This was a year full of pretty spectacular beauty products. In fact, 2013 birthed some of my all-time favorites! Let’s review, shall we?
Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette
We’ve all been anticipating the release of Vice 2 since the original Vice Palette was released late last year. Although the Vice Palette is a classic favorite, Vice 2 is on a whole other level! It’s your all-inclusive, daytime-to-drama palette. And the pigments? It doesn’t get more rich and opaque than Urban Decay pigments; their shadows continue to amaze us beauty junkies!
Pirouette Professional Makeup Brushes
Okay, so Pirouette Professional was around before 2013 but I’ve just discovered it this year and I’m so glad I did. These 100 percent vegan brushes feel as soft and real as any natural hair brush. What’s more, the shapes of the brushes are perfection! The 01 Fan Brush is perfect for both setting powders and highlighting products, the 04 Blush Brush is the ideal shape and size for applying blush and contouring my cheeks, and the 06 Highlight Brush is by far the best blending brush I’ve ever used. The best part? Not one bristle has fallen out of any of my Pirouette brushes.
Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil
Anytime there’s a new release from Ole Henriksen I get the urge to do a cartwheel. The man is a genius when it comes to skincare and the Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil is definitely something to get excited about. It’s a natural derivative of retinol, made from pure organic rose hips seed oil, and packs Vitamin C as well. So if it’s glowing skin you’re looking for, look no further.
Microdermabrasion is a treatment I’ve enjoyed for several years, and this year Riiviva burst onto the beauty scene with an FDA-approved at-home microdermabrasion device. With diamond tips (light, medium, coarse, or all three) and powerful suction settings, Riiviva has created a device that’s not only easy to use but delivers stellar results very much like the ones you get after an in-office treatment. This is a beauty first!
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder
This is simply the best highlighting powder I’ve ever used. It received a lot of hype this year, and understandably so: The Ambient Lighting Powder is a makeup must-have! Choose the correct shade for your skin and watch it illuminate your face in the most naturally stunning way possible. Kudos, Hourglass.
The five beauty products above are my absolute favorites of 2013, but let’s not forget the products that made my honorable mentions list. I also reccommend trying out the products below. Let me know what you think. I’d love to hear!