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What I’ve been up to…

Hi everyone! Just a quick blog update…I’ve been a very busy girl! I’m currently working on developing new content and getting my YouTube Channel up and running!

What kind of videos do you want to see the most on my channel? Makeup tutorials, product hauls, anti-hauls, first impressions or glimpses of my makeup collection? Please leave a comment below. Your feedback is important to me.

I’m so excited for you all to watch my videos! Stay tuned!  And again, thank you all for your continued support. I appreciate it greatly.

xoxo, Sarah

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My Top Spring 2018 Beauty Releases (Part Two)

I wasn’t planning on doing a second part to My Top Spring 2018 Beauty Releases, but there have been some amazing new product launches announced this week that I just had to share with you. Prepare to be excited…


Diamond & Blush Palette in Darya. Photos are from the Natasha Denona Instagram


Diamond & Blush Palette in Citrus 

1. Natasha Denona – Diamond & Blush Palette ($89) – Natasha Denona unveiled her two new Diamond & Blush Palettes this week. These are not your typical blush and highlight palettes. They are the same size as Denona’s Sculpt & Glow Palettes with an almost identical design layout. Darya is a pink, cool toned palette that delivers an intense glow. Citrus is warm toned with the coral and orange color palette that the name implies and a more subtle glow. While Darya will probably best suit fair to medium skin tones, Citrus is ideal for deeper complexions. However, Natasha has stated that both palettes would work on anyone.

The Diamond & Blush Palette includes the six innovative cream and powder products listed below. Although they can be worn alone, these products were designed to be paired with one another. Each glow product has a different texture.

  • Cream Blush – Cream blush can be tricky, but these are insanely pigmented and easy to apply using your fingers or a damp beauty sponge.
  • Powder Blush – This blush is designed to be layered on top of the cream blush.
  • Glow Cream – A versatile cream that can be used for a dewy glow or a base for all the powder shimmers.
  • Glow Extreme Powder – This product is a more intense, shiny version of Denona’s classic All Over Glow Face & Body Shimmer in Powder. The formula is packed with crushed pearls.
  • Duo Glow – I mentioned Denona’s Duo Glow Powders in my Best of Beauty 2017. Natasha is releasing two new shades that are exclusive to these palettes. Darya features a pink highlighter that shifts to a nude champagne highlight. Perhaps the most unique shade is Citrus Duo Glow which is a lemon yellow highlighter with a green shift.
  • Diamond Powder – Denona’s Diamond Powder is a new product that served as the inspiration behind these palettes. Natasha has said that she imagined an ethereal glow and cheeks that sparkled like diamonds. The formula contains crystals.

Both palettes will be available tomorrow online at Sephora, Beautylish and the Natasha Denona website. They hit stores on 1/26.

In conjunction with these palettes, Denona is releasing three new duo chrome Chroma Crystal Top Coats ($28.) These cream based eyeshadows are made of Chroma Crystals and crushed pearl. All of the products mentioned in this post are permanent!

I’m most excited for Darya but I plan to purchase both palettes. I’m also looking forward to trying out the Chroma Crystal Top Coats. If I had to pick a favorite shade, it would probably be Burnt Terracotta/Green because it’s unlike anything else in my collection.

Hopefully we will also see a new eyeshadow palette released as part of Natasha Denona’s Spring 2018 Collection!


Photo from the Trendmood1 Instagram


Photos from the Tarte Instagram

2. Tarte – Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Foundation ($39) Tarte Shape Tape Foundation is officially happening! Here’s the lowdown: The foundation will be available in both Matte and Hydrating formulas in 15 shades. The Shape Tape Foundations are now live on the Tarte website! They launch online on Ulta on 1/21 and in Ulta stores on 2/4. Tarte also released a Paddle To Perfection Foundation Brush ($28) and The Shaper Sponge ($18) as part of the Shape Tape Family. I plan to do in-depth reviews of both formulas so stay tuned!

Update 1/22:  The Ulta launch has been pushed back until an unknown date. After much public outcry, Tarte announced that they will release an additional 10 shades. (The initial launch only included three deep shades which is inexcusable in 2018.) Hopefully this will address the lack of diversity in the product line. 


Photos from The Balm Cosmetics



3. The Balm – Mary-Dew Manizer/Bonnie-Dew Manizer ($14.50) – The Balm’s Mary-Lou Manizer has long since been a staple in my highlighter collection. This champagne hued highlighter is now a cult classic because it’s flattering on so many different skin tones. The brand’s most recent offering, Bonnie-Lou Manizer, is a classic gold highlighter. I haven’t picked up this shade as it seems like it would be too dark on my fair skin.

The Balm will be launching the Mary-Dew Manizer and Bonnie-Dew Manizer on 1/17 on their website. These products are described as a liquid highlighter and all over illuminator. I’m really digging luminizers lately, so I will definitely be picking up the Mary-Dew Manizer. If you have a deeper skin tone then you may want to try the Bonnie-Dew Manizer.

Will you be purchasing any of these products?

xoxo, Sarah

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Sephora Favorites – Give Me Some New Lip Kit (Review & Swatches)


Photo from Sephora

The Sephora Favorites sampler sets are an excellent way to try new products at a reduced price. Give Me Some New Lip is spring’s newest edition to the Give Me Some Lip line. This limited edition, multibranded set features two full-size and three deluxe-size lip essentials.

The Give Me Some New Lip Kit includes:

  • 0.07 oz – Huda Beauty Lip Strobe in Snobby
  • 0.07 oz – Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon in Night Mauves (full-size)
  • 0.13 oz – Smashbox Always On Metallic Matte in XO, Vlada (full-size)
  • 0.21 oz – treStiQue Mini Lip Plumping Lip Balm in Barbados Berry
  • 0.035 oz – Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Candy Venom

PricingAll of the products in this kit are new releases. The set retails for $28 but has an $80 value. The Marc Jacobs Beauty Lip Crayon costs $26 individually, so you’re essentially getting the other four products for a mere two dollars!

The Products:


Photo from Huda Beauty

1. Huda Beauty – Lip Strobe in “Snobby” ($18) – This metallic lip gloss is described as a semi-sheer light pink base with pink and gold pearls. I’m very impressed by the quality and performance of Huda’s Lip Strobes. The formula is creamy, non-sticky and comfortable to wear. This gloss has an intense color payoff, so it can be worn on its own or as a lip topper. I’d definitely purchase the full-sized product and pick up a few other shades as well.


Photo from Neiman Marcus

2. Marc Jacobs Beauty – Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon in “Night Mauves” ($26) – Creamy, 16-hour longwear lip crayon that has the look, feel and wear of a liquid lipstick in range of bold, covetable shades.

This is the most luxurious feeling lip crayon to ever touch my lips. Its richly pigmented, hydrating formula glides on like butter. The finish is best described as demi-matte. Also, the shade Night Mauves (soft pinky mauve) is universally flattering. It should suit any skin tone. Big props to whoever at Sephora decided to include this in the full-size. I want this lip crayon in every shade!


Photo from Smashbox

3. Smashbox – Always On Liquid Lipstick in “XO, Vlada” ($24) – This metallic matte lipstick is described as rose gold with a gold pearl. I’m not a fan of the formula because it’s drying and exaggerates all of the lines on my lips. Also, I’d have picked a different shade if it was my choice. On a more positive note, the formula is very pigmented and dries down quickly. If you’re looking for a good metallic liquid lipstick then I’d suggest checking out Milani’s Amore Matte Metallic Lip Creme ($9.) This one is a pass for me. I much prefer Smashbox’s Be Legendary Lipsticks ($21.)

