Best Beauty Products of 2013- Eyes, Brows & Lips (Part 2)

Hey Guys,

Here’s part two of my Best in Beauty 2013 for Eyes, Brows and Lips. If you missed Part 1 Skin Care, Foundation and Cheeks you can check it our right here :)



Best eyeshadow palette goes tooooo..drum roll please….Lorac Pro. It has everything you need including a range of matte and shimmer shades , with perfect buttery textures and easy blendability. Of course the pigmentation is insane and its absolutely perfect for travel.

lorac_proI”m a huge fan of using cream eye shadows and colored bases. Ive tried so many of these type of products from the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils to the Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream Eyeshadows, both amazing with great  color selections but my favorite ones are the Maybelline 24 Hour Color Tattoos. The shade range is extensive with a variety of finishes from matte, to shimmery, metallic and glitter. They last so long without creasing so they can be worn alone but they also do a great job of boosting any powder eyeshadow. I have been really hooked on the shades Pomegranate Punk, a gorgeous burgundy plum with golden micro glitter, and Pink Gold, a pretty pink with golden shimmer.

maybelline_24hour_color_tattooBest mascara is a toss up between the Benefit They’re Real and Tarte Lights Camera Lashes. They both do a fab job at volumizing and lengthening with minimal clumping. Both are the deepest of black while neither flaking or transferring onto the skin. The Tarte Lights camera Lashes gets half a point more just because the brush is slightly more comfortable on the lash line (Benefits They’re Real is a little sharp and prickly and sometimes hurts my lash line if I get too close!!)

Ive been really into winged liner this year and I find it easiest and most flattering to use a gel liner. Ive tried Smashbox, YSL, and Maybelline (just to mention a few) but the L’Oreal Super Liner Gel Intenza in Pure Black  is the best I’ve tried, it doesn’t flake, smudge or budge and its so creamy. The perfect formula for a crisp line.

tarte_lightscameralashes_LorealOh eyeliners how I love you but why must you never stay in my water line!!?? I always have to set with powder but the best black pencil liner I’ve tried in terms of lonegvity is Anastasia Beverly Hills Eye Pencil in Covet. It lasts for a few hours without setting with shadow which is the best I’ve encountered so far (for my rather wet waterline!!).


For the last year and a half I’ve been almost exclusively using the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow products. Ive tried the brow powder, the brow wiz, and the clear brow gel and love them all. But the most stand out product has got to be the Brow Wiz. The tip is super fine for extreme precision and the formula is soft so its easy to apply. Plus it comes with a built in spooly for grooming and blending.

Runner up for best brow product of 2013 definitely goes to the Benefit Gimme Brow. This little guy is perfect for those natural and quick make up days. The brush is tiny so its absolutely perfect for the brow, it lightly builds and fills brows for a natural put together look.  anastasiabeverlyhills_browwiz_benefitgimmebrowLips:

I’m not a huge lip liner wearer so I don’t have a big range of shades but I definitely like the Mac Pro Longwear Lip Pencils for longevity and minimizing feathering. One of my faves is RiRi Woo.

RiRi_Hearts_Mac_Collection_ririwooprolongwearpencilLipstick wise I love so many brands and have a huge collection from Mac to Lime Crime, Maybelline and Make Up For Ever but the Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks are out of this world insane. Love the color range, pigmentation, and textures. The shade in Naked and Jilted are one of my faves among many.  What an amazing product and more generally, an all over fantastic brand. You can find a full review and swatches of some of the shades here.

urbandecay_revolution_lipstickThe NYX Butter Glosses have been the best thing to come to the beauty world. The gorgeous shades of pastel pinks, lavenders and basic nudes work great for any occasion. They look great alone or layered over lipstick without that sticky tacky feeling. Plus they smell delicious!! Click here to see a full review of these bad boys.

nyx_butterglossHonorable Mention:

Although these next two products are relatively new as they came out in late 2013 I felt they deserved a mention for their amazingness.My honorable mentions of 2013 have got to be the Urban Decay Naked 3 for its gorgeous array of pinky hues, amazing textures, and fab pigmentation. As well as the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Trio… I’ve been using both of these products almost exclusively since I got them in December.

urbandecaynaked3_hourglassambiantlightingtrioWell guys, I hope you’ve enjoyed my 2013 beauty product faves and round up. All of these babies have been staples which I’m sure ill use for years to come. What were some of your faves from 2013?

Until next time my fellow make up lovers!!!

Hugs from Beauty Land

November and December Favorites

Hey Guys,

So I decide to combine my November and December favorites since I was sick/traveling most of November and December. Anyways enough with the explanations and on to my most used products of the past two months.

November/December_favoritesMy Dermalogica Age Smart Skin Perfect Primer has been a rediscovery for me…I forgot how amazing it was at filling in pores and blurring imperfections. Plus it makes my skin silky smooth so my foundation glides on like butter. Love this bad boy.

