What a year. I’m going to post my 2017 reflection and 2018 goals separately, but I’ll say right now that this year has been both challenging and rewarding in so many ways. I’m also happy to be spending my last night of 2017 at home making videos and writing instead of out partying. Woohoo!
This year was an interesting year for me with makeup and skincare. I barely bought any makeup, instead doing one big purge in the middle of the year and another over the next couple days. I learned a lot about skincare and got quite a few products to try, but even then, I didn’t get all that much. This is the first year since I started to wear makeup that I spent so little.
I feel like I’m generally becoming more distant from all the marketing campaigns and the intrigue of new beauty products. I’ve been much more interested in following other kinds of news, and enjoying the products I already have. I’ve cared less about the makeup and more about the other parts of my life. I think this has been a good change overall, but it does make me question how much longer I’ll enjoy contributing to this community if I’m not so involved with it as a viewer and reader.
But a positive change has been my decision to go cruelty-free! Part of my purge right now is to get rid of a lot of my non-cruelty-free products. Since I made the announcement, I’ve purchased only cruelty-free makeup and brushes. I had a bit more trouble with skincare, mostly because I started buying new products around the time I made the announcement, so I know there’s room for improvement there. I’ll be sharing my routine sometime in the next two weeks (fiiiinally), and I’ll clearly mark which products aren’t cruelty-free and attempt to offer some alternatives.
OK, so onto my favorites. This year’s list is quite short. I’ve really stuck to my tried and true favorites, with only a couple differences from last year.
Wet ‘n Wild Illumi-Naughty Highlighting and Concealing Pen in Posing Nude (also vegan)
Milani Coming Up Roses blush in Romantic Rose
Becca Highlighter in Champagne Pop
Becca Champagne Split in Prosecco Pop and Amaretto
Various Tarte blushes: I showed a holiday set from 2013 (the palette), a holiday set of minis (I think from 2014), and the 2016 birthday freebie
NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Ash Brown
Urban Decay Primer Potion (which is also vegan)
Tartelette Flirt palette (look out for a review and swatches soon)
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette
Stila Magnificent Metals in Kitten Karma and Into the Blue
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper Black (also vegan)
NYX Skinny Black Liner
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick (also vegan)
Sigma E30, E40, and E65 (they claim to be cruelty-free and transitioning to animal-free brushes)
IT Cosmetics #101 Airbrush Blurring Foundation Brush
ELF Mineral Powder Brush
ELF Blush Brush
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (also vegan)
Happy new year! I’m looking forward to another year of fun and beauty.