Favorites of 2018

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Hope everyone is having a great start to 2019! I’ve unfortunately been sick and tired for a lot of it, but I did manage to go to workout classes two weekends in a row and sell off a bunch of clothes :) Anyways, before it gets too far into 2019, here are my favorites of 2018! I was going to split this across a few different categories, but then I decided to keep it simple and focus on the few things that I really loved this year.

Leo Oil (1 fl oz, $46): If I had to choose one favorite product out of everything in 2018, this would be it. It’s one of only two products that I’ve repurchased within a year, and I will always have a backup of this. It never fails to calm down my skin when it’s acting up, and the wonderful scent makes using this such a luxurious experience. It’s also made by a lovely human being, Dena, or @leowithcancer on Instagram. (Previous review here)

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Le Dew Baby Smooth (0.67 oz, $24): This is the second of the two items that I’ve repurchased within a year. I’m still on my first bottle, but I just needed a backup. This is my favorite hyaluronic acid serum out of all of the ones that I’ve tried, and it’s relatively affordable compared to others out there. Plus, the formula is super thick, so a little bit goes a really long way. I love using this as the penultimate step of my nighttime routine when my skin needs that extra boost of moisture.

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask (2.25 oz, $48): Honestly, as I was thinking of the items to put on this list, I almost forgot about this mask. Not because it’s not actually a favorite, but because this sits pretty much permanently in my travel bag. While I use this occasionally at home, I use this religiously when I’m traveling. And I traveled a lot this year. It does wonders for my face, keeping it moisturized, renewed, and dewy, even after sitting in the gross airplane cabin air for hours at a time. A little goes a long way, so I’ve barely made a dent in the tube. The one con is that the scent is a little chemical-y, but it’s faint and goes away quickly, so it’s something that I can overlook, given how amazing this product is.

Glossier Stretch Concealer (0.17 oz, $18): Honestly, I’m not the biggest fan of Glossier’s skincare, but I’ve fallen in love with almost every single makeup item I’ve tried from the brand. I had been into liquid concealers with doe-foot applicators for the longest time, but then this caught my eye. It’s so soft and creamy, blending out perfectly to cover my blemishes and under-eye area. I also love that I can just use my fingers to blend this out.

Glossier Cloud Paint (0.33 fl oz, 2 for $30 or 1 for $18): These really do justice to all the hype surrounding them. I have two of the shades, Storm, a warm rose, and Beam, a soft peach, and they are beautiful by themselves or mixed together. The gel-cream formula really is unlike any other, and these blushes are so long lasting on the face. (Previous review of Cloud Paint and Stretch Concealer here)

ohii Wake Up Pen in Peach (0.14 oz, $18): I really wasn’t expecting to enjoy this as much as I did, but I love this. I use this on light makeup days, both under my eyes and as a highlighter. The name of the product is very fitting - it does just enough to make me look a bit more awake and leaves the most subtle yet beautiful sheen on my cheekbones.

Not Pot: I first discovered this company on Instagram, when it was coming out with daily CBD supplements in the form of yummy vegan chocolates. These are so good - my boyfriend H and I have gone through around 10 tubs together in the last few months. For a while, I took just one a day, and it very evidently helped with my anxiety and with my occasional difficulty falling asleep. Recently, I’ve gotten into the habit of taking a couple at a time, which has been even better for helping me fall asleep. The company has since come out with gummies ($39.99 for 30). I’ve purchased 2 bottles, but only plan to try them after we’ve finished off the chocolates.

Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Bubble Bee (0.074 oz, $5): The Super Shock Shadow formula is my favorite eyeshadow formula out of all of the formulas I’ve tried, whether liquid, powder, or cream. These wear so incredibly well - I rarely ever get creasing with these shadows, even when I don’t use any primer. The pigment on every single one that I’ve used has been incredible as well. This particular shade, a sheeny, bright yellow orange, was my most used this year. I exclusively use it as a single wash of color on my lids, and I almost always get complimented on my eye look when I use it!

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FUR Ingrown Concentrate (0.5 fl oz, $28): The hype on this brand’s products is real. This really has made in difference in my shaving situation. I still get ingrown hairs, as my hair type just makes those unavoidable, they’re definitely way less angry when they appear now.

Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Above and Beyond (0.12 oz, $56): When I initially tried a sample of this blush in the shade Joyful, I had mixed feelings. I loved the formula, but felt that the shade didn’t really show up on my face the way I wanted it to. Then, I discovered the shade Above and Beyond, described as a “poppy very pigmented coral red”, and fell in love. The color is actually not as intimidating as the description makes it seem - it blends beautifully into my medium, warm toned skin as a wonderful flush of color. The packaging is beautiful and luxurious, and when I hold this product in my hands, I really feel like it was worth every penny that I paid for it. I also love that, as with most Kjaer Weis products, this blush’s compact is refillable, which reduces waste and allows you to repurchase the product at a slightly lower cost.

And That’s Why We Drink Podcast: This is such a good podcast. It’s hosted by Em and Christine, who share one paranormal and one true crime story weekly. I really enjoy the more casual setting of this podcast, as the two hosts will also talk about their (very relatable millennial) lives and throw in humorous comments to make the usually gruesome and scary topics they cover slightly more digestible.

What were some of your favorites from 2018?