Best of 2018 Beauty + Books

2018 has come to an end, and like with last year I wanted to a Best of 2018 post of products I used, reviewed, and loved last year. Let’s begin!

Beauty

Makeup

My favorite makeup of 2018Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Eyeshadow Palette: I got this palette for my birthday, and I love it! The shades are gorgeous, have great pigment, and last all day with eyeshadow primer. This year I will write a more in-depth review!

Comme Deux #LipLove Lip Oil in Rose: I received this lip oil in my November 2018 GoodieBox, and it has a transparent rose shade that leaves my lips feeling moisturized.

LASplash Hydro Liquid Eyeshadow in Opulent: I received this liquid eyeshadow in my August 2018 GoodieBox, and it is the first liquid eyeshadow I have ever used, and I love it! The eyeshadow is a natural gold shade with a shimmer finish, and it applies easily with the applicator and lasts all day.

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince and Hello Sailor Lipsticks: I bought these color changing lipsticks as part of my Another Ulta Haul, and they are fun to use. Frog Prince is a green lipstick that becomes a rosebud pink shade while Hello Sailor is blue lipstick that becomes a plum shade. The lipsticks are moisturizing, but not that long-lasting. However, the Frog Prince lipstick leaves a tint behind (review)

Marzia Natura Eye Palette by Winky Lux: I received this palette for my 24th birthday, and it is the perfect palette for the Spring. The five shades have great pigment with very little fallout, and they last all day with eyeshadow primer (review)

Mesauda Extreme Gloss in Naïve: I received this gloss in my May 2018 GoodieBox, and it is a pretty pink shade. The gloss is not sticky on my lips, and it is longer lasting than most other lip glosses (review)

Pur My Little Pony: The Movie Collection Eyeshadow Palette: This palette is great for the Spring and Summer as it has a variety of neutral and bright shades. Most of the shades have good pigment and all of them last all day with eyeshadow primer (review)

Uoga Uoga Natural Lip and Cheek Color in Tender: I received this lip and cheek color in my September 2018 GoodieBox Crush, and it is a gorgeous rose shade. I am not that big of a fan of using the color on my cheeks, but on my lips it has great pigment and lasting power.

Urban Decay All Nighter Pollution Protection Makeup Setting Spray: I used to use the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, and when I ran out I bought the Pollution Protection version for my birthday. The Pollution Protection spray makes my makeup last all day or night while protecting against environmental damage.

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick Metallized in Delusional: Delusional is a gorgeous deep berry wine shade with a shimmer finish, and it is long-lasting without being drying on the lips (review)

 

Skin Care

My favorite skin care products of 2018The Body Shop Moringa Body Yogurt: I received this body yogurt in my April 2018 GoodieBox, and it has a pleasant floral scent. The body yogurt absorbs quickly, and it leaves my skin soft and moisturized.

Matas Micellar Water: This micellar water is my go-to and it easily removes all of my makeup including my eye makeup.

Matas Natur Aftersun Lotion: I mainly used this aftersun during the Summer, and it cooled my skin and left it moisturized after a long day outside.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber, and Green Tea: The spray has a nice scent, and it leaves my face hydrated and refreshed.

Pure & Care Foot Balm: The foot balm does not have an unpleasant scent, and it reduces the dryness and cracking of my feet.

Urtekram Purple Lavender Hand Cream: The hand cream has a nice lavender scent, and it leaves my hands feeling soft and moisturized without feeling greasy.

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash: The body wash has a great citrus scent, and it leaves my skin feeling soft and clean.

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter Creamy Body Wash: The body wash has a great fruity floral scent, and when I use it for shaving it leaves my skin smooth and moisturized.

 

Other

Other favorite beauty products of 2018Ari Ariana Grande Perfume: This used to be my all-time favorite perfume, and I still wear every now and then. The perfume has a fruity floral scent with a hint of marshmallow, and it lasts all day (review)

Carven Perfume: This perfume has a fresh floral scent that is great for the Spring. The roll on is easy to apply to my wrists, and the scent lasts all day.

Moonlight Ariana Grande Perfume: This is my current go-to perfume. The perfume has a fruity marshmallow scent with a hint of vanilla, and it is great for everyday wear, and it lasts all day (review)

Nerdwax: Nerdwax is made from beeswax and after I apply it to the bridge of my glasses, it prevents my glasses from sliding down my face.


