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 !!!!!

 

2013 Beauty Wish List!

Hey Beauties!

I am so excited for this season because there are SO MANY amazing sales and gift sets coming out! This post will be a great Holiday Gift Guide, as well as a list of items you should add to your list. Even if you don’t partake in the holiday season, these are some great products to pick up while all the sales are on.

*These are actual products that I hope to pick up this sale season, so I do not have any actual reviews of these products (yet). Also, this is an extravagant list of beauty products, and I do not want anyone to think that I am “asking for” or “expect to get” all of these things; this is just more of a master wish list of things I like/think are worth the money* 🙂

Here we go :

Under $25

Soap and Glory Good, Butter, Best – a 1.69oz trial size of their 3 best selling body butters including The Righteous Body Butter, Sugar Crush Body Buttercream, and Butter Yourself Body Cream. It comes in a cute little box packaging, and would be great to give/get in a set or individually. $15 at Sephora

Origins Drink Up Lip Balm Set – a set of 4 gorgeous lip glosses in the shades Nude Nectarine, Pink Guava, Plum Punch, and Cherry Pop. Again, these would be awesome to give/get as a set or individually. $22 at Macys

Bumble and Bumble Tonic Shampoo – a stimulating shampoo with peppermint and tea tree oil to invigorate and balance the scalp. I know shampoo seems like kind of a strange thing to get excited over, but my hair stylist uses this on me, and let me tell you, it feels amazing. 8oz for $25 at Sephora

Fresh Soy Cleanser – a facial cleanser that uses soy proteins to cleanse, tone, firm, and moisturize the skin. It is suitable for all skin types, and feels absolutely fantastic. Again, I know its strange to get excited about something a simple as a cleanser, but trust me. 1.7oz for $15 at Sephora

Beauty Blender Sponge – is the number one cult favorite makeup tool for flawless foundation application. EVERY beauty lover needs one of these in their life. $19.95 (varies) Sephora

Under $50

Origins Ginger Treats Set – is an adorably packaged set of 3 ginger products including the Ginger Float Cream Bubble Bath, the Ginger Soufflé Whipped Body Cream, and the Incredible Spreadable Smoothing Ginger Body Scrub. 3.4fl.oz each. $39.50 at Macys

Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette for Eyes – a unique take on the popular “Naked” type palettes that every beauty company has taken a shot at. I like this one best because though it does have the essential neutrals that every palette of this type requires, it adds a small variety of shades that even the most seasoned beauty expert has not seen in a palette of this kind; as well as an unexpected variation of neutrals. $48 at Sephora

Tarte Off The Cuff Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush Palette – is a palette that consists of 5 coveted amazonian clay blushes. The shades include Dollface, Dazzled, Darling, Crave, and Park Ave Princess. This set also includes a black bracelet with a gold bow. $42 at Sephora

Philosophy Gourmet Popcorn Toppings Set – a set of 3 delicious three-in-one(shampoo, shower gel, bubble bath) products in “flavors” that include Caramel Drizzle, English Toffee, and Praline Crunch. I always look forward to Philosophy’s seasonal selection, and am never disappointed. $26 at Sephora

Bumble and Bumble Super Rich Conditioner – is an exceptionally luxurious conditioner that I have only been able thus far to experience in my salon. That will change. Soon. $25 at Sephora

Under $100

Ciate Nail Lab – a kit for the true nail polish lover that contains 46 different nail polishes, top coats, glitters, tools, etc. as well as 14 instructional cards. It also comes in an adorable vanity drawer style container. Enough said. $65 at Sephora

Buxom Shimmer and Shake Lip Collection – Let me just say that I am fully obsessed with the Buxom Lip Glosses, so when I found out their holiday set contained 15 polishes and creams, I about cried tears of joy. The shades include Lauren, Rachel, Olivia, Victoria, Trixie, Dolly, Sandy, Katie, Sugar, Royale, Mudslide, Pink Lady, White Russian, Amanda, and Cherry Flip. $59 at Sephora.

Tocca Meet The Girls – This set discovery was another tears of joy experience for me. Tocca is my all time favorite perfume brand, and this set contains 10 different .14oz sample sprays! It includes Cleopatra, Stella, Florence (my signature scent), Brigitte, Giuletta, Colette, Bianca, Graciella, Violette, Liliana. Feel free to share the love amongst your friends with this set too 🙂 $62 at Sephora

 

 

August Favorites! *with a special bonus*

Hey Everyone!

