Saturday, January 16, 2010

The Best of 2009: My Personal Favorites

I've been meaning to post this for awhile and I'm finally getting around to it. These are my favorite beauty products/discoveries of 2009.

1. Urban Decay "Liquid Liner"- $18

This has got to be my favorite liquid liner. I had my eye on these for quite awhile but never wanted to take the plunge and buy one. Sephora was offering a full size of this in "Smog" for just $8 for a limited time so I got one. Since then, I've purchased a few more. "Smog" is still my favorite of all the colors I own and it's well worth the full price. First off, the packaging isn't the best. Sometimes some of the liner gets around the opening of the bottle so I have to clean it off. The bottles are wide so they're not very convenient storage-wise. I do love what's inside the bottle though. In my experience, most of the liners give good color payoff and I don't have to line my eyes twice -which is an issue with some liquid liners. The formula is not streaky. It's very smooth with a beautiful metallic-y sheen. The liners are not waterproof but that's not much of an issue for me. I don't like when liners have too much staying power and I have to tug at my lids to get it off. These liners have great staying power and only come off when you wash it off with water or makeup remover. These liners are currently offered in 12 different shades. At $18 a pop, they're a little pricey but very much worth it.

2. Too Faced "Shadow Insurance" Primer- $17

When this first came out on the Sephora site, I purchased it right away. I wanted to see how it compared to its rival -Urban Decay "Primer Potion." It's the same price as UDPP with just 0.01 more ounces of product. I love both primers. I think that TFSI is better when it comes to people with dry lids -as opposed to UDPP being excellent for people with oily lids. I've mentioned that I have dry skin so sometimes when my lids are dry (especially in Winter), I opt for TFSI. I love how this stuff seems to disappear into my skin.. meaning it'll work for all skin tones. TFSI also prevents shadows from creasing and helps them to last all day long. Another plus is that TFSI comes in a squeeze tube which is a lot better than the potion bottle tube that UDPP comes in. TFSI's packaging allows easier access and ease of use. You can actually get all of the product that you paid for unlike UDPP which you have to cut open if you want to get all the product out. This is a definite winner -especially if you have dry skin.

3. Illamasqua "Intense Lipgloss"-$19

These glosses definitely fit their name. They are intense and packed full of color. These glosses are moisturizing, non-sticky, smell nice, and give full color payoff. The only thing I don't like about these glosses are that they're a bit pricey for the small tubes. Sometimes I squirt out too much product and I end of wasting it. I prefer a tube and wand to a squeeze tube. These glosses come in a wide variety of beautiful colors. The sheer glosses are great too but I prefer the opaque color payoff of these glosses.

4. Yves Saint Laurent "Volume Effet Faux Cils Luxurious Mascara"- $28.50

I love this mascara. It's my absolute favorite mascara in the whole world! First off, the packaging is gorgeous -a gold tube with the YSL logo. The mascara itself is wonderful. I know that $28.50 is a hefty price tag so this isn't something I can buy every 3 months (or less.) The mascara thickens and lengthens my lashes like nothing else. The color is very black and I get tons of volume. The only thing I don't like is that it can get clumpy. It doesn't bother me too much since I use my Sonia Kashuk lash curler with every mascara. The finished look is amazing. This definitely is a luxury.

5. Prestige "My Biggest Lashes" Mascara- $7-8

This is my second favorite mascara. If I can't afford a tube of YSL Faux Cils, I turn to this. This gives me basically the same effect that the YSL mascara gives me except it's a tad less dramatic and not a black as the YSL mascara. It lengthens and thickens my lashes while giving them great volume. I use my lash comb for this mascara as well because sometimes when I do my lashes to quickly, they clump up. This is a lot less clumping than the YSL Faux Cills though so if you hate clumpiness, go for this one. It's also about $20 cheaper. I can't find a link for this mascara but I've seen it at Ulta and CVS for sure. I'm guessing it's available at other drugstores as well.. and Target.

6. Sephora Brand "Flashy Liner" Set- $20
I absolutely adore this set. Go here if you want to see the full review on it. I never tried any of Sephora's Flashy liners prior to purchasing this set so this gave me a chance to check them out. They're waterproof and stay for hours on my waterline and I've never found another pencil liner that could do the job. I love all the colors in this set and I love that it only cost me $20 for a whole set of 7 mini liners. I like using "Deep Black" on my waterline and applying MAC Pearlglide liner in "Black Russian" on top for a smooth, shimmery finish.

7. CeraVe "Moisturizing Lotion"- $12.99

I use this lotion every day and don't know what I'd do without it. My dermatologist prescribed me a special medicated version of this. I've also tried the "normal" kind that's sold over the counter and I love it. The medicated kind that I get through prescription is just a bit stronger and more moisturizing than the over the counter version but they pretty much do the same thing. This is the best lotion I've tried in my entire life. I love that it's unscented. I can use it on my face and body. It's just the perfect, fuss free lotion. Even my boyfriend loves it.

These are my favorites.. what are yours?
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