December Favorites: The Best of 2017

For this month’s favorites post, we’re going to do something a little bit different. Instead my favorites for the month of December, I’m going to share my favorites from the entire year of 2017. That is 12 months worth of favorites to go through so lets get right to it!

Apps, Websites & Tech

Canva– Canva has been one of my go to websites and apps ever since I started blogging. It is a fantastic alternative to Photoshop if you need to make quick graphics for blog posts and other social media. Plus you can use it for other things, like invitations and school worksheets, too! It is truly a multipurpose tool that any blogger or professional on a budget should be on. They do offer a paid for premium version to get access to more images and clip art to use in your designs but the free version is just as good! They also have an app that I love. Whenever I’m advertising for my blog on Instagram, I make the graphic on the Canva app and then upload it straight from there. It is super easy and intuitive to use.

Pexels– This website was a life saver! I don’t always have time to take my own pictures for my blogs or I just don’t have access to the images I want to include. That is where Pexels comes in. Pexels is a one stop shop for free stock photos to use for blogs. You heard me: free stock photos! The images that they have are brilliant and perfect for just about anything. Just put in a search term and, most likely, you will find exactly what you are looking for to use in your blog post.

WordPress- 2017 was the year that I made the move over from Weebly to WordPress and what a difference it has made for my blogging. While not always the most user friendly when it comes to design, WordPress has been a great experience. I splurged this year and paid for the personal plan which has now convinced me to maybe move up a plan to improve my site even more. We’ll see what happens in 2018!

HP Sprocket– I bought this little photo printer around Christmas last year. I love it! While the initial buy is a little pricey ($129), it was well worth it! I use it all of the time for gifts, scrap booking, and more. I even used it to create some of my Christmas decorations in my Festive Bedroom blogmas post this year. If you’ve never heard of this device/app before, the Sprocket is a mini photo printer that doesn’t use ink. I don’t know how it works but you insert the paper and then use the app to edit and print your photos. You can connect the app to your camera roll, facebook, instagram, and other social media accounts.

Beauty Products

tarteist PRO Amazonian Clay Palette from tarte– I love this palette and use it almost every day. It is the perfect collection of colors for everyday looks and beyond. The colors are amazing, beautiful, and super blendable. While it is a little pricey  ($53 at the moment), it is totally worth it. In this palette, you get twenty eye shadow colors. It you look at the palette, the colors are organized from a highlight, lid, crease, and liner shades. The lest row is all shimmer colors to add a wow factor.

Urban Decay Primer Potion– I’ve been using this product for a year now and what a difference it has made. This primer makes my eyeshadow and eye liner last all day long with no budging. It is even better because on days when I’m lazy and (gasp!) didn’t take my eye shadow off, it has held everything on through the night. I’m definitely going to have to try either their other bases too for more looks!

Swamp Queen Palette from tarte– This is a product that I’ve had for about a year or so now and I love it. I especially love the highlighter, gator wings, from this palette. I tend to use it as an eye shadow in my daily looks but it is GORGEOUS! It is, by far, my favorite part of this collection. If I need just one palette for everything when I’m traveling though, this has become my go to travel palette during 2017 just because it has me covered for everything that I need color wise. Plus it comes with its own brush!

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara– I. Love. This. Mascara. Now, I’m not afraid of a little clumping in my mascara. I think, when done right, it actually can look good and can make your lashes seem fuller. That is just me though. This mascara does everything that a mascara should do though. It colors your lashes a deep black, adds volume, and lasts forever without budging off! This mascara is definitely worth the $23 it cost. I had switched to this after a Sephora employee recommended it after I had stopped in to pick up a tarte lash paint. Boy, am I happy I switched over to this!

Tight & Bright Clay Multi-mask from tarte– Yes, another tarte product but I love their stuff so much! I got this mask right before Christmas and it has already made such a difference in my skin! I love it to death. It is a little pricey ($40) but when you think of it as getting two high quality masks, it is a bit more worth it. Plus it is so much fun to put on. I will say that I use a $1 ELF brush to apply this product just to get even coverage.

Charcoal and Black Sugar Dual Action Scrub Mask from CVS- Now everything above are all high end products but I have to share my love for this drug store skin care product. All of the CVS masks are actually pretty amazing, more so than I’d expect. This scub did wonders for my skin and actually started erasing some of the acne scars that I had from my teen years. When I feel a zit coming up, I immediate apply this product and it stops that little face demon in its tracks.

Film// Television & Movies

The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)- This was, by far, one of the best shows of the year. If you’ve been on the fence about getting a Hulu account, get it just for this show. I binged through this show in a couple of days after reading the book and it had me from the very beginning. The acting is phenomenal. The writing is fantastic. The adaptation is practically spot on. I will say, this show will start making you much more aware of what our real life government is doing. Not to say what happens in The Handmaid’s Tale is really happening but there are definitely some visible connections.

Get Out– Now, I didn’t think that this film was that great at first. I found it fairly predictable for the most part. Upon a second viewing, I enjoyed it a lot more. While there were still predictable moments, there was plenty of newness as well. There were lots of things within this film that I hadn’t seen before in a film, yet alone a horror film. It is definitely worth a watch.

Music

Now, I’ve kept a playlist going with my favorite music from 2017 which you can check out here. Below is a collection of songs from my Spotify Top Songs of 2017 playlist and my Ones That Got Away playlist. You can check out more of my favorite music from the year in my Wrapped 2017 post here.

 

What were your favorites for 2017? Share your favorites in the comments!

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