2019 Beauty Goals

Happy 2019 everybody!

I hope everyone is off to a happy, safe, and healthy new year. The beginning of the year is always the time when people buckle down and focus on their goals and resolutions. Whether it’s hitting the gym more, giving up sugar (more on that from me in a future post), or spending more time self-reflecting, we all have goals that we try to prioritize at the start of the new year.

While I could get in to my personal goals for the year, I thought it would be more fun to focus on something slightly different: my beauty goals!

Goal #1: Wear more eye makeup

This is a beauty goal that I really want to work on this year. I love doing my eyeshadow and I always gravitate towards eyeshadow palettes, but for some reason I just don’t wear it that often! I’m currently in graduate school and working at an internship placement three days a week. I find that either I’m too rushed, tired, or lazy to put it on in the morning, or I feel that it’ll look overdone for that day. Regardless, I do like having my eye makeup done, and I enjoy the process of putting it on. I’d also like get better at it and improve my skill! That’s why I’m deciding that this year I’m going to do more than just throw on some mascara in the morning. While I’m sure it still won’t be an everyday thing for me, I’ve got to add eyeshadow into my routine more!

Also, I’m working on perfecting my winged eyeliner this year. While I’m not a fan of a huge wing, I do love the look of a little mini wing for everyday. Just something that’s barely there 🙂 Recently, I picked up the Revolution Beauty Renaissance Flick Eyeliner and I love it! The easiest liquid eyeliner I’ve used by far. It has a felt tip, it’s very black, doesn’t smudge, and makes creating that tiny wing so easy. Great find, now I just need to use it!

Goal #2: Remember to wear perfume

I love perfume, even though I only own two (Marc Jacobs Daisy and Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline). However, the reason that I own so few is because I never remember to put them on! I can’t possibly justify buying more if they won’t get used. I don’t know why it is that I can’t remember to use them; I think maybe I need to move them to a different spot in my room that’s more front and center. That way, I’ll actually remember to put them on. And hey, more perfume use means more reason to go out and buy another. That’s how that works, right? 😉

Goal #3: Branch out and try new brands

I feel like a lot of us are guilty of sticking to our comfort zones. I’m completely the same way, even when it comes to makeup. I absolutely love trying new products, don’t get me wrong. However, I tend to stick to the brands I know and hear about. Often, when a product comes my way from a brand that’s unknown to me, I’m hesitant to buy it. At this point in my life, I need to be discerning about the products I buy. Money isn’t growing on trees for me, and I want to make sure that I’m getting the best bang for my buck. I know other people are the same way, and that’s even why I started this blog! But I need to be much better about exploring brands and looking for those hidden gems. Just because a product isn’t talked about online or on Youtube doesn’t mean that it’s not great! I want 2019 to be the year I push myself out of my comfort zone and start taking some risks with the brands I try.

Goal #4: Dabble into K-beauty

This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now! K-beauty is so interesting and I would love to start exploring this more. I only own one K-beauty product, the Missha BB Cream (and it’s so good!). I’ve had such good luck with this that I’d love to explore other K-beauty brands and products. Particularly, I have my eye on Kaja (though it’s only K-beauty inspired, I know), Touch In Sol, and JOAH.

Korean skincare is also something that’s fascinated me for a long time. I’ve looked into the 10 step Korean skincare method after seeing how beautiful and radiant people’s skin looks after using it. While I’m not sure I’ll incorporate everything into my routine, I would love to try an essence. SKII’s Facial Treatment Essence has amazing reviews, but that is a price tag I cannot afford! I have heard that the Missha Time Revolution Essence is a very similar dupe. Have you tried this out? What do you think?

Other K-beauty skincare brands I’m hoping to test out this year are LANEIGE, Dr. Jart+, and Glow Recipe (their watermelon products probably smell amazing!).

What are your favorite K-beauty brands and products?

Goal #5: Mask more

This is such a simple goal, I don’t know why I don’t already do it! I always mean to throw on a face mask – it’s an idea that I bookmark for later that night, but somehow I just don’t get to it. Ideally, I’d like to use a face mask twice a week. I feel like it would give my skin the little push it needs to clear it of impurities. Three of my favorite clarifying masks right now are the L’Oreal Detox & Brighten Clay Mask, the Origins Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay Mask, and the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay mask (that one is super strong!).

That’s it! In addition to my personal goals, those are my beauty goals for 2019! Pretty simple, right? Let’s just hope I remember to stick to them 🙂

What are your goals for 2019?

Do you have any beauty goals?

Let me know in the comments!

Favorite Products of 2018

It’s that time of the year! As the 2019 approaches, it’s time to review my favorite products of the past year.

While there’s a not a product for every category (for example, I didn’t have a favorite blush this year), the products below are some of my absolute favorites from 2018.

Keep on reading if you’re interested! 🙂

L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara
I know, I know. Everyone and their mother has been talking about the L’Oreal Lash Paradise mascara. But it’s with good reason! This is the mascara that does it all – length, volume, thickness, aaaaand all at an affordable price point. Does it get better than that? I don’t think so.

L'Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara

L’Oreal Pro-Glow Foundation
The Pro-Glow foundation is hands down my favorite foundation of all time. It obviously deserved a spot on this list! The Pro-Glow foundation gives the most beautiful coverage and truly looks like skin. Personally, I prefer foundations that provide medium coverage, give a natural, skin-like appearance, and also provide a little glow. This checks all the boxes and more. The wear-time is also wonderful; I’ve had this last beautifully on my skin for over 12 hours with no problems. I’ve been out of this since the summer and cannot wait to pick up another bottle!

