2013 Favorites!

Here’s a list of all my favorite beauty products from 2013. I’m not going to go into detail discussing each product because I’ve talked about most of them in monthly favorites posts already, but if you have questions about any of them just ask! Some products aren’t pictured because I don’t have them with me right now but most of them are pictured either in this post or a previous favorites post.

Face:

face products

face products: foundation, concealers, powder

face products: blush, bronzer, highlighter, setting spray

face products: blushes, bronzer, highlighters, setting spray

  • Nyx HD concealer
  • Maybelline Fit Me concealer
  • Benefit Boi-ing concealer
  • Benefit Stay Don’t Stray eye and concealer primer
  • Elf HD translucent powder
  • Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 foundation
  • NYC Sunny bronzer
  • Elf Tickled Pink blush
  • Physician’s Formula Translucent Pearl powder
  • Benefit Highbeam
  • theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer
  • Nyx Boho Chic Rouge cream blush
  • *Tarte BB Tinted 12-hour primer
  • Elf Mist & Fix

Eyes:

eye products: mascara and eyeliner

eye products: mascaras and eyeliners

eye products: eyeshadow and eye bases

eye products: eyeshadows and eye bases

  • Nyx white eyeshadow base
  • Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadows in RSVP and Bikini-Tini
  • Naked 2 palette
  • Lorac Pro palette
  • L’Oreal Infallible eyeshadow in Iced Latte
  • Nyx Pearl pigment
  • Nyx Aloha eyeshadow
  • Stila Kitten eyeshadow
  • L’Oreal Infallible Super Slim liquid liner
  • Urban Decay eyeliners in Rockstar and Stash
  • Urban Decay eyeshadow in Sellout
  • Too Faced Perfect Eyes pencil
  • Revlon Colorstay eyeliner
  • Maybelline Colossal mascara
  • Maybelline Big Eyes mascara
  • Covergirl Lash Perfection mascara
  • Covergirl Clump Crusher mascara
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
  • Milani Brow Kit
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills clear brow gel
  • MAC eyeshadows in Satin Taupe, Shale, and Shadowy Lady
  • Rimmel Scandaleyes waterproof kohl eyeliner in Taupe

Lips:

lip products

lip products

  • Nivea lip butter in Raspberry Rosé Kiss
  • EOS lip balms
  • Nyx Soft Matte lip cream in Tokyo
  • Wet ‘n Wild Mega Last lipstick in Think Pink
  • Tarte Lipsurgence matte lip tint in Lucky

Hair:

hair products

hair products

Le Angelique curling wand

Le Angelique curling wand

  • One ‘n Only Argan Oil Spray
  • Suave Dry Shampoo
  • Le Angelique Ultimate Curling Iron 18/25mm
  • Tresemmé Heat Tamer Spray
  • *Sebastian Shaper Zero Gravity hairspray
  • Aquolina Pink Sugar hair perfume

Fragrance:

fragrances

fragrances

  • Aquolina Pink Sugar perfume
  • *Victoria’s Secret Pink Soft & Dreamy perfume
  • Victoria’s Secret Pink Sweet & Flirty body mist

Nails:

Red Carpet Manicure gel polish system

Red Carpet Manicure gel polish system

nail polishes

nail colors and Sally Hansen Dry & Go drops

  • *Trim Nail Care 7-way buffer
  • Red Carpet Manicure gel polish system
  • Sally Hansen Dry & Go drops
  • Sally Hansen gel polish in Greige
  • Essie Beyond Cozy, No More Film, and Vested Interest
  • Covergirl Outlast Bronze Beauty and Silver Lining
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Pink Satin
  • *China Glaze Devotion
  • *Sinful Colors Shine Divine

* not pictured

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Holiday Party Look – Dramatic Eyes

I wanted to show you guys the type of look I would wear to a Christmas or New Years party since those days are soon approaching. I decided to build the eye look around Urban Decay’s Maui Wowie, a metallic golden beige with silver glitter. It’s definitely cooler than most gold shades. For the face, I wore my usual foundation, concealer, and bronzer. I used a cool pink blush with a light silver-pink highlight. I didn’t apply any lip color because I wasn’t actually going out but I would definitely use something light and neutral with this look.

