2017 Favorites | CRUELTY FREE Makeup, Beauty, Personal Care

2017 is over. This year was…rough. But, 2018 is going to bring better and brighter days!

Here are my favorite products from this year. They may not have come out in 2017, but 2017 was when they impacted me!

We have quite a bit to go through, so let’s get going!

Ulta Beauty Setting Spray

This setting Spray is sold at Ulta and Ulta.com, it retails for $10. There are a couple of different options, but the Dewy and Illuminating ones are my favorite. I find them to be comparable to higher end settings sprays, and MUCH less costly.

Wet N’ Wild Photo Focus Foundation

My favorite foundation of the year is also the least expensive one I have tried! I find it at my local drugstores, and recently it has been on sale for only $2.50. It is easily buildable, has awesome coverage, and blends out fantastic with a brush or a sponge!

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

The Beauty community has been crazy over this concealer. I haven’t had it in my collection all that long, but the short time I have had it I have fallen in love with it. It is creamy, easy to blend, and has extreme coverage. The Tarte Shape Tape Concealer retails for $27. And is worth every penny!

Ulta Beauty Brow Tint “Medium”

Ulta’s Brow Tint is a nice dupe for the Benefit Gimmie Brow, and is something that I have come to not be able to complete a Look with out. It really just gives my brows that perfect touch to make them look fluffy, yet groomed. Retails for $10

Tarte Tarteist Mascara “Black”

I love how full and Black this Mascara makes my lashes look. It gives my lashes length and volume. It’s like having falsies on, but with out all the work! The Tarteist Mascara retails for $23, the travel size retails for $12.

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer

I get this bronzer in the lightest shade and it is perfect for my fair skin. This bronzer is easily blendable and I find that it can be used to contour as well, sense it isn’t too warm. The Butter Bronzer retails for $14.99

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks

The everlasting Liquid Lip Formula is by far 100% my favorite. I am slowly building up my collection, and I want EVERY SINGLE SHADE. Pigmented, a ton of different shades, applies fantastic, I literally can only think of good things to say! The Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks retail for $20.

Violet Voss Holy Grail Eyeshadow Palette

I just recently made a post about this Palette. I am in love with it. The formula is great, the shades are all consistently fantastic, and the looks you can do with this Palette are endless. Trying this Palette made me want to purchase ever Violet Voss eyeshadow palette. The Violet Voss Holy Grail Palette retails for $45.

French Girl Organics Cuticle and Nail Oil

Nail care is important. The French Girl Organics Cuticle Oil is the most effective Cuticle Oil I have tried. It retails for $20, but one roller ball of it will last you ages!

Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Paper Mask

Sheet masks are awesome, but if you want one that you will see actual improvement with this Mask is the way to go. I have acne prone skin, and this is the mask I use when I have a bad break out. I always have them in stock. For $2.50 this mask is a life saver!

100% Pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream

Everyday I put this on my under eyes before I do my makeup. On the days I forget to, I notice the dark circle and bags under my eyes much more. This may just be a placebo effect, but I feel more awake and look more awake when I use this eye cream. It retails for $26 on petitvour.com

Luster White Power White Toothpaste *

I drink wine, coffee, and tea pretty frequently. So, the stains on my teeth were pretty intense. Notice I said were. I wish I would have thought to take before and after pictures of my teeth, because the difference is awesome. My mother even pointed out how much whiter my teeth are! I don’t really see myself using a different toothpaste now that I have tried Luster White. I have seen it in my local Walmart, but it retails for $6.99, Here.

Doctor Plotka Mouth Watchers Toothbrushes *

The bristles are extremely soft. So soft infact, that it didn’t cause any discomfort when i brushed my teeth after my oral surgery! The bristles are also arranged and cut so they will floss your teeth as you brush. Now, you should still always floss, the extra help is just nice! I find that the Dr. Plokta toothbrushes make my teeth, and mouth over all, feel extremely clean. These brushes paired with the Luster White tooth paste are life changing! You can get a year supply of the adult tooth brushes, one arrives in the mail every 3 months, for $20.99 Right here.

That’s my 2017 Favorites!!! Not many things really changed the game for me in 2017 but the things that did, are things I don’t think I can do with out!

What did you fall in love with in 2017?

Thank you so much for reading💜

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*products were sent to me for review, but all opinions are honest and my own.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette | Is it worth the money?


It is the holiday season, which means wish lists are made, and products are being bought. This also means that sales are going on. If you read my Urban Decay Naked 2 | Is is worth your money? post, then you know that I am going to be analyzing popular products, that I have seen on a lot of wish lists this holiday season, to let all of you know if I think it is really worth it.

