Makeup I Loved Most in 2013

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

I love a brand spanking new year, come January 1st and I'm all about getting organised and setting way too many harsh and specific resolutions (after a huge dose of festive cheer I can handle the punishment!) Overall 2013 was quite a good year for me, after moving house in December it ended on a total high- it's something I'd been planning for ages and at times felt like it was never going to happen. While there were a few moments that weren't so great, I think experiencing a low point now and again means you can appreciate the good times even more (ooh, check me out getting all philosophical). I'm amazed by the progress that this blog has made over the last twelve months, and I've hit some milestones that have had me doing a happy dance around my bedroom (cool, calm and collected were never my strong points, can't you tell?) I'm really excited to see what 2014 has up it's sleeve, and for the first time in a long time I have a spring in my step and feel genuinely pretty content. It's definitely been a year for trying new products, and I've found some gems that I'd never be without now. Here's a rundown of some of the products I loved most over the last twelve months; there were at least twenty more things that probably deserved a mention, but I've tried to keep it to my very favourites in the interest of this post not turning into an essay!

Face Products
Benefit Hoola Bronzer, Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
You might notice that there's no foundation here- unfortunately it's not that I don't need one, I'm just yet to find one that ticks all the boxes for me. Day to day I tend to use Revlon Colourstay which I like, but I can't help to feel that it's not 'the one' and is more of a fling than a long term foundation relationship. Okay, that sounded weird. I was never a big concealer fan until I started using Collection's Lasting Perfection. I absolutely love the stuff now, and can even get away with just that and a bit of powder (Rimmel Stay Matte, to be precise) on light makeup days. I haven't photographed mine because it looks, quite frankly, rank- anyone who owns it will know how quickly the outer packaging fades leaving you with a manky looking tube. Benefit Hoola is a product I'd never be without, the perfect matte cool toned shade that's ideal for both contouring and bronzing. At £23.50 it's not the cheapest, but I've had mine for a year and haven't hit pan yet. I know for a fact it will be a repurchase when the time finally comes!

Cheek Products
Mac Peaches, Etude House Grapefruit Jelly Blush, Bourjois Cream Blush Nude Velvet, Elf Cream Contour Palette in St Lucia
If you've read any of my previous posts then you might know that I'm partial to a good matte peach blush, these are the ones I've switched between throughout the year and genuinely love and recommend them all. The Elf cream contour palette is a product I reach for when I'm going all out with my makeup, I usually contour and apply the cream blush and then go over the top with powder products. That probably sounds like an insane amount of makeup, but it doesn't look to overdone all once it's all finished and blended in. I haven't included a highlighter here because it's not something I wear that often, but when I do it's Lightscapade by Mac- I like that it's sheer and not too sparkly so is subtle enough for the daytime.

Eye Products
Urban Decay Perversion Eyeliner, Dolly Wink Felt Tip Liner, Urban Decay Sin Eyeshadow Pencil, Urban Decay Naked Palettes
My search for the perfect black eyeliner ended once I found Perversion by Urban Decay. It applies with no tugging or scratching at the eye, is smudgeproof and lasts all day on the waterline. The Dolly Wink liner is a product I received in a beauty box swap, I don't think I'd have ever thought to try a felt tip style liner but I'm a total convert now. Urban Decay's eyeshadow pencil in Sin is another product I use every time I do my makeup, it's a great base for any eyeshadow look and can be used to highlight the inner eye corner too. It might seem a bit premature including Urban Decay's Naked 3, but it basically represents all three Naked palettes. While I favour the second and third, all three are gorgeous and I know I'll be getting a lot of use from these rose gold hues of goodness. I've also loved using my custom Mac palette this year, two of my most worn shades being Cranberry and Expensive Pink.

Lip Products
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey, Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayons in Red Sunrise and Peach on the Beach, Mac Please Me, Kate Moss by Rimmel Shade 26
I do love a good lip crayon, I can't deny it. As addictive as lipsticks are, when it comes to practical daily use when you're rushing out of the door in the morning I think lip crayons are an easier and less high maintenance choice. My most worn lipstick has probably been Mac's Please Me, I love this thing it's so wearable and goes with anything. I always go for Kate by Rimmel's '26' with a really dark smokey eye when I'm getting dressed up, and is my all time favourite nude shade. While there are lots of red and berry shades that I love and have worn a lot this autumn/ winter, these five are products that I've consistently picked out all year round.

What makeup product/s did you love most in 2013?
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39 comments

  1. So many great products! I see a few of my own favorites in there too! :)

    I'd love to invite you to come link this post up to my weekly beauty linky party "Makeup Monday": http://www.agapelovedesigns.com/2013/12/creating-duo-chrome-eye-shadows.html As well as any other beauty posts you have are definitely welcome!

    ~Maria-Isabel
    www.agapelovedesigns.com

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    1. thanks! and I'll come and link up, thanks for letting me know x

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  2. Hoola would also feature in mine, I love it x
    Beautyqueenuk xx

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    1. It's probably my best beauty find this year, no other bronzer has come close :) x

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  3. I have so many of your 'most loved' in my collection, apart from the Hoola, but have other much loved benefit boxes in my stash, such as Dallas . Nice selection Stacey and a Happy New Year to you. x

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    1. I need to try more Benefit boxes, I love the look of Coralista and Dandelion! Thank you, and happy new year to you too :D x

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  4. I'm completely with you on the Collection concealer, Rimmel powder, Bourjois cream blush and Please Me lipstick - they're some of my all time faves too! I really want to try some Asian beauty products after I read your beauty swap post, especially that Dollywink eye liner and anything from Etude House.

