Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Best of the Highstreet 2013

After sharing with you my top beauty products of 2013 I decided to do a round up of my top highstreet finds in 2013. There's definitely some amazing products on the high street with brands like Rimmel absolutely bringing it in the past 12 months. If I had to choose just one high street brand to buy forever, I think it would have to be Rimmel. They've just come out with amazing release after amazing release recently and I'm excited to see what they've got on the cards for 2014, definitely one to watch.

Note: A Revlon foundation and Bourjois blush both made it in to my 2013 favourites so I won't be featuring them again here, you already know I love them. 

Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24hr: You all know I love a good cream shadow whether it be used as an eyeshadow base or one wash wonder, there's always at least one kicking around my makeup bag. These shadows by Maybelline have been my regularly reached for in 2013, rivalling their high end counterparts. Simply dab on with fingers, blend out and you're left with a gorgeous wash of colour that appears slightly darker in the crease adding some definition. Bad to the Bronze is my one-wash-wonder shade, perfect for any 5 minute face, and Tough as Taupe is my pick for a base. It's matte finish means it sets in place and will not budge, perfect for helping powder shadow adhere to oily lids. For merely a third of the price of the popular Mac Paint Pots here in Australia, definitely worth a try if you're on the hunt for a good quality cream shadow.

Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss: My lipstick of choice in 2013. I absolutely love the formula for both the matte and shine versions of these and the shade range is pretty spot on. I love a matte lip, 101 and 103 are my faves for day time. I usually rock the mattes stippled into my lips with my finger for a hint of colour. The shade 19 is a lovely pinky nude perfect for a natural day look. The formula of these is fab for the price point, even the matte shades aren't at all drying and both last really well. Reason number 1 why Rimmel is currently rocking my world.

Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Polish: Another Kate Moss for Rimmel product done well. I'm not the best with at home mani's so I love when a brush does most of the work for me and the wide brushes in this polishes definitely do that. One brush stroke pretty much coats the nail and leaves an almost opaque finish. I usually opt for two coats but with some of the darker shades, you could definitely get away with just the one. Easy to apply, quick to dry, a gel like finish and long lasting formula, these tick all the boxes. Shown here are shades Punk Rock and Reggae Splash but I've got my eye on a few more...

Ecotools Brushes: It's fair to say Real Techniques ruled the roost when it came to brushes on the high street this year but Ecotools isn't a brand to be over looked. I'm a particular fan of their eye brushes, using the flat one to pack on colour and the fluffy offering to blend pretty much on a daily basis. They also do some great face brushes, their mini kabuki  being a particular favourite of mine for on the go powder touch ups. Their soft, easy to wash and pick up colour well, a great highstreet find.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder:  My oily skin's best friend. A mattifying powder that doesn't appear cakey, keeps oil at bay and won't break the bank. I apply this over most foundations to maximise longevity and it's usually the first thing thrown into my handbag for touch ups through out the day. I use the shade Transparent which keeps things shine free without appearing cakey or adding coverage.

L'Oreal EverPure Moisture Leave-In Conditioner: After a small venture into the world of ombré in 2013, it's safe to say my hair was in need of a little TLC. I took every possible opportunity to add moisture to my first-time-dyed locks and this was the product that stood out the most. I apply one pump to wet hair after every wash, focusing on the ends where most moisture is needed. It sinks in quickly leaving no sticky residue, tames frizz and with regular use I've noticed a big difference in the condition of my hair. I also love the packaging, the pump is super handy and has quickly become part of my regular hair care routine.

What were your favourite drugstore finds of 2013?


  1. I love bad to the bronze, couldn't be without it.


  2. I too love the colour tattoos, such amazing products for the price!
    Laura x
    My Life in a Blog

  3. We've got really similar picks, you're right about Rimmel - they've really taken their products to the next level this year. One thing I've struggled with it the colour tattoos, I'm just not sure how to use them? Maybe I've got the wrong colour for me haha xx

  4. really great reviews, thank you!

  5. Kate moss' matte collection are the deffo one of the best high street lipsticks!!!
    great post


  6. This Rimmel powder is the best thing that happened to my make up collection this year, it's so amazing! xx

    Justine | BRIGHTON DREAM

  7. Reggae Splash is the perfect summer colour isn't it! And if you love the Rimmel collection, I highly highly recommend 107 - I've written about it on my blog and could honestly not be without it. It's more of an autumn winter shade but I'll be rocking it all year round!


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