best makeup products 2018

jane iredale gwen lipstick

This year I most definitely wanted to choose my ultimate favorite products of the year AKA the best beauty products of the year. I already did a post about my favorite skincare products here, so today it’s time for the makeup category.

These makeup products were my ultimate favorites last year. I use most of them daily and they are also the products I’m likely to travel with.

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best makeup of the year lily lolo mineral makeup foundation catrice liquid camouflage concealer tony moly smooth primer

TonyMoly Silky Smooth Balm*
This primer smooths all my pores and texture and makes my skin silky soft. I love to use this with liquid foundations. It also makes my foundation last longer so if I need my makeup to last from early morning until late at night, I choose this one. The packaging is not the most convenient, but it’s fun and pretty.

Catrice Liquid Camouflage Concealer*
I was so surprised to find an affordable concealer like this that I actually liked. Especially as I was so hooked on the NARS RCC. As the name suggests the concealer is very high coverage and more on the thick-side. The longevity is great. This concealer I have been using all year long and I have a feeling I will be buying it in the future as well.

Blog post here

lily lolo foundation catrice concealer tony moly primer

Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation, Popcorn*
I got some Lily Lolo products at the end of the year, but I immediately knew I had found gold. I honestly think Lily Lolo’s mineral base is the best mineral foundation I have tried. It’s just so soft, easily blendable and it lasts well. And it’s very affordable! I love to use mineral makeup, because it actually has some skincare benefits as well.

Blog post here

essence princess lash mascara

essence Lash Princess Mascara*
My lashes are very small and they need a lot of volume and definition. Essence’s mascaras practically cost nothing, yet they are awesome. I think this one is so far my favorite from essence’s mascaras. It’s funny, because I usually prefer rubber wands.

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mad4eyebrow The Natural Brow Filler
I can’t imagine life without this weird brow product. It’s a mineral powder with lots and lots of fibres – meaning it’s great at giving volume and definition. And it lasts really well. I buy mine from @kosmetologianu in Helsinki.

Blog post here

Jane Iredale Retractable Brow Pencil, Ash Blonde
To make my brows perfect, I finish them off by drawing brow strokes with a thin brow pencil like this. I can also sharpen any lines easily with this. I love that the product comes with a spoolie brush.

jane iredale triple luxe gwen lipstick

Jane Iredale Triple Luxe Lipstick
When it comes to the best lipstick consistency, Jane Iredale takes the crown with their new Triple Lux lipsticks. It just feels invisible on the lips, the color payoff is great and the packaging is luxurious. I have two shades and I used a lighter rosy shade (Rose) all throughout the summer. At the end of the year I got this beautiful classic red color, Gwen.

Blog post here

bobbi brown lux eyeshadows

Bobbi Brown Lux Eye Shadows: Heat Ray & High Octane
To me, these are luxury. They spark joy in me (#konmari, right?) just when I look at them. I also think these two shades are very versatile. The golden Heat Ray is great for every day looks, whereas the purple High Octane one is made for smokey eyes and parties. And what’s best about these is that they can be applied with a finger. Actually, they work best that way. I also sometimes wear them on top of each other and have gotten lots of compliments on my eye shadow.

Blog post here

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What is your favorite makeup product of last year?

*Adlinks. Most of the products are pr-samples.
P.S. How lucky am I for being able to test new products and find new favorites that way? I am so thankful for all the brands and companies I get to work with. I love this job.

How I really feel right now & today’s makeup

Mood: frustrated.

Hence the photo of me at the end of my attempt at taking good photos of my makeup. Hair all over the place and what not.

Usually Fridays are the best makeup days. And best days in general, really. Today I woke up and decided to take my time with my makeup. I thought I would take photos and create a quick post for you about my, well, today.

But boy, January is tough. When there’s no natural light, I find my inspiration running to the darkest corner (=anywhere in our apartment, really) and whining to itself: can’t we just go to Spain right now and fast forward to February? February is when the sun comes back to Finland. I can not wait.

And I know, I need to just work on my light settings. And photography. (And move to Spain.)

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friday makeup

Friday’s makeup

But I did like my makeup today. I ended up doing quite a basic look with neutral colors. I used Bobbi Brown’s foundation, which finally seemed to suit my skin tone (meaning all my tan is gone). I haven’t really got to test it properly before, as it looked so white on me. But now I’ll try and use it and possibly review it later here.

I also wore a cream blush. I chose that, because my cheeks are a bit dry at the moment. I showed you how I do it on my Instagram stories and I’ll save it on my Highlights so you can see the application there.

I also experimented a little and used elf’s Soft Luminance powder all over my face, even though it’s very shimmery. Like, so shimmery. At first it scared me, but I noticed that it works great for highlighting some parts of your face. And it brightens. But since the shimmer is very fine, I wanted to test if it works for the whole face. And it does! It makes the base radiant without being too obvious.

And one more thing about the lipstick: I love that shade and formula! It’s a beautiful every day shade, the scent is delicious and the consistency is very moisturizing and glossy. A new favorite. Is it bad that I had almost forgotten all about it? Well, it’s here now and I promise to wear it often.

TonyMoly Silky Smooth Balm*
Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation, Warm Ivory
Catrice Liquid Camouflage Concealer (blog post here)
elf High Definition Powder, Soft Luminance*
KICKS Cheek & Lip Tint, Pink Petals*
Illamasqua Beyond Powder Highlighter, Deity*

Urban Decay Primer Potion
KICKS Eyeshadow Palette Holiday Edition*
essence Lash Princess Mascara*
mad4eyebrow Natural Brow Filler, Blond (blog post here!)
Jane Iredale Retractable Brow Pencil, Ash Blonde

Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant Lipstick, Woodberry*

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Do you like simple makeup looks like this?