2017 Favorites from the Year!

Non-beauty Favorites from 2017

I DID IT. I rounded up, to the very best of my ability, my favorites from the calendar year of 2017! I’m sure I forgot something, but I really tried to look way back into the spring and last winter to remember new product discoveries and things I really loved!

Below you’ll find links to everything I mentioned in the video! 

Nail Polish: Essie Gel Couture nail polish, Gelish at home gel manicure kit

Skincare: Ole Henriksen Truth Serum, Ole Henricksen Facial Sauna Scrub, Origins A Perfect World Antioxidant Cleanser with White Tea, Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral Sunscreen, Bare Minerals Prime Time Foundation Primer

Makeup:  Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in shade 5, Tarte Clay Play Face Shaping Palette, NARS velvet matte lip pencil in Intriguing, Urban Decay All Nighter Concealer (I wear Fair Warm), It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores, Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder, Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment (any shade, but I really love Rose)

Hair Products: Redken Beach Envy shampoo, Matrix Turbo Dry blow dry primer

Bodycare: St. Tropez Gradual Tan, Gilette mens razor


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Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog says · 12.29.17

Watching the video right now! Thanks for summarising your favourites of the year. Have a great 2018! ❤️❤️

Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

Stephanie says · 12.29.17

I love the clay play! It is actually on sale right now on tarte website for $20!

Melody says · 12.29.17

Where do you buy these products?
Also, have you tried the Lip Sense line? LOVE the long lasting lip color and liner!

Christina says · 12.29.17

I think you linked the wrong Tarte Clay Play palette above because it does have a blush… not complaining, just make sure you saw that since it’s what you said you wanted in the video 🙂

Sharon hardy says · 12.29.17

Your wish was answered. The clay play now has a volume 2 with a blush.

Shannon B says · 12.29.17

Great post Kate! I ordered the Tarte Clay Play palette on the Tarte website this morning. It’s on sale for $20 right now!

Briana Smith says · 12.29.17

Love your favorites videos!
My New Years resolution is to finally “adult” with my skin care and makeup. I have trouble with breakouts so I’ve used Proactiv for years. I love it but it strips my skin and dries it out so I almost never use makeup because it just looks bad. And when I do, it’s just like eye makeup and maybe Tarte BB cream (which I love but would like a fuller coverage) Any tips or brands to look at that have a good track record with sensitive skin but still hydrate?

Alyssa says · 12.31.17

I love the Murad Acne line (even tho I don’t have a huge acne problem, works great!) I am mid 20s with dry sensitive skin.

Heather says · 12.29.17

Ooh, the Bye Bye Pores powder sounds really intriguing, I will have to try that! I have been using a Gillette Fusion men’s razor for 3 or 4 years now and it’s the BEST. It’s one less ‘separate thing’ I have to think about when I need to get razors, because my husband and I both have one and we buy one pack of blades and we’re good to go. (Buying them on Amazon is super convenient, too! 😉 )

Erinn says · 12.29.17

That nail polish color is GORGEOUS! And I can’t wait to try out that cleanser!
Happy New Year!

Jean Ann Howell says · 12.29.17


Is this the Loreal blow dry spray you mentioned?

Alison says · 12.29.17

Hi Kate! Love your blog and been following for years! This was a great video! One thing you mentioned this summer as one of your drugstore favorites was the Revlon Creme Eyeshadow (espresso) and it’s ah-ma-zing! So easy to use (the brush is worthless as you indicated) and an incredible color for every day but also can do more! Love love love!

Kayla Holt says · 12.29.17

Hey, Kate! I follow you on Instagram and today on your story, you posted a pic of your 20 week bump and you had on a pair of green shoes! I DM you but you probably didn’t get it, so I was just wondering where you got them from! Thanks so much! 🙂

Kate says · 12.29.17

They are Asics!

Kirsten says · 12.29.17

I love this video. You have the best reccomendations! Where are your cute ear jackets from, that you’re wearing in this video? Thank you!!

Logan Lee says · 12.29.17

I just ordered the Tarte Clay Play palette! I can’t wait to get it! 😍

Ashlee says · 12.29.17

I know you have changed your lash routine quite a bit this year, but weren’t you using some brand of lash fibers for a while (before the lash lift)? I can’t remember if you still use the fibers after, but I didn’t catch a lash favorite in the video.

Michelle says · 12.29.17

Is there a video of you using the Tarte Clay Play? Would love to see how you use it! Thanks, love your site!!

Stephanie says · 12.29.17

I always look forward to your monthly and yearly favorites videos! When my daughter asks what I want for Christmas or my birthday I tell her to watch those videos to get some ideas!

Holly says · 12.29.17

I loved this video! I always look forward to your recommendations. I was thinking about trying the St. Tropez gradual. Do you find it bleeds onto your clothes or sheets? I’ve wanted to try a tanning lotion but don’t want to be afraid to wear white! Thanks! 😊

Shannon says · 12.29.17

Thank you so much for sharing your favorites! I always enjoy your honest reviews

Kristen says · 12.29.17

Thank you – I absolutely love your favorites videos!

Didn’t you talk quite a bit about a face mask that you liked this year? I feel like it was mentioned in a previous favorites video this year. What masks are you liking these days for correcting/getting rid of acne?

Lauren says · 12.30.17

Great suggestions, thanks! I would love to see a video on how to remove the gel manicure as that always has intimated me.

Trish says · 12.30.17

Would you mind doing a tutorial on how to remove gel polish? I love the polish but hate trying to remove it.

Thanks for all your great videos and posts!

Jennifer says · 12.30.17

If I’m not mistaken you have mentioned doing a post about things NOT to do when styling our hair. I would love for you to do that!

Christine Whetstine says · 12.31.17

So many great products! I was wondering where your flocked Christmas tree is from that’s behind you in the video?

Naomi says · 12.31.17

Great favourites for 2017! A few I have now purchased thanks to your recommendations! Where are your gorgeous earrings from? I’m in love with them and have been searching the internet like mad! Happy New Year! X

Lauren says · 12.31.17

I got a gift set of the Fresh lip treatments that had Tulip, Rose and Petal for Christmas. I asked for them after seeing you talk them up and I absolutely love them! Thanks for talking about them so much in November or I might not have tried them.

Kaitlin Joiner says · 01.02.18

Kate! So I was wondering if you’d do a how-to tutorial on how you use the Gelish Nail kit! After seeing you put the link up in Instastories in early December, I asked my husband to get me one for Christmas. Now that I’ve got it, I want to start but Youtube’s Tutorials didn’t impress me or educate me enough. You are so thorough and legit and so I thought maybe you’d do one?! Happy New Year!

Tilesbay says · 01.03.18

Thank you so much for sharing your favorites! I always enjoy your honest reviews.

Annie says · 01.04.18

Hello and Happy New year to you and your beautiful family! also, That pic of you and your husband is just sooooo beautiful! You are radiant! I wanted to comment on your eyelashes!!! They look so long!!! and lovely! are they your lashes? if so….please share what mascara, or lash serum you are using……. thank you kindly…and thank you for sharing all of your favorites!!!! Have been following you for YEARS…and just love you!!!!

Vicki says · 01.14.18

Kate – I love your blog and have tried several things that you suggested and fallen in love with! One is Tarte Shape Tape contour concealer that I thought was your absolute favorite! Did you forget it or was it replaced by a new favorite? Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family!

Allie says · 02.19.18

Would the Laura Mercier setting powder create a white/washed out flashback in wedding photos?

Tammy says · 01.26.19

What is the lip balm/chapstick that you absolutely love and ALWAYS have on hand? I cannot remember the name and wanted to buy some. Thank you!