Entertainment

Books

Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber: Are You Sleeping is about a woman named Josie who has had a dark past including the murder of her father, her mother joining a cult, and her twin sister betraying her. When her mother dies and a podcast re-opens the case of her father’s murder, Josie decides to return to her hometown to confront her past. Josie is a likable character, but she can be frustrating. The plot is engaging and I loved the inclusion of the podcast transcripts and social media posts with the story (review)

Beginners Guide to Blogging by Jenny Marston: This guide covers everything from blog content and SEO to social media and working with brands. The guide is easy to understand, and it has helped me improve my blog (review)

Bird Box by Josh Malerman: Bird Box is about Malorie and her two kids who live in a post-apocalyptic world where seeing a creature leads to a person committing murder and/or suicide. The story alternates between the present of Malorie and her kids traveling down the river to a safer place and the past of when people started dying. Malorie is a strong character, but at times she can be harsh towards her kids. Most of the other characters are likable, but there are some unlikable characters. There are also some disturbing scenes, but the books does have a good ending even though some questions are left unanswered (review)

Coraline by Neil Gaiman: Coraline moves into a flat where she meets her neighbors including a retired circus performer and two retired actresses. One day when Coraline is bored she finds a door that leads to a parallel world where everything is the same except for the people including the other mother who have button eyes. The other mother kidnaps Coraline’s parents and Coraline must get them back. Coraline and her parents are likable characters, and some scenes are creepy. The audiobook is also narrated by Neil Gaiman himself, which is a nice addition (review)

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware: The Death of Mrs. Westaway follows Hal Westaway after she receives an inheritance letter stating her grandmother Hester Westaway died. However, Hal’s grandmother died 20 years earlier, but Hal pretends to be the long-lost granddaughter to receive the inheritance and have some financial security. Hal is a likable character, and the other characters of the Westaway family are well-developed. The plot was interesting and slow-building, and I enjoyed the inclusion of the tarot readings. The ending was also unexpected, but good (review)

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid’s Tale is set in the near future in the Republic of Gilead where women are seen as property and a means of producing offspring. The story follows Offred who is a handmaiden for a high-ranking couple who cannot have children of their own. The story is intriguing and disturbing, and it alternates between the present of Offred’s life as a handmaiden and the past when the normal society became Gilead. The ending was ambiguous, but the epilogue offered a different perspective on the events that happened (review)

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda follows Simon who is gay, but has not come out to his friends or family. Simon discovers a tumblr post by another student who is also gay, and they begin emailing each other using pseudonyms. The story focuses on all the drama that happens in high school and every other chapter contains the emails. Simon is a lovable character, and the ending was such a happy ending (review)

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli: This is the second book by Becky Albertalli, and it takes place in the same universe as Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. In The Upside of Unrequited, Molly has had 26 crushes, but she has not done anything about them. However, she meets a mutual friend as well as her new coworker that may change things. Molly is a likable and relatable character, and all the other characters are likable to a certain degree. The story is so sweet, and I loved the ending (review)

 

Movies

Cargo (2017): In Cargo, a father must find a new home for his one-year-old daughter after he was bitten by his infected wife. Instead of the stereotypical zombie that focuses on surviving and fighting zombies, this movie focuses on the relationship between a father and daughter. I also loved the setting of the Australian Outback as well as Martin Freeman as the father.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018): This movie picks up where the first one ended, and Albus Dumbledore requests Newt Scamander to stop Grindelwald’s plan of wizards ruling over non-magical beings. The movie is set in Europe including Hogwarts, and there are old and new creatures. The acting was great, but the plot can be overwhelming since there are many side stories and a lot of background.

The Holiday Calendar (2018): Abby is a struggling photographer, and she inherits an antique advent calendar that seems to predict her future including a new romance. The movie was cute and perfect for the holidays, and I wish I had an advent calendar like Abby’s.

Hush (2016): This movie follows Maddie who is a deaf author that lives in seclusion. One night a killer arrives, and Maddie must figure out how to survive. The acting was great, and the movie switched perspective by including and excluding sound.

Jumanji (2017): In Jumanji, four high school students become trapped in the video game version of Jumanji, and they must beat the game in order to return to the real world. I loved the acting, and the movie was funny and entertaining.

Mary Poppins Returns (2018): In this sequel, Michael Banks now has three children, but his home is going to be repossessed by the bank. All seems lost, but he and his sister are surprised by the arrival of Mary Poppins who comes to save the day. This movie was fun to watch, and I liked the songs. I think it is a good sequel to the original Mary Poppins.

