Best of Beauty 2013

Hey Everyone! I cant believe its already time for my annual Best of Beauty list! Picking this years winners was even harder than last year because so many new products and brands launched; but without further ado, heres the list!

If you want to see last years winners, click here: http://wp.me/p2O2wx-1t

Best High End Brand : Hourglass Cosmetics

Best Budget Brand : Loreal

Most Overrated Product : Maybelline Line Stiletto Liquid Eyeliner

Most Underrated Product : Neutrogena Crease Proof Eyeshadow

Best New Product : Butter London Wink Mascara

Best High End Mascara : Benefit They’re Real

Best Drugstore Mascara : Maybelline Mega Plush Volum’ Express

Best Cream Eyeshadow : Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour

Best Powder Eyeshadow : Laura Mercier Lustre Eye Colour

Best Eyeliner : Palladio Herbal Eyeliner

Best Lip Balm : Loreal Colour Riche Balm

Best Lip Gloss : Bare Essentuals Buxom Lips

Best Lipstick : Chanel Rouge Allure

Best Highlighter : Benefit Watts Up

Best Blush : Smashbox Blush

Best Bronzer : Too Faced Chocolate Soleil, Medium/Deep

Best Concealer : MAC Select Moisturecover

Best High End Foundation : CK One 3-in-1 Face Makeup

Best Drugstore Foundation : Covergirl Clean Whipped Creme

Best Powder : MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

Best Beauty Tool : Beauty Blender Sponge

Best Skincare Brand : Peter Thomas Roth, Glycolic Acid 10% Toning Complex

Best Haircare Brand : Big Sexy Hair

Best Bath and Body Brand : Lush

Best Limited Edition Collection : Too Faced Holiday 2013

Best Breakout Star : Hourglass Cosmetics

Like I did last year, I am now going to talk about a few standout products from the list! First of all, I want to talk about Hourglass Cosmetics and why I chose them for both Best High End Brand AND Best Breakout Star. I feel like this year Hourglass came out of nowhere with amazing and innovative products. Their Ambient Lighting Powders are already a guru favorite and are quickly becoming a staple in most beauty lovers collections. I think its fair to say we have never seen something quite like these powders just based on the sheer innovation, versatility, and quality. They also have an amazing range of foundations and other products that I look forward to becoming more familiar with.

Next, the Butter London Wink Mascaras are sadly not as celebrated as I feel they should be; which is why they were almost this years Most Underrated Product ( which ended up being the Neutrogena Crease Proof Eyeshadows because they are literally the easiest and quickest cream eyeshadow to use, and I have never heard anyone talk about them)….back to the Wink Mascara….Not only does this mascara has a great wand and color range, but the colors are insanely gorgeous AND pigmented. With only two coats I can get a fully opaque purple lash.

Finally, I want to discuss the Best Foundations of the year. The Best High End Foundation, CK One 3-in-1 Face Makeup (another breakout star), is the best of the year because it has one of the most natural finishes I’ve ever seen as well as feeling like there is nothing on the skin. It has an SPF of 8, a light pleasant scent, and keeps the skin healthy and clear. As for the Best Drugstore Foundation, I chose the Covergirl Clean Whipped Creme because it is extremely blendable and full coverage, which means it never looks cakey.

I hope you enjoyed this post! And make sure to let me know your favorites for the year !!!!!

 

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MAC Eye Shadow Collection

Hey Everyone! Since my “MAC Collection” posts have been so popular, I decided to do one about all of my MAC eyeshadows that I’ve acquired over the years. This post will provide descriptions, pictures, and swatches; as always.

Here we go :

Shroom : a light vanilla frosty highlight

Phloof : a pink toned pearl frosty highlight

Dazzlelight : a yellow toned pearl frosty highlight

Ricepaper : a frosty light yellow gold

Brule : a light matte flesh tone

 

Naked Lunch : a frosty light apricot peach

All That Glitters : a sandy pink peach

Honesty : a medium sandy tan with gold shimmer

Honey Lust : a warm gold with chunky gold texture

Soba : a medium/light sandy tan with very slight sparkle

 

Patina : a neutral golden taupe

Woodwinked : a golden copper

Sable : a frosty copper toned plum

Twinx : a warm brown toned deep plum with slight shimmer

Sketch : a deep reddened plum

 

