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10 Best of 2013



It took me a while to figure out how I wanted to do my favorites of 2013 post.  If I listed all of the products I loved this year it would be the longest post ever.  So, after mulling it over and narrowing down, I finally decided to do a top 10.  There are plenty more products that I love, but I can’t include everything, so these are the best.  While many of these products were released in 2013, that wasn’t a requirement.  These are the products that I personally loved this year, no matter when they came out.  Most of these products are drugstore, but there are two higher end items because they truly are favorites.  If you have been following this blog, you probably will recognize every item on this list because if they didn’t get full reviews, they were at least mentioned in Monthly Favorites posts.  So, let’s get started.

CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation

CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation

Probably the best product to come out all year was the CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation.  I was really surprised because I don’t usually like CoverGirl foundations, but this one rocks.  This foundation is really great and unique because it works equally well for those with oily or dry skin.  Very few products truly are for all skin types, but this foundation really is.  CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous is mattifying, without drying out your skin.  It has solid medium coverage, but is still lightweight and not cakey.  The best part is that it lasts all day long.  I have worn this foundation for 16 hours in 90 degree Florida humidity and it did not budge, sweat and all.  If you are looking for a good liquid foundation, this is the one you should try next.  The only downside is that the 3-in-1 claims are bogus.  I still need a primer because I have ginormous pores and it will settle in if I don’t prime first.  You will also need a concealer if you have major issues like dark acne scars or really dark circles.  CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous is a great foundation, despite the over the top advertising.  Try it, you’ll probably like it.

Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation

Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation

The other foundation that I have loved in 2013 came out in 2012, but is still a winner.  The Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation, like CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous, is good for all skin types.  (This jar is still in it’s packaging because I recently ran out of my last jar and this is my replacement.)  Revlon Whipped Creme is a full coverage foundation with an odd pudding like texture.  It blends like a dream and will last all day long.  This is a serious foundation, and may be a little much for every day use for some of you (not me), but it’s awesome for nights out or special occasions.  I usually turn to Revlon Whipped Creme when I know I’m going to have pictures taken because I love the look it gives me.  Despite the thicker texture, I don’t feel that it lays heavy on the skin.  I really like Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation and it has definitely been raved about all over the internet.  If you haven’t tried it, take a chance.

Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder

Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder

My final favorite face product of the year was definitely Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder.  Though the Nearly Naked Foundation that was released at the same time didn’t do it for me, the Nearly Naked Powder has been fantastic.  I love how light it is, and the soft focus effect it gives to my skin is lovely.  It blurs the imperfections and makes me look younger.  I tossed the ridiculous little pillow sponge it came with and apply it with my e.l.f. Powder Brush.  Revlon Nearly Naked is, in my opinion, the best powder in the drugstore.

Lorac Pro Palette

Lorac Pro Palette

Moving to eyes, the Lorac Pro Palette launched Fall 2012, but I didn’t get in until Spring 2013.  Though it rivals the Naked 2 palette for my favorite, I think that the Lorac Pro is more versatile and universal, so it is a better overall product than the Naked palettes.  For more details and pictures check out my review.  The Lorac Pro is a fantastic palette and could conceivable be all you need if you aren’t a makeup addict like me.  The entire top row are matte shadows in a range of light to dark.  The bottom row of shadows are a variety of shimmer and metallic shades.  Not only can you achieve lovely neutral eye looks, but there are copper and purple shades to add some variety.  The dark matte brown and black are great liner shades.  The only thing I don’t like about the palette is the rubberized packaging that picks up everything and constantly looks dirty, no matter what.  Oh, well, we can’t have everything.  If you could only get one higher end palette, the Lorac Pro is an excellent choice and one of my favorite products in 2013.

Jordana 12 Hr Made to last Liquid Eyeliner Pencil

Jordana 12 Hr Made to Last Liquid Eyeliner Pencil

If CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation isn’t the best release of 2013, then the Jordana 12 Hr Made to Last Liquid Eyeliner Pencils definitely are.  Long-time readers know of my obsession with NYX Slide On, Glide On, blah-blah-blah liners that were my number one favorites until these Jordana beauties came out.  Now, I am completely obsessed with these.  The Jordana 12 Hr Made to last Liquid Eyeliner Pencils are the best pencil liners on the market (IMO) and they are only around $3.  These pencils are designed to give you the same intense color as a liquid liner.  They have a creamy formula that glides onto the lid with ease.  Even on the waterline, there is no tugging or pulling needed to get the color to show up.  They take a minute to set, so you do have some time to smudge them out and work with them.  Once set, these babies don’t budge at all despite sweat, tears, rain, you name it.  You need this.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Taupe

Another 2013 liner that I’ve loved is the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Taupe.  This is such a great shade for the lower lash line for some definition that is appropriate for the daytime.  Rimmel is extremely affordable and the Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajals have a great formula.  Taupe is my favorite of the bunch because it is a unique shade to my collection and a really versatile liner.  In a sea of blacks and browns that can be a little much for some people, Taupe is easy and comfortable- a great choice.  Rimmel also offers a Nude version of the Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajals, which is a unique shade for the drugstore and the creamy, yet long wearing formula makes it a wonderful choice for brightening the waterline.  Both Taupe and Nude definitely deserve a look.

