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 !!!!!

 

Smashbox Pop of Pink

Hey Everyone! I have been wanting to try more Smashbox products since I love the lipsticks so much, so I decided to pick up one of their “sets”. The one I got is the Smashbox Pop of Pink, which includes the following :

Blush in Pop of Pink : a slightly reddened carnation pink with berry undertones. It has slight shimmer and a satin/matte finish.

Be Legendary Lipstick in Posy Pink : a nude carnation pink with a glossy finish.

Reflection High Shine Lip Gloss in Pop of Pink : a sheer bubblegum pink with a slight cotton candy scent.

Full Exposure Mascara : a jet black volumizing and lengthening mascara with a large bristle brush. Medium/dry consistency.

 

Overall all of the products are fantastic. My only complaint is that I much prefer the discontinued Photo Finish Lipstick formula to the Be Legendary formula. The Photo Finish lipstick formula glided over any dry patches and made your lips look flawless, whereas the Be Legendary formula clings a bit more to dryness on lips.

You can get this set at Ulta for $39 : http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod5230007#details

 

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.

Best Blushes For Fair Skin

Hey Everyone! As you know I have very fair skin, think nc10, maybelline fit me 110, nars siberia, so I have come up with a list of blushes that look especially great on skin tones like mine.

I essentially have two favorite types of blush colors that I feel compliment my skin the best. One being tanned nude colors that I apply in the contour, bronzer, and blush areas of my face; the other being extremely bright colors that I sheer out and apply to the apples of my cheeks. Tan nude colors bring color and dimension to fair skin, whereas normally there isn’t much of either; and bright colors, such as a hot pink, bring life to an otherwise bland complexion. People with a dark, tanned, or olive skin tone tend to have natural dimension to the skin, and don’t need to enhance cheekbones, natural flush, or their “sunkissed glow” quite as much as people like us do (especially since most of us fair skinned people can’t get “sun kissed” without a sun burn). That being said, I still feel that fair skinned people have a different kind of advantage in that we can choose what to highlight, contour, etc. and use any colors we want since we have such a “blank canvas”. Also, I feel that highlighter look especially fantastic, glowy,  and natural on us. Enough rambling.

While fair skinned people can pull off any cheek color with ease, here are the colors I feel look most natural and suite us best :

(PICTURES AND SWATCHES BELOW)

Maybelline Fit Me Blush in Light Rose –  a light tan nude with rose undertone. great as a contour color, bronzer, and blush. matte/satin finish. could dupe for MAC Cubic. $4.99 at Ulta.

Maybelline Fit Me Blush in Light Pink – a light peach pink, slightly tan. can be a bit chalky, but still great for drugstore. satin finish. $4.99 at Ulta.

Smashbox Soft Lights in Prism – a light baby petal pink. frost finish. $29 at Ulta.

Make Up For Ever Sculpting Blush in #10 – a perfect peach pink. matte finish. $25 at Sephora.

Physicians Formula Happy Booster Powder in Translucent – a three in one bronzer, blush, and highlight. can be used separately or swirled together for a frosty tanned pink color. different finishes. $13.99 at Ulta.

Physicians Formula Mineral Glow Pearls in Light Bronze Pearl – the perfect bronzer for fair skin. yellow, peach, and deep toned parts create and light sunny bronze. satin finish. $13.99 at Ulta.

MAC Blush in Peaches – an orangey peach. sheertone finish. $21 at MAC.

MAC Blush in Cubic – a nude mauve. satin finish. $21 at MAC.

MAC Blush in Stunner – a nude mauve with a pink sheen. satin finish. limited edition. (try eBay)

MAC Blush in Prom Princess –  a bright berry. satin finish. limited edition. $22 at MAC while supplies last ( you could also try eBay)

NYX Eyeshadow in Hot Pink – a true hot pink. satin/frost finish. and yes you can use eyeshadow as blush 😉 $4.49 at Ulta.

Bare Minerals Blush in Floret – a mauve pink. satin/glowy finish. available as part of the Face Fashion Pretty Wild kit.