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Top 10 Products of 2017 | MAKEUP

Top 10 Products of 2017 | MAKEUP

Since I’ve been on a low buy all of 2017, I didn’t get to discover a lot of new products. I still managed to find some extraordinary creations that have become Holy Grail products. Let’s say goodbye to 2017 with my “Top 10 Beauty Products”!

🐰 = Cruelty-Free

1.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel Supercharged Oil Free Foundation 🐰

Top 10 Products of 2017 | MAKEUP

I would have liked to come upon this “Genius” foundation way before. Unfortunately, the brand is discontinuing it for reasons that I don’t understand. Just in case, I bought four but I’m kicking myself for not buying at least 1 more when it went on sale! It’s the best foundation I’ve ever tried period… A dry skin girl’s dream.

Anyone knows of a good dupe??? Help a very sad girl please…

2.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Palette Volume 4 – Shadows

Top 10 Products of 2017 | MAKEUP

Need an affordable (it’s been in Sephora’s sale section forever) all MATTE neutral palette for your everyday look? Well, go for MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Palette Volume 4 – Shadows. These matte shadows blend beautifully and stay put all day when using a good eyeshadow primer. MUFE matte formula is amongst the very best on the market and this little number is a sure winner.

3.

Coola Daydream Mineral Primer SPF 30 🐰

Top 10 Products of 2017 | MAKEUP

It’s funny how this little gem came into my life: BeardMan was in Arizona for work and I obviously asked him to go to the nearby Sephora to get a specific primer with sunscreen (and of course, some other stuff). Unfortunately, it was not available at this location and he knows not to come back empty-handed, so he asked a girl for something similar and she suggested him Coola’s Daydream Mineral Primer SPF 30. Sure enough, I’m totally crazy about this primer/sunscreen. The only downfall is that it contains micro glitters that makes it unwearable alone but under makeup, it’s a gem. Why isn’t it more hyped is beyond me!!!

4.

bareMinerals Prep Step 🐰

Top 10 Products of 2017 | MAKEUP

I was debating between placing bareMinerals Prep Step into my Top Skincare or my Top Makeup products of 2017 but it does such a great job at priming my face that it made it into my makeup category. It’s almost the perfect product with a little exception: when applied alone, it gives a slight red tone to my skin. A second primer in my Top 10!! It’s a first in my blogging career since primers have always been a nightmare for me.

Note: Surprisingly, this product has also the best ingredients as a sunscreen.

5.

Josie Maran Argan Daily Moiturizer SPF 47 Protect & Perfect 🐰

Top 10 Products of 2017 | MAKEUP

I won’t ever be without Josie Maran Argan Daily Moiturizer SPF 47 Protect & Perfect. I mix it every single day with my Dr Jart + Premium Beauty Balm or another foundation and it gives the perfect amount of hydration & sun-kissed look that I need. I wish it was lighter as I would wear it alone in the Summer months.

6.

Nudestix Nude(art)ist Magnetic Eye Box Set 🐰

Top 10 Products of 2017 | MAKEUP

I’ve said it abundantly; I find Nudestix to be one of the most underrated brand. These eye colour sticks are simply remarkable and such a hidden gem. One word: Versatility! They can be used as eye primers, all over lid color or eyeliner as they don’t transfer or budge.

7.

Bite Beauty Lip Pencil (020) 🐰

Top 10 Products of 2017 | MAKEUP

I’m very picky when it comes to Lip Liners! I rarely use or need one since I’m a self-proclaimed Lip Gloss junkie. But last winter, I wore it a lot all over my lips. The formula is sooooo good that I’m contemplating buying other colors. The only downfall is that it’s not a twist up!

Read my full review HERE

8.

M.A.C Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Camel Coat

Top 10 Products of 2017 | MAKEUP

My love for M.A.C Pro Longwear Paint Pot is legendary but my transitioning to cruelty-free products means that I will no longer purchase these beloved pots and it really saddens me. I’ve always used Soft Ochre & Painterly as my eyeshadow base even if technically, these are regular cream shadows and in early 2017, I bought Camel Coat and OMG, it was love at first application. This colour is the perfect neutral muted beigy/fleshy tone that primes & mostly conceals discolourations on my eyelids. I’m praying that M.A.C (well Estee Lauder now) modify their policy regarding animal testings.

9.

Hourglass AMBIENT Lighting Edit – Volume 3🐰

Top 10 Products of 2017 | MAKEUP

Superb is the only word I can think of to describe this Holiday 2017 Hourglass face palette. I use it every time I put makeup on. My goal is to finish it by the end of 2018 since without any doubt, I will buy the 2018 Holiday Edition. Hourglass makes hands down my favourite face finishing powders, bronzers & blushes (in the powder forms that is).

Read my full review HERE.

10.

