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EauMG’s Favorite Makeup & Beauty Products of 2013

Inspired by Gaia of The Non-Blonde and her “Best of 2013” post, I’ve decided to do a round-up of my favorite “new to me” makeup and beauty products of 2013.

I can barely keep up with perfume launches, I can’t keep up with makeup and beauty launches/collections. My round-up isn’t about products launched in 2013 (some were) but more about which products that I have found in 2013 that I used and will repurchase.

best of 2013 makeup


Every year I tend to go through different makeup phases. This year was more “mod” than others meaning that I wore something other than a red lip for most of the year. And then I went through the Serge Lutens for Dior circa 1974 phase. In 2013, I revisited lots of old favorites, fell in love with NARS again and consolidated my beauty routine by adding more “all-purpose” products.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder – I have been searching for a setting powder for years and I finally found it with this 2013 launch. This is a subtle shimmer powder that makes my skin look great. There are many shades to choose from. Full review. Retails for $45 at Sephora.

MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation – This isn’t technically new to me but I haven’t used it in 10 years. I revisited it and it still works for me. When paired over my BB Cream (see next section), I’m flawless…almost. I have still have issues but my skin looks great! Retails for $27 at Nordstrom.

Maybelline Volum’ Express MegaPlush Washable Mascara in Blackest Black – I have terrible luck with mascara. It seems that the stuff that everybody loves, I hate and vice versa. I have stubby but thick lashes that won’t hold a curl. I also live in soggy Seattle and want something that won’t run like 99¢ nylons. I really like this mascara for the big flexible brush that gets all of my lashes. And the formula leaves my lashes feeling soft (can’t stand brittle) but most importantly it doesn’t run even when I’m out in the Seattle mist. I don’t know if it is the best mascara but I’m so sick of getting burnt that I’m sticking with this for now. I only bought it originally because the packaging reminded me of L.A. Gear high-tops…Retails for about $8 at

Inglot Freedom System Eyeshadow – This is still my favorite beauty purchase of all time. The shadows are high-quality and pigmented. But, most importantly I love that I choose the shades. This is customized to me. And it’s a rather affordable system. Oh, and it stream-lined my routine, less clutter. Full review.

Rouge d’Armani Lipstick – I love this long-wearing and non-drying formula. 400 has been my go-to red of 2013. 110 has been my mod nude shade. And 610 has been my Dior circa 1974 lipstick…pair with tons of black eyeliner. Retails for $32 at Nordstrom.

favorite 2013 skincare


I really didn’t experiment with new skincare this year. I’ve been happy with Paula’s Choice products and good sunscreens. And oils. I’ve been all about oils.

Hydroxatone Anti-Aging BB Cream with SPF 40 – I was a BB cream skeptic. But, now I’m a believer. This cream has replaced my foundation, sunscreen and moisturizer;  hence, this cream gives me more time in the mornings. The coverage of this cream is full and leaves me looking like a creepy Madame Tussauds version of myself. And in my mind, that’s a good thing. Full review. Retails for $39 at

Providence Perfume Co. Beauty Elixir Oil – This is a natural multi-purpose oil. It can be used on cuticles, hair, etc. I’ve been using it in the winter on my face on dry area around the nose and lips. It has a gorgeous orange blossom scent. Retails for $44 at Beautyhabit.

Aftelier Organic Face Elixir in Ylang – This is a fast-absorbing nourishing oil that smells like heaven (or what I think heaven would smell like). It’s a creamy yet minty ylang that will give you sweet dreams. Retails for $65 at Aftelier.

Pratima Sandalwood Rose Mask – I use this because I can. Because I want to smear sandalwood all over my face. Retails for $40 at Pratima.

Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer – Should this be in the makeup section? Actually, I say not. This is more like a skin treatment product than a makeup item. It leaves my skin so smooth. I use it and my skin feels like velvet. Retails for $48 at

2013 bath and body

Bath, Body and Hair:

LUSH Rose Jam Shower Gel – I don’t understand why LUSH has made this is a limited edition. They could take my money ALL year long. But, I guess they don’t need my money. Rose Jam is my jam. It’s a sweet rose that smells just like Armenian rose jam. The formula is great. Full review.

aroma M Camellia Hair Oil – My hair loves oils. In fact, I had to keep myself from making this list 100% hair oils. This hair oil is a nourishing natural formula that smells amazing, like perfume for my hair. Full review. Retails for $55 at aroma M.

Villainess Whipped! Body Creme in Ennui – I love this stuff. It’s a super moisturizing body cream with mango butter and cherry kernel oil. The texture is the best. The joy is that this cream moisturizes and isn’t greasy at all. I can slather a ton of this stuff on and not leave grease stains on my silk PJs. Plus, Ennui is scent-free. I like scent-free lotions since I like to scent myself with perfume. It’s also unisex. Even my husband uses it and he complains that EVERYTHING is too greasy. Now he’s Whipped. Retails for $11 at Villainess. 

