13 Best Beauty Discoveries of 2013

1 Jan


Happy New  Years Everyone! I hope 2014 is going to treat everyone well.  Our little community on Facebook called Blogging Shares  (click the link to join!)decided to do this blog hop for all of you to see what our top fave discoveries we found this past year and to introduce you to some new sites!  I hope you enjoy and find some new bloggers to follow, they are all lovely ladies!

*These are in no particular order and the link on each name is to the websites if your interested in subscribing or ordering*

1. Ipsy Monthly Makeup Subscription


Ipsy is a $10 monthly subscription bag.  Each month you get a great little bag filled with 5 products.  I have not been disappointed thus far.  Each month my bag is guaranteed with some type of lip product, eye product and nail polish, the other two are up in the air.  If your interested in starting up a subscription this would be my top pick over them all.  Also if you review each product you received you get 10 glam points. Once you reach 1000 points you are eligible for a free gift. Also another plus is you get great discounts from each brand name they are using that month. Check out my review for my December bag.

2. Mox Botanical Lip Butter


This was a Birchbox purchase in November.  I am normally not a make up pot type of person, but there is something special about this one.  First the packaging, it’s a heavy material, at first look you think it’s a thick plastic but it’s really made of glass that protects it from the elements.  Secondly, the product melts nicely on your finger and doesn’t get under your nails.  It goes on smooth….like a butter and smells amazing. The pomegranate and fig is an exclusive to Birchbox.  You can check out my review here.

3. Urban Decay B6 Vitamin Infused Complexion Spray


I never in a million years would have thought I would have bought into any of these sprays. I’ve eyeballed them many time but would not pay for them since they were over $30.  Thou my best friends at Sephora put a nice 500 VIB point gift together from Urban Decay and this product was included in it.  The product at the Sephora site says its a soothing prep spray that features the first stabilized form of vitamin B6, which absorbs oil, minimizes pores, and reduces redness.What I really love is that it makes my skin super soft and when I use my moisturizer my face seems to absorb it better and makes my makeup site on my face so much better.  All I can say is that I’m really hooked and when this tester runs out I will be purchasing a full bottle. A plus is that this tiny bottle has lasted me over a month, since I use only 3 small spritz I do not use so much.  Check out my review here.

4. Julep’s Freedom Polymer Top Coat


I use to be a subscriber as a Julep Maven,  it’s $19.99 a month and you receive several different polishes according to your quiz results.  They also have some great box deals.  The only reason I unsubscribed is that I was running out of room for all my polishes.  You can usually do a google search for promo codes to get a discount on your first box. Now this particular item I did no purchase on my own. I received it in my Popsugar box, you can purchase it on the Julep site thou.  This top coat is AH-MAY-ZING!  If you love a shiny gel like finish and a quick dry time this product for you. As a bonus I didn’t see any chipping till maybe 4-5 days later and that was minimal.  I’ve used several top coats in my time but this one, hands (nails) down is my fave. It cost $18 if your not a member but it’s well worth the price.  To read some more on it, check out my review here.

5.Kat Von D Spellbinding Eye Shadow Book

wpid-wpid-20131113_194757.jpegSadly this one isn’t available anymore.  I am happy that I splurged and purchased it when I did.  I didn’t eve know it was limited and is no longer showing up on the Sephora website.  This one cost me $50, but the perk was there were several shades that were new to her line, and I am not sure they have been brought out full yet.  What is fun is that she gives you the pairings already and suggest to put the darker shade on top of the lighter one, if you do it the other way around to give it a color shifting look.


You can check out my review here.

6. Walgreen’s Studio 35 Eczema Lotion


Your probably wondering why I am including this, right?  Well not all lotions are created equally and sometimes the least expected works the best.  My step kid has terrible eczema in the winter and we were looking for cheaper options then Aveno since it’s a bit more expensive, and honestly not all cracked up to be for a lotion.  So one day I was sitting at home noticing how cracked my feet were and this lotion was in arms reach, so why not try it?  The heavens opened and the angels sung, because the next day my feet were 50% softer and had less noticeable cracks.  Three days of using it straight my heel was healed up and not as tough that comes with the roughness.  This also works great on sand paper like elbows.  It’s worth the drive to Walgreen’s.  Check out my review here.

