Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a fun evening whatever you decided to do!
To celebrate the past year, I decided to look through all of my beauty products and pick out my favourites of 2012. The final selection took a lot of editing and I'm sure there are still many other products that I would have loved to squeeze in!
So here are my favourite beauty picks of 2012:
- Clarins Cleansing Milk and Toning Lotion
Whenever I'm in need of a good cleanser and toning lotion I always turn to this Clarins duo. The cleansing milk is refreshing and offers fuss-free cleansing with no need to splash water everywhere and the toning lotion is also very soothing as it contains camomile. With this cleanser and toner I also find that a little goes a long way so it is definitely worth every penny- See my full review here.
- Dot by Marc Jacobs Body Lotion
There's something extra special about using a body lotion that has a hint of your favourite fragrance. I was bought this body lotion as a treat to go with the fragrance and it's fun and fruity scent really enhances the fragrance when both are worn throughout the day. Dot is a juicy floral fragrance and has notes of berries, sweet honeysuckle and energising orange blossom!
- Nivea Firming Body Oil
I'm always sceptical about lotions and potions that claim to have 'firming qualities' but I've got to admit, I really do love this body oil. Its great for popping on after a bath or shower and it really does soften the skin and is soothing if your skin is super sensitive. I've had this product a couple of months now and I can tell it will probably last me another 6 months to a year.
Face & Cheeks
- Chanel Perfection Lumiere Long-wear foundation, 12 Beige Rose
It's taken me a long time to find the perfect foundatation and although I am currently using MAC mineralize satinfinish foundation (NW20), I am sure I will continue to buy this Chanel one, especially for everyday wear. The colour matches my skintone really well and I think it offers good coverage and is a lightweight foundation that lasts throughout the day!
- Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in Fresh Melon
This little pot of goodness is the perfect solution if you want to perk up your cheeks, as it's smooth balmy texture gives your cheeks or lips a fresh and dewy finish. Great for lazy days when you only want to pop on concealer and a touch of mascara! It's available in plenty of colours too.
- Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer in light medium
This product has been one of my saviours of the year and has definitely concealed many late nights! It is a product that I will never leave the house without, as it manages to mask any signs of tiredness whilst making the skin appear much more radiant. A must-have hero product.
- Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman Blush Brush
There's been a lot of love for these realTechniques make-up brushes and I must say, quality make-up brushes such as these do make a huge difference. This brush is great for highlighting and contouring the cheekbones and has a very soft feel. Can't wait to try the others including the popular stippling brush.
|Lipstick Colours Swatched! (In order)|
- MAC Prep+Prime
When applying lipstick most people say it's best not to add a lip balm first as it makes the colour slide, so this softening prep+prime stick by MAC is the perfect alternative. Before applying my lipsticks I apply a touch of this softening vanilla scented stick onto my lips and it makes the colour stay in place whether it's day or night! So say goodbye to those continuous lipstick top-ups!
- MAC Satin Lipstick in Rebel
This MAC Rebel lipstick is by far my favourite lipstick for it's highly-pigmented colour. I walked into the shop to buy a nude shade and came out with this fabulous, sultry deep purple and I absolutely love it! Full review here.
- Bobbi Brown Lip Colour in 7 Orange
Love love love this lippy too! This orange shade by Bobbi Brown is the perfect colour for warming up a pale complexion.
- Louise Gray for Topshop in Legend
Picked up this hot pink shade from the Louise Gray for Topshop collection as I don't own many pink lipsticks . It's nice to have a change from statement red lips and I think this colour-popping pink will be just that. It's now £5 in the Topshop sale too!
-Clarins Limited Edition Ombre Minerale 4 Colours eye palette
Being a brunette with dark eyes, I like to wear golden, bronze and brown shades on my eyes. This limited edition Clarins palette has been perfect for day or evening and each colour is very long-lasting. Although this palette was a limited edition purchase, Clarins are doing palette's and single eyeshadows in very similar shades.
- Clarins High Definition Mascara
I usually find that more expensive mascara's tend to dry up much more quickly but I have been pleasantly suprised by the Clarins Instant definition mascara. It's formula is very soft and moisturising and it also has a fine tip which is great for defining any bottom lashes. I will definitely be purchasing this volumising mascara again.
-Maybelline Master Precise liquid eyeliner pen
Perfect for creating 60s style flicks, this liquid eyeliner pen by Maybelline is so easy to use and doesn't smudge like many others. Another hero product to add to the list...
- Models Own Wah nail art pen in black
Although I have only played around with this nail art pen (full review coming soon), I have been impressed with how easy it is to use. Great for creating polka dots, stripes and leopard print when used on top of lighter coloured polishes.
-Barry M Gelly Nail Polish in Blood Orange
Barry M never fails to bring out some amazing coloured polishes and I am particularly loving the Gelly shades. This classic red colour has great shine right from the first coat and really does have the look of a gel or shellac manicure.
- Rimmel Pro in 410 trend spotting
The Rimmel pro nail polishes are long lasting, highly pigmented in colour and the thick brush makes them very simple to use, especially when painting the final coat when leaving the house!
- Topshop Nail Polish in Nice N' Neutral
I have always liked the Topshop nail polishes since the word go. This Nice n' Neutral colour is a welcome change from brights and helps nails to look healthy and natural.
Fragrance & Body Lotions
Last but not least, here are my two newest fragrances and matching body lotions: Valentina and Lancome La Vie Est Belle. I'm not going to dwell on them too much as there will be full reviews coming soon, but they are definitely worth a mention in my beauty favourites for 2012!
I hope you have enjoyed this rather long post as much as I have looking back over the past year of beauty buys!
What are your favourite beauty products of 2012?