2018 Favorites: Best Beauty Buys
OPI Nail Polish in Funny Bunny (Gel Color or Regular Polish)
This is a soft white shade that is the perfect basic, nude-like color. I freaking adore it! I love a good, bold red but day in, day out the clean nudes and whites are my favs. They just make your hands look clean, polished and tan - what’s not to love? Plus keeping it light and neutral means your manicure will go with any outfit and not distract or clash.
Becca Gradient Sunlit Bronzer in Sunrise Waves
This stuff is a cult favorite and for good reason. It gives your skin a gorgeous, natural, bronze that is to-die-for, and it wears well throughout the day. I also love that it gives my skin a highlighter-like shimmer without being glittery. I’m hooked. I’ve gone through almost the entire pan and will for sure be repurchasing.
blinc Mascara Amplified in Black
Blinc gives my lashes volume and length, AND it actually stays on my lashes all day long without flaking. Seriously! Girl, this is the only mascara that works. It uses “tube-technology” so when you apply it these tiny water-resistant tubes form around your lashes, compared to traditional mascara that you basically paint on. Once you try this, you’ll never want to go back to a conventional mascara again. I swear by it!
Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette
Tbh, I’m not big on eye shadows. Call me boring, but my every day look is the no-makeup makeup look, which to me means natural eyes sans shadow. But this palette is amazing. All of the colors are insanely gorgeous, they layer together well, they don’t crease and they transition well from day to night. Plus, they’re formulated with organic coconut oil and organic shea butter and infused with organic rose hip oil, which provides radiant looking, glowing skin.
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick Pillow Talk
Every girl needs a nude, pink lipstick and this one pops up on every favorite list I’ve read. I’d describe it as a rosy beige with a soft matte finish. It makes my lips look full and flushed, and wears well for a number of hours (especially if you combine with the lip pencil). As far as nudes go, this one is on the lighter side of medium, which I love because almost every other nude I tried makes my lips look like I painted them with concealer. Ugh, not cute. This one has more beige which actually ends up looking much more natural. Especially if you’r someone like me who has a darker natural lip color. The texture of this is also perfection. it’s so buttery and creamy.
bareMinerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener
This is the only under eye concealer I’ve ever truly loved… which is why it makes me sad to hear that it’s being discontinued (so if you want to try it be sure to snag one before they’re gone… I’m definitely stocking up!). I love that this covers my under eye circles and makes me look more awake, but because it’s on the shear side, my skin peaks through a bit creating a much more natural look. It’s definitely build-able, too so if you do want more coverage you can achieve that look as well.
NYX Professional Makeup Sweet Cheeks Blush Palette
I’m all about a good blush and having 8 beautiful shades to choose from is what an indecisive gal like myself needs. I rotate between about 5 of them, but honestly all the shades are great and there’s something for every skin tone. I also appreciate the variety of shimmer and non-shimmer shades so you can switch it up depending on the look you want. The shades definitely wear well and last throughout the day, and it’s great for traveling as you can have plenty of options. Bonus: some of the more bronzy/coppery colors look gorgeous as eyeshadows, too! AND if you have a lip balm or clear gloss, you can blot a little bit of the blush onto your lips for a really pretty pop of color. #multitasking
Anastasia Beverly Hills Highlighting Duo
I actually was gifted this little guy by my mom - who uses this all the time - and now I’m hooked, too (thanks, Mom!). One end is matte and the other is shimmer. You can use either end to highlight/define your brows. I also like to use the shimmer end as an eyeliner on my bottom lashes and a little bit in the inner corner of my eyes to help brighten them and make me look more awake. The matte side works great as a neutral eye shadow that just kind of cancels out any undertones you may have and evens out your lids a bit.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
If you want your brow game to be on point, Anastasia Brow Wiz is a must!! It works well to define your brows or fill in any sparse areas. I much prefer this pencil over any eyebrow gels I’ve tried because you get a much softer, more natural finish (and while I’m all about a strong brow I don’t need that to be the focus of my face. This is also super easy to use. You just brush you brow hair up vertically with the spooley end, use the pencil end to color in your entire brow or any areas where you want/need it and then use the spooley again to kind of blend it in to your natural brows.
MAC Patrickstarrr Lipstick Color: Patrick Woo
Red lips make such a statement and look insanely chic and sexy for a night out or a special event. I love a simple, clean makeup look and then a red lip. This is the shade I love - I’m VERY pale, like the palest shade in every product I buy, and I have some bluish undertones to my skin. I would say this is a very classic red that would be flattering on many, if not most, skin colors but of course it’s not going to work for everyone. If this shade doesn’t work for you I still completely recommend MAC lipsticks as well as utilizing people at the MAC store or a MAC counter. If you’re looking for red lipstick or any shade, have them help you. They’re experts.