Best of Beauty 2015 Part I: Makeup!

Best of Beauty

Hello readers and Happy New Year! ¬†Hopefully this year has been off to a great start for you. ūüôā

I’m rounding up my standout makeup products for 2015, so let’s get started.

Lipstick 

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick

Housed in gorgeous, vintage rose-gold packaging this lipstick will change the way you view matte lipsticks.

Kiko Milano Cosmetics Smart Lipstick 

Priced under $10, you’ll be able to stock up on a few without breaking the bank and they wear incredibly well.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

With a magnetic cap to keep the lining of your purse safe, these lipsticks have all you can ask for: creamy application and highly pigmented color.

Lipgloss

e.l.f. Cosmetics EX-tra Lipgloss

At $2, you’ll get smooth application and impressive pigmentation with these glosses.

NYX Butter Gloss

Another great and affordable line , these glosses come in a beautiful range of non-sticky colors and smell so sweet.

Dior Addict Lip Maximizer 

Higher on the price point but definitely worth it, this tingly pale pink lipgloss leaves lips with a smooth and fuller¬†pout that isn’t sticky.

Foundation 

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick 

With the portable, sleek packaging, this foundation stick is perfect to carry on the go and allows for buildable coverage while letting your skin shine through.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Foundation 

Giving high end foundations a run for their money, this drugstore gem offers full and light-weight coverage with a satin finish.

Highlight 

The Beauty Crop Lighting Crew Highlighting Cream 

One of my Birchbox samples, this highlighting cream smells amazing and provides a nice glow for the face or body.

Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow

I received a sample of this product and it provides a lovely lit from within sheen that doesn’t scream heavy shimmer or glitter.

Mascara

Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Curling and Lifting Mascara

A great mascara that lengthens and curls my lashes with no irritation.

Eyeliner

MAC Fluidline 

One of my favorite gel liners, this is easy to apply and control with lasting power.

Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

A staple in my beauty arsenal, once you apply this, it will not budge and it will last you a long time.

Bronzer

Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour

My first cream contour product, this is easy to carry with you, blends easily and gives a natural but defined finish.

Concealer

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer 

The wand in this concealer allows for precise application and the shade Vanilla provides great coverage without it feeling heavy.

TreSiQue Correct and Cover Concealer Crayon

Another Birchbox sample, I like to use this when I need a tad more coverage and blends out nicely.

Brows 

Too Faced Brow Envy Kit 

This kit almost has everything you basically need for grooming and touching up your eyebrows including tweezers, setting wax and customizable brow powders.

Blush

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush

A smooth blush that gives a beautiful glow and comes in a great range of colors for any skin tone.   

Burberry Beauty Light Glow Natural Blush

My holy grail blush, this feels and blend like butter and the shade Earthy Glow can be used as a blush or slight contour.

Colourpop Super Shock Cheek

These wallet friendly blushes have a unique mousse-like texture that is nicely pigmented and comes in a variety of shades and finishes.

Eyeshadows 

Tarte Cosmetics Beauty and the Box Eyeshadow in Apple of My Eye

Included in a PopSugar Must Have Box, these shadows are can be worn any season as it includes gold, bronze and brown shades.

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick 

Eyeshadows in a stick form¬†that take a little bit of blending but provide long wearing color that doesn’t easily crease.

That’s it for today. ¬†Stay tuned Thursday for my picks on skincare and hair products.

What were your favorites in 2015?

Stephanie 

 

November Favorites 2015!

Nov End

Happy December everyone! My, my, how time is just zooming by. ¬†Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend. ¬†ūüôā

Well, it’s the start of a new month which means it’s time to share items I have been loving all throughout November. ¬†Let’s get started!

Why Not Me? Mindy Kaling

Featured in October’s PopSugar Must Have Box, this was a fairly quick and great¬†read. ¬†A humorously written account of her life and experiences, I especially loved the beauty advice she gives.

‚ÄúWho is the beauty icon that inspires you the most? Is it Sophia Loren? Audrey Hepburn? Halle Berry? Mine is Nosferatu, because that vampire taught me my number-one and number-two favorite beauty tricks of all time: avoid the sun at all costs and always try to appear shrouded in shadows.‚ÄĚ

I mean, there is some truth in that. ūüėČ

Dior Addict Lip Maximizer High Volume Lip Plumper in Pink 001

After my horrible experience with the Dior Addict Fluid Stick-it made my lips burn and feel sensitized-I returned it and the sales associate gave me a sample of this. ¬†I took a liking to this immediately. ¬†I don’t think it plumped up my lips but the high shine, non-sticky texture is amazing. ¬†It’s light pink in color and feels slightly minty on the lips without being overwhelming.

Skinfix Ultra Rich Body Butter 

A little body butter jar that came in my Target Beauty Box, I keep this on my nightstand as it deeply moisturizes my dry hands. ¬†It absorbs fairly quickly and doesn’t really have a scent. ¬†I love mixing this with my favorite lavender essential oil for a customized scent.

Kiko Cosmetics Smart Lipstick in 901 Natural Neige 

I was ecstatic when a Kiko Cosmetics store opened up near me and one of the first things I gravitated towards was this lipstick.  At a little less than $5, this lipstick is absolutely amazing. (Note: I found this one in the discount section of the store.)  Creamy and the perfect nude color for me, this looks great worn alone or under lip gloss.  Did I mention it is under $5?  You need this.

Kiko 901

Kiko Smart Lipstick 901

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick in Natural Tan 4.25 

I received an array of Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick samples and immediately went to Macy’s to purchase the full size. ¬†The stick form makes this a breeze to apply and is perfect when you are on the go. It melts into moisturized skin and doesn’t look cakey on me plus the coverage can be light or built up.

Foundation Stick

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick Natural Tan

Deepa Gurnani Katie Crystal Headband 

Another PopSugar Must have item, I love this headband! ¬†It is festive and perfect for the holidays. ¬†It doesn’t move once you put it on,which is an issue I have sometimes with other headbands, and is super comfortable.

Holiday Down

That’s it for my favorites.

Nov Faves

What were your favorites this month? 

Stephanie