The Top 13 Beauty Discoveries in 2013

December 31, 2013
The top 13 beauty discoveries of 2013 from The Beauty Look Book (reviews from the past year are linked for each item listed):
  1. Caudalie Divine Oil – my absolute favorite beauty discovery this year
  2. By Terry Baume de Rose – pure luxury for the lips, worth every penny
  3. Drybar The Chaser Shine Pomade – my holy grail hair product to add shine, remove frizz, long lasting and smells amazing, my husband also loves this for his hair
  4. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder – the perfect answer to glowing skin and my second favorite discovery this year
  5. Urban Decay Naked3 Palette – lovely rose-gold neutrals
  6. Chanel Taboo Le Vernis – a dramatic purple with red and silver shimmers, The Beauty Look Book’s second most popular post from 2013
  7. Dior Diablotine Le Vernis – the most striking intense coral red shimmer
  8. Tom Ford Illuminating Cheek Colors – unfortunately these were released in very limited quantities, but close alternatives you can get right now are MAC Magnetic Nude Skinfinishes in Magnetic Appeal and Fairly Precious
  9. Edward Bess Black Sea Mousse Foundations – I’ve mixed Light and Medium to get a good match, I’ve found that this is indeed the perfect full coverage foundation that gives a flawless airbrushed look that still manages to look natural, I truly hope Edward releases this to all his counters and in more shades (it was a QVC exclusive that sold out almost instantly)
  10. Chanel Les Beiges Powders – my favorite is 20 for all over, 30 and 40 work wonders for natural contouring and adding a soft glow of color to the face
  11. Diptyque 10-Piece Set – special release this holiday and the perfect way to try multiple scents at a more affordable price than buying the full sizes of each candle
  12. YSL Rouge Volupte Shines – my favorite lipsticks of the year for and The Beauty Look Book’s most popular post from 2013
  13. Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Initiation – holiday 2013 release and the perfect bronze shimmer
I am thankful from the bottom of my heart for each and every one of my readers. You inspire me every week with your thoughtful and insightful comments/e-mails/tweets. I can’t express enough how appreciative I am for those of you who take the time to share your expertise and add your input to my weekly features. Your experiences, tips and tricks help others like myself figure out what works or how to make things work better. Thank you for following my blog and for your support.

What were your top beauty discoveries this year?

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  • eva

    great post. what app do you use for your pics? Love the blog.

    • Hi Eva – I use photoshop to make the collages. Hope this helps!

  • Ooo I've always wanted to try something Chanel! So expensive, but maybe I can test one of their nail polishes for a starter! Cool post too πŸ™‚

  • My fave beauty discovery this year was the Kat Von D Lock it Tattoo foundation!

  • Anonymous

    Sabrina! This has to be the best beauty blog ever, the photos, the reviews, the products, your taste – everything is AMAZING!

  • OK so with you and Temptalia naming Diablotine one of your favorite nail polishes of the year, I kinda feel the urge to rush out of my house and lay my hands on a bottle RIGHT NOW! I have Spring Ball and that's probably the shade I wore the most times this year. Love it with Dior Gel Coat! Have a great 2014, Sabrina! xx

    • Thank you! Diablotine is a must. There's really nothing like it. Spring Ball is a gorgeous peach.

  • The Naked 3 was my first UD product and I am in love with it!!!! Can't stop wearing it =D

    Rosie's Life

    • Naked3 is just so amazing, I swear each version UD Naked gets better and better!

  • Great post! I've been meaning to try a Dry Bar product and it looks like Chaser might be my next purchase πŸ™‚ Love your blog, have a great NYE!



    • Thank you and Happy New Year!

  • Kristina

    Hi! I like your picks list for 2013. Off the top of my head, some of my favorite discoveries were: JINsoon for Tibi nail polish collection (all are amazing!!), Givenchy Photo'Perfexion Fluid Foundation, Diptyque fragrances, specifically Volutes and Eau Duelle, and Chanel Le Lift Creme for the face. Have a happy 2014!!

    • Oooh, great picks for discoveries! I never looked into the JINsoon for Tibi but just googled it. I need to check those colors out, thanks for the tip!

  • Beautiful picks! The Caudalie Divine Oil and Hourglass powders were great discoveries for me this year as well and Naked 3 and By Terry Baume de Rose are near the top of my wishlist. Happy New Year! xo

    • Happy New Year to you Jen!