Update 1/22: I did some research and this formula has received stellar reviews across the board. I think that the metallic matte formula may differ slightly which would account for my unpleasant experience. I was able to make this lippie work only by exfoliating my lips and applying a lip balm before application.


Photo from treStiQue

4. treStiQue – Mini Lip Plumping Lip Balm in “Barbados Berry” ($12) – This is a nice balm with a slight red tint. However, it’s nothing groundbreaking or even particularly interesting. When I think of all of the new, innovative lip products hitting the market, I’m left asking myself why the hell did Sephora include this? My Wet N Wild Perfect Pout Gel Lip Balm in Play ($2.99) is pretty much an exact dupe. Yawn.


Photo from Pop Sugar

5. Fenty Beauty by Rihanna – Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in “Candy Venom” ($18) – Last but not least is perhaps the most highly anticipated new release in this set, Fenty’s Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick. First of all, let it be known that I am not bashing this brand or Rihanna. I just haven’t found a Fenty product that has really wowed me yet. I reviewed The Galaxy Palette and thought it was a flop. Therefore, I didn’t have very high hopes for this lipstick which is a cool fuchsia shade. I would consider the performance of this lipstick to be average. Pigmentation and packaging were on point. However, I feel like the formula was a little drying to my lips. I’ve heard that the new Sephora Collection #Lipstories Lipsticks ($8) are dupes for the Mattemoiselle Lipsticks. However, I still need to test the Sephora lippies. Did I love the Fenty Lipstick? No. Did I hate it? No. I guess I’m pretty ambivalent. I wouldn’t purchase the full-size though.

See swatches below:


(From left to right: Fenty – Candy Venom, treStiQue – Barbados Berry, Smashbox – XO, Vlada, Huda Beauty – Snobby and Marc Jacobs Beauty – Night Mauves)

Final Thoughts: I do think the Give Me Some New Lip Kit is worth it for the full-sized Marc Jacobs Beauty Lip Crayon and Huda Beauty Lip Strobe. Sadly, the Smashbox, treStiQue and Fenty Beauty lippies just didn’t do it for me. If you’re on the fence about any of these new releases, then I’d recommend trying this kit first. At the very least, you’ll end up with a full-sized Marc Jacobs Lip Crayon that should look amazing on anyone.

What are your favorite lip products?

xoxo, Sarah

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My Top Spring 2018 Beauty Releases (Part One)

Now that the holiday season is over, it’s time to get ready for Spring 2018 beauty releases! Today we’re talking about some exciting new beauty launches. FYI: I have not tested or purchased any of these product yet. In no particular order, I’ve listed below the releases that I’m most anxiously anticipating.


Photo from Trendmood1

1. Pat McGrath Labs Mothership IV: Decadence ($125) – A new Mothership is landing and this may be the best one yet! The limited edition Decadence Eyeshadow Palette will launch on the Pat McGrath Labs website on 1/18/18. McGrath will also be releasing 11 new “unlimited edition” MatteTrance Lipsticks with the Decadence Collection. (I highly recommend signing up for email updates on her website so that you don’t miss out.) This mind blowingly gorgeous palette is a true work of art. There isn’t one shade that I wouldn’t gladly bathe my entire body in. I included the Mothership II Palette in my Best of Beauty 2017. All hail the Queen!

Update: The Decadence Collection will also be available online and at select Sephora locations on 1/19. The Sephora representative that I spoke with on Instagram told me that the  collection is NOT limited edition. However, another Sephora employee told me it was limited edition. If you want to guarantee getting your hands on this palette then I’d advise purchasing it directly from Pat McGrath’s Website.


Photo from Urban Decay Cosmetics

2. Urban Decay x Kristen Leanne ($19-$39)  Kristen Leanne is a cruelty-free beauty influencer known for bright colors, glitter, beautiful tattoos and her full-of-life personality. Her videos range from everyday wearable looks to over-the-top glam tutorials, utilizing her artistry and creativity every step of the way.

Beauty Vlogger Kristen Leanne has teamed up with Urban Decay to create an amazing, limited edition collaboration that I couldn’t be more psyched about. Honestly, I haven’t been this excited about an Urban Decay release since the UD x Gwen Stefani Collection dropped in 2015. The UD x Kristen Leanne Collection. includes:

  • Kaleidoscope Dream Eyeshadow Palette ($39)
  • Daydream Eyeshadow Palette ($26)
  • Beauty Beam Highlight Palette ($34)
  • UD x Kristen Leanne Vice Lipstick (3 shades – Bun Bun, Cloud 9 and Spellbound – $17 each)
  • UD x Kristen Leanne Vice Liquid Lipstick Duo ($29 – Ulta Exclusive)
  • UD x Kristen Leanne Vice Liquid Lipstick – Pulse ($18 – UD Exclusive)
  • UD x Kristen Leanne Eyeshadow – S.G.H. ($19 – UD Exclusive)

In my opinion, the most interesting item in the collection is the Kaleidoscope Dream Eyeshadow Palette which features bold pops of colors and metallics that reflect Kristen’s unique style aesthetic. This is a must-have for me. The brand also released a second eyeshadow palette consisting of six neutral, matte shades. Kristen designed the two palettes to work together. The Daydream Eyeshadow Palette provides the transition, crease and highlight shades needed to complete a look. I recently acquired Viseart’s Grande Pro Palette 1, so I have no shortage of neutral mattes in my collection. Therefore, I will probably pass on the Daydream Palette. It’s really pretty though!

However, I will definitely be picking up the Beauty Beam Highlight Palette. It includes three golden shades ranging from light to dark to compliment any skin tone. They can be worn individually or combined to create your own custom glow. The UD x Kristen Leanne Vice Lipsticks are also on my shopping list, particularly Bun Bun (a nude comfort matte) and Cloud 9 (a magenta comfort matte.) Lastly, I’ve been eyeing the UD x Kristen Leanne Eyeshadow in S.G.H. (mustard yellow matte with floating pearl) because it’s such a unique shade.

The entire collection is now live on the Urban Decay website. It will also be available at Ulta (1/21/18), Sephora and Macy’s (launch dates unknown.) Congrats, Kristen Leanne!


3. MAC Cosmetics – Lunar New Year ($17.50-$32) – MAC Cosmetics continues to crush the competition with their killer packaging. Am I a total sucker for great packaging? Yes. Do I recommend buying makeup based on packaging alone? No. However, MAC consistently delivers products of stellar quality and it’s pink! The highly anticipated, limited edition Lunar New Year Collection hits stores and online on 1/18/18. The collection is inspired by peaches which supposedly symbolize wealth, immortality, abundance and a long, happy life. It includes:

  • Luck and Fortune/Eyeshadow x 9 ($32)
  • Lipstick x 5 – To Luck, Good Health, Peachy New Year, Prosperity, Pure Happiness ($17.50 each)
  • Powder Blush Duo – Love Token/Long Life & Happiness ($29)

As far as I can tell, these are all new shades. (Someone please correct me if I’m wrong.) The blush compact is at the top of my wishlist, followed by the lipsticks. MAC’s premade eyeshadow palettes can be pretty hit or miss, so I’m a little iffy about that one. I reserve my final judgment until I swatch it. Mark your calendars, because this collection is going to go fast! I’ve heard that some stores are taking preorders, but I’d call first to confirm.