Shale : a cool plum purple

Satin Taupe : a frosty purple taupe

Retrospeck : a very light, cool sand with shimmery texture

Vex : a light silver with purple duo chrome

Cranberry : a deep pink toned berry

 

Yogurt : a light pastel muted pink

Da Bling : a medium pink with slight gold undertone

Stars N Rockets : a pink toned light purple with duo chrome

Parfait Amour : a medium/deep blue toned purple with very slight pink duo chrome

Expensive Pink : an orangey pink with gold pearl

Motif : a light nude yellow with pink duo chrome

 

Wedge : a light muted brown

Cork : a medium muted brown (slightly darker than Wedge)

Folie : a medium reddened brown

Haux : a heavily mauve toned light brown

Espresso : a neutral medium/deep brown

Mystery : a cool ashy toned deep brown

 

Blackberry : a deep muted mauve berry

Carbon : an inky black

 

MAC Me Over Collection : Lady Grey Quad –

All Races : a cool grey toned light pink

Tendersmoke : a cool grey toned purple

Lady Grey : a cool ashy grey green

Hazy Day : a cool toned bronze taupe

 

Heavenly Creatures Collection :

Earthly : three colors combine as a cool toned shimmery gold

 

Hey Sailor Collection :

Jaunty : a cool golden light taupe

 

In Extra Dimension Collection :

Blue Orbit : a light purple toned medium blue

 

Archie’s Girls Collection : Spoiled Rich Quad –

see :http://wp.me/p2O2wx-4L

 

MAC Lipgloss Collection and Swatches

Hello! This post is about my MAC Lipgloss Collection, which includes descriptions, pictures, and swatches. If you want to see my MAC Lipstick Collection, click here : http://wp.me/p2O2wx-6c

Here are the ones I currently have: (PICTURES BELOW)

LIPGLASS :

Pink Lemonade – a true “pink lemonade” shade; bright peach melon pink

Cultured – a perfect pink nude mauve *favorite*

Viva Glam VI – a pink brown mauve with apparent silver shimmer

Social Light – a sandy nude tan

Flight of Fancy – a cool deep blackened wine (Glamourdaze Collection )

Viva Glam Gaga – a milky baby pink, like a strawberry milkshake

Riviera Life – a bright carrot orange, slightly burnt/reddened (Hey Sailor Collection )

Vacant – a pearlescent light purple with pink/blue/green duo chrome  (Gareth Pugh Collection )

PLUSHGLASS :

Fullfilled – a sheer peach

On A Holiday – a sheer blue toned hot pink with purple-ish blue shimmer *favorite*

DAZZLEGLASS :

Lightly Prancing – a sandy light pink with gold shimmer

Spanking Rich – a medium raspberry with heavy silver and gold shimmer (Glitter and Ice Collection )

MAC Lipstick Collection and Swatches

Hey Everyone! This post features my MAC Lipstick Collection. I am always adding new ones but these are the ones I have thus far. Overall, MAC lipsticks are great. They are nicely pigmented, semi long-lasting (it depends on the finish; some are more, some are less), and smell like sweet vanilla. There are so many colors and finishes to choose from, so you really can’t go wrong!If you want to see my MAC Lipgloss Collection, click here : http://wp.me/p2O2wx-6C

Here are the ones I have ( SWATCHES BELOW ) :

Nudes/Browns :

Viva Glam V – nude brown/plum with slight shimmer (lustre) *favorite*

Sequin – semi dark rose gold (frost)

Frenzy – burnt sunny tan (frost)

Pinks/Reds :

Angel – nude light baby pink/plum (frost)

Speed Dial – yellow toned medium pink (cremesheen)

Hot Gossip – nude light plum/pink (cremesheen) *favorite*

BombShell – yellow toned medium pink with gold shimmer (frost) *similar to Speed Dial*

Speak Louder – neutral hot pink with slight red undertone (cremesheen)

New Temptation – glossy cherry/fire engine red (sheen supreme)

Limited Edition :

Whirls & Twirls – sheer baby pink with heavy silver shimmer and gold pearl (glaze) { Glitter and Ice Collection 2011 }

Soft Sable – cool taupe (frost) { Glitter and Ice Collection 2011 }

Glamourdaze – medium plum (cremesheen) { Glamourdaze Collection 2012 } *favorite*

Holy Grail Product!