Maybelline Volume Express the Rocket Mascara

Maybelline Volume Express the Rocket Mascara

The best mascara of 2013, hands down, is Maybelline Volume Express the Rocket Mascara.  I love this.  It has unseated CoverGirl Lashblast as my favorite drugstore mascara.  Though Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes is my all-time favorite Holy Grail mascara, the Rocket is a close second.  The Rocket has a large rubber brush and a slightly dryer formula, similar to Lashblast.  Something about the Rocket makes my puny lashes really shine.  I have tried a lot of mascaras this past year, but none have done as much for my lashes as The Rocket.  This product deserves all of the rave reviews.

Jouer Lip Enhancer Conditioning Lip Treatment

Jouer Lip Enhancer Conditioning Lip Treatment

Though I’ve only mentioned it a few times on this blog, I have been consistently loving Jouer Lip Enhancer Conditioning Lip Treatment all throughout 2013.  I originally got a sample tube through Birchbox and discovered how great it is.  This is my second full-sized tube.  I use the Jouer Lip Enhancer as a night time lip treatment and it works wonders on my dry lips.  When I apply it at night, I wake up with soft, smooth, healthy-feeling lips.  I can definitely feel the difference when I don’t use it.  The Jouer Lip Enhancer is a little pricey, but not too bad and the tubes last forever.  I bought two tubes last January and I just busted out this second tube a couple months ago.  A little goes a very long way.  I don’t want to ever be without the Jouer Lip Enhancer, it’s that good.

Maybeline Color Whisper in Made-it-Mauve

Maybelline Color Whisper in Made-it-Mauve

I’m sure it’s no surprise that my favorite lip product of 2013 is the Maybelline Color Whisper in Made-it-Mauve.  This was made for me.  I love the Color Whisper formula.  It’s so creamy and moisturizing, and the Color Whispers have completely unseated the Revlon Lip Butters in my collection.  They are fantastic.  Made-it-Mauve is such a good color for me.  I love those pinky-brown my lips but better shades, and Made-it-Mauve is in that family but with a bit more rose.  I could wear this shade every day and not get tired of it.  If you haven’t tried the Maybelline Color Whispers, you must.  They are so comfortable and there are a ton of shades.

2013 Favorite hair products

2013 Favorite hair products

I am a dirty cheater, and am counting my favorite hair products of 2013 as one thing.  I know, I know, so sue me.  First, Batiste Dry Shampoo is the best hair product ever.  What rock was I living under that I took so long to try dry shampoo?   My hair gets oily super fast, and Batiste has become my new best friend.  I tried a few other brands, but Batiste is by far the best in the drugstore.  I like the Hint of Colour Dark & Deep Brown version because it doesn’t leave a white cast and it has very mild scent.  Some of those dry shampoos are like spraying perfume in my hair, which isn’t my favorite thing.  If you haven’t found a dry shampoo that you like, I highly recommend Batiste.  My favorite hairspray (for years now) is the Tresemme Tres Two Extra Hold Hairspray.  It works the best for my hair for solid hold without making it crunchy or sticky.  It’s also really inexpensive and easy to find.  Finally, for shampoo and conditioner, I am partial to John Frieda.  I really like the Luxurious Volume Thickening line, but the Full Repair line is probably the best.  I have pretty healthy hair to begin with, but I do color it, so this shampoo and conditioner keep my hair healthy.  You should definitely try it if you need good hair care on a budget.

Those are my top 10 (or so) products of 2013.  There are so many more products that I could have mentioned.  (Like the Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse foundation, Jordana Twist & Shine Balm Stains, Michael Todd skincare products, Sigma brushes, Sleek Makeup and so much more.)  But, I couldn’t name everything.  I’m curious as to what products made your list of favorites for 2013.  Let me know in the comments below what you loved the most in the last year.


August 2013 Monthly Favorites


August 2013 Monthly Favorites

Before I get into my post for today, I want to let you know that NYX is on sale on Hautelook today.  They have some new offerings and interesting combinations, so be sure to check them out at hautelook.com.  It’s already the 4th of September, so it’s time for Monthly Favorites again.  For those of you who are new to this blog, “Monthly Favorites” are the items that really stood out to me that I reached for over and over again throughout the month.  I was kind of all over the place in terms of makeup throughout August.  I didn’t have a “look” that I kept returning to like I’ve sometimes had in past months.  I do have a good number of products that I continued to reach for, though, so let’s get started.


Cover Girl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 foundation

A new foundation to me this month is the Cover Girl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 foundation.  I believe that this came out at the beginning of the year and I had been meaning to try it for a long time.  I was hesitant because it’s a long-wearing foundation and those tend to be drying.  I finally gave it a shot after several recommendations and positive reviews and, despite my dry skin, I really enjoyed it.  Cover Girl claims that it is: “All-in-one foundation with a long-lasting formula that fuses primer, concealer, and foundation in one easy step! The 3-in-1 formula provides a flawless look that lasts all day long.”  Though I don’t agree that it is truly a 3-in-1 product, it is a decent foundation.  Let me know if you want me to do a full review of the Cover Girl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 foundation.