Photo from Kat Von D Beauty

4. Kat Von D Beauty – Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick ($19) – Introducing the new and reborn Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick, the creamiest, most cushiony and unbelievably pigmented lipstick to ever cross your lips. Discover your new go-to color from Kat’s biggest, boldest shade range. The collection includes 40 shades in 3 finishes (satin-matte, glimmer and metallic) featuring rich reds, bold berries, neutrals for every complexion and beloved Everlasting Liquid Lipstick shades, now in Studded Kiss.

I’m a big fan of Kat Von D Beauty’s Studded Kiss Lipsticks, so I can’t wait to try her new formula featuring an astounding 40 shades! This permanent collection goes live on the Kat Von D Beauty website on 1/12/18 and Sephora online on 1/19/18. It hits Sephora stores on 1/26/18 and will be available internationally in February 2008.

If you’re interested in seeing lip swatches of the new and improved formula, I suggest checking out JKissaMakeup’s YouTube Video. She was awesome enough to swatch all 40 shades. I’m especially excited to try Ophelia, Ludwig, Bow N Arrow, OG Lolita, Outlaw, Ozzy and L.U.V.


Photo from Allure

5. Stila Cosmetics – Glitter and Glow Highlighters ($30 each) – If you’re as obsessed with Stila’s Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadows as I am, then I have great news for you! Not only is the brand releasing several new shades and a glitter-free version with a glossy effect, but highlighters are also coming this spring!! Think the same fabulous formula that we know and love but face friendly! Stila will release five holographic shades :

  • Painted Hey Lady (rose gold hue with golden flecks)
  • Admiral (mint green with a blue and purple shift)
  • Monarch (iridescent pink with green, pink and silver shimmer)
  • Queen (lilac with pink and purple glitter)
  • Kitten (champagne with gold and silver glitter)

The exact release date is unknown, but of course I will keep you posted. I want them all!

So, it looks likes spring is shaping up to be a thrilling time for us makeup junkies! Which releases are you the most excited about? Please leave a comment below. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

xoxo, Sarah

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My Top Ten Coloured Raine Eyeshadow Singles


Happy 2018! In Part Two of my Best of Beauty 2017, I named Coloured Raine’s pan shadows as my favorite of the year. Today I will be sharing my top ten must-have shades from the brand. But first, some background information..

Coloured Raine is a Black owned brand that was founded by Loraine in 2013. According to her biography, Loraine wanted to create a cosmetics line that encouraged self-expression and diversity. I strongly believe that it’s of the utmost importance to support other women in the beauty industry. One thing that I really appreciate about Coloured Raine is how universally flattering their products are on practically every skin tone. Coloured Raine is a cruelty free company.

Coloured Raine first focused on lip products before releasing the hugely successful Queen of Hearts Eyeshadow Palette in 2016. I bought it on the first launch and instantly fell in love with the brand. Although initially advertised as limited edition, the palette was made permanent last year. (It’s currently sold out on the Coloured Raine website, but I assume that it will be restocked at some point. I’ll keep you posted.) Coloured Raine also released four limited edition mini palettes last year. The brand recently dropped their second full-sized palette, Cheers To The Beauty ($56), last month. FYI: I won’t be mentioning shades from any of their palettes in this post.

I own 25 of the 44 single pan shadows in Coloured Raine’s permanent line. (Note: Some of these are duplicate shades from the Queen of Hearts Palette.) Each individual pan retails for $6.99 for 0.06 oz of product. The brand has sales a few  times each year which is when I stock up. I’m not a Coloured Raine Affiliate, but you can do a Google search for affiliate codes to save money. In no particular order, here are my top ten essential eyeshadow shades from Coloured Raine…

Colorful range of pressed eye shadows featuring highly pigmented, long-lasting and blendable colors that glide on like butter with various finishes.


All photos are from Coloured Raine unless otherwise stated. Swatches are my own.

1. St. Germain Cocktail – St. Germain Cocktail is a medium, metallic gold with yellow undertones. As far as gold eyeshadows go, this particular shade is very wearable and understated. It suits fair skin tones especially well.


Photo from Temptalia

2. Superstar – If you’re looking for more of a bold, statement making gold then Superstar should be right up your alley. This shade is a deep, warm gold with strong yellow undertones and a metallic finish. Superstar is nearly identical to Makeup Geek’s Fortune Teller, so if you own one then you can probably pass on the other. It’s worth noting that Coloured Raine’s eyeshadows are $3 less expensive than Makeup Geek’s Foiled Eyeshadows.


3. Who, Me? – This warm, coppery brown with a metallic finish makes the perfect lid shade.


4. Pumpkin Pie – Orange lovers rejoice! Pumpkin Pie is a bright, warm medium orange with a golden sheen and frosted finish. The boldness of this shade may be off-putting to some, but it’s versatile enough to be packed on the lid or used to warm up the crease.


5. Side of Olives – I’m a sucker for a good green eyeshadow. Side of Olive is a warm, olive green with a frosted finish. This will be a really flattering shade on brown eyed beauties.


6. Downtown Downtown is a warm, metallic copper that delivers insane color payoff in a single swipe. I do have a couple of extremely close dupes in my collection such as Henna ($12) by Anastasia Beverly Hills and Makeup Geek’s Flamethrower ($10.) However, I prefer Downtown because it’s the most creamy, pigmented and cost effective of the three.


7. Vintage Vintage is a warm, coppery brown with a frosted sheen. Although the cosmetics market has been inundated with warm toned eyeshadows lately, this shade really nails it in terms of pigmentation, ease of use and longevity.


Photo from Temptalia

8. Passion  Passion is a deep, medium red with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It’s an almost exact dupe for Makeup Geek’s Curtain Call, but Passion is slightly more red. Again, you probably don’t need both shadows.


9. Malibu – If I had to pick a favorite shade in the collection, it would probably be Malibu which is a bright, cool toned teal blue with a metallic finish. The pigmentation is unreal!!


10. Blue Magic – Last but certainly not least is Blue Magic, a bright, medium blue with cool undertones and a frosted finish. I’d definitely rock this stunning shade for a night out on the town.

See swatches below. As per usual, I did not use a primer:


(From left to right: Blue Magic, Malibu, Passion, Vintage, Downtown, Side of Olives, Pumpkin Pie, Who, Me?, Superstar and St. Germain Cocktail)


(Comparison swatches – from left to right; Makeup Geek – Curtain Call, Colored Raine – Passion, Anastasia Beverly Hills – Henna, Makeup Geek – Flamethrower, Coloured Raine – Downtown, Makeup Geek – Fortune Teller and Coloured Raine – Superstar)

Final Thoughts: If you’re new to Coloured Raine, I’d suggest first purchasing the Queen of Hearts Eyeshadow Palette. Stay tuned for my  Beauty To The People Palette review coming soon!

What are your favorite Coloured Raine products?

xoxo, Sarah

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Best of Beauty 2017 – Part Three (Lips)

Makeup Artist Charlotte Tilbury said: “Lipstick is happiness in a tube!” Well I couldn’t agree more! Today, I will be sharing my favorite lip products of 2017. Read on for my top picks…

(Note: I’ll be mentioning some limited edition items that may no longer be available. However, I decided not to exclude them since this is a yearly favorites post.)




Photo from Charlotte Tilbury

  • Charlotte Tilbury – Matte Revolution – “Pillow Talk” ($34) – Tilbury’s iconic shade is described as a dreamy pink nude. This universally flattering shade enhances the color of your lips for naturally wider, fuller lips.


