Top 10 Makeup Products of 2013 - Mackenzie’s Picks

2013 was a wonderful year - I was accepted into graduate school, my sister graduated from her graduate program and passed the bar exam, and I participated in the Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art contest, an experience I’ll never forget. This past year I discovered even more great makeup, and I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some of my new top favorites.  I have been getting more into wearing nude lip products and my foundation search has continued due to my sensitivity to dimethicone - I think I’ve found a great drugstore product that doesn’t break me out and feels and looks great on.  So stay tuned and I hope you share your own beauty discoveries over this past year in the comments. Also, do you have any beauty resolutions for the year 2014?


1. Best Foundation - Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Foundation Stick
Foundation sticks are rare gems at the drugstore, and I have been so pleased with Maybelline’s version. Maybelline Fit Me is extremely blendable, has a beautiful finish and is perfect for on the go.  Fit Me is also the one foundation at the drugstore that hasn’t caused breakouts on my sensitive skin (despite the small amount of the dimethicone ingredient). A full review of the Maybelline Fit Me Stick is in the works!

2. Best Blush - Elf Studio Baked Blush in Passion Pink
This blush gives my face a beautiful glow and that perfect sun kissed color for a whopping $3.

3. Best Mascara - L’Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Mascara
My go to mascara for insane volume and lengthening! L’Oreal False Fiber Mascara is a dry formula which helps keep my lashes’ curl.  I have gotten lots of compliments when I wear this, specifically “Are those real?”.

4. Best Palette/Eyeshadow - The Balm Meet Matte Palette
I wear the Meet Matte palette daily because of its versatility and quality. The formula of the shadows is very buttery and pigmented, and I have created countless pretty looks with it.

5. Best Lip Product - Rimmel Show Off Lip Color (aka the Apocalips) in Celestial and Comet
These Rimmel Show Offs were hyped up for a good reason - I love these two colors as they are very wearable and flattering (and the rich formula is another plus!).

6. Best Nail Polish - Essie’s Topless and Barefoot
A beautiful nude polish that is perfect for almost all skin types (this may not be a 2013 release, but it definitely was my go-to color this past year).

7. Best Skin Care Product - Neutrogena Oil-Free Foaming Grapefruit Scrub
I wash my face with this lovely scented pink grapefruit scrub twice a day.  This Neutrogena face wash removes makeup, dirt and bad oil while being gentle enough on the skin.

8. Best Haircare Product - Desert Essence Shine and Refine Coconut Hair Lotion
I am a sucker for tropical, coconut scents, and this lotion prevents frizz and ads shine all while smelling like a fabulous tropical vacation.

9. Best Concealer - Benefit Erase Paste
Erase Paste makes me look like I get 10 hours of sleep each night (hint..I don’t) - I love the emollient yet light formula, the amazing pigmentation and the color that blends very well into my skin.  Definitely long lasting too!

10. Beauty Resolution for 2014 - Develop better skin by perfecting a day and night routine and use masks more frequently!

Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M. 
  • Melissa B

    I need to try that nail polish, it kinda looks like essie’s ballet slippers. kinda..

  • Miranda

    Awesome picks! I need to get that palette!

    • Pretty Squared

      Thanks Miranda! Yes I’ve been loving it. Happy New Year to you by the way xoxo !!

  • yousoldtheworld

    I love that foundation, my favorite of the year!

    • Pretty Squared

      Yes! So happy you agree! It looks amazing on and it’s usually so hard for me to get an even coverage with other foundations, but not this one - love it

  • beautyadoration

    I love the Rimmel apocalips. They are wonderful and so affordable!

    • Pretty Squared

      I hope to get more! I haven’t dipped into their brighter colors so that’s a 2014 must

  • Photo-Jenn-ic

    Great picks! I love Erase paste, it’s better than all other concealers I’ve tried. The fit me stick has been a permanent addition to my handbag, perfect for touch ups!

