2013 Beauty Favorites (Makeup)

2013 beauty favoites - yearly makeup favorites

Today I am sharing with you my top beauty products of 2013! I’m focusing solely on makeup products in this post, mainly because I didn’t want this post to go on forever with allll the skincare, haircare and other beauty products I loved for 2013. But if you would like another post detailing my non-makeup yearly favorites, leave me a comment down below and let me know! I’d be happy to put one up!

Without further adeux, my favorite makeup products of 2013!




This is a newer favorite and I would have included it in my December favorites had I done one! Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation may very well be my holy grail foundation. Those are big words, but I am OBSESSED. This foundation is truly full-coverage, but it mimicks the skin for a natural-looking finish. It is not at all cakey or ‘makeupey’ and it’s neither dewey nor matte – just natural. It does live up to the name with respect to lasting power as well! I have dry skin that can get just a tad shiny in the t-zone, and this foundation did a great job of balancing my skin so that I was neither dry nor oily. It’s perfection!!! (I’m in the shade Light Beige, if you’re wondering.)

I’ve gone through three tubes of Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint this year alone. I love it for the days that I don’t feel like putting on foundation. It has a decent amount of coverage for a tinted moisturizer and hydrates my skin nicely. Plus, it gives me a gorgeous glow and makes me look alive, which is nice (especially early in the morning when all I want to do is crawl back into bed)!

Since the moment I discovered Maybeline Instant Age Rewind Eraser in the Brightener shade, I have not stopped using it. It takes just a second to apply and it brightens up my eye area and makes me look instantly awake. It’s a miracle worker.

I am obsessed with the Ambient Lighting Powders from Hourglass! Diffused Light is my favorite shade because it has a bit of yellow to it, which helps mask any redness I have in my skin. I use it as a setting powder, but the Ambient Lighting Powders can be used as subtle highlighters as well. The powder is ultra fine and does what the name implies – diffuses the light – to leave the skin looking flawless with a healthy (not shiny!) glow.

Benefit Hoola bronzer has survived as an overall favorite of mine for years! It is the perfect bronze shade for me – not too dark or muddy – and doesn’t contain any shimmer so it’s great for contouring.

Hands down my favorite highlighter EVER (as of yet) is theBalm Cosmetics Mary LouMANizer. It’s a gorgeous champagne shade that works well on every skin tone, with a super-fine shimmer that catches light and gives the skin an ethereal glow. I’m obsessed. (Plus, I love theBalm’s cheeky product names!)

*I’m not including a blush in my 2013 favorites because, frankly, I can’t choose a favorite! I’ve been back and forth between many different brands and shades that I feel are fantastic, and one does not particularly stand out amongst the group.*


I own a lot of makeup palettes, but the Lorac Pro Palette is the one I reach for the most since buying it back in June. I can’t believe I’ve never included it in a favorites post or video! This palette has 8 matte shades and 8 shimmery shades, all neutrals, and is perfect for creating a multitude of looks. The shadows are all highly pigmented, and they’re super soft and blendable. This palette is a must have in my book!

On the days that I can’t be bothered to create a full eye makeup look but want to look like I did, Maybeline Color Tattoos in Barely Branded  and Bad to the Bronze have been my go-to eye combo. I use Barely Branded on the lid and swipe Bad to the Bronze in the crease and I’m out the door. The shades work so beautifully together and create the perfect subtle bronze eye look. Plus, they last all day.

I’ve raved about Sephora’s Nano Eyeliner in a couple of my monthly favorites posts this year, and I will probably continue to do so until Sephora stops making it. (Dear Sephora, please don’t stop making it!) The pencil is soft and glides smoothly over the eyelid without pulling, and it provides saturated, long wearing color. Plus, you can’t beat the $5 price tag!

