Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Favorites of 2013!

 It's time people, the ultimate favorites post of year!

Let's start off with skin care!

Cleanser of the year is the Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser. Hands down the best I have tried to date that balances out my skin. A tube last me about a year so I see it as an indulgent steal. The best facial mask I encountered this year was the Origins Clear Improvement. It really helps suck out the nasties in one's skin and leave a purified finish. Toner was my Thayers Witch Hazel which I used about a dozen bottles of. My Clarins sunscreen stole the sun protecting show with it's thin consistency and fast absorbing formula. Bioderma is the best make up remover I ever found and I have refused to touch make up wipes unless absolutely necessary which is not very often with this mini bottle for travel! Moisturizers of the year are Olay Sensitive Skin Beauty Fluid for most of the year but for colder months the Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream is now my new winter favorite. Effeclar Duo is any acne proned person's best friend- it sure was mine! Lastly for eye cream of the year, the Bobbi Brown Extra Repair cream is a firm favorite. I have been using the same tub since last October and still have a huge amount left, so this may seem expensive at first, but lasts ages! The extra thick and moisturizing consistency absorbs beautifully to sooth dry eye areas.

Make Up Favorites!

For base I had no primer favorites but base favorites went to Jemma Kidd Light as Air foundation ( discontinued- sorry!) and the Dior BB cream. 1 pump of the BB cream I find it too much coverage for myself, so I use half a pump on a brush that I spritz with water before hand, this provides the best sheer coverage finish. For under eyes I loved Boujouis healthy mix concealer most of the year but the end of year favorite is the fake up concealer from Benefit. With a formula which is creamy and hydrating, I do not require an eye cream prior application for a smooth swipe, the formula is enriched with Vitamin E and somehow leads to no creases to boot! Fab job Benefit! The powder of the year is hands down the NARS Translucent Crystal Pressed powder. It does not feel like any other powder I ever encountered but provides the most non matte but not oily sweep of powder on the face. This products leaves instant results which look reminiscent to when you apply a mattifying powder and it's starting to lose it's power but still is holding on. This powder provides decent oil control and the perfect finish. One of the best buys of 2013! For blot powder I loved my Chanel Pressed Powder. Another non cakey finish, both excellent, I prefer NARS for a more natural look, and the Chanel for a more polished look.
For powder touch ups I loved my Trish McEvoy Sheer Blush brush in 2B for pin point sheer applications.

For bronzer the favorites of the year are the Chanel Les Beige's Powder in No 30 for the most au natural hint of color with fabulous texture have been searching for.
I can't forget my Bobbi Brown Bronze Shimmer Brick, I have been slapping that on my cheeks about 90% of the time I wore make up since it's discovery. Not too dark if used with a fluffy brush. Can be used as a bronzer, but I prefer to top off all my cheek colors with this baby to warm them up, and ultimately flatter my skin tone along with giving a touch of color.

In the world of blush I had two go to's for the year. MAC Peaches which is my favorite MAC bush ever, and Rimmel's Santa Rose when I am paler to add the perfect healthy dose of sheer illuminated color. Tom Ford's Love Lust had to be the best color I found in 2013. Incredibly flattering and most head turning in my collection. Bobbi Brown's Nectar is the barely there pink flush I have been looking for that "no make up, makeup" look. Laura Mercier Mocha Spice is my new my cheekbones but better shade - move over Doucer! Milani's Luminoso is a repeat favorite and one of the best blushes I ever found, period. Stila's Peony was the cream blush winner of the year. A bit dull in the pan, but this best selling shade offers a true very natural and pretty look to the face without obvious pinks on the cheeks.
Highlighter of the year is MAC's Soft and Gentle.

 For the eyes my two most reached for palettes for everyday wear was Dior's Incognito which is perfect for anyone working in a conservative environment or want a more subtle look to the eyes. If you are the kind of person who likes simple no fuss shadows, The Urban Decay Naked Basics palette will be the perfect fit. The shade Naked 2 is my most crease color ever.
For overall palettes, I think my most used are from Smashbox. I think the brand makes excellent palettes that are not as spoken about in the beauty world, but are some are my absolute favorites.
The best eye brush I purchased this year was from Ecotools. Their airbrush concealer brush is amazing for the crease!

For the world of eye shadow singles, this year's favorites were MAC's Moleskine (LE), Bobbi Brown's Sandy Gold, and Dr. Haushka's eye shadow in 01.  Eye brow product of the year was Sonia Kashuk's Tinted Brow Gel which graced my brows about 95% of the year. I would apply it straight from the tube daily and let go of things like brow powder, pencils, spooly's and gels. This was the all in one I have been looking for. 
Eye liners of the year are Bobbi Brown's Caviar Ink Gel Liner, MAC's Coffee Pencil,  Revlon's Colorstay in Black, and Stila's Smudgeproof in Damsel.

Lip products were a short but sweet list. Rimmels Nude Delight is the best peachy nude lipstick I have in my collection, NARS Isola Bella Satin Lip Pencil is the best dark nude I ever found and I stick with daily-did I mention perfect formula? Revlon's Coral reef lip gloss was the summer favorite, and to top all my favorites off was Chanel's lip Gloss in Genie which looks amazing over any color I smack down first.
Benefit's Benetint was my stain favorite of the year.

Nail polish of the year is my NEW favorite of all time: OPI's Don't Touch my Tutu! The best my nails but far better color I have found thus far. Did I mention it can go 7 days with zero chips? Top coat on of course :)

Ok, that's it! I'm surprised if anyone made it to the end of this, but if so, bravo!
Hope you will all be sharing some of your favorites!!
And oh yes...



  1. I adore MAC Peaches and Stila's Peony too x

  2. Love these picks! One of my goals is to be more calculated about my selections and to avoid impulse buys. It makes me think of the challenge you gave yourself limiting the numbers of each particular product you purchased. Did you meet your goals?

  3. that dior eye shadow palette looks stunning! I really want to try it! And I love Stila's creme blushes too - they're hands down my favorite

  4. What a fabulous list of old and new! I love how daring your blushes are! Here's wishing you the best in 2014.

  5. Happy New Year!! Loved reading about your favorites =)

  6. Happy New Year! I definitely must try the OPI polish now; those colors are right up my street. Also, where did you find Santa Rose in the states? xo

    Lillian from parisiantobe.com

  7. The Dior BB cream has definitely been a favourote for me in 2013, such great coverage and finish!

  8. Thank you! i think i did a far better job this year in being more picky. I bought alot less, but each product was def more worth the money and less dupes in my collection. Let's hope this way of thinking continues!

  9. The dior palette is super nice. The formula is not the best from Dior but the colors are so versitile and my favorite shade the brown has a great buttery texture, i keep using it and loving it for everyday

  10. thank u so much for reading! i went to your blog and saw your blush collection, im glad liz encouraged you to try some more shades, you have a great range!
    For your skin tone have you tried Exhibit A from NARS? it's frightening in the pan but i own it (NC20) and it's super pretty, but on your skin tone, i think it would be drop dead gorgeous.

  11. happy new year!!!! thank u so much for commenting all year!!! :D

  12. it's lovely right? I had a visit to your blog, you got some amazing Xmas presents! and i love your Xmas tree!

  13. I love your blog



  14. Ugh I want everything in this post haha. Must get that OPI polish, it looks like perfection!


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