Photo from Temptalia

  • Tarte – Color Splash Hydrating Lipsticks ($21) Tarte launched these moisture-rich, full coverage lipsticks as part of their Rainforest of the Sea Collection. The formula is ultra creamy and pigmented. I especially love their unique packaging which looks luxe and expensive. My favorite shades include Beach Babe (pink nude), Sunkissed (pink peach), Salt Lyfe (mauve gray), Cruisin’ (cool mauve) and Miami Vice (red.) I would recommend pairing these lipsticks with a lip liner for a more precise application.


Photo from Sephora

  • Marc Jacobs Beauty – Le Marc Lip Crème Lipstick Collector’s Edition – “Purr-fect” ($30) – Marc Jacobs Beauty’s lipsticks are always on point and this “purr-fect” peachy nude is no exception. The limited edition leopard packaging really sold me on this exclusive shade.


Photo from Amazon

  •  L’Oréal – Colour Riche Matte Lip Color ($8.99) – This 2017 release from L’Oréal looks and wears like a high end lipstick. These hydrating lippies deliver rich color payoff and a demi-matte finish. The line mainly consists of nudes with some reds and bright, bold colors thrown in. I really enjoy the shade 711 At the Drop of a Matte which is a unique, cool lilac that’s unlike anything else in my collection. L’Oréal also released corresponding matte lip liners that can be mixed and matched with the lipsticks. My full review of the product line is posted here.


Photo from MAC Cosmetics

  • MAC Cosmetics – Holiday Snow Ball Lipstick – “Rouge en Snow” ($17.50) – This limited edition lipstick from MAC’s Holiday Snow Ball Collection is such a beautiful, bright cherry red. As I previously mentioned in Part Two of my 2017 Favorites, the metallic champagne casing of this collection stole the show as far as holiday packaging is concerned. Honorable mentions in the MAC Holiday 2017 lipstick category include Shimmer & Spice (warm copper sparkle) and Elle Belle (cool berry.)

Liquid Lipstick:


Photo from Beautylish. Shade pictured is I’m Shook.

  • Jeffree Star – Velour Liquid Lipstick ($18) – I’ve been a big fan of Jeffree Star Cosmetics’ Velour Liquid Lipsticks since they were first released three years ago. Not only is his innovative formula one of the best on the market, but JSC continues to release inspired, interesting shades. Some of my favorites from the brand this year were I’m Shook (burnt red coral), Calabasas (burnt cranberry sienna), Berries On Ice (deep cool magenta) and Christmas Cookie (pink beige.) I’m looking forward to seeing what Jeffree comes up with in 2018!


Photo from Allure

  • Wet N Wild Beauty – Liquid Catsuit Lipstick ($4.99) – These are easily the best liquid lipsticks at the drugstore and they’ll set you back less than five bucks a pop. I wasn’t a fan of Wet N Wild’s original liquid lip formula which was sticky and didn’t dry down completely. However, WnW really got it right the second time around with the Liquid Catsuit Lipsticks. The lightweight formula glides on glossy and transforms into a non-drying, high pigmented matte finish. (The metallic shades have been a bit more hit or miss.) The line has even expanded to include some nontraditional, bold shades à la Jeffree Star. Some of my favorite shades include Pink Really Hard, Coral Corruption, Missy Fierce and Berry Recognize.


Photos from Naimie’s

  • Dose of Colors – Matte Liquid Lipstick ($18) – I discovered Dose of Colors in a big way in 2017. First of all, they released some outstanding limited edition collections such as Desi x Katy, Mint For You and Holiday 2017. Secondly, I feel in love with their Liquid Matte Lipstick. The formula applies as a creamy liquid but dries down to a velvety high-fashion matte finish which envelops lips in rich, long wearing color.  My favorite permanent shades are Stone (dusty pink mauve), Truffle (light brown with pink undertone), Campfire (burnt sienna), Los Anjealous (muted ruby red) Kiss of Fire (bright fiery red) and Pinky Promise (bright hot pink.)


Photo from the brand

  • L’Oréal – Paint/Lips Infallible Metallic ($9.99) – The metallic trend of 2017 appears to be here to stay in 2018. L’Oréal‘s Paint/Lips Infallible Metallics perform on par with high end brands such as Smashbox. These lippies provide high impact color and full coverage with a glossy, metallic finish. My personal favorite shades are Moon Lust, Galactic Foil and Chrome Cherries. You can read my full review of the line here.

Lip Gloss:

I predict that 2018 will be the year of lip gloss.


Photo from Victoria Beckham

  • Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder – “Desert Heat” ($36) – This hydrating, brown nude lip gloss was one of the most coveted pieces from the second round of the limited edition Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Collection. I love that it has the versatility to be worn on its own, layered over a nude liner such as the Victoria Lip Liner or on top of a nude lipstick. Also, it’s comfortable to wear.


Photo from Butter London

  • Butter London – Sheer Wisdom Lush Lip Oil ($22) – This is actually a super nourishing lip oil, but for the purposes of this post I’m categorizing it as a gloss. My shade is Ballet Pink.


Photo from Sephora

  • Sephora Collection – Outrageous Effect Volume Lip Gloss ($12) – I discovered these glosses this year around the time of the Winter Sephora VIB Sale. After hearing many rave reviews, I stocked up on the shades 1 – Universal Volume, 2 – XXL Volume and 6 – Exponential Pink. They have a plumping effect similar to the Dior Addict Lip Maximizer Plumping Gloss ($34.) I own both products. Obviously, the Dior Gloss is more luxe, but if you’re just looking for a nice gloss to throw in your purse for on the go then the Sephora version works just as well. Save your money and go for the dupe. My favorite shade is  2-XXL Volume. Bonus points because the formula isn’t sticky.


Photo from Temptalia

  • Dose of Colors – Desi x Katy – “Over the Top” Lip Gloss ($15) – This sparkly gold lip gloss looks absolutely stunning on any skin tone. It makes a fantastic lip topper.


Photo by Marc Jacobs Beauty

  • Marc Jacobs Beauty –  Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer Lipgloss ($28) – These creamy, pigmented glosses from Marc Jacobs Beauty were one of my favorite beauty discoveries of 2017. The formula is full coverage with a flattering high shine finish. Some of my essential shades include Sugar, Sugar, Skin Deep and Ch-Ch-Changes.

Lip Liner:


Photo from Wet N Wild

  • Wet N Wild Beauty – Perfect Pout Gel Lip Liner ($2.99) – Wet N Wild really wasn’t messing around when it came to new releases in 2017. These self-sharpening lip liners are terrific because they’re available in universal nudes, pinks and reds that can paired with a multitude of lipstick shades. The gel formula glides smoothly on to lips without skipping. And did I mention they’re only $2.99 each? I suggest stocking up on all six colors.


Photo from Ulta

  • Buxom – Plumpline Lip Liner ($17)Buxom’s creamy and pigmented lip liners plump the lips with a unique peptide and Hyaluronic Acid booster that helps to stimulate collagen, build volume, and plump to perfection – without irritation. They have a matte finish. The size of these lip pencils is more comparable to a lip crayon than a traditional lip liner. Additionally, these liners have a handy built-in brush to define, contour and fill the lips. My top picks are: Ransom (pink nude), White Russian (pale pink nude) and Dolly Danger (mauve.) I like to layer one of Buxom’s Full-On Lip Glosses or Full-on Lip Creams on top for a high shine finish.