We all know that I think Diorshow Mascara tops them all, but MAN Benefit They’re Real! is good! I thought about including them both, but honestly, They’re Real! really blew me away this year, so I’ve decided to include only this mascara in my 2013 Beauty Favorites. It is volumizing and super lengthening without clumping, and it doesn’t budge. It’s a bit pricey, but worth it in my opinion.


The MAC Eye Brows brow pencil in Fling has been my go-to eyebrow product for years. It’s the perfect color for my light brows and the formula is soft and easy to work with. I find that it lasts all day as well. I’ve heard from other beauty bloggers that this pencil tends to dry out or break on them, but I’ve gone through 4 of these and so far, this hasn’t happened to me. I love it!


Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick is hands down my favorite lipstick to date! The formula is ultra-creamy and feels comfortable on the lips, not at all drying. My favorite shades are Naked, a nude-pink (love it with Buxom’s Full-On Lip Polish in Sugar, mentioned below, too!) and Manic, a soft wine shade.

As far as lipgloss goes, I love all of the Buxom Full-On Lip Polishes. They come in a range of beautiful shades that compliment a variety of skin tones, and I love the tingly feeling of the gloss on my lips. But the shade Sugar, a rosy beige, has been in my purse constantly this year (and it’s almost gone! Boo!). It’s the perfect neutral gloss with a hit of color to wear either by itself or over lipstick.

I also have to mention Dior Addict Lip Glow. This is a balm in stick form that works with your unique body chemistry to develop into the perfect shade for you. It applies smoothly and I love the pretty pink shade that I get from it. It lasts quite a while too!


Formula X for Sephora nail polishes are a new favorite, but they have become a quick favorite! I am currently wearing Center of My Universe, a rose gold glitter, and I love it so, so much. These polishes apply nicely, they’re long wearing and the shade selection is incredible! I’ll have a full review of Center of My Universe posted soon!


What are your favorite beauty products of 2013???

Leave me a comment down below this post and let me know!

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  • http://www.rhymeandribbons.com/ Amanda

    I love how affordable most of these products are! x

  • http://janinehuldie.com/ Janine Huldie

    Some many good products in one place and think my favorite is that nail polish!! :)

    • http://www.glossyblonde.com/ Niki Caron

      It’s gorgeous! The photo does not do it justice!

  • http://crackerjackandgingersnap.squarespace.com/ Jackie S.

    I love the Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation! It’s staying power is amazing. I have been wanting the Lorac Pro Pallette for months now, but there are other ones I want too and can’t decide which one to buy first.

    • http://www.glossyblonde.com/ Niki Caron

      It’s SO good! You won’t be disappointed!

  • Sharon

    Thanks for all the recommendations! I have to try out that polish…I’m always looking for ones that will last and not chip the next day.

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    • http://www.glossyblonde.com/ Niki Caron

      I hear ya! These are great!

  • http://www.PetiteCareerGirl.com/ Merrie K.

    Hi, love your roundup! I’ve been eyeing the color tattoo eye shadows for a while so now i guess i’ll have to go try them :)

    Merrie @ http://www.PetiteCareerGirl.com

    • http://www.glossyblonde.com/ Niki Caron

      They’re great! They really last and the color payoff is incredible!

  • Lacey @ Sunny + Turquoise

    Holy.Crap. I would kill to get my hands on your makeup collection. Your entire face list is incredible, only you would get this but it’s all what I want to try out from our youtubing lol! I have heard the Mary Loumanizer is on HauteLook sometimes!

    • http://www.glossyblonde.com/ Niki Caron

      It is! TheBalm comes around on HauteLook every few weeks it seems!

  • Kate Smith

    Great Post! I have my eye on Hourglass powder in diffused light. I go back and forth about purchasing. What do you think, should I take the plunge?

    • http://www.glossyblonde.com/ Niki Caron

      Yes it’s so worth it! That’s exactly why I included it in my yearly favorites! It’s such a great powder!