I apologize for my hair in my face in the photos!

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Products Used

Eyes:

  • NYX White Eyeshadow Base
  • UD Maui Wowie on lid and middle lower lash line
  • L’Oreal Infallible Iced Latte in inner corner and inner lower lash line
  • MAC Copperplate in crease
  • Too Faced Pillow Talk (Naked Eye Palette) above crease
  • UD Pistol in outer corner and outer lower lash line
  • Lorac Pro Palette Slate in far outer V
  • L’Oreal Infallible Super Slim liner on upper lash line and wing
  • Too Faced Perfect Eyes pencil on outer lower lash line
  • (I used tape to get the straight line on the outer V)

Brows:

  • Covergirl Brow & Eye Makers pencil in Soft Blonde
  • Rimmel Brow Pencil in Hazel
  • Milani Brow Kit
  • Benefit Speed Brow gel
  • Lorac Pro Palette Cream to highlight

Face:

  • Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous foundation
  • Maybelline Fit Me concealer (under eyes)
  • Benefit Boi-ing concealer (on blemishes)
  • Elf HD powder (set under eyes)
  • Hourglass Diffused Light Ambient Lighting Powder (all over face)
  • NYC Sunny bronzer
  • NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Boho Chic
  • Elf Pink Passion blush
  • Benefit High Beam
  • Physician’s Formula Translucent Pearl highlighter

Drugstore and Ulta Haul!

Eyes

Eye products

Eye products

  • Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strip in Nude – I love PF cheek products so I thought I’d give this a shot but it is definitely a let down. The shades look beautiful in the palette but most of them aren’t even pigmented enough to be worth swatching. I’m going to try using them wet and I’ll let you know if it makes any difference.
  • Rimmel Glam Eyes eyeshadow quad in #028 English Breakfast – Another let down of pretty but not very pigmented shadows. Again, I’m going to try them wet.
  • Rimmel Scandaleyes waterproof kohl eyeliner in Taupe
  • Wet ‘n Wild Idol Eyes Creme Shadow Pencil in #E130 Pixie
  • Jordana Fabuliner liquid eyeliner in Black
  • Jordana Easyliner For Eyes retractable pencil in Mint
  • Maybelline The Falsies Big Eyes mascara
  • ELF Wet Gloss Lash & Brow clear mascara
  • Benefit Stay Don’t Stray (part of The Pretty Committee set)
  • Benefit Eye Bright (part of The Pretty Committee set)
L to R: Rimmel Scandaleyes in taupe, Jordana Easyliner in mint, Wet 'n Wild IdolEyes in Pixie, Benefit Eye Bright, Eye Bright blended out

L to R: Rimmel Scandaleyes in taupe, Jordana Easyliner in mint, Wet ‘n Wild IdolEyes in Pixie, Benefit Eye Bright, Eye Bright blended out

Lips

Lip products

Lip products

  • Wet ‘n Wild Mega Last lipsticks in #901B Think Pink, #968 Pinkerbell, and #966 Don’t Blink Pink
  • NYC Smooch Proof Lip Stains in #490 Persistent Pink and #493 Champagne Stain
  • ELF Matte Lip Color in Natural
  • Covergirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in #210 Blush Twist
L to R: Wet 'n Wild lipsticks in

L to R: Wet ‘n Wild lipsticks in Think Pink, Pinkerbell, and Don’t Blink Pink

L to R: Elf matte lip color in natural, NYC Smooch Proof lip stain in Persistent Pink and Champagne Stain, Covergirl Lip Perfection jumbo gloss balm in Blush Twist

L to R: Elf matte lip color in natural, NYC Smooch Proof lip stain in Persistent Pink and Champagne Stain, Covergirl Lip Perfection jumbo gloss balm in Blush Twist

