Makeup: Top 10 of 2011

1.HD Brows Pallete (Foxy) 2.Bourjois Blush Pot (Rose D’or) 3.Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation (Blondie) 4.Eyeko Liptastik (Loud Mouth) 5.Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara (Black) 6.Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation (shade 1) 7.L’Oreal Studio Secrets Smoothing Resurfacing Primer 8.Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers 9.MAC Lipstick (Russian Red) 10.Benefit Dallas

In hindsight it would have probably have been better to post this when it was still 2011, but never mind! If you’re a regular reader of the blog then you’ll have probably seen me mention pretty much all of these products before because I use them a lot and would highly recommend all of them!

I started using a primer this year and it has made a huge difference to my makeup. It makes foundation last much longer and your skin looks much smoother. I’ve been using this L’Oreal one which is great and not too expensive, although I’d like to try a few different ones(like the Smashbox one) to see how they compare.

As for foundation, I love Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Light. I’ve never used the original Double Wear but to be honest, for me, this gives plenty of coverage. It looks pretty natural and stays put all day. Although it’s quite expensive, it lasts for months and months so I think it’s worth it. I also use Lily Lolo’s mineral foundation for days when I can’t really be bothered doing proper makeup. I also sometimes use it as a kind of ‘finishing powder’ on top of the Double Wear Light for nights out when I want my foundation to look flawless and stay put all night.

My all time favourite bronzer is Benefit’s Dallas, I use it pretty much every day and there’s barely a dent in it, really does last forever. It creates a really subtle glow so is perfect if you’re pale like me! As for blusher, I’ve recently started using this one by Bourjois and I really like it. It’s not too bright but it creates lovely rosy cheeks and it smells amazing too! (I always think Bourjois products smells really nice, no?)

Eyebrows are very important to me, if I only had 2 minutes to do my makeup I would probably do my eyebrows and eyeliner and leave everything else! I got this HD Brows palette a couple of months ago in the Glossybox and I love it. The only downside is that the colours aren’t quite right for me so I have to mix together the two darkest shades, it would be a lot easier if I could just use one ready-made shade so my eyebrows always looked the same colour. Apart from that it’s great though, one of the things from Glossybox which I would actually bother repurchasing.

A few weeks ago I bought myself some Shu Uemura eyelash curlers after years and years of hearing good reviews. I wasn’t convinced they would actually be much different, but they curl my eyelashes so much better than my old cheapy curlers. I have about 5 or 6 different mascaras on the go just now, always on the search for the perfect one! I’ve used a few that I’ve quite liked this year but by far my favourite is Max Factor’s False Lash Effect. It manages to lengthen and volumise without being clumpy and is a really black colour which is everything I look for in a mascara. I think this is the only mascara I’ve ever bought more than once.

I’m really disappointed Eyeko have discontinued pretty much all of their products as I have used this lip crayon loads this year, and I’d love to purchase the other shades of it too. It’s great for just dabbing on to your lips to add a tiny bit of colour, or applying more like a lipstick for bright lips. I know I’m really late to the party, but aren’t MAC lipsticks amazing?! I’ve always been a fan of Barry M lipsticks as they’ve got a great range of colours and are really cheap, but once you’ve used MAC you’ll never go back! My favourite shade is Russian Red, it’s so creamy, long-lasting and easy to apply plus it’s the perfect matte dark red colour. I will definitely be looking to add more shades to my collection in 2012 – what are your favourite MAC shades?

Have you used any of these products? Which products have you been loving over the past 12 months?

Gillian x


Freelance social media and digital marketing consultant with a penchant for writing blog posts, drinking sickly sweet cocktails and exploring the cobbled streets of Edinburgh.


  • Lauren-Ella says:

    I think its massively unfair that my HD brows kit doesn't make my eyebrows look like yours 😛 xx

  • Susannah says:

    Agree with the Loreal Primer..have only had a sample of it in the past but it made such a difference..I'm permanently attached to my monu skin perfector but when it runs out I will definitely try out Loreal properly. Again with the Dallas that is my one go to blusher/bronzer I couldn't live without! Good post!

