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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Happy National Lipstick Day — Here’s 5 Unique Lipsticks You Might Just Want!

Who would’t love a day dedicated to lipstick? I am a complete lipstick junky and I collect unusual lipstick cases and brands and I wanted to share 5 of my favorites for National Lipstick Day.

Here’s goes! 

Trifle Cosmetics Lip Parfait

The Trifle Cosmetics Lip Parfait Exotic Fruit shade reminds me of a shade from the 60’s is a light sherbet pink. It’s also vegan and Hypoallergenic.

Your Best Friend Fall in Love Lipstick 

The packaging so so classy and useful on this one. The lipstick comes in a black tube with a neat trick! When you pull out the lipstick a mirror pops up which I love. The lipstick is a beautiful dark rich berry and one of my favorite shades.

Maison Jacynthe Lipstick in Bordeaux Mate

The lipstick tube is so unique and pretty. The cap of the tube is wood and silver and feel like a quality piece. This lipstick itself is a brick shade that’s a creamy sheer/matte. According to Maison Jacynthe “The candelilla wax allows a gentle application without drying of the lips. The oil of abyssinia allows the enhancement of the color and the long duration.

Kailijumei Flower Jelly Lipstick

The Kailijumei Flower Jelly Lipstick in Flame Red has a plink colored flower and gold flecks encased in a clear jelly lipstick. The packaging is pretty with a metallic red case with a mirror. You pop up the lipstick by pressing on the bottom button of the case.

Covergirl Star Wars The Force Awakens Lipstick

My 12-year-old self would have worn this lipstick day and night as I was an extreme Empire Strikes Back fan back in the 80’s. The No. 50 Dark Purple shade is amazing!

Happy National Lipstick Day!

 

Bonnie’s May 2017 Monthly Beauty Favorites!

May has gone super fast but I had a hard time picking just 11 favorites for my monthly favorites list. The funny thing is I seem to have a French theme going on here which is nice for Spring.

I hope you enjoy my May Beauty Favs video, it’s a bit dark because it’s raining here. Enjoy!

Bonnie’s May 2017 Monthly Beauty Favorites List

MAC Fruity Juicy Lipstick in Si Si Me – I am loving this pink satin shade from MAC!

Your Best Friend Gelus Eyes 5-Piece Collection – This 5 piece eye liner set is so pretty! The liners are soft and so easy to apply for me. I got this as a PR sample.

trèStiQue Mini Highlight Stick – I am loving this glowy highlighter stick!

Maison Jacynthe Lipstick in Bordeaux Mate – This 93 to 100% natural lipstick has a cool wood case. I got this as a PR sample.

Julep Nail Polish – Meredith – Wonder Maven in Sea Mist Chrome is fast becoming my favorite Summer shade!

Bath & Body Works French Collection –  More French inspired products! I am loving the Rose Champagne body cream which has sparkling clementine, crisp bergamot, apple blossom, pink pepper and blonde woods.

IT Cosmetics Superhero Luxe Anti-Aging Eyeshadow – I keep going back to this amazing palette. The eye foundations and shades are so pretty.

The BrowGal Highlighter Pencil – I now have two of The BrowGal Highlighter pencils and they are still my favorites!

Bumble & bumble Seaweed Conditioner – I use the Bumble and bumble Seaweed Conditioner a fews times a week to keep my hair soft and manageable.

Lush Cup O’ Coffee Face & Body Mask – I just got a new pot of the Lush Cup O’ Coffee Face & Body Mask and I still love how it makes my face glow.

It Bye Bye Under Eye Waterproof Concealer – My final favorite is the It Bye Bye Under Eye Waterproof Concealer. This product has been doing wonder for my under eye discoloration!

So there you have it! 11 favs for May. I can’t wait for June.

Your Best Friend Gelus Eyes 5-Piece Collection Review

I received a complimentary (free) Gelus Eyes 5-piece Collection from Your Best Friend. All opinions are my own.

This set of 5 mini-eyeliners fits neatly in a cute tin and you get 5 shades including from left to right…

  • wonderful white
  • stunning silver
  • cheering chocolate
  • beYOUtiful bronze
  • onyx pearl

Each water resistant shade has a shimmer, sparkle or pearl finish. You can also get this set in a colorful collection and includes: golden green, mischevious maroon, luminous lavender, naughty navy and pearlized pink (not pictured).

According to YBF…”the new sophisticated technology gel liners that contain special reflective pearls (shades) for multi-dimensional colour that can be worn alone or layered for an intensified effect!

When I tested these liners out I was so impressed with how smoothly they applied to both my waterline and under eye. For me they glided on effortlessly and the color stayed in place.

My two favorite shades so far are the beYOUtiful bronze and the cheering chocolate (brown) but I really want to experiment with wonderful white.

I like the gel formula (it’s infused with antioxidants, emollients and Vitamin E) as it does feel very moisturizing on my skin. I also found these liners to have great staying power. Being over 40 I need a soft no-tug liner and these work for me! They also have a twist-up stick for easy use.

Retail Price: $28.50

The YBF Gelus Collection is part of my May Beauty Favorites!

