It’s time to go through my Beauty favourites for 2013! :) I had a difficult time choosing between products, so I thought it would be fun to present the “winners” alongside the other products that nearly made it. I love everything shown here, but the winners have been consistent faves throughout the year (or at least since I acquired them).
I didn’t limit myself to any number of categories, but I ended up with a nice round number: 10. The winners/faves are named in the photo and my little bee mascot can be seen hovering close to them. Let’s have a look! :) Of all the categories, this was the most difficult. In the first half of 2013, I had terrible skin. I was piling on my foundation and none of the heavy coverage ones I tried this year were great. Come the second half of 2013, my skin finally began to improve (thanks to a complete overhaul in my skincare regimen) and I gravitated toward lighter bases that made me feel pretty good. Those are the Clinique CC Cream and my trusty Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. I love those, but they were edged out by the Vichy Normaderm Teint foundation, which is the foundation that helped my skin when it was at its worst.
Vichy is best known for its Dermablend foundation–a super high coverage foundation that I also own but rarely use except as a concealer for tricky spots. This Normaderm variant is just a little less intense when it comes to coverage and is milder on the skin. All Vichy foundations are formulated using thermal spa water and are suitable for sensitive skin, but this one helps treat “imperfections” (i.e. dry out pimples and cover redness). I still reach for this when I have irritated skin and a couple of huge pimples on my cheeks. I use the shade 45 Gold, which is apparently difficult to find outside of Europe. Good thing this stuff lasts! My 30mL tube is only half empty and I’ve been using it since May. :)
For concealer, it just had to be the K Palette Zero Kuma Concealter (Type 1). This is a highlighting concealer on me, but it might be just the right shade for anyone lighter. It’s sheer but brightening and Type 1 is meant to treat dryness under the eyes and decrease dark circles. I’m still on the hunt for the perfect spot concealer and I’m hoping 2014 will be the year I find it. 2013 was a good powder year, no doubt! I told you all about the Human Heart Nature Perfect Coverage Mineral Foundation way back in 2012, but it has remained a favourite throughout 2013, specifically as a touch-up powder. The Clinique Stay-Matte Sheer Pressed Powder is a more recent find and has been great for setting any liquid foundation, and the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light is the newest powder acquisition in my collection (I owe you all a review).
Those are all great, but the Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder takes the cake this year. I never reviewed it because it’s not available locally, but if you ever get the chance to get your hands on this (or anything from Bourjois, really), just get it! It’s what I use to set my tinted moisturizers and CC Cream. I use the shade 55 Dark Beige and I could stand to go a shade darker, but it’s rather sheer so it’s no biggie. What I love is that it wears comfortably and it smells just like Bourjois liquid foundations (slightly fruity). I’m seeing pan on this powder already and that makes me really sad… I guess the hunt for a local alternative (or a good online shop that carries it) is officially on! Here’s another winner that I’ve never reviewed for you guys (and have had for ages): my NARS blush in Oasis. It’s a “sparkling pink champagne” that just does everything right for me. It’s a dusty plum in my opinion and the shimmer in the pan does not fully transfer onto the skin, so you get just the right amount of glow from this baby. For now, have a look at a Temptalia review of this gorgeous blush. She actually mentions theBalm’s Cabana Boy (pictured above) as a dupe, but I think they are quite different.
theBalm’s Put A Lid On It eyeshadow primer was a runaway winner! I meant to put the original UDPP beside it in this picture, but I got tired of my old tube and actually threw it out. Nothing more to say here except that I love it!
2013 wasn’t much of an eyeliner year for me, meaning I rarely went for looks with eyeliner unless I knew I was going to be photographed. The Rimmel Scandaleyes liners would have won except they were just a tad bit too soft. I had a difficult time getting them back to a sharp tip after initial use, and so I never had the perfect amount of precision with them. The nude one is fantastic for waterline lining though, and it obviously doesn’t need to be sharp for that.
