My Top 11 Products of 2018!

Welcome to day 2 of our 12 days of Christmas here at Java and Jeans! Yesterday we explored my personal wishlist and invited you to share your own, today we’re going to break down my top products for the past year!

2018 was the year I started to explore the wonderful (and confusing) world of cosmetics in earnest and I picked up a few proucts from older releases to holiday sets! Let’s get to it!

11.  Tarteist Pro Remix

    This was a product I was so on the hype train for. Literally. I tried to preorder it but was met with an out of stock notification. Dejected,  had to wait. On my first experiment with this palette I found that the red shadow, ‘grafitti’ didn’t seem to have the lasting power of the green ‘color explosion’ I paired it with for a holiday look.

That minor disappointment aside, the other shades perform admirably and blend nicely. There’s lovely pigment and the formula, in Tarte fashion, is phenomenal. 

10. Lights Camera Lashes Mascara

I can’t mention Tarte without bringing up my new holy grail mascara. Lights Camera lashes gives definition and curl that is unparalleled by any product I’ve tried previously. On top of that praise, the packaging is adorable. I highly recommend this mascara if you can spare the cost!

9.  ABH Norvina Palette

   At first, I wasn’t sure which of the ABH palettes I should put on this list, and after a recent day-wear of Norvina its position on this list was cemented. I love the buttery formula of these shadows and they build so well. I was able to build wild child, the bright shimmery pink, to a very nice level. It’s a nicely versatile palette that I recommend for those who like shimmer and champagne hues!

8. ABH Dream Glow Kit

This glow kit was on my list for such a long time. I wanted it so bad because of the ethereal shimmers and I finally got my hands on it for black friday. I couldn’t believe my luck that the one glow kit from  ABH that was dying for was half off. On playing with it, I found it right up my alley. I love colored highlights and while I usually prefer warmer champagne toned glow, this kit is perfect for cool toned looks and adding some ice for the winter.

7. Ciate` Glitterflips

These. are. amazing. I first heard of these on Tati’s channel. I think during a collab with James Charles or something… maybe Thomas Halbert? Anyway, I thought the price point was excessive but for the quality of product you get, I think it’s worth it! On one swipe you have opaque color that initially dries down almost matte. If you press your lips together while it’s still tacky, this beautiful, fine glitter appears. Their colors are gorgeous too!

6. ABH Sultry Palette

I was on the fence with adding this one, but with as much a I obsessed over this bridal looking palette, I figured it deserved a spot. This palette is lowkey, except for ‘Bloom”. I see this as less of an everyday wear, and more of a wedding or date palette. You can make gorgeous looks with or without the pop of color and go as glam as you’d like.

5. Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette

This is definitely not for the faint of heart. Urban decay delivered 10 stunning pressed pigments that deliver vibrant, long-lasting colors and a multitude of possibilities. Admittedly, I’m a little late on the train with this one since it’s on the way out. I may be more timely next year! If you like super bright neon looks, definitely look into this palette. Right now, at the time of writing, it’s on sale on Urban Decay’s website for $15.

4. Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

This is one of the end-all-be-alls for a reason. It’s phenomenal. After finding it, I use this almost everyday and every time I apply my makeup. I try other ones, but just fall flat of All Nighter’s staying power. I love the subtle scent and the matte finish. This one is worth a try if you want more out of your setting spray!

3. Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer

I tried Tarte’s shapetape and I think I got a shade too light for me, because it makes me look frantic when I use it under my eyes. I opted to try a new concealer rather than buy another full Shapetape. Naked Skin was the one that caught my eye. The color is perfect for evening out my under eyes and makes me look alert as well as adds some warmth. I like to use the two in conjunction, but Naked Skin is my favorite!

2. Too Faced Born this way Foundation

I spent years wearing Ivory foundation without giving a thought to the fact that it was far too yellow for my skin and that it aged me significantly. Finally, I went to Ulta, disheartened after realizing the shade was so wrong. I was thrilled to shade matched with the shade “Snow”.

