I use deluxe sized mascaras due to bad hand tremors, and one of the products I got from Sephora's mascara set this year was this Lancome Defincils High Definition Mascara. It is by far the most comfortable mascara i have ever worn. You don't need multiple layers of it to make your lashes stand out, but even if you put on multiple layers, this mascara is so lightweight you still wouldn't notice it. It didn't burn my eyes, flake, or make me want to pluck my eyelashes out like many others have done this year. I wish I could use a normal sized mascara because this is the best formula of mascara I have ever worn.
I have always been a powder foundation user, but as I've aged I have found that powder really enhances my aging face. So I decided to move to a liquid foundation, but I was turned on to the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream by an amazing Sephora employee. I told her my story and she said I would really like this product since I was used to powders. What I love about the Complexion Rescue is that it is lightweight, so I don't have that heavy feeling I remember from the liquid foundations I wore in the 80s. It also gives me enough coverage to wear my redness is covered, but I still feel natural with some of my other imperfections (like my dark spots that won't cover for anything) comes through. I like a more natural coverage and this gives it to me.
Okay, this product sat in my makeup bag for a couple months because when I purchased it I thought it was something else. To be honest, I don't even remember what I THOUGHT it was. But I pulled it out one day, one because it was in my way, but two I felt I needed to try it and see what it did. I wasn't really sure what an illuminizer did, but I thought I could use it as a primer. Oh my heck! Using Hocus Focus as a primer changed my makeup game. It gave my face a warm glow which looks like its coming from within. It is lightweight you don't feel like it have a thousand layers on your face. I wear this on no-makeup makeup days and I feel beautiful and natural because it gives that healthy glow that I don't naturally have right now. I like that they are cruelty-free and are a more health-conscious alternative to other brands. So I may not use it as it's intended, but man do I not care. This bottle lasts forever and is only $15 at Ulta.
Now in my review of the elf Illuminating Mist & Set I talked about how this product kept my makeup in place for a very long, scary day. Before that day I wasn't sure about it. Kind of sitting on the fence about the product. I didn't have the problems others reviews had stated about the sprayer spitting instead of mist coming out, so that wasn't my issue. Why I was on the fence is because I felt like I had to spray my face more than once to really get my makeup set. After that day where it held my makeup in place through a seizure and a long night in the ER, I will always have this mist on my shelf, unless elf changes their formula in some way making it not work for me. But until that happens, this is my holy grail makeup product of 2017.
Now, this is a newer palette for me, but this has been a rough year regarding palettes. I've struggled to have a love for a lot of them that I've purchased, but I took a chance on this palette, sight unseen because I liked the color selection. Now I didn't know who Carli Bybel was at the time, so it had nothing to do with her collab, but when I got it I wasn't sure about it. In fact, I didn't use it for a few weeks because I thought I'd return it. But I took a chance and I really loved that the eyeshadows blend really well, and the colors are buildable so you can use the palette for a no-makeup makeup day or a night out. I haven't tried the highlighters yet, but they swatch beautifully and are so creamy that I'm sure they will be beautiful to wear.
Oh, my heck! What can I say about this palette? I love it to pieces. It isn't so shimmery that I feel like an old lady trying to be 20, but it gives off enough that it highlights my eyes. I also use it as a highlighter, which I've never used before and it gives me enough pop and glow that I feel it looks natural. I have since bought actual highlighters, but I keep coming back to this palette time and time again to get that natural look that I really want when it comes to a highlighter.
I have had zero luck with concealers this year. I have tried high end and drugstore and none have worked for me. I picked this up on sale at Ulta and thought I wouldn't be losing too much money if it too failed me. I have really bad dark circles under my eyes from all the medication I take and color correctors haven't worked, nor has concealers. They either are too sheer and building them up just makes me crack and look old. But I saw a YouTube video where they suggested to put a drop of serum on your undereye and let soak in before applying your concealer. I was very skeptical and thought it would just make the concealer move, but this stuff stayed put. While it doesn't cover my dark circles to the point I would like, it brightens up my face enough that they are less noticeable. I have also found that if I put it on before my foundation, it works a bit better. Is it a holy grail? No. I'm going to continue looking for that concealer that works perfectly for me. But until then, I do like this Concealer Balm by Cover Girl.
I gave up wearing most powders this year because I felt like they were aging me, even my setting powder, which I've always felt was so crucial But I didn't change to cream blushes because I don't like them. I love my Wet & Wild Ombre Blush. It is the one I reach for the most out of all of them. It gives me a light, natural look without any shimmer, which I do not like in my blushes. It's buildable where you can really notice it, but I don't like to do that so its a nice sized blush for dirt cheap that will last a long time.
I've had a rough year with lipsticks, lip stains, lip crayons (which I love), liquid lips, all of them. I've had a hard time finding colors that looked good on me without turning into some crazy shade. Lipstick Queen's Jean Queen is AWESOME! I'm usually not a fan of pink lipsticks, but Jean Queen gives me a soft pink nude lip that is very flattering to my skin tone. I thought that the gimmick of your lipstick changing to a tone that was flattering for you was somewhat childish and I wanted to see for myself if it really worked. I love it. It is the best shade that never thought I'd like. You can build up the pigmentation, but I like just putting on a couple swipes and leaving it be a more sheer lipstick.