my ten favorite product finds of 2013

it’s been a very good year for the glossarie and the growth of my beauty bag and makeup routine is further proof of all the wonderful products that i was introduced to in 2013. ten products have become everyday, you-will-have-to-pry-them-out-of-my-cold-dead-hands favorites. these are the bars against which all other products in their category are measured. so without further ado, here are the best of the best:

top 10 of 2013

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1 – chapstick hydration lock

2 -stila countless color pigment in lyric

3 – mark. make it rich lip crayon – how these never made it into their own post,
i will never know! coverage is creamy and intense, super comfortable and long-wearing. peony is my winter shade of choice, with punch being my year-round go-to.

4 – maybelline volum’express the falsies big eyes

5 – smashbox camera ready cc cream

6 – bite lush lip tint in orchard – another product that snuck into the top 10 without a post. this glossy, moisturizing, hot pink is the one thing that wakes me up each
morning. i’m obsessed with the formula and the color is so poppy and fresh.

7 – benefit gimme brow

8 – my partnership with simple skincare in 2013 was a true blessing for my problem skin! i have fallen in love with every product in the range and i love the calm, clear effects
that each one delivers with no surprises as to how my skin will react.

9 – real techniques expert face brush

10 – jouer perfume oil

is there something that you discovered via the glossarie
that’s still holding steady in your daily beauty routine?

chapstick hydration lock

chapstick hydration lock

some people collect books of matches when they travel, i collect lip balms.

my caudalie lip conditioner? it’s from the cosmetic market in nashville - and i got my tube of fresh tinted lip treatment at sephora in chicago. my most recent acquisition, this tube of chapstick hydration lock, is from the duane reade on 6th ave and 36th in nyc.

i was in a major lip balm pinch during my latest trip to the big city (how i forgot to pack any lip balm at all is beyond me!) and so i picked this stuff up on a whim. historically, i’m not the biggest fan of drugstore lip products. for starters, it really weirds me out that they’re in the cough and cold aisle, but then – and more importantly – they don’t tend to live up to any sort of expectations. for the record, i do keep a tube of aquaphor handy and i have made friends with the eos lip ball’ms over the years, but in general, lip balm is always one of the things that i have felt you truly need to spend some money and invest in – but perhaps not anymore.

i was swayed by chapstick’s promise of 8 hour moisture, coq10, hyaluronic, and yes, the vanilla creme scent. upon first application i knew that i was on to something special. this balm falls somewhere between creamy and waxy, hydrating lips on contact and sealing in moisture for a very comfortable and plumped up pucker. the loveliness last for hours and i could care less if i lose the tube in a taxi cab, because, well, it was $3.

i’m giving this one top marks and i love knowing that there’s a lip balm that i can rely on in the drugstore aisles – even if i do have to brave the cough and cold section to make a purchase.

chapstick hydration lock, $2.99 >

show me your lip bomb, tierney

Tierney Lip Bomb

name: tierney
internet home: the preppy leopard
number of products: 5
she says: my lip bomb is nowhere near as fancy as yours (*oh please!), but here’s the pic!
the bomb: 

maybelline colorsensational lip color in red revival, $7.49
such a great take on the classic red lip.
it’s a little darker than my normal red lipsticks
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mac matte lipstick in diva, $15
a dark dark wine color that seems intimidating in the tube, but is really pretty on.
i love wearing it with smoky eyes–instead of being 1980′s overwhelming,
it’s actually very sultry and vampy.
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chapstick moisturizer, $1.59
i honestly can’t beat a $2 tube of chapstick.
plus, I don’t feel guilty when I lose it.
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nyx pump it up lip plumper, $5.49
bought on a whim from UO.  it’s a pretty gloss,
but i don’t really believe in lip plumpers.
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jouer lip enhancer conditioning lip treatment, $14
it feels so nice when I put it on, but i don’t think
i’ll buy the full price one when my chapstick is so darn amazing.
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tierney and i have been blog friends for the longest. i wish we got to hang out in person more often as our love for beauty products (lips, in particular) always sparks insightful convo. her lip bomb says a lot about her and i could not be more appreciative of her thoughts on each product – plus, most of these are new names for the #lipbomb project, which is fun to see.
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if you want to see your #lipbomb in the glossarie, send it over to theglossarie@gmail.com – the more the merrier!
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show me your lip bomb, jen

