Friday, December 27, 2013

My 13 Must Have Products from 2013

You can see what rocked my boat back in 2012 here - link oddly only one product from such list made the cut two years in a row! Anyway here is what I discovered and rediscovered in 2013...I can't wait to see what 2014 has in store.

1, Diptyque Baies Candle was an accident, sure I had dabbled with the brand before mainly in the form of Diptyque Figulier but Baies shook my world, shook it hard. A blend of rose and fruit essences make this fragrance unlike anything else I have ever tried and it is one of the few scents I can hand on heart say I won't grow tired of (i'm on my third candle of this scent...whoops). You can find it via Space.NK starting at £20 - link.

2,  La Roche-Posay Serozinc a new comer to my skin care routine but one that is here to stay, this spray on toner contains zinc sulphate to soothe and cleanse the skin as well as reducing excess oil and helping quickly heal rashes and general irritations. It sounds and looks a little harsh but it is gentle on the skin so much so it can be used on a baby's bottom for nappy rash. My skin really enjoys this and it has been a saviour for combating the odd allergic reaction. You can find it via Farmaline for £9.31 - link

3, 2013 saw me purchase a good few Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Eyeshadows and for good reason too - they are the quickest (and dare I say it chicest) way to quickly apply an all over wash of colour on the lid, they also work well as an eyeshadow base and are long wearing. I am a huge fan and look forward to purchasing a few more in the new year and hopefully the arrival of some great limited edition shades.

4, The last few months also saw me discover the magic of Jo Malone fragrances and I warn you now that once you purchase one be it a wearable scent or a home offering you will be hooked. My personal favourite has to be Jo Malone Wild Bluebell but I am a huge fan of Pomegranate Noir and Lime, Basil and Mandarin. I'm hoping in the new year I can expand my collection. You can find the Jo Malone Wild Bluebell Cologne via House of Fraser starting at £39 - link.

5, Before the launch of Urban Decay's Naked 3 palette the must have neutral palette in the blog o sphere had to be NARS And God Created Woman palette which is a great sized kit that contains six neutral shades, a fluffy brush and a mini eye primer. Mine has had lots of use and if you don't dig the rose gold tinged shades of Naked 3 this is the palette for you. Find it via Space.NK for £40.50 - link.

6, Undoubtedly Urban Decay's Naked 3 palette has been the most spoken about palette of 2013 - first we had the is it real or a sham rumours, then there was the OMG it is real I must have it now phase and now we are into the I didn't want to like it but I love it stage. For me it was a winner from the get go - the slightly rosy tinted shades work well with my blue eyes and the pigmentation of 99% of the shades is utterly amazing. If you don't own it you should. You can find it via Debenhams for £37 - link.

7, Typically speaking I don't rate tinted moisturiser but along came NARS Tinted Moisturiser and changed the way I thought about everything. Okay slight exaggeration but it is a wonderful invention, creamy yet not overly hydrating and it does what I deemed impossible - covers in a moderate fashion without being heavy. If like myself you doubted tinted moisturiser this is the eye opener you need. Find it via Space.NK for £28 - link.

8, Speaking of NARS Tinted Moisturiser in my opinion its partner in crime has to be NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. Not every concealer works on my under eye area (they have a tendency to crease due to my oily skin) but this illuminates, hides my dark circles and most importantly stays in place all day long. It also doesn't hurt that it doubles up as a concealer to disguise blemishes. It truly is wonderful. Find it via Space.NK for £21 - link.

9, Origins Super Spot Remover seems to be one of those skin care products you either love or hate - for me it is pure, unadulterated love. I find that if I gently dab a little of this gel on a pesky blemish it clears it up ten times more speedy than left to its own devices. If you can feel a blemish brewing under your skin and dab this on the area 9/10 the spot won't even appear. Genius. Find Origins Super Spot Remover via John Lewis for £14 - link.

10, Generally speaking my go to MAC lipstick is Angel but along came MAC Brave and gave it a little competition for most worn MAC Lipstick. Don't get me wrong I adore MAC Angel but sometimes I need something a little more brown toned. MAC Brave is a great neutral for medium toned gals - it is a blend of pink and brown and generally a great everyday shade. Find it here for £15.50 - link

11, The cleanser that won my heart over in 2013 is the highly coveted Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm. No I'm not a huge fan of the scent but the natural cleansing balm really soothed and deeply cleansed my skin. I am currently trying to use up a good few other cleansers I have on the go at the moment but I will be repurchasing this asap. You can find it via Space.NK for £34 for a whooping 100ml - link.

12, To know me is to know I tend to over wear Thierry Mugler's Alien Eau de Parfum and yet the last few months I have been more loyal to Narciso Rodriguez for Her EDT but more recently I have been reaching for Chanel Chance EDP. There is something so alluring about Chanel's fragrances I can't help but feel grown up when I wear it and it lasts forever on my skin. Maybe my Alien days are numbered? You can find Chanel Chance EDP for £95 via Selfridges - link.

13, Last but not least we have the only repeat offender and that is Stila's Stay All Day Lipstick which in my opinion is the king of all liquid lipsticks and yes that includes Hourglass's offerings. Stila's version is not only marginally cheaper but it truly does wear all day long without feathering, bleeding or drying the lips out. If you try one liquid matte lipstick let it be one from the Stila Stay All Day Lipstick range. You can find them for £15 via Space.NK - link.

So what was your must have products from the year past?

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  1. My faves of the year are maybeline age rewind concealer in brightener, laura mercier secret brightening powder, and an oldie but goodie mac msf in redhead, in brunette but this highlighter is my most used . Lush let the good times roll and nivea espress hydration were also used constantly. X

  2. Looks like some lovely products. I really want to try something from Nars in the new year since it has a lot of positive reviews.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

  3. 2013 for me was all about the lip crayons! The rimmel one is so good and I also liked models own's version as well. I also really liked the rimmel apocalips and the urban decay basics :)

    Danniella x |

  4. Illusion D'Ombre have to be in my favourites as well they are bloody gorgeous that and the Sleek Matte Palette was one of my favourites

  5. My favorites of the year are MakeUp Forever HD Foundation and Concealer and Mac Paintpot!


  6. My faves have to have been the Revlon lip balm stain crayons, the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette, and the Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch Primer (: I'll have to try out the Naked 3 and some Jo Malone in 2014! x

  7. Lovely favourites- would love to get some Diptique in my life - was loving them in Selfridges a while back - smelt lovely. I am interested in looking up about the NARs tinted moisturiser- something I'd not go for usually as I like high coverage but I love the sound of a light skin perfector x

  8. Lovely picks! I'll be doing a similar roundup post soon as well. Great to look back and see what really stood out over the year! The Naked 3 Palette and Diptyque candles are on my 2014 wishlist for sure :)


  9. Woot woot. The Naked 3 is amazing. And I agree about the Stila All Day Liquid lipsticks. The best!

  10. ahh Naked 3 is definitely a must- I love it so much <3

  11. Would love to try the Origins spot gel! Been eyeing it up! Also the Emma hardy cleansing balm! Great post ! :) xxx

  12. I want to try everything! If you could only pick one product out of these 13 which one would you choose? :) xo

  13. the chanel eye shadows are so beautiful, i absolutely love them!

    lillies and lipbalm


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