Face

Face products

Face products

  • Benefit Hello Flawless foundation in Ivory
  • Benefit The POREfessional (needed a refill)
  • Benefit High Beam mini (part of The Pretty Committee set) – forgot to include in the group picture…woops!
  • Benefit Bella Bamba blush (part of The Pretty Committee set)
  • ELF blush in Tickled Pink
  • ELF High Definition powder (trying to find a dupe for the MUFE one)
  • Physician’s Formula Natural Pearl blush
  • Physician’s Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Airbrushing Blush in Natural
  • ELF Mist & Set spray (needed a refill – this is a great dupe for the Urban Decay/Skindinavia setting sprays)
L to R: Elf blush in Tickled Pink, Physician's Formula Mineral Wear blush in natural, Physician's Formula Natural Pearl blush, Benefit Bella Bamba

L to R: Elf blush in Tickled Pink, Physician’s Formula Mineral Wear blush in natural, Physician’s Formula Natural Pearl blush, Benefit Bella Bamba

Benefit High Beam, blended out on the right

Benefit High Beam, blended out on the right

Nails

  • Covergirl Outlast in Silver Lining and Bronze Beauty
  • China Glaze Devotion, Flyin’ High, and For Audrey
  • Essie Vested Interest
  • Sinful Colors Sinful Shine With Gel Tech Alfresco and Shine Divine
  • OPI Can’t Find My Czechbook
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L to R: OPI Can’t Find My Czechbook, China Glaze Flyin’ High, Devotion, and For Audrey, Sinful Colors Sinful Shine in Shine Divine and Alfresco, Essie Vested Interest

Skincare

  • Loreal Youth Code Texture Perfector serum (highly recommended by Nicole Guerriero)

Hair

  • It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin
Loreal Youth Code Texture Perfector and It's a 10 Miracle leave-in plus keratin

Loreal Youth Code Texture Perfector and It’s a 10 Miracle leave-in plus keratin

Large Collective Haul!

Okay so I clearly have a problem when it comes to online shopping when there is a free shipping spending deal. And then Sephora was having their 3X points for VIBs and I still had my 10% off coupon from becoming a VIB so I was like hmm let me just buy $200 worth of stuff that I’ve been wanting but really don’t need right now. And Tarte was having 30% off and I just can’t control myself ok…not to mention that nail polish is my crack!

Face:

Face products

Face products

  • Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Achiote
  • Tarte Maracuja Cheek Tint in Light Nectar
  • Tarte BB Tinted Treatment Primer with SPF 30
  • Physician’s Formula Mineral Glow Pearls (All Skin Tones)
  • NYC Sunny Bronzer

Eyes:

Eye products

Eye products

  • RapidBrow Eyebrow Enhancing Serum
  • Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes waterproof mascara
  • Rimmel Scandaleyes waterproof kohl eyeliner in light blue
  • Makeup Forever Senseyes eye makeup remover/cleanser
  • Too Faced Naked Eye Palette
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
  • Benefit Highbrow Glow
  • Stila Smudge Stick eyeliner in perwinkle (I also bought the teal shade but it’s on backorder…hopefully I actually get it since these shades are either discontinued or were limited edition to begin with)

Lips:

Lip products

Lip products

  • Makeup Forever Aqua Rouge in #15 pink
  • Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint in Lucky
  • Fortune Cookie Soap Itty Bitty Gritty Strawberry Banana lip scrub
  • Fortune Cookie Soap Something Tropical lip tint

Nails:

Nail products

Nail polish

  • OPI Alpine Show and Matte top coat
  • Essie Beyond Cozy, Smooth Sailing, Barbados Blue, and No More Film
  • NCLA Sugar Fix
  • Sephora Color Hit polish in Catch Me
  • KleanColor Wave of Peppermint
  • Sinful Colors Shock and Awe

Fragrance:

Aquolina Pink Sugar

Aquolina Pink Sugar

  • Aquolina Pink Sugar perfume

Hair:

Hair products

Hair products

  • Fortune Cookie Soap Sea Salt Spritz
  • Aquolina Pink Sugar hair perfume

Body: (more FCS!)

