These are my 2012 favorites and not-so favorites. 🙂
This might be quite a long post, and I’m sorry for that. Turns out I had a lot more than I thought.
My favorite eye products!
Wet n Wild Petal Pusher Palette: I’m still dying to get more of these. These are amazing quality. The pigmentation is unbelievable, they’re extremely buttery and easy to blend. They do have a TON of fall out, but, it’s a $4 palette, and these are easily comparable to high end shadows. Full review and swatches here.
L’oreal Infallible Eye Shadows are also amazing, in my opinion. These are the drugstore dupe for the Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill shadows. These retail for $7 each, rather than $35, and have the same pigmentation and staying power as the $35 counterpart. Full review here.
The Balm Nude Tude Palette. I haven’t had this long, only a couple of months. But I use it every single day. Whether it’s an entire eye look, or if I’m just using 1 color, I’ve used it everyday. It has great pigmentation and blendability, and it’s perfect for everyday looks, smokey eyes, even dramatic looks. It’s so versatile, and worth every penny. You guys know that I don’t own the Naked Palette from Urban Decay, but now that I have this, I don’t feel that I need it. Full review and swatches here.
L’oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara. This retails for around $8, and is great for lengthening your lashes, and making your lashes look much more volumized. I always have issues with mascara clumping, but I don’t have that problem with this one. This is a mascara I will continue to purchase.
L’oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara. This retails for around $7. If you aren’t careful, this can clump on you, but it’s a great mascara. It’s lengthening, volumizing, it separates, and it’s really, really black. This is another that I will continue to purchase.
Urban Decay Primer Potion, original. This retails for $20, and is worth every penny. I’ve used the same tube for 13 months, and I finally need to buy a new one. This is the ONLY primer that keeps my eye makeup in place with no fading or creasing, for more than 6 hours. It’s kept my makeup in place for over 16 hours before. This is a holy grail item for me.
L’oreal Lineur Intense Carbon Black Liquid Liner. This retails for around $7, and it’s a great liquid liner. I cannot, for the life of me, use a liquid liner that has a brush. It’s a felt tip or it doesn’t happen, haha. This one is by far my favorite, because it’s easy to work with, it’s very pigmented, smooth and dries really quickly.
Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Perversion. I love this liner, and anytime I need to use a pencil liner, I reach for this one. It’s creamy and easy to apply, and it’s the deepest black pencil liner that I’ve used. It retails for $19, which may be a bit steep for you. If it is, I totally recommend Milani Liquif’eye liner in Black, it’s just as black and just as creamy as the UD one, but retails for around $6. 🙂
L’oreal True Match Lumi Healthy Skin Makeup. This is another product that I haven’t had for very long, but it’s the best foundation that I’ve ever used. It’s pigmented, it has medium coverage, and it’s really easy to work with. It also stays on a really long time. It isn’t matte finish though, it’s dewy, so if you have oily skin, be wary of that. As a person with really dry skin, this is amazing. It retails for around $10. Full review here.
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Natural Medium. I’ve had this for quite a while, and I use it everyday. I love it. Not only does it add a bit more coverage, it sets my foundation and helps to keep it in place.
This doesn’t look powdery, and it doesn’t have any funky smells like some powders do. It retails for $29. If that’s too much for you, I’ve heard Rimmel Stay Matte powder is a great alternative, and it’s only around $5. I’ll be picking it up soon to test it out.
Milani Blush in Luminoso. This is a great coral blush, and I’ve used it almost everyday. It’s great for all skin types and tones as well. This is supposedly a dupe for Nars Orgasm, and while I don’t own the Nars blush, as I think it’s over hyped and over priced, from the swatches I’ve seen, they do look pretty similar, only this retails for $7 rather than $28.
MAC Viva Glam Nicki Lipstick. This retails for around $15, and was my absolute favorite lipstick for the summer. The neon coral-y pink color was so perfect for the summer month, and I’ll be rocking it again this summer. Every MAC lipstick I’ve tried has been amazing. They all have wonderful pigmentation, and they’re all very smooth and easy to apply. They have a light vanilla scent, but nothing overpowering. They’re very much worth the $15 they cost. Full review and swatches here
Nars Lipgloss in Turkish Delight. This retails for $24 for a full size. Mine is a mini, and I paid $10 for it. Way overpriced in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong, this is my absolute favorite lip gloss, ever, but I still believe it costs way too much. The pigmentation is nice, nothing special. It gets streaky, and it doesn’t last as long as I’d like. However, it has no stickiness to it, at all, and I love, love, love that. That being said, Revlon Gloss in Pink Whisper is definitely comparable in color and slightly more pigmented. It lasts a bit longer, and is a bit sticky, but retails for about $8, rather than $24. Dupe post here.
MAC Lipstick in Rebel. This has been my favorite fall/winter lipstick. It’s a nice berry shade, and the pigmentation is, as always, amazing. This also leaves behind a nice stain as it fades, which is great. You cannot go wrong with MAC lipsticks. Full review and swatches here.
Essie Skirting the Issue has been my favorite burgundy jelly for quite a while. I use it fairly often, and it’s always my stand by. It’s a great color, and it’s worth $8. Full review and swatches here.
OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest is a nice polish. It shines burgundy, purple and gold, and it’s beautiful. It has great pigmentation, and the OPI formula is amazing. It retails for $8. Full review and swatches here.
