2013 Beauty Favorites

Since I’m just now getting back from a road trip, I’m a little behind on getting my yearly beauty favorites up. However, I’m very excited to share my favorite products from the past year, and can’t wait to try even more in 2014!

So, without further adieu, here are my 2013 Beauty Favorites (drumroll, please!):

Primer: The POREfessional by Benefit

If you’ve followed this blog at all, this should be no surprise. I talked about this product in my first Favorites post and featured it in a haul post and video. It gives my skin a smooth, flawless finish, and I can’t imagine applying makeup without it!

Foundation: Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation by Tarte//Matte Moisture Tint by Jouer//Magic Nude Liquid Powder Makeup by L’Oreal


I couldn’t choose just one product for this category, because I use all of these foundations for different reasons. When I want a long-wearing look, I reach for the Tarte foundation because it offers great coverage and it stays put. In the summer months, I tend to go for the Matte Moisture Tint because it’s lighter and does a good job controlling my oily skin. If I’m having a casual day and don’t want to feel like I’m wearing a ton of makeup, the Magic Nude makeup is where it’s at! You really can’t go wrong with any of these!

Concealer: boi-ing by Benefit//Pro Longwear by MAC

There are two concealers that offer great coverage. I talked about boi-ing in this post, and I really love it for hiding any blemishes or redness. It’s also very easy to travel with. MAC’s concealer is one I tend to use under my eyes because it has great staying power and doesn’t crease. I showed it in this haul video, and will definitely pick up another one once this one runs out!

Powder: Powder Buff Natural Skin Foundation by Mark//Smooth Skin Loose Translucent Powder by NYC

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I’ve been using the Mark powder for a very long time, and it’s so easy for on-the-go touch-ups. To set my makeup, I like to use NYC’s loose powder, which I’ve featured in a Favorites post. Since it’s translucent, I never have to worry about it matching my skin tone…plus it’s a bargain!

Bronzer: NYC Color Icon Bronzer in Ticket to Brazil

I’ve talked about this bronzer quite a bit on this blog, but it’s only because I freaking love it! I originally bought it because I didn’t want to re-purchase the pricey NARS Laguna bronzer, and I’ve never regretted it. It’s such a bargain and is great for contouring as well as bronzing.

Blush: Wet ‘n Wild Mega Glo Illuminating Powder in Catwalk Pink

I love this product so much because of its versatility. You can swirl all the colors together for a gorgeous, rosy blush. Or, you can use the colors individually as a highlight, blush, eye shadow, or bronzer. Four products in one? Yes, please! I featured this product in my October Favorites, but I think it’ll definitely be one of my favorites for a while!

Eye Shadow: Infallible Eye Shadow in Amber Rush by L’Oreal//Eye Shadow Quad in Bronzed Beauty by Sonia Kashuk

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I picked up the L’Oreal shadow on total impulse because it was pretty (see a swatch here) and I totally fell in love with it. It’s a beautiful rosy, bronze color that stays put all day and doesn’t crease. I recently reviewed the Sonia Kashuk eye shadows right here and I have been using them nonstop! I don’t know what I did before I owned this eye shadow quad–good job, Sonia!

Liner: Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner by Stila

I’ve been using these eye liners for a while now, and they are my absolute favorite. I have a few colors, but my two favorites are Lionfish (brown) and Tetra (purple). They go on so smoothly, and I love that they are retractable–no more sharpening needed!

Mascara: One by One Volumizing Mascara by Maybelline

Again, I’ve talked this mascara to death on this blog. I’ve tried lots of high-end and drugstore mascaras, and I keep coming back to this one. It never clumps, and gives me a natural, voluminous look.

Lips: Strawberry Lip Balm by Rosebud Perfume Co.


As someone who loves her lip products, it was extremely hard to pick a favorite lip product for 2013. However, I decided on this balm because it’s so moisturizing, easy to travel with, apply. It also smells so yummy!


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