I love this time of year. I mean, who doesn't? Whether you've had a dreadful 2013 or the kind that makes you look back fondly over the past 12 months, the excitement for what another new year brings indubitably lingers in the frosty air.
Today, we're taking a moment to dig through our makeup bags and cosmetic battle stations to find the best beauty product we purchased in all of 2013. You know, the type of beauty product you find yourself reaching for nearly every day; the one that you'll most definitely buy another of the second you start to run low on your current.
It seems like I've been on the prowl for an amazing liquid eyeliner for all of 2013. I love wearing a clean cat eye and red lip, but nothing messes the whole thing up more than an eyeliner not doing its job. I'll spare you the details and just tell you that I've experienced many frustrated, huffy moments in front of the mirror with my fists in the air, clutching a subpar eyeliner, cursing the beauty gods.
Seriously. I've tried countless eyeliners and have found a few that kinda sorta suffice, but there's one that blew me away this year: Stila's Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Intense Black. Holy smokes! It applies like a dream, dries instantly and looks amazing all day long. (Pro tip: Store all your liquid eyeliners tip down!)
I hated 2013 and I am SO glad to see it go. That said, beauty wise, 2013 was also the Year of the Brow, which I can get behind.
My Anastasia Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes in Brunette was a very big part of my makeup arsenal. It comes with a wax cream, two shades of brow powder, eyeshadow highlighter and a bunch of stencils to fake big, bold brows pretty realistically. I suspect 2014 will beYear of the Brow II.
My best beauty buy of 2013 is Tony Moly Cristal Blusher in Milky Violet. At first I was a little unsure of the wearability of purple blush, but I totally fell for this creamy lavender colour after Mari suggested it, so I decided to give it a try.
In short, I love it. The purple is subtle and complements my skin tone and pastel wardrobe perfectly. As someone who only ever wore pink NARS blush, this $9 Tony Moly blush has totally changed my routine. It is perfection!
My favorite product discovery of 2013 is G.U.M. Soft-Picks. I have two impacted lower back teeth. One in the back on each side--the result of crappy orthodontic work. Needless to say, food gets trapped so resoundingly back there, so the dental floss of mere mortals DOES NOT WORK.
My hygienist turned me on to G.U.M. Soft-Picks this year when food the size of appetizers began to lodge back there and would not budge no matter the astuteness of my flossing. They slide easily between teeth and ride along the gum. They have bristles, which really dislodge trapped food, even from the tightest or most difficult to reach places. Also, they massage the flesh, thusly helping guard against gum disease.
These things RULE. I'm in such relief from using them!
My favourite beauty discoveries for 2013 were ARCONA's Solution Pads and NARS' Eye Paints (which I used in my Guy Bourdin article).
This selfie is of me without makeup after using the Solution pads for a week. They are amazing! And I love the Eye Paints for the range of shades and how well they wear and blend. I use different shades as shadow, liner, and even blend two different ones for filling in my brows.
My favorite product of 2013 is my fairy godmother Elizabeth Dehn's oil cleanser!
I've recently started using oil cleanser in the morning and my skin loves it. This one is all organic and not only smells awesome, but also delivers a blast of moisture and glow to my face every day.
My favorite product of 2013 was Dr. Teal's Foaming Bath. I had the most stressful, busy year of my life, and I'm thankful for it, but I had to learn to prioritize relaxation time so I didn't totally lose it.
Dr. Teal's bath products have essential oils in them to keep skin from getting dry, and some of the scents are eucalyptus and lavender which are SO relaxing. They get super-foamy, which is necessary for me because when I bathe like a princess--or a Hollywood Boulevard hooker who's been invited to stay in a millionaire dude's penthouse suite.
A lot of love goes to my favourite sunscreen I discovered this year: Kiss Me Sunkiller Clear Water SPF 50.
It is literally like pouring water over your face. It's not thick and does not give me a white wash. Perfect under makeup, too! LOVE IT.
You guys already heard a lot about my most expensive beauty purchase of the year--my Dr. Jart moisturizer--and although I still love it, I thought I'd mention something new. I always get distracted by whatever's new and shiny.
Right now, my latest purchase is Kate Walsh's Boyfriend, which I sneakily gave myself for Christmas. I never buy nice perfume for myself, but this one smells sexy and grownup in the same way as Tom Ford's Black Orchid--and it's way more affordable. Plus it has my boyfriend's name on the bottle... along with my brother's, unfortunately.
My best new beauty purchase of 2013 is the Kerastase Nutritive Masque Nutri-Thermique.
I have put my hair through a lot this year, and using this treatment has really saved it from the damage it should be facing. Whenever my ends start to feel (understandably) crunchy, I use this and they're super-nourished again.
I can't believe I lived without the Auto Pilot BBB Cream by Napoleon Perdis. I recently purchased it and it is hands-down the best beauty product I've bought this year.
It's also the best BB cream I've ever tried. It goes on smooth and has some subtle shimmer that will make your skin glow. It also provides great coverage and lasts all day.
I have combination to oily skin skin and have issues finding a liquid foundation or BB cream that won't make my skin look greasy. Auto Pilot BBB Cream gives me a very natural finish, which is what I look for in makeup.
Although 2013 was a bit of a bumpy year, I know I'm always going to look back on it and smile. So much amazing stuff happened for me this year, and I am so thankful for all of it.
Beauty-wise, one of the things I am MOST thankful for are the Revlon Kissable Balm Stains, which were my ultimate game-changers of twenty-thirteen. They are amazing. Lightweight and shiny, but not glittery, with amazing staying power and FANTASTIC colour--all for under 10 bucks. What's not to love about that?
Though I own every single colour (seriously), my favourite right now is Smitten, a medium but intense purplish-pink. Smitten has the distinction of being one of those magical shades that looks incredible on every single skin tone and at every age. In fact, my mum steals this from me every chance she gets she loves it so much. Sorry mama, this one's mine.
My pick for this year is Rimmel Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in brown. Totally basic, but I love a gel eyeliner with an attached brush!
It goes on subtle, but you can build it for more dramatic looks. It does last forever--especially with a primer and powder set--and it's so portable. I use it for my boring workday look, but layer it up and smudge it kohl-style and add some gold leaf for skulking around in the dark. It takes the sweaty, house show mosh pit in stride.
Grandissimo Lashes by Milani is my favourite mascara. EVER. It has a huge fat wand that is curved perfectly. One coat darkens and separates, but you can layer it up for the most majestic, beefy, intense lashes ever. It's a thinner formula, so it doesn't crack or flake when you add three-plus layers.
These are our faves. Now we want to hear all about yours. Feel free to share a picture of yourself wearing your favorite beauty purchase of the year!