15 best beauty products of 2018

Trying out new beauty products is my favorite thing to do, and sharing those products with you is my second favorite thing to do. 2018 was a rather fruitful year for me in terms of beauty products. I switched to being more conscious of what I was buying and gravitated towards vegan and cruelty-free products; and I only bought what I needed. Today I am rounding up 15 of the beast beauty products that I tried in 2018 and LOVED! BONUS: they are ALL cruelty free! Oh yeah!

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With titanium plates that deliver perfect, even heat in seconds, the iron has an adjustable temp control that heats up to 450F in 30 seconds, an auto shut-off, and a SmartSense microchip for lightning-fast heat recovery-fewer passes for smooth results.

This stuff not only smells amazing, but it is thickening and makes my fine, flat hair feel like it has volume. 

A must have for chemical treated hair, this stuff seals the cuticle and protects against heat and UV. It can be used wet or dry. 


A hybrid complexion cream that instantly and completely blurs imperfections, evens out the skin tone, and doesn't look overdone. I love how this stuff feels lightweight and makes my face look amazing! 

A Limited-edition eye and cheek palette features 12 matte and radiant eyeshadows plus a one-of-a-kind ombré blush... the colors are BEAUTIFUL and the formula feels so soft on my eye lid.

Not only does the formula feel like butter, but it spreads like it too!

I'm a mom and I work full-time so sometimes it's hard for me to get the sleep I need; and my eyes show it. This eyeliner helps brighten my eyes and makes me look awake. 


This little beauty is just like the Foreo Luna Play, but it has advanced sensors that connect to the FOREO app to measure hydration, and provide an overview of your skin’s health. I love the clean feeling that I get from it.

Made locally in Indiana, this facewash is worth the money. It is organic and natural, cleans off my make up, and makes my face feel clean! It also smells so good!!

Sometimes my face gets oily, and I need a mattifier... this stuff is amazing! It's great to add to a tinted moisturizer, because I get twice the moisture and a beautiful color. 

Not only does this feel good on my face, it also moisturizes, gives a glowy finish, and leaves my face looking radiant!

I love a good cleanser and this one makes my face feel so smooth with its natural fruit exfoliant.

An all-in-one repair salve that you can use practically anywhere on your body. It is soooo moisturizing and smells yummy!


A formula that gently corrects any nail imperfection, providing an incredibly smooth and even foundation. It gives me a nice base to paint my nails.

Not only does the formula go on smooth, but it's on the thicker side meaning that it stays on the nail and not on my fingertips. My current favorite color is Dress Code.

Did you discover any new beauty products in 2018?

Letter from the Editor: January

Ah, it feels so good to be back. After taking a little hiatus, I am finally back on the blogging train. Did you miss me? Well, I hope so!

Since it's a new year, I am going to get back to my "letters from the editor", which is something that I write each month and it tells you about what is going to go on around these parts, my goals for the month, any blogging news, and of course, give you a run down of what is to come :)

2018 Recap

For me, 2018 was an ok year. There were some really great points and some really low points, but overall it was a good year.  

  • In March, I was fired from a job that I loved.
  • In April, we lost a close friend.
  • In May, we got 6 baby chickens and then after some interviews, I started a new job at the end of the month. 
  • In August, my son started 2nd grade and I started on my second master's degree- this time in ABA
  • In September, the hubby and I celebrated 9 years of being married, I saw The Offspring (my FAVORITE band), and my son turned 8.
  • In October, we celebrated Halloween with my son being Freddy Kruger
  • In December I put in my two weeks and moved on to a position more closer to home, ended the semester with two Bs, saw my bestie, took family pictures, and tried alligator for the first time. 

My biggest blog posts of the year were:

So, on to THE new year.... and the many things that I want to do around these parts...I love the newness of a fresh year. It's like a blank notebook just waiting to be written in.

My seven goals for January are:

1. Organize all of my pictures on my computer
I am an avid picture taker and every time I need space on my computer, I just upload a bunch of pictures to my computer. And they are not organized- they are labeled with the date. So, a big goal is to organize those pictures into the right folders.

2. Draft and publish three blog posts
I have been neglecting this here blog for sometimes now and it's time to shift my focus to it. My goals is to write three blog posts: one beauty, one about tech, and one about mental health; it may end up being two about beauty and one about tech, but I'm not 100% yet.

3. Film and upload one video to YouTube
It's a little known fact that I have a YouTube channel.... and I post lifestyle videos. This time I want to make a beauty favorites video, so we'll see where that one goes.

4. Use my planner for one month
I am not in the habit of using my planner, but I do think that if I commit to it for one month, it will become a habit. Maybe. Well, I hope so anyways.

5. Post at least 5 times a week to Instagram
Instagram is my FAVORITE social media platform, and just like blogging, I have been lacking in the picture department. I want to grow my following, so the best way to do that is to post!

6. Post at least once a week to Facebook
I don't know why I don't post to Facebook more frequently, but I don't. Not this month, though!

7. Post one sponsored post
I used to do sponsored posts all the time, but I have gotten out of it for some reason. Sponsored posts make me money. Yes- you can make money blogging. So I am going to go full throttle with my networks and get me some money.

Well, that's all folks! Thanks for listening/reading and I will see you soon!

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