Wednesday, December 18, 2013

My Favorite Makeup of 2013

2013 has been a year of makeup experimenting for me. I was never one to wear much makeup in high school or even in college. My face was very prone to acne breakouts and I always believed that the more makeup I put on my face the worse it would potentially break out. However, I made a promise to myself when I started student teaching back in January that no matter what, I would put myself together every morning even if my foundation was very light. Because of this new daily routine, I have fallen in love with makeup. I know there are many products out there and we all have different skin types but I personally always find it helpful to hear what worked best for others before trying something out on my own! So here we go with my favorite makeups (and other products) that I have discovered this year! (Please note that I have oily-dry combination skin and heavy scarring on my jawline from acne.)

1- Make Up For Ever/High Definition Foundation ($42): I have always had a hard time finding a foundation that doesn't look orange on my skin. I found this foundation on Pinterest one day and figured I might as well give it a try and to my surprise I fell in love. It is a heavy coverage but one that feels so light. It also stays on all day and doesn't sweat off. 

2- bareMinerals/Mineral Veil Finishing Powder ($20): Trying finishing powder for the first time had me a little nervous but I love the way this places a smooth finish on my face. It also helps to absorb any oil.

3- NYX/Pore Filler ($13): This product is like magic. You know those pesky pores right on your upper cheeks that always seem to poke through your foundation? This product by NYX literally fills them right up. I love the super light feel that it provides and how it evens out your skin. It also looks great just wearing it as a base by itself. 

4- Neutrogena/Deep Moisture Night Cream ($11.99): While my skin is oily during the spring/summer months, it becomes very dry during the winter months. I am so thankful that a dear friend led me on to this deep moisture cream that literally has changed my dry skin to normal in just 6 nights. 

5- L'Oreal/Magic Lumi Concealer ($10.99): This is the best under eye concealer I've been able to find. It is great to wear on top of your foundation and then place finishing powder on top of it. Using this concealer almost completely hides my under eye circles!

6- Maybelline/Volum' Express Mega Plush Mascara ($5.99): What girls doesn't love beautiful lashes? Place two coats of this mascara on and your eyes will be looking beautiful all day. 

7- Jane Iredale/Zap&Hide Blemish Concealer ($26.00): By far my favorite product I've found this year and I had to travel all the way to Texas to find I'm hooked. At one end you have a gel that zaps blemishes and makes them smaller. It also doubles as a gel base for the concealer. The other end provides you concealer that is so strong it completely covers up my acne scars. Yes you read that right, it covers my purple acne scars. I never thought I would find something that would, so as soon as I found this in Texas I grabbed three of them. Luckily I was excited to find I could purchase it on the web.

So beauties, what have been your favorite makeup products in 2013?


  1. Maybelline has the best mascara! Wonderful makeup picks!


  2. I agree - the mascara is awesome!


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