Body products

Body products

  • Shower Steamer in Cold Buster
  • Cupcake Sugar Scrub
  • Red Riding Hood Coffee Scrub (Magic is Coming collection)
  • Belle Body Butter (Magic is Coming collection)
  • One in a Melon Hydrate Me

Let me know if you’d like to know more about any of the products mentioned. I’m sure a lot of them will make it into future monthly favorites! Also, I plan on doing before/after pictures and a review of the RapidBrow after I’ve used it for 60 days. Thanks for reading!

BIG HAUL! Ulta, Sephora, Sigma, M.A.C

I went a little crazy when I got paid last week 😀

Here’s a list of all the stuff I bought! Swatches shown where appropriate (:

Face:

Face products

Face products

  • Lorac CC Cream in Light…as if my pale face would be any other shade haha.
  • Benefit B.Right Radiant Skincare 6 Piece Intro Kit – Mini sizes of these products: Foamingly Clean Facial Wash, Moisture Prep Toning Lotion, It’s Potent Eye Cream, Total Moisture Facial Cream, Triple Performing Facial Emulsion, Refined Finish Facial Polish
  • Nyx Stick Blush in Pink Poppy
  • Nyx Cream Blush in Glow
  • Sigma F82 Round Kabuki
  • Sigma F40 Large Angled Contour (SOOO good for blush and super soft!)
Right: Nyx Creme Blush in Glow, Left: Nyx Stick Blush in Pink Poppy

Right: Nyx Creme Blush in Glow, Left: Nyx Stick Blush in Pink Poppy

Both the Nyx blushes are cream formula but I can tell just from swatching that the Creme Blush is more pigmented than the Stick Blush. I was able to achieve the color payoff on the right swatch in the picture above with only one press of my finger into the product and then just spreading it along my hand. The swatch from the Stick Blush required 4 strokes of the product (I swatched straight from the blush itself since it’s stick form makes it work like a large chapstick). However, the Creme blush has a pretty moist formula and seems like it would need to be set if it’s not blended out all the way. The Stick Blush doesn’t seem like it would need to be set though. Another thing I should mention is that the Creme Blush (at least for Glow) doesn’t have any sparkle but the Stick Blush does (at least for Pink Poppy). I don’t really like sparkly blush but I’ll see how it is when I actually wear it.

Face with no makeup

Face with no makeup

Face with 1 layer of Lorac CC Cream

Face with 1 layer of Lorac CC Cream

Face with 3 layers of Lorac CC Cream

Face with 3 layers of Lorac CC Cream

So far I’ve found that the Lorac CC Cream is actually pretty sheer. However it blends out perfectly and doesn’t cling to large pores or dry areas. It’s pretty buildable so I find I can really “color correct” my redness after a few layers. But it is kind of a let down because I expected it to have more coverage without having to build it up so much.

Eyes:

Eye Products

Eye Products

  • Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow quad in #740 Seashells
  • Clinique Bottom Lash mascara in Black
  • Sephora Long Lasting Kohl Pencil in #07 Infinite Beige
  • Stila eyeshadow in Kitten (Such a popular product I felt I just needed it to complete my life haha.)
  • MAC Pro Palette (holds 15 shadows)
  • MAC eyeshadows: Copperplate, Naked Lunch, Retrospeck, Greensmoke, Shadowy Lady, Shale, Satin Taupe
  • MAC eyebrow pencil in Fling
  • Sigma E30 Pencil (GREAT for outer corner work.)
  • Sigma E35 Tapered Blending (I have never blended so well until I used this! Especially great for crease work.)
Clinique Bottom Lash mascara

Clinique Bottom Lash mascara

Been using this and it’s PERFECT for what it is – tiny wand so I can get each little lash without smudging all over my lash line.

Stila Kitten eyeshadow

Stila Kitten eyeshadow

I’m sure you’ve seen plenty swatches of Kitten before! It’s your everyday shimmery pink/nude eyeshadow that looks good on anyone. But honestly this is probably the best eyeshadow formula I’ve ever tried. SUPER soft!

