Best of Beauty | 2020

Yay!!! Time for my favorite post of the year! The 2020 Best of Beauty. I will be showing you all of my top picks for this year; these are my most used products and all-time faves.

Let’s start with nail colors.

Essie Gel Couture is where it’s AT. Love the thick brush; it makes it super easy to apply! The colors I chose are both pink because it’s what I like.

First is Matter of Fiction. A very light, pale pink cream.

Next is a darker pink cream color with a hint of purple. PR Stunt.

Next, some lippies!

2020 was a gloss year for me! These are my two favorites; I love them both!

Marc Jacobs Sugar High, a rosy pink with a subtle shimmer, and NYX Butter Gloss in Vanilla Cream Pie, a bright cream pink! Both glosses are non-sticky, last on the lips, and feel nice and moisturizing. Here are swatches:

From l to r: Sugar High and Vanilla Cream Pie

There was one stand out hair product this year that I cannot live without!

This is the Ouai Leave In Conditioner. I spray this in after I wash and condition my hair. It smells AMAZING and leaves my hair so soft. It helps to protect from heat too.

Ok, now for some face makeup.

Of course Bare Minerals Original Foundation is my favorite foundation! It’s just the best, I’ve used it the whole year and there’s still a ton left. It gives the perfect light coverage and doesn’t feel heavy at all.

For concealer, I still love the Shape Tape, but Maybelline Fit Me concealer is my new fave. It’s less thick, not drying, and gives perfect skinlike coverage.

A new blush I started using this year is Bare Minerals Blush in Call My Blush. This is just a matte, natural, rosy colored blush that I love. The staying power on this blush is so good. Here’s a swatch:

Now, some eye makeup.

My most used palette this year was the Too Faced Natural Eye palette. This has the best neutral colors and I like the mix of shimmers and mattes. Here’s a close up.

The colors are pigmented and stay put. I feel like this palette is perfect!

For eyeliner, the Maybelline Tattoo Studio Gel Eyeliner Pencil in Bold Brown. This pencil has the best staying power in any pencil I’ve ever used! Even with makeup remover it doesn’t hardly budge! Love how dark brown it is and how it glides on smoothly.

Lastly, my favorite mascara, the L’Oréal Lash Paradise. This mascara is super black, keeps my lashes curled, and adds a ton of volume!

That’s it for my BEST OF BEAUTY!

What products did you love this year?

Check out all of my BEST OF BEAUTY posts!

BEST OF BEAUTY 2019

BEST OF BEAUTY 2018

BEST OF BEAUTY 2017

BEST OF BEAUTY 2016

BEST OF BEAUTY 2015

BEST OF BEAUTY 2014

BEST OF BEAUTY 2013

Whew! I’ve been doing these a long time!

Thanks for reading xx

Quarterly Empties | Products I’ve Used Up

Time for the last empties post of the year! I haven’t used up a whole lot this quarter, but there are some really good products here that I want to tell you about! Here they are.

Let’s start with some makeup.

I used up my favorite primer, the Bare Minerals Prime Time Original Primer. This gives a really smooth base for my powder foundation. It is clear and slick and I just pat a tiny bit into my t-zone area. This makes my foundation go on super smooth and I would definitely repurchase!

I used up two little sizes of the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. I like this mascara a lot, but I wish the brush was just a little bit smaller. It is very big but it does give me huge voluminous lashes. I would not purchase this mascara because I feel like L’Oréal Lash Paradise is very similar and also I don’t like the name “Better Than Sex”. I have two girls that love to look at my makeup and can read!

I also used up a Tarte Shape Tape. This is my favorite concealer and lasts me a full year! I only use a tiny bit because a little bit goes a long way! This covers my dark circles and lasts all day. I asked for this for Christmas, so yes, I would repurchase!

Ok lastly, a blush! I used up a blush! This is Luminious Flush by Hourglass and I loved it. It was a sheer pink with a golden shimmer and it’s just gorgeous. I probably wouldn’t repurchase because these blushes are verrry pricey, but I did really love it!

For hair, my girls used up this Honest Detangler. I bought this solely for the scent, “sweet orange vanilla”. It smelled amazing, but didn’t do anything spectacular for detangling. I wouldn’t repurchase because I have other detanglers that I love more, like the Its A Ten.

For skincare, I used up a small size of this Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant. I use this a few times a week on my skin, and I love the smoothness it gives. I feel like over time it has evened out my skin and really improved the texture. I have already purchased the big size.

