Must-Haves that Stayed Favorites | 2019 – Beauty Article

I stayed true to a lot of my long-time favorites I wrote about in 2018, but I definitely added in and replaced some products with my new must-haves in 2018 along with my new must-haves for 2019.  Keep in mind that these are products that I really enjoyed using enough to 1) remember they exist, 2) put them in a more accessible area, and 3) use again but in my world, using the same product more than a handful of…

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New Must-Have Beauty Products | 2019 – Beauty Article

There are a lot of shades to love from those reviewed in 2019, but what are the products that I’d like to add to my vanity (or my mental must-haves section of my “makeup library” as my vanity doesn’t fit everything I’d like it, too!). Think of these as the products that I remember fondly; they’re the ones that come to mind if you said, “Christine, wear whatever you want today, you don’t have to test a thing!” These are…

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Best New Makeup Formulas | 2019 – Beauty Article

Every year, new formulas are introduced, which may or may not be replacing a newly-discontinued formula.  Sometimes the formulas are truly superior to past formulas on the market, and other times, they’re just so-so.  At year-end, I like to consider all the new formulas I’ve trialed in the last year to see if any of those new formulas replaced old favorites or just joined them in the ranks of another solid formula to pull from. Here are 12 formulas that…

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Lipsticks Over $15 | 2019 Editor’s Favorites – Beauty Article

It’s so hard to pick favorites! I really do suffer from appreciating different finishes, types of formulas, undertones, and a plethora of shades.  Lisa Eldridge’s Velvet Lipsticks were as good as billed, which I finally reviewed in 2019 (they sold out so quickly that I was waiting for a restock to review).  The new MAC Love Me Lipstick range was a welcome addition as I love a more luminous formula.  Ciate’s Jessica Rabbit lipstick was definitely a top favorite, but if…

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Lipsticks Under $15 | 2019 Editor’s Favorites – Beauty Article

How many lipsticks did you wear this year? I might have donned some 750+ lipsticks (across all types, pencil, liquid, traditional) over the last year! Lipstick is the most competitive category; it’s the one that I feel like I’ll never, ever cover well because there are so many formulas that exist–new and long existing–with tons of shades. This year, I reviewed more of Revlon’s long-standing Super Lustrous range (and plenty more to come in 2020, I imagine).  There was also…

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Eyeshadows Over $10 | 2019 Editor’s Favorites – Beauty Article

Eyeshadow palettes continued to be released in full force throughout 2019, but there were some higher-end single eyeshadows that caught my eye over the year.  It was nice to see Pat McGrath singles launch earlier this year with some standout shades like Lapis Luxury and Divine Mink become available. I’ve long been a fan of the more loose/pressed hybrid powder eyeshadow, so I enjoyed Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pots, Ciate Marbled Metals, and Touch in Sol Metallist Eyeshadows.  MAC Vio-lit…

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Eyeshadows Under $10 | 2019 Editor’s Favorites – Beauty Article

With over 2,000 powder eyeshadows (loose and pressed) tested and reviewed (that includes shades found only in palettes) in 2019, there’s a lot to go through! In the under $10 category, the two heavy players are ColourPop and Sydney Grace, both of which have fairly consistent, better-performing formulas and in volume. Sydney Grace in particular as I did the majority of my reviews for the brand in 2019 (only 28 in 2018). These include eyeshadow singles only, whether permanent or…

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Top 100 Highest-Rated Beauty Products of 2019 – Beauty Article

Here’s a look at the top 100 products reviewed over the last year, plus a summary of how many products and brands were reviewed and a break out of ratings! 🙂 Now, this list is strictly according to the rating a product received. You can check out previous years’ Top 100s here! Sonia G Face Pro Brush ($TBA) is a larger face brush that is dense with a mix of undyed and dyed saikoho goat bristles that has an angled,…

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Liquid Lipsticks Over $15 | 2019 Editor’s Favorites – Beauty Article

As I mentioned in the previous best of post featuring my favorite liquid lipsticks under $15… there weren’t nearly as many liquid lipsticks reviewed in 2019 as there were in prior years, which I think reflects a trend away from liquid lipstick, generally, though there are still plenty of liquid lipstick ranges available–there’s just been less added to the existing pool.  Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro, which is one of my all-time favorite lipstick formulas, saw the addition of several shades…

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Liquid Lipsticks Under $15 | 2019 Editor’s Favorites – Beauty Article

You know what 2019 was NOT the year of? Liquid lipsticks! The system only counted 88 liquid lipstick reviews (across all price points), which my lips are all-too happy about!  If there’s further reduction in 2020, I’ll like combine my favorites into one post rather than split by price point (particularly since even this year’s roundup is dominated by one brand). If you’re unfamiliar with how I like to do my year-end favorites, here’s the low down: I pull from…

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Sheer Lipglosses | 2019 Editor’s Favorites – Beauty Article

