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

Fall Favorites!

I got really busy over the past couple months with schoolwork so I’m really sorry about not having an October favorites! I had all the products drafted out but never made time to take the photos. So I’m combining my favorite products since September for this post!

Eyes

  • Sigma E25 Blending Brush – I got a mini version of this brush (just the shorter handle – the brush tip itself is the same) as the little extra when I bought my Creme de Couture palette. I use it for blending a little bit, but I still prefer my E35 for that. I mostly use this for applying lid colors and highlighting under my brows because it’s more flat and less round. It’s great quality like all Sigma brushes and it was nice to get it as a free extra since it’s a $15 brush and the shorter handle doesn’t make it any less capable of doing its job.
  • Real Techniques Essential Crease Brush – RT recently came out with a set of 6 brushes (2 eye, 2 foundation, 2 finishing) called “Sam’s picks” and this was a set exclusive so of course, me being me, I had to buy the set just for this brush. But the set also had 4 brushes I love and would like to have duplicates of anyway. The essential crease brush is awesome because it’s light and fluffy so it’s great for applying a transition color really softly. It’s also got a nice shape where it’s round at the base but slightly pointed at the end so it can be used for blending as well as getting a more concentrated application of color. Love it!
Left: Sigma E25; Right: Real Techniques Essential Crease brush

Left: Sigma E25; Right: Real Techniques Essential Crease brush

  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Rockstar – I’ve had this for a while and always use it in the fall and winter. It’s a dark eggplant color and I think it helps bring out my hazel eyes. The formula of these pencils is super smooth and creamy so it’s really easy to apply.
UD 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner in Rockstar

UD 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner in Rockstar

  • Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in black – This is a twist up eyeliner so I love that I don’t have to sharpen it. It’s very pigmented and creamy – great quality for a drugstore liner. I can get a nice thin line very close to my upper lash line so this is easy to apply when I don’t want to spend a long time on my eyeliner.
Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in black

Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in black

  • CoverGirl Lash Perfection mascara – This is a great lengthening mascara that also adds a good amount of volume. It doesn’t clump and the brush is a good size (I hate huge mascara brushes like the Flamed Out mascara for example). I just wish it came in a waterproof formula too!
  • Maybelline Big Eyes mascara – I don’t really use the regular sized brush upper lashes brush but I love this for the small brush for lower lashes.
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara – I got a little set that came with a mini size of this and the Perfect Eyes eyeliner and this mascara is great! The wand looks kind of scary like it’s going to clump everywhere but it’s no clumpier than the average volumizing mascara. This stuff really adds awesome length and volume.
  • Ulta eyeshadow in Silk – This is a rediscovered favorite. I was reorganizing my makeup storage and remembered that I had this. The shade is similar to MAC’s Phloof! – it’s a frosty light beige. I love it for a lid color as well as a brow highlight. It also really adds a pop to the inner corners.
Ulta Silk Eyeshadow

Ulta Silk Eyeshadow

  • MAC Pigment in Pink Opal – I bought some sample sized MAC pigments for around $3-4 each from here and I highly recommend it! Perfect if you just want to try out some pigment shades without committing to the full size and paying $21 for it from MAC. I thought this color is really cool because it’s white but has pink reflects so it has an awesome pink sheen when you tilt it in the light.
  • NYX Pigment in Pearl – This is an iridescent frosty pink shade and I think it looks really pretty for a nice pop to the lid and inner corner.
Left: MAC Pigment in Pink Opal; Right: NYX Pigment in Pearl

Left: MAC Pigment in Pink Opal; Right: NYX Pigment in Pearl

  • NYX eyeshadows in Aloha, Charcoal Brown, and Hunter Green – These are all very pigmented and soft. Hunter Green and Chocolate Brown are great colors for fall! Aloha is a nice shimmery everyday lid color.
Top to Bottom: NYX eyeshadows in Charcoal Brown, Hunter Green, and Aloha