Next, a physical exfoliant, the Yo Glow Wishful Enzyme Scrub. I didn’t like this, and it was very expensive. It was a white liquid that you apply and then scrub your face. It was supposed to scrub away the dead skin, but the product just pilled up on itself and did nothing for my skin at all. I wouldn’t recommend.

Lastly, a life changing product that I discovered this year, Revitalash. I got this for my birthday in August and used it for a few months every night. The difference in my lashes is amazing. Not only did it make them thicker, but they DID grow. I have asked for the large size of this for Christmas and I am excited to start using it again!

Alright, that’s it for the empties!

Thanks for reading xx

My Christmas Wishlist

I’ve never done any kind of gift guides or wishlist posts, so I thought it would be fun to share some ideas with you today! Here is what I am asking for from my family for Christmas.

So, yeah, books. Any time anyone asks me what I want, I usually tell them book titles. These are the top ones on my list – all thrillers.

I Am Watching You – Teresa Driscoll

The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides

The Housekeeper – Natalie Barelli

All of these are on Goodreads best thriller lists, so I know I’ll like them!

Next up, some fashion items.

I always like to get some new jammies for Christmas and these from Target are so cute and I love the thermal material.

These are some faux leather leggings on Amazon with amazing reviews! I love how they aren’t shiny, but different from regular leggings. You can dress them up or down.

I asked my sister for this; the Bedhead Waver. I’ve been wanting this for awhile, I love wavy hair, and this promises pretty beach waves and looks so easy to use.

A couple of beauty things; this Michael Kors Eau de Parfum smells so good, I love floral scents so I really like this. I love the bottle too.

Lastly, Revitalash. I have been using this for the past couple of months, and it has DRAMATICALLY changed my lashes. They are huge and full and thick. I’m asking for the big tube. It’s very pricey, but worth it!

That’s my wishlist! What are you asking for?!

Thanks for reading! xx

November Beauty Faves

It’s the end of November, and I have some new beauty faves to share with you all! I haven’t been wearing a full face of makeup everyday, but I do like to use a couple of things so I can look put together.

Here they are!

For nails, I’ve been using Essie Sheer Fantasy on repeat! I did a whole post on this a few weeks ago, and I love that it is so natural but chic looking! It is the perfect sheer neutral!

Next up is the NARS Kalahari Eyeshadow Duo. This comes with two colors, a pewter gold shimmer, and then a sort of chocolate brown color with a hint of sheen.

This is the perfect natural, every day duo. These colors are gorgeous and pigmented, and apply so smoothly. Here’s a swatch:

For lips, I’ve been doing a sort of tinted lip balm. This one by Clinique in Whole Lotta Honey is the best my-lips-but-better rosy brown color! It is shiny and moisturizing and just feels so good. Love the twist up crayon shape, too. Here’s a swatch:

This Clean & Clear Exfoliating Scrub is really nice. It is a gel that has little beads and scrubbers that aren’t too harsh. It leaves a cooling tingle on my skin and makes my face feel really clean. I like to use this in the shower, and you only need a teeny bit.

Lastly for hair, is this Verb Ghost Hair Oil. Hair oils are a must for me and my dry ends. This oil really nourishes my hair and makes it feel so soft. I apply two pumps to it from my ears down and comb it through. It really smooths and adds shine. It also has a really light scent and doesn’t weigh down my hair. Love it!

That’s it for the faves!

Thanks for reading xx

The Miracle $5 Hair Mask

Welp, I have to confess, I have not had a haircut in about a year. Over a year. I was trying to grow out my hair (it is SO LONG), and then with the whole COVID thing…I just haven’t gotten around to it. Maybe I will be able to get one soon, but for now, I’m just gonna hide my split ends the best I can!

I found this mask, and it is a game changer!

This is the Maui Moisture Heal and Hydrate Hair Mask. I picked this up for $5.32 at my local Wal-Mart.

This mask comes in a 12 oz tub, and has really good ingredients like shea butter, aloe, coconut oil, and macadamia oil. It is vegan, paraben free, and sulfate free.

The consistency light and fluffy, like whipped cream!

It is supposed to heal and hydrate hair, and that is just what I need for the dry ends of my hair!

I use this mask about twice a week, I apply it to dry hair (from about my ears down). I really saturate the ends with it, pull it up into a bun (gets a lil messy) and let it sit in my hair as long as I can. 4-5 hours usually.

After that, I shampoo and condition as normal, and my hair is so soft. Not to mention, the smell of this product lingers. It is like a coconut pineapple paradise. You have to smell it!

Although the product doesn’t take away the split ends, it does make my hair appear smoother, shinier, and just a lot softer.

If you have dry hair like I do, I really recommend this mask! It is affordable, and it really works!

Thanks for reading! xx