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?