If you know me, you know my love of makeup runs deep.. the girl who wears a full face practically, 99% of the time, every day, can’t live without mascara and is generally always testing out new products. It’s a hobby and something that makes my soul happy- it fills up my cup, if you will.
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… (Check out my Best Of Beauty 2018 Review here) These are my 2019 favorites:
Mascara- ITCosmetics Superhero Mascara– (black) this was my favorite in 2018 as well and it hasn’t changed that my lashes have never been longer and curled all day with ONE mascara!
Lashes: A newer find for me in 2019 that I have recently fallen in love with are the Bold Face Makeup lashes in styles Sassy Since Birth, Eyes are for Winking and Lashes For Days. Runner- Up- the Ardell Magnetic Lashes in style 110.
Liquid Eyeliner- ITCosmetics Superhero Liner (black) This product lasts and lasts, doesn’t tug and has no bleeding or running. I can cry or have an allergy attack and it won’t budge. Caution to use a steady hand when applying though- it’s rough to clean up, but so worth it!
Eyeliner for the waterline- Maybelline Tattoo Studio in both black and white shades. It’s waterproof, smudge resistant and fade resistant. Not to mention it’s a precise application and very pigmented!
Foundation- Urban Decay Cosmetics Stay Naked Foundation in shade 51wy. It’s a liquid foundation, which I personally prefer over creams, has beautiful packaging (with a pump to make life easier), is a buildable medium-full coverage, comes in a million shades for different undertones designed for you, it’s also a vegan product and does not break me out- so it’s safe to say I wear this baby every day. It claims to be a 24hr foundation, but I’d give it a steady 16hr wear rating. Runner Up- my always and forever ride or die Estee Lauder 24hr Double Wear Foundation in shade 3W1 Tawny. The only reason it’s a very close 2nd is because It’s too heavy on the skin to wear every day. It is however, my social occasion and performance foundation. Its blurring, 24hr, full-full coverage and applies well.
Concealer- Tarte Cosmetics ShapeTape in light neutral (also my favorite of 2017 and 2018!) I’ve tried to branch out, have purchased & used full bottles of the Jouer Cosmetics Essential High-Coverage Concealer and the Urban Decay new Stay Naked Concealer (both of which are honorable mentions) but I keep going back to my shape tape.
Brow pencil- Colourpop precision pencil in Champagne Blonde. It’s precise, pigmented, gives me the feathered brow I want and doesn’t tug or pull with application.
Setting powders- For the under eyes and to set the highpoints of my face I use the KatVonD Shade and Light highlighting powder in shade Lyric. It’s full coverage and the perfect brightening powder for yellow undertones. I apply this with a brush. To set my face all over, I go between the Hourglass Translucent loose setting powder and the pressed Colourpop nofilter pressed setting powder in medium. Both leave me matte, controls shine and have my skin looking airbrushed. I apply both of these with a damp beauty sponge.
Bronzer- TooFaced Cosmetics Sweetheart Bronzer. It’s illuminating and gives my skin a “glow from within” look. I swirl both of the shades in the pan together for a sun-kissed glow with a large bronzer brush, but do also define and contour with just the darker shade using a more precise bronzer brush.
Blush- NARS Blush in shades Orgasm and Outlaw. This formula is very pigmented, long lasting and has a hint of shimmer for a natural glow.
Highlight- an oldie but a goodie and my favorite from 2018- Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Champagne Pop. Im not a huge wearer of highlight so nothing groundbreaking here but it’s the perfect peachy/gold for a light-medium complexion!
Everyday & Evening Eyeshadow Palette- Morphe Brushes Jaclyn Hill palette. I use this sucker every single day. I use it to just add some color and definition in my crease and on my lower lash line, for a night-time smokey eye look, for a pops of color, for a warm or cool eye look, etc. etc. etc. It’s so versatile and let’s be honest I’ll always have a love for Jaclyn Hill- she’s part of the reason I started my career as a makeup artist (fun fact)!
