2019 Annual Makeup Favorites — And One Big Fail!

Happy New Year!  I’m excited to share my 2019 annual favorites.  This year I’m breaking it up into two categories — Makeup and Skincare.

I love sharing my favorite makeup products.  I’ve included one in each category, and I will also lists some honorable mentions.  I usually don’t include products I don’t like, but I have one extreme fail this year that was a favorite on many people’s lists.  So read to the end if you want to know what foundation didn’t work for me at all!

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These are my favorite and most used products of 2019.  If I have reviewed or mentioned them before, I’ll link that post.

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Tati Beauty Textured Neutrals Vol. 1 Palette — I purchased a few new palettes this year and got a couple in PR that I really like. This one stood out to me because I really love Tati and wanted to support her, and I’ve never seen a palette laid out like this.  Gorgeous!

Honorable mentions are the Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette.  I used it a lot this year.  It’s such a nice, neutral palette.  A new one that’s a favorite is the Colourpop Going Coconuts palette.  I will be reviewing that one soon. And my favorite colorful palette is the Natasha Denona Sunrise palette.  It’s so gorgeous!    

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NARS Makeup Your Mind Eye & Cheek Palette — So this palette holds my favorite bronzer, Laguna and my favorite blush formula from the year.  I love all three of the blush shades in this — Luster, Orgasm and Dolce Vita.  Beautiful!

Looking back on my monthly favorites for 2019,  I really didn’t have many blushes or bronzers in there.  In November I purchased the Colorpop Pressed Powder Blush in Enchanted Mirror and the Milani Silky Matte Bronzing Powder in 01 Sun Light. I have been loving both of those.  I would love to find more favorites in these categories this year.

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Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer — I purchased this in the spring Ulta 21 Days of Beauty, but just started using it in the fall.  I used it up in 2 months!  I will be purchasing again.  A primer I loved for the warm weather is the Touch in Sol No Poreblem Prime Essence.  I received it in a BoxyLuxe this year and loved how smooth it made my skin!

Catrice Cosmetics HD Liquid Coverage Foundation — This isn’t a new foundation, but it was new to me this year.  I love that it gives a natural finish with a nice coverage.  It doesn’t look like I’m wearing makeup. Honorable Mentions are the Pur 4-in-1 Love Your Selfie Foundation and the Urban Decay Stay Naked Foundation.  Both look so nice on my skin and don’t settle in my pores or lines.  I do need both of them in a darker shade, but I think they are nice, too!

Benefit Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer — This is one of the best concealers I have ever used!  It’s easily blendable and gives great coverage.  Plus it stays in place all day.  I do not have a runner up in 2019, because nothing compares.  Lets see if there’s a better one for me in 2020…

Urban Decay The Ultimate Brush Off Translucent Loose Setting Powder — I love the texture of this powder.  It sets under my eyes and all over my face flawlessly.  And it doesn’t sit in my pores and lines or look cakey.  I’m not a big fan of the packaging and hope they repackage it into a normal container without a brush.

Beauty Bakerie HD Flour Setting Powder is a close second.  I purchased it in the Spring Ulta 21 Days of Beauty and used it up in a few months.  I will be purchasing it again once I go through some powders I have.  It is light and doesn’t settle into pores.

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Essence Pure Nude Highlighter — This is an oldie but goodie!  I rediscovered this highlighter in 2019.  It can look soft and natural on or be built up to be blinding.  I do have a few other highlighters, but I don’t really love any other of mine right now.  I think I’ll try to find a perfect highlighter in 2020!

Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara — What an amazing mascara! I alsways have the issue of my mascara smudging under my eye, even when I don’t put mascara on my lower lashes.  This is a tubing mascara, so it only comes off when I take it off with just water! Amazing! I also love the L’Oreal Unlimited Length and Lift Mascara.  It gives amazing length and builds up to be really voluminous.

Wander Beauty Frame Your Face Micro Brow Pencil — I got this in an Ipsy Glam Bag Plus. I no longer get that box, but I’m happy I received this brow pencil!  It is the perfect consistancy for me, not too soft or too waxy. Benefit Cosmetics Precisely My Brow Pencil Ultra-Fine Shape & Define is my runner up for brows.  It’s insanely pigmented, so a little goes a long way.  But it works so well on.  I love the micro pencils when doing my brows.

