17 Best Beauty Picks For 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I’ve compiled my favorite beauty products for 2017 and created a video to celebrate 2018! Thank you to everyone who have watch and read Queen of the Girl Geeks in 2017.

On a side note — these glasses are freaking me out because they remind me a bit of the Cyberman on Dr. Who.

Here’s my 17 favorite beauty picks list for 2017…

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette

Pretty Vulgar My Lips Are Sealed Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick

Clinique Jonathan Adler Chic Colour Set 

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Backdoor

Dr. Paw Paw Original Balm

Julep It’s Balm Full-Coverage Lip Crayon

Dirty Springwash Shower Gel

trèStiQue Mini Highlight Stick

Bath & Body Works French Collection

The Eggies Beauty Sponge Case & Jelly

Adoratherapy Vitality Chakra Boost

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Palette Cheek Palette

Bath & Body Works Unicorn Snot

Your Best Friend Dripping Bling Illuminating Creme

Tarte Limited Edition Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette

GlamGlow Volcasmic Matte Glow Moisturizer

New It Girl Palette

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New It Girl Palette Review

I am a huge fan of It Cosmetics so it’s no surprise that I love the new It Girl 2017 palette.

What’s to love?

First off the bling factor is 100%, the case alone is worth the price of this palette. It’s really pretty and high quality.

The palette contains 4 mattes and 4 pearl shades although I Lovely and Darling feel more like sheers to me.

The base colors are amazing, I use them in the Superhero palette too and they cover dark skin really well.

I get no creasing and find the colors to be highly pigmented and they have great staying power.

Here’s what you get:

LEFT SIDE:
–  Beautiful: Neutral Base / Highlighting Color
–  Glitz: Pearl Nude
–  Lovely: Matte Nude
–  Stunning: Pearl Bronze
–  Divine: Matte Chocolate Brown

CENTER:
–  Blush: Ombré Rose with Highlighting Pink

RIGHT SIDE:
–  IT Girl: Brightening Base / Highlighting Color
–  Charming: Pearl Champagne
–  Darling: Matte Nude Pink
–  Dazzle: Pearl Rose
–  Brilliant: Matte Wine

Overall I think this is my new favorite palette. I hope they come out with a Version 2 that has some purple shades too.

First Impression video for the New It Girl Palette.

New 2017 It Girl Palette Is Dazzling!

The new 2017 It Girl Palette is popping up just in time for the holidays and it’s dazzling. The compact cover literally glitters and the inside is just as pretty.

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Image Credit: It Costmetics

This palette contains 2 Superhero Eye Foundations which I love. I use these almost everyday from the Superhero Palette and they do an amazing job covering dark areas on my eyes.

You also get a Bye Bye Pores Blush in a nice pink ombré shade and 10 eye shadows in both long-wearing matte and radiant shade thata include:

– Glitz
– Lovely
– Stunning
– Divine
– Charming
– Darling
– Dazzle
– Brilliant

I am really hoping that this palette shows up in my Christmas stocking this year, I’ve been drooling over it in the store.

Price: $48 with an $85 Value.

See Jamie demo the 2017 It Girl Palette.

My 5 Favorite SPF Products For Summer (so far!)

As Summer is starting to roll in I’ve got my SPF arsenal ready for the sun. So far I’ve been relying on to protect my face from those UV rays.

I’m starting to lean towards more organic sun protectors this year too.

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Coola Make-Up Setting Spray SPF 30 – This 70% certified organic spray feels very light weight on my face and works well with my make-up. I love having that extra protection in a spray. It’s also free of Parabens, Sulfates and Phthalates.

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ – This has become my go-to, must-have skin product lately. It gives my skin a flawless finish and protects with SPF 50+. I also really love the citrus scent!

Tarteguard 30 Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30 – I’ve been using Tarteguard on my hands and arms as well as my face. It’s Tarte’s first non-chemical sunscreen with active ingredients of Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide. It is free of Parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfates and gluten.

Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 – I really want to pick up the full-sized bottle of this sunscreen which is 20% Zinc Oxide. It’s also Cruelty-Free and they even have a blacklist of ingredients not in their products.

