Saturday, January 15, 2011

Best Products of 2010 (Part 4: Makeup items!)


Smashbox photofinish primer
Napoleon Perdis face primer
Rimmel fix&perfect primer

Benefit erase paste
maybelline dream matte mousse concealer
hard candy concealer palette
coastal scents camo quad

Maybelline dream matte mousse foundation
Clinique Even Better foundation
Chanel Vitalumiere foundation
Rimmel Stay Matte foundation

NYC Blushable creamstick
NYX cream blush

NYX powder blush

coastal scents blush palette

MAC powder blush (specifically in full fuchsia)
smashbox blush rush (specifically in flush)

NYC bronzer in sunny
NYC bronzing duos
MAC bronzing powder (specifically in bronze)
ELF healthy glow bronzer
NARS laguna bronzer

Mineral foundation:
Bare minerals foundation
MAC mineralize skinfinish natural
Maybelline mineral power mineral foundation

Finishing products:
Hard Candy Welcome Matte mattifying powder
Clinique redness solution mineral powder
ELF HD translucent powder
Benefit powderflage
MAC fix+


Primers and base products:
Urban Decay primer potion in sin
MAC shadestick (specifically in beijing)
NYX Jumbo eye pencils
Benefit creasless shadows

Single eyeshadows:
NYX eyeshadow singles
COVERGIRL eyeshadow singles
MAC eyeshadows
Bare minerals mineral eyeshadow

Urban Decay NAKED palette
Coastal Scents 88 color palette
ELF 83 piece makeup artist kit
NYX a night in morocco smokey shadow kit

Gel/cream liner:
Coastal Scents gel liner
Loreal HIP color truth cream liner
ELF studio cream liner

Pencil liner:
MAC eye khol
Rimmel Kajal liner
Urban Decay 24/7 liner pencils

Liquid/Pen liner:
Loreal carbon black lineur intense liquid liner
ELF pen liquid liner
The body shop liquid liner

covergirl lashblast mascara
benefit bad gal lash mascara
Hard Candy ginormous mascara (specifically in mudslide and electric blue)
maybelline falsies mascara

Lashes and adhesive:
NYX false lashes
Ardell false lashes
Duo lash adhesive


EOS smooth sphere lip balm
EOS stick lip balm
Bert's Bee's Wax lip balm
palladio tinted lip balm

MAC lipstick (favorites include: Equality, Viva glam gaga, and creme d nude)
Rimmel moisture renew lipstick
NYX round lipstick

Buxom lipgloss
Clinique plump and shine lipgloss
MAC dazzleglass

Lip liner:
NABI lip liner
ELF lip liner

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Best Products of 2010 (Part three: Nail, hand, and foot products.)

Nail Polish Brands and colors of the year:

Nail Polish Brands:
Sinful Colors
Sally Hansen HD

Glitter Polish Brands:
Sephora by OPI
Milani 3D holographic

Top Coat:
Seche Vite
Out the Door

Strengthening Base coat:
Sally Hansen Triple strong
OPI Nail Envy

Nail Polish colors of the year:
Essie's Mink Muffed
Revlon's Minted
OPI's dating a royal
Sinful Color's Thimbleberry
Chanel's Jade
Sephora by OPI's looks like rain dear
Sephora by OPI's midnight mambo
OPI's what's with the cattitude
China Glaze's audrey

Nail and Hand and Foot Care Items of the year:

Cuticle Cream:
LUSH'S Lemony Flutter cuticle butter

exfoliating product:
LUSH'S Ocean Salt

Hand and foot creams:
Aveda Hand relief
Aveda Foot Relief
Bath Junkie's Body dessert
Bath and Body Works' Shea Cashmere

Nail growth products:
Sally Hansen Triple strong

If you want more specific info about any nail products please let me know, but this concludes part 3 of my best of 2010 blog! Stay tuned for Part 4, which will be makeup products! Following part 4 will be part 5 and 6, which will be makeup tools and brushes and my mommy/kid items of the year!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Best Products of 2010 (Part Two: Perfumes, Colognes, baby fragrances & Home Fragrances)


Ok you guys, not too much to discuss with these items. I'm not the greatest at describing scents! I just know when I smell if I like it or not, and I can tell you that I am not as much a fan of fruity and very perfumey scents as I am of musky, warm, woodsy, and sweet dessert type fragrances. I am a huge perfume person, my perfume collection includes about 20 different bottles, however there are a select few that I jump for and use regularly.

I have been wearing angel since 2004, and it has been my favorite ever since! My mommy and sister both wear it as well. I think it just work so well with our natural scent. It is pricey, so be aware of that, but to me the price is worth it!
Ghost is one that I have been wearing for about 3 years now and it is such a unique scent. I have never smelt anything with the same sweet soft sort of vanilla like undertone this has. This one is not as pricey as the angel. I believe it was about $50 the last time I bought a bottle and I only ever see one size in my store I buy my perfume from so I'm not sure if they have smaller sizes than what I've seen.
When I was putting a list of products together for my best products of the year blog, I knew that this had to be included. This year, I fell in love with viva la juicy! I can say it was love at first sight, because the packaging really brings you in! The fragrance is sweet, almost dessert-like, and delicate. It runs I think around $70 or less for the bigger bottle.

