2017 Favorites

The year 2017 is almost over and oh what a year it has been! There were good times and not so good times but overall, the year 2017 was a blessing for me. I learned so much and definitely grew as a person. In this blog I will highlight my favorite beauty product, trips, and memories of 2017.

Beauty Favorite of 2017

  • Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

When this foundation came out, it was all anybody was talking about. The shade range, coverage and finish is what drew me in. All of my favorite beauty influencers were talking about it and it made it’s what to #1 on my list of makeup to purchase. Ever since I got it, it has become my go to foundation. Everytime I wear it, I get compliments and questions about it. It keeps ,y oily skin under control and feels so lightweight. The coverage is perfect and keeps me matte all day. Can’t rave enough about this foundation. I’m definitely looking forward to what Fenty Beauty brings us in 2018!

Favorite Trips of 2017

  • Disney World -New Year’s Eve

I was able to go to Walt Disney World for New Years Eve and it was a trip to remember. I went with my pageant director, Natalee, her family and friends, and my sister crown Morgan and we had an amazing time. These people know how to do Disney. We got to eat with characters, see amazing shows and attractions, and of course ride super fun rides. The firework show was amazing and Epcot on New Years Eve is a party! There’s raves and music and food everywhere! I will never forget this New Years Eve!

  • Disney World-Fourth of July

Yes, I got to go to Disney TWICE this year. This trip was during the summer so yes it was hot but it was also one of my favorite holidays, Fourth of July. I love fireworks and honestly, fireworks in Disney for the fourth was a dream. I got to be with my family and we had a blast.

  • Kansas City, Missouri

I had the opportunity to visit Kansas City for business and had the opportunity to explore the area a little bit. This city is super cool with fantastic food. If you go to Kansas City and don’t have barbecue, you are missing out. The Negro League Baseball museum was informative and fun and the Union Station was filled with history. I’m a huge history buff so I have to visit a historical landmark everywhere I go. I loved this little trip.

Favorite Memories of 2017

  • College Graduation

May 2017 I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville! After four years of hard week, I was proud to walk across that stage as a Vol for life!

  • Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant 2017

In June 2017 I competed for the title of Miss Tennessee. I had the best interview of my life, felt amazing physically, mentally, and emotionally and accomplished so many goals. I was blessed to be a runner up to the quality of life award for my work with my platform, Advocates for Autism. I went on to place 3rd Runner Up to Miss Tennessee. Going from unplaced the year before to the top 5 exceeded all of my expectations.

*photos by Darren Lykes Photography

2017 was a great year! I am blessed and eagerly waiting to see what 2018 has in store for me! I hope everyone had a happy and safe New Year’s Eve.

Happy New Year!


Brianna Joi


Hush.com Aphrodite Eyeshadow Review

I recently stumbled up a website/app called Hush where there’s a HUGE selection of makeup products for amazing prices. It is also a super easy app. They have drugstore products and a selection of high end products as well.

As I was browsing I came across an eyeshadow palette that was calling my name! The Aphrodite Eyeshadow palette was on sale for $10 and the shades looked extremely similar to the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Eyeshadow Palette. The only difference was the price! Huda Beauty Rose Gold Eyeshadow Palette is on the Sephora website for $65.

I am IN LOVE with this palette! The swatches were smooth and so pigmented. The palette consists of 18 shadows: 10 mattes, 2 shimmers, and 6 glitter shades. The mattes were extremely buttery and the shimmers and glitters were smooth and pigmented. The shade range has everything you may need to complete a full eye look. It has the mattes you need for crease and transition shades and the glitters and shimmers are perfect lid shades.

Shades from Left to Right: Sparks, Tease, Admire, Flirt, Lust, Romance, Admire, Crush, Passion, Blushing, Seduction, Jealousy, Infatuation, Beauty, Euphoria, Love, Coy, Heartbreak

After swatching I had to put the eyeshadows to the test!

For my eye look, I used the shade Admire for my transition shade, Jealousy in my crease and Love on my lid. I popped Tease on my browbone and inner tear duct for a little highlight.

The eyeshadows blended well and the glitter shades were best applied with my finger. It was super easy and quick to pull this eye look together!

The look was not complete without  “Ace” by Crv$tal Lashes. These lashes are amazing, affordable and can be worn several times. You can use code JOI at checkout for 20% off.

Overall, I am please with my Hush.com experience and will definitely be purchasing again. The shipping was fast and you just can’t resist those prices!

Have you ever ordered off of Hush.com? What should I get next?


Brianna Joi


Christmas Parade Makeup Look

As Miss Knoxville, I had the pleasure of being in the WIVK Knoxville Christmas Parade. It’s basically the kickoff for the Christmas season in Knoxville. I’m a Christmas fanatic so I look forward to this parade every year! This year, I wanted to rock a glam, classic look.

My makeup collection is a mix between a couple of high-end products and drug store products. Here are the products I used to create this look.

FENTY BEAUTY Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation in shade 380 Cool

$34 at Sephora

Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette

$49 at Ulta

Shades used from left to right: Puree for transition , Caramelized for lid, Bless Her Heart for outer corner and crease, Wet n Wild Glitter in Brass for lid topper

Wet N Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals

$10 on Amazon

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick in Rebel Red

$6.59 on Amazon

Kiss Lash Couture Faux Mink in Midnight

$19.99 for a 3 Pack on Amazon

Wet n Wild Glitter in Brass

$0.89 on Amazon

I am pretty happy with how this look came out. The eyes and lips were definitely the focus, perfect for the holiday season. So classy and glamorous!

The lipstick was my favorite part of this look! I’ve been loving a red lip for the holidays lately. What’s your signature holiday makeup look?
Brianna Joi