A Year Of Favorites | 2018

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Welcome Back!

Wow. Can you believe we are creeping up on the end of 2018? I've heard a million times that as you get older it seems that life goes by faster and faster, and now I understand why! I'm so thankful that I've been given this small platform to share what I love with all of you. I can't wait for all that is to come in 2019, and I hope you guys stick around to share it with me.

I tried so many AMAZING products this year, so I decided to do a break down and pick only one item from each category to create "A Year of Favorites". I figured I would publish this a little before the end of the year so you still have time to add these to your personal or gifting list!

(I will be listing all the products in the order I put them on to make it easier to follow, and easier for me!)



Moisturizer
Garnier Skin Active Moisturizer
I've talked about this guy here before when posting my skincare routine on Instagram. I picked it up on a whim, and immediately fell in love. Its super emollient so you only need to use about a dime size amount on your whole face and neck. The smell of rose isn't too overpowering, and it truly plumps my skin like no other moisturizer has and it looks beautiful under makeup!
You can find it, here.



Eye Cream
Juice Beauty Eye Treatment
I have been on the search for an eye cream that actually made a different under my eyes. This is the first one I have seen a substantial difference. All of the creams I have tried all keep the under eye hydrated, but none of them made a difference in my dark circles or little wrinkles. This has done a great job slowly getting rid of the lines under my eyes as they look less prominent and more smooth. I don't think this will get rid of my lines completely but it definitely helping with the appearance of them AND the color of my dark circles is getting gradually lighter. 
You can find it, here.



Primer
Becca Firstlight Priming Filter
I tried this primer off of the recommendation of @Kathleenlights on YouTube. If you aren't watching her videos, you should be. She is super relatable and uses a TON of drugstore makeup. Although this primer is a bit more expensive, I would say that this is worth the money! I've posted about this primer again and again, but there's a reason WHY. This primer can be worn alone or under makeup to give your skin a dewy and brightening effect. My skin-type is normal/combination so I'm not sure how well this works with oily skin as it is pretty hydrating and dewy. (something to keep in mind always when reading beauty blogs, or watching youtube videos. what works for an influencer, might not have the same effect on you so do your research before purchasing!)
You can find it, here.


Foundation
Maybelline Super Stay Full Coverage Foundation
I know, I know. You've seen my posts about this too but this is favorites post right? I cannot get enough of this foundation. I would have to say that this guy slid right up to my number one favorite foundation of. all. time. I'm talking over all other drugstore AND high end foundations. The color selection is amazing for drugstore foundation and the lasting power is unmatchable for the price. This gives the most gorgeous satin finish that I've seen in a full coverage foundation, and leaves the skin looking natural and healthy.
You can find it, here.


Concealer
Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer
This has been a long time favorite of mine. The first time I tried this concealer was around 3 years ago when I first moved to Buffalo. I remember getting color matched at Ulta and her talking me into both the foundation and concealer. I tend to switch out products A LOT due to my psycho tendencies, as well as running this blog. I keep coming back to this one when I want dewy full coverage. Although I love shape tape, it can be a bit heavy and drying if applied too heavily so this is a great alternative! 
You can find it, here.


Setting Powder
Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder
If you scroll all the way back to my first post ever "All About that Base", you will see that this guy was included. This powder is on the higher end as far as cost, but the quality shows. It is a super long lasting powder, and it sets EVERY single foundation beautifully. It is translucent meaning it does not have color or coverage which I love because that's when it starts to look "cakey". It also comes in three different "tones" so all skin tones can use it!
You can find it, here.



Highlighter

Anastasia Beverly Hills x Amrezy Highlighter
THIS. FREAKING. HIGHLIGHTER. This formula is like nothing I've ever tried. This highlighter has absolutely no fallout what so ever. Although it is a powder, it applies like glass on the cheeks with the most beautiful & natural sheen. An added plus? It looks gorgeous on every single skin tone. 
This was limited edition, but they just announced that they will be bringing it back 12/7 in stores.
(Ulta, Sephora, Macy's)


Eyebrows
Covergirl Micro-Fine + Define Pencil / NYX Control Freak Eyebrow Gel
Finding these two alternatives changed the game for me! (and kept my wallet more full). I loved the Anastasia brow wiz, and their clear brow gel, but between the two it cost me over $40. These two cost LESS than $20. The brow pencil is the perfect dupe for the brow wiz, and the color is spot on for my brows. The NYX gel isn't as long lasting as the ABH gel, but it does the job!
You can find the Brow Gel, here.
You can find the Brow Pencil, here.


Eyeshadow

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette
This became my favorite palette after the first use. Being a neutral girl, this has been the best every day palette. I use Orange Soda / Burnt Orange, and Rustic every day in a different way. This is the perfect palette for when you want a natural look, or when you want to take it to the next level with color! If I could recommend one palette for the rest of time, it would be this one!
You can find it, here.


Mascara
Benefit Roller Lash Mascara
Stop what you're doing and go add this to your cart. I have straight lashes, I mean PIN straight. They stick straight out unless I use a lash curler. This mascara is the ONLY mascara the keeps my lashes curled all day long. On more natural days, I wear the brown mascara. For my night time looks, I use the black mascara. Its so dark, it can be a bit overwhelming for my personal taste for daily use (but beautiful none the less). 
You can find it, here.


Setting Spray
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
Last but not least, we have the best setting spray on the market. I still remember the first time I used this setting spray. I went over to my friend Erin's house to get ready for Halloween one year (the year of the mermaid). Erin has an older sister, and a mom who both LOVE everything beauty so she got introduced to makeup earlier than I did. My mom and sister don't really wear makeup, so going over her house and seeing her makeup, and her skills was SO fun for me. All I remember about my actual makeup from that night is waking up the next morning with all of my makeup on, and it STILL looked perfect. I was shocked. I think that was the first time I realized my interest in makeup products. So not only is this the best setting spray, it also holds sentimental value to me. (lol).
You can find it, here



Alright guys. THAT WAS A LOT. If you made it all the way down here you're the real MVP. These products that I shared with you are the ride or die products I use every day, and I hope you get to try them and love them just as much. As always thank you SO much for all of your support and reading all of my posts it truly means the world to me. Comment down below your favorite product of all time!


Until next time, 

Becca


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