Hello Beautiful people! and Happy New Year! I cannot believe that it is 2014,that’s just crazy, where did 2013 go?
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season filled with family and friends and lots of delicious food, and I hope you all brought in the new year safely!
To look back on 2013 some of my favourite memories are definitely graduating college (woo!) and going to the Bahamas with my boyfriend 🙂
I had a lot of favourite beauty products in 2013 and most of them were drug store so I decided to make this post all about those.
2 foundations really stood out to me in 2013 and they were the Revlon nearly naked foundation and the Revlon colour stay foundation. They both have medium to full coverage but they aren’t at all heavy. The nearly naked has a bit more of a radiant, dewy finish where the colour stay is slightly more matte. I’m very fair, and often have a hard time finding foundations that are my colour (especially drug store foundations) but I find both of these to be a perfect match. They glide on so nicely and last all day long, I did find I had to powder the nearly naked throughout the day but I have combination skin so that was just due to my own oiliness. Both foundations are under 25$ which is a little bit expensive but I would compare these to a high end product because they preform so well.
The next product is by Maybelline and it’s the fit me concealer. I purchased this in November just to keep in my purse in case I needed it, and it ended up becoming a staple in my everyday make up routine. It has a very creamy consistency with fabulous coverage, and minimal creasing, I believe it was around 15$ and it is absolutely worth the money because you don’t need a lot of it. It comes in a tube which is so handy to keep in my little purse sized make up bag, although I found I didn’t need to retouch throughout the day with this concealer, it just made me feel better to have it. I’m usually not to fussed with the concealer I use but this product just amazed me, and I will definitely be continuing to use it during 2014.
Next is my last complexion product and it is the rimmel stay matte powder. I’ve been using this for a couple of years now and it is still the best powder I’ve ever used. the packaging is a little cheap looking but for the product itself I don’t even care, I apply this after my foundation and concealer to set my make up and keep my t-zone from getting shiny and I stay matte for at least 6 or 7 hours before I need to touch up. I don’t find it breaks me out or clogs my pores at all either, I keep one in my purse and one at home because I love it so much, it is just so effective and it only costs about 5$! such amazing value for the money you’re spending.
I loved two mascaras through 2013 and they were the Maybelline colossal volume express cat eye mascara (long name!) and the bourjois volumizer mascara. I loved these because they achieved two different things for me, the Maybelline mascara was gorgeous for everyday, it separated my lashes and coated them evenly making them look full and healthy, where as the bourjois mascara has two steps, step one is to coat your lashes and step two adds much more mascara making them look voluminous. I used bourjois mostly when I was going out or wearing a smoky eye and wanted to go for more dramatic lashes without wearing fake ones. the colossal cat eye mascara runs for about 10$ but you can always find it on sale and the bourjois mascara was 20$ but totally worth it. these were and still are a big part of my make up routine, and Im so happy to have found them in 2013.
I have two lipsticks that did not leave my handbag during 2013 and they were Kate Moss Rimmel London velvet matte lipstick in the colour 109, and Revlon lip butter in Pink Truffle. The Kate Moss lipstick is a pastel pinky-orange colour which was great for spring/summer and I loved wearing it with a really natural eye. I actually have about 8 of the Kate Moss lipsticks and the whole line in general is great! and they cost around 8$! they are very highly pigmented, and they go on silky smooth, the original formula is surprisingly hydrating. I do find I need to use a chap stick under the matte ones, but generally matte lipsticks make my lips dry.
The Revlon lip butter was gorgeous for fall/winter because it has the hydration of a balm and the buildable pigment of a lipstick, I love this product because its so versatile, it’s a pinky brown neutral colour which was great for everyday. If I was going for a natural lip, a would apply it and then rub it in with my finger to make it like a stain, if I was going for a more intense and glossy look I just applied it in a few layers and build it up. I only have the colour Pink Truffle but I’m definitely going to be getting more, as they cost under 10$.
My final love of 2013 is a hair product and it is the Herbal Essences Split end protector. I adore this because I put one pump into wet hair and it acts as a leave in conditioner as well as protecting my hair from heat and tools, I believe it costs about 8$ but I’ve only ever been able to find it at the grocery store which is so odd. It also lasts a very long time as you only need one pump, I’ve been using this for 2 years and I’ve only had 2 bottles. I use this every time I wash my hair, despite whether or not I’m going to be styling it. I absolutely notice my hair is frizzier, and nowhere near as soft on days I don’t use this, and since it doubles as a heat protectant it saves me having to load my hair full of product.
I’ve actually written more in depth posts on the kate moss lipsticks and the herbal essences hair product, so you can just scroll down to read those if you’d like!
Thank you so much for reading, and I hope these reviews were helpful and maybe gave you some new beauty curiosities for 2014!
until next time