Cheers!! It’s the last day of 2019! That is REALLY hard to believe, honestly, but that also means it is time for everyone to post their 2019 Favorites and sometimes the 2019 Dislikes. I’m going to have both for you here. So, without wasting any more time, here are my 2019 favorites & some dislikes in beauty, fashion, lifestyle, & tech. Make sure to read to the end because I might have thrown in some bonus favorites!
Faves: NovaLash Lash Extensions, Jeffree Star x Shane Dawson Conspiracy Collection, & the Tati Beauty Textured Neutrals Palette
So, right before Thanksgiving, I decided to get lash extensions. Several friends got them, and they looked great so I thought, “Why not?” I was lucky enough to grab an open appointment with Claire at Rejuvenate Wellness in Jackson for the Wednesday of that week (since I was off that day), and had them done. Rejuvenate uses the NovaLash brand extensions, which are GREAT because they’re water and oil proof, so they’re pretty darn indestructible. It takes about 2 hours to put them on and about the same for a fill, which I try to get done every 2 to 2.5 weeks because my natural lashes shed pretty fast, plus I’m always touching the lashes because I put contacts in every day. Overall, I have LOVED these lashes and they make me feel “done up” even with minimal or no makeup on. But they especially look gorgeous when I’ve got a full glam face on! And speaking of GLAM, I have fallen in LOVE with the Jeffree Star x Shane Dawson collab collection, Conspiracy. I have both palettes, the Diet Shane lip balm, & the liquid lip “Jeffree, what the F***?” (The word is spelled out on the color but I’m saving you here incase that bothers you!) Both of the palettes are extremely wearable & can be used for ultra glam or daily natural looks. The top row of the larger Conspiracy palette ($52) has become one of my go-tos for daily wear and neutral glam looks. The smaller mini-Controversy palette ($28) has both neutral and bright colors but all extremely wearable. Like all of Jeffree’s palette’s both contain extremely blendable shadows that are like butter and all gorgeous. The Diet Shane lip balm ($18) has been great to use under any lip color & the liquid lip ($18), like all of Jeffree Star’s collections, is long-wearing and gorgeous. Almost everything is currently sold out but the mini-Controversey palette is still available. All of Jeffree Star’s palettes are also available in Morphe stores and online as long as they’re not sold out! Last but not least is the absolutely-flipping-gorgeous Tati Beauty Textured Neutrals Palette ($48). This ENTIRE palette is gorgeous and wearable for every single occasion you can think of, from hanging around the house and wanting a little makeup on to full night out glam. The colors are all neutral but each row has a different eyeshadow finish from matte to full pressed glitters. I’ve worn looks from this palette all week, and I have been able to create lots of different eye looks from the entire palette. Unfortunately it is also currently sold out but restocks on it and the Jeffree Star x Shane collab are all coming in 2020!
Dislikes: Tatcha Silk Canvas Protective Primer
Of all of the beauty products I tried in 2019, this was probably the most disappointing. I didn’t hate it but for $52, I didn’t love it that much at all. According to the description on Sephora’s website this primer is, “A velvety priming balm of pressed silk that smooths and makes makeup last longer while keeping it out of skin, helping to prevent clogged pores and breakouts.” It does feel good and goes on the skin well, BUT I don’t find that it makes makeup last longer or diminishes the look of fine lines and pores like it says it should. Honestly, with some foundations, it seems to exaggerate both of those. For the price, it is just not worth it to me, especially since I’m prone to using various foundations from the IT Cosmetics CC Cream Foundation to the LimeLife Cream foundation. I’ve found that there are multiple other primers that do a much better job for usually less than the cost of this one. So, while I don’t absolutely hate this product, there are better products out there.
Faves: DIFF Blue Light Blockers & Shopping Local Boutiques
If you know me, you know I spend a LOT of time in front of a computer screen, iPhone, or iPad. Whether it is for my day job or my small business or blogging, I’m usually in front of a screen. That’s where the DIFF Eyewear Blue Light Blockers come in handy. I’ve worn several brands of blue light glasses before, but I believe the ones from DIFF are the best quality I’ve tried. You can actually tell the difference when wearing them. My eyes don’t feel as strained, I can see better for longer periods of time, and more. My favorites are the DIFF x Casey Holmes Bella Leopard Print ($85) ones that are slightly oversized and sit enough away from my eyes that my lashes don’t hit them. But if those aren’t your style, DIFF offers a variety of frame shapes and sizes to suit your needs. They also have sunglasses and prescription glasses, as well. Shameless plug–Get 20% off using my DIFF ambassador link!
