Best of 2013: Makeup

Happy New Year! I am starting off this new year with one more look back at 2013. Wrapping up my Best of 2013 series (skincare and bodycare here, in-the-shower here) are my favorite makeup products of the past year.

The ‘un’ cover-up was my gateway into rms beauty, which led me to the cream eye shadows, lip2cheeks, and lip shines. I love the eyeshadows for how easy they are to apply–just a simple swipe and blend, and there you have a luminous, beautiful, wearable color. Pictured is Solar, my favorite, which is golden (pun intended). I keep falling back in love with the Smile lip2cheek for its beautiful coral color which brings life back into the face, but I also have been loving Rapture, the pictured brick red, on the lips and cheeks for the winter season. The Sublime and Sacred lip shines were favorites over the summer for their glossy, bright colors (fuschia pink and bright pinky red, respectively). I have been keenly missing my living luminizer which I accidentally left at school, which got me addicted to highlighting the inner corners of my eyes. It give such a beautiful, natural glow!

I resisted Kjaer Weis for a while due to its price, but once I tried the mascara, it was an easy tumble down into the eyeshadows, the blushes, and newly, the foundation. First, obsessed with the beautiful, sleek packaging. Second, totally worth it, especially with the refill concept and quality of product. Love the mascara for how it enhances my lashes and mostly holds a curl. So, so, so love the blushes for how easily they blend in and natural they look. Suntouched gives me a peachy pop, Desired Glow is more subtle, and lately Abundance has my heart with its beautiful plummy color. And the foundation. It is a bit drying, yet does not enhance any of my dryness at all. It gives amazing coverage, and is buildable. Huge favorite.

Consonant’s The Perfect Sunscreen is my perfect sunscreen for its slightly tinted formula which is moisturizing and effective. Loved this in the summer, still loving this in the winter. I wear this under my makeup (or as the top layer, if no makeup) everyday.

I have to resist buying all of ILIA beauty’s lip products because they all look so wonderful. My favorite is their lip gloss, which my sister has in Love Buzz (top) and I have in The Butterfly and I (bottom). The formula is so beautiful, so moisturizing, and smells beautifully of citrus and vanilla. Love Buzz is a pretty pinky-purple while Butterfly is more of a nudey peach.

See any of your favorites here? What makeup did you love during 2013?

*Thanks to my gracious sister for hand-modeling for me.

Vive la revolution!

Revolutions in history are always interesting creatures. We have the American (Boston tea party–oh for the love of tea!), the French (birth of the guillotine), the Bolshevik (hello Soviet Russia), and on. Each uprising of the people has brought about sparks of progress and/or regress, and our days today are as so thanks to those angry people seeking change.

Is the London flag + “Revolution” + the fact that I live in America too ironic? I love it.

This lip gloss by Revolution Organics thankfully comes un-violently to you presented by George the London bear*. The color “Integrity” goes on as “my lips but awesome” for me plus some shimmer but with none of the goop stigma customarily attached to lip gloss. It lasts for a couple hours unbothered but I can’t say anything beyond that because I eat and drink pretty regularly through the day so I probably manually refresh my lips anyways every 3-4 hours. Full of nourishing organic oils (olive, jojoba, sunflower, safflower), shea butter (hydrating!), aloe vera (soothing + softening), and more, this lip gloss is nourishing enough on its own or layered on top of lip balm (Hurraw!). Definitely a step for progress I’d say. ($26)

*note: no stuffed animals were harmed in the making of this post