Seche Vite is my all time favorite top coat. It evens out your polish, smooths it, and makes it look amazing and shiny. You can easily disguise mistakes and smudges with this top coat, and it makes quite a difference in how long my manicure lasts. It retails for around $8.
Philosophy Take a Deep Breath Moisturizer.
This retails for $34 for a full size jar. Mine is a sample size. I’ve had this for quite a while, and I’ve been completely in love with it since the first time I tried it. It’s a gel consistency, and is absolutely amazing for dry skin, especially during the winter months. It absorbs quickly, and doesn’t have a strong smell. All great qualities. I believe 100% that this is worth $34.
Suave Touchable Finish Hair Spray. I love this hair spray! I use it everytime I curl my hair, because it makes my curls last all day, without making my hair hard or sticky. You can’t even feel the hair spray in it! It retails for $3.
Got2B Guardian Angel Heat Protectant. This retails for around $7. It’s amazing. It keeps my hair from getting fried ends, and keeps it smoother. It also helps to hold my style. I’ll be re-purchasing this soon, as I’m almost out.
Macadamia Natural Oil. I haven’t had this long, but I love it. It’s made a huge difference in the texture and shiny-ness of my hair. It’s much better when I use this. This retails for around $20.
Living Proof Nourishing Style Cream. I used to use this everyday when I was bleaching my hair. It always tamed and made my bleached and fried hair manageable. It even got rid of my frizzy ends. This stuff is a miracle worker! It retails for $26.
My Rebelle Hair Extensions are amazing. I wear them almost everyday. They’re super easy to put in, they stay put until you want to take them out, and they’re so easy to blend. Everyone should own a set of these! Full review True Rebelle Hair Extensions.
My Cortex flat iron is amazing. It’s so cute, it heats up really fast, and straightens really well. My style will hold all day, and my hair feels better after I use this. It’s wonderful, and if you’re looking for a straight iron, this is a great one! Cortex 450 Flat Iron full review.
My two favorite perfumes of the year.
Victoria’s Secret Dream Angel’s Desire. I’ve been using this perfume for years. I’ve been completely in love with it, and so is my husband. This retails for $65, but it lasts a really long time. As you can see, my bottle looks as if it’s hardly been touched, but I’ve been using this bottle 3-4 days a week for the past year.
Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Perfume. This retails for $70. I just got this bottle for Christmas, but I used a bottle up over the past year. I love this perfume, and I alternate it with my Victoria’s Secret perfume. The scent lingers for a long time, and it’s not too strong. Love it!
Okay, that’s all for my loves. Now, are you prepared for my “not-so-loved” products of the year?
Urban Decay Urban Defense Tinted Moisturizer. I liked this when I first bought it. But, then I stopped liking it. From the beginning, it was a little too yellow for me, and it dries so fast you can barely blend it, but then it started breaking me out, and it offered hardly any coverage. I had higher expectations for this, and was disappointed. This retails for $30, and unless the formula has been changed, it isn’t worth $30.
Covergirl and Olay Simply Ageless concealer. This is supposed to be for under eye circles. It says it’s formulated to cover, smooth, and moisturize your under eye area. Guaranteed to not sink into the fine lines around your eyes, or dry out your under eye area. I tried it, the coverage was terrible, and guess what? It sunk into the fine lines, it creased under my eyes, it moved around even though I set it and it dried out my under eye area. It was $13 wasted.
Sheer Cover Concealer is basically the same. Hardly any coverage and it sinks into fine lines. It retails for around $30, and is definitely not worth it, in my opinion.
e.l.f. Tinted Moisturizer. This stuff is terrible! Streaky, unnatural colors, dries out your skin, causes breakouts, etc. Everything about this is wrong. This isn’t worth the $2 I paid for it. Just stay away from it unless they have changed the formula!
Mirabella Primer for face and eyes. I just got this recently, and I’m only rating this as an eye primer. As an eye primer, this is terrible. My eyeshadow creased in 45 minutes! It lasts longer than that without primer! As a face primer, it’s great, just don’t use it for an eye primer!
Covergirl Lash Blast Mascara. I hate this stuff. I got it because Tiffany D on youtube always recommended it, but it’s way overhyped. The brush is HUGE, to the point that if you want to get it at the base of your lashes, you’re going to poke yourself in the eye.It doesn’t give me any volume, even though that’s what it says it’s meant to do. I barely get any length, and it clumps and smears everywhere. $7 wasted.
Covergirl Eye Enhancers Mascara. This is supposed to make your eye color pop more, which, of course, it didn’t. I bought the one for green eyes, and it does have a very obvious purple tint, in the tube. On your lashes, it just looks black. It doesn’t lengthen or volumize. $6 wasted.
Be a Bombshell Eyeliner. I’ve never used this on my eyes. I looked at it. I swatched it. I was done with it. It looks like a fat sharpie. The felt tip is HUGE. It’s big enough to color your entire eye lid, making a thin line with this would be tedious and frustrating. No thank you. This retails for $14.
Starlet Cosmetics Eye Liner: This is nicely pigmented, I can say that for it. However, it seems a bit firmer than what I’m used to using, and for that reason, I’m not going to use it. I can get much better results from my Milani Liquif-eye, and the Milani one is cheaper. This retails for $11.
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