In addition to fab blue light blockers, one of my other faves for 2019 that will also carry into 2020 is shopping more from local boutiques. I’ve found so many cute outfits, accessories, etc. from our local boutiques in Henderson & Jackson. Some of my favorites are Sage Boutique in Jackson, Hello Gorgeous in Henderson, & Wildflowers in Henderson. I’d say over half of my winter wardrobe this year has come from local boutiques and I’ve gotten quite a bit of jewelry from them as well. I’m a huge supporter of shopping local, so make sure to check out some of your own local boutiques and businesses in the new year!
Dislikes: Poor quality from Designers
My dislike isn’t actually an item. It’s just general poor quality in some of the larger designers for both clothes and accessories, as well as poorer quality from larger department store brands. After I started buying clothes from local boutiques, I noticed that the quality of items seems to be MUCH better than what I’d bought from department stores or even some designer items. The prices of everything were comparable, so before you buy from your local chain store, check out local places to see what they have to offer!
Faves: Nespresso machines
It seems like Nespresso has taken a long time to catch on here in the Jackson/Henderson area, but if you haven’t tried one you NEED to. I have both a Nespresso and a Keurig, and I love them both, but if you’re trying to not spend as much on that daily Starbucks latte or you just want to make yours at home, you definitely need a Nespresso. There are two lines of Nespresso machines–Vertuo and Original. I chose the original Nespresso line because I can get the pods at my local Kroger and Target, but I’ve yet to see the Vertuo pods there. The Vertuo can make a full range of coffee and espresso styles where the Original line uses just espresso pods and makes any type of espresso drink you want. The only other reason I didn’t get the Vertuo is because I already have a Keurig machine for larger coffee drinks. I was able to get my Original machine from Bloomingdale’s for around $99, and it included a milk frother during the holiday sale a year or two ago. The one I have is the Essenza Mini Piano Black and it currently runs for $149 with out the milk frother. But the good thing is that Nespresso machines go on sale throughout the year! So if you love espresso and want to make it easily at home, check out Nespresso!
Dislikes: I don’t really have one for this category because I’m very particular about what I buy for my home/lifestyle!
Faves: AirPods Pro & Twelve South AirFly
The AirPods Pro ($249) top my list of faves for everything, honestly. I’ve owned each version of the AirPods & the Pros are absolutely worth the money. I’ve used them for walking, traveling, and streaming my online classes. The noise cancellation mode and transparency mode on them are fantastic, much better than I thought they would be. It blocks out almost all noise. I use them on road trips with my husband (especially when he’s singing with the radio! Sorry, babe!) and airplanes to block out almost everything. I’ve also used them in my online class. Others can hear you clearly and you can hear them clearly, as well. I’m even wearing them right now to listen to some music while I finish this post. I actually like the shorter shape of them, as well, because they don’t hit my larger earrings like the other AirPods did. They’re also water resistant so I’m not worried about getting them sweaty from working out or being caught in the rain. I did also get the new PowerBeats Pro wireless earphones for working out so I usually won’t be wearing the AirPods for that. If you’ve been on the fence about these, definitely consider getting them especially if you don’t currently have AirPods. They are worth the money!
In addition to the AirPods Pro, the AirFly from Twelve South ($45) is next on my list. I saw this on Snapchat in the Mashable stories and HAD to have it. What this device does is allow you to connect your bluetooth headphones or earbuds (including the AirPods Pro!) to an audio or video device that does not have bluetooth capability. I used this during our flights back and forth to LA this year. I connected it to the AUX port on the plane and was able to use my AirPods and Beats to watch movies on the plane or play my Nintendo Switch (which doesn’t have bluetooth). There is also now an AirFly Pro version that has a longer battery life and can connect to two sets of headphones. At $45-$55 this isn’t the cheapest device but if you travel a lot by plane or use a handheld video gaming system, it is a MUST!
Dislikes: Office 365
Ok, so, again, I don’t hate O365 but I find the Google suite of apps much more user friendly and reliable. We use O365 for work, so I do have to use it sometimes, but I’ve even found that some people I work with don’t fully use it and use Google for some things. Yes, O365 does work with the native Microsoft apps like Word, PowerPoint, etc., but Google Docs, Slides, etc., work almost as well. Google Drive is also more seamless in my opinion, and much more user friendly. I often also find that O365 isn’t always working so great at work (that could just be our network!) but I’ve rarely had issues with Google Drive, etc. So, this one is just truly my opinion, so take it or leave it but my preference is definitely Google over O365 and even iCloud for almost everything.
So there you have it–my 2019 Faves and Dislikes. I could’ve gone on and on and on with more products, but these are the ones that stood out in one way or another. I tried to link to everything, so make sure you check them out. Let me know what you think on these if you’ve tried them. And let me know what your 2019 faves were so I can try them (or avoid if you’ve got some dislikes!) Happy New Year’s Eve and see you all in 2020!