Kopari Coconut Lip Glossy in Pinkini, Mai Tai & Hibiskiss🐰

Top 10 Products of 2017 | MAKEUP

With our harsh Canadian winters, lipsticks are not the best alternative for my super dry lips. I’m left using only colored balms that are very hydrating (but I don’t really mind with my eternal gloss infatuation). These Kopari Coconut Lip Glossy were so highly rated that I took a leap of faith and purchased their Holiday Kit. These are so good I now understand where the hype comes from. it doesn’t hurt that they also smell like cake batter! One other thing worth mentioning: the colors are really pigmented for balms.

 

What about your top 10 products of 2017!

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Disclaimer: All the products were purchased by MYSELF, except the Bite Beauty Lip Liner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My Top 10 Sephora VIB Sale Recommendations | Makeup (2017)

My Top 10 Sephora VIB Sale Recommendations | Makeup (2017) - Curly Spring Blossom -

Important dates 

VIB ROUGE: November 10th – 15th; use code: 20FORROUGE to get 20% OFF
VIB: November 10th – 15th; Use code 20FORVIB to get 20% OFF
Beauty Insider: November 10th – 15th; Use code INSIDER15 to get 15% OFF

I thought I would write this year’s VIB Sale makeup recommendations differently. I chose to list my 10 ultimate favorite products. These are my Holy Grail items, the ones that I just cannot live without.  In my book, these are perfection and totally cruelty-free!

#1

Dr Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm

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If I could only buy one foundation for the rest of my life, it would be Dr Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm. I always have one or two in backup. What’s not to love: Long wearing, SPF 45 and never look cakey (even after a 10 hour at work)!!! You can read my in-dept review HERE!

#2

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, Brow Powder Duo & Brow Gel

 

 

There are no product on the market that look more natural and are easier to use than ABH Brow Wiz, Brow Powder Duo and her Brow Gel. I used to be a Deep Brow Pomade girl but not anymore. In the last years, I tried so many brow pencils, powders and gels, that I can 100% tell you that these are the BEST.

Note: I’ve had my ABH Brow Powder Duo for 3 years and it still looks brand new (Such a great value!)

#3

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Collection

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Hands down, the most natural powder blushes out there. They blend so nicely and the colors are so darn stunning. These blushes give that nice flush tint that makes us look fresh and glowy.

My Top 10 Sephora VIB Sale Recommendations | Makeup (2017) - Curly Spring Blossom -

Note: I would HIGHLY suggest (I just bought it!) the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit – Volume 3. Each pan is like a “Mini” version and after more than one year of wearing my favourite one in the full size version, it’s still more than half full. Worth every penny!

#4

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

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Fabulous FINISHING powders (These are not HIGHLIGHTERS)! To be honest, I bought this palette two years ago and I barely touched it. One day though, I looked at a tutorial and this girl was putting these finishing powders all over her face. I was sceptical but I still tried it and, I never looked back. OMG! It’s sooooooo beautiful all over.

Note: Using a fluffy brush is ideal as a dense one would be too obvious on my fair skin!

#5

Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Book The Art of Sculpting + Defining Volume II

My Top 10 Sephora VIB Sale Recommendations | Makeup (2017) - Curly Spring Blossom -

I was so happy when I saw that Kevyn Aucoin brought back this A++++ face palette. By far, the best value out of every palette out there. Read my full review for all the advantages of this beauty HERE.

Note: The packaging is a little boring but the products are to die for.

#6

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour 

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You must read the post I did about these wonderful Caviar Sticks HERE. This year, Mode To Modern Caviar Stick Eye Colour Collection should be in every makeup lover’s cart 😉. These stay put all day, they don’t transfer or crease. So versatile for stunning looks.

#7

Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist’s Palette

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I don’t own the Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist’s Palette, but I do own EVERY colors in other LM palettes or in the single form. Aside from Viseart, Laura Mercier’s shadows are among the very best on the market. They blend like a dream, fallouts are minimal, they last all day and these particular shades are so beautiful. If you have brown or green eyes, you need to check this one out.

I know it’s an older palette and it’s definitely not trendy but I assure you that this is such a gem. I have 5 LM eyeshadow palettes in my collection, that says something right?!!!

#8

Coola SPF 30 Daydream Mineral Primer

My Top 10 Sephora VIB Sale Recommendations | Makeup (2017) - Curly Spring Blossom -

Why on earth this Coola sunscreen/primer is not more hyped???? This is simply the best primer that I’ve tried. Primers are my worst “makeup” enemy as they don’t work on my skin type and believe me, I’ve tried more than 20 at least. This little wonder does it all: it primes and protects and furthermore, it sinks right through. I was so excited when Sephora Canada started carrying Coola because the only way I could get my hands on this last year was by pressuring BeardMan to get it for me when he was in a meeting in the States. My poor boyfriend!!!!

Note: Be aware that this product has a big CON: it contains shimmer particles that makes it IMPOSSIBLE to wear by itself. Under makeup it’s gorgeous but why would a company put simmer, WHY !!!???.

