the sparkly life: The Best Beauty Products Of The Year

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

The Best Beauty Products Of The Year



A huge perk of my life for the last decade-plus has been the fact that I get sent a lot of new beauty products to try. And even though I'm a creature of habit who has a habit of sticking with products I already know and love (so maybe not always trying as much new stuff as I should), I made a very conscious effort to try more things this year. And it paid off! Here are eight new-for-2018 products that I tried--and totally fell in love with. 

Love Beauty Planet Soothing Lavender Deodorant: I've been wearing aluminum-free deodorant almost exclusively for over a year now, and I don't think I'll ever go back. Even though I know there is no "proof," there are just too many questions about aluminum for me. I'm nervous about its potential effects, and once I found a couple of very effective clean formulas, I no longer felt the need to chance it anymore. What I hadn't found until now, though, is an aluminum-free formula that works great and feels great. But this one does. I mean, this one feels insanely good. Totally smooth, totally clear, zero white residue, zero crumbliness. It glides on, really, truly works, and smells amazing. 

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion Sunscreen: The texture of this sunscreen is incredible. It's a lotion-gel hybrid that feels cool to the touch, and disappears instantly. (Really.) There is zero chalkiness and no endless rubbing. I wear it on both body and face, and it comes in SPF 30 and 50. (I wear the 50, obvs.)

BareMinerals BarePro Full-Coverage Concealer: This stick concealer is the closest thing I've found to the cult-favorite Cle de Peau concealer, which is amazing, but ridiculously expensive ($70!). This one is about a third of the price ($24) and very similar. It's got that same creamy stick texture, works equally well on dark circles and pimples, and really stays put. I'm obsessed.  

Benefit Gimme Brow: Because I am constantly being sent new beauty products (or am "calling in" a refill of a favorite that I've run out of), I barely ever actually buy a beauty product anymore. (Don't hate me.) But this one I actually bought myself--and I'd do it again! I discovered it while having my brows done at the Benefit brow bar in Chelsea. The woman doing my brows (Pamela--she's amazing!) suggested this product when I explained how I wanted my brows to look full, thick, a little darker, and groomed but still natural and not too "done." She tried it on me, and I loved the results, bought it on the spot, and have been obsessed ever since. It's a tinted cream that you brush on to hold your brows in place and add the slightest bit of fullness and color. It makes a huge difference in your brows, but it's somehow subtle--they still look super natural and not at all like you're a YouTube star with super sharp, super dark, super exaggerated brows. I mean, there are people who can rock that look, but I'm not one of them--nor do I want to be. This does just enough, but makes a world of difference. I'll be buying it again and again and again.

H2O+ Coconut Verbena Body Wash: I love, love, love the scent of this product. Citrus-y body washes are my favorite, and this one has that with the verbena but also adds an undertone of creamy coconut that is just perfect. It also seems (to me) like it has a hint of musk, which I am all about. The scent is fresh-meets-beachy-meets-clean and I adore it. You can also get the scent as a body butter, a scrub, and more. (Note: Ulta is having a buy-two-get-one-free sale on the line right now!)

Lancome Skin Feel Good Skin Nourishing Foundation: This was my go-to foundation for most of 2018. In fact, it's probably my favorite formula I've ever found. It has amazing coverage, evens out your skin tone perfectly, but still manages to somehow look sheer and un-makeup-y. It also hydrates and has SPF. (FYI, I still wear sunscreen when foundations have SPF, but it does add a little extra, which I'm into.) Bonus: I apply this one with my fingers versus with a sponge or brush. It goes on like a more pigmented tinted moisturizer and is pretty much impossible to mess up. 

Nars Climax Mascara: I read one ehh review of this early on from a blogger I trust, so I kind of dismissed it. But then I had to try it for a story I was writing and found out that it was actually awesome! The formula never clumps, flakes, or runs, and the big, bushy brush leaves my lashes looking long and super thick, but in a natural (not crazy dramatic) way. I love it!

BareMinerals BarePro Liquid Foundation: Long story (which I will get more into another time), but I had to switch out a lot of products in my routine towards the end of the year after I discovered I had a mild allergy to--get this--fragrance. Since there is fragrance in pretty much every thing you put on your face, this was a problem. My derm wanted me to cut out fragrance for at least a month, so unfortunately, one of the things that had to go was my beloved Lancome Skin Feel Good Foundation since it does contain fragrance. Since I loved the BareMinerals BarePro concealer so much, I decided to try the foundation, too, since it is fragrance-free, and I'm happy to report...I love it! It's very buildable and can be sheer, medium, or full depending how much you apply. It really stays on and hides everything I need to hide. Definitely a keeper!

Have you guys tried any of these products? And did you have any 2018 favorites that didn't make my list? If so, tell me below so I can try them out!







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20 comments:

Tasheena Womack said...

Love your list! Looking forward to giving some of these products a try. Nars has so many amazing products that I still would love to try hopefully soon.

AiringMyLaundry said...

I will have to try these out for sure! It looks like there are some fabulous products here. I don't think I've tried any of these yet.

Candysfarmhousepantry said...

I don’t use a ton of cosmetics anymore. The cleaning items for my face I do use.

Joline said...

I haven't tried any of these but I'm a huge Benefit fan. So I can't wait to try their Gimme Brow!

Pam said...

I love h20+ products. That body wash is one of my favorites. It smells so good.

Brandy Ellen said...

These are some awesome beauty products from 2018. I will have to get some of these, for sure.

Shelley King said...

I love BareMinerals. I have been using their products for a while now. I always feel safe. They don't break me out and a lot of others do.

Terri Steffes said...

I haven't tried any of these! I cannot wait to try some of these. I have tried Bare Minerals. I like trying things that have been recommended.

Gust și Aromă Moldavia said...

Wow! There are a lot of good beauty products here. I need to try some of them!

Leelo R said...

I love Benefit Gimme Brow! It's such a great brow product. I will have to try Lancome Skin Feel Good Skin Nourishing Foundation - it sounds like a winner.

chubskulit said...

I am interested with the Love Beauty Planet Soothing Lavender Deodorant, I love lavender. I also love to try the H2O+ Coconut Verbena Body Wash.

Cathy Mini said...

This is something new great product and brand to try this 2019. I'll check it out .

Marysa said...

I haven't tried that Love Beauty Planet deodorant, but I am a big fan of natural deodorants. I'm glad to hear you liked it - I will have to check it out!

Lynndee said...

I will have to check that body wash at Ulta. It sounds like the scent is something that I would really like.

Beth Patterson said...

The body wash seems great. I love verbena scent.

Tami @ This Mom's Delight said...

I'm hoping the Soothing Lavender Deodorant will be a good option for me. My underarms seem irritated a lot.

Dhemz Apdian - Dias said...

How cool! I heard a lot of good reviews of Nars mascara. I would love to check out some of these products. Thanks for sharing!

ConfettiandBliss.com said...

It's so much fun to discover new beauty products to try. I've retired some of my tried and true staple brands so there's room for exploring new things.

Fatima D Torres said...

Yes! Love that you mentioned the Neutrogena skincare collection. The new Hydra Boost is a favorite.

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