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 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*