Make Me Up Mia: A Lifestyle & Beauty Blog: {Beauty Products} Finds & Fails of 2013

Monday, January 6, 2014

{Beauty Products} Finds & Fails of 2013


Good morning and happy Monday. How was your weekend? Mine wasn't the best, I've not been feeling well. I came down with a very sore throat and then just went downhill. I went to bootcamp Saturday when I probably shouldn't have. Spent the rest of the weekend in bed or on the couch, then Dustin started to feel it too. I don't have time to be sick, so we are trying our hardest to kick it! We are feeling better today. I swear by Emergen-C and just recently switched to the Airborne tablets for convenience. Well, I didn't realize your supposed to take 12 a day (not so convenient anymore) and was only taking 3. Then I get sick, coincidence? 

Ok, so onto the subject of this post. I tried a lot of new products in 2013. Most of them I tried after reading recommendations from other beauty bloggers or YouTube gurus, therefore I didn't have a lot of fails. Which is good, I do not enjoy buying products then not loving them, waste of money! 

I narrowed it down to my top 3 finds and fails, but I have a few other products I must at least mention too, total keepers!

{FINDS}

One- Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer- This actually took the place of my Too Faced Shadow Insurance primer this year. I still like that one, but I feel this Lorac one works even better! 

Two- The Lorac Pro Palette- I finally splurged on this and love it, it's very versatile with 8 shimmer and 8 matte shades and great for traveling. Great shadows! I did a look with it here. If you buy the palette you get the primer with it, bonus!

Three- Mac Pro Longwear Concealer- My new fave under eye  concealer for sure! Blends beautifully, stays put all day and covers any discoloration under your eyes. 

{FAILS}

One- Almay Get up and Grow Mascara- I had high hopes for this but it did not impress me at all and by the end of the days I had streaks all over the top of my eye lids. Hate that!

Two- Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Powder- Hard to explore, but this powder left me with way too much of the "powder" look, the look that you don't want your powder to leave you with. It's like it all just set on top of my skin. It was way too thick for my liking.

Three- Benefit Stay don't Stray Eye Primer- I LOVE Benefit products, one of my favorite high end brands. Unfortunately this stuff was a huge fail for me. It made my eyes crease worse than anything I've ever used, I would have been better off with no primer. Has anyone tried this and liked it? 

A few other products I fell in love with this year are the Naked3 palette, It's a 10 Miracle Leave In Product and the UrbanDecay De-Slick Setting Spray. They are new holy grail beauty products for me!

Did you fall in love with any new products in 2013, beauty related or not? 

15 comments:

  1. #2 find looks fun to play with! Although I would not even know where to start! I would need a tutorial!

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  2. That MAC concealer sounds amazing! Hope you are feeling better. :)

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    1. Thanks, I am definitely feeling better : )

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  3. All of the lorac palettes look so nice! For some reason I'm much more drawn to them than the UD naked palettes, although I know all are amazing! I've used a sample of the stay don't stray primer and don't remember being wowed by it either! I always use shadow insurance-- so might need to look into the lorac primer now :)

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    1. This is the only Lorac one I have, but I definitely want to try more now. I do still like the shadow insurance, this one just works a tad better for me.

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  4. Love my Lorac palette! I used the eyelid primer that came with the palette but I still wasn't quite as impressed with it compared to the Urban Decay primer. Have you ever used Benefit's They're Real mascara? Definitely a 2013 holy grail find for me!

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    1. I'm starting to think it just depends on the person, because I see reviews from people who LOVE the Benefit one and I thought it was awful haha. I fell in love with the Benefit They're Real mascara recently but then I started noticing it was causing me to have marks on the top of my lids by the end of the day, which I hate because I LOVED the way it made my lashes look. I still have it, maybe I need to test it out again :)

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  5. I have put myself on restricted make-up buying - I currently have so many eye shadows and palettes I just can't justify anymore, but as soon as I finish one - I'm going to try the Lorac one! #1 looks great and I have been looking for something that will help my eye make-up stay! :)

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    1. Yeah, I think I am going to start a project pan soon. I need to use up stuff that I have for sure!

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  6. I fell in love with the 3 products you listed but didn't picture! They're all my favs :) For concealer, I actually use Bobbi Brown stick foundation. I don't like the way concealers look on my skin and this one definitely does the job!

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    1. That is so funny, I had to list those too. I had way more finds than fails but I didn't want to get too crazy haha. I will have to check that out, I just bought my first Bobbi Brown makeup recently, I'm a fan :)

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  7. First off, I love that you are my beauty go-to guru! Thank you!! Second, I love the Mac lipstick you introduced me to. Having never worn anything before, I feel like a grown up now when I wear it. :) Third, you know that I love eye makeup, even if I don't have a ton of eye shadow options. I just love the different looks you can create with it. That being said, I love all the colors in that Lorac palette and definitely see myself buying it in the near future. :)

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    1. Well I am happy to help!! I'm glad you like that Mac lipstick, I love it too! You should definitely think about purchasing it, I think you'd really like it :)

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