This Christmas I received a lot of really great gifts from family and friends. I now have some more Benefit, Stila, and Mirenesse products which I can't wait to share with you in the coming weeks.
|Heaps of other Goodies|
Now, onto my favourite products of 2012. It was quite hard to narrow down all the wonderful products I have encountered and loved this year. To be honest, this has been the first year I have every really been interested in beauty products, so I've learnt a lot about what works best for me.
Makeup Favourites of 2012
|L to R: Benefit They're Real, MUA Pro-Brow, Benefit Sugarbomb, Mirenesse Magic Touch Foundation, L'Oreal Color Riche, Revlon Lipbutter in Tutti Frutti|
I cannot express how much I adore Benefit's They're Real mascara. It is by the far the best mascara I've tried. I love how it lengthens and curls my lashes instantly! See my review here.
The MUA Pro-Brow kit is a relatively new purchase from Black Friday. I haven't been too concerned with my eyebrows before aside from the occasional pluck. However, this (super affordable) product has made me realise how good my eyebrows can look haha. I'll definitely be using this in the years to come.
You all should know by now how much I love my Sugarbomb blush from Benefit. It looks great on my skin and I cannot wait to experiment more with my new box o' powders! See my review of Sugarbomb here.
2012 has been a year of experimentation with foundation. I find it so hard to find ones that match perfectly with my skin. Often times I feel as though foundation make my skin look 'dirty.' However, I have found some foundations that fit okay. My favourite (that is affordable; I really like Lancome, but alas) has been Mirenesse's Magic Touch Foundation in Vanilla. I ordered a travel size and then was lucky enough to get a full size in my December Beauty Box! Score! I only need a bit of this and often mix it with Benefit's That Gal primer to make it a bit lighter.
I have loved a lot of nail polishes this year, so this was a really tough choice. I thought of OPI's THe Living Daylights and Femme Fatale's A Tisket, A Tasket, but ultimately I used L'Oreal's Color Riche formulas the best. You honestly don't really need a top coat with these babies! See my review here.
My favourite lip product was also a tough choice. I have been exposed to many lipsticks and glosses and balms that I used a lot. In the end, I settled with Revlon's Lipbutters. My most used shade is Tutti Frutti. So good for summer.
Hair and Skincare Favourites of 2012
|L to R: Cedel Blow Dry Faster, ONE Skin System Renewal Cleanse, Benefit Refined Finish Facial Polish, The Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Toner, Clinique DDMG, Kosmea Radiance 24/7 Youth Boost|
My favourite hair product this year was definitely Cedel Blow Dry Faster. It is remarkable how quickly your hair dries once you use this. See review here. A close runner-up was Tresemme's Split End Remedy Shampoo.
I know I said ages ago that I would be posting about my skincare regime and I have not forgotten! The following products will be a preview. I was never really concerned with skincare until the second half of this year. Since then, I have tried a lot of brands and products. My favourite cleanser is ONE Skin System Renewal Cleanser. It's a cream cleanser, it smells divine and it leaves your skin feeling clean and smooth.
I love exfoliating products. I find that they feel like they're actually doing something whereas cleansers are so, you know, gentle. My current favourite is Benefit's Refined Finish Facial Polish. It has the perfect consistency in my opinion and leaves you skin looking bright.
Toners have become a staple in my regime. I've tried a few, but my favourite by far is The Body
Shop's Seaweed Clarifying Toner. It's amazing. Plus, it has no alcohol in it! And it leaves your skin feeling tingling fresh.
I'm quite picky when it comes to moisturisers and it seems often I'm too eager to dislike one rather than like it. However, I feel in love with Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel the moment I used it. It's geared towards Oily/Combination skin and it leaves your skin feeling soft. My favourite part is that it also doesn't make my face red. Most products turn my face red upon application, until they sink in, but this one doesn't at all.
Lust Have It Eco introduced me to rose-hip oil in the form of Kosmea's Radiance 24/7 Youth Boost. It has definitely enhanced my skin since I've started using it.
Now for a little Giveaway!
I wanted to share some of my favourite products with you! Included will be a Revlon Lipbutter in Strawberry Shortcake, a sample of Benefit Refined Finish Facial Polish and two bottles of your choice of L'oreal's Color Riche nail polish. As a result of the nail polish, this giveaway will be restricted to Australian Residents only. You must also be at least 18 years of age to participate.
|L to R: Revlon Lipbutter in Strawberry Shortcake, L'oreal Color Riche Nail Polishes, Sample of Benefit Refined Finish Facial Polish|
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