So, this completes my Best of Beauty for 2017. What were your favorite products of the year? What kind of products would like you like to see released in 2018? Please leave a comment below.

xoxo, Sarah

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Best of Beauty 2017 – Part Two (Eyes)

Welcome to Part Two of my Best of Beauty 2017!

Part One focused on face makeup. In Part Two, I will be covering my favorite eye products of 2017. Finally, I’ll discuss lip products in Part Three. As stated in my previous post, I will be touching upon 2017 releases, newly discovered products and my holy grail essentials. Now, without further ado…




Photo from Lancôme

  • Lancôme – Monsieur Big Mascara ($25) Monsieur Big’s brush has a unique shape with soft, wavy fibers to deliver the perfect amount of formula with the very first stroke. His ultra-creamy formula has supple waxes and polymers to adhere immediately to lashes for BIG, buildable volume and length. This aptly named new mascara from Lancôme claims to have their blackest formula ever and deliver as much as 12x more volume than bare lashes alone with up to 24 hours of wear. When it comes to lashes, I’m all about dramatic volume and length but I don’t apply falsies on a daily basis. (I’ve had eyelash extensions in the past and half of my natural lashes were pulled out as a result. I do not recommend it.) As advertised, this mascara does have a big brush but it’s not large enough to be unwieldy. Upon application, I noticed significant volume without clumping or flaking. (I hated the spider lash trend.) I use the shade Big Is The New Black. Overall, I really like this mascara, especially paired with Lancôme‘s fantastic lash primer, Cils Booster XL ($25.)


Photo from Ulta

  •  L’Oréal‘s Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara ($9.99) Take your lashes to paradise with voluptuous volume & intense length. Soft wavy bristles hold the maximum amount of formula. 200+ bristles catch every lash for a dramatic volumizing effect…No flaking. No smudging. No clumping. This drugstore gem from L’Oréal is hands down my favorite mascara of 2017. The Voluminous Lash Paradise is pretty much an exact dupe for the bestselling Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara ($23.) Save your money and buy the drugstore dupe. I own the shades 200 Blackest Black, 205 Black and 202 Black Brown. I haven’t tried the waterproof formula yet.



Photos from NET-A-PORTER

Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder – Eye Kajal – Black Saffron/ Vanille ($30) Effortless to use and carry with you, this double-ended, exceptionally soft and creamy eyeliner offers a potent black pencil and an eye-opening ivory for a smudgy, “imperfect” look. For day, line the waterline with ‘Vanille’, adding ‘Black Saffron’ for evening. This eye kajal from the limited edition Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Collection is probably the best pencil liner that I’ve ever used. I was blown away by its intense pigmentation and smooth application. This pencil is also available in the shade Java/Vanille. Both pencils can be purchased on NET-A-PORTER while supplies last.


Photo from Smashbox

  • Smashbox – Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner ($21) – If you can’t get your hands on the Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Eye Kajal, this eyeliner from Smashbox is an excellent alternative. This self-sharpening liner is available in eight shades ranging from Nude to Green. My personal favorite is Black.


Photo from Target

  • L’Oréal – Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner ($9.49) Glides like silk. Soft like silk. Up to 16 Hour wear. This smudge-proof eyeliner is one of the drugstore’s best offerings. It’s available in ten shades including fun pops of color such as Cobalt Blue (pictured above) and Teal.


Photo from Sephora

  • Kat Von D – Tattoo Liner ($20) – This liquid eyeliner has an innovative felt-tip brush for effortless, precise application. Its formula is highly pigment, waterproof and long lasting. My must-have shade is Trooper (satin black.)



Photo from Cult Beauty

  • Benefit Cosmetics – ka-BROW! Cream-Gel Eyebrow Color with Brush ($24) – ka-BROW! features an all in one cream-gel formula with a built-in brush that glides on smoothly to easily shape, fill and define brows. The 24-hour smudge-proof, waterproof color builds beautifully to create brow looks ranging from soft and natural to bold and dramatic. My favorite brow pomade of 2017 was Benefit’s ka-BROW! I wear shade 03 Medium (light to medium brown, redheads – neutral-warm.) I love how easy this brow color is to apply. Also, the built-in brush comes in handy.


Photo from Sephora

  • Anastasia of Beverly Hills – Brow Wiz ($21) Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Brow Wiz has long since been an staple in my makeup collection. This ultra-slim retractable pencil is ideal for precise detailing and creating hair-like strokes. I’ve tried many “dupe” products for the Brow Wiz but none have quite measured up to the OG. My shade is Soft Brown. I also really like the brand’s Brow Definer ($23) which has a triangular tip that can be used three different ways to outline and fill brows. I’d recommend the Brow Wiz for more detailed work and the Brow Definer to easily fill in brows.

Eyeshadow Primer/Base:


Photo from Ulta

  • Smashbox – 24 Hour Photo Finish Eyeshadow Primer ($21) A studio-tested, life-proven shadow primer that locks on more vibrant color for a full 24 hours! This eyeshadow primer is yet another outstanding Smashbox product that I discovered this year. I don’t wear eyeshadow for 24 hours straight, so I can’t confirm or deny that particular claim. However, I can affirm that this product doesn’t crease or smudge. I recommend setting primer with a loose powder or a skin toned shade of eyeshadow to extend wear time.


Photo from Ulta

  • MAC Cosmetics – Pro Longwear Paint Pot ($22) MAC Cosmetics’ Paint Pots are described as: a highly pigmented, long-wearing eye shadow that goes on creamy and dries to an intense, vibrant finish. The innovative second skin-like formula blends smoothly over lids and creates seamless, buildable coverage without looking heavy or cakey. I wear the shade Soft Ochre which is the best match for my skin tone. This base makes any eyeshadow adhere to my lids without creasing or fading.


Photo from Ulta

  • NYX – Jumbo Eye Pencil ($4.49) NYX’s creamy eye pencil in the shade 604 Milk really makes eyeshadow pop when applied as a base all over the lid. It works especially well with brightly colored shadows.


Photo from Ulta

  • Too Faced – Glitter Glue Glitter Shadow Primer ($20) – When wearing glitter on the eyes, you need a glitter glue to make the product stick and avoid dreaded fall out. In my experience, Too Faced makes the best glitter glue on the market.

Liquid/Cream Eyeshadow:



Photo from Temptalia

  • Stila – Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow ($24) – I am completely obsessed with these liquid glitter eyeshadows. These shadows were initially launched in 2016, but Stila continues to expand the product line with new shades and finishes. (And yes, I will buy every single one!) Containing the perfect blend of glitter and pearl, they can be worn alone or layered over powder shadow to add some extra oomph to any look. They have a doe foot wand for easy application and dry down quickly. A few of my favorite shades are Gold Goddess, Diamond Dust, Rose Gold Retro, Bronzed Bell and Sunset Cove.


Photo from ColourPop. Pictured above is the Dusk Till Dawn Kit.

  • ColourPop – Super Shock Shadow ($5) – ColourPop’s innovative Super Shock Shadow formula continued to reign supreme in 2017. The brand releases new shades on an almost weekly basis. I often pop one of these shadows on to my lid for minimal makeup days. Right now I’m really digging the limited edition, Dusk Till Dawn Super Shock Eyeshadow Kit, released as part of ColourPop’s Holiday 2017 Collection. New Magic (sheer opalescent pearl with teal reflects) makes a stunning lid topper. Please release it as a single, ColourPop!

