Hey gang, sorry for the week break. Have had a brain fart on what to post. However, seeing as the end of the year is slowly approaching I thought I would bring you my most loved, aka best beauty products of 2018. Granted, I’m not over here trying a shit ton of products, but I’ve tried enough to really pick through and find some fantastic, holy grail products this year. So, if you are curious as to what they are, then just keep on reading!
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Starting out with foundation, I found one foundation that truly changed the game for me. The only downfall is this brand is not verified cruelty-free. I’m hoping in 2019 it will be, especially by Logical Harmony because this foundation is stunning on the skin. It has a more skin-like appearance, is long wearing, doesn’t get heavy, and does not get super oily. The shade 101 is a perfect shade match, with more of a grey-based undertone. What I’m talking about is the C.Y.O. Long-Lasting Lifeproof Foundation. This foundation is also a perfect mixing foundation, to increase wear time, give a more skin-like finish, and make foundations less cakey. This was a recommendation from Taylor on YouTube and it has been restocked multiple times and continues to sell out, for a reason. Stunning.
You know, most powders don’t do anything too astounding, they set the makeup, can prolong the wear time, make additional powder products easier to blend on top, but nothing like, holy hell, this is amazing. Until I found the Milani Prep + Set + Glow Illuminating Transparent Powder. Holy shit. Unfortunately, I can’t fully describe the way it transforms the skin. It gives it this soft glow, without looking greasy or affecting the foundation negatively. The powder is very soft, almost buttery, and gives no additional coverage to the skin. I was trying to use up other powders in my collection this past year, but once I went back to this powder it was like night and day on my skin.
Moving on to the eyes, I wanted to talk about a game-changing eyebrow product. For me, it is the Kat Von D Beauty Signature Brow Precision Pencil. When I found out Kat was coming out with brow products I was stoked! Once I saw the shape, however, I was a bit skeptical. I was comfortable using a micro brow type of pencil or a pomade. I haven’t wanted to try a product such as the Brow Definer by Anastasia Beverly Hills because the shape was a bit of a turn-off. Nevertheless, I went through and purchased this product. It was changed my eyebrow game. My eyebrows used to take me a while, but with this product, it has almost cut the time in half! It is not super pigmented, nor too waxy, it was a perfect consistency and I don’t tend to blow through this pencil too quickly. I’m almost finished with my second pencil and have 2 backups. This for me is worth the splurge.
Moving onto liner, I’ve used so many different liners, have wanted to do winged liner, not wanting to do winged liner, hating winged liner, until I realized the problem was the liners I was using. I’ve learned for me, gel liners are a no go and liquids are the best. However, on this scavenger hunt for a great liquid liner, many have been chucked against a wall. Until the NYX Epic Ink Liner. The brush tip applicator makes it easy for me to conform it to the shape of my eye, get a thick or thin line, and get it to a nice point. Another plus is that it actually stays put, it doesn’t bleed, and doesn’t transfer into the corner of my eye. Even using heavy duty makeup remover, this product stays put. Such a winning product, plus it is incredibly budget friendly (costing around $9) and doesn’t dry out super quick.
Now, if you have figured anything out about me, if you have been reading this for a bit, you know how much I love my liquid lipsticks. The best brand that I have found, and trust me when I say I have practically tried them all, is the Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipsticks. I’m a dog groomer and tend to make out with all the dogs I groom and see throughout the day. Therefore, I need a product that is actually going to stay on. This brand is the ONLY brand I have found that stays on and when it does fade, it doesn’t get flaky, crumbly, or weird. It fades gracefully. Also, if I need to touch up the product, it layers beautifully, no issues there, and the colors that I have are fully opaque in one application. Highly recommend the investment with this product. Plus, I have yet to finish a liquid lip, so in my opinion, you get a great bang for your buck!
Up next is a product I NEVER thought I would be so into. I’m more of a matte lip type of girl, easy maintenance, don’t tend to worry about bleeding out of the lip line, getting all over the place, and plus the glosses I have used in the past have been incredibly heavy and sticky on the lips. I don’t know about you, but I fucking HATE sticky glosses! This EM Cosmetics True Gloss has definitely changed my mind about glosses! It is very lightweight, extremely comfortable, not sticky whatsoever, creamy and opaque. Emily Noel from YouTube recommended this product and I could kiss her for helping change my mind and helping me fall in love with a gloss!
Clearly, 2018 was the year of the lip products. I’ve always been a bit of a lip junkie, but I feel this year I have been able to narrow down some of the best lip products. For regular lipstick, I chose my Besame Cosmetics 1946 Red Velvet Lipstick. Yes, I even gave you a particular shade. Now, I recently acquired two additional Besame lipsticks, but that was recently. Therefore I wanted to focus on this shade in particular. The shade is a perfect red for my skin tone and the formula is out of this world. It is creamy, not waxy, doesn’t bleed out of my lip line, even without a liner, has great staying power for a regular lipstick, and let’s be real, the packaging is beyond gorgeous. This is definitely more of a splurge type item, one lipstick setting you back around $22, but for me, the price is worth the product. The shape of the bullet is also quite unique. Each side is slanted, moving to a point, resembling a triangular tent if that makes sense. It took a little bit for me to get used to, however, once I did, I ended up really loving it because it took out the step of a lip liner!
Here is another product that I never saw myself really caring about. A setting spray. This Catrice Prime and Fine Dewy Glow Fixing Spray blew every other setting spray out of the water. Granted, the smell is not that great, but what it does for my makeup is mind-blowing. Not only does it set my makeup, increase the wear time of my makeup, get rid of any powderiness to my face, but it gives this beautiful glow to my skin. Radiance that doesn’t turn greasy, even on my normal to slightly oily skin.
Last, but certainly, not least is a product that I feel gets overlooked in a best of beauty type video or post. The Wet N Wild Under the Sheets Makeup Remover Towelettes were one of the first cruelty-free makeup removing wipes I tried after going cruelty-free. I’ve tried a few from the Yes-To brands with no success, some from Burt’s Bee’s, yet this one surpassed them all. It is great for removing swatches, doing a base cleanse to get the bulk of my makeup off, and removing matte liquid lipsticks. I’m not too fond of the actual cloth because it tends to fray quite easily, but for around $3 a pack and it always going on sale, I can definitely deal with the cloth!
Holy shit guys, that definitely took longer than I anticipated but well worth it. I enjoy reading or watching best of posts at the end of the year because it’s products that have outweighed every other product throughout the year. Those I feel are the most important best of types of posts. I would love to hear what were some of your most loved, best beauty products of the year in the comment section! If it is something I haven’t tried yet, and obviously cruelty-free, I will definitely check it out! Well, thank you so much for stopping by and reading, this was definitely a long one! I hope you have a great weekend and until next time!