  • Nikki @ The Pink Growl

    I’ve heard about the color tattoo stuff, I need to check it out. Same with that “they’re real”, I’ve heard it’s AWESOME! Also, what’s your opinion on facial moisturizers…or things of that sort?

    • http://www.glossyblonde.com/ Niki Caron

      Are you looking for something specific or are you curious about my yearly favorite skincare products? I can do a post on those if you’d like, or if you have a specific question feel free to shoot me an email!

  • http://heleneinbetween.com/ Helene

    im literally saving this and writing it all down! I trust ya! gotta try that mascara!

    • http://www.glossyblonde.com/ Niki Caron

      Aww yay!! They’re Real! is sooo good!

  • http://www.karlykim.com/ Karly Kim

    I need to try that eye liner. You know everything about beauty! What would I do without your guidance? Xoxo

    • http://www.glossyblonde.com/ Niki Caron

      You’re too sweet! xoxo

  • Jamie@HandlingWGrace

    I just got Too Faced chocolate bronzed. It’s my new favorite. It smells great and doesn’t have shimmer.

    • http://www.glossyblonde.com/ Niki Caron

      Oooh I’ve heard such great things about it!

  • Megan Wadsworth

    I love Betty Lou-Manizer! TheBalm makes such cute product names to go with their stuff. Love them!

    • http://www.glossyblonde.com/ Niki Caron

      I love them too! Especially my Nude Tude palette!! xo

  • Ashley

    Ooh interesting to hear your thoughts on the tarte foundation, I have it but I feel like it makes my skin a tad to shiny. I switch off between that and Smashbox BB. Thanks for sharing your top picks!!

    Thanks for stopping by Pursuit. Happy New Year!!


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    • http://www.glossyblonde.com/ Niki Caron

      Ohhh that’s too bad! I love the Smashbox BB cream too – that’s a good one!

  • http://www.sparklesandshoes.com/ Kelly

    I have never tried most of these, I definitely should!

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    • http://www.glossyblonde.com/ Niki Caron

      I highly recommend it all!

  • ivoryandolive

    These are all fantastic picks and are some of my favorites! I really need the Lorac pro palette. Need. And I’ve been eyeing that Tarte foundation. Happy New Year!

    • http://www.glossyblonde.com/ Niki Caron

      Ohhh they are both SO good! Happy New Year!!

  • Chelsee

    Oh i pretty much love everything on this list. I included some on my best in beauty 2013 as well. I love love the Benefit hoola. I find it is great for contouring!

    • http://www.glossyblonde.com/ Niki Caron

      It definitely is!

  • Mandy Jean

    I just bought the Lorac Pro and I don’t know how I did my makeup without it. It is amazing!

    • http://www.glossyblonde.com/ Niki Caron

      I agree!

  • Britta

    i love posts like this! i would also really love to see your favorite skin care products! like moisturizers and any anti aging creams that you would recommend because i am in the market ;)

    • http://www.glossyblonde.com/ Niki Caron

      Ok I’ll write up a post!! xoxo

  • http://www.agoodhue.net/ Amanda

    Great post, Niki! This year I have been loving (well, more like obsessed with) Urban Decay’s Naked Basics palette, it has perfect, everyday neutrals. I also received e.l.f.’s Contouring Blush & Bronzer Duo in St. Lucia and have been very pleased. It’s a total dupe for NARS’ Laguna bronzer and Deep Throat blush— but without the price tag!

    • http://www.glossyblonde.com/ Niki Caron

      The Naked Basics palette is a great one! I’m interested in trying the elf duo!!

  • Jenn

    I’m pretty sure our makeup bags contain the same items. Love all of it!

    • http://www.glossyblonde.com/ Niki Caron


  • http://www.glossyblonde.com/ Niki Caron

    Thank you!

  • Nicki Lewis

    Have you tried the OPI for Sephora Nail Strengthener? It works great

    • http://www.glossyblonde.com/ Niki Caron

      No, I haven’t. I’ll have to check it out!