Top to Bottom: NYX eyeshadows in Charcoal Brown, Hunter Green, and Aloha

  • Benefit Creaseless Cream shadow in R.S.V.P. – I didn’t think about buying this before because the color is a rose gold sort of tone and slightly darker than what I usually choose for an eyeshadow base but I have been using this non-stop! The color is great for fall and winter and looks really pretty when worn alone too. And the formula of the Benefit cream shadows is amazing as always so it has a really nice, smooth texture.
  • NYX White Eyeshadow Base – This is just like the Milk Jumbo Pencil except in pot form so you don’t have to sharpen it. Just as great as the Milk pencil and the formula feels pretty much the same. Great for brightening up colored shadows.
Left: NYX White Eyeshadow Base; Right: Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in R.S.V.P.

Left: NYX White Eyeshadow Base; Right: Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in R.S.V.P.

Face

  • NYX HD Concealer – This is a great formula and I love liquid concealer for under my eyes because I can use my beauty blender and get a great finish. However, I have to say that the shade range for this concealer could use some improvement. I bought CW01 (Porcelain) because I’m usually the lightest color in face makeup since I’m so pale. It’s actually pretty light on me so I use it for brightening as well as concealing under my eyes. I wanted to get another one in my actual skin tone so got CW02 but I really can’t see a difference between that and CW01. I swatched CW03 in the store but it was more salmon toned. I swatched my color in Maybelline Fit Me concealer next to all these swatches and none of them were close enough that I felt I could really find my shade. But I love the lighter shades for brightening and again, the formula is great.
  • CoverGirl Professional Loose Powder – I’ve used HD translucent powder for a long time but I noticed the white cast that would show up in photos, so I wanted to buy a flesh colored powder to try out. This one was only $6 and it’s AMAZING. It photographs nicely and a little goes a long way. I use it with my ELF kabuki and I feel like I don’t have to use that much powder to completely set my foundation and concealer. I always had to use a lot with the HD translucent powders. It has a super tiny amount of shimmer but you can’t see it when applied and it kind of adds a little bit of a glow/brightening effect. It also feels really nice and smooth on the skin. The only negative is it’s a little thick compared to the translucent powders I’m used to, so sometimes I mix the translucent powder with it (about half and half) and I love the way that comes out and feels on my skin.
  • CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation – GREAT coverage! Not too thick and you don’t need that much to get the good coverage. It’s around the same consistency as Benefit Hello Flawless, but the shade range is much better. It’s pretty long lasting and lightweight feeling.
  • NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Boho Chic – I like a nice cream blush during the colder months and this is a nice basic light pink color that gives me a natural looking flush.
NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Boho Chic

NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Boho Chic

Lips

  • NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Tokyo – This is my new favorite lip color product! I love lip products that dry completely and don’t come off when I take a drink or eat something. My MUFE Aqua Rouge did this, but it also feels kind of stiff on my lips. This is soft (just like the name says!) and I barely feel it when it’s on. It dries completely after about 5 minutes to the point where I can kiss my hand without any product transferring. I wish they had more shades because I would buy a lot of them! Tokyo is a light pink, almost nude shade. I also just bought Antwerp, which is more of a coral.
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream left: Tokyo, right: Antwerp

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream
left: Tokyo, right: Antwerp

Nails

  • Sally Hansen Dry & Go Drops – OH MY GOD these are insane. Why did it take me so long to try these?? They literally work wonders. You wait a minute after applying a top coat and then do a couple drops on each nail with this. After 2 minutes your nails are GOOD TO GO. No smudges or dents. It’s like a miracle. I wish I had tried this many years ago. Anyone who paints their nails seriously needs this in their life!!!
Sally Hansen Dry & Go Drops