7.  Buxom Serial Kisser Lipsticks


Ok this one was another holiday packaging that isn’t available but majority of the colors you can find seperatly at Sephora for $21 each. Buxom has some of the best glosses and lipsticks. They are all buttery and smooth and does not dry out you lips. I’ve never used their lipstick products before but they are amazing. I have a friend who went back and bought another one of these sets because she loved them so much.  The pigment is bright and bold and last for sometime.  You can check out my review here.

8. 12 Benefits Healthy Hair Treatment


I have baby fine hair, and I can’t do much to it except add copious amounts of hairspray to it, and by the end of the day it’s crispy looking…..until now.  In one of my Birchbox subscription I received a sample of this product.  The most amazing results I got out this product was that my hair became softer, shiner, smooth, grew faster, and looked overall more healthier.  Also when I went to see my stylist (that I didn’t see for 2 months) she asked me if I got my hair cut somewhere else because my ends looked healthy and very little bit on the split side.  I think that says a lot.  Amazon has the best deals on it, but you can purchase it too on Birchbox.  You can check out my review here.

9. The Wet Brush


Keeping with the hair thing, this is hands down the best brush you will ever own. EVER!  I have trouble with tangles, and they are virtually nonresistant with this brush.  If you do have a tangle it works it out with ease and no pain at all.  I don’t think I have to say more, except it works on all hair types.  Amazon has it on sale right now around $7. Check out my review here.

10. Vitamin E Sink-In Moisture Mask


I am a long time fan of The Body Shop, I’ve been using their Vitamin E moisturizer for years. What’s amazing about this is that they are always running a huge sale online.  I was curious one day when  I hit their 50% site wide sale and decided to try so more of their Vitamin E line.  I fell in love with this mask. It’s not your ordinary one. It goes on thick and stays on the surface. You let it soak in and remove it by sometime of paper towel.  My skin was amazingly super soft for a week.  Check out my review here.

11. Zoya Nail Polish

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Zoya is one of the best nail polish brands you can ever purchase.  They are exclusively online, unless you go to a nail salon and possibly purchase it there.  They mainly run $8 unless you get their Pixiedust (and you should it’s sparkles and hardly chips) for $9. The polish is free of the harsh chemicals that you get in most.  I’m a life long fan, I hope you will all try it at least one. Check out my review here.

12. Urban Decay Lip Revolution Lip Line

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Perhaps my favorite purchase of the year.  These lipsticks have the best color saturation and never dries your lips out.  They are a bit of a splurge at $22 but so worth it. I own 4, and plan to own the whole collection. Honestly I never was a lipstick person but this made me a lipstick obsessor.  Check out my review here that also includes swatches.

13. Too Faced Pretty Rebel Palette

s1533447-main-heroI wanted to put Urban Decay Naked 3 palette on here, but I haven’t reviewed it or used much of it as much as love it. So this is my favorite palette  of the year.  I love the bright pop of color with the gold and the hot pink. Really it’s so fun and punk, right down to the packaging.  It’s $46, and worth it.  The colors last forever, longer with an eye primer.  Check out my review here.

**Well there you go, I wish you all a beautiful 2014 and hope you found something new that you want to try on this list. HAPPY NEW YEAR!**

If for some reason you can’t get to the links, visit these lovely ladies to check out their list

Vivienne at Jolie Pagaille – http://www.JoliePagaille.com

Michelle at Pretty in the East- http://www.prettyintheeast.wordpress.com

Jen at Dragonfly Reviews – http://dragonflybeautyreviews.wordpress.com/

Kristina at The Feminine Files- http://thefemininefiles.com

Christine at Simply Stine- http://www.simplystine.com

Cheryl Hawley – http://theskinnyonbeauty.com/

Angela Watkins at The Makeup Whisperer http://wp.me/p3Wf8e-fu

Nancy Taylor (Smokey) – http://jumpingmouse9.blogspot.com/


18 Responses to “13 Best Beauty Discoveries of 2013”

  1. Kristina January 1, 2014 at 9:16 am #

    We have a few of the same favorites! 🙂 I agree about Julep’s top coat..it is the best, It was tough narrowing it down to 13 haha. Happy New Year!

