The 2018 beauty discoveries I’m obsessed with!

Hi friends!

Well folks, here are the 2018 beauty discoveries I’m obsessed with! Most of them I have discussed on here or written reviews for, so I’ll refrain then from any lenthy discussion in this post. However, I think it’s good to have everything in one place so if you were curious as to which products I was most impressed by in 2018, you can easily refer to this post. I will link to any previous posts I have on these products so you can deep-dive into whatever you prefer.

When I initially put this list together I had multiple products in each category, but I got a bit strict with myself and set a new rule: one product per category. It was actually more fun to do it that way! So I included the following categories: FOUNDATION/BASE, CONCEALER, MASCARA, EYESHADOW, BLUSH, HIGHLIGHTER, BROWS, LIPS & BRUSHES.

So let’s get into it!

FOUNDATION / BASE

Bobbi Brown SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm

This is a luxurious tinted moisturizer that offers sheer coverage, hydration and tons of glow, which is my ideal scenario. I did a whole review of this product, which is linked below.

Read this: The best tinted moisturizer for summer?

First runner-up in this category is the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue.

CONCEALER

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

This was a hard one. I’ve tried some great concealers this year, both drugstore & more luxury. But after some deliberation, I have to go with the NARS. I never did an in-depth review of this, and I’m not sure why! I did mention it briefly in a blog post about which products I was taking with me on summer vacation. This edged out the Too Faced Born This Way Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer since the packaging is light-years ahead in terms of convenience & ease of use. The NARS is a beautiful concealer that never creases on me & covers redness, discoloration & blemishes very well.

Read this: What’s in my makeup travel bag for summer 2018?

First runner-up in this category is the Too Faced Born This Way Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly (the lightest shade)
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly (the lightest shade).

Mascara

Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

Side note: this was the only product that didn’t make it into the photos for this post, since I currently don’t have it in my collection (I jump around with mascaras a lot!). I’ve talked about this mascara several times on here, so I won’t dwell. Short story: it’s awesome! Volume: ✅. Length: ✅. Drama: ✅. For more detail, make sure to check out the post below.

Read this: My favorite luxe beauty products

First mascara runner-up is L’Oreal Voluminous Superstar X-Fiber Mascara.

EYESHADOW

Elf Cosmetics Mad for Matte Palettes in either Summer Breeze or Nude Mood (powder);

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sticks in either Taupe or Nude Beach (cream)

Yup, I cheated on this one and allowed myself two picks! Whoops, forgive me. I’ve spoken about my love for these products in separate blog posts that, of course, I’ll link below. But if you want quality drugstore matte shadows in a variety of color schemes, go straight to Elf. And if you’re more into cream shadows, and don’t mind spending a bit more cash, get yourself over to the Bobbi Brown counter. These sticks are probably the creamiest and easiest to blend that I’ve ever used (and I’ve used a lot).

Read this for more Elf: My fave drugstore matte eyeshadows, $10 and under.

Read this for more Bobbi Brown: My top 5 fave cream eye shadows.

Flatlay with Elf Mad for Mattes Palette in Summer Breeze, Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizing Balm, Bobbi Brown Longwear Cream Shadow Stick, & Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter
Elf Mad for Matte Palette in Summer Breeze, Bobbi Brown SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm, Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sticks, Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter.

BLUSH

Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk

Before I tried anything from Glossier, I knew I would like the Cloud Paint. It’s very strange, it’s like I had a hunch or something. So when I finally got my hands on it in the early fall, I wasn’t at all surprised when I became obsessed. I got the shade Dusk, which is beautiful neutral peachy shade that looks very natural on my skin tone. It’s a lovely creamy texture that blends into the skin seamlessly either with fingers, a sponge or brush. Just beautiful. Cream cheek products are definitely my preference.

Watch this: The neutral blush of dreams.

First runner-up in this category is Elf Cosmetics Aqua Beauty Blush & Bronzer in Bronzed Pink Beige.

Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk
Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk

HIGHLIGHTER

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter

I just did a whole blog post not long ago on the Flawless Filter and some drugstore alternatives that I found. However, I don’t think there’s anything quite like the original in this case. This is just a beautiful, beautiful product that I personally think is worth the price tag. To be honest, I was obsessed from the very first time I used it!

Read this: Drugstore alternatives to Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Flawless Filter

First runner-up in this category is the Ohii Beauty Wake Up Pen

BROWS

Peripera Speedy Brow Cara

I tried a lot of brow mascaras this year, but I picked up this one from Peripera in the later quarter of the year and it’s quickly became my fave! I think it all has to do with the size & flexibility of the brush. You’ll see from the photo below, it’s tiny & very thin; perfect for working through your brows. It’s also water-resistant as well. It deposits just the right amount of color and nicely grooms the brows in place. This just edged out the Glossier Boy Brow, which was a tad too gloopy.

Read this: I went to a CVS Beauty IRL Store & here’s my haul!

First runner-up in this category is the Glossier Boy Brow

Peripera Speedy Brow Cara
Peripera Speedy Brow Cara

LIPS

Flower Beauty Mix n’ Matte Lip Duo in Honey Nude

I’m so glad I discovered this in 2018! Totally beautiful in texture & color, plus it won’t break the bank. I did a blog post comparing this side-by-side with Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk Lipstick. Short story: they are very similar. Check out that post for much more detailed info (linked below).

Read this: A drugstore dupe for Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk Lipstick?

First runner-up in this category is a 2018 rediscovery: Clinique Chubby Sticks!

Flaylay with Peripera Speedy Browcara, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk & Flower Beauty Mix n Matte Lip Duo in Honey Nude
Flower Beauty Mix N’ Matte Lip Duo in Honey Nude, Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, & Peripera Speedy Brow Cara.

