Best Of Beauty 2013

Tuesday, 31 December 2013






Its quite rare that you'll spot a new monthly favorites post on my blog now, but I could hardly let 2013 go without sharing some of the products which I think really are worth departing with your hard earned cash for. I don't usually do monthly favourites mainly because I'm rubbish at remembering, and quite often it's just the same products that keep popping up for me as it usually takes me a few months to really love a product enough to pop it in a favorites post, but I've had a whole year to think about these! You'll probably notice that this post only features make up related products, that's because I'm still not completely happy with my skincare routine and didn't want to share anything which I wasn't 100% happy with. 

1. Maybelline Colour Tattoo's: I can't tell you how many times I've looked over a MAC counter umm-ing and ahh- ing over one of their Paint Pots, but at almost £20 each, it's not something I can often afford. When I came across the Maybelline colour tattoo's I thought I would give some of the shades a go as they looked quite similar. These are pretty much exact dupes for the Paint Pots, the only issue I have with them is the colour range which is quite limited. But that aside, these are really great cream eyeshadows which I love to use as a base for powder products to keep my eyeshadow in place all day. The colours I've featured here are On And On Bronze and Pink Gold as I find these two shades to be the most wearable from the collection, but I've heard Metallic Pomegranate is stunning too. 

2. Urban Decay Naked Palettes - I couldn't do a 2013 favourites without mentioning these. I only own the Naked and Naked 3 palette as I found the Naked 2 to be a bit too similar to the first one but they truly are stunning palettes and really high quality. What I love most about these palettes is that every shade is wearable so you really are getting your moneys worth. There's nothing worse than splashing out on a palette to find that it's full of bright shades which you know you'll never wear. 

3. YSL Touche Eclat Foundation: So far, this is my all time favourite foundation. I haven't tried that many MAC and Nars foundations which seem to be favourites among bloggers, but so far I haven't felt the need to as I've been repurchasing this one. It gives you a radiant dewy finish without picking up on any dry patches, making it perfect for my skin. Also, the colour is spot on for my skin tone, which is something I often struggle with. 

4. e.l.f Blusher in Gotta Glow: Although elf lists this as a blusher, it's definitely a highlighter. It's a really pretty light white/golden shade with a hint of shimmer that looks great dusted over the op of your cheek bones. I've been wanting to try MAC Soft & Gentle for ages now but right now, this one is doing me just fine and it's such a bargain. 

5. Sleek Brow Kit: I found this brow kit while I was looking for something to replace my Benefit Browzings and I'm so glad I did. This is over half the price of the Benefit option and it's a complete dupe, in fact, I think I like it more than the Benefit option. It makes it so easy to do your brows without leaving them looking completely drawn on - I'd definitely reccomend checking this out if you want an easy way to do your brows. 

6. Benefit Hoola Bronzer: I picked up this bronzer with a voucher that I got for my Birthday from my lovely work colleagues and I'm so glad I chose this as I love it and use it almost everyday. It's the perfect shade for me if I just dust it over my cheeks and is a great contour shade as it contains no shimmer. 

7. MAC Studio Fix Powder: This is my all time favourite powder. It's the perfect shade, coverage and finish which completely breaks my heart as I find myself repurchasing such an expensive powder over and over again. Despite how much I love this, my student budget just doesn't allow me to keep on loving this so this year, I'm hoping to find a good drugstore dupe - so send any suggestions my way! 

8. Benefit Boing Concealer: Last but certainly not least is Benefit Boing Concealer. I have this on 01 and find it to give such a great brightening effect under my eyes and completely covers my dark circles and if you'd seen me in the morning you'd know how hard that was! It doesn't crease and has a very natural finish - something I will definitely be re-purchasing. 