Dermologica_agesmart_primerIve been keeping it pretty light in terms of foundation, using mainly BB creams or tinted Moisturizer since my skin was recovering from the flu and terrible breakouts. I have been using the Mac Pro Longwear Concealer to hide my under eye bags and to brighten up that whole area. Ive also been using my Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer for those pesky hormonal spots Ive been getting on my chin.

mac_pro_longwear_concealerFavorite_longwear_beauty_products_TarteConcealerWhen I arrived in London in mid November the first thing I did was pop by Space NK in Covent Garden to pick up the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Trio. Its the only thing Ive been using since I got it and Ive already flattened the dome on Dim Light . OMG this stuff is amazing, I have my setting powder, highlight and bronzer all in one spot and wow oh wow do they work wonders. They make my skin look so flawless and natural, I’m truly in love.

Hourglass_ambiant_LightingPowder_trioThis may not count as a monthly favorite but I had to mention the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. I picked it up in early December and haven’t touched any other of my shadows since. The shades are gorgeous, the pigmentation is amazing and the texture is buttery smooth. Its just an amazing palette that works to create a range of looks 😀

UrbanDecay_naked3_paletteLastly for my lips I’ve been keeping it pretty simple with my Nivea Lip Butters but otherwise Ive been rocking my Mac RiRi Woo combo which includes the Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, Retro Matte Lipstick and Lipglass. Its the most fab long wearing combo for a perfect red pout. I like to layer all three products to maximize longevity and minimize bleeding, plus I love the look of a shiny red lip, its so glam.

nive_lipButtermac_ririwoo_lipcomboWell guys those were my November and December favorites 😀 Ill be doing a Best Beauty Products of 2013 post, a kind of round of a the best and most used make up products from the last year so keep an eye out for that. In the mean time, what were some of your most loved products of the past month?

Hugs from Beauty Land

My Favorite Long Wear Beauty Products For The Holidays

Hey Guys,

So the holidays are coming up which means lots of events, dinners and parties to attend. My make up has to be flawless and last for hours on end (and look good on camera too!!) without smearing, blotching or melting. I always go to the same products, with a few new wonders thrown in, and they never fail me so I thought I’d share them with you 😀

Favorite_longwear_beauty_productsTo really ensure a flawless coverage and long lasting finish try using a foundation primer. The Benefit Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer is one of the best long wearing primers I’ve ever tried. Its definitely heavy duty and acts like a glue for your foundation. My make up always stays perfect when I use it.

Favorite_longwear_beauty_products_Benefit_primerThe Make Up For Ever HD Foundation is my go to when I want a perfect base thats long lasting and looks amazing in pictures. I really like this foundation because it covers imperfections and evens out my skin tone while still allowing some of my natural skin to show through, An amazing product indeed.

Favorite_longwear_beauty_products_MUFE_HDFoundationMy new favorite concealer for blemishes has go to be the Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer. This bad boy is heavy duty, covers like no other and lasts for hours and hours.

Favorite_longwear_beauty_products_TarteConcealerTo really lock in all my hard work I use the Make Up For Ever HD Powder. This powder does everything I need, it sets, controls shine, and looks great on film and camera. A little bit goes a long way so I use a really light hand to avoid looking ashy, cake-y and dry.

Favorite_longwear_beauty_products_MUFE_HDPowderWhenever I want my make eye make up to be vibrant, long wearing and crease free I use the amazing Too faced Shadow Insurance. In my opinion its the best eye shadow primer out there. It has a light tint so it conceals veins, while making eye shadows pop and last.

Favorite_longwear_beauty_products_TooFaced_ShadowInsuranceIf I cant be bothered to apply fake lashes I use my Tarte Lash Primer. I call this guy the “push up bra” for lashes. Not only does this bad boy lengthen and thicken my lashes before mascara application it also helps my mascara stay put without transferring or flaking on to my skin.

Favorite_longwear_beauty_products_Tarte_LashPrimerThe last thing I do when apply my make up is my brows. I like to take my time with my brows to make them nice and sharp but they tend to be unruly and never really stay put. Yet my Nars Brow Gel really keeps my brows in place so they look perfect all day and night long.

Favorite_longwear_beauty_products_Nars_browGelOf course I cant skip out on the importance of a great lip whether something vampy or nude. But with all the drinking and eating its hard to make sure your lip color doesn’t stray, fray or bleed. My favorite go to product for over a year now, for that prefect long lasting lip, has got to be the Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge. I love the long lasting matte finish with the option to glam it up with the gloss.


Favorite_longwear_beauty_products_MUFE_glossMy absolute favorite combo is the Mac RiRi Woo Lip Liner with the MUFE Aqua Rouge in Nr.8

Favorite_ Products_for_the_Holidays_LipsTo finish everything off and lock in the face (lol that sounds funny!!) I like to use a setting/finishing spray. The Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray is amaze-balls. Its sets my make up and gets rid of any over powdering that may have occurred.

Favorite_longwear_beauty_products_UD_SettingSprayThese products are just some of my favorite long wear items and wow do they sure live up to their names. What are some of you favorite long lasting products?

Hugs From Beauty Land