It's amazing to think year on year how quickly the time goes, and 2013 is no different, I can still remember last New Years like it was only a few months ago. Over the past 12 months I've seen myself discover new items that I would not necessarily opt for in my makeup routine, these include items from darker lipstick shades and bronzers. I have chosen to go for just a few items that I tend to use daily whether it be for work or a night out.
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
I could have quite easily included all of the Real Technique brushes in this post, they really are faultless. However I have opted for this brush in particular as it's my favourite foundation brush, and something I use daily. It buffs foundation in effortlessly and no matter what product I use, it leaves foundation looking smooth and flawless. A winner right there!
Benefit Bella Bamba
I actually started to hit pan on this earlier last week, and didn't realise until Boxing Day that this shade is now discontinued which is a huge disappointment. With no Benefit counter stocking it I was lucky enough to order the Hot 2 Trot set allowing me to get my favourite blusher once more. Bella Bamba is a gorgeous watermelon shade that I find myself using everyday. I love how this instantly warms the skin, and therefore is my favourite blusher for 2013.
MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural
One of my first ever MAC purchases, and one of many re-purchases, this is a gorgeous natural powder that leaves my skin looking very natural. I find that this lasts all day on my skin and prevents oil and shiny areas on the skin, especially on my t-zone. I find somedays where I don't want to put a lot on my skin I can pop this on for a light coverage and doesn't look cakey at all.
Benefit It's Potent
It's Potent is a strange one to include in this post, purely because this was a product that I had never intended to buy. It was only until I was given a sample with this I have fallen in love and now 2 samples later and a full sized product (on it's way) I couldn't be happier with this. It's Potent is a generously moisturising eye cream that helps brighten the skin around your eyes and helps skin to look more youthful.
Lush Mask of Magnaminty
Now before 2013 I hadn't really seen the need for face masks, I always used to think they were a waste of time. However my brother kind of talked me into trying them as he wanted to try and help his breakout prone skin, so I thought I'd give them a shot. Boy was I wrong, and since being introduced to Lush's Mask of Magnaminty I love the weekly process that is sitting down with my green minty face mask. This particular mask is designed to help breakouts and really does do the trick, I find that skin feels soft afterwards and redness is reduced in those pesky areas.
Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Being fair skinned I have always battled with bronzers, worried that I would look like I have been Tango'd I have always stayed far far away from these products. Originally I was tempted to buy Nars Laguna but when I went to purchased fortunately for me they were out of stock, the SA kindly informed me of a similar bronzer however was slightly lighter. This came in the form of Laura Mercier, and honestly I am so glad I picked this up, this is a lighter bronzer which gives a healthy glow to the skin with no Tango related issues in sight.
Rimmel Nail Nurse
I have recently reviewed this product, simply because of how amazing it is. I don't actually use this as the 14 day treatment as intended, instead I used this as a topcoat. By using this my nails quickly strengthen and helps with growth, my nails never used to be the quickest to grow but by regularly using this they to trend to sprout up quicker than previously.
MAC Creme Cup
My Holy Grail everyday lipstick, Mac Creme Cup is probably the one lipstick that is used day in day out, mainly for work purposes but this for me is the perfect everyday lipstick. It compliments my skin tone well, being a Cremesheen lipstick the texture is very creamy and moisturising to the lips. Lasting power is relatively good despite it being a lighter shade, and for me is probably my favourite MAC lipstick.
Kate Moss for Rimmel 107
To say I was a little apprehensive when buying this shade would be an understated, queue several debates in store before finally buying this. I was quite worried when buying this purely because I have never thought red or darker shades would suit me. However I was pleasantly surprised by this, I think this is the kind of lipstick that would suit most skin tones and I love how this can be applied lightly for everyday use and then heavier for nights. It looks lovely on and has quickly become a lipstick that is used more than anticipated.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser
Tinted Moisturiser is yet again another product I had yet to try, and figured why not go for one of the better. I had actually received a sample size of this product whilst in America last year, and so glad I finally gave this a go earlier in the year. For a tinted moisturiser it provides excellent coverage, not heavy, but enough to conceal blemishes and reduce redness. I find it provides a lovely dewy and natural glow, however some days I will pop a bit of powder on top for a matte look. A fabulous product however that it worth the money.
Lancome Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturiser
Lancome's Anti-Stress Moisturiser is again another product I never intended to try out, however when I found myself with no moisturiser I found this little gem in my skincare storage from a free gift set last year. Ironically enough I found myself using this whilst in a highly stressful situation, completing my third year at university, working full time as an intern and also working part time. So with stress levels at an all time high and my skin looking worse for wear I was surprised to find the next morning my skin looking hydrated and the ugliness that was redness and spotty visibly reduced. Luckily enough I received this as a full sized product for Christmas and cannot wait to continue using this next year.
So there we have it, my favourite products of 2013. I'd love to know what yours have been, let me know!
I'd like to wish you all a Happy New Year, whether you are going out or having quiet celebrations at home with family and loved ones. No matter how you are spending it I hope 2014 will be a great year!