Pop Beauty Pout on Point Lip Liner — I have had this liner for a couple of years and it is almost out.  The color I have is Nude.  It’s not too creamy, so it stays on all day.  But it does glide on and blend like a dream!  I don’t have another lip liner I love as much, so I might have to make a Pop Beauty order soon.  I am always on the lookout for an amazing lip liner that doesn’t cost too much.

Iconic London Lip Gloss — I love this lip plumper!  The shade I have is Nearly Nude.  It’s lightly plumping and looks gorgeous over a lip liner or any lipstick. I don’t wear lipstick that much any more, usually just a lip liner with a gloss over it.  Although this is very nice, I am on the lookout for my perfect sheer gloss.  I need to use up ones I have before I will let myself try some more.

And now, my (probably controversial) fail for 2019:

L'Oreal Fresh Wear Foundation

L’Oréal Infallible Fresh Wear 24HR Foundation — Almost all reviews I saw for this last year were positive.  And there was a lot.  The only two reviews that weren’t as positive were ladies around my age that said it made them look like they were wearing foundation instead of just having beautiful skin.

For me, this foundation was just awful. It settled heavily in my pores and fine lines.  I tried so many different primers, serums and combinations of those to try not to look like a cakey mess when I wore it.  They didn’t work. Finally (before I gave it away), I had one day that I used an oil under it along with creams and primers, and it only looked slightly bad.  Almost passable.  LOL!  I gave it away after about 10 uses.

It was so sad because I was hoping to love it like so many others.  But I did find a perfect (for me) foundation, the Catrice one.

Did you try this foundation?  What did you think?

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I found so many amazing products in 2019!  I might have purchased too much, because I’m still working through them.  I still get BoxyCharm, BoxyLuxe and BoxCharm Premium, but I have got rid of my other subscriptions.  I am also going to try to purchase items I need in 2020.  And of course, a few I want.

Stay tuned for my skincare favorites of 2019 and I think I’m doing an annual Project Pan this year.

Skincare Sunday — Derma E Skin Restore

Hi All! Happy Sunday!  I’m back with a skincare review.  I love Derma E and am lucky to get sent some of their products to review from time to time.

I received these Derma E products in December, and have been enjoying using them.  Here’s information about the products:

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Skin Restore Advanced Peptides and Collagen Serum ($36.50 USD) — helps support skin’s need for moisture with Vitamin E, and highly effective antioxidants such as Vitamin C and Green Tea provide comprehensive anti-aging benefits. With ingredients that are thought to support collagen health, this is an amazing collagen and peptide serum to give glowing skin!  I love using it at night with my other treatments. I find that it plumps my skin by morning and gives a youthful glow.

Skin Restore Advanced Peptide and Collagen Moisturizer($35 USD) — restores a more youthful appearance to skin by diminishing the look of lines and wrinkles. A highly advanced formulation packed with the peptides and collagen needed for healthy-looking skin makes this the best moisturizer for wrinkles. We use the powerful multi-peptides Matrixyl®synthe’6® and Argireline®, as well as Pycnogenol®, an amazing antioxidant that is thought to support healthy collagen, which is the protein essential for vibrant skin that has a wonderful smoothness and elasticity. This also includes Vitamin C and Green Tea for extra anti-aging antioxidants. Plus, it’s so hydrating without being greasy!

Beauty Sponge ($4.99 USD) — This multi-tasking beauty sponge is perfect for skincare and makeup application. This soft sponge works to blend creams, liquids, and serums for a flawless finish. Pair with a favorite serum, moisturizer or BB cream for effortlessly beautiful skin.


I am loving all of these products!  I need the extra hydration and anti-aging properties in my skin right now.  It’s get’s so dry in the winter, and that doesn’t help aging skin.  But these lovely products do!

Have you tried Derma E?  Which of their products do you love?

Shop My Stash — January 2020

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Hi all!  It’s time for my first Shop my Stash of 2020!

I’m always excited to play with new (again to me) color cosmetics that I either haven’t used in a while or haven’t used much at all! My goal is to get more use out of the products I have and to see if they are something I want to keep.

