In 2019 I took a break from buying a lot of beauty products. I tried to be more mindful of the items I was purchasing and not just buying something because it's new and shiny. I tried to shop my stash a little more and recently decluttered a TON of makeup and beauty items that I wasn't using or that are too old and expired.

It felt incredible to get rid of old, unused makeup to make room for the things I actually use. It is definitely a precedent for how I'm going to go into the new year, with less in my possession and room for the things I actually enjoy.

All of that being said, I did have many beauty favorites this year: some were new to the market, new to me, or have been sitting around in my collection for some time. I might've talked at nausea about some of these while others are new to the blog... either way, they were some of my favorite beauty products of 2019!

Charlotte Tilbury Lipsticks

I've raved about Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks before, whether it was the lipstick formula or my favorite shade, Pillowtalk but I need to mention them again. I discovered these last year, and they were even in my 2018 favorites but I need to mention them again. I purchased a few more formulas and colors in 2019 and fell deeper in love. At this point, Pillowtalk is still my favorite color but I do love Super Cindy as well. All of CT's lipsticks are creamy, decently long-lasting, and blend seamlessly into the lips. They don't bleed, make my lips dry or chapped and they just look beautiful on the lips. When I don't want to wear makeup or lipstick or when I don't want to put too much effort into my look, a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick is there to save the day. If you have not tried one, I highly recommend looking into them!

If you want to read ALL my posts about CT Lipsticks: My Power Lipstick, November 2018 Favorites, March 2017 Favorites

Laura Geller Spackle Concealer

This concealer was released in January 2019 and because I worked at Laura Geller, I was able to use it a few months leading up to the release date. Spackle Concealer is medium coverage, lightweight concealer that blends beautifully into the skin doesn't cake up or dry out your under-eyes and does a kick-ass job at covering my dark circles. It's also called 'Spackle' because it has priming benefits and 'Spackle' is the name of the LGB primer line. When I want to throw on something quick whether with our without foundation/tinted moisturizer, I reach for this concealer. I've gone through at least 3 tubes in the past year and when I left LGB, I took a lot of these concealers with me. I have not one bad thing to say about this

Charlotte Tilbury Peachgasm Beauty Wand

I had been lusting after one of CT's 'beauty wands' for a while when I saw her release a limited edition shade called 'Peachgasm'. What I loved most about this shade was that it was light enough to be a highlighter but had enough colored pigment to be a blush. My obsession with cream-based beauty products usually arrives around April & May so this fits perfectly into my spring & summer beauty routine. The Beauty Light Wand is a highlighter and/or blush stick that has a gorgeous glow/ and luminosity to it. I use it as a cream blush and it truly lights up my face; I have worn it alone a lot this year, without any other cheek product and sometimes just over SPF. It's the one beauty product that was new to me in format and looks this year that I really think made a difference in my beauty routine. I became simply obsessed with this CT product this year and I 100% see myself purchasing more in the new year! *It was in my July 2019 favorites as well

Ole Henkrisen Cold Plunge Pore Mask

I'm not sure when I purchased this product but boy, was it one of my most used face masks in 2019. Ole Henkrisen has quickly become one of my favorite skincare brands, even if I don't have a lot of their items, I just really enjoy the products I do have and love their marketing. The Cold Plunge Pore Mask mimics a cold plunge, which is part of the Scandinavian sauna cycle. The cold is supposed to detoxify, cleanse your skin and reduces the appearance of pores. When you apply this mask, it really is cold on the skin and it feels incredible! I love using this when my skin feels icky when I'm hungover or if I haven't done my skincare routine in a few nights. It makes my skin feel and look smooth, clean, and pretty dam good. If I had to give away all my face masks and only keep one, it would be this one.

Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream

This was the year of finally purchasing a full-size Drunk Elephant product and I am very happy that it was the Lala Retro moisturizer*. I wanted a simple, no fuss, traditional moisturizer that wasn't too heavy and this is IT. I don't react badly to it, it really hydrates my skin but I also think someone with oily or normal skin could use it because I don't find it to be overly heavy. It hasn't necessarily changed my skin in any shape or form, but that isn't why I purchased it. I just needed something to help maintain moisture and feed my skin when it felt bad. Lala Retro was also one of the most consistent parts of my beauty routine this year and I will definitely be repurchasing this once I run out.

*Note: I haven't tried the ceramides version that DE replaced the OG with mid-2019 but I am excited to try. My skin LOVES ceramides.

What were YOUR 2019 beauty favorites?
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