Lisa’s Top Twelve Picks for 2013

The older I get, the faster times flies…I just can’t believe another year has gone by already!

goodbye-2013-and-hello-2014-32013 was a great year for fantastic finds that I now use almost every day.  Here, in no particular order, are my favorite products that have brought me constant joy.

1.  Verge Ribbon Wand ($120)

The Ribbon Wand
a Ribbon Wand curl…
and then the Ribbon Wand curl combed through with my fingers…swoon!

The Verge Ribbon Wand is like a curling iron and a flat iron got together and had a baby. It makes extravagant, sort of retro curls.

2.  Wantable Accessories Subscription Box ($40 for one box)

Wantable Ellen Necklace

I adore subscription boxes and none continually delighted me as much in 2013 as my Wantable Accessories Subscription Box. My jewelry wardrobe now has far more depth and interest than ever before.

3.  Bronze Buffer (2 sponges for $10)

Bronze Buffer sponges
Bronze Buffer sponges

Ah, sometimes the smallest things make the biggest difference. These little sponges (they always make me think of Lisa from The Simpsons!) ensure that my every faux tan is perfection.

4.  HTY Gold

HTY Gold

This wonderful line was new to me in 2013 and I adored everything I tested…the Face and Neck Serum is unquestionably worth its weight in gold.

5.  Lanikai Bath and Body

Lanikai Loofah Soap
Lanikai Loofah Soap

Lanikai is such a gorgeous bath and body line, and I am always up for some Hawaiian daydreaming. I adore, adore, adore the Loofah Soap, it is amazing.

6.  Zuca Artist Backpack ($139)

Zuca Artist Backpack filled (
Zuca Artist Backpack filled (

I use this backpack at least six days a week. I love it. Zuca has tons of amazing travel items and organizational things for makeup artists but this is my favorite. I rarely go anywhere without it.

7.  Make Up For Ever 102 Small Foundation Kabuki Brush ($36)

102 Small Foundation Kabuki
102 Small Foundation Kabuki

I use this every single day. It is the best buffing brush for concealer I have ever found.

8.  Bango Hair Cutting Kit ($15.99)

Bango Hair Cutting Kit

If you have bangs…or if your kids have bangs…you need this. I am a total klutz with scissors and I get perfect results every time. It saved me a ton of money in 2013.

9.  Cailyn Gelux Eyebrow ($22)

the top conceals the brush
Cailyn Gelux Eyebrow – the top conceals the brush

I love the ingenious packaging, and I love the eyebrow gel even more. It makes great looking eyebrows a very easy thing to accomplish.

10.  Ellis Faas Hot Lips ($35)

Ellis Faas Hot Lips

Without fail, one of these liquid lip gloss/stains is always in my purse. I dig everything about them – the texture, the shades, the packaging…and especially how great they make my not-so-great lips look.

11.  Savvy Sleeper Satin Pillowcases (from $36)

Savvy Sleeper Satin Pillowcase

Not only does this satin pillowcase prevent those awful morning face creases, it also has a secret pocket for my hubby to slip me a love note. It is awesome.

12.  Senna Voluptulash Mascara ($22)

Senna Voluptulash Mascara
Senna Voluptulash Mascara

This is the best mascara I tried in 2013. The super cool helix-shaped brush gives me great big, soft, long lashes with just one coat.  It’s a winner!

2013 was a great year for beauty items…what fabulous finds made your list??



  1. Lizzie Brew | 4th Jan 14

    I am going to try Senna Voluptulash Mascara. My mascara is clumpy.
    Have a happy new year, too!

  2. Cosmetics Aficionado | 6th Jan 14

    Woah! Hadn’t seen the hair cutting kit before. I am really interested in that, since I cut everyone’s hair in my family.

  3. Olivia | 6th Jan 14

    Great picks! I’ll have to try the Cailyn eyebrow gel someday!

  4. Joanna | 7th Jan 14

    Yes to that the Verge Ribbon Wand.

  5. Destany | 7th Jan 14

    hahhahaha those sponges do look like lisa simpson!

  6. Anastasia | 7th Jan 14

    Great picks! I’m loving Wantable accessory subscription, too, and I look forward to upgrading my accessory wardrobe 🙂

  7. Miranda | 7th Jan 14

    Those curls look great… definitely curious about the Bango! Whenever I try cutting my hair I end up snipping my finger!

  8. Brooke @ Blushing Noir | 7th Jan 14

    Great choices! A lot of them are my faves as well. I use that bango all of the time on my daughters bangs! It’s been a money saver like no other.

  9. Phyrra | 7th Jan 14

    I need a Verge Ribbon Wand!

  10. Farryn | 7th Jan 14

    I love the Makeup Forever foundation brush!

  11. Jess Scull | 7th Jan 14

    Awesome picks! That DIY bang kit looks cool!

  12. Pammy | 7th Jan 14

    Nice list! Ooooh! I have that MUFE buffing brush but I have never used it for concealer. I must try that! Yay!!!

  13. Nidia | 7th Jan 14

    I am a huge fan of Ellis Faas. I also want that necklace from Wantable! Love your picks.

  14. Kath TheFabZilla | 8th Jan 14

    My next haul is…. Ellis Faas, thanks for enabling me! Happy new year!!!

  15. Tamara | 8th Jan 14

    Ellis Faas is on my to-try list for 2014.. I keep hearing consistent stories of just how fabulous the line is!

  16. Polarbelle | 8th Jan 14

    wow, I want to try the gold serum! and the hair cutter, and….I haven’t heard of most of these.

  17. BeautyJudy | 8th Jan 14

    Your list is unique, I love it. I love Ellis Faas, I have a blush and it’s phenomenal! Also, I love Cailyn!!!

  18. Tina @ My Highest Self | 8th Jan 14

    I’m positive I need the Bango and the Ribbon Wand, great picks from the year!

  19. Sheila (Painted Ladies) | 8th Jan 14

    I love Cailyn liners, too!

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