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One day left to this godforsaken year, so I thought I would share my favorite products. This year was a weird one, in terms of my beauty and skincare purchasing. I managed to earn Sephora VIB Rouge status in August, yet haven’t been able to buy too much since then. So I feel like I’ve already discussed my favorites previously, but, well, without further ado…


2013 makeup favorites

As luck would have it, this year was all about the foundation and lipsticks for me.

I just did a search and turned up 11 entries since the beginning of September in which I mentioned Bite Beauty. So I think I liked them. From custom colors to exclusive colors to new formulations to just the regular colors and the lip primer, I have amassed more than 10 lip products from them this year.

I’ve written at length about how discovering Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation and Veil Mineral Primer was game changing for me. Just because my skin has changed a bit since then, doesn’t change that. I never thought I could find foundation that I didn’t have to touch up every few hours, and this proved me wrong. Plus, I still use the Veil Primer with other foundations. Top of the class, in my book.

Last but not least, MAC lipsticks in general. I know I seem dissatisfied with them, since I’m not content to rest on my laurels with my Russian Red and Ruby Woo. But I purchased both of those this year; fell in love with Flat Out Fabulous, All Fired Up, and Lady Danger; and found that Rebel beat out a $75 lipstick. So clearly I’m not THAT dissatisfied. 😉


2013 skincare favorites


This year I found a new holy grail product in Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil. So that wasn’t half bad.

And while I may have pretty much abandoned most of my Lush skincare regimen, I still go back for frequent visits with Tea Tree Water. The smell, the feel. The lavender and tea tree, they make it so refreshing. It’s wonderful just to spray on your face in the summer, just because.

I may not have purchased a full size of Origins Make a Difference + Rejuvenating Treatment, I have hit countless Sephoras to make sure I’m well stocked up on samples. I may have just gotten a sample of something else I’m liking, but this has become my go-to everyday moisturizer.

Hair Care

2013 hair care favorites

This year for hair, it’s all Davines, all the time. The sample of This Is A Sea Salt Spray that I got from Birchbox has been used every time I wash my hair. And the washing has almost always been done with their Love Smoothing and Love Curl Enhancing shampoos and conditioners.


2013 pefume favorites

Perfumes are an area where I always have a lot to say. 🙂 This year has seen a return to my promiscuous scent-wearing ways, and that has introduced a lot of new scents into my repertoire. Luckily, samples are decently easy to procure.

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire, YSL Manifesto, and Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine were all my summer scents. Folle de Joie by Joie was my autumn scent. Tom Ford Black Orchid became my winter scent. And then I got a sample of Tom Ford Champaca Absolute, and oh my word. “Interesting” is not always a good descriptor of a successful fragrance, but in the case of this one, it really, really is. It’s interesting and delicious and shortly after starting to wear my sample and falling in love with it, I asked a coworker at our holiday party what perfume she was wearing because it smelled familiar, and yep, you guessed it. (Luckily I wore a different one that night. 😉 )

(I’ve seen photos of other beauty bloggers’ Tom Ford collections and always wondered what the big deal was, but now I’m starting to understand. I also have a sample of Plum Japonais that will probably feature in my January favorites, it’s the perfect winter scent. This is dangerously expensive!)

So that’s it for this year’s. I already have a feeling next year’s will be heavily influenced by Sunday Riley… Stay tuned. 😉

Have you tried any of these products? What are your favorites for 2013?

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6 comments on “Favorite Products of 2013”

  1. I too have discovered Tom Ford…have yet to make a purchase because I heard once you go Tom Ford, you never go back!! I am obsessed with the Santal Blush scent but at $210 for a bottle, ouch!

    • Ha, I believe it!! Although I'm so all over the place with my scent choices, I bet I would still go back. 😉 But the prices really are prohibitive. That's why it's great that there's places like The Perfumed Court, so you can get just a little bit to tide you over. 🙂

      Happy new year!
      Shani x

    • Their quality is amazing! That foundation would be too drying for you, but their other one is supposed to be great, too. And all the rest of their makeup!

      I am definitely becoming a Tom Ford Fangirl. 🙂

      Happy new year!
      Shani x

    • Clearly I love their products. It's too bad the Lip Lab went up in price so much, because you live in NY, and it's such a fun experience to have your own color made. But, even so, their range is great. Sephora also often has gift sets of different minis so you can try a few for the price of one.

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