Lisa’s Top Beauty Picks from 2018!

Well, that went by fast, didn’t it?? Goodbye 2018! You were lots of fun and I found tons of great beauty items that I just can’t live without now. Here are my favorites that I’ll keep using into 2019 and beyond.

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TOP BODY PRODUCT FINDS

Rahua Body Care – the most incredible shower gel and body oil infused with rahua oil…the scent is amazing and I swear this is the most transformative self-care ever.

Farmhouse Fresh Vanilla Bourbon Body Oil

Farmhouse Fresh Vanilla Bourbon Body Oil – I love body oils and this one is extraordinary. Sultry, delicious, and decadent. Yum.

Golden Door Yuzu Sugar Body Scrub and Yuzu Body Oil

Golden Door Yuzu Sugar Body Scrub and Yuzu Body Oil – this lovely combination from the famed Golden Door spa instantly transport me and make me feel pampered and happy. Just lovely!!

TOP SKIN CARE FINDS

Goldfaden MD Sun Visor

Goldfaden MD Sunvisor – a SPF 30 sunscreen misting spray that is designed for use on your face, neck, and decolletage. It’s oil-free, PABA-free, and fragrance free, and it’s a setting spray for your makeup – a fabulous multitasker!

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser – this actually made me rethink double cleansing. This is a fantastic cleanser that does it all – one of the best cleansers I have ever used.

Paula’s Choice Resist 1% Retinol Booster and Hyaluronic Acid Booster

Paula’s Choice 1% Retinol Booster and HA Booster – they are both excellent ways to boost your skin care routine. The 1% Retinol even out skin tone, reduce wrinkles, and make skin feel smoother, while the HA Booster is a fantastic moisturizer that really plumps up skin.

Paula’s Choice Perfect Cleansing Oil – this is another excellent cleanser find. I leave this one in my shower and the sunflower and coconut oils make this a great cleanser that eliminates the need for a separate makeup remover.

TOP HAIR CARE FINDS

Voloom Very Airy Styling Products  – these styling products have impressed the heck out of me this year. My hair is very fine, so styling products often weigh it down. These have low residue, so they give my hair tons of volume and leave it light as air. Winner!

Posing with my daughter and my Monat hair

Monat Hair Care – this line is really fabulous for not only giving you a great hair day, but also giving you even better hair days in the future. My hair only got better as I used the Renew Shampoo and Conditioner.

TOP COSMETICS FINDS

Kryolan HD Primer

Kryolan Micro Primer – a fabulous primer that minimizes pores and keeps my makeup vibrant and in place for 12+ hours. Love love love. Primer heaven.

Wearing Kryolan High Definition Micro Foundation Smoothing Fluid in 340

Kryolan HD Micro Foundation Smoothing Fluid – this is a fabulous foundation with a creamy texture that goes on like silk. The foundation has a soft radiance to it that is wonderful – very natural and it gives skin a glowy boost. It stays on forever too.  Awesome.

IT Cosmetics CC+ Oil-Free Matte Foundation

IT Cosmetics CC+ Oil-Free Matte Foundation – I found my ‘soul matte’ with this foundation. With my oily t-zone I’m always looking for a great matte foundation that doesn’t look super flat, and this one fits the bill. Plus it does everything else on the earth – it has SPF 40 UVA/UVB. It has lots of other ingredients that skin loves, like an anti-aging serum, peptides, niacinamide and hydrolyzed collagen. What makes it different from the regular CC+ foundation is charcoal, which detoxes the skin, colloidal clay and Moroccan lava clay, which absorb oil, and tea tree extract, which fights breakouts.

Decorte Cosmetics Eye Glow Gem Glossy Eye Colors

Decorte Eye Glow Eye Gem Glossy – how gorgeous are these??  The most beautiful cream eyeshadows ever, I swear, that have a 3D effect and don’t get dull or crease throughout the day. Gorgeous.

