Wednesday, January 9, 2013

2012 Top Beauty Favorites!

Last year was quite a year for me. I grew and changed a lot, and cannot wait to see what's in store for me in 2013. Here are my top beauty products of 2012!


Redken All Soft Conditioner. I think the liters are on sale at Ulta now for $16. Right now my hair is very bleached, and I believe this conditioner is the reason it isn't falling out of my head. SO GOOD.


Real Techniques brushes. They are so affordable, soft, and great quality. My favorite is the domed shadow brush. I actually use it to blend out my concealer, and it works wonderfully. 

Shu Umera lash curler. I've had this baby for a while, and nothing else I've tried holds a curl quite like it.


Smashbox Photofinish Light Primer. This is one of my all-time favorites. It primes my face without the silicone-slippery feeling of many other primers.

Revlon Colorstay and Colorstay Whipped foundations. These are great for oily skin and wear well all day. 

NYX blush in Cinnamon. Although I don't really wear this in the depths of winter, I love it for spring/summer. In combination with bronzer, the smallest this product on the apples of my cheeks gives me a very natural sun-kissed flush. The orange hue also looks great on deeper skin tones.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer. My go-to contour bronzer. Matte and will not make you look orange or muddy.

Pixi All-Over Magic in No.3 Brightening Radiance. This is a great, non-sparkly highlight. I love that it comes with a couple of different shades so I can switch it up according to the season and my blush.

Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette. I cannot say enough about this palette. It comes with two different concealer shades, one correcting shade, and a setting powder. I tend to mix the two concealers to get the perfect shade for me. The correcting green isn't too green-it's more olive toned and blends into my skin without looking like a green patch on my face. The area around my nose and chin get super red (thanks hormones) and this correcting tone neutralizes it perfectly. I don't use the setting powder much, but it is a very fine pressed powder and works well. 

Pixi Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach. I have bad dark circles and blue hues in my inner eye, and this peach concealer neutralizes them very well. I use my real techniques domed shadow brush to apply this and it works fantastically into my inner eye area. A little pricey at $15, but very much so worth it. A must for a "flawless face" look. 


Again, my Naked palette takes the cake. But I've discovered that the shadow I use most in the palette is half-baked, a light/medium gold. Using this as a highlight by my tear duct really makes my eyes pop, and is a bit more unique than the standard champagne inner highlight. 

Half-baked single pan
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Beige. The best one-step all-day eyeshadow. I just pop the the long-wear cream onto my lids, blend under my brow, and even bring to my inner corners on days I don't have time to do a full-on eye. This color was limited edition, but there is one very similar to it (I actually think it might be the same, just different name) in a current collection called Barely Branded. This color really helps me to look more awake as well.

Barely Branded- a light champagne color in the current collection
Urband Decay 24/7 Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion. Pigmented, long-lasting, doesn't budge. Yes please.


Wet N Wild Megalast Lipcolors. First, at $1.99 at the drugstore, they can't be beat. Second, Wet N Wild often goes on sale 50% off, so getting them at $1 a piece is just ridiculous. Because of this, their matte finish and long-wearing color, I've accumulated about 10 or so. My favorites have been Plum Fairy and Cherry Bomb, as they satisfied my deep-wine lip obsession this past fall. But really, these colors are amazing. They can get a bit drying (as most matt lip colors do), but a little lip balm or gloss is an easy fix.

Revlon Lip Products. Just in General. I love the Super Lustrous lipsticks, Just Bitten lip crayons, and lip butters. They have a fantastic range of colors, and I will never have enough.

Thanks for viewing!!