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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July Favorites

Hey Everyone!

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This month went by SO quickly for me! Here is what I ended up using the most :

Revlon Age Defying Foundation : This foundation offers light/medium coverage but feels like nothing is on your skin. It has a serum-like consistency, leaves a slightly dewy finish, and has SPF 20. I use the shade 10 Bare Buff. $12 at drugstores.

Maybelline Fit Me Blush in Deep Wine : Although I am in the lightest shade range, and this shade was in the section for the deepest skin tones, I absolutely love it! It reminds me of MAC’s Frankly Scarlett, but a bit more plum-y. $4.50 at drugstores.

Loreal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess Mascara : This mascara caught my eye at the beginning of this month due to it’s rubber wand that reminded me of the Benefit They’re Real Mascara. Unfortunately its no where near dupe-material like I had hoped, but this is still a decent mascara; though I don’t think I will repurchase it. $8.99 at Ulta.

MAC Studio Finish Concealer : I’ve had more problematic skin than usual this month, and have resorted back to this heavy duty, cover everything concealer. It’s seriously a life-saver. I use the shade NW20. $18 at MAC Stores or Macys.

Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment : I have been loving this product this month because not only is it ultra moisturizing and luxurious, but it has SPF 15! $22.50 at Sephora.

Revlon Colorstay Nail Polish in Cafe Pink : I love the Revlon Colorstay line in general, but their nail polishes take the cake. They go on smoothly and evenly, and last forever without chipping. Cafe Pink is a gorgeous baby pink that reminds me of animal crackers! In the bottle it has a pink sheen, but it doesn’t transfer to your nails. $5 at drugstores.

Pacifica Perfume in Tahitian Gardenia : I rediscovered this perfume after getting it in an Ipsy Bag a few months ago, and have been loving it for this month. It’s exotic and fresh. $12 at Target.

Clinique Acne Solutions Spot Healing Gel : I said before that my skin was more problematic than usual this past month, so in conjunction with my super concealer, I used this spot treatment to actually fight the blemishes. This product gets a 10/10 from me! $16 at Sephora.

How to : Instantly Healthy and Glowing Skin

Hey Everyone! Today I am going to share with you how I get super healthy looking and glowing skin. I am very pale and cant get very much natural sun, so I have to fake it! This technique is really quick and easy, and works for every skin type and skin problem, from acne to mature. If you want to see how to look like you’ve just spent a week on vacation, then follow these steps!

(Swatches and Pictures Below)

What I use : ** It’s totally fine to improvise, this is just what I have and what looks best on me**

Loreal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer

Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer

Clinique Even Better Foundation

Q-Tip

*optional*

*Sigma F84 Angled Kabuki Brush

*Revlon Colorstay Concealer

*Smashbox Soft Lights in Prism

*Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Bronzer

*MAC Bare Study Paint Pot

*Urban Decay Primer Potion in Skin

*Buxom Lip Gloss in April

The first step to achieve this look is, obviously, to cleanse your skin (preferably lightly exfoliate), and then apply a good moisturizer.

Next, take your Loreal Magic Lumi Primer, or any white highlighting cream/liquid, and apply that to the tops of your cheekbones, under your eyes, your eye’s inner corner, your browbone, and your cupids bow (above your top lip).

On a palette or the back of your hand, take half the amount of the Clinique Even Better Foundation you normally use and the same amount (or slightly less) of your Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer, or any golden or bronzing highlighter you have, and mix them together with a Q-Tip.

Apply this mixture with your Sigma F84 Brush to your face, excluding the areas where you already applied the white highlighter. Then, wipe off your brush (or use a clean one of the same style) and gently blend the edges of where the white highlighter and the foundation mixture meet. Voila!

*Optional Steps

Cover up any spots or discoloration with your concealer. I like the Revlon Colorstay Concealer.

Then apply a light  bronzer to your cheekbones, hairline, and jawline. I like to use the Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Bronzer.

Next apply a sheer light pink blush with a slight frost, like the Smashbox Soft Lights in Prism, to the apples of your cheeks and slightly blend back.

For the eyes, apply your Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin from you lid to your crease. Then lightly pat on your MAC Barestudy Paint Pot to your lid and inner corner.