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    1. Oh wow we have so many favourites in common! :) If you can ever get your hands on Etude House products definitely take up the chance, they're so nice and a bit different to anything else I've ever tried xx

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  5. So many of these are in my 2012 favouties! I'm wanting to try the Bojouris cream blushes! Do the have a matte or dewy finish?

    Amy x

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    1. It's kind of somewhere in between, the formula is quite velvety and the finish on the skin is almost like a powder but not quite. They're definitely not really dewy and wet looking like a lot of cream blushes, they're so lovely I highly recommend :) x

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  6. Your lip product picks are great! I love the shade of this Mac lipstick and Revlon Stain. I love Urban Decay`s Perversion as well. Best liner ever. Did you ever try Mac`s liners? Are they any good? Everyone is saying Hoola is good, but I saw it and it looks very dark, so it wouldn`t be really good for pale people like me, would it? Does it go orange on the skin?

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    1. From what I can tell from your Instagram pics and pics I've seen of you, I think me and you have a very similar skin tone. Hoola is quite dark, but once it's blended in it looks so natural and it has no warm coloured pigments so doesnt go orange on the skin :) If you use a light hand and blend it in it's fine, it's probably my favourite product buy of the year aside from maybe the Naked 3 palette <3 <3

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  7. great products on your list! I love my Urban Decay's naked 3 also and just as you mentioned, it is a perfect combination of the naked 1 and 2 and I feel like that would be a perfect travel palette as it has everything I need.

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    1. I think the Naked palettes are great for travelling, so many looks in one place! :) x

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  8. These are most of my favourite products too! Especially the Rimmel powder and Collection concealer. x

    http://myfashionkicks.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. both are so inexpensive but work amazingly well, it just goes to show it's not always about cost! :) x

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  9. MAC Please Me seems beautiful xx

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    1. it's such a lovely wearable shade for daytime, and because it's matte it stays on for ages too :) x

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  10. At first I thought that was mac mehr. I tried please me in store but it looked too cool tone on me but it is a pretty colour :)
    I was wondering if you would like to swap blog buttons for the month of Jan?Starting Jan 1 I am swapping buttons with a few bloggers so we can all gain some exposure. If would like to then email me at shivani@glamdiaries.com

    Happy New Year! :)

    ~ Shivani (GlamDiaries.com)

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    1. Please Me is quite cool toned which is why I think it works on me, I can imagine it not suiting warmer skin tones quite as well. I don't swap buttons any more, but have ad space available if that's something you're interested in- all of the rates and information is available under the 'advertising' link in my header. Happy new year! x

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  11. The rimmel powder is one of my favourites too, great post!
    www.lydiarosexo.blogspot.co.uk xo

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  12. I might start trying out lip crayons + the kate's lipstick as well! I have been eyeing for one for ages but I don't know which one to pick. Thanks for your lovely post !

    http://krystallvl.blogspot.co.uk/

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  13. Great post! Love all the products you mentioned :) x http://fromfilmwithlove.blogspot.ca

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  14. Great selection of products, especially that Naked3 Palette! I've been loving it the day I got it!

    http://skinstuffbykaty.blogspot.com/

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  15. I really want to try Hoola and The new Urban Decay!!! :)

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  16. Hoola and St Lucia were also some of my favourites! :) x

    www.natalielovesbeauty.com

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  18. I'm a big lip crayon fan and both the Bourjois and Revlon ones are fab! Great summary post bub, really enjoyed it!

    Love Zoe x
    www.facevaluebeautyblog.co.uk

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  19. Great picks, I agree with all the lip products and I love the Bourjois cream blushes too. Just got the Naked3 for Christmas and loving it so far! xx

    Kat Blushing Rose Beauty

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  20. I've never tried bronzed before but seeing that everyone is recommending it, definitely hoola will be my first pick. Great post & happy new year.

    http://bloglovin.com/dearstephiiie

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  21. I think I would do a little dance around the room if I hit those milestones too Stacey. : ) Happy new year. xxx

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  22. I have almost half of these products and love them, too! And I totally agree with you about the Hoola bronzer. It's just the perfect bronzer. Great post! Happy new year! XD

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  23. All of these products look beautiful :) Hoola is my absolute fave too.

    Love your blog- you have a new follower :)

    www.beautyandlifestylediary.blogspot.co.uk

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  24. Please me and the Colour Boost Lip crayons look great. Naked 3 was on my favorites as well. I love your blog! I'm your newest follower! :-)

    Christal
    LipstickAndPonytails

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  25. I will definitely have to try out some of these products! Rimmel Stay Matte Powder is my favourite powder.

    http://daisy-drops.blogspot.co.uk/

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  26. Great post! I absolutely adored Benefits Rockateur blush/ bronzer, it wasn't one I though I'd like but it was given to me as a gift and I have fallen in love! Definitely one of my top picks for 2013 :) xxx

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  27. I absolutely love the revlon lip stain in honey, it is so wearable in many situations. You've inspired me to bite the bullet and buy Mac please me x

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  28. The Naked Pallet looks amazing! I really want to get my hands on it. Also the Hoola Bronzer is amazing, it was my favourite one in 2013 too.

    Love the post

    xxx
    NatasaStankovic@blogspot.com.au

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