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Most Loved Beauty Products of 2012 ♥ Make-up Edition

Hey loves!

So, first things first,major apologies for being a bit M.I.A. this January. Not the best way to start the blogging year, but January, like for many people out there, has been shit for me. I have been very stressed out over myriad of things and just had a lot going on personally – requiring a much needed blogger pause.

This mini hiatus has certainly delayed my super awesome blogging schedule I had laid out before 2013 came crashing in, including my “2012 favorites” posts fail. Nearly a whole month into 2013, but here are more of my most loved-most reached for products of 2012 🙂

Checkout my most loved skin care products here!

This is a product heavy post – so I won’t be going in depth on the products, since there are so many; BUT if you see a product you like or are curious about, and want to know more or want me to do an entire review post on – let me know in the comments or via email!

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1. Louise Young LY501 Essential Eyeshadow Palette

2. MAC Paint Pot in “Rubenesque” 

3. Covergirl LashBlast Fusion Mascara

4. Avon SuperSHOCK Mascara

5. MAC Eye Pencil in “Coffee” 

6. MAC Powder Eye Shadows

7. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in “Black Ink”

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1. Ulta Pro Slanted Eye Shader & Liner Brush and Pro Eyebrow Brush

2. MAC Powder Eyeshadows in “Omega,” “Charcoal Brown,” “Mystery,” and “Brun”

3. Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in “Black Brown”

4. e.l.f. Essential Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Clear Mascara

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1. Benefit Sun Beam, Moon Beam and High Beam

2. NARS Limited Edition “Danmari” Cheek Palette

3. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in “Dollface”

4. MAC Pro Sculpting Creams in “Copper Beech” and “Coffee Walnut”

5. MAC Pro Set Powder

6. Tarte Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder

7. NARS “Laguna” Bronzing Powder

8. MAC Limited Edition Extra Dimension Skinfinish in “Whisper of Gilt” 

9. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

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1. Yes To Blueberries Lip Treatment

2. Korres Lip Butter in “Plum”

3. MAC Lipsticks in “Rebel” and “Hug Me”

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1. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light

2. Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation

3. MAC Pro Longwear Foundation

4. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup

5. Benefit the POREfessional Pro Balm Primer

6. MAC Pro Longwear Concealer

7. Maybelline DreamLumi Touch Highlighting Concealer

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Most Loved Beauty Products of 2012 ♥ Skin Care Edition

Happy New Year lovelies!!

I hope your holidays went well, with 2013 starting off amazingly for you all and continues to be a wonderful year. So I’m here with my favorite skin care products of  2012!

Fair warning, my name is Samantha and I am a beauty addict. Skin care, body care, make-up, nails, perfume and tools – I’m throwing all my most used/most reached for items out there! So stay tuned for more 2012 favorites…

This is a product heavy post – so I won’t be going in depth on the products, since there are so many; BUT if you see a product you like or are curious about, and want to know more or want me to do an entire review post on – let me know in the comments or via email!

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These are definitely my go to facial skin care products and I don’t deviate from them (or my routine) very often – if at all – unless I am testing a new product out. I have a couple other well liked products that, depending on the weather or situation, I may use them in place of these; but these are my overall well loved favorites.

1. Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 50 with Helioplex – My everyday morning/day/pre-make-up moisturizer.

2. Yes To Blueberries Intensive Skin Repair Serum – My nightly serum for the neck and chest area.

3. Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Anti-Wrinkle Deep Wrinkle Night Moisturizer – My nightly moisturizer. It is all about being proactive!

4. Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque – My go to (and usually weekly applied) mask for getting/keeping my skin clear. You can read my review on this masque here.

5. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery ConcentrateThe product that really keeps my skin glowing and looking great every morning!

6. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Eye Cream (as above) or the Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Anti-Wrinkle Deep Wrinkle Eye Cream – I go back and forth between the two, but either one is a must for my nightly routine!

7. Origins GinZing Eye Cream – My day eye cream, great for brightening up the eyes in the morning.

*8. MAC Fix + – I had just sadly ran out and forgot to include it in the photo, but I go through 2 bottles of Fix + every month! Vitamins, minerals, calming ingredients and just overall really lovely on my skin – I use it to refresh my skin in the morning, pre-moisturizer, throughout the day and at night as the start to my nighttime routine!

 

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When it comes to body care, I’m not as picky, so I’m not really going to bother with body lotions and body washes, but I do have some stand out favorites I just have to mention!

1. Neutrogena Body Oil – A must have in my shower for everyday!

2. Victoria’s Secret Jasmine & Water Lily Body Oil – When I want just a little something more luxurious and the scent – to die for!

3. Soap & Glory Hand Food – I take this hand cream everywhere 🙂

4. Soap & Glory Flake Away Body Polish – My all-time favorite scrub – nothing has beat this one yet! Read my review on this scrub here.

There you have it, my most loved skin care products of 2012! Look out for more of my 2012 favorites this month!


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In LOVE with a REBEL…

As in MAC “REBEL” SATIN LIPSTICK

I walked up to the MAC counter for a couple specific things and began to have an internal debate on whether to purchase a dark lipstick or not (considering I really didn’t have one in the shade I was thinking of and it is Fall/Autumn – perfect lipstick time). Clearly, you can see which side won, but I tried to hold out and failed!

I partially blame the wonderful MAC girl, who suggested the shade, which I initially swatched on my hand like always and at that point I was like hmmm maybe. Then she practically bounced up and down saying “try it on!” I did and wow – I was sold!!

It’s perfect for Fall/Autumn and Winter and looks aaaaamazing in person. Seriously, if you’re looking for a lipstick on the darker side, do not pass on trying this one on!

Within the one hour of purchasing it, leaving MAC, a little more shopping and heading home, I got complimented and asked what lipstick I had on by 10 people!! Half of those were the Sephora beauty associates – clearly disappointed that they couldn’t get it there in their store!

Ughhh… I look so tired in this picture (because it was taken at like 2AM after a looooong day), but it gives you a look at the lipstick on.

As expected of MAC lipsticks, it is highly pigmented and of superior quality, and as with many highly pigmented lipsticks, this will stain your lips after hours of wearing it.

It is a “satin” lipstick, so it has a slight sheen and does NOT dry out your lips – great for all day wear!

lalalalala… who loves REBEL… I do


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