Hi everyone and happy New Year!
I know, I know I’ve been M.I.A. this past month and you know what? I have zero excuses! I have been extremely lazy and enjoying my break from school this past 6 weeks but I’m back now and excited for big things in 2013. I’m designing a new logo and once it’s ready (and by ready I mean perfect) I’ll be getting an accompanying new layout for Beauty and the Sweets as well. Until then… here’s are favorites from 2012!
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Kirkland Daily Facial Cleansing Wipes: I used Neutrogena wipes for years and years until I heard ItsJudyTime talk about these Kirkland brand wipes in one of her YouTube Videos and since my family has a Costco membership I decided to give them a shot. These are hands down the best facial wipes I have ever used and they’re really inexpensive. The bulk box of 150 wipes (broken down into 2 – 15 count travel size packs and 4 – 30 count regular size packs) costs around $12 at Costco. They leave my face feeling so clean and moisturized. I honestly don’t even feel like I need to wash my face after using the wipe but I always do anyway just because it’s a part of my nighttime routine. One of my favorite features is the resealable flip top lid which the Neutrogena wipes lacked. If you’re a Costco member I’d highly recommend trying these wipes!
Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream: I just started using this on a whim a few months ago when I saw it in our medicine cabinet. I never thought I would like a gel moisturizer but I actually prefer this to a traditional lotion moisturizer. I feel like my skin just drinks it up. I like that the gel soaks into my skin within a few minutes and doesn’t leave it sticky like some facial lotions. The gel formula leaves my skin soft and hydrated for a long period of time.
Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment: I purchased this earlier this year by accident and it soon became a welcome mistake! This product does exactly what it’s supposed to. It helps stop or get rid of any pesky little bumps that decide to pop up.
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MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural: I use this powder each and every time I do my makeup to set either my concealer, BB cream or foundation. It’s a little pricey but I love it!
MAC Powder Blush in Margin: Margin is a Holy Grail product for me. I use this blush every time I do my makeup over whatever other blush I choose for that day. Margin has a frost finish and adds a nice, healthy glow to the face without appearing overpowering. I can’t say enough good things about it!
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer: This is one of the best concealers I’ve ever used! It gives great coverage without looking cakey and I love that I can use it all over my face. I have extremely red cheeks and terrible bags under my eyes. This concealer covers both problem areas with little effort needed!
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Sonia Kashuk Eye on Neutral Palette: I know the Urban Decay Naked palettes have a cult following and I agree, they’re great but this is my top palette pick. I would choose this palette over Naked or Naked 2 based on the fact that Eye on Neutral is all matte. When I was in high school I stuck to shimmery/satin shades but as I’m getting older I prefer matte shadows for daily use. I think this is a great palette for any makeup lover to have because it’s pretty rare to find an all matte eye shadow palette. Eye on Neutral can be found for $20 at Target or online at SoniaKashuk.com.
Benefit They’re Real Mascara: I never thought I’d be the type to spend $23 on a mascara but when I saw a before and after picture on Instagram featuring this product I was sold. This is currently my top high end mascara but I recently did get two other high end mascaras in different kits so I’m interested to see how those compare to They’re Real. All-in-all I would definitely purchase this product again, and again.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion: BEST. EYELINER. EVER. This is the blackest, darkest, creamiest, easiest to apply, longest lasting, best, best, best eyeliner ever. Perversion is worth the $19 price tag and if you haven’t tried it I highly suggest you splurge and pick it up ASAP!
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Urban Decay Brow Box in Honey Pot: I don’t know about you but my eyebrows are not my friends! They have a mind of their own! They like to grow in random places and not fill in completely. I never used to try to fill them in because I could never find a brow product that would match my hair without making me look crazy. Long story short, I went to Ulta and got matched to Honey Pot which is perfect for my brows! I like this specific brow duo because I’m able to use both powders depending on how dark or light my eye makeup is for that day.
MAC Eye Shadow in Soft Brown: I grab for this (matte) shade almost every time I use eye shadow to help blend out colors in my crease. It’s also perfect when I want just a simple one shadow look. On those days I just pop it in the crease, blend it out a bit and throw on some mascara. It’s just all around perfect!
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains: These might be my favorite lip product EVER. I have a full review you can find here and swatches of 9 out of the 12 shadows you can find here. You need them in your life, that’s all.
Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm: I love Baby Lips lip balm so much for so many reasons. They have cute packaging, smell amazing, they are extremely long lasting and come in a variety of shades. My favorite shades are Pink Punch and the clear in Quenched.
MAC Viva Glam Nicki Lipglass: This is my favorite lipgloss/lipglass ever! It’s a super opaque Barbie pink and it’s just all around perfect. I am so, so, so sad that it is limited edition and I plan on buying two or three backups before it’s gone forever. Yes, I love it that much! *tears*
Julie G – 9 to 5
China Glaze – I’m Not Lion
Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear – Pacific Blue
Zoya – Storm
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Pantene Detangler: Who knew they made detangler for adults?! My long hair is such a pain to brush out so this has quickly become my new best friend.
Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Oil: I am in loveee with this oil! I apply a little over a nickel sized amount throughout my clean, damp hair and once my hair has dried completely it feels incredibly soft. This is another product I will continue to purchase over and over again.
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Aussie 3 Minute Miracle: I was never one for deep conditioners but 3 Minute Miracle is so affordable (only $3!!!) and amazing. You simply apply it to your hair, leave it for three minutes then rinse for amazing soft and conditioned hair. Since I don’t wash my hair everyday I’m able to use it every time I do but if you wash your hair everyday I’d recommend using this product every other or every two washes. Everyday might be a little much for your hair.
It’s a 10 Miracle Leave in Product: A little pricey ($18 for a 4 oz. bottle) but I think it’s completely worth it. It supposedly does 10 things for your hair: 1. Repairs dry damaged hair. 2. Adds shine. 3. Smooths and controls frizz. 4. Seals and protects hair color. 5. Detangles. 6. Prevents split ends. 7. Stops hair breakage. 8. Creates silkiness. 9. Enhances natural body. 10. Flat iron spray and thermal protector. Here’s what I say: whatever it does, I like it! I think I might splurge and try some of their other products in the near future.
Taylor Swift – Red Album: OBSESSED.
Frank Ocean – Thinkin Bout You: OBSESSED.
Hunter Hayes – Wanted: OBSESSED.
One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful: OBSESSED.
Once Upon a Time (ABC): I think this might be my favorite show of all time. It has such an amazing storyline and I recommend it to each and every one of you, male or female. I actually watch it on Sunday nights with my step dad because we are kind of obsessed with it.
Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family): I think I speak for everyone who watches this show when I say it’s just plain addicting. I can’t stop watching!!!
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Keri Original Moisture Therapy Lotion: This is a random brand of lotion I had never heard of but I needed a new lotion and we had this in the house so I used it one day and now it’s my new favorite! It’s unbelievably hydrating and keeps my skin really soft for a long period of time which is something most lotions didn’t do for me.
Soft-soap Pomegranate Mango Body Wash: Smells amazing, you need it.
Mossimo T-Shirts: I’m a Plain Jane kind of girl so I’m a big fan of these t-shirts (I prefer without a pocket) from Target. They are a HUGE hit with me. I usually stock up on the new colors when they go on sale for either $6 or $7.
That’s all for 2012! If you have any favorites you’d like to share, leave a comment. I’d love to hear about your must haves from 2012!
Note: sale ad for Mossimo t-shirts posted above is not current.