A bit about the palette:

The Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette retails for $49.  It contains 16 shades, they are a variety of matte, shimmer, and shades with actual glitter. It also, of course, smells like chocolate. It actual does, not a fake chocolate either! It is made with 100% natural cocoa powder. This is an ingredient that is rich in anti-oxidants, which is nice. The site also notes that it is formulated with out parabens. Please note, that it is not completely clean, but it is much better than other comparable palettes from other brands.

Here, is a link to the palette on the Too Faced website, so you can check out the full ingredient listings, if you were curious.

It is a cruelty free brand, this palette, however is NOT vegan, some of the shades do contain carmine.

The shadows:


Just like in my Naked 2 post that I linked in the beginning, I am going to do a detailed break down of the shadows and my thoughts on each one.


Before I begin the descriptions, I want to inform you that these are brush swatches.

  • Gilded Ganache: This is a dark brown shade that almost has an olive green tinge to it. It contains a ton of gold glitter. I think that the glitter is what causes the green tinge to the shade. I really enjoy using this shade to deepen up the outer corner of my eye and lining my lower lash line. Makes a great shade for a night out.
  • White Chocolate: Matte cream shade. A quintessential shade for any palette. This one works fantastic. Makes a really great blending shade for any rough edges.
  • Milk Chocolate: A more cool toned matte brown. This makes a great transition shade.
  • Black Forest Truffle: A burgundy shade with a lot of glitter (mostly gold). I hate this shadow. The texture is terrible, and when blending, the shade itself disappears, leaving behind glitter flacks.
  • Triple Fudge: A deep matte brown. Every palette needs either a deep black or brown shade. This is a fantastic shade. It is creamy, easy to blend, and incredibly saturated with pigment.
  • Salted Caramel: Warm toned light brown  shade. This is another transition shade option, I think this palette containing a warm and cool toned transition shade is a fabulous idea. It really makes this palette easier for really everyone to use.
  • Marzipan: A shimmery light gold shade. I love this shade, I use it on my lids all the time. It also works wonders in the inner corner.
  • Semi-Sweet: A mid toned brown. Adding this shade makes it easier to just forget the shimmer shades and do a complete look with this palette, using the mattes alone.
  • Strawberry Bon Bon: a light pink matte. This shade is beautiful. It is a nice alternative to White Chocolate if you want to add some color to the look, but not make it super obvious. I personally think it is beautiful on the lid.
  • Candid Violet: A violet shade with gold glitter. This is a really bad attempt at adding a purple shade to this palette. It swatches purple, but just ends up appearing gray on the eye. This is an opinion I have actually heard a lot of others in the beaut community share.
  • Amaretto: A shimmery light shade of  burgundy. This is a beautiful shade. If you want to add some sort of deeper color to the look, forget Candied Violet and go for this, gives a really pretty Garnet vibe to the whole look.
  • Hazelnut: A shimmery brown. This shade is really pretty and smooth. It is nice to deepen up the outer V with if you do not want to go too dark.
  • Creme Brulee: A pure metallic gold. This shade is so pretty, I love using it on my lid and then using the shade I will be mentioning net as an outer V.
  • Haute Chocolate: A dark metallic brown with a gold shift. Another beautiful shade! I mentioned above my favorite way to use it.
  • Cherry Cordial: A matte dark red with some glitter flakes. I like this shade, but I really really wish there was no glitter in it, gives the shade a chalky/ scratchy feel to it.
  • Champagne Truffle: A shimmery champagne shade. This shade makes a great highlight on the eyes and face. It is supposed to be the highlight that Nikkie Tutorials put in her palette collab with Too Faced, but I like this one much more.

The Look:


  • I started off, as usual, by priming my eyes. I then set the primer with the shade White Chocolate. I also used this shade to highlight my brow bone and blend out any rough edges.
  • I used the shade Milk Chocolate as my first transition shade.
  • I put Marzipan all over my lid.
  • To deepen my outer corner I used the shade Candid Violet. I wanted to give it a chance, but it sucked.
  • To actually deepen my crease I used the shade, Triple Fudge.
  • Then to really blend everything I went it to my crease with the shade Salted Caramel. I really enjoyed the warmth it gave the look.
  • To highlight my inner corner I used the shade Champagne Truffle.
  • Under my lower lash line I used the shade Triple Fudge, and the smudged it out with the shade Salted Caramel.