Sigma F80

I have been absolutely loving my new Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki Brush.  I jumped on the 20% off sale that Sigma offered last month.  I didn’t think that I would love it as much as I do.  I had heard so many people talk about how great it is, but I didn’t think that there would be that much difference between the F80 and the really good low-cost brushes that I own.  I was wrong.  I don’t know why, maybe it’s how densely packed the bristles are or how super soft they are, but the F80 blends foundation like a dream.  I am going to do an in-depth review of all of the Sigma brushes I purchased during the sale, but I can say right now that the F80 lives up to the hype.


e.l.f. Mineral Infused Face Primer in Tone-Adjusting Green

I’ve been using the e.l.f. Mineral Infused Face Primer in Tone-Adjusting Green.  I think I’ve mentioned the regular clear e.l.f. Mineral Infused Face Primer in a past favorites post.  I wanted to give the green primer a try because of my issues with redness.  I’m not normally a fan of green products because they either sheer out completely and do nothing, or else they give the skin an alien looking gray cast that is really unflattering.  But I figured that, even if I didn’t like the green aspect of it, I knew that I would like the formula of the primer and I did.


e.l.f. Mineral Infused Face Primer in Tone-Adjusting Green

As you can see the primer comes out a a dark mossy green color, which was a surprise.  I didn’t expect it to be so dark.  The right side of the above picture is the primer half-way blended out so that it would still show up on camera.  The color sheers out completely when blended, so I didn’t see it doing much tone adjusting.  It’s not going to cancel out major redness.  Despite that, it is still a good primer and I am certainly getting use out of it.


Milani baked bronzer in Soleil

Since it is still summer, I’ve been pulling out my Milani baked bronzer in Soleil.  I don’t usually use shimmery bronzers, but I do like a bit of shimmer in the summer time.  I have reviewed all of the Milani baked products on this blog and mentioned them several times.  In short, they are awesome, go get some (especially the blushes).  This gigantic bronzer is going to last me forever.  I really enjoyed it all through August.


Sleek Blush by 3 palette in Lace

I placed an order with Sleek Makeup in July and am really glad that I did.  Sleek is a UK brand that I’ve been wanting to try for years now.  I plan to do a brand review on all of the Sleek products that I got, but one item was definitely a favorite through August.  The middle shade out of the Blush by 3 palette in Lace is called Guipure.  It is an absolutely gorgeous shimmering rose gold that I’ve become completely addicted to.  All three of these blushes are lovely, extremely pigmented and long-lasting, but Guipure caught my attention and did not let go.  I’m looking forward to showing you my Sleek haul and doing reviews because I think that you will be very interested in the products.


Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Taupe

I may have mentioned the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Taupe before, but it is worth mentioning again.  I love lining my under eye area with this shade.  It defines without being too bold, and is perfect for the day time.  Rimmel products are so inexpensive and these kajal liners are of great quality.  I’d say Taupe is a must-have.  I have a review on the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal liners, so simply enter the name into the search box if you want to read more about them.


Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing mascara

A new mascara that I have really been enjoying is  the Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing mascara.  I picked this up at Walgreens because I want to possibly do another $20 makeup challenge and wanted to try some inexpensive mascaras.  It was only $3.99, but it performs really well.  I’m impressed.  I have walked out the door with only one coat of mascara on because this does so much for my lashes.  I have sad, puny, short lashes, so I need length and volume.  Jordana delivers for me.


Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey

Finally, For lips I have been loving my Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey.  I knew that I would.  I really love those soft mauve-ish, my lips but better shades, and Honey is just that.  I don’t like wearing shades that are too nude because I think I look like a corpse, so shades like this are my version of a natural lip.  I’ve mention the Revlon Balm Stains to death on this blog, so I won’t say too much about them here.  Honey is a perfect no-brainer lip color that you don’t have to think about and looks good with anything.


(L-R) Taupe, Guipure, Honey, Soleil

Here are the swatches of the color cosmetics.  First is the Rimmel liner in taupe, followed by Guipure, that rose gold blush in the Sleek Blush by 3 palette.  The next two swatches are Revlon Honey Balm Stain, and then Milani’s baked bronzer in Soleil.  For some reason Honey is looking pretty dark in this picture.  In real life, it’s a lot lighter.  Check out that gold flip when Guipure hits the light.  It’s such a beautiful blush and no need for an extra highlighting product.

So that’s it.  Those are my favorites for August.  Let me know in the comments below if you want me to review any of the products that I mentioned in this post.  September is shaping up to be a really good month.  The Husband’s birthday is next week, and I will be running in my first 5K this month as well.  We are also gearing up for a Disney World trip in October that I am very excited about.  Summer is winding to a close and I am really excited for Fall.  My favorite time of year is Fall and Winter, so I will not miss the Summer at all.  I can’t wait to be in sweater dresses, leggings, and boots again.  How do you feel about the end of summer?  Let me know.  🙂