Sephora Infinite Beige Kohl Pencil

Sephora Infinite Beige Kohl Pencil

I got this just because I needed a nude eyeliner to make my eyes look more bright and awake and I feel like white eyeliner looks a little too unnatural for me. This is nothing special but it does the job. Also, the pencil itself is pretty long so I’m sure it’ll last me a while. It was only $9 – not too high but not too cheap – and I’d say you get what you pay for with this.

Revlon Seashells

Revlon Seashells

The individual colors of the Revlon quad don’t have names but here are the descriptions of what’s pictured left to right:

  • shimmery nude with a hint of peach
  • slightly shimmery cream-white
  • matte warm soft pink
  • light matte taupe

Definitely colors of seashells! It’s hard to see the colors of the matte shades because they kind of blend in with my skin tone but all the shades are pretty pigmented. Revlon is one of my favorite drugstore brands and this product is consistent with their usual quality. I would say this is a great buy for only $6 and the colors are all very wearable shades.

MAC eyeshadows from left to right: Retrospeck, Naked Lunch, Shale, Copperplate, Greensmoke, Satin Taupe, Shadowy Lady

MAC eyeshadows from left to right: Retrospeck, Naked Lunch, Shale, Copperplate, Greensmoke, Satin Taupe, Shadowy Lady

I haven’t tried out all of the MAC shadows yet, but I know I really need to stop buying colors like Retrospeck – I have like 5 eyeshadows around that shade now!

Revlon creme shadows used as bases. Naked Lunch on lid, Retrospeck on mid lid, Copperplate in crease and outer corner

Revlon creme shadows used as bases. Naked Lunch on lid, Retrospeck on mid lid, Copperplate in crease and outer corner

Today I wore the soft pink Revlon shade on my lid and the taupe shade in the outer corner/crease area. Then I applied Naked lunch over the pink on the lid and Retrospeck to the mid lid (Retrospeck looks really pretty over light pink). I used a light hand and blended a little bit of Copperplate in to the crease and then used a heavy hand and a pencil brush to put copperplate in the outer corner. I REALLY love Copperplate. It can be a nice light gray or a bold dark gray depending on how you want to apply it. And it’s completely matte which is nice. I’ll let you know how I like the rest of the colors when I wear them 🙂

eyebrows before filling in

eyebrow before filling in

eyebrows after filling in with MAC Fling pencil

eyebrow after filling in with MAC Fling pencil

Clearly filling in my brows is a crucial step for me!

Lips: (I’m trying to break out of my comfort zone and wear more lipstick!)

Lip Products

Lip Products

  • Make Up Forever Aqua Rouge in #18 Coral
  • MAC lipstick in Ravishing (Cremesheen finish)
Make Up Forever Aqua Rouge in Coral

Make Up Forever Aqua Rouge in Coral

Make Up Forever Aqua Rouge in Coral

Make Up Forever Aqua Rouge in Coral

I REALLY love Aqua Rouge even though I hate wearing stuff on my lips. It dries really fast and is very pigmented. I find that if I only use about a layer on my lips then I can barely feel it and it doesn’t come off, like at all. If I kiss my hand, there is no product transfer. It takes about 2 mins to dry and once it’s dry, it’s not budging. I tried to wash off the hand swatch shortly about 2 minutes taking the picture and it basically won’t come off at all unless I use actual makeup remover. I drank from a can while wearing it and it only left a little bit of a mark. Expensive ($24) but pretty worth it. And who doesn’t love wearing coral in the spring and summer?

MAC Ravishing

MAC Ravishing

MAC Ravishing

MAC Ravishing

Ravishing is a softer, less bright of a peachy coral shade. It has a cremesheen finish so it stays pretty creamy on the lips. It doesn’t dry the way Aqua Rouge does and it definitely transfers when I kiss my hand or eat/drink anything. Personally this is what I don’t like about lipsticks is having to worry about them getting messed up and wearing off. If I know I’m not planning to eat or drink anything then I would reach for this but Aqua Rouge is much more wearable for me.