Jan 2, 2019

The Best Beauty Products of 2018

I love my job because I get to hoard beauty products and nobody bats an eyelash. Well, actually, I do get harassment from my coworkers. (Sorry for the 24/7 mess!) But in all seriousness, testing products is not as easy or fabulous as Instagram or videos may make it out to be. There are plenty of times I try out products and they wreak havoc on my face or body. For skincare, I spend at least two weeks testing products to make sure it's 100% free of any adverse reactions; if a product claims to do something, like remove dark spots, grow hair, etc., I give it at least six weeks if not more, based on what's directed on the packaging.

Why am I telling you this? Because it's 2019 and everyone considers themselves an "expert." For clarity's sake, I did not go to cosmetology school, I am not an esthetician or dermatologist. But I have spent the past 10 years of my career interviewing experts in these fields and reporting, honestly and unbiasedly, on what I've found and learned. My reports are based on facts and research, and my opinions are based on my personal experience (obviously), but also backed up by the facts and research that I have done over the years. I'm not a (traditional) blogger or a guru.

I say this because I get a lot of questions about my job, my background and why I know so much about this industry. I didn't wake up one day and magically get put on PR lists — I developed relationships over the years and have worked with many amazing, knowledgable, intelligent people and have strived to tell the real story through those experiences.

Now that I'm off my soap box, let's get to the goodies! This are my favorite launches of 2018. They're worth trying out now, given we'll have a new crop of beauty launches arriving soon. Some of these were new launches, some are brands or products I finally got around to getting my hands on. I've tested them all so you know I'm not just recommending them for the hell of it. They're worth the price, they're effective and they will make your life better by using them. There's a lot, so I didn't include a full review.

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Mattifying Hydrator
Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum
Dr. Lancer Corrective Brightening Treatment
Doc Block by Dr. Garth Fisher
Skin Inc. Tri Light
Renée Rouleau Pore + Wrinkle Perfecting Serum
Kiehl's Centella Sensitive Cica-Cream
Kiehl's Youth Dose Eye Treatment
CO2 Lift Mask
Biologique Recherche (These products are potent, and you have to buy them through an approved spa. The brand requires education on how to use them, hence why you won't find the easy to access. The standout is the P50 lotion, but if you have sensitive skin, consider getting P50W.)
Flawless Finishing Touch

Kristin Ess Hair Tools
Dyson Air Wrap
T3 Cura Luxe Hairdryer with Auto Pause
dpHue ACV Rinse
Rahua Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner
Bumble & Bumble Sunday Shampoo
IGK Expensive High-Shine Top Coat
Harry Josh Wave Setting Clips
Oribe Power Drops

Hourglass Caution Mascara
Huda Beauty Power Bullet Metallic Lip
Make Up For Ever Star Lit Diamond Powder
Fenty Stunna New Shades
Mary Kay Brow Gel
Fenty Diamond Bomb
Milk Kush
Milk Longwear Gel Eyeliner
Benefit Bad Gal Bang Mascara
Urban Decay Lo-Fi Lip Mousse
Marc Jacobs Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick
MAC Cosmetics Patrick's Powder (Limited Edition)
BeautyBlender Bounce Liquid Whip Long Wear Foundation (This is a great formula if you can find your shade.)
L'Oreal Unlimited Mascara
Maybelline Superstay 24 Liquid Lipstick
Lawless Beauty Woke Up Like This Foundation
Huda Beauty The Overachiever High Coverage Concealer
IT Cosmetics CC Cream Oil-Free Matte Foundation
Fenty Beauty Flyliner Liquid Eyeliner
Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Cream Lipstick and Poutliner Longwear Lip Liner in Cream and Sugar


Emily Petzel said...

Do you have a favorite bronzer??

Unknown said...

Crochet Braids are awesome

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