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.

Giant Ulta Points Haul!

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Hi all!  I recently turned in my Ulta points and did an amazing haul! I got the items above and this advent calendar:

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The Body Shop Online Only Essential Advent Calendar ($70 USD) — I can’t find this on the website anymore!  So sad!  It’s really cute and smells amazing! They still have the more expensive one.  The Online Only Deluxe Vegan Advent Calendar.  It’s $110.  You can purchase it here.

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Here’s the calendar open.  I’m excited to open this in December!

Here are close up pics of the other items:

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The pink bag was a gift with purchase.  It’s full of a bunch of deluxe samples.

And I’ve been wanting the recent Anastasia Beverly Hills collabs.  The top palette is the Carli Bybel palette and the bottom one is the Jackie Aina palette.  I will be doing full reviews of both (and the Tati Beauty palette which I just ordered today)!

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From the top is the Tarte Travel Size Timeless Smoothing Primer ($19 USD).  Tati Westbrook talks about this all of the time, and I’ve decided to try it out.  And I love that it’s in a mini. I always use a pore filling primer over a hydrating one.  I’m using up a couple now, but I will try this out once they are used up.

I have also heard a lot about the new Benefit Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer ($22 USD).  I purchased it in the shade 2, which may be too light for me.  I probably should have got shade 4.  But that’s okay, I’ll give it a go.

I picked up two items from Catrice — the Lip Treatment ($7.99 USD) and the HD Liquid Coverage Foundation ($10.99 USD).  I love a good lip treatment and I have heard amazing things about the foundation. I picked it up in 020 Rose Beige.  I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m hoping it’s an okay match to try.  Of course, since I got it all with my points, it’s FREE MAKEUP! It’s not the end of the world if the match for that and the concealer isn’t perfect.  I can always mix them with other products.

The other products I got are the Morphe X Jeffree Star JS4 Fly High Brush ($10 USD), Morphe Highlight & Contour Beauty Sponge ($8 USD),  The Ordinary ”Buffet” ($14.80 USD) and the Peter Thomas Roth Mask MashUp ($25 USD) which is unfortunately no longer on the website.

I’ve been sick, so I haven’t really tried anything out yet, but I might wear makeup tomorrow to try somethings out.  This is my largest points haul yet, and I’m so excited about it!

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Have you used any Ulta points for free makeup?  What did you get?

 

Ulta 21 Days of Beauty — Fall 2019 Haul

Hi all! 21 Days of Beauty is now over — so sad! I did enjoy shopping over the last three weeks stocking up for fall.

As I gathered everything I purchased, I realized I got much more than I did in the spring. I picked up items I wanted to try and items for an upcoming Instagram giveaway. It’s hard to pass up such great deals!  And, I have purchased great drugstore items from Ulta’s Fall Haul this week and will probably pick a few up next week, too!

I love shopping at Ulta this time of the year, and I have been racking up the points!  I will probably do a points haul at the end of the year.

I picked up:

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Benefit Cosmetics Precisely My Brow Pencil Ultra-Fine Shape & Define   

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

Clinique Moisture Surge 72 Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator — 1 oz

Kylie Cosmetics Bare Velvet Lip Kit

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea

Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater

Urban Decay Online Only Travel Size Summer Solstice All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

Origins Fresh-Faced Faves Set

Kopari Coconut Lip Glossy in Clear

Too Faced Natural Face Highlight, Blush and Bronzing Veil Face Palette

MAC Cosmetics Lipstick Cream in Creme In Your Coffee

The items I’m most excited to use are the Benefit Precisely My Brow, the Origins set because it has a full sized eye cream and the Kopari Lip Glossy. A lot of this will go in my giveaway.  I haven’t decided if I’m going to keep the Too Faced palette.  It is so pretty!

Did you pick up anything during the sale?

Allure Beauty Box August 2019

Allure Beauty Box August 2019

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Hi all!  I just received my August Allure Beauty Box.  The Allure Beauty Box is $15 a month.  And you receive deluxe and some full size products.  Not bad!

Here’s the August box:

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This is such an affordable box and it always introduces me to new brands, which I like!  This month, I received three full sized items.  I will use everything except fr the lip color, which is too bright for me. I may pass along the Laritzy liquid beam to my daughter.

I item I’m most excited about is the Nuria eye cream.  It looks really nice.

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Do you get Allure Beauty Box?  Did we get the same products this month?

Shop My Stash — August 2019

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Hi all!  It’s August! It’s time for a new month and a new Shop My Stash! I’m always excited to play with new (again to me) products 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.

Here are the palettes opened:

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I chose eyeshadow palettes that are very summery and shimmery! I have a little bit of a tan now and love bronzes, corals and golds!  Plus, I think my skin tone is tanned enough for  deeper bronzer!

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BH Cosmetics Desert Oasis – 19 Color Shadow & Highlighter Palette is so beautiful for summer!  I bought it last fall and need to use it more.  It’s mostly shimmers, but I like how two of the mattes are larger sized, since those are shade that are used a lot.  On the right hand side are highlighters.  They also make gorgeous eye shadow shades!

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Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions palette.  I received this in March from Ipsy Glam Bag Plus and I think I’ve used it once.  So, it’s time to give it a go! The shades are gorgeous and I’m excited to try it out.

IMG-1238IMG-1239 Both of these are from Benefit, the Galifornia blush and Hoola bronzer.  These are both perfect summer products.  I’m usually too fair for the bronzer, but I think it will work now that I have a tan.   The blush is really summery, too!