Naiad Sugar Whipped Soap in Cardamom Vanilla – OK, so I’ll try to have a proper review of this product up one of these days, but for now you need to know it’s awesome. This is a foaming sugar scrub that is at least 50% magical. The other 50% is a mouth-watering fragrance of vanilla and real cardamom. I want to eat it. Yeah, it’s sweet but it’s a sugar scrub. It seems fitting. Retails for about $13 at Naiad Soap Arts.

Natural Essentials Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner – In 2013, I decided that I wanted my hair to smell like tiki cocktails. This stuff leaves my hair frizz-free and smelling great. Full review. These retail for about $6 each.

So, these are my favorite “new to me” beauty items of 2013. Did you find any new favorites in 2013?

Oh, and concealer. I’ve wasted so much money on that stuff over the years. I need a good one for my under eye area. I find they are too sheer or too thick. Suggestions, please. I bought at least 6 in 2013 and threw out 5.

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11 thoughts on “EauMG’s Favorite Makeup & Beauty Products of 2013

  1. Enjoyed your review. I’m just not that much of a make-up person. I did get a Bobbi Brown palette that I’m enjoying quite a bit. I am surprised that I like the lipsticks and glosses in it. It’s making me into a lipstick person at this late stage. I like the oils that have been coming out. So good for my skin in the winter. My biggest makeup usage is mascara and this year I tried a Kevyn Aucoin-made my lashes crunchy. Also broke down and tried Diorshow. For the price it should sing, dance and make my coffee. Seeing that it did none of that it’s back to drugstore mascara. I should know better by now. My favorite was Max Factor’s 2000 calorie. Can’t find it now. I like the BB creams, too. I’m going to try the one in your article. Love that they cover so many bases.

    1. A multi palette is what turned me into a lipstick addict 😉

      I’m loving that oils are popular. My skin and hair loves the stuff. Plus, I love a multi-purpose product.

      Ugh, mascaras drive me crazy. I read online reviews, buy it and then hate it. I think my “tastes” in mascara is very different. Like that Diorshow. Bought it after hearing all about it and hated it. I too had high expectations because of the price but what I got was “performance” worse than drugstore stuff. Try that Maybelline. I hated Diorshow and loved 2000 Calorie – that’s a good start 🙂 I’m not saying it’s going to change your life but it does a good job at $7 (less if there’s a sale or if you find a coupon). It’s a good volumizing without being crunchy mascara. If you like a “wet” mascara, try that new L’Oreal Butterfly one. I picked it up and love the brush. The formula takes some time to dry. I have sneezed after applying and what a mess!

  2. I just goty sense of smell back after an incky cas of bronchitis (are there any other kinds?), and i just got to try the Pratima Sandalwood rose mask, and I adore it!!

    1. Glad you’re feeling better! Bronchitis (or any upper respiratory thing) is terrible. Bronchitis is one of those lingers, senses feel dull for a moth+.

      Yeah 🙂 I need to do that mask tonight. My skin is “tired” looking. It’s been one of those weeks where I feel like I could sleep for 11 hours a day…feel like I’m fighting something off.

  3. I enjoyed your review of your choices! I am really loving Guerlains Abielle face oil, Alpeor’s prairie moisturizer, and Miracle mud miracle skin transformer. All helping to keep my dry skin hydrated. I also really like the Kat von D Innerstellar eyeshadow palette and Make up Forever matte individual eyeshadows. … oh! and Younique mascara is freaking incredible!! Thanks!

    1. I want to sample Guerlain Abielle face oil because I’m intrigued by the honey.(I’m going to look up the other skincare items too!)

      That Kat von D palette looks AMAZING. I keep trying to talk myself out of it because I don’t need anymore eyeshadows but the colors look gorgeous. – I love matte eyeshadows.

      OK, so Youngique is “new to me” and I looked up reviews/swatches. I can’t get over it. Does it really work like that? I mean it’s like 1 coat for false eyelashes. I’m truly in awe with these bloggers before and after photos. This is going to be my next mascara purchase.

      1. I really wasn’t going to even try the Younique, but a friend of mine was selling it. So I though…well I’ll buy it for her, but it will be a throw away. OMG! It really works! It’s amazing! I thought…well.. the fibers will go all over even though it works. Nope they stay in place and it’s super nice to take off. Not messy at all. I was astounded! My lashes really do look like I’m wearing false eyelashes when I use this mascara. and I didn’t want to be a believer! 🙂

        1. A Facebook friend was selling it and I had no idea what it was. Plus, she already has amazing lashes that are long, dark and thick and I was like “YOU DON’T KNOW MY STRUGGLE!!!”

          I was going to ask about flaking because fiber ones can do that. I’m super curious now.

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