Tuesday, 1 January 2013

2012 Beauty Favourites

You're probably sick to death of these 2012 favourites posts by now, but I thought I'd join in anyway and add my favourites :)
This year I started using Estee Lauder Double Wear Light foundation and it's the best foundation I have found so far. Previously I was switching between 'drug store' foundations and Benefit Hello Flawless, but never found the kind of coverage I wanted until now. I pair this with Benefit's Boi-ing concealer and Rimmel Stay Matte powder for my ideal base.  
My MAC 'Dainty' Mineralise Blush has been my favourite, and most regularly used, cheek product this year. It's the perfect shade for everyday use and so easy to apply early morning before work - you just can't go wrong really! I featured this in my 'favourite blushers' post here.

I'm very fickle when it comes to mascara, I'll just buy any old brand, which ever one's on offer. I've never found one that's good enough for me to buy again and again, so for me to include a mascara in this post is pretty controversial! I only bought the Maybelline 'Falsies, Flared' mascara in December, but it's already a firm favourite. It's great for curling and separating the lashes, I'm pretty sure I'll be buying it again. The Collection 2000 'Fast Stroke' liquid eyeliner always has been, and always will be, a firm favourite of mine so deserved a mention in this post. 
Lush's 'Big' Sea Salt shampoo has also been a firm favourite this year. It's still quite strange using a shampoo with big chunks of salt in it, but it makes my hair lovely and soft and full of volume. I did a full review of the shampoo here
No. 7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser has been a regular part of my skincare routine since I bought it with one of Boots' £5 off No. 7 vouchers. It's so quick and easy to use and makes my skin feel amazing. It reduces redness and my makeup applies so smoothly after using this product.

What have been your favourite beauty products of 2012? Happy New Year! :) x


  1. I'm in need of a good blush, I've never purchased anything from MAC so I'm feeling pretty tempted to get one now, haha! I think my favourite lipstick of 2012 was Rimmel London's Kate Moss lipstick in '107' :)


  2. Big got me interested after reading this :) I might try it although I hate staff in my local Lush.

  3. Great picks! :) I haven't tried any of MAC's blushers, think that'll have to be something I do try when I'm next in need of a new blusher :)

    I had to do my favourites in two separate posts on my blog www.sarahlouxo.com

    I think my main favourite of the year has got to be Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick in Boy...I'm nearly running out I've used it that much!


  4. No7 Hot Cloth Cleanser is one of my favourites too :) x

  5. I love my hot cloth cleanser, so glad I didn't buy the Liz Earle one! x

  6. oh i love lush products.
    happy new year 2013!!!
    maren anita

    FASHION-MEETS-ART by Maren Anita

  7. I love that collection liner too, it has the perfect brush!

    happy new year, hope 2013 is amazing to you!

    Sophierosehearts x

  8. Thanks for the comment on my blog hun :) great post! I want to try the lush shampoo looks good.


  9. Great favourites, I really want to try the no7 hot cloth cleanser. x

  10. I am a traditionalist with my Makeup and am a Max Factor girl through and through (I have used Max Factor 2000 calorie mascara since I was 16, over 15 years now, and I still can't find anything to match it) I love my Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation and their pressed powder compact, it makes me skin so flawless, I love it.

    However in 2012 I experimented with my eyeshadows, blusher and lipstick. I have tried Mac eyeshadows and stila eyeshadows and loved them both and also now have a new favourite blusher - benefit bella bamba. I plan to try more new products in 2013

    Janine xx

  11. I'm a collection 2000 fan too best eyeliner ever!

  12. I try sooo many mascaras too! I need to give this one a whirl, I'm currently using Lash Modelling by Marry M which is pretty good. I think my fave beauty product is Witch's BB creme - works like a dream and is hella cheap!

    Happy New Year doll, I hope to see you again soon! :) <3

    The Style Rawr!

  13. That mascara is my fave too! I really want to try that No7 cleanser xxx

  14. Great post. I will have mine up too shorty www.adoramehitabel.blogspot.com



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  17. I've always hated going into Lush - the smell is so overwhelming but I think I might go and get the BIG shampoo now :D


  18. lovely blog! is the boi-ing concealer good for pale skin by any chance? happy new year!
    Rosie x


  19. I have tried the original Falsies mascara and really liked it, it held a curl all day but I hated how it flaked so much. Happy New Year! x

  20. The lush shampoo sound amazing! And I have heard such good reviews about the no7 beautiful skin,mi wouldn't mind trying it! Fantastic list of favourites you've got there ;) xx

  21. I love it when I see the No 7 Hot Cloth Cleanser in people's favourites posts :D I think it would be my overall skincare product of 2012 :D

    Now following :)

    Louise x

    Confessions of a Secret Shopper

  22. Lovely post. I am never really drawn to maybelline mascaras, I think its partly down to the chunkiness of the container (takes up to much room in my makeup bag). But after this post I may have to pop out and try it when my spenning ban is over and my stash is depleted.


  23. I couldn't live without boi-ing! :) x

  24. No, I still find these posts really interesting, so thanks for doing one :) I love seeing what other people love :)

  25. I got the Lush Big shampoo for Christmas and I already know it's going to be one of my favourite discoveries in 2013 :-)