36 comments:

  1. Great favourites for 2013, the Maybelline cream to powder eyeshadows are great and there are so many beautiful shades to choose from :o). Have a wonderful New Year :o)! Xx

    http://makeupbycandlelight.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I love them but I wish the range was a little bigger and that they had a dupe for the Bare Study MAC Paint Pot! Happy New Year :) xx

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  2. Lovely picks :) I could live without my NAKED palettes!
    www.lydiarosexo.blogspot.co.uk xo

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    1. They're probably my all time favourite beauty products haha! Happy New Year :) xx

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  3. I love my naked palette, I agree that the first and second were way too similar! I saw no point in buying the second. And I love the color tattoos, although I wish they had one even a little like the painterly paint pot, they wouldn't be able to keep it on the shelves!

    http://mercuteify.blogspot.com/

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    1. Yeah I was hoping they were going to bring one out like the bare study paint pot haha! Happy New Year :) xx

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    1. I'm so happy I picked it up while it was in stock, I've been using it most days now! Happy New Year :) xx

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  5. Great picks! I really do love the Maybelline Color Tattoos, amazing quality from the drugstore. I am with you on how expensive MAC powder is. When mine runs out I'll be going back to my Rimmel Stay Matte powder. It's the cheapest drugstore powder and the best I've found!

    katiechamel.blogspot.com

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    1. I've tried the Stay Matte and it just doesn't work on my skin and breaks me out :( I've heard the Healthy Balance by Bourjois is a great powder though! Happy New Year :) xx

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  6. I love all your favourites. Happy New Year! Xx

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  7. Some really great picks there Hun, I am still looking for my perfect foundation x
    Beautyqueenuk xx

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    1. I love this one but I'm still looking for my perfect matte/satin finish foundation, I really want to try some MAC and Nars ones! Happy New Year :) xx

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  8. Love the Maybelline color tattoos, I actually even just mentioned the Eternal Gold in a blog post, lovely choices and I will definitely be looking into getting that foundation
    Happy New Year
    casualllyawkward.blogspot.com

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    1. Everyone seems to love them haha, I just wish the range was bigger! Happy New Year :) xx

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  9. I really want to try the YSL foundation. Happy New Year!

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  10. The Hoola Bronzer is one of my favourites as well! Just found your blog through kimberleysbeautyblog post on her favourite blogs of 2013! Love it and I am your newest follower! x

    Happy New Year!

    www.natalielovesbeauty.com

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  11. love all of these! great picks! <3

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  12. I wish I could try YSL Touche!
    I bought a shade too light and the shade above is far too dark!

    E | Beauty/Skincare | Cocoamourr

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    1. Thats such a shame! I'm always changing shades whenever I repurchase! xx

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  13. I need to get my hands on that Hoola Bronzer, everyone seems to love it haha! :) Happy New Year! xx

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    1. haha its definitely worth it and you wont regret it! Happy New Year :) xx

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  14. LOVE the YSL Foundation - I have repurchased it about 3 times and bought a L'Oreal foundation now that I ran out and I miss it so much - it gives such a dewy glow and I'm sure I'll definitely be repurchasing.

    P.S. your blog is lovely btw! Such nice photography x x

    Catherine x x | Candy Cosmetics

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    1. I'm on my 3rd bottle too, I'm trying to find some more drugstore foundations which I like but they just don't compare :( Thankyou! xx

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  15. I was going to recommend the Rimmel Stay Matte powder but saw in an above comment that it causes you to breakout, I use the MAC studio fix most of the time but I also went on a quest to find a cheaper alternative and I'm currently using a GOSH pressed powder which is good. It's really light on my skin so doesn't make me look cakey and it does the job, I rarely need to top it up :) xx

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    1. Ooh thank you for the recommendation! I'll have to pick it up when my MAC one runs out! xx

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  16. I love the Maybelline Colour Tattoos! They're great, affordable cream shadows. Bad to the Bronze is my favourite for sure!
    I just followed your blog! Looking forward to reading more posts from you soon!
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    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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  17. Happy New Year! I agree with you about the Maybelline Colour Tattoos, they're great. I got the Metallic Pomegranate shade in my Christmas stocking, it's gorgeous!

    kizzyhearts.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Ooh thats the next shade I want to pick up! Happy New Year! xx

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  18. I love so many of these, I need to try the YSL foundation!

    Cornelia - Ineffable Beauty

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  19. love alot of these, really want to have the naked 3 palette and benefit's boing concealer xx

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