Marcia’s top 8 list from 2012 plus 1 worst

top8I’ve wanted to do a top 10 list for the longest time but I keep finding more and more items I used for the first time in 2012 so the list has been growing exponentially. I’m forcing myself to cut it down though so that I don’t bore the heck out of you. I know I’m going to regret leaving out some things but if I keep talking about them over and over (like Youngblood Cream blush, BB creams or It Cosmetics products) you’ll most likely click this post off. I might be sorry but the Top 10 is now the Top 8 plus 1 worst for 2012.

Algenist skincare – I haven’t reviewed everything I’ve tried yet from Algenist but with the three I have reviewed and the items I will be reviewing, I can say that this skincare line is my find of the year. As a beauty blogger I try a lot of skincare but few really grab my heart and my wallet. Algenist has done that with their Eye Renewal Balm and Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid SPF 50 plus more that will be coming.

Algenist Eye Renewal Balm

Algenist Eye Renewal Balm

Anastasia – my first review for Anastasia was She Wears It Well eyeshadow palette. At the time I said that it seemed like so many of my other palettes. If that’s the case then why do I reach for it all the time? Then along came Want You to Want Me and that came with me to the Beauty Spotlight Team’s desert island. And don’t get me started on Kisses On My Lips since they are so amazing. Yes, Anastasia has won a place (or 3) on my 2012 favorites list.

Want You To Want Me

Want You To Want Me

Mont Bleu – the most beautiful items ever to own or give as gifts. I’m a huge Swarovski crystal fan so when I was sent a mirror and file from them I went a little nuts. I’d love to own one of everything they make.

Pink Flowers in the box

Pink Flowers in the box

Morning Glamour satin pillowcases – when I started this list I never had a clue that a pillow case would be part of my top items. But I like them that much. I just wish they’d come in King size too since a lot of people I recommend them too only have King size.

Morning Glamour

Morning Glamour

Nail polish – this is where I’m cheating because I’ve found brands in the past year that I’m crazy about. I haven’t reviewed them all yet but that will change in 2013. The ones I have reviewed and recommend are SoFlaJo, Color Me Monthly subscription box polishes, butter London, NCLA, A England, and Polish & Co to name just a few.

A-England Princess Sabra

A-England Princess Sabra

Subscription boxes – how could these not be on my 2012 list? I don’t dare add up what I spent on these. I love trying these in the hopes that I’m going to find a holy grail item. The one box I have had the most fun with is PopSugar Must Have. It’s not even cosmetic either. But there are so many items I’ve never tried before nor run across since I’m not a big shopper (outside of the cosmetic counters that is). This has been fun and of all the boxes the one I know I’m sticking with for 2013. The others may go, new ones may come, but PopSugar will remain. (Hint – I have a new exciting subscription box coming up soon that will be fun too.)

October from the popsugar.com website

October from the popsugar.com website

Sunday Riley – I’ve gone a little nuts with Sunday Riley products though not all have been reviewed. My favorite powder blush that I bought in 2012 though is Honest from Sunday Riley so I really needed to include this in my list.

Sunday Riley Honest blush

Sunday Riley Honest blush

Tarte – It’s exceptionally difficult not to list and list oodles of Tarte. There’s so much I love about the brand but for 2012 the best product is Maracuja Creaseless Waterproof Concealer. I’m mad about this concealer and during the last 30% off sale on tarte’s website I even bought a backup while knowing I won’t need it for a long time. But what if I misplace it?? I needed that backup!!

Tarte Maracuja Waterproof Concealer in Fair

Tarte Maracuja Waterproof Concealer in Fair

Now for my worst – Venus Spa razors. I hate spending the money on razor blades but they are a necessity. When I ran out this month I bought Gillette Venus Spa at Costco which contained a razor and 12 cartridges. I used one of the cartridges on my Venus razor and hated it from the first time I used it. These contain huge gel bars on the ends. Not only did I cut myself every time I used the razor but after 1 leg shave and 3 underarm shaves one end fell off. I usually get a few weeks out of a razor. It bothers me that I spent $30 on this and I will be returning it for the Venus Divine blades that I like.

Venus Spa blade new

Venus Spa blade new

Venus Spa after 3 showers

Venus Spa after 3 showers

 

I have to give one B.I.G. shout out to Makeup Wars. This series is so much fun and I’m so thrilled to be a part of it. I hope you’ve discovered a lot of new blogs and enjoyed reading these as much as I enjoy doing them. makeup wars holiday look logo

Thanks for reading my new favorites for 2012. I already have some items ready to review for 2013 that could easily be in the running for next year’s list so keep on reading!! — Marcia

I’m waking to Morning Glamour with my satin pillowcases

Morning Glamour

Morning Glamour

contains 2 pillowcases

contains 2 pillowcases

One of my favorite items that I’ve received for review lately are Morning Glamour Satin Pillowcases. I’ve always thought that satin pillowcases were such an indulgence so I never wanted to splurge on them but now that I have a set, I never want to be without them.

cotton pillowcase hair

cotton pillowcase hair

I’m a very restless sleeper and most mornings wake up looking like I’ve been in battle all night long. I toss and turn, hoping that a position I get into will be the right one to let me fall asleep before 5 a.m. By the time I wake up my hair is sticking up every which way. That’s not the case now that I’m sleeping on my satin pillowcase. I can wake up and almost skip using a brush – not quite but close. I know I’m not scaring anyone at least.

much better

much better

Satin pillowcases are known for doing two things; helping your stay smooth which can eliminate damage that would break hair and also helping to reduce wrinkles on your face. It’s not going to get rid of wrinkles but the pillowcases are so smooth that your face glides on them which would keep lines to a minimum. By eliminating friction you are helping keep hair and skin healthier. If you are a hot flash person (like me) these are amazing since unlike cotton they don’t absorb moisture adding to that discomfort.

covered closing in the back

covered closing in the back

I really like how the pillowcase fits on the pillow to prevent it from sliding out. It doesn’t have a traditional opening that you’d slide the pillow into, rather it has a pocket design in the back that overlaps holding in the pillow. These are just available in standard size and I have queen size pillows. My pillow fits in perfectly. There was a slight gap at the fold in the back but that’s gone after you sleep on it.

Morning Glamour animal print

Morning Glamour animal print

Morning Glory on my side of the bed

Ivory Morning Glamour on my side of the bed

On the Morning Glamour website they are available in aqua, ivory, pink and animal print so each time you change your sheets you could walk up to a different glamorous color. They are $24.99 for a set and only come in the standard size. The material is 100% polyester charmeuse satin. I’m finding these to be very comfortable, I’m not slip-sliding away like I anticipated. The difference between these and my old pillowcases is that these are great for hair & skin,  feel luxurious and help me wake up to “Morning Glamour”.  — Marcia morning glory box why

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