Wednesday, 22 January 2014

My 2013 Makeup Favourites

It's time for my last instalment of 2013 favourites.The makeup category was the hardest one and it took me ages to decide what products were my definite favourites last year. If you are interested in my favourite makeup brushes and tools, I wrote a separate post about them here.

I love the original Instant Smooth Primer, but when I want to match the colour of my face to my body (after fake tanning), I use this baby and it is incredible. It smooths my skin and erases pores and fine lines with an added benefit of adding a lovely hint of colour to my skin. I loooove it and it only costs £18.00! I also love Benefit Porefessional - it is amazing too!


If I had to pick one foundation to wear for the rest of my life, this would be it. I can wear it when I have tons of breakouts, or when my skin looks great. I repurchased it 5 times+ and I always go back to it. When my skin looks good and clear, I can mix it with my moisturiser for light coverage, or use it straight from the tube to cover the worst breakouts. It gives full coverage, but doesn't clog pores. Very affordable too!


I have been loving two concealers in 2013. The first one is my all time favourite Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. It is perfect for concealing blemishes and dark circles and it is super cheap. I also loved using the Bourjois Happy Light Concealer. I might actually prefer it to the Collection one. It is very thick and needs warming up, but it gives amazing coverage and doesn't crease under my eyes.

This powder doesn't need an introduction. It is probably in everyone's 2013 favourites. I am not surprised to be honest. It adds the most beautiful glow to my face, without looking shimmery. It sets my makeup perfectly and reduces the appearance of pores, wrinkles and any imperfections, by diffusing light. Magic! I even bought the Ambient Lighting Palette after trying the full size. I am obsessed! I cannot wait to try one of the new Ambient Lighting Blushers!


My most used bronzer in 2013 was the Clarins Splendours Bronzer*. First of all, the packaging is stunning and I love the big mirror inside. The colour of the bronzer suits my skin tone perfectly and the lasting power is amazing. I very rarely need a touch up during the day.

FAVOURITE HIGHLIGHTER: theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer*

Officially the most beautiful highlighter I have ever tried. The champagne colour is perfect for all skin tones, the consistency feels almost buttery and it adds a gorgeous glow to my cheekbones. You NEED this baby in you collection and if you don't own any highlighters yet- buy this one and you won't need anything else.

FAVOURITE BLUSHER: Chanel Powder Blush in shade 82 Reflex

I got this stunning blusher for Valentine's Day last year and I fell in love. It has been my most used blush in 2013 and it looks really nice on tanned skin. I love the silky formula and the classic Chanel packaging is perfect for keeping in my makeup bag. 

FAVOURITE EYE SHADOW PRIMER: Lime Crime Eye Shadow Helper*

I didn't expect to love it more than my Urban Decay Primer Potion, but this primer seems to be working perfectly with my eyelids. The consistency is very silky, but it  makes the eyeshadows stick to the lids all day and I haven't noticed any creasing at all. Perfect!


Another fabulous product from theBalm. They are quickly becoming one of my favoruite brands. This palette is packed with easy to wear eyeshadows, mostly neutrals and a cheeky burgundy shade thrown in for good measure. I have used this palette a lot last year and I find it perfect for travelling. The packaging could be smaller, but that's my only complain :) I have everything I need in one place, including a brush (one side is angled) and a selection of matte shades for my brows as well.

FAVOURITE SINGLE EYESHADOW: Sigma Cream Colour Base in shade Unveil*

I am so impressed with Sigma's eye shadows! All of the ones I have tried are super pigmented and long lasting. My favourite is this cream colour base in a stunning gold shade. I can use it with most makeup looks and it makes my eyeshadows apply better and intensifies the colours I use with it. Gorgeous!

FAVOURITE EYELINER: Bourjois Liner Pinceau in Black/Noir

My favourite eyeliner will never change. I love everything about it. It is ultra black, the brush allows me to create the perfect winged line and it stays put all day without smudging or flaking. 

FAVOURITE MASCARA: YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Luxurious Mascara

I wasn't expecting anything special from this little sample, but I am obsessed  and I will be buying the full size product soon - it comes in stunning gold packaging. This mascara gives the most beautiful volume and length, without clumping or flaking. It also holds the curl really well. 

FAVOURITE LIPSTICK: YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick in shade 9 Nude in Private

I treated myself to this lipstick a couple of months ago and I can't stop wearing it. It is a great everyday shade and the formula keeps my lips moisturised. I also love the shine it adds to the lips. 

FAVOURITE LIP GLOSS: Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector 06 Rosewood Shimmer*

I wear all of these very often, but my favourite is definitely the darkest shade. It makes my lips look really lovely and it is sooo easy to wear. One quick sweep and I am ready to go. I can't recommend  these enough. I also fell in love with the beautiful Culminate Lipgloss from Illamasqua. It is a stunning sparkly shade and I love wearing it on it's own or layered on top of my favourite lipsticks. 

What makeup products made it to your 2013 favourites?

*products marked with an asterisk are PR samples



  1. So many that I will be adding to my "Need list" :)
    Great selection of different brands xo

  2. I really wanna try that highlighter, it gets incredible reviews!

    Molly x
    Lyon Notes

  3. That primer looks like magic, I'm forever wearing fake tan x

    The Beauty Drawer | UK Beauty & Fashion Blog

  4. Lovely post, love the Chanel blusher, soooo gorgeous x

  5. I just want to try everything on your list now, really need to get my hands on the hourglass powder, sounds like a must have by everyone! xx


  6. I think it's time for me to try Dermablend! It seems like it would be perfect for me as I'm so self conscious of my skin. That Clarins bronzer is absolutely stunning, I don't know if I would even have the heart to use it! x

  7. That YSL lipstick looks gorgeous! xx

  8. Oh, God... what a gorgeous collection of makeup. :D The Clarins bronzer is just stunning! I absolutely NEED at least one YSL lipstick in my life! :) And those Clarins lip glosses look delicious... I keep on seeing them all over the 'blogsfere'. :)

    I also have the Nude'tude palette, though I much prefer my Naked palette, it's still a very nice one. :) I've just ordered the Mary-Lou Manizer I hope I'll like it.

  9. For the concealer, you photographed the Happy Light Concealer, but mentioned the Healthy Mix concealer in the description. I hope you meant the Happy Light concealer, because that's one of my favourites!


  10. So many products I want to try from theBalm, not least that Nude tude palette but also so many blushes!

  11. Amazing picks! The Clarins bronzer looks so pretty!

  12. I REALLY need to get a YSL lipstick, I might just hint to the boyfriend, early valentines gift maybe haha!

  13. SO many of these are on my wishlist - the mary luminzer highlight and the ambient lighting powder in particular!

    Georgina at

  14. I love reading favourite posts, yours were great because I haven't heard of a lot of them before. The bronzing primer looks really interesting and sounds like it works great xxx

    Verity | Life of Verity

  15. I think I'm gonna try that Vichy foundation now, do you know if they sell it instore? Or is it just online?

    1. I think it is sold in Boots. I always order it from Escentual, it's much cheaper and they usually have offers on Vichy.

  16. I really want to try the Hourglass powders and I want that theBalm loumanizer.

  17. I've been loving theBALM blusher (it stays on all day!) for a while now and spotted theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter on your list. I've been searching for a good have just bought it :) thanks for a great blog post!

    Ally xx

  18. Absolutely love the idea of the Clarins Instant Smooth Self Tanning product. I've been looking for something like this for ages so thank you! Defo popping it onto my wishlist. Wish I could take photos like yours!

  19. Great favourites. A few already on my ever growing wish list already but I spy a couple more...


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