By popular demand, I’m sharing my top beauty purchases from 2018. While none of these products are drugstores finds, each is pretty reasonably priced for its delivery. For example, I cringe a little any time I spend more than $6 on mascara, but this one is unicorn magic in a tube and well worth the more hefty price tag.
The ultimate brow accessory. Once upon a time, I used to pencil my eyebrows every damn day. I had no idea what I was doing, looked anything but natural, was never the right shade, and took much longer than I ever had time for. Today, this is the only brow tool I use. Cross my heart. It doesn’t create the perfectly pencil drawn brow but is the the look we’re really going for these days? It’s like a mini mascara wand you use to perfect natural looking brows. I back brush once and then swipe the wand in the direction of brow growth for full, natural looking brows.
I was a Too Faced Better Than Sex fanatic until this mascara showed up in a PR package. I was skeptical at first since I was officially a cult BTS user but after wearing Climax, I saw the light. It’s just as full as BTS but a little less chunky, in the best way possible. You might just have to trust me on this one.
Perhaps the best beauty purchase I have ever made. I talked about how I was originally incredible skeptical of this product here, but after using it once I was hooked. Literally. It’s now four months later and I’m not sure I could imagine a world with this moisturizer/mask/magical super product. It hydrates and lifts and tones and brightens and leaves you with flawless, glowing skin. Yes, really.
In trying to be more conscious of my eco-footprint, I did away with my beloved Neutrogena makeup remover wipes. Those things are made from angel’s wings but disposing of a sheet or two at the end of each day was really starting to weigh on me. I wanted an alternative that cleaned my face just as well without stripping it, which is especially important during winter months up here. This balm has been a dream. It removes all traces of makeup and leaves my skin feeling super hydrated.
Please tell me I’m not the only one who’s carried around her beauty blender freely in her makeup bag. Gross. I knew it wasn’t the smartest or most hygienic life choice but I didn’t know how to solve the riddle until I saw this case on Amazon. It’s more sensical than a ziplock bag and much more hygienic than no carrying case at all. I originally purchased this case for travel but I’ve resorted to using it daily as a blender holder.
I can’t remember how I first came upon this concealer but now I’m not sure how I ever lived without it. It’s creamy but doesn’t crease, it’s thin but provides full coverage and it lasts forever. I’ve been using the same half tube for well over a year and it’s still going strong. I swipe two swatches under each eye and use a beauty blender to blend.
This liner is the smudgiest, smokiest liner out there without leaving marks where you don’t want them. It doesn’t find its way into the crease of your eye or fall below it so you’re constantly swiping throughout the night. I swipe on a thin layer across my lid, smudge and it stays put until I remove it hours later.
I dove into why I started using natural deodorant in this post and almost a year later, I’m still going strong. I’ve added a brand to my arsenal and I couldn’t be happier about it. I originally saw Native in a big influencer campaign and decided I’ve give in to the hype to see what it was all about. After all, that is how I met my #1 beauty obsession. I’m not giving up my Primally Pure charcoal stick or my super fresh Kopari glide-on, Native is the first natural deodorant I’ve tried that is most similar to regular deodorant. The packaging, the texture, and the aftermath are all incredibly similar to regular deodorants I’ve used that contain aluminum. If I had to choose one, Native might be the winner – but for now, I’m sticking to a rotation of these three natural sticks.