Sunday, February 2, 2014

Jessica's Best of 2013

Hey everyone! My name is Jessica and I am the new girl on the blog. Here is a little about me then on to my Top 10 of 2013. I am a lover of all things girly and have collected, blogged about, and reviewed makeup and beauty products for a couple of years now. I am a single mom of 2 little girls and will be turning the big 4-0 in a few months. Ashley just happens to be my cousin and I am so thrilled that she asked me to contribute to this blog. She has great style and I am glad that I can share my love for makeup and beauty products with someone in my family.

On to my top 10!

These are products that I either found and fell in love with in 2013 or that I have continued to use because they are just that awesome.

1. Mac's Mineralized SkinFinish
I had read great things about this and seen many good reviews on Youtube. So, I had to try it. I can't believe I waited as long as I did. I love this stuff. I don't like to wear a lot of foundation and most times just use a light BB Cream or tinted moisturizer. THIS will cover anything and can give you full coverage if you want it to. It doesn't feel heavy and gives a nice matte finish without being too powdery. I used it in shade 'Light'. I don't have a lot of high-end stuff, because I just don't like spending a lot of money, but this is definitely worth the $$.

Number 2. Urban Decay's Naked Basics Palette

I don't own any of Urban Decay's Naked Palettes... except this one. I just can't justify paying $50 dollars. Though, I am glad I decided to get this. At $27.00 (US) I felt it was worth it at least to try. I have used it almost daily since buying it a year ago. The 1st color, 'Venus', is a perfect brow highlight and isn't matte. Its a slightly shimmered off-white/cream. The 4th & 5th colors, 'Naked2' & 'Faint' are perfect for the crease and work great for a light makeup application to give definition without being too dark. 

I originally bought the dewy finishing spray and really liked it. Then I watched a video of Melmphs where she raved about the matte spray so, again, I had to try it after watching her video. I love this stuff! I am on my second bottle. It sets the Mac Mineralized SkinFinish perfectly and I often feel like I don't have any makeup on. After spritzing it on my face, I have a little fan that I let it dry with. From experience, I learned that I need to set my makeup with this before I put my mascara on, or else I am look like I have been crying. It's affordable and works well.

Number 4. Maybelline FitMe Concealer

Working at a large chain pharmacy, I often times will browse the makeup isle on my lunch break. I had a few customers and coworkers say they liked this line. When I needed a new under eye concealer, I decided to give this a try. I chose the number 10 and it was a little too dark, so I went back and got the number 15 and its a perfect match. I have this darkish vein under my left eye and this covers it without being cakey.

Number 5. Elf's Small Stipple Brush

As per last year's list, I am a huge fan of Elf Studio line brushes. This has by far become my favorite brush and use it for foundation and concealer. It blends beautifully. It isn't too big and floofy nor too small to smear. Its just right.

Number 6. Wet n' Wild Rose Golden Goddess to Reflect Shimmer Palette

I bought this on a whim and its become my go-to busher/bronzer. Its not shimmery enough to make me look like a disco ball, but its just enough to give a gorgeous warm glow. The color works well with my skin tone and hair color, but I think it will will with pretty much any skin tone.

Number 7. Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Moisturizer

I received this in a PopSugar Must Have box last year and it is AH-Mazing! First of its all organic and natural. Secondly, its feels really good and refreshing on the skin. And thirdly, it smells like lemon candy. Its no secret that I am turning 40 and I could use all of the help I can get. I can really tell a difference in my skin since I started using this. A little goes a long way and I still have plenty left but will pay the high price to purchase more when I run out. Its worth it.

Number 8. Physician's Formula Organic Wear Fake Out Mascara

It is light and lovely and gives my lashes an almost ethereal affect. I got this at Walmart in a buy 1 get one free package. I gave the extra to my coworker and after a few weeks of use, she came to me raving about how much she liked it and how it made her lashes look. I have to agree. When I wear black mascara, this is the one I reach for every time.

Number 9. Rimmel London Show Off Lip Lacquer

The ONLY thing I don't like about this stuff is the smell and it really isn't that bad. It feels amazing on the lips, the color payoff is like whoa, and it lasts. Its just gorgeous. It took forever for CVS (my place of employment) to carry it so I had to find it elsewhere. Its affordable and there are several colors to choose from, both shimmery and cream. I would definitely recommend it.

Number 10. Beauty Blender Makeup Sponge

This is another thing I received in a Pop Sugar Must Have box. If you haven't read any reviews about the Beauty Blender, do yourself a favor and go read them. There are many like the Beauty Blender but this is the real deal. Once you get it wet, the size doubles and becomes this cloud like sponge and blends foundation flawlessly. I would repurchase this anytime!

I hope you liked my review of my top 10 of 2013 and I would love to hear your thoughts and what your you top 10 beauty products of the last year are. Cheers! ~ Jessica


  1. I really enjoyed this post. I love the MAC MSF, the NYX Dewy setting spray, the Physician's Formula Organic Wear mascara (the green one), Rimmel Show Offs and the ELF small stipple brush! Great list! Thanks for sharing.

  2. very interesting, what do you think of these instead? comments on the blog if you like :)

  3. I enjoyed reading your blog and even WE like a lot of the Juice products!