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pens left to right: RoseGold, VelvetViolet, MatteMulberry, BlackBlue

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pens – these have been around a while but I just discovered them this year. I love these eye pens because they glide on easily and give vibrant color, and they do not budge once applied – no smudging, not even after a good cry!

Buxom Top Coats – I love these top coats. I wear them alone or over a lipstick shade to alter the color.  The possibilities are endless, and I love how they plump up my lips.  They have great lasting power too.

Makeup Geek Foiled Lip Gloss

Makeup Geek Foiled Lip Gloss – the texture is incredible – soft with great slip, yet they last for about six hours. The pigment is fantastic, with tons of reflective metallic shine. This is the most comfy lip gloss ever and I just can’t believe the finish…anything else I’ve worn with a mirror gloss is somewhat uncomfortable, but this is sooo nice. Amazing!

TOP HOME PRODUCT FINDS

Gamma+ Italia Aria Ultra-Light Hairdryer

Gamma+ Italia Aria Ultra-Light Hairdryer – The Aria is probably the coolest looking hairdryer I have ever had. It has an awesome art deco retro design that is not only wonderful to look at, it’s also such a pleasure to use. the Aria may be a lightweight, but it’s no sissy! This is one powerful dryer, drying my hair super fast. It’s also impressively quiet for such a powerful hair dryer.  This gorgeous hairdryer is fashionable, functional, and fantastic!

Lay-n-Go® COSMO Plus

Lay-n-Go® COSMO Plus Cosmetics Bag – I can’t even tell you how much I have used this genius product. It’s a perfect travel cosmetics bag cosmetics bag that lays flat but it has a lip around the edge so nothing will roll off and into the sink. It holds an incredible amount of stuff as you can see. It has spaces for brushes as well as zippered storage for items you want separated – you can even put your jewelry in there. Laid flat, it keeps all of your items in a wonderfully safe on a clean area that is washable and can be wiped down. Then you just pull the drawstring to close up the mat into a storage bag with handles!

2018 was a wonderful year for discoveries – I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store!  Happy New Year everyone!  – Lisa

Comments

  1. Some amazing finds! Several of the ones that you mentioned are on my want to try list because you reviewed them, especially the Kryolan primer. I also didn’t realize that Paula’s Choice had an oil cleanser!

  2. Teresakoedyker says

    The products that you mentioned here sound amazing!! I will definitely be buying some of them to try!!

  3. The FHF Vanilla Bourbon Oil is on my best of list too!

  4. That Paula’s Choice cleansing oil is on my list to try. Great list, happy new year!

  5. Those are some amazing beauty finds. Happy New Year!

  6. I absolutely LOVE that FHF body oil– it was definitely one of my very favorite products this year!

  7. Great finds, some of these made to my list too.

  8. Dyyying to try FHF and vanilla bourbon sounds so yummy! I’d douse my entire body in that! And I also like the pixi pencils — the purple one is my fave to play with!

  9. I haven’t tried any of these products. Guess I know what I’ll be buying to start off 2019! Haha!

  10. They look so luxurious…. Sounds amazing as well.. would love to try a few of these…

  11. Ehmkay Nails says

    Mmm vanilla bourbon sounds divine. I want to smell that!

  12. 25 Sweetpeas says

    Those eye colors look great!

  13. I like Goldfaden MD masks, and am very intrigued by the oil-free SPF spray. The other sunscreen sprays I’ve tried end up looking a bit greasy on me.

  14. I’d love to smell that vanilla bourbon. I’ve been thinking about it ever since I’d seen Allison write about it.

  15. Wow! Your hair looks amazing with those styling products. My hair is also fine and barely holds a curl because it is so long. These might work for me.

  16. That’s a ton of great picks for the year! I really have been meaning to try the matte CC cream, adding to my Ulta shopping list!

  17. I’m interested in Vanilla Bourbon Oil and the Foiled lip glosses. such a great list for 2018

  18. You have so many great picks for 2018. Been thinking of switching my oil cleanser, will have to check out that one from Paula’s choice.

  19. I also fell in love with the new IT Cosmetics CC + Matte cream — such a gorgeous formula on my skin!

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