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My 2017 Game Changing Beauty Products

As I started putting together this post, I didn’t even know where to begin as there’s been so many amazing beauty launches in 2017. 
Over the past 12 months, there have been some great innovations along with standout trends and no doubt the added celebrity factor; amplifying the whole hype around the beauty industry.

I believe for the majority of us, 2017 was a beyond challenging year. However, I believe that through tough times we tend to focus on the things that matter to us and make us happier people.Speaking for myself, make up and beauty have truly been part of my escape for the most part of the year. 
I'm so grateful to have had the pleasure of working with some amazing brands, meeting some fantastic people and discovering some incredible products in the process.

The following gems have gotten me through this past year and I hope my favorites give you some ideas on what you might need to get 2018 started:)

1)      L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow foundation
I have officially been through 3 tubes of this stuff and for me, that’s a serious sign of appreciation. This is my perfect foundation in the sense that it is a radiant finish, long lasting wear (a solid 7-8 hours), and medium to full coverage -- plus has an SPF 15. The only drawback would be shade selection. There’s not many shade options for dark and deep skin tones.
Other than that, it’s a solid go-to for any day or occasion!

2)      Wet n’ Wild Photo focus concealer
There’s no better concealer for $5.99!
I was beyond surprised at how much I liked this formula. I have been a fan of the brand for a long time and this concealer is legit in my book. It’s creamy, buildable and does not leave any area of the face dry or textured.

3)      Clove + Hallow Lip Crèmes and Lip Velvets
Clean cosmetics that perform like cult classics? Sign me up!
Everything I have touched from this brand, I absolutely LOVE. My favorites are hands down the lipstick and liquid lipstick formulations. Never before did I think I could get the amount of intensity and pigmentation from a green beauty brand.
Formulated with a CLEAN15 ingredient deck that consists of natural and organic jojoba, castor and sunflower oils. They’re also PETA certified cruelty free and Vegan, so you can feel good while your lippie game is on point.

4)      Master Palette by Mario from Anastasia Beverly Hills
Perhaps you’ve heard of The Kardashians? Whether you love them or love to hate them, you have to admit that their glam game is legendary. Mario Dedivanovic, is the incredible artist behind the Kardashians iconic make-up looks. 
He’s known for being a perfectionist and it shows in the quality and the texture of this palette. It’s the perfect marriage of powder and cream – buttery, smooth and highly pigmented.
Looking to get your hands on this one? Sorry ladies, it was only part of a limited exclusive launch.
But this leaves me to my next top pick…

5)      Identity Palette by Persona Cosmetics
If you’ve been looking to get a palette similar to the Master Mario Palette -- in not only shade range but texture and finish, this one is a personal fave and one of my most used palettes of 2017. This is my go-to travel palette as it has everything and more for creating gorgeous eye looks. The pigmentation and quality is amazing!
Persona Cosmetics founder, Sona Gasparian, is a professional make-up artist and full-time beauty guru, so anything she makes or touches is #beautygoals.
Check out her cosmetics at or @simplysona

6)      Killawatt Highlighter from Fenty Beauty by Rihanna
The glow up be real with this one!
This is the most intense highlight I have in my current collection. The compact has two options of glow goodness to give the most gorgeous multi-dimensional glow possible.
If you ever wanted to look like a glazed donut, look no further.

7)      The Ordinary by Decim
This is the perfect line for skincare geeks on a budget. Since my review in September (you can check that out here) I’ve re-purchased and have seen continued improvements in my skin. If you have challenges with finding the perfect skincare regime for under $20, girl, they got you covered!

That’s a wrap on what had me obsessed this past year!
If you have any favorite product recommendations that I need to check out, please comment them below or hit me up on Instagram @the_greyrose

Enjoy the fresh start,

Rachelle Xo 

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