I’m not good with goodbyes, but I’m ready to give 2013 its final sendoff. The promise a brand new one holds is pretty thrilling, especially when this year has been so good to me. I hit publish on my very first 312 Beauty post in January, the start of a wild and crazy ride! There was the time Refinery29 included me in a list of bloggers “you need to be reading,” the reminiscing I did on wedding day beauty for POPSUGAR and the segment I did on Chicago’s FOX 32 on Memorial Day. I’m still awestruck from meeting so many incredible women at A Night for Green Beauty and honored I got to interview Butter LONDON’s global colour ambassador Katie Hughes, Space NK founder Nicky Kinniard and Illamasqua founder Julian Kynaston when they came to Chicago. Most of all, I’ve had the best time talking beauty and getting to know so many of you (on the internet and in real life!) Let’s do more of that next year, k?
I can’t wait to see what the next year in beauty will bring. It’s fitting that my last post of 2013 is all about the products I loved most this year. I give you, my top 10!
Deborah Lippmann Glitter and Be Gay is hands down, the best nail polish I bought all year. I wore this constantly! The sparkling yellow gold and bits of blue holographic glitter are killer.
I used to think that salt sprays were drying until I tried Davines This Is A Sea Salt Spray. It’s the best styling aid for my type of hair (stick straight). I spray on dry hair before I curl and get the softest waves that last all day. No small miracle.
Everything I thought about natural mascara changed thanks to Kjaer Weis. The 99.8% organic mascara is better than most others (natural or otherwise). Plus, it smells like roses!
I tried at least a dozen facial oils this year and Lina Hanson’s Global Face Serum was easily my fav. It plumps up my skin and makeup looks better when I apply this first. The scent, from a blend of 11+ exotic plant oils, is intoxicatingly good.
ILIA Cosmic Dancer is the most flattering gold highlighter. It’s soft and brightening and not the least bit brassy. Word is that it’s limited edition for the holidays, which I’m not ready to accept.
Katie Hughes herself introduced me to Butter London Cheeky Crème Blush in Pistol Pink. It’s a bright pop of color and you can dab it on your lips, too.
This year will go down as the year of MAC RiRi Woo. It was released several times with all of Rihanna’s MAC collections and it sold out quickly with each one. Worth the hype.
My mornings were greatly improved after discovering R.L. Linden & Co Thousand Petal Beautifying Mist, which is like a blast of floral adrenaline. Plus, I want to be friends with the owners. They seem like such cool chicks!
Washing my face will never be the same. Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin B Cleansing Oil exfoliates with plant extracts as it breaks down all of your makeup. Two thumbs up.
I’ll never be Camilla Belle, but at least I have Benefit Gimme Brow to get me a little closer in the brow department. It’s part brow filler part volumizer and takes 2.5 seconds to apply. I’m already on my second tube!
Happy New Year!
Thank you for the glorious mention! We are so happy to have produced a product that made this esteemed list. I also tried R.L. Linden & Co Thousand Petal Beautifying Mist and it is one of my faves as well! Love those ladies as well. Have a wonderful 2014.
Suzanne & Team OLO
Kjaer Weis mascara is really nice, though I would love it to hold the curl a bit better. I’m still so curious about Linden’s beautifying tonic
lovely picks! Will have to try that brow filler ♥
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So many great picks! I LOVE the Lina Hanson serum and OLO cleansing oil as well! Need to get my hands on the Ilia highlighter ASAP!
elle [wonderfelle world] recently posted…Top 10 Beauty Discoveries of 2013
Such a nice post …with so many wonderful products! thanks a lot! I am a natural beauty lover and blogger ( http://www.mademoisellenature.blogspot.com) so always eager to try new beauty goodies!
Happy New Year 2014!
MN, thank you so much! There is so much to love about natural beauty. It’s the stuff that seems to get me the most excited these days! Hope you are enjoying these first few days of the New Year 🙂
Wonderful end of the year wrap-up! I’m kind of shocked that you’ve only been blogging for a year! When I first found your blog, it just struck me as so professional and the work of someone who’ been at it for years! Very national magazine-esque. Love. I hope 2014 brings you many wonderful, joyful, and Fun with a capital F moments! <3
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Kristen, thank you so much for those very sweet words! I can’t tell you how much that means to hear. Aiming for lots of Fun next year. Same to you, girl!