IMG-1240 Em Cosmetics Infinite Lip Cloud in French Nude.  I recently reviewed these.  I really like this shade.  I don’t wear matte lipsticks that much, so I though I would give this more use.


I’m excited for this August Shop My Stash!  I can hardly wait to get going on creating some new looks!

Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Review — April 2019

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Hi All!  It’s time for my April Ipsy Glam Bag Plus review! This is a subscription box that will always include 5 full-sized items. And the items included are mostly luxe or higher end items. This is such a great value for the high quality items included.

Here’s what I received:

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Benefit Cosmetics High Brow Highlight & Lift Pencil($22 USD)

IT COSMETICS Heavenly Skin Skin-Smoothing Complexion Brush #704 ($48 USD)

Paris Hilton ProD.N.A. Dual Action Cleansing Gel ($29 USD)

GOLDFADEN MD Bright Eyes ($55 USD)

Laura Sanchez’s Moods Eyeshadow and Highlighter Palette($35 USD)

The total value for my box this month is $189.  That’s amazing for $25!

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I haven’t tried many Benefit brow products, but I am excited to try this. The packaging is so cool. The color is a soft pink.  I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m looking forward to giving it a go!

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I haven’t taken this out of the tube, because I already have it and might give this one away.  It’s a really nice brush for cream or liquid products. IT Cosmetics makes really gorgeous brushes.

img_0444.jpg I honestly didn’t know that Paris Hilton had a skincare line.  I haven’t tried this yet, but it claims to “effectively cleanse and gently exfoliate without stripping the skin of moisture.”

I’m not sure if I’m going to keep this or pass it on, I have a lot of cleansers open right now and won’t really need a new one for at least a couple of months. It’s interesting, though.

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This looks like such a nice eye cream. It’s supposed to brighten under eye circles, depuff eyes and reduce appearance of wrinkles.  That’s a lot of claims!  I’ll probably keep this for when I need a new eye cream and try it out.

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This palette is full of lots of fun colors! Very festival vibe-y. This month, BoxyCharm also has a brightly colored palette.  I’ll be testing that one out and reviewing it, too!

Here are some swatches:

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The two highlighters are on the top and the eye shadows are below.  The shimmers are really pretty, especially the green pink and blue.  The mattes didn’t swatch the best (the yellow isn’t even showing up), but they worked okay on my eyes.  The shimmers just as nice on the lids.  The highlighters didn’t show up well when I swatched them, but they are shimmery on.  I’m going to play with the palette a few more times and then hopefully give a full review.

I’m pretty happy with my box this month.  I will keep the Benefit High Brow and the eyeshadow palette, and will probably keep the eye cream, I might keep the cleanser and I will give away the brush, since I have it already.  I might put it in my 5000 follower Instagram Giveaway that I’m planning, so stay tuned.  My IG is @fortyflirtyfab.

Do you get Ipsy Glam Bag Plus?  What did you get?

Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Review — March 2019

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Hi all!  I have this month’s Ipsy Glam Bag Plus ($25 USD) to share with you! This is a subscription box that will always include 5 full-sized items. And the items included are mostly luxe or higher end items. This is such a great value for the amazing items included.

Here is what I received in my March box:’

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Purlisse Blue Lotus Balancing Moisturizer ($45 USD)

HUDA BEAUTY Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette in Mauve ($27 USD)

Benefit Dandelion Shy Beam Matte Liquid Highlighter ($26 USD)

Pixi by Petra LashLift 188 Mascara in Beyond Black  ($18 USD)

F.A.R.A.H BRUSHES 5-Piece Eye Perfection Set ($50 USD)

The total value for my box this month is $166.  Pretty good for spending $25!

Here’s a closer look at the items:

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This moisturizer is infused with White Tea, Vitamin E and French Marine Plants to deliver intense hydration, prevent fine lines and wrinkles. It claims to balance the skin while leaving a smooth canvas for makeup application.

I haven’t tried this, but it looks like something I would love.  Good skincare is always fun to receive!  I have a lot of new skincare to try now, so I’m not sure if I will keep this or give it away.

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This is such a pretty palette!  I have this already and reviewed it here.  I am going to include this on my upcoming Instagram giveaway (once I hit 5000 followers, check me out @fortyflirtyfab).

I did add on two other Huda Beauty Obsessions palettes to my box this month, because they were only $12 each! I will show them below.

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This is a matte highlighter and it’s a pale nude pink.  I’m not going to swatch it because I’m going to include it in my giveaway.  I think it looks really pretty–the packaging is gorgeous!  I don’t wear cream highlighters, but I think it’s interesting that it’s matte.

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I received a sample of this for review last summer.  You can see that review here. I really enjoyed it.  It has two brushes, a little one is nestled inside of a larger one.  You can use just the small one or the large one.  It really lengthens and gives great volume.  I’m excited to receive another one.  I will definitely use this!

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These brushes are so pretty!  I love getting new brushes and are excited to use these! I haven’t tried F.A.R.A.H brushes before, but so far, these seem very soft and high quality.

I also added on the Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions and Smoky Obsessions palettes:

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So, I think my March Ipsy Glam Bag Plus was pretty good.  I will use the mascara and brushes and maybe the moisturizer.  I will be giving away the Huda Mauve Obessions palette and the Benefit Shybeam.  Like I said in my March Boxyluxe review, I am going to give both Ipsy Glam Bag Plus and BoxyCharm/BoxyLuxe until June and decide which one to keep.  I think both is just too much.  This month, my BoxyLuxe won, but Ipsy was nice, too.

Do you get Ipsy Glam Bag Plus?  What did you get this month?