This month I have chosen two palettes that I have barely used and a blush, bronzer and lipstick that I just purchased in the Black Friday sales.  I usually don’t choose brand new (to me) products, but I really want to try these out.

Here are the palettes open:

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So many pretty shades to play with!  I have already used them today and loved playing with something I haven’t tried in a while.

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Makeup Revolution The Emily Edit The Wants Palette— I purchased this in June of 2019 (on sale at Ulta), and I haven’t used it since summer.  Most of my palettes have less shades then this, so it’s a little intimidating when I open it.  I used it today and I kept adding different colors of shimmer on my lid (Cupcake, Top Story, Eve Rose and Pizzaz).  They do all work together, but I need to calm down and know that I can use some shades for other looks this month, lol!  Do you have that problem with larger palettes?

IMG-2499IMG-2500Urban Decay On The Run palette in Detour — This is such a pretty little palette. And the blues definitely give me winter vibes. I received this from Urban Decay in 2019 and am exited to play with it. The formula is gorgeous.

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Colourpop Pressed Powder Blush in Enchanted — This warm pink blush is so fresh and pretty on. It works so well with cool and warm looks. It’s a more matte blush, but that’s what I currently like.

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Milani Silky Matte Bronzing Powder in 01 Sun Light — I also love matte bronzers.  This one is new to me and very light.  But, I can build it up and it’s so soft and natural on.  This is perfect for the winter when I am more fair.

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I wear lipgloss more than lipstick, but I have bought a few lipsticks last year that I need to use.  This is the MAC Lipstick in the Cremesheen formula.  The shade is Creme in Your Coffee— a creamy mid-tone pink brown.  I love hydrating lip formulas and this one is very nice.  I’m looking forward to using it!

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Here are swatches of the bronzer, lipstick and blush.

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I’m so exited for this month, and this year!  I’m hoping to use more of my stash, and purchase less.  I’m also doing a new series that I will be starting soon — I will be reviewing 20 of my palettes this year that I haven’t reviewed yet.  And I might do a Project Pan.  I’m still thinking about that.

Are you planning to use what you got this year — or is it spend, spend, spend (like I did last year)?  LOL!  Let me know!

Shop My Stash December 2019 Results and Monthly Empties

Hi All!  I’m back with my December Shop My Stash results!  I enjoy dipping into my collection and using products I haven’t used in a long time, or just haven’t given much of a chance.

My rule with this is if I don’t like the item after the month, I will move it out of my collection to make some room and let someone else enjoy it! You can check out my first Shop My Stash post for December.

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I’ve had a lot of fun playing with these products this month!  And I have definitely decided to keep all of these products!

I usually wear a lip pencil and lip gloss everyday, but I do enjoy these lipsticks.  They are matte, so I wear a gloss over them.  They are very long wearing.

Here are the palettes open:

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The ABH Sultry palette was my favorite product in my stash this month.  I haven’t really used it much before this month.  I love it!  It’s so gorgeous.  All the looks I made with it have been every day looks with a touch of glam.  The shimmers/metallics take all looks to the next level!  I used most of the shades in this.

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I also used the Urban Decay Elements palette a few times in December.  I like this palette, especially the purples and bronzes.  I don’t really wear the blues, greens or the matte pink. The gold in this palette is so gorgeous!  I’m going to keep this for now, but if it takes me until next holiday season to use it again, I will pass it on to someone else.

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I used the highlighters in this Ofra x Madison Miller palette a lot. I would often forget to wear the blush, but when I did, I liked it.  It’s not my favorites shade, but it blends out nice and wears well.  The highlighters are so glowy!  I will keep this and see if I reach for it.

Now, on to my empties!

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I have a good amount of empties for December.  Mostly skincare as always.

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Out of these products, I can see myself repurchasing the Smashbox Primerizer (on sale) and the Ordinary Hyaluronic acid (when I am needing it).  I have other hydrating serums that I am using now.  The Primera water cream was nice, but I have a lot of moisturizers open and in my stash, so if I purchase it, it won’t be for a while.  The Meaningful Beauty SPF moisturizer is okay.  It’s a bit greasy and I’d like to find a less heavy sunscreen this year.

