Wednesday, 9 January 2013

12 of 2012

Better late than never I suppose...ok, pretty late but hey ho, I wanted to share my favourite 12 of 2012 and to be honest, I found this pretty easy. I don't have a massive collection of make-up/skincare etc so don't have too many products to choose from - when I find a product I like, I rarely stray (I know, not the best idea for a blogger, but I'm a creature of habit)!

So on to the products and (in no particular order)

Number 1: Benefit Porefessional
I only have the mini's of this in my collection (I hoarded quite a few when it was on offer with Company or Glamour) so have yet to have to shell out for a full price version, but I'm in love and will definietly be adding a full sized tube when required. I love the finish this gives me-a very flawless finish which is perfect for any special occasion, and I love mixing it with the Benefit It's Potent eye cream for a quick fix under my eyes (I do this before popping on a trowel full of concealer).

Number 2: Chanel Vita Lumiere Aqua
I don't think there's much to say about this foundation-I love everything about it, the finish, the way it goes on the skin and especially the smell - there's just something about Chanel products!
I also want to give an honourable mention to MAC's Face & Body-I adore this product for everyday use, I tend to save the Chanel for special occasions!

Number 3: MUA Heaven & Earth eyeshadow palette
This is my perfect eyeshadow palette-it has just the right mix of light and dark neutrals and well, for £4, what more could you want. I did have the famous Naked palette, but...well, I just didn't like it (shock horror) - this is far more up my street!

Number 4: MAC Painterly paintpot
I rekindled my love for this in 2012-I have the UD Primer Potion but I much prefer the matt base that the painterly paintpot gives.

Number 5: Benefit They're Real mascara
I feel like I'm cheating a little putting this is the mix as I only got it in November but...I LOVE it! I am not a fan of mascara, I just can't use it! I know, I know, how can I not use it - well, because my eyelashes are rubbish! They're just so straight and rubbish (yes, very technical indeed) but, this makes them curl and makes them soooooooo long! Even the hefty price tag does not deter me!
FYI: I saw in my local boots that they did a mini version of this for £9.50 if you wanted to give it a whirl!

Number 6: Benefit Erase Paste
My holy grail under-eye concealer. I have used a few, with dark circles like mine I have tried over the years to find a miracle product, but there is not such thing, but, this comes pretty close! I have found that if I apply with my MAC 224 it blends perfectly and gives a lovely amount of coverage under my eyes. It doesn't last all day, but with the added bonus of porefessional & It's potent, it holds on pretty well!

Number 7: Benefit Pose tint
I like all the Benetints to be honest, but Pose tint is definitely my favourite - again, I only have mini's of this (about 6) but it gives just the perfect flush of oclour for everyday and is very buildable to give a lovely pink pop when you want thaat little more colour. And I love the mini versions - they're so practical to put in your bag or take away (fingers crossed for more minis this year).

Number 8: Revlon Lip butters
I'm not a big fan of lipsticks-they just don't sit right on my lips so these are just perfect! They give just enough colour whilst still being sheer enough not to cling to any dry patches etc. My favourite colour has to be Cotton Candy - a lovely pinky colour.

Number 9: Bioderma Creoline H2o
What would a favourites be without this bad boy! I won't go in to detail, there's no point - an brilliant all round make-up remover! Done!

Number 10: Real Techniques Brushes
A real staple in my day-to-day routine! My absolute favourite is the buffing brush, but all of them to be honest are worth getting!

Number 11: Clinique Moisture Surge Moisturiser
There's been a few moisturisers over 2012 that I have tried and loved but I ALWAYS come back to this one-it feels so luxurious when applied and really does sort out any dry patches that I have.

Number 12: Stella Perfume
I got this for my birthday in May and have not worn anything else-a classic that I think would suit pretty much anyone. It's not too sweet but not too musky-a perfect in-between!

What have your favourites been? Any of mine your favourite too?


  1. Oh yeah H20 from Bioderma is my fav' too, if it's about removing your makeup:) But I always buy the middle-size one and the next time I'll buy the large one -as I think it's too fast away always:) And the Stella M. Perfume seems to be pretty I've seen already another design - on beautycrush's/sammi's site:)

    Would be glad if you would visit my blog too:)


  2. i'm so excited to try out the real techniques brushes! ♥ xx

    1. They are fab-I need to get some more in my collection, I'm sure I'm missing out on a few :) xx

  3. Ooooh i'm excited to try the Bioderma, my good friend just sent me a bottle and can not wait to give it a try!

    The Painterly paint pot is my favourite too! I've never been a fan of UDPP so i've been through about 3 pots of painterly and it never fails for me! Love it!

    I haven't tried the Real Techniques brushes but i really want to! I think i'll give the buffing brush a try first!!

    Hannah xx

    1. Oh you should definitely give the RT brushes a try Hun-they really are fab! Hope you're liking the Bioderma :) xx


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