Top 10 Makeup Products of 2013 - Miranda’s Picks


1. Best Foundation - Dr. Jart Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45
Dr. Jart BB creams have great coverage, contain anti-aging ingredients, and work perfectly even for sensitive skin (having worn several Dr. Jart products this past year, I’ve seen a drastic improvement in my skin tone and appearance).

2. Best Blush - Physician’s Formula Happy Booster Blush in Pink
This Physician’s Formula blush contains pink shades suited for everyone, is long lasting, and has just a tiny bit of shimmer and sparkle.

3. Best Mascara - Lancome Hypnose Drama
I don’t discriminate in my mascaras as I have several drugstore favorites, but Lancome Hypnose is well worth the investment - the medium sized brush delivers volume and length with no flaking.

4. Best Palette/Eyeshadow - Maybelline Color Tattoo in Matte Brown
Some hyped products are hyped for a reason - Maybelline Color Tattoos are equal to Mac paint pots in quality. The Matte Brown Color Tattoo has strong, creamy pigmentation and barely creases - my go-to for a simple and sophisticated everyday look.

5. Best Lip Product - Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Lip Color  (Runner Up: Laura Mercier Lip Glace)
This one’s easy - it’s Chanel, it’s pink, it’s moisturizing, and utterly flattering. While Chanel Coco Hydrating products may not be too long lasting, 2013 was the year of tinted balms and this was the reigning champion. I also rediscovered my old love for lip gloss - the Laura Mercier Lip Glace glosses are vanilla scented goodies.

6. Best Nail Polish - Zoya Pixie Dust Godiva
It’s very difficult for a company to create a beautiful textured polish and it’s even more difficult to pull off a textured nail polish.  Zoya managed to do both - Zoya Pixie Dusts are like glitter snow and sugar candies on your nails.  Godiva is a beautiful nude color with a matte finish and subdued sparkle.

7. Best Skin Care Product - Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair Day Moisturizer (SPF and Vitamin C)
I try a lot of skincare products that work wonders, but I picked this Neutrogena moisturizer for its affordability and indisputable effectiveness.  My skin feels better, has less redness and less visible lines, and is more hydrated (for everyday wear, Neutrogena Tone Repair is the best pick).

8. Best Haircare Product - Healthy Sexy Hair - Soy Argan Treatment
This product is one of Lauren Conrad’s favorite hair treatments (and thus, mine too!). Healthy Sexy Hair Soy smells absolutely lovely and adds shine to hair without making it oily. Whether for styling or treating, this really does make healthy, sexy hair.

9. Best Scent  - Chloe Eau de Parfum (any Chloe scent!)
A great scent can make a whole day better - I’ve tried several perfumes but the best of 2013 was Chloe. Chloe perfumes are demure yet complex with wonderful undertones and sleek bow packaging.  No matter what the occasion, Chloe never fails me (plus, there are several variations of the original Chloe Eau de Parfum).

10. Beauty Resolution for 2014 - Be  more adventurous with my makeup (and wake up earlier for work to actually have time to do my makeup).

Stay Pretty, Miranda M.
  • Miranda

    Great choices! I love zoya and that hair treatment….ahhhhmazing!!

  • The Beauty and The Business

    I’ve been wondering about the neutrogena lotion for awhile. I’m looking for something more moisturizing maybe I’ll pick up the night version of this.

    I’ve been dying to try the pixie dust polishes, I know I’ll be picking up 3 for the 3 for $12 zoya promotion!

    • Pretty Squared

      I really like it for everyday/night - some skincare products are too expensive to use daily so I rather splurge on a serum but keep this as a moisturizer (it’s been working great for my skin and no breaking out).

      Great idea for the pixies, I love Zoya’s promotions!

  • Becky

    The Zoya polish looks so pretty! I wanted one of them when they first came out with that collection, but I put it off telling myself I didn’t need it. Seems like this post revived my want for it, haha. Ditto with your beauty resolution as well - I don’t bother with putting on makeup half the time because I’m so lazy, but it’s just a different feeling when I do.

    xx becky /

    • Pretty Squared

      I wanted it at first but had to wait because it was being sold for ridiculous prices on ebay and amazon …plus it was sold out all the time haha. I provided the link but now it’s a normal price, def. worth trying it, it’s gorgeous!

      As for the resoultion, i’d be nice if we had more time…never enough time in the day…

  • Hanhabelle

    Lovely post, I also love the Dr Jart range I have the water fuse BB cream but might look into this one for the extra SPF boost.

    Hanh x

    H A N H A B E L L E

    • Pretty Squared

      Oh I love the water fuse one too (the blue bottle right?) I wear that during the summer because it’s more lightweight, but yeah, all of their products are amazing, my skin feels so much better than just foundation.

    • Hanhabelle

      Yes I love wearing it in the Summer, I feel like it gives really good coverage and protection.

  • SheerBeauty (Kayla)

    The hair product sounds great, I adore Lauren Conrad so I might check this product out


    • Pretty Squared

      I was skeptical at first, but the argan treatment is amazing, they have small travel sizes too so you could try it first!

  • OPI Addict

    Great picks! That Zoya polish looks gorgeous


    • Pretty Squared

      I’m working on some swatches, it’s the perfect glitter nude haha if that makes sense!

  • vicki bruce

    Lovely favourites! I adore that Physicians Formula Blush - it gives a pretty flush of colour and who can resist that cute packaging.

    • Pretty Squared

      completely agree on the flush of color, it’s really perfect a blush that doesn’t look like blush haha