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2019 Roundup….Hails and Fails

Hi lovelies

We’re reaching the end of another decade. Where is the time going? I thought for the final post of 2019, I’d do a roundup of my year in makeup. Some of these products were released this year and some of them weren’t. However they have all contributed to my year of discovery.

Most of these products will have a full review but some will be from Glossybox UK reviews and therefore not have a full post. I’ll be sure to add links to all the products and their reviews within this blog.


My year has been full of hails from the beauty community and from a range of companies too. I suppose there’s no other place to start than with a couple of Jeffree Star Cosmetics Palettes. I might as well just sum ’em all up together cause I love them for the same reasons.

The first product in my hails of fame goes to the Conspiracy Palette in collaboration with Shane Dawson (see here). Need I say more; the palette that broke the internet. Along with Conspiracy, I can add both Blue Blood (here) and Jawbreaker (here) to the hails. The pigments are amazing, the formulas smooth and the packaging is the bomb. Any other reason?

My next hail of fame is from Makeup-A-Murder and their beautiful neon pigments. It’s a set of 7 pigments but you can buy them individually. The formula is so soft, the pigmentation amazing and so very bright. You can check out that review here.

Another great product I’ve been loving this year is the Urban Bible Palette from Sosu by Suzanne Jackson and in collaboration with Keilidh MUA. It has a great selection of shades that all have good pigmentation and are easy to blend. Check out the full review here.

The final eyeshadow palette to fit in my hails is the Charlie and the Chocolate Fabrctory from Storybook Cosmetics. The company concept is fabulous and the formula of this palette is amazing. Soft and pigmented but still easy to blend with a great range of shades. For the full review see here.

My favourite and most used brushes of the year has got to be the Spectrum Collections 8 Piece Eye Set. A great set that is perfect for beginners and professionals alike. You will need to add to this collection but it’s a great starting point (full review here).

Finally, some skincare hails to round up this section. First we have the Omorovicza Cleansing Foam. Oh so expensive but so gentle to the skin (review here). Next I love the Mudmasky Leave Me On Winter Mask. It just feels so hydrating for this cold weather. Another good winter product is the Rituals, The Rituals of Ayurveda Hand Lotion. It smells amazing and is deeply hydrating (Glossybox review for the last two here).


I don’t seem to find that many disappointing items on this blog which is usually a good thing. In this case, it’s been tough trying to find some fails for the year.

Unfortunately the first fail of the year comes from a highly successful company. Huda Beauty’s Lip Contour. I just found the formula to be quite chalky and drying on my lips. Nothing like the creme lipsticks and ultimately a disappointment. Thankfully it came in a glossybox (see here).

The second fails of my year comes from Smashbox Cosmetics in the form of their Studio Skin 24hour Flawless Concealer. Just not my cup of tea I’m afraid and it didn’t work well on my skin. Not having that with a £20+ concealer and you can check out the full review here.

I am so gutted this one made the fail list. The Oh Pastry Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in the shade Red Velvet. The formula was just too thick for my liking athough the pigment was amazing. Try it for yourselves but my review is here.

The Afterspa Facial Scrubber came in one of my subscription boxes and is supposedly gentle to the skin. Not for me it wasn’t; it left my skin feeling sore with very little effort (review here).

So it seems as though the smaller “indie” brands are the highlights of my hails for the year. I know JS does hold top spot but the smaller brands are gunning for the big guys.

Thanks for reading. I really hope you have enjoyed this last year with us at RachNevsBeauty and that you continue to join us over the coming year. Have any of these products or any festive looks to share…send them to us for an Instagram share. Leave a like or let me know in the comments what you thought, maybe even hit that follow button. Thank you for continuing to support us and have a fabulous new year. See you on January 5th.

Rach xx

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