The K Palette Real Lasting liquid eyeliner wins without competition. I used to like felt tip liquid liners, but after using the gorgeous brush tips on these, there’s just no turning back. I love that it comes in black and brown because they do produce significantly different looks. I like the brown for more casual settings and the black for a dramatic cat eye or to pair with nude lips for a Briggite Bardot kind of look.This one is a bit of a surprise to me– my fave mascara at the beginning of the year was the Fairydrops Platinum Masacara, hands down. At some point in the year they reformulated and released the mascara in its new gold packaging (seen in the background)… and I hated it. The Revlon Grow Luscious mascara in blackest black has since been my new go-to mascara. Like Fairdrops, it has a bit of serum in it to encourage lash growth. I just like how black it is and how it doesn’t flake off. There’s also a waterproof version but I have yet to try it out. Bit of a side story here before I talk about my fave eye palette for 2013: My absolute favourite palette of all time is my Stila In The Light Palette. I recently took that on a trip with me and left it behind… sooo dumb of me. I have a feeling it fell into the gap between the bed and the night stand, which is why I didn’t catch it when I did a final check of the hotel room. So, a moment of silence for my lost palette please.
Ok, so my fave for the year 2013 was the Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs in Le Bois De Rose. I got so much more use out of this palette than I originally thought I would and it turned out to be incredibly versatile, too. Also, who can even try to compete with Guerlain’s packaging? Le Bois De Rose just had that extra overall oomph to push it past the finish line ahead of its closest competition (the Inglot palette, fyi).
On to lips! This is one category that really suffered because of my September-December makeup ban. The latter half of the year is usually when I find the lipsticks that I really fall in love with. It’s not just the deeper colours (reds, plums)… even the nudes that are released or that I’m attracted to during the “cooler” months just seem to suit me better. As a consequence of not being able to freely add onto my stash, I don’t have very many lipsticks that I really like other than my old reliables. The Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle is of course one of those. Really, the only bold colour that I loved in 2013 was my MAC Sheen Supreme in Good To Be Bad.
The winner for this category then is a surprise to me because it kind of creeped its way into being a favourite. The Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Curviest Caramel found its way into my bag very often in 2013 because it was the perfect lighter-than-my-lips nude. It’s not so nude that I can’t wear it with a simple eye, but it’s nude enough to wear with a heavy eye, too. I don’t leave the house without this–and that’s something I’ve only said about Revlon Pink Truffle! I highly recommend the Intense range of the Chubby Sticks overall. :)
Oh hand creams! I love hand creams! :) 2013 was the year that Crabtree & Evelyn overtook L’Occitane as my preferred brand when it comes to hand creams. It started when I bought a little travel set of three on sale one day. I normally overlook the brand because it’s pricey and their stores look a bit outdated. But my oh my is their hand cream something! I love the soft aluminum packaging, the pastel colours, the scents, and most especially the formula. L’Occitane’s green tea hand gel and the Burt’s Bees Hand Salve are still incredible products as well. They’re all worth trying out, but the Crabtree & Evelyn option just stole my heart. :)
That’s it for my 2013 favourites! :) 2013 was a good year in beauty, but a great year for this blog. Hopefully 2014 will be filled with better product discoveries and more fun posts to share. Being on a makeup ban for four months did teach me to think about the products that I want to buy before I actually buy them. Writing them down, at least, has seemed to make a difference. I haven’t yet bought anything (though I’m allowed to already, yay!) but I had a list of makeup items that I wanted to buy after the ban and I found myself crossing out more items over time and the more I thought about the purchases. Hopefully that means less impulse-buys (though I can’t promise absolutely no impulse-buys) and more saving (money).
I hope you guys enjoyed browsing through these. I personally love when YouTubers post their yearly faves! :) And speaking of YouTube, I was wondering–how many of you guys also subscribe to beauty channels on YouTube? If you do, who are your fave YouTubers? :) Do share! :)