Over all:

This palette is amazing. I think really anyone can benefit from this palette. It has options for just matte looks, a few pops of color, some amazing shimmer shades, it is cleaner than most comparable palettes, and it smells like chocolate! Yes, there are some shades that aren’t any good, so if you want to really love every single shade in the palette, it will no happen with this one. This palette offers a variety of looks, for day and night. I believe it is 100% worth every penny of the $49 it costs.

I hope you enjoyed this review! What do you think of this palette? Which Too Faced palette is your favorite? Comment below! Want more B&T? Here’s a post to check out! You can also find me on Snapchat and Instagram as manda_janette

XoXo Manda

Urban Decay Naked 2 | Is is worth your money?


With the Sephora VIB Rouge and VIB sales going on, I thought this would be a good time to visit an older palette that I have seen on a few peoples wish lists. The Urban Decay Naked 2 palette.

This palette of 12 shadows regularly retails for $54. This palette features taupe hued neutral shades. A few matte, but mostly shades with some form of shimmery or satin finish to them.


It also has a pretty nice mirror, and a double ended brush that is very useful. The packaging is very substantial, and does a great job at keeping the shadows safe during travel.


Shades in order from left to right. My thoughts on each shade included.

  • Foxy (Matte) This is a cream shade with a bit more of a yellow under tone than usual. I really like to use it to set my primer, neutralizes my lids nicely. A shade I must have in my collection.
  • Half Baked (Shimmer) This shade is in the original Naked palette as well. I get that it is a cult classic shade, but I don’t like the over lap.
  • Booty Call (Satin) This is a really pretty shade, nice to high light the inner corner with. It isn’t exactly a shade that is hard to dupe though.
    • Chopper (Shimmer) Pretty deep bronze. This is a lot like the Cover Girl shadow Golden Sunset, but better quality.
  • Tease (Matte) A fantastic transition shade to use in the crease if you do not like warm tones, but don’t want a straight up gray either. (Kind of the point of this palette).
  • Snake Bite (Shimmer) This is a deep taupe shade that I love using on the outer third of my lid.
  • Suspect (Shimmer) Light taupe. I like using this shade when I do a halo eye. It is light, but not too light.I actually do not have any other shades that even look close to similar on the eyes.
  • Pistol (Shimmer) An other shade that I do not have anything similar to! This taupe shade has quite a bit of green under tone to it, and I really enjoy it. It is a nice way to use a hit of green, if you don’t want to make it obvious.
  • Verve (Shimmer) If you want a really shimmery inner corner, than this shade will work wonders for you.It has a gray under tone, so it will still come up cool tone. I like to use this shade as a face high light as well.
  • YDK (Shimmer) If you were to mix Chopper and Snake Bite together, this is the shade you would get. I think it looks like a golden taupe shade. I don’t reach for it, like ever and I am not sure why!
  • Busted (Shimmer) A deep brown with gold glitter. Personally, it appears as if it has a purple shift to it.
  • Black Out (Matte) This is my FAVORITE black shadow. I have it in this palette, another palette, and still felt the need to buy the single. I use it all the time to set my liner, or as liner itself.


  • I primed my eyes with the Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden, then set it with the shade Foxy.
  • I took the shade Tease and buffed it into my crease, this is going to act as my transition shade.
  • I took Pistol and put it on the inner and outer thirds of my eyes. Yep, we are doing a halo eye!
  • To connect the two shades I just buffed in a little more Tease.
  • For the center of my lid I used the shade Suspect.
  • I used Busted to deepen everything up a little bit. I made a point not to use Black Out to do this, sense I do so often.
  • I just mirrored this on my lower lash line.

Please ignore my terrible liner, I was trying out the Essence gel liner, but that is another post all together.

Over All:

If you like mattes more than shimmers, skip this palette. If you like warm tones, skip this palette. If you like taupe toned shades and don’t mind shimmer, than this is a great palette for you! If you have a small collection, or just want an all in one eye palette, I think this will do you wonders. All the shades are amazing quality. There is a matte cream, black, and crease shade; really all it is missing is a deep matte brown, and you can get one of those super cheap from the drug store. Could you get similar looks with a drug store palette or singles? Oh, yeah; for sure. But, it will not last you as long; which in my eyes is pretty important.

I really hope you enjoyed this post and that it was helpful! What do you think of this palette? Have any dupes? Which Naked palette is your favorite? Comment below! Want more B&T? Give this a read! You can also find me on Instagram and Snapchat as manda_janette

XoXO Manda