Best in Beauty 2013

Hi everybody!  I'm coming to you on a cold, rainy/snowy/icey afternoon here in Kentucky. We are piled up watching some stuff on Netflix with a hot cup of cocoa trying to stay warm!

I have known for a while that I wanted to do a 'Best in Beauty' post, but knew it was gonna take a while and would be hard to do. Trying to pick your favorite blush or highlighter?  That's like asking a mom to pick her favorite child, lol. Super hard, but I have pretty much compiled a list for you guys. I'm gonna do it a little different - I'm going to list my favorite high-end as well as drugstore favorites. In some categories I might not have had a favorite in both categories, but I did in most. In order for something to be listed here, it had to be something I used and used and used in 2013 and really loved. Tried and true products here.  I made it a point to not pick anything limited or special edition, I wanted to talk about products you can find. The biggest problem I had in doing this was only picking 1 item, so in a few of the categories I have multiples. Sorry. I really tried to keep things at a minimum.  So let's get to it. Btw...how do you guys write down all your stuff?  Myself, I keep journals to write notes/ideas in. I don't journal, I jot. In nice, expensive, leather journals. LOVE these, I got both of them at target. The pink one is a buttery soft leather and the brown one is a luxe/shiny Italian leather.  Just thought I would mention them, as you will see my scribbling in the background of my photos. 

SKINCARE:  Michael Todd True Organics 

This is all I've used this year. Such an easy favorite. It's kind of expensive, but so worth it. 

High end:  Tarte Clean Slate Poreless

Drugstore:  NYX (Matte) Shine Killer

High end:  Estée Lauder Double Wear

Drugstore:  1.  Neutrogena Healthy Skin
                  2.  Covergirl 3in1

SETTING POWDER: Ben Nye Luxury Powder in Banana

The only setting powder I use. Again, an easy favorite. I dispense some in an empty Bare Minerals jar with a sifter for easy use.  Always apply with a beauty blender. Perfection in a powder. 

High end:  1.  MAC Pro Longwear
                 2.  Eve Pearl (Salmon)

Drugstore:  NYX HD concealer 

High end:  Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed

Drugstore:  Covergirl Cheekers in True Plum

High end:  1.  Benefit Hoola
                 2.  Too Faced Chocolate Soleil

Drugstore:  Revlon Bronzed and Chic

High end:  1.  MAC MSF in Soft and Gentle
                 2.  Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder in Candlelight
                 3.  Lorac Perfectly Lit in Spotlight

Drugstore:  1.  Hard Candy Glow All the Way in Doll Face (Nars Luxor dupe)
                  2.  WetnWild Reserve Your Cabana

EYEBROWS:  Maybelline Brow Powder and Define-a-Brow

High end:  1.  Nars
                 2.  Laura Mercier in Wheat
                 3.  Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Drugstore:  Elf Eyeshadow Primers (regular and mineral)

High end:  Stila In The Light

Drugstore:  1.  NYX (Love in Paris) Let Them Eat Cake
                  2.  Elf Brown Eyes 1

High end:  Urban Decay 24/7 in Junkie
Drugstore:  NYX in Purple Blaze

High end:  Urban Decay 24/7 in Zero
Drugstore:  Loreal Lacquer Liner

High end:  1.  Benefit they're Real!
                 2.  Tarte lights, camera, lashes!
                 3.  Dior Diorshow

Drugstore:  1.  Covergirl Lash Perfection
                  2.  Loreal Lash Out Butterfly

High end:  MAC cremestick liner in Red Enriched

Drugstore:  Rimmel in East End Snob

High end:  1.  MAC Up the Amp
                 2.  Too Faced Marshmallow Bunny

Drugstore:  1.  Maybelline Vivid in Brazen Berry
                  2.  Revlon Primrose (MAC Cremecup dupe)

High end:  1.  MAC Viva Glam VI
                 2.  Nars Turkish Delight

Two prettiest lipglosses EVER. 

Drugstore:  NYX butter glosses (Eclair pictured, but I love almost all of them)

It just so happens I have 3 favorites, and all 3 are drugstore. 
1.  Jordana Twist & Shine in Cranberry Crush (fall and winter)
2.  Neutrogena in Sweet Watermelon (spring and summer)
3.  Revlon Colorstay Lacquer Balm in 105-Demure (great anytime)

Up until this month I only subscribed to 2 - Birchbox and New Beauty Test Tube. I just subscribed to Ipsy and can't wait to get it!!!

Alright guys, that's it, my favorite products of 2013. There are so many others I could have mentioned, but I tried to keep the list small and concise. Anyways, let me know what your favorites are and if you love these products as well. If you have any questions about them just let me know. Thanks for stopping by!  Stay in and stay warm!  Ciao!!!!
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