2012 Makeup Favorites



Every year since Han and I started Beauty Forum, I’ve looked forward to this post. Last year it was in video form on my Youtube Beauty Channel (RIP). Since I quit my videos, I knew a post was obligatory. Top 12 of 2012 just sounds better than Top 45 of 2012. Literally, my list of favorites was a mile long, but I’ve condensed myself to 16 individual items, but 12 products. (You’ll see what I mean.) Just another tid bit — there is no mascara on this list because I change my mascara constantly and didn’t find myself repurchasing just one and I did try to stick to almost all regular line products except for a few limited edition that were musts. You’ll see some repeats from my everyday makeup as well.



Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation– This was my stand out foundation of the year and also one of the priciest items on the list. I’m obsessed with it. It’s a medium to full coverage cream foundation. If you’re looking for something with heavy oil free coverage that will last you a long time, this is it! ($43)

MAC Studio Finish SPF35 Concealer– The best concealer I used all year and also one of my Handbag Heroes, so I won’t go into much detail, but it’s great at covering blemishes and redness! ($18)

NARS Joie de Vivre Cheek Palette– I promised there wouldn’t be too many limited edition items, but this was a stand out and HAD to be included. I got this during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and it quickly sold out unfortunately. It’s great for travel because it has four blushes (Orgasm, Luster, Angelika, Gaiety), a bronzer (Laguna), and a highlighter (Albatross). NARS blushes and bronzer are my favorites around, so I highly recommend checking any of those colors out because they’re all universal and wonderful quality.



theBalm Schwing Liquid Eyeliner– I’m so picky about my liquid eyeliner, but this one is a great matte black that’s long lasting, but not hard to get off at night. It dries quick and is the first liquid liner that doesn’t flake off and isn’t a pain to apply. ($17)

MAC Eyeshadows in Quarry & Saddle– Here’s one place where I cheated. Two MAC eyeshadows that have been my absolute go to’s. They’re both easy matte colors that look awesome on brown eyes. I usually sweep Quarry (soft muted plum brown) across my lid and then follow it up with Saddle (golden orange brown) in my crease or vice versa. ($15)

Urban Decay NAKED2 Palette– It’s hard to believe that this palette has only been out a year because I’ve been using it like crazy alternating with my regular NAKED palette all year. This one has more mattes and more taupe/grey type shades. It gives you a nice variety to create any look you want. ($50)

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow in Bad to the Bronze– Another one that I can’t believe has only been out a year. While I have all of these amazing cream shadow shades (literally), there is one standout — Bad to the Bronze. It’s an amazing taupey bronzy perfection that can be worn under shadows or by itself and still look so done on your eyes. It’s a drugstore must have! ($4.99)

MAC Paint Pot in Groundwork– I love MAC Paint Pots and I think this one has to be my favorite for everyday all year long because it’s a neutral satin taupe (surprise, surprise). I use it quite frequently under any eyeshadows because I know it will keep them in place all day and it’s a great base. ($18.50)



YSL Volupte Sheer Candy Glossy Balm in 05 Mouthwatering Berry– Oh hi go to lip color of the year! This was featured in my Berry Beautiful Lips post and it’s absolutely gorgeous. I use it daily and it’s easy to just sweep on while keeping my lips hydrated and pigmented for a long time. It’s amazing — pricey, but worth it. ($30)

Revlon Lip Butters in Pink Truffle, Candy Apple, & Peach Parfait– This was the year of the glossy pigmented almost lip stick, partially balm type products. Again, while I have them in a lot of shades — these three are my favorite. I used Pink Truffle for a quick everyday lip, Candy Apple for special occasions (my 21st birthday!)/an amazing red lip, and Peach Parfait was my summer favorite. They’re inexpensive and come in a variety of shades. ($6.49)

Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm– These are my favorite lip balms because they’re tinted and each smell uniquely wonderful. I love them and for the price, you might as well buy them all and keep one or two in your purse, desk, wallet etc. They’re also pretty moisturizing for a cutesy lip balm! ($2.99)

MAC Lipstick in Party Parrot– While Mouthwatering Berry was my go to lip color, MAC Party Parrot (a sadly limited edition lipstick that is again sold out on MAC’s website) was me in a lipstick. It was another special occasion color that quickly become a signature for me. It’s a bright red pink that is just to die for. Check your local MAC stores because it was recently repromoted and you might be able to get your hands on it!

