Monday, 30 December 2013

2013 Beauty Favorites / Part 1

2013 Beauty Favorites

2013 Beauty Favorites

2013 Beauty Favorites

2013 Beauty Favorites

2013 Beauty Favorites

Well hello my lovelies! 2014 is right around the corner, which I am super excited about and this could only mean one thing – it’s time for 2013 favorites extravaganza! This post has been a long time coming and I’ve been planning it for absolute ages! Here is the (not so) short and sweet overview of my top favorite products, which I’ve been wearing non stop for this past year. Be it primers, foundations, lipsticks or mascaras – I’ve got you covered! Every single one of these gems managed to steal my heart and has made me love makeup and beauty even more! So grab a cup of tea and dive with me into my most-loved beauty bits!

Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer

Starting off with the base, the first product I’ve been loving has been this Too Faced Face Primer (review here). This one, along with Benefit POREfessional are my trusty helpers when it comes to prolonging the wear time of my foundation and making my pores invisible. I love them both and they are pretty similar, but for some reason the Too Faced version is more appealing to me. It controls the oils, creates a lovely silky smooth base for my foundation and helps it stay on through the whole day. It feels really lightweight and it minimizes the appearance of fine lines and pores. Brilliant, brilliant product!

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation

Now this one was a hard one. I currently have three foundations which I adore and they are all so different so it was hard for me to pick just one. But I did it and the lucky winner is the infamous Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation. I’ve been loving this for as long as I can remember and I’ve gone through multiple bottles of it. It is an amazing lightweight foundation, which just feels (and looks) like a second layer of perfect skin. It has about medium coverage and it adds such beautiful glow and dewiness to the face it’s incredible! It wears for hours and hours and I just can’t imagine being left without it in my makeup bag, it’s that good.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer

I don’t think I have ever talked about the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer on my blog, which is super bizarre as it is actually my favorite everyday concealer and I swear by it! This is my fourth tube and I will keep repurchasing it forever haha. This little guy is my favorite two-in-one concealer. It covers my under eye circles like there is no tomorrow, it doesn’t crease and stays put for the whole day. Surprisingly, it does an amazing job at covering any blemishes / scares I might be having as well. Even though it’s supposed to be a ‘brightening’ concealer, it doesn’t accentuate or illuminate the imperfections, which is pretty cool. This gem is cheep and cheerful, gets the job done and I really recommend it.

Too Faced Primed & Poreless Powder

Hands down, the best translucent powder I have ever tried! I am absolutely obsessed with it and it’s my baby! The TooFaced Primed & Poreless powder (review here) does a brilliant job at setting my makeup into place but most importantly – it literally erases any track of pores or fine lines and it makes my face look so even and smooth. The powder itself is really fine and it feels really light; it doesn’t give you the nasty ‘powdery’ effect, which many powders do, which is fab. So kiss goodbye the cakey makeup look and welcome your new radiant and alive-looking skin! <3

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer in Milk Chocolate

Who doesn’t love the gorgeous sun-kissed glow we get when we’re on summer holiday? I sure do, but sadly I cannot be out in the sun during the whole year so I need to try and fake the desired look at home. The bronzer that really stood out to me the most during 2013 is undoubtedly Too Faced’s Chocolate Soleil (review & swatches here). Contouring or just adding overall bronzed glow to the skin – this beaut has everything for your needs! It has the perfect blend of warm and cool tones in it, so it doesn’t look muddy or orange on the skin. The shade I got is pretty light which is a massive bonus for all follow fair girls out there and I adore the natural color is gives. The formula is also lovely and the bronzer is not chalky and stays on for ages. If that’s not enough to convince you that you have to try – let me tell you that Chocolate Soleil smells like yummy cocoa heaven as well! :)

Soap & Glory Glow All Out Illuminating Powder

I think I’ve raved about this enough recently so I will just let you read my full review (here) but I just wanted to point out one more time that Glow All Out is the most amazing highlighter / illuminating powder I have ever stumble upon. It adds gorgeous light and dewiness to the face without making you look like a glitter ball and it is actually pretty natural on. It’s love, that’s for sure.

Dior Rosy Glow Awakening Blush

Probably my favorite discovery of the year – Dior Rosy Glow (review and swatches here) has stolen my heart and there is no going back! This beautiful universal shade is so unique and different than anything else I have ever tried. The formula is absolutely amazing because the blush is designed to adapt to everyone’s skin tone and to enhance its natural color. So don’t be put off by the crazy looking hot pink shade you see in the pan – on the face is a whole another story! Rosy Glow has also really soft and silky texture and feels so luxurious on the skin. Beautiful blush, amazing formula – I must be in love! :)

