Monday, December 31, 2012

12 Favorites from 2012

Another year gone, but 2012 has introduced me to many new beauty products. Some good, some not so good, and some that have won me over above all others. I've narrowed down my 12 Favorites from 2012, and I think I probably could have done a list of at least 50 products that fall into my Favorites! But these 12 made the cut. There are 10 actual products, and 2 obsessions, for lack of a better description. Some are new to me this year, some are things I'd used before this year but I didn't realize their full potential at the time, and all of them are now front and center in my daily and weekly beauty routines. I have many of you to thank for some of these products, because you recommended them on various message boards, you blogged about them, and you convinced me that I needed them in my life. Others are products I've received from companies to review, and I fell in love with them. The entire blogging community is amazing, and I thank you all for making it so enjoyable.

Let's take a closer look at these products and why I love them!


1. Soap & Glory Super-Colour Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Plumping Gloss - $15.00

This gloss is late to the party, because I just started using it this month. I love the way it feels and wears, but I mainly love the ability it has to plump out and smooth lines in my lips. It's the perfect base particularly under matte shades, because of how much smoother it makes my lips look.

2. Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush - $30.00 & Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman Expert Face Brush - $8.99

I'm cheating a little including 2 brushes, but these are both new to me this year and have become 2 of my favorites. I use them primarily to apply powder foundation, and in rare cases when I wear liquid foundation. I've been trying to replace most of my brushes over this past year, and even though they are quite different in price, I couldn't choose just one for a favorite! The right brush really does make a huge difference in make up application for me, so I'm happy to have discovered these.

3. Lip colors that are vampy or red in a variety of finishes, and matte lip colors.

This has become an obsession for me, no doubt about it. I have no idea how many new lip shades I've picked up this year, but certainly more than I need. True blue-based red shades, dark vampy hues, gloss, matte, stick...it makes no matter, I am loving them all. Higher end brands from Becca, YSL, Shiseido, Lancome, and Armani have joined my collection, but that's not to say drug store brands have been left out. Wet 'n' Wild's Mega Last Matte shades, Rimmel's Kate Moss Matte shades, and Revlon's Super Lustrous shades have also made 2012 the Year of the Lip for me!

4. La Bedouine Berberian Rouge Lip Stain in Handmade Thuya Wood Compact Limited Edition - $36.00

This product should also win my Coolest Packaging/Looks Gorgeous on my Vanity/Best Use of a Natural Product award! A proper review of this will be coming up in January, but here is a brief description from their web site: A stunning boudoir piece, this lusciously sensual lip color is composed of pomegranate bark and Coquelicots, the poppy-red flowers immortalized by Monet. The botanicals are crushed by mortar and pestle, water is added to make a paste, then the mix is sunbaked in small terra cotta pots. The mirrored compact is carved of native Thuya wood in Essaouira exclusively for La Bedouine. This is a beautiful all natural botanical lip stain, and I'm also experimenting with it as a blush.

5. Living Proof Restore Targeted Repair Cream - $28.99 & Prime Style Extender - $20.00

I received a sample from Sephora of the Prime Style Extender and liked it so much that I picked up a full-sized bottle. What I love about this product is that it holds my style in high humidity. My fine hair can be ruined the minute I step outside on a himid or rainy day, but this holds the style effortlessly with zero stickiness or stiffness. I thought I would try their Restore Targeted Repair Cream on the ends of my hair to diminish the look of split ends between trims, and it does a great job. I'm looking forward to trying a few more items from this line in 2013.

6. Skinn Undereye Decrinkler - $22.00

This was reviewed earlier in December here, and I ordered another one recently. It works wonders reducing lines around my eyes, and while the effect doesn't last forever unfortunately, it does work very well to give instant results lasting at least 6-8 hours with each application.

7. Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture Top Coat Premiere Neige - $25.00

Such a pretty top coat! This adds a beautiful twinkly look over any base color, and the darker the base, the more noticeable this top coat is. The high shine gloss is very impressive too. I need to put this away for a while, becuase I find myself using it over every color I wear!

8. Hyaluronic Acid as a serum and also in other beauty products.

Reviva Labs Hyaluronic Acid impressed me so much, that I began searching out other cosmetics items with that ingredient. HA is an all natural product that boosts and retains moisture in your skin, plumping out fine line and smoothing out imperfections. I still used the Reviva product as a serum on my face and sometimes on my lips, and I've picked up several other products that contain HA because I think it just might be helping in the never ending battle of aging! Some of the items I've added to the arsenal: Signature Club Lip Line Peel, Signature Club Hyaluronic Plumping Primer, Lorac Pro Powder Cheek Stain, and Wet 'n' Wild Mega Last Matte Shades.

9. Lancome Dual Finish Versatile Powder Makeup - $36.60

I picked this up on my recommendation, and this is another product that I just re-oredered. I prefer a powder foundation most of the time, and the shade Matte Amande III is a near-perfect match for me this time of the year. It has very good coverage, and it can be used dry for a more natural look, or applied with a damp sponge for fuller coverage.

10. Make Up Forever HD Microfinish Powder - $32.00

I have had this product for at least a year and for whatever reason, I seldon reached for it. I began using it almost daily several months back, and now I wonder why I didn't use it more often. It blurs imperfections and controls oil, and it also does a good job of minimizing dark circles under my eyes. I apply this just before my powder foundation, and I can really tell a difference on days when I don't use it.

11. Tarte 4-pc Holiday Amazonian Clay Blush Collection - $35.00

The Amazonian Clay products from Tarte won me over a long time ago, so I had to have this little set. I already had some of their Amazonian CLay blushes, but these were shades I didn't have, and the smaller size is nice to carry in my bag. I wasn't sure I'd use all of the shades, but I reach for these frequently. The lightest shade is a nice highlighter, and the other three shades are great for everyday use.

12. Reviva Labs Rosewater Facial Spray - $9.00

You can see this product included above in my #8 Hyaluronic Acid photo, but it deserves a mention all by itself. This is another product that I'd previously used off and on, but after using it daily now on my face right after cleansing for the better part of this year, I can't imagine ever not using this. You can read more about this product in a review I did last year here. It's one of those products that can be used for much more than just one purpose, and the price is very reasonable.

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