As 2013 draws to a close, it’s time for year-end round-ups. And it seemed only just that I create a list of 13 top items for 2013… and then I read the post by Paris at My Woman Stuff and she framed the year-end summary so beautifully, that I am going to use her structure and give you my list of bests of 2013.
- Best Makeup Tip I Learned in 2013:
Defining my hooded eyes from this tutorial from Olivia at Into the Palette
- Best Lipstick of 2013:
So many lipsticks, so little time…but one that I’m really enjoying right now is Mineral Fusion’s lipstick in Precious. It’s got shea butter and antioxidants — and it’s gluten-free, too! (Definitely want my lipsticks to be gluten-free… )
- Best Thing I Did For Myself in 2013:
Go snorkelling in Hawaii on my 50th birthday… so many glorious colors, fish and corals and I got to say Aloha to a sea turtle!
- Best Skincare Tip I Learned in 2013:
With menopause come skin changes and the best defense for me is not to fight acne with acne medicine, but to add more moisture. And thanks to to the on-call doctor at Kaiser who suggested using CeraVe moisture cream when my skin starts getting fussy. This cream is packed with glycerin and hyaluronic acid which keep the skin hydrated but not greasy. Although, I also learned not to fear oil on my face… a little argan oil is amazing!
- Best Budget Sunscreen Discovered in 2013:
CeraVe Broad Spectrum Sunscreen, SPF 50. I wore this all summer long and never once got burned.
- Best Body Care Discoveries in 2013:
CeraVe Moisture Cream… on the face, on the body, this stuff rocks!
- Best Eyeshadow used in 2013
The most versatile eyeshadows I discovered this year was Urban Decay’s Naked Basics — I actually use this palette every day and it’s one of 2 palettes that I brought with me on my trip to NYC to visit the in-laws.
- Best Spa Experience I had in 2013:
I only had one spa experience in 2013. But it was pretty darned awesome. I definitely recommend Spa 33 for a delightful and affordable spa experience. And you do a massage, sauna, oxygen treatment and then a facial for a full day of blissdom…
- Best BB Cream in 2013:
Actually, my favorite BB cream of this year turned out to be a CC cream: The Face Shop’s Aura Color Control Cream. It has a lovely texture, good SPF and lasts all day even in hot weather.
- Best Personal Growth Experience of 2013:
Attending the Henna Intensive Retreat in September. This was a fabulous week-end in the mountains full of art, great people, and tons of inspiration. It was just what I needed to halt burn-out… and I found some fun eyeshadows (from EyeCons), too!
- Best Concealer Used in 2013:
L’Oreal True Match Concealer Crayon. Good color match, great coverage without looking cakey, easy to use and
cheapaffordable… what’s not to love?
- Best Travel Experience in 2013:
A week in on the big island of Hawaii! The Big Island has so much diversity, great snorkelling, lava fields, tropical rainforests, volcanos, glorious beaches, and fantastic restaurants. I hope we get the chance to return soon!
- Best Skincare Product Discovery in 2013:
The Face Shop’s Chia Seed Skincare line. It’s light, moisturizing and layerable. I love how it makes my skin feel!
Thanks again to Paris B for this great list!
What are your top 13 for 2013?