#9

Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 Protect and Perfect

Sephora VIB Sale WishList | 2017 Curly Spring Blossom

This moisturizer is sadly a little too dark for my skin tone but no worries, since I’m using it as a mixer. I’m telling you that this moisturizer/sunscreen/foundation turns the worst foundation in my collection into a superstar. Exaggerating? NOPE! On top of it, I never had breakouts to report. Girlfriends, this is GOOD!

#10

RMS Buriti Bronzer

My Top 10 Sephora VIB Sale Recommendations | Makeup (2017) - Curly Spring Blossom -

This is by far my best purchase of the year. I swear, I didn’t think a cream bronzer like this could ever exist. Thanks RMS! It melts right into my skin for a natural look. The color mimics a real tan to perfection. This 8th “wonder of the world” needs a proper review ASAP!

Do you have in your collection one of these products?

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Top 5 Favorite Cruelty-Free Beauty Products | October 2017

Top 5 Favorites Cruelty-Free Beauty Products | October 2017

Kariliss Moisturizing Shampoo &  Nourishing Conditioner

Top 5 Favorite Cruelty-Free Beauty Products | October 2017 Kariliss

Available: On their website, Walmart & lots of retailers | Price: 11.95$- 12.95$CND

Recently, I discovered Kariliss Moisturizing Shampoo and Nourishing Conditioner and instantly fell in love with this combination. When you have very dry and damaged hair, cruelty-free hair products that are paraben, mineral-oil, sulfates, silicone, propylene glycol & petrolatum free are very hard to find. This duo is a sure winner: its soothing properties tame my damaged, over-processed mop of hair and OMG, it smells soooooo AMAZING (like banana candy amazing)! The best affordable products on the market, period!

* Proudly made in Quebec *

Top 5 Favorites Cruelty-Free Beauty Products | October 2017

Maison Jacynthe Nail Polish in Taormina

Available: Online boutique &  other retailers in the province of Quebec | Price: 14$CND

Top 5 Favorite Cruelty-Free Beauty Products | October 2017 (Maison Jacynthe)

This is the BEST formula + shade I’ve ever owned and the colour is absolutely perfect for  fall/winter, just in time for your Christmas celebrations or office parties. I have been and will be wearing it non stop during our cold winter months (In Quebec, it’s nearly half the year ☺️). This nail polish is very long lasting and truly, it doesn’t chip. By far, it’s now #1 in my book and I’m hooked! If Maison Jacynthe ever stops making this product/color, I will probably move mountains to find someone who has it, and probably overpay big time to buy her stash!! Full review HERE.

Top 5 Favorites Cruelty-Free Beauty Products | October 2017

Bite Beauty Lush Fruit Lip Gloss in Strawberry

Available: Sephora website | Price: 17$CND (on the sale section)

Top 5 Favorite Cruelty-Free Beauty Products | October 2017 (Bite Beauty)

First, let’s address the description on the website: it states that Strawberry is a sheer carnation pink; after many applications, it’s not sheer, it’s pretty opaque to me, but at the end of the day, the result is truly gorgeous. This lip gloss smells divine, is not sticky (to me anyway) and above everything, Bite Beauty lip products are food grade ❤️. With all its natural ingredients (coconut, mango, strawberry, etc.), it’s a good way to nourish and heel your lips. This liquid lipstick-type of product is good enough to eat, but I’m still far away from using it on my ice-cream sundae; I prefer to save it for my beauty look! 🍓

Top 5 Favorites Cruelty-Free Beauty Products | October 2017

Sephora Collection PRO Mini Airbrush #55.5

Available: Sephora website | Price 10$CND (on the sale section or 25$CND regular price)

Top 5 Favorite Cruelty-Free Beauty Products | October 2017 (Sephora Collection)

I purchased this brush in the sale section on the Sephora website for a mere 10$CND (total deal) and I like it so much that I recently went ahead and bought another one. Sephora Pro’s brushes are of such great quality and this one has been the perfect companion to my next favourite in the list, the RMS Buriti Bronzer. Blending cream product is a breeze with this brush; it’s just the perfect shape and length, very easy to maneuver. And the best part, it’s indestructible: I’ve washed this beauty at least 30 times already and, it just doesn’t shed and the bristles are still as soft as the first time I used it.

Note: Sephora Pro brushes are cruelty-free but the makeup & most of their skincare products are not!

Top 5 Favorites Cruelty-Free Beauty Products | October 2017

RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer

Available: Sephora website | Price: 35$CND (online only)

Top 5 Favorite Cruelty-Free Beauty Products | October 2017 (RMS Beauty)

This is by far my favorite 2017 product. Trust me when I’m telling you that this is the BEST cream bronzer – wait, the BEST BRONZER ever made, period! I had a awww! moment when I tried it for the first time as it translates perfectly. It truly looks like my skin is naturally tanned as the formula melts into the skin and gives the perfect bronze goddess look, even for light skin girls. Seriously, people often ask me where I went on vacation since I look so natural. Try it and you’ll thank me later …

Note: I’ve been using this cream bronzer 5 times per week for the last 5 months and I still have a good 6 months worth of product, so don’t be afraid by the small size of the compact.

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