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My Top 22 Beauty Product Picks From 2013

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

Happy New Year’s Eve! It feels like Christmas was 2 weeks ago and it’s been 2014 for a while already. While narrowing down the list of my favorite products, I realized that I found some truly great products that I’m really excited about. It was a good year for beauty, and I’m looking forward to what comes in 2014.

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Thank you, my dear readers, for being so supportive and wonderful throughout 2013! Here are my top 20 picks for my favorite products of the past year. I’m sure I’m leaving something important out, but these are the ones that jumped to the top of my mind and they’re products I reach for on a regular basis.

1. Penelope, the Painted Lady

Not a product, per se, but I coudn’t do this list without shouting out to the new Painted Ladies mascot! I was so tired of the generic image that was in place for over 3 years, and so finally I enlisted the help of  JM Tolman to create the lovely Penelope. Best decision and investment of 2013. Bar none.

2. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder

These finishing powders are so luxurious and give skin such a beautiful glow in real life and in photographs. A little pricey, but so worth the purchase.

3. Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips

Pretty much the cutest balm ever and gives lips a gorgeous tint with shine. The big plus is that it doesn’t irritate my lips like Smith’s Rosebud Salve.

4. Benefit They’re Real Mascara

It took me a while to get around to trying this mascara, but I am a huge fan and love how it makes my lashes look so lush.

5. L’Oreal Power Volume Collagen Mascara

Wowzers, this budget friendly mascara really knocked me for a loop! Gives gorgeous volume and I am obsessed!

6. L’Oreal Power Voluminous Butterfly Mascara

Drugstore mascara has come a LONG way in the past year and I have to say this one envies the results of Benefit’s They’re Real.

7. Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

2013 was the year I finally transformed my nails, and it’s thanks to this product which eliminates hangnails.

8. Nailtiques Formula 2 Plus

This was also the year I eliminated my peeling nails. I owe this product a TON  of thanks, literally a nail saver.

9. Physicians Formula Airbrushing Blush

Previous to this product, I had rarely found a drugstore blush I liked, but this one get’s two enthusiastic thumbs up for a beautiful color and long-lasting formula.

10. NYX Butter Gloss

Whoo weee, these glosses are gorgeous. They give great shine and long-lasting wear that makes them feel a lot more expensive than under $5.

11. Too Faced Pretty Rebel Palette

I have a confession: I was so stoked about the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette and then went to check it out at Sephora and felt all kinds of blah about the colors. It’s just okay … and that’s the opposite of how I feel about Too Faced’s Pretty Rebel palette, which is gorgeous from beginning to end.

12. Ipsy

Ipsy, Ipsy, Ipsy! The one and only monthly sample bag I really want to deal with at this point in time. Such a great value for exactly $10.81 per month.

13. Coastal Scents Brushes

It started with a brush in my Ipsy Bag and ended up with the most perfect MAC 217 brush dupe ever.

14. Coastal Scents Forever Blushes

I can hardly believe these long-wearing, beautifully pigmented blushes are a mere $8! Catch ’em while Coastal Scents is having a sale – worth it and then some.

15. Jordana Twist n Shine Moisturizing Lip Balm Stains

These $3 lippies are a staple in my makeup bag – can’t leave home without ’em!

16.  Makeup Geek Pigments

I thought the Makeup Geek eyeshadows were great, but the pigments blew me out of the water with their high quality and affordability. They’re all great, but I’m really loving Liquid Gold, Kryptonite, Insomnia, Bewitched, Blitz, and Utopia.

17. The Foreo Luna

This Clairsonic competitor uses transdermal waves to help cleanse and transform your skin. It’s helped keep my skin clear and feeling great.

18. Kat Von D Everlasting Face Shaper Blush

These blushes are fantastic! Beautiful colors with both matte and shimmery selections, and wear time that is right up there with Nars blushes.

19. NYX HD Photogenic Concealer

NYX is one of my all-time favorite lines, giving us high quality products that don’t break the bank. At under $5, the HD Concealer makes dark circles say, “adios!”

20. L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealers

These cost all of $2.50 and are dupes for MAC’s Prolongwear Concealers. Another obsession I’m so glad I discovered this year.

21. Milani Baked Blush

Another budget-friendly blush that changed my idea of drugstore brands. Excellent quality for just $10!

22. Maybelline Color Elixir

These are so plush, so addictive, I want them all. I love the shine and color payoff and they really feel so great on your lips.

So, tell me, what are you favorite beauty products from 2013?

  • Anastasia

    Great picks! I love a lot of products on your list, especially Burt’s Bees cuticle balm and Nailtiques :)

  • Monika

    I’m so happy to see so many drugstore brands are stepping up their game!

  • http://makeupbykim-porter.com/blog Kim Porter

    Great picks! Love the MAC 217 brush and I think I have that coastal scents brush, too! LA Girl Pro Concealer is the best, hands down!

  • BeautyJudy

    I love your list!! I spy a lot of my favs on here including Maybelline Color Elixir, Jordana Twist and Shine, ipsy and Butter Gloss! Also I think I need to buy the Rebel palette!

  • http://www.manifestdestany.com/ Destany

    Great picks! :) LOVE those Jordana lip balm stains and the Burt’s Bees :)

  • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

    I love my Luna too!

  • Nidia Doherty

    Love these picks! I discovered Coastal Scents this year, and I’m also loving them! I also agree with you that Ipsy is great. I’ve looked for Jordana, but my Kmart doesn’t carry them anymore. :(

  • erikatheicyone

    These are some great picks and give me some ides for some must tries. :)

  • FabZilla_Kath

    Great picks Shiela. HG is on my list of top beauty products too. Happy New Year!

  • http://www.honeygirlsworld.com/ Honeygirlk

    Awesome picks. Omigosh – I love Penelope. I need to try that Foreo Luna. I love my Jordana lippies :) Happy New Year.

  • MyNewestAddiction

    Love all your choices!! I especially wanna try that Kat Von D blush!

  • marciaf

    You have some fabulous choices. I can’t believe how many of these I’d like to buy. Too Faced Pretty Rebel is still on my list but I think it looks better on your skintone than it would on mine.

  • ShannoninBC

    Wow, some of these I better check out! Love how thorough your list is, thanks for sharing :)

  • http://www.slashedbeauty.com/ Miranda Mendoza

    I’m sooo with you on those Jordana twist and shines!! They are awesome!!!

  • Ange

    the butterfly mascara is ahhhhmazing! Also, love Penelope!

  • Farryn

    Love the Jordana Twist n Shine lip stains!

  • MyBeautyJunction

    I got the Foreo Luna mini – grey – last week and love it already!