Hey everyone! I hope you have all had a charming and memorable 2009. I have a lot of memories that I'll be keeping with me from this year.
I had my first wedding anniversary, my first Christmas tree (it's a baby tree I got the day after Christmas from Target), the first year I've become a Sephora VIB (omg my bank account!), my first DSLR camera (Canon XSI, yay for pretty pictures), and I exceeded 1 million hits as well as 1,000+ blog followers! Never thought that was possible. ^O^ I also received so much support from my readers and won the Holiday Vlogger competition sponsored by The Body Shop.
There are so many incredible things that happened that I never thought could be possible when I started this blog and I have everything to thank to my loyal readers. Shoutout to those Soompiers who supported me from day 1!! Honestly, I am overwhelmed and humbled thinking in retrospect of the past year and through all of the hardships that my family and I endured, that I would still have such an outpouring of love and support coming from my friends here on this crazy online world. You don't even realize how much this has brought me through some of the tough spots in my life.
-gonna get a little emo here so if you'd like to skip this, feel free- ;)
I felt so scared to open up the first time on blog. People have been so judgmental in the past and I had every intention to keep this blog to a less-personal level that was informative and a tool where others could learn what little I knew and where I could learn boundless more from everyone else. When I got to a point where I felt like my voice needed to be heard, I was seriously bowled over at the compassion that met me at the other end.
I fully expected to be ripped to shreds. Who cares what this chick thinks? She wears eyelid tape so she must be fake! BURN HER AT THE STAKE! Little did I realize how much my silly little makeup tricks may have actually helped someone to actually feel good, pretty, NORMAL. I feel like I grew up in a society that never taught me how to apply makeup and to figure out for yourself why you aren't tall, blonde, and with clear skin and double eyelids. I just want to let everyone know that it's okay. You aren't a teenager forever. The bad skin can be cleared, and you know what? Single lids are beautiful. Double lids are beautiful. You can have a choice to be who you want to be! I may not be 5'8", but I can walk with my head held high being me, and feeling good about making the best of what I've got for ME.
I've always said, my mantra is to use beauty to project the good inside, not as a mask to hide insecurities. Everyone deserves to feel beautiful and genuine at the same time. I just hope that for 2010 I can make more people feel that way. That's my New Years resolution. ^^
-now, back to your regularly scheduled programming-
So I've had a lot of requests to share my top beauty products of 2009, so for a final huzzah of the year, here we go from head to toe:
Favorite Shampoo and Conditioner: Essential Rich Premier Shampoo and Conditioner
Super inexpensive from sasa.com and smells SO GOOD! Like fruity-floral. Plus, it makes hair silky and soft.
Favorite Leave-in Treatment: Biosilk Silk Therapy
I apply to wet hair from the ears down and hair becomes much softer and easier to manage.
Favorite Facewash: Re-10 Wash
I know this one is prescription so it's not easy to get a hold of, but it's gentle and doesn't dry my skin out. It's generic so only $10 and one large bottle lasts me all year.
Favorite Face Lotion: Dove Deep Moisture Facial Lotion
Contains spf 15, doesn't break out my sensitive skin, and prevents winter skin flakies. Love!
Favorite Eyeshadow: NYX Single Eyeshadows
Inexpensive and super pigmented. I own like 1564654 of them. A few of my favorite colors include White, Black, Almond, Flamingo, Morocco, Purple, Kiwi, Mermaid Green, and Cream Cheese
Favorite Eyeliner: MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
Cream liner. Basic matte black. Can give a liquid or pencil look and it lasts all day. Totally an HG forever.
Favorite Mascara: Covergirl Lash Exact Waterproof
Holds curl, doesn't clump, defines, and lengthens lashes. Great for a clean, fluttery lash look.
Favorite Eyeshadow Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion
Just the best for normal to oily lids. Eyeshadow stays PERFECT even through a nap!
Favorite Double-Eyelid product: Wonder Eyelid Tape (Extra type, new packaging)
I've been wearing it nearly everyday! The most natural option of any tape or glue I've tried and it still works even with makeup. ^^ LOVE it so much!
Loved it so much I contacted the company in Japan to try to make it available to others too! Newly in stock, so e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in purchasing. I'll post about it officially soon. :D
Favorite Blush: Rock & Republic Contrived Pressed Blush in Call Me
In the same vein as Nars Orgasm but more pigmented. Gorgeous peachy-pink with a golden glow.
Favorite Foundation: Everyday Minerals foundation in Intensive - mix of (buff) Fairly Light Neutral and (olive) Golden Medium depending on the season.
Doesn't break out my skin and feels like I'm not wearing any foundation. Great everyday makeup.
Favorite Concealer: Lancome Photôgenic Concealer in Camée
I know this is getting phased out but it's still my favorite! Oil-free, spf 15, and lasts all day on hyperpigmentation spots left from acne.
Favorite Lip Balm: Rosebud Strawberry Lip Balm
Goes on lips easily like petroleum jelly but smells awesome and makes super soft lips!
Favorite Lipstick: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte
It's just the best, creamiest, most opaque, prettiest-packaged, yummy-smelling lipstick in the world.
Favorite Lipgloss: A tie between Dior Creme De Gloss (opaque gloss in Creamy Gold) and MAC Dazzleglass (sparkly gloss in Funtabulous)
Creme De Gloss is moisturizing and creamy with lipstick opaqueness, and Dazzleglasses are just show stoppers for ultra glittery lips.
Favorite Body Wash: Dove Cream Oil Body Wash in Cherry Blossom & Almond scent
Love the scent, very moisturizing, and inexpensive!
Favorite Perfume: D&G 3 L'Imperatrice
Absolutely, bar-none, my favorite perfume and first perfume that I consider to be my signature scent. LOVE. It smells pretty, fruity, floral, fresh, sexy, almost like strawberry rhubarb pie mixed with awesome but not TOO sweet, sugary, or floral. XD
Favorite Nailpolish: China Glaze
I have lots of colors but my favorite brand is China Glaze
Favorite Topcoat: Seche Vite
I learned it's pronounced sesh-veet! Amazing stuff. Apply thickly, promptly after your polish is applied before the polish is completely dried. In about a minute, the polish should be dry, shiny, and good to go!
Favorite Beauty Tools:
Eyelash Curler - Shiseido
Heated Eyelash Curler - Panasonic
Brush set - Sonia Kashuk Hidden Treasures
Eyeshadow Brush - Coastal Scents Italian Badger Round Crease Brush
Face Brush - Clarisonic Mia
Shower Brush - Bath & Body Works Back Brush
WHEW! That was so much stuff. If I left something out, it might be because I don't really have an HG (holy grail) item for that category but feel free to ask away about my other beauty favorites that you'd like to know about in the comments. Also, if you are super passionate about something then give me your suggestion for your HG product since, of course, I love to try new things. ^o^
Much love, health, and happiness for 2010!