Happy Monday, Lovelies!
I can't believe 2013 is almost over! I'm so excited for the new year, but first we must commemorate the great year that was 2013 and all the wonderful-ness that it entailed. I found some great products this year that will most likely be amongst my favorites for years to come. And what better way to end the year than to share them with you! So, without further ado, I give you Beauty de la Mer's 2013 Top Ten Beauty Products.
1. Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel in Severine
I cannot say enough about this lipstick. I have the driest lips in the world, and finding a lipstick that helps moisturize my lips AND looks good on is tough for me. (I always welcome suggestions!) I have very reddish/pink lips naturally, and trying to find a good nude can sometimes be difficult without making them look...well, pink. Congrats Marc Jacobs for making such a wonderful lipstick!
2. Kerastase Masque Elixir Ultime
So rightfully dubbed "liquid gold," this is the peanut butter to my jelly. My twice processed, once bleached and dyed-who-knows-how-many-times hair LOVES this masque. It puts life back into my otherwise dull hair, adds shine, and did I mention it smells AMAZING?!
3. Urban Decay Naked2 Palette
I may have been slightly behind the bandwagon picking up any of the Naked palettes, but to no surprise, I was not disappointed. I decided to only get one and choose between the original Naked and the Naked2...and the winner was...option numero dos! The taupe hued colors work PERFECTLY with my skin tone and eye color. Shout out to the color Tease for being the best color...ever...!
4. Michael Todd Blue Green Algae Toner
During the popular craze of Michael Todd products late last year/beginning of this year, I purchased a whole shebang of products from them including face washes, scrubs, serums, masks, moisturizers, toners and an under eye cream. After using up most of the products, the one I repurchased was this toner. I found my skin was more even toned, more even textured, and less oily after using it...something I had not achieved with other toners. Every time I try something new, I always find myself coming back to this. Definitely a must have in my skin care routine.
5. NARS Guy Bourdin Limited Edition One Night Stand Cheek Palette
Wishlist: cheek palette. Check! Ever since I saw the old LE NARS cheek palette that Fleur de Force had, I wanted one. As if someone finally answered my prayers, they came out with a new palette this holiday. Having the ever popular Orgasm and Laguna, the pleasing peachy tone of Deep Throat, the perfect pink opposites of Mistinguette and Goulue, and the handsome highlighter Devotee who could live without this??? Pretty colors. Check. Easy to travel with. Check. Great price. Check check check!
6. Cle de Peau Cream Foundation in I10
There's not really a moment when I don't want to try a new foundation. I find it's the hardest product to leave me feeling holy grail worthy. Constantly combating oily skin, foundation always leaves something to be desired. That is, until I found this foundation. It's light, has wonderful build-able coverage, and probably my biggest point, it doesn't leave me looking congested. Splurge? Significantly. Worth it? Definitely.
7. Dermalogica c-12 Concentrate
Looking to even out your skin tone? Try this. Enough said.
8. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly
Here was my issue: I have quite long lashes...darn...and every under eye concealer I used seemed to leave me with raccoon eyes. Yes, I use waterproof mascara, and no, I don't put mascara on my bottom lashes. I actually stumbled across this by accident. I had been looking for an under eye concealer for, well, years, and that day I had popped into Sephora to try yet another product. To my fortune, that product was out of stock. NARS had just released this concealer, so I thought I'd give it a try. The rest is history. Most concealers labeled "under eye" were to oily, while general concealers were way to drying. Not this concealer. Great coverage, great consistency, and an abundance of colors. I am happy to announce my dark circles are well hidden, and my mascara is staying right where it belongs.
9. Bath and Body Works Forever Midnight Perfume
I have worn the same perfume since I was seventeen. This year, I thought I should branch out and try something new...and I may have gone a little crazy...To my surprise, I found myself frequently reaching for B&BW's newest scent line - Forever Midnight. From the sweet plum nectar and midnight jasmine, to the rich caramel liqueur, it keeps me coming back every time!
10. Shiseido Sheer Matifying Compact in O00
After trying many powders, I've always reach the same conclusion: congestion. A part of me always thought that it was a part of my life, but this powder minimizes this on a bad day and resolves it all together on a good day! It's great over your daily moisturizer for a natural look and flawless when layered on top of a foundation. It feels smooth, light weight, and it controls my oily t-zone like no other. I hadn't heard anything about it, but after using it religiously I would recommend it to anyone trying to achieve a matte look. A must in my daily beauty bag!
Let me know some of your favorite products from 2013 in the comments below. Be safe and Happy New Year!