Best of the Boxes 2017 - Beauty

The Best of the Boxes 2017 series continues with the top beauty picks for the year. Most of our beauty box reviews last year were written by Hayley, so I asked her to do the honours for this list. Take it away Hayley!

This past year writing reviews for you has really given me a huge appreciation for some of the beauty boxes and their contents. I mean, it can’t be easy curating these beauty boxes as you need to have a theme, products that match said theme, and you don’t want your box to be the same as someone else's. I seriously dig beauty products and am so grateful I’ve gotten to share my passion and appreciation with you all. Without further ado, let’s check out my faves from this past year!

Listed in chronological order, here is the Best of the Boxes 2017 for Beauty:


So these fabulous little patches work like magic! I will apply one at night when I have a big blemish and it is half the size or smaller by morning!

February - Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick from Topbox
This has got to be my second most favourite item that I received this year. I wore this baby for probably two months straight and purchased a full size of it when my sample ran out. Also, it looks fabulous on everyone!

March - RealHer Matte Liquid Lipstick in I’m a Rockstar from Boxycharm
Thanks to Boxycharm I discovered the RealHer brand. I love the message behind their products as they’re all positive affirmations. This matte liquid lipstick was my night out go-to, and it didn’t budge.

March - tarte cosmetics tarteist quick dry matte lip paint in rosé from ipsy
So I think this was the first tarte cosmetics product I received this year and I’m so happy I did as it was my gateway product into many, many more! What I love about tarte is that they’re always cruelty-free, vegan and animal friendly and their products are still awesome! This lip paint was my go-to for school (I’m a teacher) as it was subtle and classy.

April - OFRA Cosmetics Rodeo Drive Highlighter from Boxycharm
This product takes the cake on the best product I received this year! This highlighter was so shimmery and shiny and it just made me feel like I was glowing, turning me into a glamorous goddess!

April - COLOURPOP COSMETICS ULTRA MATTE LIPS in Thursday & Airplane Mode from Glossybox
Thanks to Glossybox, they introduced me to the wonderful world of Colourpop Cosmetics! These ultra matte lips glosses had amazing pigment and ultra staying power!

May - Liquid Glow by Temptu from Boxycharm
At first I was super intimidated by this liquid highlighter but it became a staple in my beauty routine. I usually mix this with my foundation for an overall glow or apply it with my fingers as the last beauty routine item for added glow.

June - Cake Dry Shampoo from Luxebox
Dry shampoo that smells like heaven - need I say more?

July - Chella Eyebrow Cream in Tantalizing Taupe from ipsy
This was my first eyebrow cream and I was already a fan of the Chella brand. Too bad we can’t buy it in Canada! This shade seemed to be a universal colour and it looked good no matter how light or dark I applied it. I also really loved how well I was able to define my brow with the brush.

August - Pro Eyelashes by PÜR The Complexion Authority from Boxycharm
These lashes got me through many weddings and nights out this Fall. It’s seriously impressive that they kept their shape and looked awesome time after time. I would highly recommend these babies to anyone that wants to get more than a few wears out of a pair of falsies!

August - #GRLPWR Liquid Lipstick in Date Night by The Beauty Crop from Boxycharm
This colour, though. I got SO MANY compliments and questions when I wore this liquid lipstick that I knew it was an item that HAD to make this list. Love it!

September - ColourPop Cosmetics Brow Boss Pencil in Light Brown from ipsy
Another awesome ColourPop Cosmetics product! This light brown pencil was easy-to-use and I was able to fill in my brows quickly. It was the perfect shade as I just had my ombre refreshed and my blonde was much brighter.

October - Redken Pillow Proof Blow dry two day extender in brown from Topbox
This dry shampoo smells great and it’s in brown! It doesn’t leave that gray hue on my hair which I seriously appreciated.

November - TARTE Deluxe Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Feisty from ipsy
This blush is lovely and works well on many skin tones. I have already told you guys why I love tarte and this long-lasting blush made the list for multiple reasons.

December - tarte - tarteist™ Lash Paint Mascara from Boxycharm
I never gave tarte mascaras a chance before as I was weirded out and thought that because it was vegan, it wouldn’t be as black as I like my lashes to look. I was seriously mistaken - this is my new favourite mascara! It lengthens my lashes and adds volume.

Now that was a blast! I had a lot of fun sifting through this year’s reviews to give you my Best of list. I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for us beauty-obsessed, subscription box lovers!

What were your favourite beauty products in 2017?


This article was written by Hayley.

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