In 2010, benefit cosmetics came out with a line of perfumes, and I somewhat reluctantly ordered one that I had smelled in an ad. Sometimes magazine perfume samples are not true to the actual smell of the fragrance. I am so glad I ordered this one! So hooked on carmella is the perfect vanilla and caramel sort of fragrance. so sweet and yummy smelling!


Us ladies like for our boyfriends, husbands, and fiances to smell good right? I love smelling these colognes on my husband:
On June 6, 2005, my husband turned 17 and this was the gift I got him. I looove how this smells. It goes perfectly with my angel perfume. It is the perfect amount of sweet and musk. LOVE this!

I'm sure this is a hit among the high school crowd, as fragrances from A&F and hollister always were when I was in high school just a few years ago. I still love smelling hollister cologne on my husband. The price is great too, around $45 for the bigger one!

I came across Black one day while I was doing some cosmetic shopping, and I smelled it and knew it would be great for my husband! It is a very musky masculine scent, and I love it.

Baby Fragrance

I know to most people it seems crazy that I buy cologne for my 2 year old, but I just love when he smells really good. On his first birthday he got the baby touch fragrance by burberry and I really liked it. I do still use it, but this past year I stumbled upon something I like even more! The Jafra Tender Moments is a light clean smelling fragrance that keeps my son who just won't stop growing up at least smelling like a sweet little baby! This product can be used on any baby 6 months and up and it won't irritate the skin which is great!

Home fragrances

I love to burn candles and use burners around the house. I love for people to walk in and say "wow you're house smells so good." I also really love when it's the end of the day, everything is clean and put away, the house is a little darker, and my candles are going. I just love when the fan is on and is blowing a great fragrance around!

The first time I ever got a ted shreds candle was I think at my 16th birthday. My parents got it for me from a local surf shop called funky beat, and my room would smell great without even lighting it! It is the perfect summery fragrance. It's a coconutty, sunblock smelling, sweet summer candle!

When fall and winter rolled around, I just had to have a candle that wreaked of christmas, and this is the one! It goes wonderfully with my fresh balsam wallflower from bath and body works too! The two fragrances work hand in hand!

The slatkin & co vanilla coconut candle from bath and body works is another great one! Vanilla and coconut are my absolute 2 favorite fragrances so to have them in one candle is great! Slatkin &co candles are great quality too! Twilight woods, vanilla bean noel, and warm vanilla sugar are some other great bath and body works candle fragrances I love!

I have a 2 year old, so when I want my living room to smell good or the breakfast area to smell good I use the scentbug, because he can reach most areas in those rooms and knock candles over. The scentbug from bath and body works runs off of batteries and has a small pad inside that you place drops of fragrance oil on. The scent bug disperses the fragrance throughout the room you place it in, and in my experience also beyond that room! My favorite oils to put in it are warm vanilla sugar, fresh balsam, twilight woods, twisted peppermint, and kitchen spice.

Another candle alternative that I've been loving this year and in a couple years past, is the wallflower from bath and body works. I love them for my front doorway and the bathrooms. My favorite fragrances to hook up to my wall flowers are the same as what I like to put in the scentbug.

That concludes Part Two of my Best products of 2010 blog! Look for Part 3, which will be nail and hand and foot care products, coming soon!!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Best of 2010! [Part one: skin, hair, body products!]

As 2011 begins, let us not forget the great things 2010 brought us! This blog is going to be my "best of 2010" awards blog. Everything will be in categories and I will have a high end and a low end best of 2010 product for each category! I thought of maybe doing this in a video on my youtube channel, but thought that this would be a great blog to start the new year with! So let's begin!


Formula 10.0.6 became a staple in my beauty regimen this year. I really enjoy many of their products. The price is reasonable and the products are packaged in nice tubes and bottles with bright colored lettering. I got the chance to test out their oil free moisturizer, foaming cleanser, orange bergamot mud mask, tinted moisturizer, and over night acne treatments. They are all miracle products! I have been steadily using them for several months now and don't see myself stopping any time soon!

I normally have oily skin issues, however when winter in Jacksonville hit me, I had some dry issues to address. The Nivea cream saved my skin! It's such a simple, no muss, no fuss product with simple packaging. It is phenomenal, I recommend it if you have dry skin or if you, like me, have the occasional dry skin flare up!

Another "low-end" (not meaning poor quality, but less expensive) skin product I loved this year was a green tea infused exfoliating product from st. Ives. I really enjoyed using it to get any dry flaky skin off of my face, and I also loved that it had salicylic acid in it's ingredients to fight acne.

As far as high end products for skin go, I was able to try out a brand more thouroughly this year than I had in the past. I had tried philosophy products before and had liked them but would only use one or two prodicts from them here and there. This year I tried their purity product, hope products, and various other items in the product line. They have some really great products! The only downside is an obvious one....price. For the smaller sized hope in jar, you pay about $50. 

