My last post of 2010...I wanted this post to be a summary of products that just amazed me. I was initially going to list everything from my favorite mascara to foundation to shampoo and every product in between. But then I felt like it wouldn't be a favorites post but rather a holy grail products post (which I will blog about one of these days) 2010 was not the year of only amazing and wonderful products, I had a few disappointments here and there! I thought now is the perfect time to talk about those too! :)
|Revlon Photo Ready|
I always say: This foundation was made for me! Gives the perfect coverage, a flawless "photo-ready" finish, stays on until I take it off!
|Illamasqua Lover, NARS Lovejoy, Benefit Hoola|
Without a doubt, Illamasqua Lover has been my go to blush ever since I purchased it earlier this year. Funny how much I use it and I still haven't hit pan on it! Then, not too long ago, I met NARS Lovejoy and it's become one of my top blushes ever. They are two different colors so I can't even compare them. I love them both! Hoola is an amazing matte bronzing powder that gives the most perfect tan to my face without looking fake.
|e.l.f. Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder, N.Y.C. Blushable Creme Stick|
This e.l.f. duo is seriously high-end quality. I use both shades as blush and I occasionally use the bronze shade for contouring. This duo has been compared to the original, NARS one and it's pretty darn close for fraction of the price of the NARS duo! N.Y.C. blushable creme sticks have been a total hit in the beauty community this year and I gotta agree with the hype! I am not big on cream blushes because it can be such a hassle to blend them! With these blush sticks there is no hassle. They are super creamy, blend very easily and have great pigmentation and color pay-off! They layer beautifully under powder blushes and because of the packaging they are super easy throw in your purse.
|Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Palettes|
I think Wet n Wild has made a come-back this year with their Color Icon palettes! People have been crazy over finding these palettes and I can't blame anyone! Most colors in these palettes have amazing pigmentation with the exception of one sometimes two shades. The palettes are quite cheap but for their price they are of very good quality!
|e..l.f. Under Eye Concealer & Highlighter, L'oreal Voluminous, Milani Liquif'eye Eyeliners|
This e.l.f. concealer and highlighter duo helps instantly brighten my under eye area to make me look less tired and more awake! I use the highlighter side right on top of where I applied the concealer for an extra oomph! Voluminous deserves the best mascara of the year award as it's got everything I look for in a mascara. It's defining, lengthening, volumizing! I haven't really found anything that compares to it! Milani Liquif'eye eye liner pencils got quite a bit of attention from me this year! I would like to compare them to Urban Decay 24/7 pencils but Liquif'eye ones just don't cause raccoon eyes and UD ones usually do.
|Revlon Soft Nude, OCC Liptar in Cha Cha|
I have a lot of favorite lipsticks, mostly from MAC. I would have never expected Revlon to be the next big thing for me in terms of lipsticks. But it was! Thank you Revlon for uniting me with this beautiful and amazing nude lipstick! It just has great formulation, is moisturizing with great pigmentation. I had never heard of lip tars until my discovery of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. I just love the idea of "tars" because they combine the advantages of lipsticks AND lip glosses.
|St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Scrub, Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub|
Another amazing product from the drugstore! For my skin, it really does what the packaging says it does. It helps clear breakouts. Obviously you cannot expect any product to clear up your breakout overnight. But for me, this green tea scrub comes pretty close. It helps speed up the process of the clearing. I also really love it's scent. It's not green-tea like but to me it smells more like green apples! Lush's Bubblegum scrub has helped my lips a lot especially during these winter months. I love the way it smells so much I use it more often than I need. It really helps scrub away dead skin from my lips and leaves them looking and feeling super smooth.
It just didn't work for me. If I would be looking for a spider leg eyelash look, however, this would be the mascara I would definitely resort to. I think the name "Falsies" was a bit too daring for this mascara, has anyone even tested it before they put it out in the market? I highly doubt it.
|L'oreal Carbon Black Lineur Intense|
I actually loved this popular eyeliner in the beginning. Obviously I wasn't checking my face too much in the mirror while wearing it. I accidentally looked at a mirror one day and what do I see?? I only have half of my lid lined! In summary, this eyeliner, while looking good at first, migrates horribly. I just need something that is a bit more stubborn and has a better staying power!
|L'oreal go 360 Clean Deep Exfoliating Scrub|
This scrub was talked about quite a bit. To see what the hype is all about, I purchased it. Then I regretted it when one day it dried up my whole forehead area and gave me nasty looking flakes. Apparently it was too drying for my skin. Also the little scrublet thing doesn't do much as once you start working with it, it gets all soapy and slippery.
|Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelettes|
While on the hunt for new makeup removing wipes, I saw this bright green packaging and couldn't help but buy it. I really wanted to like them but meh...First of all they do not have a pleasant cucumber smell, it smells rather bitter if that makes sense. More importantly they do not take off mascara and/or eyeliner (liquid or gel) unless you scrub the heck out of your eye area which nobody would or should do! MOST importantly they leave the skin super sticky hence gross. Why should I bother using these wipes if I will afterwards feel like washing my whole face? Big thumbs down for this product.
I wish everyone a happy, healthy, joyous, peaceful and fabulous 2011!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Happy New Year!!!! ♥