Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Best of 2013! Beauty, skincare, and more :)

 2013 was a year of new things and new friends :)

Some products stood out amongst the others, and here they are! Best of 2013 :)

Concealer: Rimmel London MATCH Perfection in Fair
Bronzers: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil & The Body Shop's Honey Bronzing Powder in 01 Light Matte
Blush: Jouer Peony

This concealer is awesome. You can tell by how little is left! I like to use this for the inner under eye; by placing this lighter color closer to the inner under eye area, it more effectively diminishes dark circles and highlights the area (Goss makeup artist mentioned this trick in one of his videos. It works a lot better than applying concealer to the whole under eye area). This concealer blends easily and dries completely, making it ideal for the undereye area :)

This blush by Jouer is a lovely blue-based pink hue. I found that this was the blush I reached for 90% of the time this year. It gives you a nice pop of color without being too strong :)

This bronzer by the Body Shop is light enough for my fair skintone. This was mentioned by essiebutton on youtube. It's easy to blend and gives you a warm look.

Another favorite this year was this bronzer by Too Faced. It's made with cocoa powder as pigment, meaning that this smells like hot chocolate! Mmm love it. It's very easy to blend and is a shade darker than the bronzer from the Body Shop for more color. This is the mini size that I got in a kit.

So many lip products. I really branched out this year to try out some more cruelty free brands.

From left to right:
Too Faced La Creme in Stiletto Red, Spice Spice Baby, Urban Decay's Turn On, and Zuzu Luxe's Vino de Amor
Rimmel London Show Off (Aka apocolips) in Anova

All of these lipcolors are awesome! I really like the smooth but pigmented la cremes by Too Faced. Urban Decay's Turn On was a nice pink to add to my collection, and Zuzu Luxe's Vino De Amor is an all-time favorite deep red shade :)
Rimmel's Show off/Apocalips formula is amazing. I have almost every cream color (I'm not so big on shimmers). They're pigmented and give the lips a full look.

I stuck to a general eyelook for a majority of the year (hey, when I get something I like, I stick with it! :P)

Bobbi Brown's Long-wear Gel Eyeliner in Caviar Ink
I like using this eyeliner with a very thin liner brush to create a winged look on the days that I don't need super-staying power. It's very easy to control and doesn't smear throughout the day :) It's a brown/black, very pigmented color!

This "Better than Sex" Mascara by Too Faced has quickly become a favorite! The packaging, the formula, and the brush are all stellar! It gives a full shape to the lashes while being a rich black color and lasting all day.

This liquid eyeliner by Lorac (Front of the Line PRO) is another all-time favorite. I've bought 5, maybe 7 of these? They last quite a while and are the best liquid eyeliner I've found. It lasts all day, doesn't flake, doesn't smudge, doesn't hurt your eyes, and removes easily with oil cleansers. It's also a very pigmented black color, so you don't have to retrace your line! :) The brush tip makes it very easy to create a cateye look.

As for eyeshadows... just pick any of the NAKEDs by Urban Decay. I love all of them.

A go-to everyday favorite was the Urban Decay NAKED Basics palette. This comes with five mattes and one shimmer shade. I used this pretty much 90% of the time I did my makeup this year, it's just so foolproof! The colors work very well with my skin tone and blend very nicely :)

NAKED, NAKED 2, and NAKED 3 were also favorites. I found myself reaching for the NAKED 2 more, as I find it has lighter colors that work better with my skin. The NAKED 3 was a new introduction that I'm still playing with, but the shades are pigmented and the mattes are good for blending.

My fragrance favorite was Bath and Body Work's Forever Red. This is pretty much one of the only perfumes I can wear (I feel ill around most perfume scents, very sensitive nose). It lasts all day and smells almost fruity.

Elta MD's UV Clear SPF 46 was a must have this year. I love this moisturizer so much that I can't use anything else. It gives a nice hydration to the face without being too much or too little. I also love that it has above SPF 30, as I like to take care of my skin :) This SPF also goes on completely clear and doesn't leave a white cast like others I've tried.

Urban Decay's b6 spray has been kind of a luxury this year. I spray this on before I put on my moisturizer as a kind of prep for my skin. It just feels so refreshing!

LUSH cosmetics was a HUGE favorite this year. I've started to use more of their products on a regular basis. This cute little scarf/knot wrap was featured in a lot of posts on this blog too! :)

Michael Todd's Honey and Oat cleanser was very helpful in keeping my skin breakout free and happy. It also removes light makeup or makeup residue. It doesn't leave my skin tight or greasy.

Mint Julips by LUSH was a game changer this year. I put this on when I wake up in the morning to remove any dead skin. It also has a yummy mint flavor that's quite refreshing! :)

And for my final favorite of 2013, my rescue, (Einstein) Bagel!
This little guy has crawled his way into my heart. I might have spoiled him with lots of treats and kitty toys, but he deserves it, even if he hoards my products under the bed :)

What were your favorites of 2013?

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