I swear by normal make up routines. Weekend and holiday change ups are fun, but a regular routine is just for me. The below are some things that are more new to my new collection but I see could be core pieces for the rest of the year.
Mason Pearson Brush: I have a coming review of this product against the Sonia Kashuk counter part but in brief this is the clear winner. Expensive, but I have been using it daily, so that took off the edge slightly on the high cost. I love how easily this brushes through my hair, and leaves is super shiny and soft. I keep this in my bag daily to just brush up!
L'Oreal Telescopic: How I missed this all these years in the drugstore is beyond me! Absolutely, my new favorite drugstore mascara. A position that has not faltered for a decade. This is the only mascara that I think looks even BETTER without my Shisiedo mascara base. Black, lengthening, and beautiful separation with curl. Vivianna was right. The US could definitely do well with the waterproof version which we lack!
Laura Mercier's Tinted Moisturizer: I have used the oil free version, and I think this "normal" version is noticeably different. The oil factor being the obvious difference, but this one seems more blend able and the coverage seems higher to me. I don't use this often because it contains Castor oil and I'm afraid of a negative reaction but for a quick errand day this is quite nice.
Laura Mercier Radiance Primer: Laura knows her primers. This one adds a very nice glow to more matte wintry skin. I also love these sample versions, they last ages!
Trish McEvoy blush brush: My first Trish brush! ^^ I purchased this around Christmas time for myself and I love it. I definitely don't think it's a must have, and the eco tools one works wonderfully as a budget option, but this one just distributes product beautifully across the cheek. Especially those of extremely high pigment. A con is you do have to build up shades that are not incredibly scary but I am in love with the mini lucite handle and happily will use this for years.
Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector: Full review found here. Though I don't agree with the hype, I have always thought this was very pretty for everyday wear.
Shisiedo Foundation brush: Purchased during the tail end of 2012 I finally bit the bullet and purchased this after years of debate. I don't use it for foundation, it's so darn small. I actually use and love it for concealer but a warning, this is a nightmare to clean!
Eyeshadow loves, typical me shades.
Clarins Nude: Gorgeous smooth texture of just a bare lid shade. Invaluable in my collection. If it came in a pop out form and was portable for palettes I would use this daily over MAC's Brule my former love.
Burberry's Almond +Mulberry (not shown): I'm sorry, I know they're pricey but they're just superb. All the shades. Stop by a counter neutral lovers and you will find a color you can't leave without.
Laura Mercier Steller is my current new "go to" shade. I apply it with a MAC 224 for a super sheer wash of just barely there sheen, my favorite kind of shade for day time.
Laura Mercier Loose Translucnet Powder: More Laura Mercier! After trying the Chanel loose powder and having a whole tub left I could not pass this up during the site sale last year, and let me tell you. Worth the hype! I prefer this over Chanel's and find this to give the most perfect finish.A new staple!
Chanel Lash Curlers: I have been very faithful to my Shu curlers for years and even snagged some back ups when I went to Asia, but I had heard the sleek black Chanel ones may be limited edition? I decided to grab a pair. It's different. You need less pressure to create the curl, and the shape is more curved. I actually prefer the Shu for my eye shape, but I can see why so many ladies have fallen for these black beauties.
A quick recap on some of the last things I hauled in 2012 and have been using, but expect a true favorites post coming in the near future!