Sally Hansen Dry & Go Drops

  • Red Carpet Manicure Portable LED Light & Must Haves Kit – I’ve been wanting a gel polish kit so I could give myself gel manicures at home instead of paying $30+ at the salon. Ulta was having a buy 1 get 1 half off on Red Carpet Manicure products and this was cheaper than most kits I’ve seen. The portable light is smaller than the regular one but this just means you have to cure 4 nails on one hand, 4 nails on the other, and then both thumbs instead of each hand at once, and you have to cure it for about twice as long (but 2 minutes really isn’t that long anyway). Their regular light is $50 and the portable is $25 (got it for $12.50 with the sale) so I would say the price makes up for the slight disadvantages. The Must Haves Kit includes their Purity Cleanser (you use this before the manicure), Erase Gel Polish Remover, Prep polish, base coat, top coat, and cuticle oil. My manicures using these products have lasted just as long as the salon gel manicures do so I don’t think I will ever pay for a salon gel manicure again!
  • Sally Hansen Pro Gel Polish in Greige – This is a nice neutral taupe (great for fall!) and was the first gel polish I bought to try out. I haven’t used a Red Carpet Manicure polish yet but I figured all gel polishes are probably the same, and my manicures lasted a while so I doubt mixing brands matters.
  • Formula X for Sephora Xplosives Top Coat in Chaotic – First of all I just wanna say I am so impressed with how many different effects are available in the Formula X line! So glad they came out with it. I bought this top coat which is basically black and white confetti so it has a bunch of different shapes in it – hexagon chunks, tiny dots, sticks – and looks almost like paint splatter on the nails. I just bought the another one in Wham! which is just white confetti. I think the effect is super cool looking and really easy to do. The confetti is dispersed pretty well so you don’t have to paint a bunch of coats or push the confetti around to get the desired effect.
Formula X for Sephora Xplosives Top Coat in Chaotic over China Glaze For Audrey

Formula X for Sephora Xplosives Top Coat in Chaotic over China Glaze For Audrey

June Favorites – my first post!

Unfortunately I haven’t had the chance to buy a lot of new products this month – but the products I did buy I have really loved!

Face:

  • Benefit Boi-ing concealer: I like this so much I’ve already hit pan! I have big bags under my eyes which are also pretty dark, so a good concealer is a necessity for me. In the past I’ve used Benefit’s Erase Paste under my eyes. While the salmon color really provided a nice contrast to my dark circles, I felt that Erase Paste moved around too much. I definitely couldn’t use it without a setting powder, and when I tried to set it, it didn’t really stay in the places where I needed it most. I decided to try out something that felt more solid on my face. Boi-ing has a thicker consistency. I apply it with my finger by using a patting motion where I need it. It blends out very nicely this way and also STAYS PUT. It doesn’t need to be set as badly as Erase Paste, but I still set it because I tend to rub around my eyes a lot throughout the day. I use Makeup Forever’s HD Microfinish powder on a Real Techniques multi-task brush or an Elf kabuki. The concealer doesn’t crease and I can also use it on blemishes (unlike Erase Paste, Boi-ing isn’t a salmon color so it’s more versatile). I’ve found that I can go all day without needing to reapply as well. I definitely recommend Boi-ing if you’re looking for a good concealer.

Eyes:

  • Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Bikini-Tini: I was looking for a cream eyeshadow in a pretty lid color that I could use alone or as a base. I swatched every cream eyeshadow in Sephora that came in a beige/cream/champagne type of color. Almost every one I tried had a LOT of glitter fallout and not enough color. This one really stood out because it didn’t have as much glitter in the formula and had a nice metallic frosty finish. There wasn’t enough glitter to even have any fallout. I apply it with my finger and it glides nicely onto the lid and doesn’t crease (just like the name says!). With this product I found exactly what I was looking for in a cream eyeshadow and it looks great on its own. When used under a powder shadow, it adds a nice sheen to the color.
  • L’Oreal Infallible eyeshadow in Iced Latte: I absolutely love this eyeshadow over Bikini-Tini. The combination gives my lids a fantastic metallic pop – great on the inner corner as well. On it’s own, Iced Latte is still just as awesome. It’s a beautiful champagne frost. I really like it for summer but I would definitely wear it any day of the year. The formula is very interesting too. The powder is sort of loose but the packaging includes a plastic stopper that presses the powder down and packs it together. It’s extremely soft and smooth. It can be applied with a brush but I find I get better color payoff by using my finger.
left: Bikini-Tini, right: Iced Latte

left: Bikini-Tini, right: Iced Latte

Iced Latte layered over Bikini-Tini on lid

Iced Latte layered over Bikini-Tini on lid

Lips:

  • NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Sex Machine: Okay, one thing you should know about me is that I rarely wear anything on my lips besides lip balms – I definitely don’t wear colors on a regular basis. Unlike my face and eyes, I use my mouth to talk/eat/drink throughout the day so I just don’t like putting makeup on it. I don’t like having to worry about smearing the color or getting lipstick on my teeth or getting food around it. And I NEVER wear lip gloss because I can’t stand wearing something that sticky. That being said, I am trying to get used to certain lip products so I can branch out and wear more color on my lips. I found a steal on Amazon where I got a full sized NARS blush, lip pencil, and gloss (which I will probably give to someone) for $40. You can buy the set here. The pencil is very smooth and doesn’t bother me too much. I really like the color because it’s not too dark or bright and is only slightly darker than my actual lips are. It’s very wearable and doesn’t smear too much, but it doesn’t dry completely either.
Sex Machine

Sex Machine

Nails:

  • Gargantuan Green Grape by OPI: Despite the name, I find this color is more blue than green. It doesn’t look anything like the picture online unless they changed the color. It’s a very light blue color and a nice mint shade for spring and summer. If you’re interested in a drugstore dupe, it’s pretty close to Sally Hansen’s Breezy Blue from the Hard As Nails line. OPI’s formula is great, of course. Even though the color is pretty light, it’s not streaky like a lot of Essie polishes are. I only have to apply two coats and three if I want it really opaque.
  • Zoya Pixiedust in Godiva: This is the first Zoya nail polish I’ve tried and it definitely won’t be the last. I bought this after watching Rachel Whitehurst talk about how awesome it was and she wasn’t exaggerating. The formula is FANTASTIC. It’s not gritty like a lot of glitter polishes and with a thick top coat it feels smooth. It paints very evenly and dries quickly. Two coats is sufficient but I usually do three for full opacity. The color is very pretty and wearable. It’s a nice beige and the champagne sparkle really makes it a fun color to wear.
  • Sally Hansen Hard As Wraps: This is a great base coat. It’s pretty thin, doesn’t get sticky, and dries very quickly.
  • Sally Hansen Dries Instantly: When I use this, my nail polish doesn’t chip nearly as soon as it used to. I like to apply a thick coat of this to really make my nails nice and smooth. If your polish chips after a day, try this top coat.
Godiva and Gargantuan Green Grape

Godiva and Gargantuan Green Grape

Hair:

  • One ‘n Only Argan Oil Spray: This stuff is GREAT for frizz. The roots of my bangs tend to get frizzy after I wash my hair so I started spraying this all up on the roots and now they just get wavy when my hair dries. I also spray it on the ends of my hair and I find it leaves them feeling pretty soft. This product can also be used on dry hair for smoothing if used sparingly.
  • One ‘n Only Argan Oil Hydrating Mask: After accidentally doing a permanent dip dye on the ends of my hair with Kool-aid (long story…the moral of it is don’t boil the water if you’re dying your hair with Kool-aid), I ended up bleaching them twice and dying over the bleach to try and get my natural color back.  My ends are pretty dry and damaged, so I use this every week and leave it in for 10 minutes. I’ve found that it’s kept the damage to a minimum and you wouldn’t be able to tell I bleached my ends twice just from the texture or appearance of them.

That’s all my favorites for this month 🙂 I know this was pretty long, but I like to go into detail! Thanks for reading!