Friday, January 3, 2014

The Cosmo Awards! Best of Beauty: 2013


I really wanted to have this list up a couple weeks ago but alas, I ran out of time. It's a new year and I'm all for leaving the past behind but I would be remiss to neglect this post. I love beauty products and I'm admittedly a bit of a hoarder collector. Without further ado, here is my favorite  makeup, beauty, skin, hair and cosmetic products of 2013!


Cleanser: TIE! Clarins One Step Facial Cleanser/Dove Beauty Bar Mositurizing Cream
Toner: Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist 24 Enriched Balancing Softener
Serum: Clarins Double Serum
Moisturizer: Shiseido Future Solution
Eye Cream: Shiseido Future Solution Lx
Neck Cream: Clarins Extra Firming Neck Cream
Exfoliator: No favorites! Still searching for a good one!
Makeup Remover: Shiseido Cotton Pads + Whatever sample I have around (Clarins, Chanel, Lancome and YSL are favorites)
Sunscreen: Clarins


Body Wash: TIE! Neutrogena Rainbath/Victoria's Secret Vanilla Lace
Lotion: Clarins Moisture Rich Body Lotion
Exfoliator: Olay Exfoliating Body Wash
Oil: Clarins Tonic Body Oil


Shampoo: Pantene Pro-V Moisture Renewal
Conditioner: Pantene Pro-V Moisture Renewal
Oil: Orofluido Beauty Elixir
Hairspray: TRESemme Tres Two
Product: Beauty Protector Protect and Detangle
Tool: "Sock Bun" (Doughnut)/Bobby Pins!


Face Primer: TIE! Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer/Urban Decay B6 Prep Spray
Foundation: Urban Decay Naked Skin (My shade is the lightest, .5)
Concealer: Cargo One Base Concealer (but still looking for my holy grail)
Powder: TIE! Chanel Les Beiges (No. 10)/MAC Studio Fix (N3)
Bronzer: NARS Laguna
Blush: Too Faced Candlelight Glow
Highlighter: TIE! NARS Albatross/Too Faced Candlelight Glow
Eyeshadow Primer: Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Eyeshadow: TIE! MAC/Urban Decay
Eyeshadow Palette: Urban Decay Vice 2
Eyeliner (Pencil): Urban Decay 24/7
Eyeliner (Liquid): Urban Decay 24/7/Heavy Metal Glitter Liners
Eyebrows: Billion Dollar Brows Taupe (Brush/Powder/Setting Mascara)
Mascara: TIE! L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes/Tarte Lights Camera Flashes
Tool: TIE! Chanel Eyelash Curler/Chanel Mirror Compact (because I'm blind)
Brush: TIE! Urban Decay Optical Blurring Foundation Brush/MAC 217 Blending Brush/MAC 188
Setting Spray: Urban Decay All Nighter
Lipstick: Chanel Rouge Coco
Lipliner: Urban Decay 24/7
Lip Gloss: Chanel Glossimer
Lip Balm: TIE! Burt's Bees/Pangea Organics Italian Red Mandarin with Rose
Lip Scrub: Philosophy Kiss Me Exfoliating Lip Cream


Fragrance: YSL Manifesto
Deodorant: Donna Karan Cashmere Mist
Bubblebath: Bath and Body Works Sleep
Candle: TIE! D.L. & Co./Waverly & Irving
Nail Polish: OPI (Favorite colors include: When Monkeys Fly, OPI... Eurso Euro)

Now Playing: "The Last Dance" by Limousines
*Just now hearing this song for the first time (thanks to Valerie for sending it to me) and I love it!

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I'm living life in beautiful Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I hold a journalism degree from West Virginia University. I have worked in television news, fashion marketing, PR, and cosmetic sales. My love for writing and sharing with the world my various passions is strong. One of my many ambitions is to be published and continue creating in the fields of digital and print media, literature and film. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music, going to concerts, reading, following Pittsburgh sports and traveling as often as possible. Some of my favorite things include beauty, style, architecture, books, tarot and astrology, thrifting and my shih-tzu, Ireland. I’m engaged to the love of my lifetimes and we look forward to starting our next chapter together. If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you!