BRUSHES

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe 6-piece Travel Brush Set + Case

I hadn’t really shaken up my brush collection in ages before this year. It was all MAC & Real Techniques. Now I have several beautifully soft brushes from IT Cosmetics that I got in a gift bag when I attended a L’Oreal event this fall. I’m so obsessed now! These brushes are very good quality; they blend your products amazingly well and are a joy to hold. They feel slightly weighty but in a very appealing, luxurious way. In this kit you get a foundation brush, powder brush, concealer brush, crease brush, eyeshadow brush & an eyeliner/brow brush.

Read this: A night with L’Oreal in NYC

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe 6-Piece Travel Brush Set. Pictured from L to R: eyeshadow brush, crease brush, eyeliner & brow brush, powder brush & concealer brush. Foundation brush not pictured.
From L to R: eyeshadow brush, crease brush, eyeliner/brow brush, powder brush, & concealer brush. Not pictured: foundation brush.

What were your beauty discoveries & obsessions of 2018? I’d love to know!

Xo, Erica

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Video: Mini review of the new Glossier Generation G Lipsticks

Hi friends!

I’m finally back with a video this time. It’s been a while since I did one of these, so I thought I’d turn my review post on the new & improved Glossier Generation G Lipsticks into a short vid for your guys. I hope you enjoy! Make sure to scroll down after the clip to see some up close photos of the lipsticks & swatches.

 

Shop the new Generation G Lipsticks here!

Generation G in Cake (left), & Jam (right)
In natural light. Cake on left, Jam on right.

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From left to right: Cake, Jam.

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A few passes of the Generation G lipsticks to show full color. Top swatch – Cake. Bottom swatch – Jam.

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Top row showing lip swatches of Cake; one layer of color in left photo, 2-3 layers of color in right photo. Bottom row showing lip swatches of Jam; one layer of color in left photo, 2-3 layers of color in right photo.

Have you guys tried the new Generation G formula yet? If so, what do you think! I’d love to know!

xo, Erica

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Check out my video review of the new & improved Generation G lipsticks from Glossier!

Video: My current mascara wardrobe featuring Kokie & Glossier

Hi friends!

A new video for you today all about two mascaras that have been in my rotation for a while now. I hope you enjoy and get something from this if you’re looking for a new mascara to purchase. Make sure you scroll down after watching the video to see brush & post-application photos.

Without further delay, here we go!

To see the original post where I hauled the Volume + Length Mascara, click here.

To see the original post where I hauled the Lash Slick Mascara, click here.

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The Kokie Volume + Length Mascara on left; the Glossier Lash Slick Mascara on right. The Kokie wand is slim with short bristles, and the Glossier wand is a bit thinner with short plastic bristles. The Kokie wand has a lot more product, while the Glossier has much less product.

Kokie Volume + Length Mascara applied on lashes
Kokie mascara. Hopefully you can see that my lashes are thicker & more volumized.

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Glossier mascara. Hopefully you can see here how lengthened my lashes are. They are not too thick though.

Shop for the Kokie mascara here.

Shop for the Glossier mascara here.

Have you tried either mascara from this post? If so, what did you think? Which mascaras are in your rotation right now? I’d love to know!

xo, Erica

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Check out my thoughts on the mascaras I’ve been using recently from Kokie Cosmetics & Glossier!

 

Video: Glossier Boy Brow vs. Benefit Gimme Brow

I’m back with another video for you guys today! This is my most detailed one to date where I compare the Glossier Boy Brow & the Benefit Gimme Brow, two products that are both best-sellers for their respective brands. I hope you enjoy it and it gives you some insight if you’re looking to buy one (or both) of these products.

(To check out the post where I hauled Boy Brow and spoke about my experience in the Glossier NYC showroom, click here.)

I included some photos below the video as a supplement showing you brush comparisons, and how both products look on me after application.

 

One correction: the Benefit Gimme Brow is available in 8 shades, not 6 shades as I stated in the video.

PRODUCT PHOTOS

Glossier Boy Brow in Brown
Glossier Boy Brow in Brown

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Benefit Gimme Brow in shade 3 (mini size from Birchbox)

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Brush comparison

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Benefit Gimme Brow on left side, Glossier Boy Brow on right side. And for those interested, I have ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Kathleenlights on my eyes with Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Liner in Alkaline smudged around my upper & lower lash lines. I also have the Clinique Chubby Stick in Super Strawberry on my lips.

Have you tried Boy Brow or Gimme Brow? If so, what did you think? I’d love to know!

xo, Erica

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Compare & contrast 2 very popular brow products

Video: The neutral blush of dreams

Hi friends!

I’m back with a short video today about my current favorite blush combo. I hope you like it! Full disclosure, I originally filmed this for my Instagram story last week and I didn’t feel like getting my face out that day 😆. Hope you don’t mind that, but I still thought some of you may find this useful. I’ve included a photo of myself below the video so that you may see what the finished effect looks like on my skin, so make sure you scroll down to see that.

 

 

P. S. I can confirm that the full product name on the e.l.f. compact is the Hydrating Aqua Beauty Blush & Bronzer. It’s only $6.00 on their website, so it’s a total steal in my opinion. I spoke about it briefly in a much earlier post on cream blushes. And if you’re interested in the Glossier Cloud Paint, here’s a link to more info. The hype is definitely justified with this product!

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Here is what the combination of the e.l.f. & Glossier products looks like on my skin. Love it!

 

Do you have a favorite blush or blush combo? I’d love to know!

xo, Erica