Best Products Of 2013Tuesday, 28 January 2014
Wow, talk about a delay in getting my first post up! This was all meant to happen at the beginning of the month, not the end! But hey, January is not over yet, right?
So, I decided that what better way to start this blog off than with a round up of my favourite products from 2013? I feel like this gives you guys a good look into what my style is, and perhaps what to expect in the future! As I've only been in this beauty game for just under a year now, a few of these are quite recent additions to my stash, but I felt they made a big enough impact to include.
Enough about that though, here are the close ups.
I've discovered a few favourites this year, no thanks to my recent trip to New York aka Sephora and MAC. I may have gone a little overboard, can you blame me? First up, let's just get this out of the way. The Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation, it's a cult favourite for a reason. It applies like a dream, has the perfect coverage, and remains intact for hours. The price tag is high, but totally worth it, and it lasts me ages!
On days where I just want to throw on some easy, care free make-up, I turn to my Loreal True Match Foundation as I really am quite impressed with it's coverage and colour match. My complexion is quite yellow based and therefore I have a lot of difficulty finding drug store foundations that match, and the Loreal is spot on. I love it's medium coverage and dewy finish.
Two primers have really stood out to me this year, and that's the Laura Mercier Radiance Primer and the Clinique Superprimer. The Laura Mercier primer really adds a subtle glow underneath your foundation. I feel this is good to use on days where my skin is looking a little dull, as it really freshens it up. As for the Clinique primer, I originally bought the Redness corrector as I have a fair amount of pigmentation across my nose and cheeks, and unfortunately have been a little bit let down in the correcting department, but as for it's priming duties, it's pretty good. It makes my skin feel smooth and even, and works as a good base for long lasting foundation.
Some stand outs for me for eyes this year - it's no surprise a few MAC eye-shadows made their way in. I use these on a regular basis as I just find them so quick and easy to apply, and I love the colour range. My most used are Mulch, Woodwinked, All That Glitters and Cranberry. I definitely steel towards warm, and mostly neutral colours as I feel they go best with my skin tone and brown eyes.
My absolute favourite eye product though is my Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume mascara. Insert love heart eyes emoji. I've been using this for almost 1.5 years now and still have yet to find any mascara that equals it's greatness. This is my holy grail of holy grails. In a matter of a few strokes I have thick, curled, black lashes that don't smudge a single bit. Everything about this mascara is perfect.
Lastly, some bits and bobs. The Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer and Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer have both been impressive additions to my collection - I particularly am loving the Nars concealer for covering up any imperfections, it works like a dream. To finish the base off, I like to use the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder, a transparent powder that's great for setting concealer and foundation without leaving a caked on finish.
For the cheeks, I've been loving the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in 'Tipsy', a favourite from my Sephora haul for it's impressive pigment, and pinky coral finish. I also picked up the Nars Blush in 'Deep Throat', the vibrant pink with a slight shimmer really seems to suit my complexion and I feel like this colour only gets better as the day goes on? I can't complain about that!
Last but not least, a couple of mentions to the Anastasia Brow Whiz for helping out my hopeless case set of eyebrows, both the Maybelline Master Precise Liner and the Maybelline EyeStudio Lasting Drama Gel Pot Liner (whew) for my equally hopeless attempts at eyeliner, pretty much half the colours from the Maybelline Colour Tattoo Eyeshadow range, but particularly 'Bad To The Bronze' and two lip products to finish it off. I don't tend to ever wear lip colour to work, and so therefore my stash is not too extensive, but I've been loving MAC's 'Shy Girl' Lipstick as a good everyday lipstick, and for most other times, I'll pop on some Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm for a bit of moisture and summertime flavour 'Mango Pie'.
Admittedly, I am no big skincare junkie. I am very lucked to be blessed with reasonably decent skin, and have not yet had to fuss too much, but the past year has definitely taught me that this should still be a vital addition to my morning and nightly routine, and not something to skimp on.
My cleanser of choice is the Origins Zero Oil, I find my skin refreshed and clean after cleansing and not too stripped of it's natural oils. It also has such a pleasant scent, which is something I am very fussy about, and makes it something to look forward to using. I usually remove my makeup before cleansing with the Bioderma H20 Micellaire Water which I'm sure needs to explanation, but I find particularly great for removing my eye makeup. I usually follow up after cleansing with a toner, and I've been particularly enjoying the Lush Tea Tree Water as a good all-rounder. It's natural ingredients make the skin feel fresh and revitalised and are very beneficial if you're suffering from a breakout, as the Tea Tree acts as a natural antiseptic.
My other go-to products for breakouts are the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo, which has just recently helped me out of a pesky under-the-skin type problem, and the Malin + Goetz Acne Treatment which is a great spot treatment to help dry up and reduce any pesky spots on your face.
Lastly, I've been loving the Origins Ginzing Moisturiser as it's light, and has a lovely, fresh citrus scent to it. I'm not too picky with moisturisers but I do like something lightweight and this one is proving to be perfect.
THE HAIR + BODY
My hair is currently undergoing a change from brown to blonde, so I feel like this category will expand in the next year, but for now...
For some reason, I am obsessed with the Imperial Leather Coconut and Tiare Shower Gel. The smell is AMAZING. I sometimes stand in the shower and just inhale the bottle, is that weird? Probably. Moving right on.
I have discovered in the past year that you just can't keep buying the shampoos and conditioners in the supermarket that are on special and just smell nice. I've learnt a lot about ingredients as of late, and while the Loreal EverCreme Shampoo + Conditioner isn't exactly as natural is it makes out to be, it's still a really exceptional product and yes, it smells nice. This doesn't weigh my fine hair down like a lot of other shampoos and the conditioner leaves my hair feeling soft and nourished.
About once a week, I also wash my hair with the Fudge Violet Toning Shampoo which is actually really good at taking out the brassy tones, and definitely a stand out purple shampoo if anyone is looking for something cheap and affordable. It also doesn't dry my hair out completely, and it smells like pudding! Always a winner in my books.
For pre-blow dry, I like to work through some of the Redken Extreme Anti Snap Leave In Conditioner, which leaves me hair frizz free and feeling soft and smooth after the blow dry. I like to finish my styling routine with a hit of Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish Spray, a gem of a product which, ironically, makes the hair I just washed feel a little bit dirty. I feel my hair needs that bit of grittiness and texture and the added volume is perfect.
Well, that's it. That's a lot of words right there, but I hope everyone enjoyed it, as I have greatly enjoyed reading everyone's favourites from 2013! I can't wait to start posting more, I already have a notebook filled with ideas and photo's ready to edit. Sadly, my Canon 5D is on loan to a friend right now, so these were shot with my old Nikon D40, but I can't wait to jump in and start photographing more for you guys!