Urban Decay the Basics Palette

Eye shadows.. How on Earth can I pick just one?! Well I can’t, so I decided to choose a palette. The battle was between this one and the original Naked but I realized that I’ve been using the Basics every single day for the past months. It is my ideal natural eye shadow palette and I have everything I need to achieve the perfect everyday look AND to fill in my eyebrows. The shades of the palette are lovely as most of them are matte and Crave is great for using as eyeliner. I love using NAKED 2 for my eyebrows, as it’s the exact same cool-toned light taupe brown as they are and it looks really natural. The other shades are also perfect and I love playing around with them and create different looks. They may look a bit off and boring to you but I always manage to come with ideas on how to make them more unique. Needless to say, the formula of all colors is spot on and they are all crazy pigmented and buttery! <3

Too Faced LASHgasm Mascara

Ladies and Gentlemen prepare for the best mascara my lashes have seen! Volume, length, massive separation and beautiful curl – yes LASHgasm does it all in one coat! Words cannot express how much I adore this mascara but you can see how my lashes look when I’m using it here. I can’t fault this baby and the fact that it never clumps or smudges is just mind blowing!

MAC Rebel Lipstick

Final rave for Rebel this year, I promise! I just had to include it in here – it’s my favorite lipstick. Ever. The stunning deep fuchsia berry shade is absolutely beautiful and every time I wear Rebel I get tons of compliment, which tells me something. Rebel is dark, it’s bold but above all – it’s unique. I have never seen a shade that gets any closer to it. I love the way it compliments my skin tone and makes my teeth appear whiter. The formula is also good and even though it’s a bit drying on my super dry lips, I make it work for me ideally. You can see my full review and swatches on Rebel here. <3

So beauties, these have been the beauty products I’ve been reaching out the most this past year. I hope you enjoyed this post and have found some new exciting bits to add to your 2014 wish list. :) If you want too see some of my skincare, hair care and nail polish loves keep your eyes peeled as Part 2 of my 2013 favorites is coming your way very soon! I cannot wait to see what new beauty discoveries has in stock for me but for now I just want to say - have a fantastic NYE and may 2014 be the year to make all our dreams come true! <3

Have you tried any of these products before? Which are some of your top favorite beauty bits for 2013?



  1. The Rimmel "Wake me up" concealer is meant to be amazing! I have tried he foundation but not the concealer, it's deffinatley on my list for new year purchases :)


  2. Need to try the Too Faced chocolate soleil bronzer soon, I'm a huge bronzer fan!
    Great post :)

  3. Great products you have in your list. I love my UD's basic palette and use a ton of it this year. Have heard so much about the Rimmel concealer and have yet to try.

  4. Rebel looks so beautiful, I really want to try it! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  5. Rebel is on the top of my wishlist !!


  6. I got Rebel for Christmas and i'm already in love with it. My favourite product of 2013 would be Wake Me Up foundation, i can't fault it.


  7. Rebel is my all-time favourite lipstick for this year! It's amazing! xx
    Elise -

  8. Lovely picks!
    The Rosy Glow blush is beautiful!
    The Clarins Blue Orchid oil has to be one of my favourites this year.

  9. Lovely selection of products! I've been enjoying the Naked Basics palette recently as I finally got my hands on it. It looks like yours is very well loved!
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  10. I've been a fan of the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer for years xx

  11. Ooh some lovely products there and so many I want to try x
    Beautyqueenuk xx

  12. I love the mac lipstick, such a beaut shade! also a massive fan of the naked pallets. have a beaut new year! x

  13. All of them sound like great products! I want to try the Rimmel Wake me up concealer.


  14. I'd loe to try all the products you have listed (that I don't already have), the Chanel foundation especially.

  15. I still need to try Rebel lipstick! Looks so gorgeous x

    Abby | Beauty and a Blogger

  16. Lovely selection - the Too Faced pore minimising products sound perfect for right now as that's what i'm on the look out for!! xx

    Candy Cosmetics

  17. I've been dying to try that too faced bronzer! I'm super pale all year long and I've never been able to find a bonzer light enough to look natural on me

  18. Lovely picks! The Wake Me Up concealer is certainly my favourite for this year! xx

    Olivia | Thoughts, fashion and beauty.

  19. I have never used anything from Too Faced! I really need to :)
    Jasmine |

  20. I've also fallen in love with the Naked Basics palette and MAC Rebel--both wonderful products!
    Lovely Notions

  21. The Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua is such a wonderful foundation!


  22. I love the wake me up concealer, it has quickly become one of my favourites.

  23. I love the Urban Basics Palette!


  24. Very nice list of favorites! I actually haven't tried any of these items on the list but would like to soon. The Rimmel concealer sounds great! I've been using the Maybelline Fit Me concealer for my under eyes and it's okay but not great, I don't think it's the best match for my dry skin so I have been on the hunt for a new concealer. I think I'll have to give this one a try. I do really want to try the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer, I've heard so many good things about it. I haven't found many bronzers that weren't too dark for my pale skin and that didn't have any shimmer. When I contour I don't want shimmer! Ahaha. Oh well, I think I'll pick this up at Sephora actually. Anyways, this was a great list and I hope you had a fabulous New Years! :)

  25. Mac Rebel had definitely been my go to lipstick through 2013 and most likely 2014 as it's such a beautiful colour I just can't put it down! :)

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