I can’t believe that 2018 is coming to a close! This year has been nothing shy of wonderfully amazing and I’m so elated for all of the things I’ve been able to experience and enjoy! One being starting this incredible journey as a fashion and beauty blogger! A huge shout out and gracious thank you to every one of you who take the time to support me, read my posts, and follow along! It means the world to me! Here’s to 2019 and the road to endless possibilities!
Today’s post is one for the books…. BEST OF BEAUTY 2018!! Today, I’m sharing my absolute favorite beauty products and skincare that I’ve used day in and out and have repurchased many times this year. I have a variety of drugstore to high-end products listed that I have fallen in love with… these are my favorites:
Mascara- iTCosmetics Superhero mascara this was a late find for me in the year but I can honestly say my lashes have never been longer and curled all day with ONE mascara (I used to use two) this one is my #1 fav of 2018!
Liquid Eyeliner- Line Stiletto liquid liner in blackest black.. this liner goes on as a liquid (for easy removal is you smudge) and dries matte. It lasts All. Day. Long. I’ve used this product probably since 2011 and I’ve tried others but this one is so convenient and easy to use!
Eyeliner for the waterline- I range between 3 different shades dependent upon my eyeshadow look (although I rarely add liner there because it tends to close the eye) Brown- Colourpop eyeliner in CallMe, Nude- Colourpop eyeliner in HoneyDude, & Black- Tarte Cosmetics Sex Kitten
Foundation- a tie between the iTCosmetics CC Cream in Medium Tan and the TooFaced Peach Perfect Foundation in Sand- they both have flawless coverage and are very long wearing but the cc cream is a bit of a lighter feel on my skin for everyday makeup whereas the TooFaced I know will be the durability I need for more special occasions.
Concealer- Tarte Cosmetics shapetape in light neutral (also my favorite of 2017! Nothing compares)
Brow pencil- Colourpop precision pencil in Champagne Blonde
Brow gel- Morphe translucent brow gel GLUES my eyebrows in place hours and hours of wear
Setting powders- Colourpop nofilter pressed setting powders in fair for the highlights of my face and medium for the rest! It’s matte, controls shine and leaves my skin looking airbrushed.
Bronzer- Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer in shade deep … hands down the best bronzer (drugstore or high end) I’ve used and consistently reach for!
Blush- Morphe 8w palette. I’ve been mixing all of these shades daily for the perfect warm pops of color!
Highlight- an oldie but a goodie… Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin perfecter in Champagne Pop. I rediscovered this in the spring and couldnt stop reaching for it everyday! The perfect peachy/gold
Everyday & Evening Eyeshadow Palette- Colourpop Double Entendre (the best dupe for the Jesse James Decker Palette!!!!!) I reach for this warm palette everyday to just add some color and definition in my crease and on my lower lash line, however this is also fantastic for a date night smokey eye look.
Lip Liner- my favorites for myself and my clients are the Nyx Cosmetics “slim” lip pencils. My everyday nude lip favorite is “Coffee”, for a pinker look I reach for “Citrine” and for a deeper nude, “Nutmeg”. They’re easy to sharpen, glide right on, are long wearing and dont bleed.
Lipstick- What I was gravitating towards in 2018 were the Colourpop Ultra Satin Lips in the shades “FrickNFrack” “November” and “Alyssa”.
Lipgloss- Victoria’s Secret Plump me up gloss in Almost Nude | Colourpop ultra glossy lip in Curvii and the Colourpop ultra glossy lip in Fairy Floss
I have THE MOST sensitive face skin of all time. It is rare that I find products that don’t break me out instantly, make me swell up or cause hives- seriously, I wish I were joking. I’m allergic to everything… EXCEPT THESE PRODUCTS! I’ve found my holy grails that leave my skin silky smooth, clean and clear, & hydrated and I think it’s only fair to share them with you!! I love skincare that is GOOD for your skin. The brands that I use below are both cruelty-free and scientifically proven to show dramatic results through the benefits and ingredients of their products for both anti-aging, in all forms, and hydration.
Makeup Remover- iTCosmetics Bye Bye Makeup- Makeup melting balm (every evening in place of a cleanser) please ladies take your makeup off before you go to bed! If not only causes breakouts but premature aging and wrinkles!
Face cleanser- Tarte Cosmetics Deep Dive Cleansing Gel (This is a vegan product. I use this every morning) even if you washed your face the night before, please wash your face upon waking up. When you sleep, your face produces oils and sweat that need to be removed prior to applying makeup or coming in contact with the sun/ toxins in the air.
Toner- iTCosmetics Miracle Water (every evening after I rinse off the removing balm)
Moisturizer- Tarte Cosmetics Drink of H2O hydrating boost (This is a vegan
product. I use this every morning after I wash my face with cleanser)
Eye cream- iTCosmetics Bye Bye UnderEye (morning before makeup application, evening after toner)
Face Serum- PixiBeauty Rose Oil Blend (every evening after toner)
I hope that I can be a guide for you to find the makeup products you love and consider your holy grails, like I repurchase mine! I’m looking forward to a wonderful year ahead with all of you! Tag me in your favorites you think I should try!! Happy Holidays, loves!
XOXO | Jess