Lip Liner- Maybelline Colorsensational in Dusty Rose for an every day nude. Runner-up: Nyx Cosmetics “slim” lip pencils. An everyday nude lip favorite is “Coffee”, for a pinker look I reach for “Citrine” and for a deeper nude, “Nutmeg”. Both brands glide right on, are long wearing and dont bleed.
Lipstick- a newer find for me, and I know I’m late to the game, are the Kylie Cosmetics Velvet Liquid Lipsticks– my favorite shades are Commando (true nude) and Shook (a brown mahogany.) I also enjoy NARS Velvet Matte lip pencil in shades cruella and dolce vita and the NARS powermatte lip pigment in shade American Woman.
Beauty Sponge: Morphe Highlight and Contour Beauty Sponge
Just like 2018… 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.
Step 1. Makeup Remover- Pixi Beauty Makeup Melting Cleansing Cloths, every evening. Please take your makeup off before you go to bed! I use only one wipe and it takes away every stitch of my makeup- 24hr eyeliner and all!
Step 2. Facial Cleanser- Tarte Cosmetics Deep Dive Cleansing Gel– (This is a vegan product. I use this both morning and night.) I’ve used this for years now. It keeps oils at bay, doesn’t strip my skin and really makes my face look and feel clean.
Step 3. Eye Cream- ITCosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Cream– (morning before makeup application, evening after cleansing, also a 2018 fav). Claims- “Clinically tested to reduce the look of lines and wrinkles around your eye area, Soothes puffy eyes, Exclusive “dark shadow minimizing” blue tint brightens even the darkest under-eye circles”
Step 4. Face Serum- Di Morelli Skin Care Vitamin C Serum for Face and Eye– It’s an oil-free, highly potent, and fast absorbing product for all skin types. It was the very first product that Dr. Morrell formulated in order to treat the most common skin concerns and patient complaints: fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and skin laxity. This product is recommended for hyper pigmentation, dull skin, preventing and correcting the signs of aging and is for all skin types, including my super sensitive skin! It has the ability to gently remove dry and dead skin to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion. It also stimulates collagen production and its antioxidant properties help reduce free radicals that can damage skin cells and tissue, which means reduced inflammation in the skin. It’s made with medical grade ingredients and is cruelty free. This is a step I refuse to miss in my nightly skin care routine!
Step 5. Face Serum- Pixi Beauty Rose Oil Blend– (every evening after washing my face) Claims- “This botanical blend is infused with a powerful complex of youth-preserving oils to help improve skin’s elasticity and glow.”
Step 6. Moisturizer- Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar– It’s creamy, lightweight and absorbs into the skin quickly. It helps refine texture, pores, increase color, glow of the skin and to re-energize! It also smells great!
Step 7. Regular ol’ Chapstick brand Chapstick. The only chapstick I can use that doesn’t break me out. Yes, even Burts Bees gets me. My favorite flavor is Cherry!
8. Mary Kay Acne Spot Treatment– Dries pimples overnight to maintain clear skin!
Razor: My favorite item of 2019 is the Billie Razor. Being that I have sensitive skin, it’s no secret that shaving would be an annoyance- razor burn, strawberry legs (Redness in the pores on your legs), irritation. This razor is my new holy grail product. It combats all of those symptoms and actually improves the look and feel of my skin. It’s convenient with the subscription plan (I receive 4 razor heads every 2 months) and oh ya.. its only $9!!!! It’s sleek, has 5 blades, comes in many colors and is truly revolutionizing the way women shave! You need one!!
Products I’m looking forward to trying in 2020: 1. Tarte Cosmetics Knockout Daily Exfoliating Cleanser (have my eyes on) 2. Haus Laboratories Liquid Eye-Lie-ner (just ordered) 3. Haus Laboratories lip glosses (in my cart) 4. Biore Charcoal Face Wash (have my eyes on)
A giant thank you to Di Morelli Skin Care for collaborating with me on this post!
I hope that I can be a guide for you to find the makeup and skincare products you love and consider your holy grails, like I repurchase mine! Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays Glam Fam!