The Princess Switch (2018): In The Princess Switch, Stacy is competing in a baking competition in Belgravia when she meets Margaret, the Duchess of Montenaro, who happens to look exactly like her. Margaret convinces Stacy to trade places with her so that she can experience life as a normal girl before she marries the prince of Belgravia. The movie was cute, but predictable, and the acting was great including Vanessa Hudgens who played both Stacy and Margaret.

The Ritual (2017): The Ritual follows four friends who go hiking through Sweden after the tragic death of their friend. One of the friends becomes injured, and they decide to take a shortcut through the forest, but a menacing presence starts stalking to them. The movie was definitely creepy, and the acting was good, but the ending was a bit abrupt.

Robin Hood (2018): In Robin Hood, Robin of Loxley and his Moorish commander revolt against the corrupt English crown. The acting and plot were great, and the movie was filled with action and adventure and a little bit of comedy and romance.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018): Lara Jean wrote five love letters to the boys she loved, and she kept them to herself. However, one day the letters are mailed and Lara Jean’s life becomes out of control. The movie had romance, humor, and seriousness, which I enjoyed, and I am looking forward to reading the book.

Wonder (2017): Wonder is about August Pullman who has a facial deformity. After being home schooled his whole life, he decides to start 5th grade at the public elementary school. All of the actors were amazing, and the movie was touching and funny and had some added drama.

Wonder Woman (2017): In Wonder Woman, Diana, the princess of the Amazon warriors, meets an American pilot who tells her about a war occurring. Diana leaves her home to fight in the war and restore peace. I loved the acting, and the plot was entertaining. I also liked the setting of WWI era Europe, and the movie had everything from action, adventure, and super heroes.

 

TV Shows

Atypical: Atypical is about Sam Gardner who has autism and is a senior in high school. The series follows him as he begins dating and learns to become more independent. I love all of the actors, and the series is entertaining since it combines comedy with family drama.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Sabrina is a half-with half-mortal and she must decide whether to join the Church of the Night or remain in the mortal world. As she makes her decision, she fights evil forces including demons and other witches. The plot was entertaining and I enjoyed the satanic twist of this version of Sabrina.

Nailed It!: In Nailed It!, bakers with a bad track record compete to win $10,000. In each episode the bakers must recreate edible masterpieces, and in the Holiday season of Nailed It! bakers recreate holiday themed desserts. The baking show is entertaining to watch and also funny.

Once Upon A Time: Once Upon a Time follows various fairy tale characters who are trapped in the real world and lost their memories due to a powerful curse. The series has a lot of great actors, and I love all the different fairy tale characters including Snow White and Prince Charming, Elsa and Anna, and Captain Hook.

Queer Eye: In Queer Eye each member of the Fab 5 has their own speciality: Tan (fashion), Jonathan (grooming), Antoni (food and wine), Bobby (design), and Karamo (culture). Together they transform people on the inside and out so they can be the best version of themselves. Queer Eye is a feel-good show that promotes great messages.

The Rain: The series follows two siblings who emerge from their bunker six years after a rain carrying virus kills most of the population. I loved the setting of post-apocalyptic Denmark and Sweden, and the plot was interesting even though it was bit predictable.

Riverdale: Archie Andrews and his friends Betty, Veronica, and Jughead investigate the murder of their high school classmate Jason Blossom. In the second season they uncover the shooter the Black Hood, and in the third season they face the new threat of the Gargoyle King. The series is entertaining to watch and as the seasons go on, they get crazier and crazier.

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Baudelaire orphans investigate the mysterious death of their parents as they outsmart Count Olaf who will do whatever it takes to get his hands on their inheritance. The actors who play the Baudelaires are perfect for their roles, and I love Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf. The series is a great representation of the books.

13 Reasons Why: In 13 Reasons Why, Clay receives a box of tapes made by his classmate Hannah who committed suicide. The tapes explain the 13 reasons why she killed herself, and Clay needs to listen to them to find why he is on one of the tapes. The second season focuses on the court case between Hannah’s parents and the school for failing to protect Hannah and preventing her suicide. This is a great series that is emotional and covers sensitive topics.

 

Video Games

Detective Pikachu: In Detective Pikachu you play as Tim who is searching for his dad in Ryme city and ends up partnering up with a talking Pikachu. I played this game through completely on my 3DS. The game was entertaining with solving mysteries, but the puzzles are a bit easy to solve.