Its that time again for my monthly favorites! *bonus below*

This month I was loving :

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Oil-Free – It has been extra hot this month, so I have been loving this primer to give my foundation/concealer extra staying power without breaking me out.

Neutrogena Crease Proof Eyeshadow in Lasting Taupe – This product is super quick and easy to use, which is great for the summer. This shade is a sheer cool taupe and is super creamy without creasing; even without a primer.

Covergirl Lash Blast Luxe in Black Cabernet – Even though I usually stick to plain black, I decided to try this color after seeing that it was on clearance just for fun. I ended up really liking the subtle difference and have worn it all month.

Neutrogena Deep Clean Oil Free Makeup Remover Cleansing Wipes – I usually use the regular Neutrogena makeup wipes, but the store I was shopping at was out of those, so I picked up these and thought they were pretty good. I’ve used them this month, but will go back to my regular pick when I run out.

**BONUS**

This month I got my hands on the Kiss You Lip Polish in “Niall Loves…Cherry”. Yes, One Direction is making makeup now! And since Niall is my favorite I had to get his color. The packaging consists of a potted lip balm with a twist off top. The top has an old record on it in the corresponding color with the words “Kiss You Lip Polish XOX”, and the signature of the corresponding member. “Niall Loves…Cherry” is a sheer hot candy pink, with a (you guessed it) cherry scent/flavor. Although it is not the most amazing lip balm in the history of makeup, I’m thrilled to have it; especially because when I put it on I can pretend that I’m putting the essence of Niall Horan on my lips 😉

And Niall if you’re reading this, I love you ! ❤

P.S. Everyone should tweet this to Niall! @niallhoran

Misc. Eyeshadow Collection

Hey Everyone! Since you all seem to be enjoying my makeup collection posts, I thought I would share my miscellaneous eyeshadow collection.  These include single eyeshadows, duos, and small palettes that I have not previously featured in a post. They are all non-MAC eyeshadows as well. If you want to see my MAC Eyeshadow Collection, click here : http://wp.me/p2O2wx-b8

Here we go!

Bobbi Brown Rich Caviar Eye Palette : This was limited edition so it is selling for about $85 on Amazon. You can get most of these shades individually for $21 at Sephora.

Bone : a matte bisque

Candlelight : a shimmery true champagne

Wheat : a light cool beige

Olive : a sheer glittery olive with gold

Black Topaz : a dark blackened cool green with gold

Rich Caviar : a blackened deep chocolate brown

Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes : $32 at Sephora and Ulta.

Concealer : Boi-ing 02

Base Shadow : a light frosty seashell pink

Contour Shadow : a frosty warm pink taupe

Liner Shadow : a blackened plum brown

Nars Key Largo Duo : $34 at Sephora.

left : a satin light apricot

right : a warm bronzed gold

Tarina Tarantino Eyedream Highlight Duo : $19 at http://www.tarinatarantino.com/shop/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=13518&idcategory=49

Jasper : a super frosty light yellow highlight

Agate : a super frosty light pink taupe

The Balm Meet Matt(e) Batali : a deep blackberry. About $3 on eBay.

Covergirl EyeEnhancers in Fard Accent : a sheer golden rust. About $1 on Amazon.

Maybelline Chic Naturals in Champagne Fizz : a frosty champagne white. $3.99 at Ulta.

Sephora Aspen Summit : a cool icy white with slight silver. $12 at Sephora.

Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour in Ballet Pink : a frosted peachy light rosegold. $22 at Sephora.

Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy : a light peachy nude with silver glitter. $18 at Sephora.

Urban Decay Lounge :a rusty red brown with intense blue-green duo chrome. $18 at Sephora.

Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow in Ruthless : a cool sandy taupe. About $9 on Amazon.

Urban Decay Cream Eyeshadow in Mushroom : a light graphite gray with silver sparkle. About $10 on Amazon.