Wow. The difference it made. It adds a beautiful, natural finish to my skin that looks gorgeous. It doesn’t feel heavy or confining over my primer. All around my favorite foundation!

1.  Eyelure lashes in #005

I was at a loss for what to put at the number one spot, when it finally hit me. My favorite falsies. I always have a terrible time trying to apply strip lashes with the end results not working out. Until I found these gorgeous accent lashes. 

I can actually get these to apply well, in about 15 minute. Which is a far cry from the half an hour spent on other methods and 3 days with the magnetic lashes. 

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   We’ve made it through our top products of 2018! I know some of them were old news, but they were all new to me regardless. What were some of your favorite releases or finds of 2018? Comment your items below, or your experiences with anything in today’s post!

Check out day one if you missed it!

 
Unboxing; Ipsy With Me

Unboxing; Ipsy With Me

Who doesn’t love monthly presents? Pretty dang affordable gifts to yourself that you get on a monthly basis? I know that I’m definitely among that number. Guys, I love month subscription boxes. I like when their makeup, geek culture, treats… Currently, I really want one that’s clothing, but I don’t know if I can trust myself to return the items I don’t want. The moment I’m able though, I totally intend to get Stitch Fix. Right now though, I’m only subscribed to makeup boxes. Birchbox, Ipsy, Lip Monthly and Sephora Play. Well…. Lip Monthly I’m just doing a trial run this month. But for sure I’m all on board with the other three. 

     I wasn’t going to sub to the makeup boxes again because I had stopped doing any makeup at all. Now I’m starting to get back into it in a big way, I figured ‘why not?’ But I wasn’t sold on it until I saw September’s Ipsy bag. Just… it’s so unbelievably cute. I caved and subscribed but Ipsy had told me it was too late to get the bag I wanted.

     Lucky me when I got the email letting me know it had shipped! This bag is pretty awesome, guys. Not the best, really, but I did get a really nice blending brush. The first thing I noticed when opening my bag was this amazing quote. I love it and immediately stuck it on Instagram.

Moving on the meat of the bag…

Two sheet face masks! I’m so excited! I really love masks and I’m just starting to amass a huge collection of them in my miscellaneous makeup drawer. I usually prefer mud masks because the sheets are a little hard to match to my face and keep them there. Preference aside, I’m pretty hype to use these!

       

When I saw this on the Ipsy app, I wasn’t too excited. Pinks are generally a bad color on me. Seeing it in person is a little different, it looks soft enough to be passable. That apparently doesn’t concern me too much, because I just bought the Norvina palette which has a few shimmery pinks that I quite like. I’ll do a tester of it and hope for the best!

This. I don’t think I like this. The Thank Me Later primer is definitely not an item I intend to purchase. I feel like it goes on with an oily texture and then dries to a powder. My fingers felt incredibly greasy after using this. I may give it another chance and see how it goes, but as of right this moment, I don’t think that I like this. If it works for you, great!

Ipsy has spoken, and they want me to use TreStique- I’m not offended. I actually really like these. They sent me one ages ago and I still use it. They have such a great, smooth formula and the pigmentation is lovely. The color doesn’t last super long, but that’s okay because it’s so small that I don’t mind carrying it with me to do touch ups if needed. 

Check out that brush! Isn’t it adorable? I haven’t tried it quite yet, beyond blending shadows on my wrists. It’s super soft and flexible. It does its job well so far. The fact that it’s DC-related with the Harley Quinn diamonds doesn’t matter much to me beyond aesthetics.

I’d probably rate this bag a…

3/5

Really, I can’t give it higher based on the fact that they missed their marks with the colors for the most part. I prefer nudes, browns and a few bold colors here and there. I generally reach for red lipsticks rather than pink. So while this lippy is cute, it’s not really all the way up my alley. It’s not a bad bag, I just didn’t jive with their color choices.They weren’t far off their mark.

I hope they get closer next month!