Friday 4 January 2013

2012 Favourites

I had intended to get this post written and up before the new year but going away over Christmas and working as soon as I got home got in the way. Better late then never though!

I wrote a similar post for my 2011 Favourites but I only chose 11 products and included all categories. This time I have not limited myself in regards to the number of products and I have only chosen make up items. My skincare changes all the time, over 2012 I tried around 4 different skincare regimes and I honestly can't choose favourites. 

Like 2011, 2012 was a year of discovery. I have tried products from so many different brands, I couldn't name them all. I thank blogging for that. Other bloggers have influenced me a lot over the year and I rarely buy a product without having read a bloggers review.


Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation in Rose Ivory
Whilst the Vitalumiere Aqua is my Holy Grail this is the foundation I reach for when I want fuller coverage. I especially like this for night time as it has no SPF and looks almost velvety on the skin. 

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation in BR10 Beige Rose Pastel
This is my Holy Grail foundation. I love it and I couldn't imagine not having it in my collection. For me it is an essential. It makes my skin look perfect, radiant and natural.

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit in Ivory
This is an absolutely amazing concealer for any imperfections. I love it for under the eyes and the slight redness I get around my nose. I highly recommend this concealer, it is one of the best for dark circles especially when combined with the Corrector. 

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
Since purchase this powder has become a staple product in my routine. It sets my foundation without making it look cakey or powdery. A must have product for me.


Guerlain Rose Aux Joues Blush Duo in 01 Peach Boy
I love this duo, it includes one matte shade and a shimmery shade. They are both incredibly smooth and easy to apply. I love how you can layer these shades to your preference. I love the peachy coral shades.

Chanel Blush Horizon De Chanel 
This blush became an immediate favourite for that natural looking flush/glow. It is silky smooth and lasts all day on the cheek. The gorgeous design is also a plus.

MAC Powder Blush in Fleur Power
My first MAC blush and I love it. It is more coral than showing up in the photo above. This is a go to blush for me when I want a soft peachy pink blush. 


Nars Larger Than Life Long-Wearing Eyeliner in Via Veneto
This is a fantastic liner. Very black, easy to apply and long wearing - everything one needs in an eye liner. The built in sharpener is also very handy plus it is wind up so not too much waste. 

Maybelline Color Tattoo in 25 Bad to the Bronze
This is my favourite shade of the Color Tattoos. It is that perfect shade for a darker eye. It looks fantastic on a night out. It lasts for hours, does not fade and is super easy to apply. 

Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Linen
This is a coloured eye lid primer. I don't always were eyeshadows but have quite dark lids naturally so I love to apply this to brighten up the eye area. As a primer it makes shadows more intense and helps them to last all day. 

Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara in Noir
This is the best mascara I have tried this year. It seems to find lashes I didn't even know I had. It is a dark black colour and does not flake or smudge. 

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in 82 Emerveille 
I think this may be a Holy Grail product for me. It is the perfect shadow when you don't want to put a lot of effort in but want to look polished. It is a gorgeous shade and honestly? I just love it. 


Burberry Lip Mist in 207 Camelia Pink
This lipstick is lovely on the lips. Super smooth and glides on easily. Nicely pigmented and moisturising on the lips. It also lasts well for a sheerer lipstick. 

MAC Lipstick in Impassioned
I still can't believe I only purchased this lipstick mid way through the year. It is an amazing shade and so perfect for me. Lasts well, is creamy and just gorgeous. 

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in 69 Flirt
This is my favourite shade of the Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks and the one I reach for most. It is a gorgeous coral pink and looks natural and shiny on the lips. 

YSL Glossy Stain in 17 Encre Rose
I think this may be the absolute best lip product of 2012. It is just amazing. Colour and shine lasts for hours even after eating and drinking. Plus this is a gorgeous baby pink

So there is my favourite products of 2012! I am really looking forward to discovering many more new and fantastic products in 2013. Over 2012 I have not done a monthly favourites post but I think I will start in 2013 or at least attempt to...

I hope you all keeping safe from the heat. Remember to drink lots of water, stay cool and of course wear SPF when outside. My best tip for the hot weather? Cold showers! They are the best way to cool down quickly (it is what I did when I got home from work).

What were your favourite products of 2012? 


  1. You have some gorgeous products. I would love to try the Chanel Illusion D'Ombre and the Vitalumiere Aqua xo

  2. I found that I loved the Vitalumiere Aqua and MAC's Impassioned in 2012 as well. I need to try the YSL Glossy Stains xx

  3. Wow there is some beautiful products in there! :) I also really love the chanel vitalumeire aqua, and I have wanted to try the bobbi brown concealer kit for a while! It's good to see people recommend it, I think I will have to pick it up.

    Amber x

  4. Flirt looks like such a beautiful colour! Impassioned is my favourite lipstick of all time!


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