake me and be gone with the wind. For that reason I make sure I use lash glues that really get the job done and will last all day.

I’m sharing my two favorite lash glues with you.

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How I Remove All My Makeup


I don’t always wear makeup, but when I do, I tend to pile it on. The second best feeling to taking your bra off, just might be removing all of your makeup.

When removing my makeup, I want to know that every drop of product is gone and that I won’t be clogging my pores or leaving leaving residue on my pillowcases. I also have horrible anxiety, and I believe I immediately get blemishes and breakouts. I know, I’m dramatic…

To make sure my skin is squeaky clean, I use a 4 step process that I have detailed below. You may think that 4 steps might be too many, but I have a method to my madness, and if you keep reading you’ll see why.

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