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16 Jan 2014

2013 Beauty Favourites!!

Okay so I realise that this is very late! I figured better late than never right? I've been so busy moving back to uni after Christmas but I still wanted to share with you what I've loved this year. Once again, sorry for the awful photo! 

1. Benefit Dallas Bronzer
I have loved this bronzer for years, hence the smashed up box! I hit pan a while back but I'm gonna use it till there's absolutely nothing left. I'm not a fan of muddy coloured bronzer's which is probably why I wasn't a huge fan of NARS Laguna (I know shoot me!). It gives just the right amount of glow and shimmer and has pink undertones which I love! It's not ideal for contouring because of the shimmer but if your looking for a regular bronzer that will give you a natural glow then this is it! 

2. MAC Cremesheen Lipstick - Hang Up
It took me ages to actually take the plunge and buy this lipstick. I always tend to play it safe and go for nudes but I', so glad I bought it! The photo doesn't do it justice at all but its a deep plum colour, not too purple though and It doesn't look too deep if you apply it lightly so it's really versatile. It's been perfect for the autumn months.

3. Revlon Moon Candy Nail Art - 240, Eclipse
I absolutely love these duo's. The Full colours are so gorgeous and they apply really easily and dry quick which is good if you're like me and don't like waiting! The glitter topcoats are thick too with just the right amount of glitter. I didn't like the texture of the glitter, I like a smooth finish but other than that I can't complain. A week later and only a few chips. I have since picked up 2 new colours!!

4.  Real Techniques brushes
I couldn't even begin to name my favourite Real Techniques brush. I think Samantha Chapman is a genius to be honest! I have just included the Stippling Brush and the Powder Brush in the photo. I love the stippling brush for applying cream blushers. It's a match made in heaven! I never like applying cream blushers with my fingers because 1. I apply way too much and end up looking like a creepy doll and 2. It's an absolute pain to get off your hands and ends up everywhere! The fact I can stipple it onto my cheeks means that I get the perfect amount every time. The powder brush is also perfect. Not much to say other than the fact that you don't get overloaded in a stupid amount of cakey powder.

5. Benefit The Porefessional
This is advertised as a pore minimizer and that's what it does. Perfectly may I add. I only use a small amount in problem areas like my nose and chin. A little bit goes a long way and it has such a nice velvety texture. It's also advertised as a primer and this is where I have a problem with it. I have found that It can speed up the whole foundation slipping off your skin process rather than helping it stay put and my skin is fairly normal if not on the dry side so no oil there! If you only use a little where needed then that shouldn't be too much of a problem. Applying this all over your face will not make you look like Barbie, unfortunately. I absolutely love this product, as a pore minimizer and that's why it's in my favourites but I don't think it would have made it as just a primer.

6. The Body Shop Lip Butter - Shea Nut
Let me start by saying that this smells INCREDIBLE I had never tried anything from the Shea range up until this purchase and now I'm sold. I'm not a fan of the sweeter smelling products as I think they can get a bit sickly but this is just perfect for my life. I did notice that it really moisturised my lips and not just for 5 seconds after application. I put some on an hour ago and I can still feel it now! 

7. L'Oreal Shine Caresse Lip Colour - 101, Lolita
I bought this when they first came out and fell in love instantly. I love the packaging which feels very YSL without the student unfriendly price tag. I picked up Lolita which is a blush pink colour with rose gold highlights. The rose gold is very understated and doesn't give too much shine but does make your lips look really glossy without the sticky texture. One thing I would say is that it does dry my lips out a bit but I love the way it applies and the fact that it's so pigmented! I will definitely be picking up more colours.

8. Bedhead Tigi - EpicVolume Styleshots, Strawberry
I picked this up in TKmaxx for a cut price and didn't really expect much from it to be honest. I have fairly short hair and I've never been picky with conditioner, until now. I saw a side to haircare that I'd never seen before. I could finally style my hair without having to backcomb the life out of it and could use heat on my hair without looking like a lion! This really does volumise my hair and the bottle is so huge that I doubt I will run out for a long time.

9. Collection - Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Powder - 1 Fair
I remember back in the days when I used to use the Lasting Perfection foundation which I loved and still do love but never buy for some reason. The concealer is a famous beauty cult product and I had never really bothered with the powder as I always used Rimmel Stay Matte. I have since been converted. My skin Is a little dry and mattifying is never something I'm bothered about because my skin is usually matte enough even after foundation so I was just using the stay matte powder, well because everyone else was really. I don't usually think too much to powder apart from longevity and this one is definitely the winner. I can go out for the night and it will still leave my makeup looking acceptable without horrible patches. 

10. Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick - Kate Moss - 08
Okay so admittedly I have a stupid problem with the fact that Rimmel didn't name the Kate Moss lipsticks. It bothers me. Okay, got that out of the way. I have always liked the Lasting Finish lipsticks and I absolutely love Kate Moss so yeah I bought into that whole collaboration thing. The shade is perfect for my lip colour. I find that its just dark enough to not be a complete match but it's light enough to work with any look at all and I really love the fact that I can be in a rush and know that this one will work. It doesn't dry my lips out and as the name suggests, it has a lasting finish! I also really like the matte packaging. 

11. Diorskin Forever Foundation - 010
I had read a few reviews before switching from MAC Studio Fix and trust me, it was a hard transition. I just found that I was applying too much to get the coverage that I wanted and wanted to try a different brand altogether. I had been reading foundation reviews and hadn't really made a choice. I was walking past the Dior stand in Debenhams (does this review sound like a story?) and decided to try it out and asked the Lady at the desk about it. She kindly applied some for me and I loved it. I know it doesn't work for everyone, especially with oily skin but it gives me medium coverage, full if you build it up and stays on for as long as I need it to. I love the matte packaging and its also very luxurious which is of course to be expected from Dior. A little really does go a long way which is definitely nice given the price tag! 

Have you tried any of these products? What do you think?





  1. Really nice favourites! I want to try the Dallas bronzer!

    1. You definitely should its so nice!!! :)

  2. Great picks! Totally agree with the Real Techniques brushes and the body shop lip butters! I even mentioned them both in my latest favourites post!
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  3. I love the Rimmel Kate Moss lipsticks! Lovely post. x


  4. I definitely need to buy more! Thanks! :) x