Single Powder Shadow:


Photo from MAC Cosmetics

  • MAC Cosmetics – Snow Ball Holiday 2017 Collection – Extra Dimension Eye Shadow ($18 each) – MAC Cosmetics launched their best holiday collection in years with 2017’s Snow Ball Collection. The high points of this collection were the Extra Dimension Eye Shadows and Holiday Snow Ball Lipsticks which sold out almost immediately. I managed to get my hands on all five shadows and they are some of the most beautiful shades in my entire collection. These shadows feature a snowflake-embossed design and cool crushed champagne metallic packaging. My favorite shade is Stylishly Merry (bottom left) which is a gold with a pink shifting sparkle.


Photo by Glitz & Glam Beauty

  • Coloured Raine – Single Pan Eyeshadows ($6.99 each) – From mattes to metallics to duo chromes, Coloured Raine takes the prize for my favorite single pan shadows of 2017. These shadows are ultra pigmented, creamy and blend beautifully. I have compiled a list of my top 10 favorite shades that I will posting next week. I will also be reviewing the newly released Cheers to the Beauty Eyeshadow Palette so stay tuned.

Eyeshadow Palettes:

If you follow this blog, then you’ve probably noticed that I’m a total eyeshadow palette junkie. Below, I have listed a few of my favorites released in 2017…


Photo from Sephora

  • Natasha Denona – The Sunset Eyeshadow Palette ($129) – This insanely gorgeous palette from Natasha Denona really blew my mind in 2017. The Sunset Palette is a warm toned shadow lover’s wet dream. You can read more of my thoughts on the palette here.


Photo from Sephora

  • Natasha Denona – Lila Eyeshadow Palette ($129) – Natasha Denona’s Lila Palette is like The Sunset’s companion palette. I really don’t think I could choose one palette over the other. From the packaging to the violet, plum and fuchsia dominated shade range, the Lila is true perfection. My full review of the Lila Palette is posted here.


Photo from Too Faced

  • Too Faced – Just Peachy Mattes ($45) –  I didn’t plan to buy this palette when it was first announced because it seemed redundant after the release of the Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette. Boy, am I glad that I changed my mind because I love this palette! These mattes are highly pigmented, velvety and blendable. In my opinion, this palette blows the Sweet Peach out of the water.


Photo from Ulta

  • Too Faced – Chocolate Gold Eyeshadow Palette ($49) – This is a new favorite but I just had to include it. I’m not exaggerating when I say that this may be the best palette that Too Faced has ever released. The metallic shades are super pigmented and cab be intensified by wetting your brush. The palette also includes matte shades for transition, crease and highlight so you can create a complete look without having to pull from other palettes. Too Faced absolutely killed it with this one.


Photo from Pat McGrath Labs

  • Pat McGrath – Mothership II: Sublime ($125) – Although I love all three of Pat McGrath’s groundbreaking Mothership Palettes, my favorite is the Mothership II. It strikes the perfect balance between neutrals and vibrant, metallic pops of color. (Blitz Emerald totally sold me on this palette.) Additionally, all three palettes feature the ultra pigmented Xtreme Black which was designed to act as a transformative base for the metallic shades. Honorable Mention: Mothership III: Subversive. 

So, this completes Part Two of my Best of Beauty 2017. Part Three (Lips) is forthcoming.

What are your favorite eye products of 2017?

xoxo, Sarah

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Best of Beauty 2017 – Part One (Face)

Hello lovelies! I hope that the holiday season has been treating you well. 2018 is quickly approaching which means that it’s time to share my favorite beauty products of 2017!

My list includes both high end products and drugstore alternatives whenever possible. (The drugstore really killed it in 2017.) For reference, I’m considering anything $20 USD or under as drugstore.

Most of the products I’ll be discussing were released in 2017, but I will also be mentioning a few other products that I’ve discovered this year and/or just can’t live without. I will be breaking my list down into three separate posts: Face, Eyes and Lips. I have arranged each product by category. So, let’s get right to it…




Photo from Dior

  • Dior – Diorskin Forever Perfect Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 35 ($50) – Three words: holy grail status. Dior describes this amazing product as: an ultimate skin-perfecting 16-hour foundation that delivers medium coverage and leaves a luminous matte finish. I usually prefer more dewy foundations, but Diorskin Forever is comfortable to wear and minimizes any pores and imperfections without looking cakey. My shade is 010 Ivory – Very light: neutral undertone. This product was actually released in 2016, but I just started wearing it this year and it has been my go-to high end foundation ever since.




Photo from Tarte

  • Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer ($27) – This product may not be a new release, but it’s my ride or die concealer. I use the shade Fair Neutral every day to brighten the under eye area and conceal dark circles. The formula is super pigmented, creamy and creaseproof. If you haven’t experienced the magic of this concealer yet then do yourself a favor and head to the nearest Ulta stat!


Photos from NARS. From left to right: NARS’ Soft Matte Complete Concealer and Radiant Creamy Concealer

  • NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer ($30) – NARS’ Radiant Creamy Concealer in the shade Chantilly has long since been a must-have product for me. Therefore, when I discovered that the brand was releasing a new concealer, I was all about it. The Soft Matte Complete Concealer has a slightly thicker, creamier consistency than the Radiant Creamy Concealer which makes it ideal for disguising blemishes and other imperfections. I wear Chantilly in this concealer as well. I also recommend picking up the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ($30) if you haven’t already. You can use it to conceal, highlight or even contour.


Photo from Ulta

  • Catrice – Liquid Camoflauge High Coverage Concealer ($5.99) – Catrice Cosmetics is a great, inexpensive brand that I discovered this year. I have been able to find their products at Ulta and Harmon Face Values in New York City. I actually had this concealer in my collection for a couple of month before I started using it after hearing Tati’s rave reviews. (As far as YouTube Beauty Vloggers go, I trust Tati’s opinions and usually agree with them.) This lightweight, long-lasting (and waterproof!) formula is highly pigmented and provides exceptional coverage of redness, imperfections and dark circles. Plus, it doesn’t crease or dry out the skin. I use Light Natural 005.


Photo from ColourPop

  •  ColourPop – No Filter Concealer ($6) – Although ColourPop products are not available at the drugstore, they fall within my set parameters for drug store pricing. These creamy, lightweight concealers are formulated with soft blurring pigments and dry down to a matte, full coverage finish. I purchased the shades Fair 5 and Fair Neutral 10. The latter shade seems to be the best match for my skin tone. I mainly use this product to conceal under eye circles. However, these concealers do have a tendency to oxidize, so keep that in mind when selecting a shade.

Face Primer:


Photo from Sephora

  • Touch In Sol – No Poreblem Primer ($17) – Admittedly, I was initially attracted to the adorable packaging of this primer by popular K-Beauty Brand, Touch In Sol. However, I was really blown away by its performance. This lightweight, silky primer blurs unsightly pores and wrinkles while extending makeup wear time. Plus, the price tag can’t be beat! I also appreciate that this product has a pump dispenser to keep things hygienic. The No Poreblem Primer is available at Sephora.


Photo from Sephora

  • Smashbox – Photo Finish Primerizer ($42) – The Photo Finish Primerizer from Smashbox moisturizes and preps skin for makeup in a single step. The non-greasy, quick-dry formula sets in seconds, acting as a makeup magnet that locks on foundation and makes it last. The two key ingredients in this formula are Niacinamide and Hyaluronic Acid. Niacinamide plumps and moisturizes the skin while improving skin vitality and barrier repair. Hyaluronic Acid is a molecule that holds water within the skin to prevent moisture loss. I especially recommend this lightweight primer for those with dry skin.