Salty Cosmetics Loose Luxury Mineral Eyeshadow in Glama-Zoid : a white with intense light pink duo chrome. About $15 at http://www.saltycosmetics.com/glama-zoid-large/

MICA Beauty Cosmetics Shimmer Powder in Earth : a true peach with gold shimmer/glitter. About $11 on Amazon.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Loose Colour in Brass Tacks : a slightly coppery brass. $14 at http://www.occmakeup.com/lcc.html

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Glitter in Fae : a heavily textured white glitter with pink. $14 at http://www.beauty.com/obsessive-compulsive-cosmetics-cosmetic-glitter-fae/qxp397754

Bareminerals Eye Color in Greenhouse : an army green. About $9 on eBay.

Bareminerals Eye Color in Violetta : a muted chalky lilac. About $9 on eBay.

Too Faced Glamour Dust in Glampire : a pink glitter with slight green glitter. $17 at Ulta.

NYX Roll On Shimmer in Walnut : a warm medium slightly taupey brown with intense shimmer. $3.99 at Ulta.

Lipstick Collection

Hey Everyone!  This post is essentially a Part 2 to my lipstick collection. I have already done a MAC Lipstick Collection, linked here: http://wp.me/p2O2wx-6c , as well as many limited edition and special feature lipstick reviews and swatches. These lipsticks are just the miscellaneous ones that I currently have in my collection.  (PICTURES AND SWATCHES BELOW)

Clinique Different Lipstick in Think Bronze – a rosey bronze with gold sheen. no scent. $15 at Sephora.

Clinique Long Last Lipstick in All Heart – a bronze raspberry red. no scent. $15 at Sephora.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Coralberry – a warm toned true coral. creme finish. no scent. $6.99 at Ulta.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Apricot Fantasy – a warm nude apricot. pearl finish. no scent. $6.99 at Ulta.

Neutrogena Moistureshine in 500 Coral Dream –  a pink toned coral. spf 20. no scent. available on Amazon.

Loreal Endless in 870 Timeless Tawny – a warm neutral brown with gold shimmer. strong baby powder scent. available on amazon.

Maybelline Color Sensational in 825 Fruit Punch – a juicy watermelon poppy color with slight shimmer. slight sweet scent. $7.49 at Ulta.

Smashbox Photo Finish Lipstick in Flawless – a slightly mauve toned nude. pleasant vanilla scent. available on eBay.

Studio Gear Complete Color in Warm & Cozy – a deep caramel with shimmer. standard lipstick scent. $16 at Ulta.

Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour in Mango – a vibrant pink coral, slightly red. no scent. $26 at Sephora.

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupt in 13 – a juicy light peach. pleasant peach scent. $34 at Sephora.

NYX Lip Smacking Fun Colors in 556 Iced Honey – a frosted light bronze with shimmer. strange lipstick/chemical scent. available on eBay.

NARS lipstick in Roman Holiday – a cool milky barbie pink. slight chamomile scent. $24 at Sephora.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in 117 Rose Tea – a deep mauve rose. slight sweet lipstick scent. $25 at esteelauder.com

Chanel Rouge Allure in 91 Seduisante a light nude mauve toned pink. slight sweet scent to no scent. $34 at Macy’s.

February 2013 Ipsy Bag

Hello! This month’s IPSY (My Glam) Bag wasn’t as great as usual, but I am still excited to try out some of the products. February’s bag came with :

*PICTURES BELOW*

a deluxe sample of Lash Cards

a sample set of Coastal Scents “In The Spotlight” eyeshadow set

a sample of the Pixi Flawless & Poreless face primer

a sample size Pop Beauty Smoky Lash Kapow mascara in Smoky Black

and a large sample of  a MICA Beauty Cosmetics black gel eyeliner

I really like the Coastal Scents eyeshadow set and can’t wait to try it out more. The color sunbeam is really gorgeous and reminds me of MAC’s Woodwinked, but more golden. The MICA gel liner is very black and inky, so I’m excited to try that out even though gel eyeliners aren’t my favorite. The Pop Beauty mascara looks pretty generic; the wand is just a basic volumizing style and the consistency is medium (not wet, not dry). The Pixi primer feels nice in that it is not greasy or extra silicony. I do like that it says it is oil free, hydrating, and hypoallergenic, but I still feel that my Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation Primer is better. I probably will not try the Lash Cards because they seem messy and unnecessary.

Although I have been liking the addition of Coastal Scents eyeshadow samples, I hope that next month’s bag will contain more lip glosses like they did when it was still My Glam. Which bags do you like better? IPSY or the original My Glam?

 

 

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.