Best of Beauty of 2018

Wow is it really 2019 already? I know a lot of people were disappointed in 2018 but for me personally, it was a good year. I started a new job I love, made new friends, finally got a new car and discovered some fabulous beauty products! Let’s kiss goodbye to 2018 and say hello to 2019!

Let’s start with makeup products:

By now you all know of my love for mascara. I found a real winner in 2018 in Benefit’s BADGal BANG! While it’s not drugstore priced, Benefit BADGal BANG! Volumizing Mascara is as close to perfection as I’ve found in a mascara! Finding a mascara that volumizes AND lengthens is like finding a unicorn! Read my full review here.

The Too Faced Natural Face Palette from the Too Faced It Just Comes Naturally Collection launched last spring. The collection has a cool, casual, easygoing attitude and the face palette was the star of the show for me. The palette is designed to luminize, bronze, and add the perfect flirty flush with 2 highlighters, 2 bronzers and 2 blushes. Every shade in this palette is beautiful and wearable! Read my full review here.

Buxom Va Va Plump Liquid Lipsticks. I became obsessed with the color-rich shades, the applicator, and the wear time of these lipsticks. The wide range of 20 shades packs a real punch of color and the breakthrough formula prevents the intense pigment from smudging, bleeding and fading for lasting results. If you’re like me and are sick of matte drying liquid lipsticks, you may want to try a few shades! Read my full review here. 

Mallywood Highlighting Blush is a swirl of 4 blush shades along with 2 highlighter shades. The pretty design looks like a Pucci print don’t you think? When swirled together, the blush imparts a lovely flush of color, highlights and has a satin glow. This neutral pink blush is universally flattering and you control the intensity. Read my full review here.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40 Poreless Finish Full Coverage Cream provides full, natural-looking matte coverage, skincare and SPF 40 UVA/UVB broad-spectrum sunscreen—in just one step! I was sure this would make my skin look old and wrinkled but I was pleasantly surprised! In fact, I wore it all summer and as long as I use a hydrating moisturizer or primer underneath it works well.

Urban Decay Beached Collection. I fell for several pieces in this summer 2018 collection. The Beached Eyeshadow Palette may not have seemed all that unique to you, or me for that matter, but it has a stunning selection of shades with an outstanding formula and to me, that makes it worthwhile.  The eight fabulous NEW shades are in both beachy and ocean shades. I used this over and over last summer. The collection also included 3 beautiful Beached Vice Lipsticks. I chose 100 Degrees, a bright red coral.  The Vice formula is a favorite of mine, and 100 Degrees is a sheer bright red coral that looks like you’ve just had a red popsicle. It feels light and comfortable on the lips and is the perfect wearable pop of color. The Beached 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Lucky is an absolute must-have! This metallic rusty bronze liner with a touch of sparkle makes any color eyes POP! It’s perfect for summer bronze looks or on its own without eyeshadow on a lazy day. I stocked up on this baby because it’s perfect year ’round! Read my full review here.

BECCA Glow Glosses quickly become my favorite glosses because they are so easy to wear, they are not sticky (which I hate), the shimmer is delicate not chunky and the shades are extraordinary. Read my full review here.

hThe Anastasia Sultry Palette is housed in a super glam burgundy glitter cardboard palette with gold glitter writing. Cool toned palettes are hard to find and Sultry is mostly cool with a few warms added for good measure. There are 14 outstanding matte and shimmer shades with excellent color payoff. The Sultry Eyeshadow Palette is full of beautiful cool toned mattes and sparkling metallics that are perfect for day or night. Read my full review here.


Farmhouse Fresh Vanilla Bourbon Dry Oil deeply hydrates your skin with NO greasy feeling, smells fabulous and even gives a little glow to the skin. This warm, soothing, delicious and decadent scent is subtle sophistication at its best! Read my full review here.

Another home run from Farmhouse Fresh is Maypop Steeped Milk Lotion. This delectable, feathery soft lotion leaves my skin feeling soft, supple and hydrated all day. It has a lovely scent and keeps my super dry winter skin moisturized. Read my full review here.

Molton Brown Jasmine and Sun Rose Body Wash and Lotion.  This scent has a captivating aroma featuring floral jasmine, rose, rich patchouli and sweet peach. I am completely enamored with the Molton Brown Jasmine and Sun Rose Body Wash and Body Lotion! A lot of jasmine scents are too overpowering for me, but this one is the perfect blend of feminine sophistication. Molton Brown products are always exceptional quality and these are no exception.  Read my full review here.

In 2018 I discovered Bondi Sands, Australia’s number one best selling self-tanner and I’m SO glad I did! Bondi Sands has a huge selection of self-tanners in every form: foam, lotions, mists, dry oils and accessories. My favorite in the line is the One Hour Express Tanning Foam. Infused with a scent of coconut, it has NO yucky chemical tanner smell and it’s so ultra lightweight it absorbs instantly and is never sticky. I timed it and no lie, in as little as one hour I had a deep, natural looking tan legs. Read my full review here.


Farmhouse Fresh Mighty Tighty Mask is designed to tighten, firm and boost facial radiance. It’s ideal for dull, dry, aging, and uneven skin. It smells like banana pudding and I’m bananas for it! Using it once a week, it gives a youthful glow to my skin. I don’t how Farmhouse Fresh was able to create a mask that delivers a natural glow AND tightening, but Mighty Tighty does it beautifully! Read my full review here.

MyChelle Perfectly Radiant Skin Vitamin C Brightening Collection. I have spoken many times about how I love Vitamin C for my sun spots and this collection made the most positive impact on my skin in 2018. The collection contains three best-selling products in special sizes: cleanser, serum and lotion. The serum has a high level of Vitamin C (17%) and the lotion has 10%. This collection faded my sun spots and kept my skin bright and clear and is an excellent value! I love it so much I have purchased the products again and again.  Read my full review here.

The Elemis  Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm is the brand’s #1 selling cleanser and I can totally see why. This powerful cleanser easily dissolves makeup, daily grime and pollutants for a soft and glowing complexion. It’s perfect for over 40 gals! In 2018 for Breast Cancer Awareness they launched a supersized in a 200g jar infused with rose to benefit The Pink Agenda. Mixed with water, it emulsifies to a hydrating milk that easily rinses off, creating a deluxe cleansing experience. I’ve tried a lot of cleansing balms and this is my HG.  Read my full review here. 

During the year whenever my skin got really dry, I used the Nyakio Soothing Sleep Mask for a few nights and my thirsty skin was quenched. This overnight facial works through the evening to calm and rejuvenate fatigued skin. Formulated with a soothing blend of Chamomile, hydrating Calendula and anti-inflammatory Aloe Vera, the calming mask replenishes and restores while leaving skin looking well-rested and refreshed. Read my full review here. 

There you have it. It was very hard to narrow down my favorites for 2018 so I decided to do a drugstore version also. Look for that post soon! 

What were your favorite beauty products in 2018? Please share with us!

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  1. All of these look amazing… the Elemis cleansing balm is definitely something I would like to have! Thanks for the detailed review

  2. Interesting choices, I’m looking at a few of those brands. I need some new cosmetics, haven’t really worn makeup in a long while. Now that my youngest is a little less demanding, I can brush my teeth in peace, maybe I can begin tackling makeup again 😂.

  3. Loving all your 2017 faves. I only recently discovered Mally and her products are amazing

  4. Love your 201& beauty best buys. I just recently discovered Mally and her products are amazing.


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