Sitting around watching YouTube 2018 faves and realizing this post has been sitting in my drafts from before Christmas… unpublished 🤦🏾♀️. Dah well… let’s just keep it moving. It originally was a “what to buy a makeup lover for Christmas” list. Which… still works and is actually my Top 10 Faves of 2018.
Life is so much better with them.
Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb
-Ok as I’m typing this I see an announcement of a NEW glossbomb. *closes WordPress, 🏃🏾♀️💨💨💨 to Sephora app*. If that doesn’t tell you how much I LOVE this gloss… without a doubt it’s the BEST gloss ever. Smells amazing, and is thick and glossy without being sticky. I’ve gone thru several tubes of the original and will soon need to re-up on the 2nd release. I live for the thick, hydrating gloss. (Thin gloss can go kick rocks). And now she’s releasing a new pinky color. Life. Made.
Beauty Bakerie “Coffee & Cocoa Palette”
I had to every intention of doing a Blush & Highlighter post. (And yes, I do plan on still doing this) but I’ve literally not touched any other blush/highlighter or bronzer since I got this palette. It’s a quad, buttery, warm and PERFECT for Melanin skin. La Vida Mocha is my perfect blush color, a burnt orange that blends into my cheeks (Or eyelids) and gives me a warm pop. Anti-Depresso is my perfect contour/bronzer. Deja Brew is a lovely little transition color or a lovely blush color on days where I don’t want to much glitter. And the color You’re Grounded Works well for me as a highlight, blush, eyeshadow, anything I want it to be. I even tried it one morning right on top of a matte foundation and it gave the right amount of glow that I needed. If I want to be completely honest any one of the colors in this pallet have been on my face in any kind of position.
MFMG Liquid lipsticks (especially in Desnudo, Rust or Raw)
Truth be told I have a love-hate relationship with most liquid lipsticks. The amount of prep work and the perfect combination of balm that’s needed to keep some liquid lipsticks from falling into a pilly , nasty, patchy mess is too much for my early morning life before work. I promise you that MFMG is the only and I do mean ONLY liquid lipstick that works for me on a regular basis. It smells amazing and the color matches melanin skin so perfectly. I picked up about five or six of the colors a few months back during a sale I happened to catch online. Who knew that I was going to fall in love so deeply, so purely. 😂 If you follow me on Instagram you know my obsession with these liquid lipsticks. They fall into rotation easily because I can rely on them. They go on smoothly and they don’t dissolve within two minutes. For me they work well when I’m in a matte kind of mood and even when I want to throw a little bit of gloss on top. The colors are so amazing that those mornings when I don’t want to mess with anything other than brow filler and a little mascara I can throw any one of the colors I own on and get compliments all day long. I’m going to stick with this brand because they simply put… stick with me.
ColourPop Karrueche Collab Brown Sugar Collection
I want to completely say that I think that the Karrueche x Colourpop Brown Sugar collection is one of the most slept on releases of the 2018 season. She got it all the way right… from the eyeshadow palette to the eyeliner gel’s and definitely those amazing lipsticks. As we speak I’m still mourning the loss of my Cinnamon lipstick that disappeared Black Friday. I can suppose at some lucky person picked it up perhaps sanitized it and is in love in the way that I’m in love. Please know that I will be replacing it. I also own the colors Brick and Chocolatier. Brick runs deep brown with some red and Chocolatier is a deep deep brown. Look for more details on this collaboration in a future blog. I’d like to focus solely on the items I have and the items that I know I need to add to the collection to have the full collection and yes, it’s that good.
Urban Decay “Born to Run Palette”
-The Urban Decay Born to Run pallete easily is my pallete of the year. It’s never been the same. Sometimes I have to remind myself that I have a whole drawer of other palletes that I can choose from. Sometimes I literally have to hide this pallete from myself. It’s perfect, there’s no other way to describe it. The colors are amazing, the pigmentation is spot on, the colors can be worn solo dolo or blended together to give eyeshadow awesomeness. This would probably be the first pallet that I would absolutely buy over again I’ve never had to replace a pallete. I’ve never hit pan on every single color but I guarantee you this is going to be the one that I do it with. You can go completely nude, you can go business professional and you can go super glitzy glam nightlife. This pallete is perfection.
Ayele Sunflower Sweets Serum
After seeing people talk about the serum online for several months I finally cut took advantage of the Black Friday sale and picked it up…. it is now my only facial moisturizer. The Sunflower Sweets Serum is an oil which kind of scared me at first on my combination skin face. What I’ve noticed though is that it glides in so smoothly and gives me a glow without being greasy. It lasts all day. My skin can randomly get super dry and between lupus and the winter weather my dry skin suffers. Sunflower Sweets Serum…. oh my goodness thank you! I deal with chronic dry eyes and the serum under my eyes has helped to keep the skin from being irritated. Do you self a favor and try it out. I almost wish that this serum was sold in body size format because I would certainly use it all over the body.
-If you’re a scents lover like me you know you can easily spend so much money on perfume’s yearly. For about $15 a month I now get an opportunity to try out all the perfumes that I’ curious about. Scentbird says that each spray on gives you 30 days worth of a perfume however I’ve been using some of my perfumes for longer than 30 days. It’s definitely the most cost-effective way to check out a ton of different perfumes.
LA Girl concealer
So I have about three concealers that I love. The one that is the most affordable is the one that I love the most and that’s the LA Girl Concealer. They come in a ton of colors that are super inexpensive and they are super amazing. Remember me mentioning my dry eye condition from above? The LA Girl Concealer not only hides the dark circles under my eyes but also protects the skin under my eyes from irritation. This one blends seamlessly into my skin. I love it! There are a variety of colors so you can buy a couple for different areas of your face depending on what look you’re going for.
NYX Eyeliner Or Lip Pencils
I don’t think I’ve ever walked into a Target or an Ulta without walking out with at least one or two more colors of the NYX pencils whether it’s eyeliner or lipliner. I own tons of these liners, they’re affordable, the color pay off is amazing and they last all day. I’d list all the colors I have but there’s literally not that much time left in the year, lol.
I was a really infrequent user of masks and not really understanding their purpose before this year. I got a mask subscription and now I have become a lover of all things Skincare and masks. I have a ton of different brands from a ton of different countries and companies and there’s only been perhaps maybe one or two that I haven’t liked. Other than that masks have been amazing for my skin. I’m a daily makeup wearer and I do believe that the masks are the reason why my skin hasn’t reacted badly. It hydrates my skin, brightens it and keeps my skin in tiptop shape. Grab a couple of masks at whatever store you’re in and add it to your make up skin care.
Make your mark: What is your 2019 Beauty Resolution/Goal/Dream? Happy New Year! Check me out on Instagram @thepippilife and let me know you’re coming from the blog! Thanks for reading and may your lips always be poppin!💋