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream
Another favorite foundation of the year is the It Cosmetics CC+ Cream. Don’t be fooled by the name, though. While it claims to be a CC cream, the coverage is much more like a full-coverage foundation. It’s no surprise that I loved this, considering I love the Pro-Glow as well. I’d actually say the two are pretty similar in terms of the final looks it gives on the skin. Though the It Cosmetics CC cream has a thicker formula than the Pro-Glow foundation and higher coverage, the two give a similar look overall. Definitely a favorite of mine this year, especially in the summertime!

It Cosmetics CC Cream

Bobbi Brown Under Eye Corrector
This was a total game changer for me this year. While I don’t suffer from very dark under eyes, I do have blue-ish tones that appear in the hollows, especially if I’m running on little sleep (which, ahem, is a little too often). Concealer usually does an okay job of covering up those bad boys on an average day, which I don’t mind considering I like a natural look. However, my dark circles are still visible underneath on a really bad day. Enter: the Bobbi Brown Under Eye Corrector. When this salmon-colored corrector is worn underneath concealer, it completely cancels out any blue discoloration I may have. The formula is thin, blend-able, and undetectable once a concealer is placed on top. Such a lifesaver after a sleepless night!

Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer
When it comes to a natural, bronzed, sun-kissed look, I always turn to the Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer (clearly – I’ve even hit pan!). This has been a favorite of mine for years now, and for good reason. Firstly, the color is perfect (I’m pretty fair and wear the shade “light bronzer”). It doesn’t end up looking too orange or warm on my pale skin, but it still gives the bronzed tone I’m looking for. The formula is so easy to work with, and very forgiving. This is a product you can be messy with because it’s such a light and blend-able powder – there’s no need for precision when applying this to the cheeks. My most reliable bronzer by far!

Becca Backlight Priming Filter
Another product I’ve loved for years! While it doesn’t do much to help with pores or the longevity of your makeup, this primer makes your skin super glow-y. The glow is toned down once you put foundation on top, but still manages to give your skin a healthy, radiant look without looking like you’ve put liquid highlighter all over your face. I’m sure it would look just as nice mixed with your foundation or used as a liquid highlighter as well.

Essence Pure Nude Highlighter
This is such a gorgeous highlighter! Personally, I don’t love a blinding, over-the-top highlighter; it’s just not the look I go for in my everyday life. This highlighter from Essence is perfect – it’s subtle enough for an everyday look, but it gives enough glow to make you look healthy and “lit from within.” You can also build it up to a place where it looks a little more blinding. Also, the price just can’t be beat. Overall, one of the best!

L’Oreal sponge
My favorite way to apply my foundation and concealer is with a beauty sponge. Of the few sponges I’ve tried this year, the L’Oreal one is by far my favorite. I’ve also tried the sponges from Real Techniques and Eco Tools because I had heard good things about them. But compared to the L’Oreal sponge? No contest. It’s so much better than the other two! I’ve yet to try the Beauty Blender, but I’m not even tempted to with this in my life. It applies foundation so flawlessly, has the perfect amount of bounce, and I don’t find that it absorbs a crazy amount of excess product.

L'oreal beauty sponge

Rosehip oil
As I mentioned in my winter skincare essentials, rosehip oil has been a major part of my skincare routine for about the past 6 months or so. I mix a few drops into my nighttime moisturizer, or sometime I’ll just use it on it’s own. Since I’ve been using it, not only is my skin more hydrated, but my hyperpigmentation from acne is starting to disappear. I still have a few stubborn spots hanging on, but rosehip oil has worked to improve my overall tone and calm down some of my redness. If you’re looking for help with hyperpigmentation, try adding rosehip oil into your routine!

Rosehip oil

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm
I used this makeup remover for the better part of this year and it was amazing! This is a creamy balm that you apply to dry skin – rub until your makeup is dissolved, then rinse with water. You’ll see that it’s melted off all of your makeup. I still recommend going in with a cleanser afterward, but this did a great job at removing all of my makeup. It was gentle on my eyes and had no trouble breaking down tough-to-remove mascaras and eyeliners. It feels great to apply and the jar lasted me a looooong time. Also, it eliminates the need for cotton rounds or wipes to remove your makeup, meaning you’ll cut back on producing environmental waste. What’s not to love?

Philosophy’s Purity cleanser
Okay, I admit. When I first got this, I was convinced that it would be overrated. I’ve heard about this cleanser for years and never really understood the hype. How good could a cleanser be? I was convinced Purity would be like all of the other gentle face washes I had used for years, like Cetaphil. This past summer, I was really struggling with acne. Someone recommended that I try Purity as a solution and, though I was skeptical, I was also desperate. WOW WAS I WRONG. Though I now hate that I’m addicted to a $24 face wash, this cleanser completely changed my skin for the better. I didn’t think it was possible that it could do much, but ever since I’ve started using it my skin has cleared up tremendously. This doesn’t claim to be an acne-fighting product, but it has really worked for me. I still get the occasional breakout, but nothing compared to what I was facing before I started using this. If you’re like me and are hesitant to try this, I say buy the small size and give it a shot.

Purity made simple cleanser

And that’s it! These are my favorite makeup and skincare products of the year, and I’m sure they will all be staples in 2019 as well. I can’t wait to see what new products I discover this year and what will become my new favorites by this time next year. What were your favorite products of the year?

Wishing you all a happy and healthy new year!