Photo from Milani

  • Milani – Prime Light Strobing + Pore Minimizing Primer ($9.99) – Milani is one of my favorite drugstore brands for good reason. This multitasking primer blurs the look of pores and fine lines with soft focus pigments for brighter, smoother skin. I love how glowy this primer looks on my skin. It’s also very versatile as it can be worn underneath or on top of makeup.



Photo from Ulta

  • Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder ($35) – This may be my all-time favorite loose setting powder because I use it on a daily basis. My shade is Light (for fair to medium skin tones) which has a translucent finish that sets makeup for all day wear. Unlike many powders, it doesn’t contain talc. Also perfect for baking, this setting powder contains light diffusing particles that blur and smooth for a skin perfecting airbrushed effect that doesn’t look chalky or dry. 


Photo from Ulta

  • Maybelline – Fit Me! Loose Finishing Powder ($7.99) – I really enjoy the Maybelline Fit Me! foundations, concealer and pressed powders, so their loose setting powder was a welcome addition to the product line. Although I’m still partial to my Cover FX and Laura Mercier powders, the Fit Me! Loose Setting Powder is a solid drugstore alternative. I use shade 05 Fair.


Photo from the brand

  • Giorgio Armani – Luminous Silk Powder Foundation ($62) – I finally gave in to temptation and purchased the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation earlier this year. I liked it so much that I picked up this powder as well. Although it’s technically a powder foundation, the coverage is light enough for it to work as a really effective pressed powder. I use it to set my liquid foundation, providing a flawless base for other powder products such as blush, bronzer or highlighter. My shade is 2 Fair, Neutral. 



Photo from Sephora

  • Marc Jacobs Beauty – O!Mega Coconut Bronze Perfect Tan (104 Tan-Tastic) ($49) – This limited edition bronzer from Marc Jacob’s Coconut Collection was one of the most coveted beauty products of Summer 2017. First of all, the sleek, white oversized packaging is super chic. This bronzer has a silky smooth texture that applies effortlessly and blends like a dream. Also, the formula features micro-fine pigment technology and built-in skin conditioning agents. Please bring this product back, Marc Jacobs Beauty! Those with darker skin tones may have luck with 102 Tantric which is still available on the MJB website.


Photo from Ulta

  • Physician’s Formula – Murumuru Butter Bronzer ($14.99) – I don’t have a favorite drugstore bronzer released in 2017, but Physician’s Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer is my favorite at the moment. I feel like the drug store didn’t release many standalone bronzers in 2017. Hopefully this will change in 2018. Physician’s Formula recently launched two new Butter Bronzer shades, Sunkissed Bronzer and Deep Bronzer, which I’m excited to try. This bronzer has an incredibly soft, creamy texture that glides smoothly on to skin and provides a lit from within glow. The formula, infused with moisturizing Murumuru Butter, ultra-refined pearl and soft-focus pigments smooths skin texture and brightens skin tone. I wear the shade Bronzer because Light Bronzer doesn’t even show up on my fair skin.



Photo from Ulta

  • Benefit Cosmetics – GALifornia Powder Blush ($29) – Blush is one thing that Benefit Cosmetics does very well. I’m obsessed with their latest offering, GALifornia. This sunny, golden pink blush practically screams summer, but I’ll proudly rock it all year long. According to Benefit, GALifornia should complement all skin tones. I also really dig the vintage 1960s inspired packaging design.


Photo from NARS

  • NARS – Liquid Blush ($30) – NARS Cosmetics’ iconic Orgasm Blush (a warm pink with golden shimmer) is a longstanding favorite of mine. When the brand released four of their bestselling shades in liquid form, I just had to pick up Orgasm. This product is surprisingly easy to apply using the fingers to tap on to skin. And a little goes a long way – all you need is one pump to achieve an effortless, natural looking glow. Infused with moisturizing Monoi and Tamanu Oils, this pigmented formula is buildable and easy to blend.  It can be worn on its own for a subtle, diffused effect or layered over powder blush for an intensified look. My only gripe is with the so-called foolproof pump. When you remove the top cap, it tends to remove the pump dispenser, so be careful to avoid wasting product.

Contour/Cheek Palettes


Photo from Sephora

  • Tarte – Park Avenue Princess Bronzer and Contour Palette ($46) – I love the original Tarte Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this amazing palette! The formula combines finely milled Amazonian Clay, mineral pigments and vitamin E for the weightless wear of a powder and the blendability of a cream for a smooth, streak-free, silky fine finish. The Park Avenue Princess Palette features four brand new, universal bronzing powders (two matte, two shimmery) and two matte highlighters. These powders are very versatile and easy to work with. The six shades can be worn alone or combined to create your own custom shade. Halo and Enhance are excellent for setting and brightening the under eye area. And can we just talk for a minute about how gorgeous the rose gold packaging is?


Photo from Beautylish

  • Natasha Denona – Sculpt & Glow Face Highlighting & Contour Glow Palette ($89) – You all know that I couldn’t forget to include this countour kit by Natasha Denona since I live for everything that she releases. I love how this palette includes both cream and powder products in one kit that’s conveniently arranged by intended use: Highlight, Contour and Glow. I have 01 Light Medium and can use every product in the palette except for the Japamese Pressed Powder which is a little too yellow for my skin tone. The All Over Glow Shimmer In Powder looks amazing on both the face and body. (Considering that the highlighting powder retails for $38 individually, this palette is an excellent bang for your buck.) The Contour Cream is another standout product in this palette. The cream products have a rich, buttery texture and the powders are silky smooth. They layer and blend beautifully on the skin. My only criticism would be that the packaging gets dirty easily because it has a mirrored finish.


Photo from NARS

  • NARS – Bord De Plage Highlighting and Bronzing Palette ($59) – This limited edition palette features four opalescent powders and two Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzers. The highlighters work with skin to create a universal glow, as light-diffusing bronzers add natural-looking warmth. Together, they create a second-skin luster that amplifies and intensifies. The two bronzers are bestsellers from NARS’ permanent line: Laguna and Casino. The Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer formula is designed to be sheerer and buildable. I think that this palette is worth buying for the stunning, limited edition, wet/dry highlighters alone. You receive the following shades: Rivage (glistening pearl), Corniche (soft pink shimmer), Crique (pale gold shimmer) and Galet (golden bronze shimmer.) Rivage was previously released in spring’s limited edition Banc de Sable Highlighter Palette which supposedly has a similar formula. The pigmentation of these shimmery highlighters is intensified when activated by water or a setting spray like MAC Fix +. However, they definitely still pack a punch worn dry. I think that this palette would be flattering on a wide variety of skin tones. If you only buy one cheek palette this year, I’d recommend investing in this stunner.


Photo from Sephora

  • Hourglass Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette ($62) – This limited edition highlighter palette from Hourglass is one of my favorite releases from Holiday 2017. These highly pigmented, metallic powders deliver serious luminescence! And in true Hourglass fashion, the packaging is super luxe.



Photo from Sephora

  • Natasha Denona Duo Glow ($38) – Natasha Denona’s Duo Chrome Powders are described as: a hydrating, multipurpose highlighter that’s infused with real crushed duo chrome pearls to give the face an ultimate, supernatural glow. These powders are essentially a highlighter and blush in one. Currently, there are two shades available: 01 Alba (golden highlight with a coral undertone) and 02 Rayo (icy highlight with a pink undertone.) I would advise going in with a light hand as these highlighters are ultra pigmented.