Revlon Kiss Lip Balm In Juicy Peach – I am loving this SPF 20 lip balm. It comes in Tropical Coconut, Fresh Strawberry, Sweet Cherry, Crisp Apple and Berry Burst and Sweet Cherry is my favorite! It feels soft without being greasy or sticky and it tastes and smells so good.

First Impression! IT Cosmetics Superhero Luxe Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Palette with Brush

Last week I ordered the IT Cosmetics Superhero Luxe Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Palette with Brush from QVC for $39.54 + $3.00 for S&H and I wanted to give my first impression. I also created a video below.

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What’s to love?

The palette contains 12 shades. The top 3 shades are Confidence (matte), Paw! (matte) and Magical (shimmer). These can be used as a base, shadows or highlighter/bronzer.

The 9 bottom shades are grouped in a trio:

Superhero Nudes

  • Limitless (metallic gold/beige)
  • Powerful (metallic light pink/beige)
  • Aura (metallic gold/brown)

Superhero Neutrals

  • Unstoppable (metallic gold)
  • Superstar (metallic mauve/purple)
  • Fearless (metallic brick)

Superhero Liners

  • Bold (matte dark blue
  • Daring (matte brown)
  • Superhero (matte black

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The three top shades do work well as eye foundations to color correct. The light Confidence shade really brightened up by eyes and reduced discoloration.

According to It Cosmetics “Each formula is infused with antiaging ingredients, including hydrolyzed collagen, silk, and peptides to nourish and smooth the look of your eyelids.” I have not owned this palette long enough to see any anti-aging results but the It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials Matte Eyeshadow Palette does make my eyelids look very smooth and pretty.

The shades themselves go on smoothly and the Neutrals are my favorites. They are on the powdery side but not at all chalky and they adhere well to my lids.

Overall I am really loving this palette and the Superhero branding just makes me smile.

I also got an It Superhero 4-in-1 brush that can be used as an all-over brush, crease brush, smudger brush and liner brush.

Also be sure to check out my First Impression video of the It Superhero palette.

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ Review

The It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ is the next product I won from the  It Girl Superheroes Program. I’ve been using this now for over a week and despite my love/hate relationship with foundation I have to say that I love this one now.

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What’s to love?

I actually had a bad experience the first time I used the Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream. I had a sample of the fair shade and I used WAY to much and ended up looking like a clown, the sample was Medium and it was to dark for me.  This time I got the Light shade and learned how to use it properly.

The full-sized product has a great pump and I just use a very tiny drop on my finger to apply. Once that drop is worked in a get a second drop. My whole face only takes 4-5 drops.

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The key for me is blending! The photo on the left is just a drop rubbed on. The photo on the right is with proper blended. As you can see the right looks much better!

First let me say that back in the 80’s we had so few choices in terms of good foundation so a lot of people over 40 (like me) have a hard time adjusting to these amazing new formulas that actually blend with your skin. Most of the 80’s foundations wore like stage make-up.

Once I figured out how to apply the  Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream I was really starting to see that “flawless” look people are talking about. Now I’m completely addicted to this product. I really do feel like it is an anti-aging serum as my skin is looking better the more I use it. It is infused with an advanced anti-aging serum made of hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, niacin, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and vitamins A, B, C and E.

The scent of the cream is so appealing to me too. It’s a light citrus and smells really fresh and pretty. I also love that is has SPF 50+ because I am terrible at remembering to apply sunscreen once I’m out.

So overall I’m pretty addicted now! I also pair it up with the Bye Bye Pores and Bye Bye Under Eye for a completely amazing look.

Full-Sized Price: $38

Also check out my It Cosmetics video haul!

It Cosmetics Confidence in Your Glow Review

I am so excited to have gotten my hands on the new It Cosmetics Confidence in Your Glow this week. This is a highlighter, blush and bronzer all in one.

It comes in 3 shades, I have the Natural Glow

  • Nude Glow – sheerest naturally pretty glow
  • Natural Glow – natural rosy kiss
  • Warm Glow – your richest shade of bronzer

First up it’s a lot bigger than I thought it would be at 4.5″ wide.

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What’s to love?

The packaging on this palette is so pretty with a round It branded metallic closure on top that’s super secure. Inside there is a nice mirror.