lip bomb

name: jen
internet home: cuddles & chaos
number of products: 8
she says: as you can tell, my hair sticks to my lips pretty much any time the wind blows ;)
the bomb: 

revlon colorburst lip butter in cherry tart and tutti frutti, $6.49 each
covergirl natureluxe lip balm in coral and anemone, $5.99 each
c.o. bigelow mentha lip shine in vanilla cola, $7.50 (similar)
merry berry smoothing lip balm, $3.25
blistex fruit smoothies in berry explosion, $3.79 / 3 pack
chapstick classic lip balm in spearmint, $1.59

quite the savvy little #lipbomb, here. i love that jen doubled up on the covergirl and revlon lips – both are dynamite if you haven’t tried. (and i’m totally adding anemone to my list!) there’s a lot of flavor in this group, too – everything from mint to vanilla cola, to berry x 2. a great and very affordable group. thanks for sharing, jen!

if you want to see your #lipbomb in the glossarie, you know the drill :)

show me your lip bomb, olivia

olivia's lip bomb

name: olivia hayward
internet home: olivia is the talented designer + entrepreneuress behind mane message
she says: crazy that all of these lip products are constantly with me! i feel like some of these rotate in and out, but a few are true staples.
number of products: 9
the bomb: 

nars semi matte lipstick in heat wave, $24
nars sheer lipstick in love devotion, $24
nivea a kiss of moisture, $2.99
buxom big & healthy lip sticks in monaco + barcelona, $19 each
revlon colorburst lipstick in raspberry, $5.49
chapstick lip moisturizer, 3 for $4.75
revlon colorburst lip gloss in sunset peach, $7.49
revlon just bitten kissable balm stain in romantic, $8.99

now, i have never met olivia but i know that we would be fast friends. i have loved and adored this girl since discovering her impeccably designed and incredibly well edited line of bracelet hair ties two years ago. she started her successful e-commerce and wholesale brand in her college dorm room and it has developed into something that’s been recognized by some of the industry greats. it has been amazing to watch her grow!

a true beauty addict, her #lipbomb is impressive for two reasons: 1) olivia obviously plays favorites – nars, buxom, and revlon are each represented multiple times (meaning she clearly believes in those brands, i love the loyalty) and 2) she’s got some limited edition shades in the mix that are no longer available (a girl after my own heart).

this is definitely not the last that we will be seeing of olivia or mane message on this here blog – i’m so thrilled to feature her #lipbomb today!

want to show me your #lipbomb? send it over to theglossarie@gmail.com.

show me your lip bomb, maggie

maggie lip bomb

name: maggie
internet home: right here on the glossarie!
she says: embarrassing to realize how many lip sticks/glosses/balms i’m carrying around – i’m traveling…is that an excuse for the number of products I have?? ;)
number of products: 7
the bomb: 

softlips marshmallow ghost, $3
mox botanicals lip butter in pomegranate & fig, $16
vs makeup color drama lipstick in exquisite, $14
rouge d’armani in rouge 400, $30 (remember this post?)
butter london lippy in queen vic, $18
chapstick classic lip balm in cherry, $1.59
maybelline color sensational high shine lip gloss in one shine day, $5.54

i love, love, love having maggie’s contributions here in the glossarie and i could not be more proud of her lip bomb’s breadth of brand (from chapstick to armani!) and depth of color. also, i think i need that mox botanicals lip balm…

keep sending your #lipbombs to theglossarie@gmail.com!