Sunday, 5 January 2014

2013 Beauty Favourites




2013 was the year that I really started to invest both time and money into beauty and I've definitely found some amazing products. Due to my increased beauty spending in the past 6 months or so, many of the products I'm currently loving are rather new to the ranks. I don't think it would be fair to call these newbies my 2013 favourites when they've only been around for a few months, but I did manage to pick out some long-standing gems that have been absolute staples for me this year. So don't be surprised if one of my recently raved products isn't featured here, I simply attempted to stick to products that I can truthfully say have been favourites all year round.

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm- A cult cleanser in the beauty world and well featured around these parts. I'm on my second pot of the stuff and have just clicked 'Buy Now' on a third. I've turned to this cleanser many a time through out 2013 when me skin has been going through tough times and it has always managed to get things back on track. Oh I do love you EH cleansing balm, you luxurious thing you.

Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Fruit and Seed Oil Blend- I've featured this so, so many times here on AB that I fear anything I write will just sound like a broken record. You can read my full review here for the all the details, but in five words; hydration, healing, calming, nourishing and redness-reducing (and yes, that is one word). And oily skinned gals, do not be afraid!

DJV Beautenizer Fiberwig LX Mascara- I was once a firm believer in high street over high end when it came to mascara, that was until this mascara landed on my desk in a Cult Beauty goody bag. Natural enough for a daytime flutter but oh so buildable for a night out. I still haven't managed to fork out the $35 to repurchase, breaking all the mascara hygiene rules by keeping it for so long. High street alternatives below please or I will be forced to bite the bullet, sorry bank balance.

Revlon Colourstay Foundation Normal/Dry Skin- I started off the year all about Revlon's oily offering however one application of the normal/dry alternative and I was converted. Yes, I do have really oily skin but I just found the oily version to be a hint too matte and slightly cakey in comparison. The normal/dry version still sticks around all day on my oily skin and has a much more natural, dewy finish. It's the foundation I've reached for on those days when I just need something quick and easy that I know will last well through out the day. A budget friendly makeup bag staple.

Naked Basics Palette- Neutral, matte eye looks were my thang in 2013. I started to experiment with eye shadow and matte shadows were where it was at. The Naked Basics palette is the perfect, everyday palette to create a variety of natural or more bold eye looks. I particularly loved Walk of Shame all over the lid, Naked 2 blended into the crease and a smidge of Faint along the upper, and sometimes even lower, lash line. Definitely recommend to anyone looking to get into eye shadow.

Bourjois Cream Blush 04 Sweet Cherry- Cream blushers had quite a moment in 2013, with both the high street and high end coming up with some pretty amazing offerings. My favourite of the year was definitely this one by Bourjois. A cream to powder type formula making it easy to apply but super long lasting. The shade Sweet Cherry gives a natural flush to my complexion and was one I threw in my makeup bag regularly through out the year.

Nuxe Reve De Miel- A bedside staple for me this year. Slightly too heavy for day time use but overnight, boy is this stuff good. Intensely nourishing and one you can still feel in the morning. Rather pricey for a lip balm but it lasts surprisingly well, worth the investment for those struggling with dry lips!

What was your favourite makeup find of 2013?
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21 comments:

  1. I really need to try some of the Bourjois blushes....

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  2. I love both the Emma Hardie Cleansing balm and the Pai oil. So good! I might have to try that Revlon foundation. I'm intrigued.

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  3. I love Bourjois! They are one of my favorite brands. ^_^

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  4. Great picks! I love the naked basics and emma hardie cleansing balm too! I also really want to try those bourjois blushes! xx

    Jasmine Cara

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  5. This is such a great post, a really varied mix from high end to high street - love it! The Bourjois blushes are incredibe, I agree, I have shade 3 (which I can't seem to find anywhere now?) and I'm just about hitting pan because I use it eeeeveryday, love it!
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  6. I love all the products you've mentioned :)
    Especially the Emma Hardie cleansing balm it's so good!
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  7. Great choices, the EH cleanser was in my annual favourites (for the second year running) too, but I also really love my Naked Basics palette and Nuxe Reve de Miel x

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  8. I really really want to try the Pai rose hip oil this year!

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  9. I really want that Pai oil, it's one of those products I keep sayin ill try and never do but I think next month ill just take the plunge, I think oils really help improve your skin texture too great to have a mix of oils and serums x

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  10. Great post :) I'm thinking of trying Revlon Colourstay, I ave quite dry skin naturally and if you are using the normal/dry formula do you think it will be too drying for someone with my skin type?
    xx
    atouchofellie.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. I love the the Naked basics palette so much, couldn't be without!

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  12. I really need to get my hands on this Emma Hardie cleansing balm.. Oh god! The naked basics palette and the Nuxe rêve de miel lip balm will ( I hope) soon be mine :) Great post!


    -Marie xx


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  13. Do it! They definitely do help with skin's texture x

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  14. They have a great deal on their website where you get the oil and a mask for only a bit more than the RRP of the oil alone, I'm so tempted to stock up!

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  15. Thank you! I find it quite dewy (I usually powder), so think it would be fine for dry skin. I do have some dry patches and don't find that it clings at all so you should be ok :) x

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  16. It's a makeup bag staple!

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  17. EH is absolutely amazing! I hope you get your hands on them all soon :) x

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  18. It sounds silly to say but I think you'll know what I mean when I say it's almost saddening to throw a favorite high end product because it's gone bad. I usually experience this with mascaras and gel liners. Especially mascaras, they just don't last very long. :(

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  19. I know exactly what you mean! It's so hard to part with the money for something like mascara because you know you shouldn't keep it for too long but then all you want to do is keep hold of it after spending so much money! Such a dilemma x

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  20. I absolutely adore my Naked Basics palette and the Reve de Miel lip balm! I agree with you on it being a tad heavy for daytime use but overnight it's a miracle worker


    poppywithlove.blogspot.com

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  21. I love Revlon's Colorstay foundation. Your photos are beautiful, I've just started following you!

    www.lifeoflibby.co.uk
    xxx

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