Top 8 Beauty Purchases from 2018

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.




Glossier Brow Boy

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.



NARS Climax Mascara

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.



Summer Fridays Jet Lag

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.



Colleen Rothschild Cleansing Balm

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.



Beauty Blender Case

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.



YSL Concealer

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.



Urban Decay Eye Liner

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.



Natural Deodorant: Native, Kopari and Primally Pure.

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.



  1. Lex
    February 1, 2019 / 12:22 pm

    Does it take a while for the natural deodorant to take over and not leave you smelly?

  2. Morgan
    February 1, 2019 / 12:27 pm

    I’ve been meaning to get a Beauty Blender case forever, I still use the flimsy plastic one from when I purchased it.

    And… you just convinced me to try Jet Lag! I thought it was all smoke and mirrors until recently when I’ve heard some people can’t live without it. I heard that the new Summer Friday’s Mask is PERFECT layered under jet lag too…

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      District Sparkle
      February 1, 2019 / 5:49 pm

      This case is a total game changer. I don’t know how I’ve lasted to long without it! As for the Jet Lag mask, it’s such a power player. I didn’t want to buy into the hype either but it’s the most effective product I own!

  3. February 1, 2019 / 12:34 pm

    I’ll have to look into that cleansing balm. Sometimes make up wipes irritate my dry skin so this sounds like a miracle product! Also, waiting to invest in that summer Friday’s mask until house projects die down… Sounds amazing!

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      District Sparkle
      February 1, 2019 / 5:54 pm

      The balm is like 10 problem solvers in one! You’ll love it!

  4. Claire
    February 1, 2019 / 12:51 pm

    I’m having such a hard time with the switch to natural deodorant! I’m currently using Tom’s which is not my fave, but I ordered a tube of primal pit paste based on a coworkers rec. She said it was life changing and doesn’t leave you smelly! Wondering if you’ve heard anything about it? I may also give Native a try…

  5. Shawna
    February 1, 2019 / 1:03 pm

    I have been wanting to try that Summer Friday Jet Lag mask ever since you first mentioned it a while ago! And now that I’m a mother of an infant, my skin needs all the help it can get!!

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      District Sparkle
      February 1, 2019 / 5:55 pm

      Yes! It’s such a game changer!

  6. Katie O’Connell
    February 1, 2019 / 2:29 pm

    These all seem like basic beauty necessities, and yet I have none of them. Would love to try these out and add some good quality items to my normal (/tired) drug store routine!

    Insta handle for extra entry! @firstround_ko

  7. February 1, 2019 / 6:53 pm

    I just bought Bow Brow for the first time this week and am looking to test the NARS mascara. Also have been using Summer Friday’s for a couple months and love how it perks my skin up! May have to try that cleansing balm next!

  8. Alex
    February 1, 2019 / 9:08 pm

    Use/love so many of these products. If you ever venture further into natural deodorant also HIGHLY recommend Primal Pit Paste! And Summer Friday’s really is the best skincare purchase of all time (close second is Glossier milk jelly cleanser).


  9. Ashley
    February 1, 2019 / 9:27 pm

    Brow boy is the best!