The Best of 2012January 04, 2013
At first I thought that making a manageable sized post about my favorite products of 2012 would require hours of list making and re-making. Though, in the end i found it quite simple. The best products i encountered in 2012 were the ones that have found a permanent place in my life...
1. Simple cleansing facial wipes
I use these everyday to help take off my makeup and i'm not sure I could survive without them! They're perfect for my sensitive skin yet remove makeup really well. Something I've repurchased (and will continue to repurchase) uncountable times.
2. Jo Malone Vanilla and Anise Cologne
Not only my favorite scene of 2012, but quite possibly, ever!
3. Kerastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique
As mentioned in my November favorites, this is the best heat protector I've ever used. It not only saves my hair from relentless heat damage but leaves it soft and de-frizzed.
4. Orly Rage
I have been in love with rose gold throughout 2012 so this polish is perfect. I love quite neutral nail colours, and i adore anything with sparkle.
5. Essie Ballet Slippers
I found this in summer and have almost used up the whole bottle. It's the perfect nude pink shade that looks lovely on its own or as a base under glitter based polishes.
6. Soap and Glory Hand Maid
This has been my life saver. Being a bit of a 'germ-aphobe' I'm always using hand sanitizer when i'm out and about. This one is the best I've found as it doesn't have the awful alcohol tainted smell that most do (oh yeah, and it's pink!).
1. L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara
I've used so many different mascaras throughout 2012 but this is the one i keep coming back to. It lengthens and adds volume without any clumps or smudging - what more could you ask for?!
2. Collection 2000 lasting perfection concealer
This is an amazing product, especially considering the price. It's great at covering blemishes as well as under eye circles.
3. Bare Minerals Touch up Veil
I found this in June and have been addicted ever since. It sets my makeup and banishes shine without looking 'cakey'. As it's a compact it's also really handy for throwing in my handbag for touch ups throughout the day.
4. Urban Decay Naked 2 Eye shadow Palette
Well what can i say really?! I loved the first Naked palette, and when this one was released I fell in love again. Gorgeous choice of neutral colours and perfect for travelling.
5. Mac Painterly Paint Pot
I bought this in January last year and have used it almost everyday. It's the perfect base for eye shadows or worn alone for a very flawless, natural look.
6. Chanel Emerveille Illusion D'ombre Eye shadow
I don't think I can say enough good things about this. It's the perfect product for an effortless yet beautiful eye colour that again can be worn alone or as a base.
1. Mac Pinch o'peach Blush
This has been my most used blush in 2012. It gives a gorgeous flush of pink to my cheeks and on days when I'm wanting a more natural look it's the perfect blush as it has no detectable shimmer.
2. Nars Orgasm Blush
I bought this in February and have been in love with it ever since. It adds warmth to my pale complexion and a touch of shimmer.
3. Mac Shy Girl Lipstick
This has been my favorite everyday lip colour throughout 2012. It gives a lovely wash of peachy pink colour to my lips and the cremesheen formula means that it doesn't leave my lips completely parched either.
4. Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector (02)
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with lip gloss - though it looks lovely, I can't stand the whole 'hair stuck to my lips' thing. However, this gloss makes my lips look (and smell) amazing without being at all sticky.
5. Korres Lip Butter
I have a bit of an obsession with lip balm in general but this has definitely been my favorite in 2012. Read my full review here.
6. Mac Tendertones (Hush Hush)
I simply can't get enough of these. Somewhat between a balm and a gloss, they leave the lips hydrated and glossy. Best of all though is the delicious strawberry/kiwi scent. I only hope mac re-releases them again before i run out...
For me, 2012 has been an amazing year filled with wonderful new product discoveries. I can only hope that 2013 is just as good, if not better.