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I LOVE both of these mists.  The Skin & Co one is great for setting makeup and the Botanics mist is one I use after washing my face as a toner.  I’m not going to purchase new ones write now because I have lots of mists to use up.

The Primera essence is so lovely!  I may be repurchasing it.  I have been working on the Soap & Glory Righteous Butter for a long time!  I do like it, but don’t have to have it.  I’m using other body creams right now.


December was another successful Shop My Stash and I used up lots of good products!

I’ve decided I’m going to do the same style Shop My Stash this year.  From time to time I might add in some complexion products.  We’ll see.  I was thinking of doing a Project Pan, too.  But I’m not sure.  What do you think?  Do you shop your stash or do Project Pans?

BoxyCharm BoxyLuxe Subscription Box Review — December 2019

IMG-2361Hi all! I received my December BoxyLuxe about of week ago. But, I’ve been so busy I haven’t had a chance to review it. I started subscribing to BoxyLuxe last December and have been a subscriber of BoxyCharm for two and a half years.

The regular BoxyCharm box is $25 a month now. BoxyLuxe is a once-a-quarter upgrade option you can add to your existing $25-a-month Boxycharm subscription. So for an additional $24.99, you’ll get the Luxe box, and be paying a total of $49.99 for that quarterly box.

I saw the spoilers for this box, I just didn’t know what variations I would get.  I did get to pick some of the items I would receive, which I really liked.

The theme for this month is Whimsy. There’s a good mix of makeup, skincare and hair care this month.  Here’s what I received:

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My total this month is a whopping $485.50!  Wow!  Amazing for a $50 box.

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I’m excited about both of these!  I love Rituals and I haven’t tried this shower gel before.  I’m going to put it in my shower after we’ve used up all the holiday shower gels, LOL!

The IGK dry shampoo gets great reviews.  I don’t usually use dry shampoo much, but I will give this a go!

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The bottle of the Elemis oil is so gorgeous!  It is very rose-scented.  I like it, but I hope it isn’t too strong for me.  I have a few oils open now, so I will be trying it later.

The QMS product is so expensive!  It would be great if it worked on my lip lines.  I will be trying this soon.

I am already using the FRESH cleanser.  It’s such an OG cleanser, but I haven’t used it before. I like it so far.  It has a refreshing scent and really cleans skin without drying it out.

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I’ve been trying to decide if I want to keep the Ciate blush, but I think I will.  I don’t really have one in this darker pink shade.  I’m excited to try it!

I am not keeping the metallic lipstick or the liquid eyeliner.  I don’t wear either.  I’ll find someone who will love them, though.

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This is a very pretty palette!  I love how it looks like a book, and the shades are gorgeous.  I’m gifting this to someone, because I have so many eyes shadows that I need to use!  I am actually going to start a new series in 2020 where I review 20 of my current palettes that I haven’t reviewed yet.  I have so many that I bought last year or the year before and haven’t reviewed!


Do you get BoxyLuxe?  What did you get this month and what were your favorite products?

Madam Glam Ho Ho Holo Collection Review

Hi all! Madam Glam has released a festive holographic nail polish collection for December. They sent a few of the shades to me for my honest review.

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Madam Glam offers Vegan, Cruelty-Free, 9-Free and Gluten-Free nail and gel polishes. They are easy to use and so long lasting when cured!

I received the four beautiful shades above — Candy Cane, Let it Snow, Holo Night and Mistletoe.

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The shades are:

Candy Cane — Dark pink with gold sparkles

Let it Snow — Dark blue with gold sparkles

Holo Night — Shimmery gray with silver and gold sparkles

Mistletoe — Green with gold sparkles

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Here’s wet swatches, I haven’t cured the nails.  But this shows the pretty shades! There are 6 more shimmery shades in the collection.  At the moment they are sold out, but hopefully there will be a restock.


Have you tried Madam Glam before?  Do you like gel polish?

 

Holiday Gift Guides — Last Minute Natural Beauty Gifts

Hi all!  I’m back with one of my final gift guides this season.  This one focuses on natural skincare and bath and body products.  I love to give products that are so good for us and smell and work amazing!