Here’s how I know I could never have a minimal collection (in a non-blogging world): I just find… I love it all. I love variety! I love sheer gloss as much as I love a really richly pigmented gloss (see this year’s favorites here), and I really wear all kinds of shades, undertones, and finishes. As far as reviewed in 2019 glosses go, I think Pat McGrath Astral Flash Dance was one of my more used shades–it adds subtle pearl…

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Pigmented Lipglosses | 2019 Editor’s Favorites – Beauty Article

I’m hopeful that as we see more luminous lip color formulas gain popularity that we’ll see some resurgence in glosses, too! If you like your gloss more pigmented, this list of favorites is for you (there’s a separate one for sheerer glosses). I tested and reviewed just over 130 lipglosses over the last year, so there was some variety available, but I’d love to see a few more brands get more into the gloss game in 2020! Pat McGrath’s LUST…

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Cream & Liquid Eyeshadows | 2019 Editor’s Favorites – Beauty Article

It was a good year for cream and liquid eyeshadows–I reviewed almost 150!–and I’ve definitely felt there was more of a drought in the past (with mostly ColourPop dominating with few other players). Based on some of the early spring 2020 releases, liquid eyeshadow is making a bit of a comeback! That being said, I reviewed the majority of Sydney Grace Cream Shadows this year, which were mostly excellent, particularly for anyone who tends to like more pigmented cream formulas.…

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Eyeshadow Palettes | 2019 Editor’s Favorites – Beauty Article

In 2019, I reviewed 216 eyeshadow palettes (which does include duos, trios, and eyeshadow sets), so you can imagine that narrowing that down to a digestible list of favorites ended up being harder than anticipated! ColourPop was responsible for 44 additions (again, it would also include offerings like Super Shock Shadow trios!) with Natasha Denona coming in with 17 reviews (included several 5-pan, permanent palette reviews) and Tom Ford with 13 reviews (lots of quads launched this year). I was…

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Highlighters Over $15 | 2019 Editor’s Favorites – Beauty Article

As I mentioned in my post on my favorite highlighters under $15, I reviewed over 200 highlighters in 2019!  I love highlighters and blushes that have a two-in-one effect (not quite a duochrome), and Marc Jacobs Jet Girl was a massive favorite (keeping it in my vanity for now!).  The new Milk Flex Highlighters have been kept on my vanity since reviewing them and Blitzed has been the one I’ve reached for most of the four.  I love how sparkling and shiny…

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Highlighters Under $15 | 2019 Editor’s Favorites – Beauty Article

In 2019, I tested just over 200 highlighters, and I’ve broken out my favorites by price point! I loved the ColourPop Lite Stix, which was a cream-based highlighter formula that performed quite well (surprisingly long-wearing for as dewy as it was!). Sydney Grace didn’t let me down after working through most of their highlighter range!  I wish Maybelline would bring back Knockout and make it permanent–it sold out pretty quickly, unfortunately. If you’re unfamiliar with how I like to do…

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Blushes Over $15 | 2019 Editor’s Favorites – Beauty Article

As I mentioned in my favorite blushes under $15 post, I reviewed just over 200 blushes in 2019! These are my more mid-end and high-end favorites from what I reviewed.  BUXOM’s Wanderlust Blush was a nice one, and in all honesty, I forgot all about it until I saw it come up as reviewed in 2019, so I’ll be taking Dolly and Seychelles and putting them in my essentials drawer.  Natasha Denona’s Rayo and Alba are already there! If you’re…

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Blushes Under $15 | 2019 Editor’s Favorites – Beauty Article

With over 200 blushes reviewed in 2019, it takes some ruthlessness to whittle down a list (thank goodness I can at least split between under and over $15). With the addition of ColourPop’s Blush Stix this year, there was a nice influx in cream blushes available, and it was just icing on the cake that they were priced at $8 each.  While Dior’s Hologlam was one of my top product favorites from 2018, Sydney Grace’s Paris Skies occupies that space…

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Cheek Duos & Palettes | 2019 Editor’s Favorites – Beauty Article

2017 was the first time I put together a post featuring my favorite cheek palettes from the year, which was mostly a result of there being enough variety to merit picking favorites, and 2019 didn’t see a slowdown.  I reviewed 62 cheek palettes from duos to trios and larger.  Once you read through my list, it’ll be exceedingly obvious that I favor duos!  I find that duos offer better value–two for the price of one–but are easier to work with,…

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Bronzers | 2019 Editor’s Favorites – Beauty Article

As 2019 winds down, it’s time to kick off my best of 2019 posts! (You can check out best of 2018 if you missed it.) Bronzer is a category that doesn’t get a lot of love throughout the year; there are more reliable, holy grail permanent favorites (like Benefit Hoola) but not a lot of new-for-2019 kind of products.  Below, you’ll find my favorites that I reviewed this year that were available as a standalone product (not in a palette),…

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