    Suzie xxx

  • Daisy says:

    Great picks, I love these kinds of posts! 🙂 I'm selling all three colours of the eyeko lip pencil on my blog if you want to take a look xxx

  • daisychain says:

    I love finding out what products people rate; nothing worse than buying something and it being rubbish!

  • Laura says:

    I've got the Eyeko lip crayon. I love it and I think I have that colour in the picture. I don't think i'm confident enough to wear bright colours – especially red! x

  • Love the mac lipstick colour!


  • Such a brill post! I really want to try some Double Wear foundation and I am now loving my primer – it makes such a difference doesn't it?! Happy New Year 🙂 xxx

  • Maria says:

    The L'Oreal primer and Max Factor mascara are essentials in my book! I really want to try a proper brow kit, it would make a change from the pencil I use at the moment!

    Maria xxx

  • I'll do a video showing my 2011 favourites but if I had to pick two or three I would say Mac Wedge eyeshadow it goes well with every colour possible even the most bright ones, my Mac Mineralize blush in Dainty and Eyeko's nail polish in Vintage. And I think you just convinced me to buy the HD brows palette ahah xx

  • Raz says:

    I bought the Shu Uemura eyelash curlers about a year ago and I love them! Really want to try the Maxfactor mascara as I like the false lash effect ones.

  • Joanna says:

    The picks look great! Might have to look into buying one (or more ;p) of these. xx

  • Daisy says:

    Really tempted to buy those eyelash curlers, just the price puts me off! Gonna save my pennies up I think…

    🙂 daisy x

  • Summer says:

    Seems like we all did this post, haha. Love seeing everyone's favourites! 🙂 I adore Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation too, it's a really amazing product. And I agree – MAC lipsticks are just the best! x

  • Gem says:

    I love lots of these, Russian red and Estee Lauder are must have items in my make up bag!
    Not tried the HD brow kit but I really want one x

  • Love the look of the lipstick!

  • Nice picks, I haven't tried any of these products – surprisingly! A couple of my favourite products this year have been the Naked Palette, my Fashionista blush palette and the Collection 2000 concealer 🙂

  • In my circle of friends I am the eyebrow queen. I like them precise and large, well my eyebrows are big anyway but omg I cant go a day without eyebrows. I carry an emergency pencil in my bag as I dont like carrying my Browzings around.
    I would hhighly recomend trying Browzings by Benefit if you havent already, you get the wee brushes and tweezer and ahhh I just love it!!


    little too excited there haha

  • fantastic review, that lipstick looks so tempting!


  • Ella'martine says:

    these all look so tempting. i particulary fancy trying the Estee Lauder Double Wear,heard so many raves about it !

  • I really want to try the Loreal primer…and that gorgeous shadow palette. Loreal always puts out quality products in my book and I'm always looking for new makeup. Right now I am loving my Tarte foundation. I think it's the one makeup product I will always be loyal to:)

  • The Smashbox primer is really good, definitely try it! I love Dallas too- not as harsh as a normal bronzer and Russian Red will always remain my favourite lipstick, lovely post! xx

  • I've heard amazing things about this Loreal primer! I am stuck on whether to get Porefessional or this one!
    I've nominated you for the Kreative blogger award honey 🙂


  • Stella says:

    Brilliant post- great reviews! Definitely agree on what you said about the False Lash Effect mascara, best mascara I've ever used!(:

  • Daisy Meadow says:

    I really want to try the Lilly loo, it looks great!

    Also, do you want to buy a Clarisonic Mia? I have one for sale on my blog, if you could check it out, that'd be great! xx

  • Vicky says:

    Fab picks!! I have just ran out of Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation and the L'Oreal Studio Secrets Primer.. gutted 🙁 xxx

  • Ooh I like Dallas. Coralista has been my blusher of 2011….and a chunk of 2010 too. Think it's time to give Dallas a go! I've never heard of Lily Lolo but quite fancy giving it a go x

  • I love my HD brows too! Thank god for glossybox introducing them to us! I don't know what I was doing before…! xo

  • I've been meaning to buy a Bourjois blush for ages now and you've made me want it even more!! I think I'll just have to give in 🙂 Love your blog, Gillian x

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