Photo from Macy’s

  • MAC – Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($33) –  MAC Cosmetics’ hugely popular, discontinued highlight shade, Oh, Darling!, was re-released this year as a permanent part of the brand’s Extra Dimension Skinfinish line. I can confirm that this long-wearing, liquid-powder highlighter with prismatic reflections in metallic warm gold is worth every bit of hype.


Photo from Milani

  • Milani – Strobelight Instant Glow Powder ($9.99) – These highlighters are everything! My favorite shade 01 Dayglow gives my high end highlighters a run for their money. The Strobelight Powders are creamy and intensely pigmented. The formula contains light-reflecting pearls for a blinding highlight. Unlike many drugstore highlighters, they aren’t the least bit chalky.


Photo from Beautylish

  • Cover FX – Custom Enhancer Drops ($42)  – My favorite liquid highlighter of 2017 is the Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in the shade Celestial (glistening pearl.) These customizable drops can be used to create a buildable highlight. Use them alone for a light reflective strobing effect, even on top of powder, or add them to your favorite liquid foundation or skin care product for an all-over glow. Formulated with a concentration of ultra-refined pearls, the illuminating drops produce a liquid metal finish. This product is a little more on the pricey side, but the drops are so richly pigmented that a bottle will last you a long time. Also, Cover FX has released eight other universal shades so this line is very inclusive. (Side note: Makeup Revolution recently released a supposed dupe for these drops. I will be reviewing those as well as Cover FX’s new Glitter Drops soon.)

Setting Spray:


Photo from MAC Cosmetics

  • MAC Cosmetics – Prep + Prime Fix + ($25) – MAC’s Fix + should be a staple product in every makeup collection. If I could only keep one setting spray, it would undoubtedly be this one. I use Fix + most often to wet my brush to intensify a powder product or to set my makeup. It’s also a lifesaver on days when you’ve gone a little overboard on your makeup and need to tone it down. You can also use it to refresh throughout the day. (I like to keep a bottle in the refrigerator during the summer.) This spray just makes your makeup meld together perfectly. It is an absolute essential in my opinion.


Photo from Tatcha

  • Tatcha – Luminous Dewy Skin Mist ($48) – Japanese brand Tatcha’s Luminous Dewy Skin Mist is a godsend for dry skin. It can be used to prime for makeup application, set your face or refresh your skin throughout the day. I love that I can use this product whenever I’m feeling parched and it doesn’t ruin my makeup. I like to keep a full-sized bottle on my vanity and the travel size ($20) in my purse.


Photo from Milani

  • Milani – Make It Last Setting Spray Prime + Correct + Set ($9.99) – So, Milani really slayed the competition at the drugstore in terms of new product releases in 2017. This mattifying spray can be used as either a primer or setting spray to lock in makeup’s just-applied look for all day wear up to 16 hours. Those who prefer a more dewy finish may want to check out Milani’s Make It Dewy Setting Spray Hydrate + Illuminate + Set which I’m currently testing. Stay tuned for a more in depth review of that one.

Wow, that was a long one! Next, I will share my favorite eye products in Part Two of my Best of Beauty 2017.

What are your favorite beauty products of 2017? Please leave a comment below so that we can discuss!

xoxo, Sarah

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NEW! Natasha Denona – Eyeshadow Palette 5 – Holiday Edition (Joya & Aeris)


From top to bottom: Joya #1 and Aeris #2. Photo from Temptalia.

Natasha Denona released two limited edition, five pan eyeshadow palettes, Joya and Aeris, as part of her Holiday 2017 Collection. In addition to Natasha’s classic metallics, mattes, duochrome and chroma crystals, these palettes feature ND’s brand new powder to cream formula. Each palette retails for $48 for 5 x 0.08 oz of product.

I can’t rave about these palettes enough. As I’ve come to expect from Natasha Denona, these shadows are silky smooth, highly pigmented and practically blend themselves. My favorite shade is 143CP Ice Blue which is in the Aeris Eyeshadow Palette. I like to pair it with 142CM Burnt Terracotta in the crease. 137CP Gold and 135DC Peach-Gold are the stand out shades for me in the Joya Palette.

A word of caution: These palettes are very fragile, so handle them with care.

If I HAD to pick a favorite, it would probably be Aeris because of the vibrant, unique blue mentioned above. I found the new powder to cream formula (CP) to be very workable. I grade these palettes an A+. I’d highly recommend picking up one (or both!) while you still can. The Joya and Aeris Palettes are available at Sephora and the Natasha Denona website.

Swatch photos below are courtesy of Natasha Denona:



What’s your favorite holiday palette?

xoxo, Sarah

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NEW! Tarte – Tartelette Toasted Eyeshadow Palette (Review & Comparison)


Photo from Sephora

Happy Saturday! I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Today I’m reviewing the latest addition to the Tarte Tartelette collection, the Tartelette Toasted. I will also compare it to the Urban Decay Naked Heat.

The Tartelette 2 In Bloom Amazonian Clay Palette is one of my all-time favorite neutral palettes, so I was psyched to discover that Tarte was releasing a warm toned counterpart. I was lucky enough to get this palette for free by redeeming Ulta Platinum Points.

The Tartelette Toasted includes twelve warm neutrals in both matte and metallic finishes. The palette retails for $46 for a 12 x 0.053 oz. of product. It’s a permanent part of the Tarte product line. (Note: The original Tartelette Palette is all matte, but I haven’t tried it.)

The seven wearable mattes and five lustrous shimmer shades are arranged in separate rows to make three easy-to-DIY looks. The super blendable Amazonian clay-infused powder formula glides on like a cream, providing long-wearing, intense payoff that’s never chalky or patchy.

Let’s break it down into pros and cons…


  • Compact size is ideal for travel.
  • Nice sized mirror inside.
  • Excellent pigmentation, blendability and wear time.
  • The metallic shades have a creamy consistency.
  • These shadows are super easy to work with whether you’re a beginner or pro.
  • The palette contains all of the shades you need to complete a full look – transition, crease, lid and highlighter.


  • Some of the matte shades are a bit powdery and kick up shadow in the pan. However, they’re still very buildable and blendable. I would recommend using an eyeshadow primer for best results.
  • Minor fallout which isn’t a dealbreaker for me since I always apply my eye makeup first.
  • Lack of variation in the shimmer shadows. For example, Sunset and Shimmer are pretty similar. Both are medium copper shades.

Now, let’s compare the Tartelette Toasted to the Urban Decay Naked Heat…


Photo from Urban Decay

By comparison, the Naked Heat (pictured above) retails for $54 for 12 x 0.05 oz of product. Therefore, the Urban Decay Palette has a slightly higher price point for roughly the same amount of product as the Tartelette Toasted. (You can read my full review of the Naked Heat here.) The main difference between the two palettes is that the Naked Heat features a wider range of shades, mostly in the amber-hued family. Also, these shadows are darker than the Tartelette Toasted. While there is some color overlap between the palettes, they are by no means identical.

See comparison swatches below:


Swatches are courtesy of the u.glow.girl Instagram

Final Thoughts: Do I think you need both palettes? Not necessarily, but I think they’re unique enough to justify owning both. I would recommend the Tartelette Toasted for makeup beginners. I think that intermediate to pro makeup lovers will get good use out of either palette. It’s really hard to pick a favorite, but I’m leaning towards the Tartelette Toasted because I’ve been using it constantly since its release. I like that I can create a quick and easy look on the go. I grade the Tartelette Toasted a well deserved A

Have you tried the Naked Heat or Tartelette Toasted?

xoxo, Sarah