For the past three years i have been making lists in what I feel is worth the extra love from your bank on beauty products, may it be cosmetic or skin care. Here is this year’s list!
1: Le Grand Palais
$58 | Too Faced Sephora Exclusive
This super cute palette is limited to Sephora locations and comes with a travel tube of Shadow Insurance, a travel Melted lipstick, and a mini Better Than Sex mascara. It comes built with 4 highlight shades, two blushes and a bronzer, alongside 15 full sized shadows. Eiffel is my favorite shadow shade from them all! They’re super buttery and smooth. Definitely worth the extra spending money.
2: Instant Firm Temporary Face Tightener.
$10-48 | Peter Thomas Roth
This face tightener is actually a staple in my make up kit. It works great especially for not just my older clients who want an “instant face lift,” but for my younger clients who naturally have frown lines in the forhead or more wrinkles under the eye (such as myself.) Pat this stuff on and in 3-7 minutes your skin looks great!
3: Style Eye-Con No.20
This palette is a super splurge, especially at $99, but hear me out… The color pay off from these shadows is amazing. Now really look at this palette. They’re colors that you can use daily, meaning your money will be well spent. It comes with both shimmer and matte, making this palette perfect for multiple looks. Marc Jacobs really is a luxury brand, and you can tell it carries in his cosmetics.
4: Duo Color Highlight Pans
$60 | BitterLaceBeauty
I’m still not over how much I love the highlight formula Jenna from BLB has concocted for her cosmetics line. Each highlight on it’s own is $16, so buying six adds up to $96. This way, you get $36 off, and get to have all six colors! The highlights swatch and apply beautifully, and you can read both my reviews on my previous blog posts.
5: Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer
$26 | Josie Maran Sephora Exclusive
Next to my Becca shimmering skin perfector, this is top on my list of liquid highlights! It smells sooooo good, and gives my skin such an natural, inner glow that it doesn’t even look like I’m wearing any makeup. Perfect on any skin tone. The jar is on the small side, but a little really goes a long way!
6: Drama Liqui-Pencil
$23 | Lancôme Sephora Exclusive
Okay, I get it. It’s really expensive for an eyeliner pencil. Just take my word when I say it’s worth every penny. The pencil glides on. Doesn’t tug, and it’s seriously the blackest black liner I have ever laid my eyes on. It’s waterproof, and it has taken me all day to just rub off my hand. There’s still black on my hand from swatching. 10 hours later. Hows that for long lasting?
(Photo Credit: Sephora.com)
7: Le Petite Mason
$39 | Too Faced Ulta Exclusive
I’m a little biased this year. Usually I’m all about Tarte’s holiday palettes but Too Faced has really stepped it up this year. This palette is more on the neutral side, lots of browns and golds. Even has its own little house like it’s cousin, Le Grand Palais. Comes with a travel mini of Better Than Sex Mascara. Soft and no fall out shadows, definitely something not to look past!
8: Velour Liquid Lipsticks
$18 | Jeffree Star Cosmetics
ANY Jeffree Star liquid lipstick is worth buying. Seriously. Buy them all if you can. The formula is to die for, and dries to a true matte in seconds. J-Star says that they’re kiss proof, and I have to agree that they are. I’ve kissed my boyfriend on the cheek, and there’s absolutely no transfer. Not a bit of my Unicorn Blood landed on his skin; And while all the shades are gorgeous, that’s pretty amazing on it’s own.
9: 15 Artist Shadow Palette
$59 | Make Up Forever
MUFE shadows have always been one of my favorites. Specifically because of the size of their pans and their quality. Not to mention the huge array of colors they have to choose from. Unless you have a pro discount, it’s usually $22 a pan, which can get kind of pricy to even try to build your own palette. So, with that said, I feel this is perfect for anyone who wants smaller pans for personal use. The palette itself isn’t huge, and I feel takes into consideration the “everyday person” using this product.
(Photo credit: Temptalia.com)
10: Pores No More Pore Refiner
$15-45 | Dr. Brandt
Pores No More is my favorite primer ever! The formula is not greasy, and doesn’t have a weird silicon “after feeling.” I usually like to wear it alone on days I feel like i want to look ragged, but still have glorious skin, and also on days where i want my foundation to look immaculate. It is mattifying, and I do suggest the travel size first because, although I personally never experienced this, have heard it gives the smallest, tinest tingle feeling (similar to that of BenGay or Icy Hot) to the skin that some people don’t like. As I said, I never experienced it, but don’t say I never mentioned it.