Finish off with a light pink lip gloss like the Buxom Lip Gloss in April.

 

Why This Works…

By mixing a golden bronze highlighter with your foundation you are adding subtle dimension to the skin. The foundation balances out the highlighter without taking away the healthy sun-kissed glow, and also without the bronze-gold sheen being too obvious.

Because we aren’t using the bronze-gold illuminizer as a true “highlighter”, the white highlighter adds another form of dimension by accentuating the desired points of the face.

You could easily achieve this same look by using your hands, but I feel that using a brush (especially the F84) makes everything blend more seamlessly.

The Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Bronzer is a mosaic of various bronze colors in the same shade range, so it adds depth; and it also has a slight sheen which adds to our glowy goal. A blush with a slight frost also adds subtle glow; I feel that light pink is the most flattering because it is youthful and soft.

As far as the eyes, using cream products can make you look healthier and more beautiful because they look the most natural. The primer potion is slightly darker than the paint pot, so again we are playing with depth and light.

Finally, I chose the Buxom lip gloss because it is sheer, has a slight sparkle, and is plumping. All of those things allude to youth and health.

 

Purple Ethereal Makeup Tutorial

Hey Everyone! Today I did a makeup tutorial using a lot of products from J.Cat Beauty ! As I’ve said before, this company has really great products that are cruelty-free, lead free, hypoallergenic, and affordable. If you want to see the tutorial, click the video :

The products I used for this look are as follows : (PICTURES AND SWATCHES BELOW)

Loreal True Match Lumi Foundation in W1-2 . $12.99 at Ulta

Loreal Magic Lumi Primer . $12.99 at Ulta

Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden . $20.00 at Ulta

Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes Palette – the light pink shade . $32.00 at Ulta

J.Cat Beauty Shimmery Powder in 131 Puce Purple and 102 Vanilla . $2.99 at http://www.jcatbeauty.com

MAC Spoiled Rich Quad – Ron Ron Run . limited edition, http://www.maccosmetics.com

J.Cat Beauty Liquid Glitter Liner in 102 Volume Up . $3.49 at http://www.jcatbeauty.com

J.Cat Beauty Roll It Up Liner in RAE 101 Ice White and RAL 106 Rosewood . $2.49 at http://www.jcatbeauty.com

Smashbox Soft Lights in Prism . $29.00 at Ulta

Clinique High Impact Mascara . $16.00 at Sephora

J.Cat Beauty Eternal Shine Lip Glaze in 113 Thullian Pink . $2.49 at http://www.jcatbeauty.com

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Mascara Reviews and Pictures!

Hey Ya’ll! This post features the mascaras that I have purchased and gotten samples of from the past year or so. And no I don’t use year old mascara! I simply have kept them for the purpose of reviewing later. 🙂 Here We Go :

Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara – has a medium sized tapered bristle brush and is medium wet in the consistency. It is great for lengthening as well as volumizing. It does not smudge and lasts all day on top and bottom lashes. $16.00 at Sephora. One of my favorites. 

Clinique High Impact Mascara – has a medium sized bristle brush with a slightly tapered tip. It is a wet formula, has great staying power, and is volumizing as well as lengthening. $16.00 at Sephora.

Maybelline Mega Plush Volum’ Express – has a medium sized oval bristle flexing brush and a very wet gel-mouse formula. $6.99 at Ulta. 

Maybelline One By One Volum’ Express – has a medium sized oval rubber flexing brush and a medium wet consistency. It provides average volumization. $7.99 at Ulta.

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara – has a small spiraled bristle brush and a semi-wet formula. This mascara clumps easily and I highly dislike it. $5.49 at Ulta.

Loreal Extra Volume Collagen Mascara – has a medium-large bristle brush and a wet consistency. I prefer using this mascara over a dry mascara to add extra volume, rather than on its own. When used by itself it can clump and smudge. $8.99 at Ulta.

Covergirl Lash Blast Fusion – has a thick medium sized  rubber brush and a flat top. It’s a medium-dry mascara and adds a good amount of length and volume. $9.49 at Ulta.

Covergirl Lash Blast Volume – has a thick medium sized rubber brush with a flat top and a medium consistency. It is a holy grail mascara for me and add tons of length and volume when worn lightly or built up. $8.99 at Ulta.

