Tuesday, 1 January 2013

2012 Make Up Favourites

Hello Lovelies!

Happy New Year!!! Hard to believe that 2012 has been and gone. Seriously I feel like this year flew by and soon it will be my ickle blogs first birthday! Yay!

So in line with "blogging tradition" I felt it was only right to share with you my 2012 all time make up favourites! Now alot of these will come as no surprise to you and if I have done a post about the product I'll link it for you incase you want to read abit more about it. 

So without anymore babbling on from me here are my 2012 make up favourites and I do apologize, it is quite a picture heavy post!

The primer that I have found myself reaching for alot this year has been the L'oreal Magic Lumi Primer. I have quite dull skin and find that this gives quite a radiant glow beneath my foundation. Sometimes I mix it in with my foundation instead of putting on two separate layers, and I love the effect it gives. Definitely makes me look more awake!

One of the foundations that I have been loving alot this year I didn't actually have to photograph, but it was the infamous Rimmel "Wake Me Up" foundation. But the other foundation was a discovery late in the year for me and it was the Rimmel "Match Perfection". I love the light coverage it gives but it is build able for days I feel like I need some extra coverage.

I couldn't pick just one for this category ..I'm sorry I cheated...and possibly not for the last time in this post! 
For blemishes I have found nothing better than Collection's Lasting Perfection Concealer. I use it in the shade 01 Fair which is the lightest they do (shocker) and it literally covers up everything!
And for under my eyes I've been using the Maybelline Dream Lumitouch concealer in Ivory. It really brightens up my under eyes and a much cheaper alternative to the YSL Touche Eclat!

A product I have raved about not too long ago here and it is the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Peach Glow!

So this year was the year I discovered contouring, and the first and only product I have used for this is the Sleek Contour Kit in Light. I have not found any other highstreet/drugstore contouring products that work as well for me as this one does. Paired with my Real Techniques Contour Brush it is a match made in heaven!

Now this may quite possibly be my favourite purchase of the whole year tied with another product! As you can see it is really well loved and I am absolutely terrified of it smashing because apparently once you hit pan on it thats when things start to go bad. I've used this pretty much everyday I've had it and I love the look it gives! Review here

Another purchase from this year I have been loving has been my MAC Melba blush. It gives a gorgeous peachy glow to the skin and again I have been wearing this almost every day since I've had it. It is highly pigmented and you only need a very light hand with it. Review here

Tied with my NARS Laguna as my favourite purchase of the year is my Jemma Kidd All Over Radiance Cream in Iced Gold. I am heart broken that Jemma Kidd has gone out of business because this is my all time favourite highlighter and now it's no more! Review here

The product I have been using for my eyebrows pretty much all year has been MAC Omega. I also use this for contouring and as an eyeshadow too so it is a pretty good all rounder product! Review here

I had to think really hard about what my favourite eyeshadow for the year was because I love so many. I am such an eyeshadow fiend. I love my NAKED pallet, my MAC pallet , my Smashbox pallet and I have a few Inglot ones too. I think the ones I have used the most are my Inglot neutrals. I love the pallet for traveling and the colors are pretty much what I would wear on an everyday basis to work etc so it's just handy to grab. Review here

I've strayed away from my usual black kohl eyeliner and gone for a more natural look lately. I've used Illamasqua's Vow every day since I've got it in my water line to try and give a more "awake" look! Review here

I may have cheated again for this because I'm sorry but I just couldn't pick between these two. I love them both for two different looks. Maybelline The Falsies gives such amazing dark black voluminous lashes that I haven't gotten from any other mascara. Benefit They're Real gives amazing length to my lashes that actually does make it look like I'm wearing eyelash extentions!

Lip Liner
A lipliner that I found the most use out of this year was MAC's NAKED Lip Liner. A gorgeous nude lipliner that I find really helps my lipstick last longer. Review here

Now this will definitely come as no surprise to any of you for my favourite lipstick and it is MAC's Hue. The most perfect pinky nude lipstick. I have bought about three of these this year and this one is nearly finished (sob!) so there will have to be another one bought soon! 

I'm not normally one for wearing lip glosses but for days that I'm feeling like I want to go the whole hog I normally reach for Rimmel's "Keep a Secret" Such a gorgeous pink colour and I don't find it sticky at all!

Honorary Mention
I really didn't know what category this product fell into but it is the Revlon Lipbutter in Lollipop. It was Revlon's 80th birthday this year and they really outdid themselves with the new lip products. I love this berry shade and it has been my go to dramatic shade for awhile now!

Nail Polish
As you all know I have a slight addiction to nail polish, so to pick favourites was really difficult because I could have written a whole post on my favourites of 2012 (If you would still like me to, please let me know!) But the two that stood out the most to me this year as been the most used are Essie's Mint Candy Apple and Barry M's Raspberry. Two very different shades but both very well loved!

So there you have it! My make up favourites of 2012. I love these kinds of posts because I think it's really interesting to look back on and see how your tastes have changed and if your still loving and using the same products a year on! If you have done one of these posts please leave them below and if you would like to see a nail polish favourites do let me know too because I would love to do one!


  1. I've been searching for the perfect nude lipstick and liner so thank you fort this post! Oh, and happy new year! :) xx

    1. Oooh I hope you like them!:) Happy New Year to you too lovely! xxx

  2. Love all of the products you've included in this post! I've heard so many good reviews on Benefit's They're Real mascara - it looks wonderful!

    I'd love to see a nail polish favourites post!

    I've just posted my favourite products in 2012 if you're interested - http://beccammartin.blogspot.co.uk/ xx

  3. I need to invest on a primer! And probably is going to be that one ^^

  4. Ooh lots of these are my faves too, especially the Lollipop lip butter and Laguna bronzer!! Great post!! Xx.

    1. I'm obsessed with Laguna!:D Couldn't be without it! xx

  5. I love The Falsies too and a lot of bloggers seem to agree! It really gives me dramatic lashes that stay curled all day but I hate how it flakes on me -_- MAC Hue is gorgeous! Happy New Year! x

    1. Obsessed with MAC Hue! I think I may need another one soon!:) Happy New Year hun:) x

  6. really love benefit they're real mascara, its an amazing product!! i've just recently started using the rimmel powder and its pretty good so far.


    1. I'm obsessed with the They're Real! :O Its just so amazing! xx

  7. I love both of those nail paints as well as the Rimmel foundation :-) I love this post!


  8. Great favourites :) Here are mine: http://ofbeautyandnothingness.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/2012-favourites-make-up.html

  9. The Benefit mascara and Collection concealer were in my 2012 favourites too :-) xx

  10. Great faves- I have a lot of the same ones! Drugstore makeup really impressed me in 2012:))