The product itself is so luxurious. I did not get the Heavenly Skin One-Sweep Wonder Brush #705 for $48 but my Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Brush Travel Size #7 works quite well.

The formula itself is vitamin C-infused and it really does have a nice orange scent. It does have “Drops of Light Technology” and I have to say that my skin really does glow with this product. I like to pick up all three shades with my brush for my checks then do a little cheekbone highlighting with the lighter highlighter shade.

It also feels very silky and soft on my face which I love.

Overall I’m thrilled with this palette and would like to try the Nude Glow. I’ve been very happy lately with It Cosmetics and get a lot of compliments about my make-up so that’s a plus too!

It Bye Bye Under Eye Waterproof Concealer Review

I won a prize pack from the It Girl Superheroes Program which included the It Bye Bye Under Eye Waterproof Concealer.

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What’s to love?

I’ve never used a waterproof under eye concealer so I was excited to try this one out. I have the Medium shade.

According to the site it is Infused with high-performance pigments and anti-aging peptides, vitamins, hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid and antioxidants, the game-changing formula improves the appearance of wrinkles and effectively conceals the look of skin imperfections including dark circles, bags, redness, hyperpigmentation, broken capillaries, age spots and discoloration.

The product is pretty thick and a little goes a long way. I just rub a little bit under my eye and blend really well. They key for me is to keep blending. I have found when this product is still wet it looks a little heavy however once it dries it looks amazing on me. It completely covers my dark circles and uneven skin tones.

I did not have any creasing or flaking and this product blends perfectly with my other It products. It is also waterproof which for me means that it does not run or get melty in the heat.

Overall I am impressed and would get another one.

Now through 4/28 It Cosmetics is have a Friends & Family sale where you get 25% off your order and free shipping with a 30+ purchase. I just picked up the new Confidence in Your Glow palette!

Also check out my It Cosmetics video haul!

It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara Review

Yesterday I reviewed the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Poreless Finish Airbrush Powder as I won a 5 piece set from the It Girl Superheroes Program so today I wanted to review the It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara.

What’s to love?

I am so fickle when it comes to mascara and often times I use what comes in my subscription boxes because I hate keeping mascara more than a few months so I was thrilled to get a full-sized It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara as a prize.

According to It Superhero Mascara has Powerful lash-lifting polymers, volumizing collagen, strengthening biotin, proteins and peptides combined with Super Black pigment and the Lash-Changing Power Brush work together to coat every lash from base to tips.

 

I am very impressed with this mascara. The wand is simple, but effective. I usually judge  mascara by how easily I can apply it on my bottom lashes and this one did well.

I felt like it did lengthen and volumize my lashes and the lasting power is good. I actually took this photo 5 hours after I applied it. The other thing that I really liked was that I could not feel it on my lashes. It’s not heavy or goopy.

I did not get any flaking although I did have to wipe a little excess off of the wand before I applied it. Overall I’m happy with Superhero, it definitely feels like a high-end product and I’m excited to see if it conditions my lashes over time.

It is Made in Italy and the retail price is: $24

The It Superhero Mascara is part of my It Cosmetics video haul too so do check it out!

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Poreless Finish Airbrush Powder Review

Today I received my It Girl Superheroes Program prize, you can join here via my link. I received a prize package of 5 It Cosmetics products including the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Poreless Finish Airbrush Powder which was so exciting! I’ll be reviewing all of the products over the next few weeks.

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What’s to love?

I’ve already tried and love the Bye Bye Pores Pressed from the Je Ne Sais Quoi Complexion Perfection palette and I love it. The Bye Bye Pores Poreless Finish Airbrush Powder is just as nice too.

This fine white powder goes on very easily and makes my face so smooth and soft. According to It is uses “real silk to make your pores disappear from view, and hydrolyzed collagen to smooth away the look of wrinkles.”

I had zero shine and the white shade really blends in nicely. It did not appear white on my skin. The product comes with a white puff but I prefer using a stiffer brush to blend it into more pores. I am really amazing at how much my pores do appeared diminished from Bye Bye Pores.

This product has zero scent.

Retail Price: $24

I also created a video showing off all 5 It Cosmetics products that I got!