My Favorite Beauty Products of 2018
Fenty Beauty Foil Freestyle Highlighter in Mimosa Sunrise/Sangria Sunset Duo - I love how versatile this highlighter is! I have used the magenta as blush, the orange as eyeshadow, and a mix of the two for an interesting highlight shade. The colors are rich and buildable with a lovely foil finish. Perfect for the summer!
Revlon Photoready Candid foundation in shade 440 - I found this foundation through one of my favorite makeup artists, Katie Jane Hughes (@katiejanehughes) and it quickly became my favorite one for everyday makeup. It has medium coverage that can be layered and still manages to look like skin. I especially love that the foundation doesn’t need to be set with powder. I have ridiculously oily skin and the foundation lasted a solid 10 hours without any setting powder and a quick spritz of MAC Fix+.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup in 5W1 - This is my “fancy event” foundation. I wore this foundation on my wedding day and besides a little oil blotting on my nose and forehead, it didn’t budge! A little goes a long way and doesn’t need much to set in place. I think this is a must-try foundation for those looking for a full coverage foundation for super oily skin. For special events, I apply setting powder after my primer then this foundation then bake with setting powder and it lasts the whole day.
Fenty Beauty Match Stix in Truffle - This is hands-down my favorite contouring product. It doesn’t pick up or distort my foundation and it blends out nicely without looking muddy or blotchy. Usually I have to set any cream products with a powder but this stays put and gives my skin a dewy sheen.
Sephora Collection Blush in #29 Fascinated - 2018 was the year of the orange blush trend and I was more than happy to hop on the trend train with this blush. It can be built up, blends out beautifully, and adds such a lovely pop of color on the cheeks. I love pairing this blush with a bright red or red-orange lipstick.
Glossier Cloud Paint in Beam + Haze - This is the perfect blush for the effortless, no-makeup makeup look. A few dots on the apples of my cheeks then blended out with fingers and paired with mascara, highlight, and some tinted lip balm. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
Huda Beauty Desert Dusk palette - I quietly stalked this palette online and in store for months before finally making my purchase. I absolutely love the color story of the palette! The pressed pearl and duo-chrome shadows are some of my favorites and don’t give me any trouble while the mattes blend flawlessly and don’t get muddy as I layer and add more shades.
Huda Beauty New Nude palette - I received this palette as a Christmas gift from my husband and I’ve been using it every single day since. The colors are beautiful, very wearable for everyday looks, and blend perfectly. I love that the 'nudes’ pull more smokey pink and mauve. It gives my usual neutral brown smokey eyes a more romantic look.
Morphe The Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow palette - I bought this palette on a whim. I was exploring an Ulta near my work while on lunch break and I saw the palette on display. The colors caught my eye and after some swatches and a little coaxing from my husband, I picked it up. This palette is my go-to for my daily neutrals, a pop of blue, and some darker shades for smokey eyes. Highly pigmented, easy blending, buttery texture, and great price!
Lancome Monsieur Big waterproof mascara - This mascara was recommended to me when I walked into Sephora and quite aggressively told the consultant: “I need a mascara that is waterproof, the blackest black, lengthening + volumizing, and does not flake”. And I have to say that after wearing it for a few weeks, it does not disappoint. I have horribly watery, sensitive eyes and anything but absolutely budge-proof mascara will leave me looking like a raccoon. This mascara holds a curl very well, flakes very little throughout the day, lasts through continuous eye drop applications and tears, and makes my lashes look like falsies. 10/10!
Milk Makeup Kush mascara - This would have been my #1 mascara of 2018 if it was waterproof. It lengthens, adds volume, and separates my lashes. If you don’t mind that it isn’t waterproof, this mascara is perfect!
NYX Epic Ink Liner - Perfect $9 dupe for KVD Tattoo Liner. Enough said.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Chocolate - I was nervous to try this brow pomade because it seemed to be the main product used for the infamous chiseled Instagram brows and they always seemed a bit too much for me. I was convinced to give it a try after watching a makeup tutorial where the pomade was applied a small angled brush in hair-like strokes. My review? Best brow product I’ve ever used. It’s so pigmented so the little container will last me ages, it lasts all damn day even with my oily skin, and it is versatile (bushy brows, structured brows, and even freckles!).
Flesh Beauty Swipe Flesh in Swollen + Tremble - I’ve started to enjoy feeling and applying products with my fingers instead of with my usual brushes. Flesh Beauty’s Swipe Flesh lipsticks are my favorites for dabbing on some color. They have a creamy, velvety feel when applied then dry down to a comfortable semi-matte finish. These lipsticks are perfect for experimenting!
Lime Crime Plushies in Sorbet + Marmalade - LC’s Plushies formula is by far my favorite. They dry down to a weightless matte finish that can be layered to deepen color and mixed to create an ombre look or a whole new color. They are also my favorite lippies for the diffused, just kissed look that makes my lips look full and soft.
Beauty Bakerie Matte Lip Whip in Cherry Flambe - This is my favorite red from my collection of red lipsticks. It is a warm-toned fiery red that works beautifully with my tan skin and golden undertones. It applies a bit thick and goopy like gloss but dries down in seconds. I think it is a beautiful summer color and could work on anyone who isn’t afraid of a bold, bright lip!
MAC Powder Kiss lipsticks - The day these lipsticks came out at MAC, I waltzed into the nearest MAC store and bought 5. First off, they have the most buttery, smooth texture that applies like a dream and has a velvety feel. Second, they are perfect for the soft-blur lip trend and has a soft matte finish. Third, while they aren’t the most long lasting, they are a breeze to reapply and have no issues with layering.
Pat McGrath MatteTrance lipstick in Obsessed! - This bright orange red is not for the faint-hearted. One swipe packs a hell of a velvety, pigmented punch and has great lasting power. I love smudging a bit on the middle of my lips and blending it out.
Colourpop Matte Lux Lipsticks - When the first wave of CP Lux lipsticks came out, I was eager to give them a try but I decided to wait until they came out with a matte formula. So when they finally did, I went ahead and bought 4 shades: Money Moves, Paparazzi, OOUUUU!, and Mind Trick. The formula is lightweight and sooooo comfortable! I can’t wait for more nude and red shades to come out!
Flesh Beauty Proud Flesh Liquid Lipstick in Brazen - This is a stunning blue-red lipstick that applies evenly, dries down to a comfortable matte, and feels very light on the lips. It has a odd applicator but for those who are used to applying liquid lipsticks, it’s not a big deal.
MAC Retro Matte lipstick in Ruby Woo - I am about two decades late but I finally tried MAC’s Ruby Woo lipstick and I completely understand why it is one of the top selling lipstick shades ever. The stunning cherry red has intense color pay-off, super matte finish, and adds an instant pop to any look.
Clairol Shimmer Lights Blonde & Silver shampoo
Olaplex No. 3
Joico Color Balance Purple Shampoo + Conditioner
Nexxus Keraphix Damage Healing Conditioner
Loreal Elvive Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm
OGX Renewing Weightless Healing Dry Oil Spray
Pantene Pro-V Gold Series Leave-On Detangling Milk
Batiste Dry Shampoo
Aveeno MaxGlow Infusion Drops
Mario Bedescu Facial Spray (cucumber/rose water)
Neutrogena Hydro Boosting Hydrating Serum
Loreal Hydra Genius Liquid Moisturizer
Garnier SkinActive Pore Purifying 2in1 Cleanser/Mask
Boscia Matcha Magic Super-Antioxidant Mask
Boscia Exfoliating Peel Gel
Garnier SkinActive Purifying Oil-Free Cleansing Towelettes
Tony Moly Sheet Masks