Ciao bellas!

With January being almost through, I nearly forgot one of my most favourite posts to write- a best products round up! For something to make a “best beauty products of the year” post, it’s gotta be damn good. This year, I only wanted to highlight products that I only discovered or were just released in 2018. Some products will be missing from each category because I didn’t want to mention repeat products from previous years. Below are my top picks for best beauty products of 2018.

Best Eyeshadow Palette:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam

I felt like I was kind of in a rut with eyeshadow palettes in 2018. Not a lot of them were exciting to me at all, and I felt like the same shades were just getting re-released over and over. My friend bought Soft Glam and I tried it and fell in love with not just the warm mattes, but also how amazingly pigmented and rich the metallics were. Even though this is a neutral palette, it’s so versatile and you can create anything from a pink metallic eye look to a gilded smokey eye to a burnt plum.

Best Foundations:

Nars Radiant Longwear Foundation in ‘Punjab’ (not shown, oops!)

If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen this in many of my looks! It’s medium-full coverage and my go-to foundation. I use it for more glam makeup but also day makeup when I want fuller coverage. It won’t leave your skin looking matte (I hate matte foundation on me), and it lasts all day and won’t break up.

It Cosmetics CC Cream in ‘Medium’

Okay, I know this has been a favourite CC Cream for a lot of people for ages, but I only just gave it a shot in 2018! I’m so glad I did. It’s THE perfect day time product when you want to be full-coverage but also dewy and natural looking. I’ve gotten so many compliments when I use this, and I love that it has spf 50 so I can feel good about protecting my skin.

Best Setting Powder:

L’oreal Infallible Pro-Sweep n Lock Translucent Setting Powder

K- this stuff is legit! If you have struggled with setting powders looking heavy on your skin and giving you crepey, dry under-eyes, this is what you need! I’ve tried SO MANY powders, and this is by far one of the best for setting for your face. I have dry skin so I use this to set my under-eyes, lids and t-zone and it doesn’t suck the life out of my skin. Highly recommend, and it’s a good price too.

Best Highlighters:

Dior Diorskin Nude Luminizer Shimmering Glow Powder in ‘001’

This was one of my favourite luxury makeup purchases of 2018. I had always had this highlight on my radar, but finally took the plunge during the VIB Rouge Sale this fall. This is such a pretty day or night highlight. It doesn’t try too hard to be overly metallic but can definitely be built up. It’s chic, its pretty, it’s Dior!

Marc Jacobs Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter

They are absolutely stunning on the skin and so versatile. It’s the perfect champagne-gold deliciousness my skin was looking for! My favourite way to use them is to mix them with my foundation or dab them on my cheekbones. You do need to blend with a sponge if you apply these directly to your face, keep in mind. This bottle was expensive but will definitely last ages. I do hope they come out with travel sets of with the other shades too.

Mica Beauty Cosmetics Highlight Powder #3

If you watch my Instagram stories, you will have seen me rave about this. It’s literal fairy dust! The glow I get from this powder is insane, and it can be used on the cheeks, eyes, collarbones, shoulders, you name it. It’s so so stunning on its own or foiled.

Best Lipstick:

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment

I am so so happy I discovered these, oh my god. The applicator makes even the most intimidating colours a breeze to apply and the shades are so pigmented they melt my ice heart. These are seriously no joke and so comfortable to wear. The formula is similar to Huda Beauty liquid lipsticks, although slightly less drying.

Best False Lashes:

Esquido ‘Naughty & Nice’

I was so lucky to be gifted several lashes from Esqido this year, and my stand-out style I fell in love with was ‘Naughy & Nice’. These synthetic lashes are seriously luxe, fluffy, and stunning! I always get compliments when I wear them and they are the perfect cat-eye shape for my almond eyes. Esquido lashes in general are super luxurious and high end, and this style never disappoints. They also offer free worldwide shipping omg!

True Fiction Cosmetics ‘Marilyn’ and ‘Bridgette’

I shop regularly at Shoppers Drugmart but am always disappointed by their false lash selection- until now. They took on True Fiction Cosmetics- a cruelty-free Korean silk lash brand and I’m obsessssssed. I mean obsessed. Their styles remind me of House of Lashes, but whispier and without the USD exchange rate and shipping fees. These lashes are literally $12CAD and look like high end lashes! My favourite styles are ‘Marilyn’ and ‘Bridgette’.

Best Lash Glue:

Esqido Companion Eyelash Glue

Okay, I thought this would be just another lash glue but WOW. You thought Duo glue was a good glue? This glue knocks it out of the park and makes that glue look like ineffective trash! I’ve not once ever had to touch up my lash glue during the night when using this. Even with lashes that I can tell have been put too close to the inside of my eyes (invitation for lifting!) have no issues at all. It’s superglue yet easy to remove your lashes at the end of the day without hurting your eyes. Best $10 you will ever spend.

Best Mascara:

It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara

Okay, I hope it isn’t cheating I’m still using my travel size tube but I HAD to include this mascara. It’s so freaking good. I don’t know why more people don’t talk about it! It volumizes but also defines your lashes without leaving them clumpy. I actually prefer this over my original love – the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara, I found that one was getting too clumpy for my liking and just not performing as well anymore.

Best Brow Product:

Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows in ‘Linda’

In 2018 you know I stuck with my old faithful NYX Cosmetics Micro Brow Pencil (see review here), but I also discovered the Legendary Brows Brow Mascara from Charlotte Tilbury. It’s such a standup good brow mascara. The small wand means you will never make a mess on your brows virtually ever, and I find I only need to dip back into the tube once or twice for both brows. Keep in mind I hate the heavy ‘Instagram brow’ look, so if you like that intense looking brow, you won’t find this to be very effective.

Best Self-Tanner:

Saint Tropez Self Tan Express Mousse

Oh my lord, the heavens opened and they told me to try St. Tropez before 2018 ended. I’m so glad I finally gave it a chance! This is the best, most effective, darkest (but not orange) self-tan I have ever used. I’m impatient AF so I got the ‘Express’ mousse over the original, and I couldn’t be happier. I can literally apply this before a night out, rinse a few hours later, get ready, and then be bronzed with zero smell to worry about and zero transfer. Occasionally I forget to rinse and then I get a reaaaallly dark tan, but this typically will get darkest after the 3 hour mark on your skin.

This lasts really well too. I find I can go a whole week between applications. I hate self-tanners that are so nice at first, and then once you’re 3 days in it’s basically all washed off. Not this! The bottle is also a good size (200ml). I’ve used this about 6 times all over my body and it still feels quite full. Even though this is an expensive product, I still feel like I’m getting my money’s worth.

FINI

There we have it babes. My best beauty products of 2018! I will also be posting skincare and haircare favourites, so please stay tuned this week! I just didn’t want to have too long of a written post.

xo J

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5 Comments

    • January 24, 2019 / 9:55 am

      Yes! Omg best glue I’ve tried before and it’s so affordable. So happy I discovered them this year 🙂 thanks for reading! xo

  1. January 26, 2019 / 4:54 pm

    I just got my first pair of Esqido lashes and they are perfect 😍 The lash glue I got was really clumpy though, I think I probably got a bad batch or something 🤔

    • January 27, 2019 / 3:33 pm

      Ah they’re so nice aren’t they!!!! Oh weird? Yea mine isn’t like that at all, it dries fast though so maybe your tube wasn’t sealed properly?

      • January 28, 2019 / 2:06 am

        That could be it, I’ll need to try another tube :S

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