Well, that was a lot of products. Please share your 2012 makeup favorites with me too because who knows, they could become 2013 favorites!

xx – Dan


Berry Beautiful Lips

One of my absolute favorite fall makeup trends is always berry lips. I don’t wear a lot of color on my lips during the spring and summer, but I thoroughly enjoy rocking the sultry berry lip during the fall and winter. It also can be a little more muted and neutral compared to a red lip which can be scary if you’re not used to a lot of color.  Thankfully there’s lots of options for every skin tone, comfort level, and budget. These 6 are my personal favorites and I think there might be one or two you’ll fall in love with this season. I planned on doing lip swatches as well, but unfortunately they just turned out really awkward where I was making duck face after duck face for the camera…haha.

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie– This is the most dramatic of all six and not for the faint of heart. It’s glossy and truly proves that you don’t have to compromise pigmentation for price! ($6.49)

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Satin Plum– This beautiful pearl finish plum is perfect for everyday. It can be paired with virtually any eye look and work on a lot of skin tones. ($5.99)

Sephora Collection Ultra Shine Lipgloss in 07 Shimmery Purple Red– This is the richest gloss and full of opalescent shimmers throughout. It’s a smooth and beautiful raspberry. ($14, full size)

MAC Lipstick in Hot Gossip– A pinky plum creamsheen that can be layered for a deeper color, but easily worn with one quick swipe over the lips for day or night. ($15)

Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polish in Dolly– One of my favorite lipgloss formulas in the most beautiful muted berry that looks wonderful on it’s own or layered over any of the other lipsticks for an added plump. ($19)

YSL Volupte Sheer Candy Glossy Balm in Mouthwatering Berry– The newest find and by far my favorite. It’s a great everyday purse essential because it’s as smooth and creamy as a balm, but so pigmented. The color gets a bit darker on your lips and pulls your whole simple makeup look together. Pricey, but worth it. ($30)

I’m always looking for more beautiful berry lipglosses or lipsticks. If you have a favorite, leave it in the comments, so I can check it out too! :)

xx – Dan


Happy Halloween!!

Happy Halloween everyone! I’m feeling super festive today with the orange bow I made this morning. This will be a super quick post, but I just wanted to share a few cute little Halloween/fall fun things!!

Freaking adorable “pumpkin” caramel apples that I made last week for all of my co-workers! These were a serious hit and really easy to make. Recipe and how to found here!

Mine and Grimsby’s Halloween day costumes (Mario & Princess Peach)! Me and my two baby brothers are matching from Mario Kart obviously. Picture to come on Weekly Instagram Round Up next week!

Me and my HUGE pumpkin before I decorated it!!

One side of my pumpkin monogrammed and polka dotted in blue with a matching bow!

The other side of my pumpkin: Gator Bait!!! 

Spooky chic nails with Revlon Scandalous!

I hope y’all have a super safe and fun Halloween night and check back tomorrow for a really delish fall treat to make!

xx – Dan

Weekly Instagram Round Up

Eeeeeps! It’s Monday night! Why didn’t I post this morning? Well that’s easy.

RED came out!! I’m one of those crazy freaks that was at Target before it opened and I have been on the release of Fearless and Speak Now. (The exact same Target, mind you.) I’m so excited and totally loving it. It’s very different than anything else she’s done, but I really really like it. In case you’re wondering 22, Starlight, State of Grace, and Begin Again are my favorites! :) I’ve been seriously losing myself in Red. But don’t let me forget to get to the pictures. (follow me @Daniefaz on instagram)

Schnooks drew me a Honey Badger



Blow up Spider for my desk


Mimi sleeping


My Phone’s frequently called list


Taylor Swift goodies and Lauren Conrad Beauty


Revlon Top Speed in Royal


Giant slice of pizza for lunch!


My new iPad background Hannah made me

xx – Dan