    Jenn | Photo-Jenn-ic


    • Pretty Squared

      Thank you - so happy you agree! A good concealer and foundation can be heaven sent lol I’ve tried Pixi too (the dupe) and it doesn’t compare in quality, so I had to splurge on this and it was so worth it xo

  • Arielle Thibodeaux

    Nice picks! I thought about getting the Meet Matte palette but I totally forgot about it!

    • Pretty Squared

      Thanks Arielle! I think this matte palette would be a great addition to a makeup collection, I really recommend it! xo


    wonderful mascara


    • Pretty Squared

      Glad you agree! I haven’t seen any hype around this mascara, and I’m so surprised because I love it so much xo

  • Isabelle NailsAndCupcakes

    I really want to try the Desert Essence Coconut Conditioner! I know the YouTuber PinkSoFoxy loves it, so glad to read about the accompanying lotion here too! Going in my basket for my iHerb haul..

    • Pretty Squared

      I hope you enjoy it when you get it!! Thanks for telling me about the conditioner, I’d love to try more things from this brand as it seems like a great value (and I usually agree with PinkSoFoxy’s picks too so I’m excited) xo

  • kfc

    Yes I love the Rimmel Apocalips/Show off!!! I have Celestial and love it for more every day, and when I want a pop of bright color, Big Bang for red and Apocaliptic for pink =P good pick, It was one of my favorite lip products last year too.

    k.f.c. =P

    • Pretty Squared

      Yes they are so nice! I love the soft shine they give, they make them really wearable. I have yet to try Big Bang and Apocaliptic, but I promised myself I would this year because the formula is just so great xo

  • Coco N

    The L’Oreal Voluminous is excellent! I’ve used 2 tubes but it’s been years since I’ve repurchased a 3rd. I must get on it again x

    • Pretty Squared

      Glad you agree! I love the dry formula - but there you go, it does dry out very fast lol I’m due for a new tube too and this is the one I always go for as it’s tried and true xo

  • Wanischa S

    I have been loving the Rimmel Apocalips/Show off too. My favourite is Nova

    Kah-Feh Yen

    • Pretty Squared

      I’ve been trying to find that color, most of the show off displays are always empty (for good reasons haha!). Nove is a gorgeous color!

  • Krystal-Marie

    I want to try the benefit erase paste so bad!

    Check out my blog
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    Krystal xo

    • Pretty Squared

      it works wonders, you should ask Sephora for some samples and try it out. I love that there’s different shades too for different skintones

  • Lily

    really need to try rimmel’s gloss, i went for a swatch at priceline the other day and it was very very pigmented ^_^

    • Pretty Squared

      it’s really lovely! I’m skeptical about hyped products but these glosses were definitely worth it. hope you get some to try!

  • Katy

    I keep eyeing that Meet Matte palette everytime it’s on Hautelook! I think next time I’m getting it.

    • Pretty Squared

      exactly! the balm always has such great sales and hautelook is perfect to grab some new goodies!

  • SheerBeauty (Kayla)

    Great post I really like the essie polish


    • Pretty Squared

      Thank you so much - It’s the only polish I bring when traveling I love it!

  • Sam H

    The Balm Meet Matte Palette has been on the wish list for ages! Looks so lovely

    • Pretty Squared

      I’m hoping to do a review/tutorial using it. It is so nice! I get so much use out of matte shadows - for eyebrows etc so I def recommend it xo

  • rachna sharma

    lovely pics…i so want to get that the balm palette!

    • Pretty Squared

      Thank you! Got a new camera for the holidays, so great eye at noticing I def recommend that palette, especially for half off when it’s on sale on hautelook, it’d be such a steal xo

  • Amy

    Love this! I haven’t actually tried any of these products (shame on me!) but you’ve given me a few things to add to my wishlist!

    Amy| The Little Koala Blog ♥ HUGE Giveaway Now on!

    • Pretty Squared

      I hope you try some of them and that you find some new favorites for yourself

  • Glazed Over

    I’ve been meaning to try the Rimmel Show Off lacquers - might just have to pick some up this weekend!

    Great picks!


    • Pretty Squared

      They are so nice! Perfect everyday product - and by the way Walgreens has a BOGO half off Rimmel until Saturday Thanks for stopping by!