Origins Underwear for Lashes – has a tapered spiraled bristle brush. It is essentially a lash primer that claims to add volume by attaching white fibers to the ends of your lashes. I don’t feel that this product works well at all, and is just a messy unnecessary extra step.   $16.00 at Origins.

Origins Full Story Lush-Lash Mascara – has a small-medium bristle brush and a wet consistency. This mascara clumps and smudges horribly; especially when paired with the Origins Underwear for Lashes. $15.00 at Origins.

Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara – has a thick medium sized bristle brush and a medium-dry formula. This is one of my all time favorite mascaras because it add the most incredible amount of volume and thickness to the lashes and is smudge proof. $18.00 at Sephora and Ulta.

Benefit They’re Real – has a medium extra spikey plastic brush with added spikes to the tip. It is a medium-wet formula and is also one of my favorites. It quickly adds volume and length to your lashes and when applied heavily, it can look like you are wearing natural looking false lashes. $23.00 at Sephora and Ulta.

Pop Beauty Smoky Lash Kapow – has a medium sized slightly tapered bristle brush and a medium consistency. This mascara is volumizing but frequently flakes and smudges. $18.50 at Ulta.

The Balm What’s Your Type “The Body Builder” Mascara – has a small bristle brush and a very wet formula. It is volumzing, but clumps and makes your lashes look messy and goopey. $19.00 at thebalm.com .

Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes – has a very tapered bristle brush and a wet-medium formula. It adds mega volume and length and last all day and night.

Lip Gloss Collection Part 2

Hey Everyone! I have already posted my MAC lip gloss collection , linked here: http://wp.me/s2O2wx-522 ; as well as many other limited edition and specialty lip gloss collections. Here are the rest of the miscellaneous lip glosses currently in my collection.

(PICTURES AND SWATCHES BELOW)

reds 

NARS Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Norma – a deep true red. no scent. $26 at Sephora.

Be A Bombshell Lip Gloss in Hot Mess – an orange toned fire engine red. classic lipstick scent. $14 at beabombshellcosmetics.com

Loreal Infallible Le Gloss in 340 Cherry Flash – a light slightly warm toned red with gold shimmer. sweet scent. $9.99 at Ulta.

pinks

Revlon Color Burst Lip Gloss in 010 Hot Pink Rose – a cool mauve pink with shimmer. vanilla scent. $7.49 at Ulta.

Make Up For Ever Lab Shine Diamond Collection in D6 – a cool hot pink with mega shimmer. slight sweet lemon scent. $18 at Sephora.

jane. Sparkle Gloss in Sparkle Pink – a hot watermelon pink. sweet scent. $9.99 for set of 3 at janecosmetics.com

Maybelline Super Stay 24hr Color in 105 Blush On – a cool icy medium pink. unusual sweet scent. $8.99 at Ulta.

berrys

Urban Decay Lip Junkie in Naked – a light berry nude. peppermint scent. Plumping. $19 at Sephora.

Bare Minerals Pretty Amazing in Vivacious – an opaque nude rose. no scent. $16 at Ulta.

Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie in Dare Devil – a light plum berry with shimmer. cherry dr.pepper scent. Plumping. $18 at Ulta.

Mirenesse Lip Bomb in 4 – an opaque pink rose berry. slightly cherry scent. $39 at mirenesse.com

light pinks and nudes

NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Nude Peach – a sheer true peach with shimmer. delicious fruit punch scent. $4.99 at Ulta.

Bare Minerals Pretty Amazing in Charisma – an opaque light pink rose. no scent. $16 at Ulta.

Too Faced Glamour Gloss in Pillow Talk – the perfect sandy nude with slight shimmer. slight vanilla peppermint scent. Plumping. $19 at Ulta.

Bare Escentuals Buxom Lips in April – a cool baby pink with heavy shimmer. peppermint vanilla scent. Plumping.$19 at Sephora.

NARS Lip Gloss in Orgasm – a peach pink nude with golden sheen. odd paint scent. #24 at Sephora.

Urban Decay Lip Junkie in Midnight Cowboy – a slightly pink nude with shimmer. peppermint scent. Plumping. $19 at Sephora.

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.