 

Let me first start by saying that I have always had very fine, thin hair and have tried multiple hair treatments, shampoos, etc claiming to make my hair look great. Unfortunately my hair would either be ONLY volumized, but left dry, or ONLY moisturized, but left flat. So after going through that my whole life, I can confidently say that the Roots Hair Treatment from LUSH is the absolute perfect product for my hair. I will even go so far as to say it is my HOLY GRAIL hair treatment.

The three main ingredients that make this product work so well are peppermint, honey, and olive oil. They are combined in a way that i get every ingredients benefits without one overweighing the others. Peppermint is great for your hair because it balances the pH levels of your scalp, controls oil and supplements dryness. And once your pH levels are balanced properly, your hair can grow faster and healthier. Honey also encourages hair growth due to the sugars it contains. It is also a great moisturizer because it is a humectant, which means it will hold the water/moisture molecules to your hair. Lastly, as you can imagine, Olive Oil is a fantastic moisturizer. It helps combat dandruff, mends split ends, and leaves your hair super soft and shiny (as long as you apply it properly; I knew a girl in high school who gave herself a straight olive oil hair mask, roots to ends, and had to come to school with greasy looking hair for almost a week! eek!) Luckily Lush has balanced this treatment so that wont happen to you!

The scent of Roots is pepperminty with a touch of Lush’s signature weirdness that I can never quite pinpoint. Happily, the scent does not linger in your hair once you rinse it out. The texture is a blend between a cream and a gel, and it spreads decently through your hair. I have very long hair and I use 1 to 2 1/2 tablespoons of product depending on if I am doing a full on hair treatment session or just a quick shower.

Overall I LOVE this product and the results its given me. Here are some pictures of the product:

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Best of Beauty 2012

Hey Everyone! I recently saw a blog post on http://www.temptalia.com asking readers to vote for/nominate their favorite beauty products under certain categories. Of course I filled in the survey, but then I thought that this would be an interesting topic to post on MY blog too. So here you go! These are not all of the categories on Temptalia, but these are the ones I felt were strong winners in my opinion. Let me know what your favorites are of this year!

Best High End Brand: Laura Mercier

Best Budget Brand: Maybelline

Most Overrated Product: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Lipstick 

Most Underrated Product: Loreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream

Best New Product: Loreal Color Riche Balm

Best High End Mascara: Benefit They’re Real Mascara

Best Drugstore Mascara: Covergirl Lash Blast Luxe

Best Cream Eyeshadow: Maybelline Color Tattoo

Best Powder Eyeshadow: Urban Decay eyeshadow in Sin

Best Eyeliner: N7 Liquid Eyeliner

Best Lip Balm: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment spf 15

Best Lip Gloss: Too Faced Glamour Gloss in Pillow Talk

Best Lipstick: MAC creamsheen lipstick in Hot Gossip

Best Highlighter: Nars highlighter in Albatross

Best Blush: MAC satin blush in Cubic

Best Bronzer: Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl

Best Concealer: Cover FX Total Coverage Cream Foundation

Best High End Foundation: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24 hr

Best Drugstore Foundation: Loreal True Match

Best Powder: MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural

Best Brushes: Sigma

Best Skin Care: Origins

Best Hair Care: Organix

Best Limited Edition: MAC eyeshadow in Jaunty from the Hey Sailor Collection

 

OK, now I am just going to talk about a few products in particular from the list! Lets start with the YSL Rouge Volupte lipstick (I have the color #13). I voted this most overrated because although it is very pigmented, smooth, and glossy, i found the staying power was lacking. I’m not sure why Beauty Gurus were loving this because unless you don’t mind reapplying every hour or so, I don’t think it lives up to the hype. On the other hand the most underrated product, Loreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream, was not very well received by most gurus, but I found it to be absolutely fantastic! The coverage is great and it looks extremely natural. I also think it delivers the benefits advertised fairly quickly from the first use. Also, I love the fair color because its very neutral toned and matches my skin perfectly.

I was having a hard time deciding which powder eyeshadow was my favorite this year due to all of the new fun palettes that came out, when I stumbled upon the Urban Decay Sin Eyeshadow and I realized that I’ve worn this shade consistently throughout the year. Its a winner for me not only because of the number of times I’ve used it, but because of its incredible versatility. I’ve used Sin as a lid color, highlighter, crease color, blending color, and probably more ways that I am just not thinking of right now.The Too Faced Glamour Gloss in Pillow Talk has been a Holy Grail lip gloss for me every since I got it as a free gift with purchase at Ulta towards the beginning of the year. It is a perfect plumping glossy nude with slight shimmer that looks good with literally everything!

