L’Oreal LE Gloss in Mystic’s Shine-This was released with the Project Runway collection for the Fall and I am sorry to say that it was Limited Edition :( I wish I had brought a backup! The color is a gorgeous shimmery lavender color that I especially love to layer over another one of this year’s favorite products, Milani’s Lip Flash in Star Flash. These glosses usually retail for around $9.
Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray- I am plagued with really oily skin. When I use a finishing powder, it helps make everything matte for a while, but not past a couple hours. Finishing powders without a spray can also scream “I’m wearing makeup!” This setting spray kinda melds everything together and helps keep my face matte throughout the day. I got this one for $18, but I think their newly packaged bottles are $36.
Lancome Le Crayon Khol in Blanc- I was so upset when it seemed that Sephora changed the formulation of their white nano liner and it no longer showed up on my waterline. I searched for a replacement for a while, and this is the one I came up with. A great matte white that is easy to apply! The pencil will also last a long time. It is way longer than a regular eyeliner (think Wet n Wild’s length). I got this one for $6 on ebay, but I think they are regularly $25. :/
Sephora Glass Nail File- I got this thing for $3 when Sephora was changing the packaging and I have not used another file since! All you need to do to keep it working like new is washing it every once in a while. I hear that these are better for your nails than metal or those sandpaper type files. The only downside is that you have to make sure you don’t drop it because it might shatter.
Tarte Fantastic Foursome Amazonian Clay Blush Set- I really wanted to try a Tarte blush since I heard amazing things about them and thought that this set would be the perfect way to get a variety at a reasonable price. This set was $35, but I got it during Sephora’s VIB sale for $28. I think that it was worth the price as I do not have a huge blush selection (especially mattes). All of the shades are gorgeous, especially the golden highlight, Angelic. They are not full size, but I see them lasting along time since they are so pigmented.
L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows- These are about $8 a pop depending on where you get them, though a lot of times they are BOGO 1/2 off, BOGO, or can be found at retailers that are very coupon friendly. These shadows stay on my eyes all day, even though my eyelids can make almost anything crease. My favorite go to while I was teaching was Iced Latte, a very light shimmery beige.
Milani Lip Flash in Star Flash (different shade pictured)- This shade is so unique! It’s a super light white pink that also seems to have a violet tint to it. There is some barely detectable magenta shimmer in it that makes it look ethereal. I got it for about $1.70 when Rite Aid was having their clearance sale, but it is definitely worth the regular price of about $7. I hope Milani isn’t discontinuing these…
Pro Sized Z Palette- I am so glad that I got this! I was able to put 7 medium palettes worth of eyeshadow in here. This has saved me a lot of space and has also given me a huge variety of shadows to choose from when traveling. The pro size is also deeper and can hold domed powders like MAC’s MSFs. You can see the full post on the palette here.
John Freida Go Blonder Controlled Lightening Spray- I used to have white blonde Children of the Corn hair when I was really young, and like most blondes, my hair has darkened as I have aged. I recently wanted to lighten it a bit more but I do not like to color my hair and wanted it to look natural. If you have light brown to blonde hair, this spray is awesome! You just spray it on and then blow dry your hair. You will be able to notice a difference after three uses. Somehow, as your hair is growing out, you can spray it on your roots and the color will transition beautifully. It’s only $8. I am on my second bottle now and plan on using it 4eva!
Wet n Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine AKA I <3 Matte (pictured is one of last year’s favs, Comfort Zone, as I couldn’t find a picture of this specific one)- I got this one from Gabriella at GlossandGab but they usually retail for about $5. These are some great mattes (especially for the price), and this is coming from someone who will barely touch a matte shadow! One column is filled with work friendly neutrals, and the other one has some great fun colors (my favorites would be the purple and the teal). You can see a picture of it here.
Honorable mentions: Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Blush Palette, Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara, Black Radiance Liquid Liner, Urban Decay’s Black Palette, Hard Candy Mouthing Off Sheer Lipshine in Exotic.
What were your favorites this year?