Fallout New Vegas: In Fallout New Vegas you play as a Courier who is shot and left for dead in the post-apocalyptic world. You then journey to find your would-be-killer, make friends and enemies, and decide the fate of New Vegas. I bought this game on Steam a while back, and I finally got around to playing it. I played around 42 hours and completed one route. I love this game because there are so many choices you can make and different routes you can take.

Harvest Moon Light of Hope: I bought this game during the latest Steam sale, and this is the first Harvest Moon game for PC. In this game you acquire a farm in a harbor town, and you are given the goal to revive the lighthouse. I have played about 10 hours so far, and I enjoy this game. I love the characters and there is a lot to do in this game from farming, fishing, mining, and completing quests.

Graveyard Keeper: This game is on Steam, and in Graveyard Keeper you manage a medieval graveyard and complete quests for the various characters. I like this game because it is like Stardew Valley, but with a graveyard instead of a farm. The game can be a grind with gathering resources, but I still enjoyed playing it.

Life is Strange: I played this game on Steam, and I loved it. Life is Strange is an episodic game, and you play as Max who is a photography senior. Max soon discovers she has the ability to rewind time and can save her best friend Chloe. In this game you make choices, and ALL of your choices matter, which makes this game so appealing. I was immediately drawn into this game and invested in the characters, and at times the game made me emotional. (review)

Life is Strange: Before the Storm: This episodic game is the prequel to Life is Strange, and instead of playing as Max, you play as Chloe as she develops her relationship with Rachel, and you do not have the ability to rewind time. Like with Life is Strange, all of your choices matter, and the ending was even more emotional.

The Long Dark: This is another game I bought a while ago on Steam, and I started playing it recently. In The Long Dark, you play as pilot from a plane crash, and you must survive in the Canadian wilderness. There are several modes including story, survival, and challenge mode, and I have only played the story mode, and it was great. I love this game because it is you against nature and the only enemies are the cold, hunger, thirst, fatigue, and wild animals.

Orwell: I received this game for free on Steam, and I played through it completely. In Orwell you investigate people to find out who is responsible for a series of terrorist attacks. You retrieve information from web pages, social media profiles, chat rooms, emails, and PCs. This game was interesting because it involves the question of how far is too far when it comes to the government invading the private lives of citizens in the name of safety. Also the information you submit has consequences which leads to multiple routes and replayability.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole: I played this game on Steam, and it is like The Stick of Truth in that you complete quests and loot buildings, but now the combat system has been improved and you can have three buddies instead of just one and the combat is tile-based. There is also crafting and you can customize everything about your character from gender to race. I do not think this game is worth $60, but it is a good game when it is on sale for $20.


What were your favorites from 2018?

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24 thoughts on “Best of 2018 Beauty + Books

  1. Loved reading this! There’s so much I love too, skin care items – I love anything Soap and Glory, Life Is Strange is also an amazing game, I am on episode 4 so I really need to finish it! I really enjoyed watching the new Fantastic Beasts and I also watched Hush – which I thought was very good!!
    Chloe xx
    http://www.chloechats.com

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    1. Thank you! 😊 I love Soap & Glory too & I wish they were available in Denmark! Life is Strange is amazing & have you played Before the Storm? I also really want to play Life is Strange 2!

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  2. I loved the book of Bird Box too and Coraline is one of my favourite stories EVER. I’ve seen that film about 4 thousand times haha. I really want to get my hands on Life is Strange. But my biggest favourite last year has to be Red Dead Redemption 2 x

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    1. I’ve seen Coraline a ton too haha & you should play Life is Strange! 😄
      I’ve only heard good things about Red Dead Redemption 2 & I wish it was available for PC 😕

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  3. Ooh I’m glad that the yoghurt is good – I’ve bought one but still waiting for my sorbet to run out so haven’t tried it out yet. What a great wrap up of things for the past year – I hope this year is just as good.

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  4. Oh so many fun products, Karalee! I’ve never heard of Nerdwax but I need it in my life. Are You Sleeping sounds so interesting– def adding it to my TBR list. I so wanna watch Jumanji & Mary Poppins, too! Every single one of the games you included sound right up my alley. Especially Life Is Strange. Wow! Sounds so cool! Thanks so much for sharing! 😄

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    1. Thank you!
      You do need Nerdwax, and if you do read Are You Sleeping, I hope you like it! You should definitely play Life is Strange! It is one of my all-time favorite games, and there is Life is Strange 2, which I hope to play soon!

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