Hair Care products of 2010

The aveda rosemary mint shampoo and conditioner have been favorites of mine since 9th or 10th grade. I stuck with them through 2 packaging changes and a slight formula change, however the quality has always stayed the same!! The smell most aveda products do! They are more pricey than drugstore or lower end shampoos and conditioners, but they work nicely to fight dry scalp and to nourish your hair. They run about $30 per container.

The macadamia nut oil conditioning treatment is amazing! it runs between $25 and $30, but is sooo worth it. I could tell the difference in just a few uses! It has a smooth texture, doesn't linger and cause greasiness after you use it, and it smells great too!
The It's a 10 brand was completely new to me this year. A friend of mine suggested it to me through facebook and I'm so glad she did! It targets 10 different things that you might want for a hair care product. It is a leave in miracle worker!

The final higher end product that made it into my "best of 2010" is the bed head ego boost. I have spoke about the product on my youtube channel, and I'e used it for many years. The packaging and formula have been the same through that time. It runs I believe around $15, and it lasts a decent amount of time. It is another leave in product, however it isn't thick like most leave in conditioners. It is a bit gel like and much more liquidy than any other leave conditioners I've tried. It specifically claims to be a split end mender. 
As far as high styling products go I enjoy just a few things that I feel were worthy of being in my best of list. The chi silk infusion is a cult favorite and a favorite of mine as well. I love the way it leaves my hair fealing silky. Another set of styling products I looooved this year were some items by got2be. Their guardian angel spray are absolutely fantastic. I love all three: protect and flatten, protect and blow dry, and protect and curl. All three are not only heat protecting sprays but styling sprays as well!! To finish off any look I love the got2be 2 sexy voluptuous volume hair spray!

At the top of my list of lower hair care products is a line from herbal essence call long term relationship. I use all of the products in the line. The shampoo and conditioner work well and the leave in conditioner is wonderful! It's great for when you really want a thick leave in product that really feels as if it is saturating into your hair! All of the products run around $5 in this particular line. 

This next product I discovered kind of late in 2010 but it is wonderful none the less! It is by organix and it goes along with their line of natural products and specifically their coconut milk line. I like the shampoo and condition from this line as well..not as much as other shampoos and conditioners, but I do like it. This product is a lower end split end mender. A great substitute for the bed ego boost if you want to spend less!

There we some really awesome lower end (again not to be confused with lower quality) hairstyling products I tried this year! If you're looking for an alternative to the chi silk infusion, try the john freida frizz ease hair serum. To protect against heat, try the treseme heat protectant spray! I really like the nozzle on the treseme heat protectant. Finally, The treseme tres two hair spray is my all time favorite hair spray...I like even more than any high end hair spray I've ever tried. Nothing compares!

Body products of 2010
To close out Part one of my "best of 2010" blog, I want to talk about some great body products I tried and loved this year!

I love the apricot scrub from St.Ives. It's great to get your skin nice and smooth. It's also perfect as a pre-sunless tanner product. Speaking of sunless tanners, there were 2 that stand out to me for this year. The neutrogena spray mist self tanner is a product worth trying! I did a review of it on my youtube channel. It's phenomenal. Another great sunless tanning product, which I have been loyal to for years, is the jergen's natural glow daily moisturizer. It gives a gradual and natural looking glow and doesn't leave stain on every white piece of fabric in sight!
There were 2 higher end body creams that I really enjoyed using this year. The coconut body butter from the body shop is one that a family friend introduced me to about 2 or 3 years ago, the lush karma cream is one that I was new to this year. I love anything that smells like coconuts so the body butter from the body shop is just great for me! It's very thick and super moisturizing. The Karma cream, has hints of patchouli in it, which I also love. It's a little thinner that the body shop butter, but a great moisturizer none the less. 

There are 2 lower end body lotions, that I think definitely deserved to be mentioned. This past summer hawaiian tropic vamped up their packaging and tweaked their formula to creat and amazing line of after sun lotions, and creams. My favorite was the after sun lotion that smelled of coconut and limes! They also have a body butter that smells similar to the more expensive body shop coconut body butter by the way! The other moisturizer that needs to be mentioned the bath and body works body butter. My personal favorites are the twilight woods, warm vanilla sugar, and coconut lime verbena.
For the last few products in the first part of the best of 2010 blogs, I want to talk about some body wash/soap type products! This year I have been a total lush junkie! Starting off with their solid soaps, the honey I washed the kids, rockstar, and quingereme of nineveh soap fragrances are my favorites! Lush is overall reasonable priced and their soap fragrance linger after you shower!

A body wash staple, which has been for some time, is the St, Ives oatmeal and shea butter shower gel. It's simplistic, smells great, and the shea butter helps your skin stay soft!

For those days, where a bath is more my speed, I turn to lush yet again! I am a huge fan of their bubble bars and bath bomb. The bubble bars that I think need to be mentioned are ruby red slippers, karma bubble bar, the comforter, and the ma bar! My favorite bath bombs or the year have to be butterball, cinders, vanilla fountain, and sakura! If you haven't jumped into the lush, you have to ASAP!

That's it for part one ya'll!! Stay tuned for part two which will be my top perfumes and home fragrances of 2010!