  • Anonymous

    This was a good year for foundation . I found useable shades for my pale, neutral /pink toned skin in MAC's reformulated Mineralize moisture foundation and Nars' Radiant Cream Compact foundation. I've also experimented with the slew of new finishing powders simultaneously released this year. I guess everyone was having the same trouble I was, with my regular powder suddenly turning any foundation I tried, yellow! Believe it or not, I even had that problem with some of the white finishing powders I tried. This may have something to do with one's own body chemistry causing oxidation between the two products, and have nothing to do with the original colors, but certainly some were more prone to the problem than others. I had the best success with Hourglass ' Ambiant Light powder in Ethereal Light and Dim Light, Diffused Light just added more g
    yellow to the table. I found MUFE's finishing powder to feel very drying, but found an analogous newcomer in Purely Cosmetics ' Diamond Perfect Finish finishing powder! Thank you to whichever blogger out there who first mentioned this product! Wish I had an unlimited cosmetics budget, or at least a much bigger bathroom!!! But the foundation /powder search that started the year off, has hopefully ended successfully! Happy and healthy New Year to all!

  • Thanks for your discerning reviews and gorgeous photography. Have a happy new year!

    • Thank you! Happy New Year to you as well πŸ™‚

  • How do you use Ambient powder and Les Beiges? Don't they pretty much do the same thing? I have been trying to figure this out when I see people say they use both.

    Thank you for a great blog. Wishing you much happiness and continued success in 2014.

    • Hi Susan – sorry for the delay in responding. I would say there are many similarities between the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders and Chanel Les Beiges. Some can be used the same way. This is the difference I see:

      Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders range from satiny to shimmer in finish. Some of the more matte-looking ones can be used all over the face as a setting powder (like Dim Light) depending on your skintone. I have medium olive skin and like to use the Hourglass Powders as a highlighter or a glow. I prefer the shimmery ones like Luminous Light which is my holy grail champagne shimmery highlighter and Radiant Light adds warmth to the cheeks and temples (or eyes).

      Chanel Les Beiges are all matte finish (except 30 which has some shimmer). These are more flesh-toned and I use these as either a setting powder (think loose powder effect in a pressed form) or as a contouring or bronzer powder (30 and 40 are dark for me). You can use Les Beiges all over the face to add a glow but they won't have the same shimmer or lighting effect as Hourglass.

      Hope this helps!

  • Happy New Year everyone! Thanks for a wonderful year of posts, looking forward to 2014. I think I'd vote for Les Beiges powder. I didn't think it would do much but I took the plunge and realized it makes me look like a healthier me. I take it with me whenever I think I'll need to make my skin look more alive. lol

  • Happy New Year!! I discovered Gelish shellac manicures this past year. ^_^

  • What a lovely post.
    Happy New Year xx

  • HNY Sabrina! My top three beauty finds were Argan oil, Naked 1 palette, and the BB

  • Happy New Year, and I'm looking forward to another year of TBLB–best makeup blog, IMO. You have impeccable taste, Sabrina.

    FYI, the Edward Bess foundation is exclusive to QVC till April 14, 2014. Only a few months to wait if we can't snag it there.

  • Happy New Year, and I'm looking forward to another year of TBLB–best makeup blog, IMO. You have impeccable taste, Sabrina.

    FYI, the Edward Bess foundation is exclusive to QVC till April 14, 2014. Only a few months to wait if we can't snag it there.

    • Thank you for the information on EB! I am really happy to hear he will be releasing it elsewhere πŸ™‚ Happy New Year to you and thank you for your continuous support!

  • Happy New Year! I'm looking forward to another year of TBLB. I find most of my new favorites here.

    FYI, the Edward Bess foundation is exclusive to QVC till April 12, 2014. Only a few months to wait if we can't snag it there.

  • So many lovely products, I have a tiny pot of the By Terry Baume de Rose & I ever want it to end. Its so luxurious & hydrating
    Wishing you a Very Happy New Year

  • I have the Naked 3 palette but I've never tried anything else you mentioned. thank you for this post! I want to try everything now haha πŸ™‚ xx http://fromfilmwithlove.blogspot.ca

  • OMG!!! These are great discoveries indeed! I love to have that urban decay naked 3 palette. I so love the colors and the packaging.

  • Mine will be the Tarte Amazion Clay Concealer! Ever since I found this concealer I have not stop using it! πŸ™‚