Next I want to talk about MAC’s blush is Cubic. I got this shade after a similar limited edition one was sold out and the lady helping me recommended it as a dupe. If you are fair skinned like me, this is the most natural looking blush you’ll ever find. Its so subtle and feminine, without being bright or glowy (words you would normally WANT to describe your blush). When you look at it in the pan, it looks kind of “blah” to be honest, but once applied, its absolute magic.

Everyone who watches my videos knows that Sigma Brushes are my complete and total favorite, but the stand out of the bunch for me this year was the F84 Angled Kabuki. Its great for foundation, but does a whole bunch of other tricks too. Speaking of foundation,  Kandee Johnson recommended using the Cover FX Total Coverage Cream Foundation as a concealer, and she couldn’t be more right. I picked it up ( I’m in the shade E10) at IMATS in August and the lady told me it was almost 60% pigment, whereas normal foundations are only about 20% pigment. How fantastic is that! Especially for a concealer! Lastly I have to mention MAC’s eyeshadow in Jaunty from their Hey Sailor collection in the summer. I was not thrilled with the collection, or any of their’s this year frankly, but this eyeshadow is a really great neutral for my skin tone. If your fair skinned try to find this on ebay. It’s worth it!

I know this was a long post today, but all the products I listed and or talked about deserved a mention. Thanks for reading and please don’t forget to tell me your favorite products.

 

Lush Holiday 2012

Hi y’all! I’m so excited about Lush’s holiday goodies this year! About two weeks ago I picked up just a few new things to try before I go all out and stock up on my favorites, so heres what I think! :

 

Father Christmas

The Father Christmas bath bomb is a wonderful scent combination of clove, vanilla, and brandy. It’s super relaxing and seems to just warm up your mind, body, and soul. It is supposed to come with a “surprise” inside, but mine didn’t  😦 Though I was surprised the water turned deep green, instead of the pink-redish color I was expecting. If you like BBW Twilight Woods or Warm Vanilla Sugar, you’ll like this. I know I do!

Cinders

Cinders is one of my ALL TIME favorite holiday luxuries! This one I had tried before so I stocked up big time. This bath bomb smells like sweet cinnamon and is actually filled with little popping candies so during your quiet bath time, it sounds like you’re out in a fantastic luxury wilderness spa next to a crackling fire.  Fantastic, right?!

Santa’s Sack

I was initially very excited about this bubble bar because it is essentially a three in one, one bubble bar being the “sack” and two others being the “presents” that actually can be pulled out of the sack. It’s a clever idea, but the bubbles weren’t as full as I’m used to with Lush. I wasn’t impressed with the fragrance either, its just a generic sweet/spicy smell that has been duplicated time and time again. I could have just gotten another “dud”, but the rest of Santa’s Sack wasn’t enough to make me want to retry it.

Melting Snowman

First of all, I know my snowman’s little nose is missing, but thats ok right? This cute little bath melt has a really deep, rich clove and cinnamon scent. If you are prone to headaches due to strong smells, I would avoid this one like the plague. Its not like the smell is strong in the sense that its all you’re able to smell and it lingers on your skin for a long time, but its strong in the sense that what you do smell gets into your nose and can irritate it. I think it just has a tad too much clove in it. So the only thing I really liked about the Melting Snowman was its looks.

Party Popper

The Party Popper is a bag of tricks! Its the absolute sweetest bath bomb I’ve ever used, it smells like bubblegum, tangerine, and sweet candy. This one has the popping candy in it to create the crackling sounds; and it also has “confetti” in it that doubles as a melon soap to rub all over your body. If you like sweet smells like the Snow Fairy products from Lush, this will be your new favorite bath bomb.

In addition to the cool things with pictures mentioned above, I also picked up the Snow Fairy Shower Gel and the Popcorn Lip Scrub. I first got a taste of Snow Fairy a few years back when they released the Snow Fairy Lip Tint, and from then on Ive been a super fan. So needless to say when LUSH released the shower gel this year i was thrilled! Pick this one up if you can! And as for the Popcorn Lip Scrub…I prefer Mint Julips.