    • Jenn January 1, 2014 at 9:23 am #

      Yes very tough! Maybe we can do a different top 10 type of blog for nails or eyeshadows and such if this goes well. Happy New Years!

  2. Vivienne January 1, 2014 at 9:55 am #

    Wonderful post! I’ve been curious about Mox Botanical.. they’re made here in Portland and I’ve never even tried it. I should.. I also had a tough time editing through my top 13 products.. oi! It was fun, though! Happy happy new year!

    • Jenn January 1, 2014 at 9:59 am #

      Def try Mox. Im addicted to it. Even if I dont need it I find myself putting it on to just fell the softness of it. Happy New Year

  3. themakeupwhisperer January 1, 2014 at 5:23 pm #

    Ipsy is awesome though it annoys me sometimes as I seen to miss out on the highend things But ten dollars you always get your moneys worth.

    Someone else had the julep to cost so now I am doubly interested!

  4. dragonfly January 1, 2014 at 9:00 pm #

    I got the mox lip balm too at your suggestion and it smells great!

    • Jenn January 1, 2014 at 9:28 pm #

      yah! I’m glad you liked it!

  5. Lisella January 1, 2014 at 9:34 pm #

    I received that wet brush in one of my Popsugar boxes and it is wonderful. I recently tried Zoya for the first time with a few jelly finish polishes and I love them. I’m a lip balm junkie and I’m totally intrigued by the Mox botanicals. I may need to give it a try!


    • Jenn January 1, 2014 at 9:35 pm #

      I love the brush! My thin hair tends to tangle even when you look at it lol. As for Mox. I didn’t think I would like it but it’s really great. I think I am going to have to buy another one to keep it at home. The one at work is well loved and well used.

  6. rubyangel711 January 1, 2014 at 11:16 pm #

    You have perked my interest with the UD Lip line. Will definitely be checking this out on my next Sephora visit! I have yet to try anything from the Zoya nail polish line—but I have heard great reviews😉

    • Jenn January 2, 2014 at 9:45 am #

      The lipstick is a splurge but I am so in love with it. I love Zoya and they have great promos sometimes. The pixiedust line is amazing a bit tough to get off since its a textured polish. But all them last several days before wear shows.

  7. Pretty in the East January 2, 2014 at 12:34 am #

    Great Post! I have heard great things about the wet brush but don’t really get tangles so not sure if I need it…however I might pick it up out of curiosity anyway! Also, I’m a lip product junkie and have never tried the Buxom or Urban Decay lipsticks and really want to now! I so wish I would have gotten that serial kisser set! I just recently subscribed to Ipsy and am loving it as well! Happy New Year!

    • Jenn January 2, 2014 at 9:43 am #

      You should. Amazon has the cheapest price on the brush!

  8. Cheryl Hawley January 2, 2014 at 9:35 am #

    Great picks! 12 Benefits seems to be blowing up. I’m looking for a new hair treatment serum and some vitamins to help my hair grow LONG. Sounds like a great place to start. Thanks!

    • Jenn January 2, 2014 at 9:43 am #

      Its such am amazing product. I know there is one you can get at like Target called Its a 10. But I love 12 Benefits better.

  9. christine January 2, 2014 at 3:34 pm #

    I need to try that lotion asap! I’m a big fan of Kat Von D’s makeup!! Excellent post!

    • Jenn January 2, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

      Eczema lotion….who knew right?

    • Jenn January 2, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

      And thanks!

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