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Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Favourite Products of 2012 (15 days late...)


Happy New Year!! 

This post has taken me ages to do not just because there were so many products but because Blogger lost my first attempt(not cool). That aside this 2012 has signalled a move back to high street make up which was a big step for me and an introduction to French pharmacies. I have been very strict with this list and have managed to get it down to products that I have been using pretty much everyday. I have included a mixture of make up, skincare and nail care products. Enjoy!!

Simple Moisture Boost

I never really got to grips with the whole facial sprays especially the Claudalie hype. For a long time I couldnt even understand what I was supposed to be doing with the stuff. The only time I ever spray my face is on the beach. That aside, I trialled a few but this was the one that had me repurcahsing. I am not really a Simple user (my mum swears by the stuff) I like bells and whistles and I'm afraind to say fragrance with my skincare. This is a great little spray. It releases a fine mist and doesn't irritate my eyes or skin. I find this a God send in winter and tend to spray it on twice (I let the first lot sink in and then re apply) and follow with my moisturiser. You don't get as much product as with other brands but this is decidedly cheaper and much more readily avaliable.  

Monu Moisture Rich Collagen Cream
I did a review on this recently so won't babble on too much but this is just a great moisturiser. Its light, moisturising and smells gorgeous. Buy it!!!! Review here

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in Shade 53

 It was going to be a cold day in hell before I gave up high end foundations but after years of being let down and despairing at having another break out from another Mac foundation I was on the prowl. This foundation had great reviews and was on a 3 for 2 so was rude not to really. I have found this a God send for a start it matches my skin perfectly which many high street brands and high end had failed to do. I find this is light but buildable; had great staying power 8+ hours on my dry skin, doesn't transfer a much as other brands and gives a nice semi-matte finish which I think is very natural. Of all of Bourjois recent foundation offering this is by far the best. Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer I know it could be considered lazy to use a concealer from the same brand as your foundation but this is a real winner.I'm a bit of a concealer nut and did not expect to fall in love with a high street concealer. I find some concealers are better for certain tasks, this is great for concealing any blemishes and/or scars. This typically lasts me the whole day and doesn't crease or dry out like some. I am very fond if the liquid to almost powder finish I am left with.

Models own in "Hedonist"

I had never used Models Own up until 2012 but thanks to some great deals by Boots I have well and truly stockled up. This is probably my go to colour of all I have purchased. I pretty much wore this all summer. I like that it dries matte, if i need a bit of shine I layer with a topcoat of Seche Vite. I find I get about 5 days wear out of this which is pretty good. Just writing about this makes me want to put it on. 

Seche Vite C/O
 I was never really bothered painting my nails properly until I got this as I could never get the drying part right. Nail dryers, sprays, hairdryer (the shame) all failed me. I still however, managed to aquire quite a collection of nail varnishes despite this and a number of top coats that claimed to be "quick drying". All paled in comaprison to this beauty. Review here (Cringe).


Sleek Brow Kit in Light (Excuse the state of it, it's well loved!)

I have dabbled in using eyshadow on my brows but never found the right match. This little kit does the job. I can't compare it to any of the high end versions as I haven't tried them but this definetly stumps the high street versions. With this kit you have one powder and one coloured wax. I bought the kit in light but I still think it is pretty dark so if you are blonde then I wouldn't recommend this. The product comes with two brushes which I didn't throw away for once (getting really good at this high street makeup lark). I tend to apply the wpoder first and then apply the wax (very sparingly) as it has a tendency to darken the brows further. I have tried to use pencils after this but really don't get the same effect.  

Body Shop Grapefruit Body Butter

I loved The Body shop as a child/teeneager but we fell out of love. Since I reintroduced myself to the brand it has changed so much . These body butters aren't new and have been around for ages! There has been an update of the range, since my BodyShop days and I love this Grapefruit body butter. I love the citrusy smell which is not too cloying and lasts most of the day. The texture of this butter is spot on, very often we are fobbed off with lotions packaged in tubs. This keeps my skin moisturised for the whole day, which is no mean feat with super dry skin. A must buy.  

Clarins Treatment Fragrance in "Eau des Jardins"
 I have reviewed this already but this had to be mentioned. I have had to force myself to ration this as I was becoming obsessed with it, spraying it at every chance I got. Surprisingly there is about a quarter left. Time for a top up me thnks. Review here

Clinique Chubby Sticks in Whole Lotta Honey & Whoppin Watermelon (I did try to find my other colours but Sod's law they could not be found!)

These never left my handbag over the summer, they are a dream! I am not really a lip product person, yes I will purchase them but it's very rare that I finish a whole lip product. What I loved most about the Chubby sticks is the practicality of them. One of the reasons I don't reapply lipsticks, glosses etc is because you need a mirror and a steady hand which are not always avaliable. This isn't the case here. I love the variety of colours and of course since their initial release Clinique have introduced Chubby Sticks Intense which are much more pigmented. If you want a moisturing, sheer lip colour for when you're on the go I would recommend these.

 I hope you have enjoyed perusing my fave products of 2012. I can't wait to see what 2013 has to offer! 

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