Here’s a few great brands to choose from:

With a variety of safe, natural products from Garner’s Garden, everyone can live the naturally healthy lifestyle they deserve. Keep your skin healthy and glowing with a variety of body products from Garner’s Garden! I received some  products to review and these are my favorites — plus they all would make great gifts:

Body Butter in Lavender ($15.99 for 10 oz) — This is the most luxurious whipped body butter on the market that you can purchase. Not only does it provide moisture to your skin, but because it is made with beeswax, it will lock moisture into your skin all day long! The body butter is an official product in the Fall 2019 BE KIND. by ellen subscription box.

DIY Detox Face Mask ($5.99 USD) — The DIY detox face mask is made with pure detoxifying bentonite clay, mineralizing kaolin clay, and activated charcoal. It is very simple to use, add three scoops to a plastic or glass container and mix with water until it becomes smooth – then add your favorite ingredient(s) based on your skin type and situation. It is very simple to use this powerful detox mask!

Natural Body Oil in a pack of Citrus, Tangerine and Grapefruit.  ($12.99 USD) — This natural body oil has a variety of scents and aromas that will please all of your senses. Each natural body oil includes ingredients such as, rice bran, sweet almond, jojoba, and vitamin E oil that will serve as a moisturizing blend that not only softens the skin but also rejuvenates the natural glow.

Available at https://garnersgarden.com/

Cannabliss Moisturizing Lotion + Revitalizing Serum Gift Set
Cannabliss Organic Moisturizing Lotion + Revitalizing Serum Gift Set

While many CBD products on the market use cloned cannabis plants which weaken hemp oil’s consistency, Cannabliss Organic takes a “seed to face” approach. They only use certified organic plants grown from seed to harvest each year while using the entire plant to extract the oil. The end result is a highly concentrated form of CBD that provides anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties far more powerful than vitamins C and E. The brand takes their products one step further blending this full spectrum CBD oil with ancient Korean herbs to help the CBD absorb better. Cannabliss doesn’t use any water, chemicals or preservatives in their formulas. The brand uses an airless pump to keep liquids safe from oxidation and bacteria so your favorite skincare essential stays shelf stable. Rooted in everything natural, all products are packaged in eco-friendly PET plastic.

Moisturizing Lotion + Revitalizing Serum Gift Set ($185 USD) — Give glow! This Cannabliss Organic gift set, Beauty is Bliss, contains 50ml age-defying Moisturizing Face Lotion and 30ml Revitalizing Face Serum. Certified vegan. Gentle enough for all skin types.

Purchase at https://cannablissorganic.com/ and Neiman Marcus, Urban Outfitters, Bergdorf Goodman, Dillard’s and other boutique retailers nationwide as well as the Four Season spa in Beverly Hills and the Waldorf Astoria spa in Orlando.

nyl Organic
nyl Skincare

nyl® skincare focuses as much on what is not in the products as what is, and have found ways to leave the bad stuff out, leaving only the natural active ingredients in. nyl products are free of man-made chemicals, toxins, parabens, animal products and petroleum products. Everything they make is vegan (we don’t use beeswax), never tested on animals, gluten-free, and contains organic ingredients.

Available at https://www.nylskincare.com/

Glitter Skincare Holiday Slay
Sunshine & Glitter Holiday Slay

Glitter just makes everything better, including sunscreen! New this year, Sunshine & Glitter is thrilled to announce an entire Reef Safe Biodegradable Glitter sunscreen line! Yaaass! Sunshine & Glitter have something for everyone this season including the already viral Mermaid SeaStar Sparkle. This gorgeous sunscreen is already flying off the shelves and has everyone bringing out their inner sparkling sea diva with mermaid iridescent turquoise glitter that’s eco-friendly and biodegradable.

Above is the Holiday Slay Moisturizing Gold Glitter Body Gel Warm Sugar Cookie Scent 9 oz bottle ($18.95 USD) — Infused with antioxidants and essential nutrients, this magical lotion will leave your skin feeling radiant. PABA & paraben-free.  Shake well, apply liberally onto skin & glitter on! For external use only. Moisturizing potion with gold glitter. Made with love in the USA.


Do you like to use natural products and/or give them as gifts?  Which brands are your favorites?