Your Best Friend Beauty Lovely Liquid Lustrous Lippies Review

I received a complimentary (free) Lovely Liquid Lustrous Lippies Set from Your Best Friend. All opinions are my own.

These NEW Lovely Liquid Lustrous Lippies come in a set of two and there are two color choices. Nudes and Berries. I have the Berries set which are Romantic Raspberry and Passionate Plum. The Nudes are Blissful Beige and Pink-Me-Up Pink.

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What’s to love?

I found that these high-shine lippies dry to a beautiful high gloss finish. The glosses were super easy to apply and with the doe foot flat wand. The creamy formula is super moisturizing and not sticky and the color is amazing.

They also have a nice berry scent and taste that I really liked!

I found both shades to be highly pigmented and bright for a gloss, it’s more like a lipstick in coverage. The Romantic Raspberry is more of a pink, while Passionate Plum is deeper. I got decent wear from both shades for a gloss and had no bleeding.

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Retail Price: $22.80 from ybf

Your Best Friend deLIPcious 5-Piece Lipstick Collection Review

I received a complimentary (free) deLIPcious 5-Piece Lipstick Collection from Your Best Friend. All opinions are my own.

The 5-Piece collection comes in a beautiful shiny croc-look gift box with a nice magnetic closure, when you open the case the 5 lipstick tubes are encased in a plastic tray.

The shades range from a beautiful nude neutral to a bright fuchsia pink and they taste and smell like vanilla buttercream frosting which is so delicious!

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Each of the 5 shades has a flowery name and I swatched the shades on my arm. The shades from left to right are…

magnolia-licious (creamy nude)
hydrangea-licious (coral pink)
azalea-licious (fresh fuchsia)
primrosa-licious (natural soft pink)
iris-licious (brilliant burgundy)

The lipstick is very soft and I would call these a cream with a bit of a sheer finish. The pigmentation on all 5 shades is amazing with decent staying power. It did leave a little on my cup but that usually happens with the darker creams. I did not have any bleeding and could wear these shades with or without a liner. My lips did feel very hydrated too.

However my favorite part of these lipsticks is the secret compartment! The end pops off and there’s a delicious gloss in the top that you can apply over the lipstick.

Overall I am impressed with this quintuplet of Springy shades.

Retail Price: $28.80 from ybf

Bonnie’s April 2017 Monthly Beauty Favorites!

I had so many products that I loved this month and it was hard to narrow it down to just 10 but here goes. I created an April Beauty Favorites video!

Here are the reviews of my April Monthly Favorites!

I hope you enjoy my picks!

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Your Best Friend Fall in Love Lipstick & Lip Gloss Duo Review

I received a complimentary (free) set of the Your Best Friend Fall in Love Lipstick & LipGloss Duo and it’s simple beautiful. All opinions are my own!

The ybf duos come in four shades: Bloomin’ Berry, Kissable Coral, Passionate Pink and Red. I have the Bloomin’ Berry and my Lip Gloss is Rockin’ Raspberry.

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What’s to love?

First up, the packaging so so classy and useful. The lipstick comes in a black tube with a neat trick! When you pull out the lipstick a mirror pops up which I love. It’s so great to have a mirror on the run for applying lipstick. I also like the gem on the case, it’s very unique.

The lipstick itself is a beautiful dark rich berry and one of my favorite shades. It’s a cream and applies very smoothy with great pigmentation and it has a light vanilla scent.

The lip gloss is so pretty too. It’s a raspberry metallic and I applied a bit over my lipstick for a deep glossy look. The gloss can be worn alone too and it has a nice doe foot for easy application. The scent on the gloss is a light berry fruit.

As you can see from the swatches the color of the lipstick is a wonderful dark berry and the gloss is a bright metallic raspberry. I am thrilled with both products as they are very moisturizing and feel amazing on my lips.

Both products are Paraben -free. Your Best Friend products are also infused with Smart Active Immune Complex and enriched with extracts from the earth to make skin look radiant and younger looking.

Retail Price: $22.80

You can also follow Your Best Friend Cosmetics on Twitter @ybfbeauty

The Your Best Friend Fall in Love Lipstick & Lip Gloss Duo is also part of my April Favorites!

Your Best Friend Dripping Bling Illuminating Creme Review

I received a complimentary (free) Dripping Bling Illuminating Creme from Your Best Friend and I’m quite impressed with it. This is my first experience with the Your Best Friend brand and I’m thrilled to be reviewing it for them. All opinions are my own.

What’s to love?

First up I am in love with this compact. It’s square (and easy to open) with a textured black glitter and some pretty blingy sequins in clear so that they look like diamonds.

The inside of the compact has a clear plastic cover that protects the product which is a neat feature. The product itself is a luminous cream that works as a highlighter. According to ybf it has “ultra-fine particles of crushed faux pearl pigments to deflect light and illuminate skin“.

I have to say this is a beautiful product and it does highlight my face without looking glittery or too shiny. The creme is silky smooth and blends very well into my over 40 skin without creasing.

You can also use this creme on other parts of your body (like your shoulders) for a little extra glimmer.

Overall I am super impressed with this highlighter.

Retail Price: $24.80 from ybf

The Your Best Friend Dripping Bling Illuminating Creme is also part of my April Favorites!