Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Best of Beauty 2012

As we start a new year I've been looking back over my beauty highlights of 2012. 2012 was my first full year of blogging, I went nail polish and lipstick mad and now have more products than I could use in two lifetimes (not that I'm complaining). I've poured through the archives to bring you my Best of 2012....

Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover

I've got no hesitation in calling this my product of the year! Since its launch in April I've been completely obsessed. Who'd have thought a little pink pot could bring so much joy. It magically removes nail polish in record time and without the need for cotton wool. If you change your nail polish as often as you change your pants, you need this in your life. Read my full review here.

Revlon Lip Butters £7.99

Early in 2012 the World went mad for Revlon Lip Butters. Unless you've been living under a rock you'll know all about these gems and hopefully you love them as much as I do. I'm pleased that they haven't been a flash in the pan and I think they'll be a product that stands the test of time... certainly in my collection. I've got Sweet Tart, a bright, yet delicate fushia and Strawberry Shortcake, a creamy candy pink. I'd happily have them all but I'm making myself use up some old lippies before I buy any more.

Sweet Tart and Strawberry Shortcake

Real Techniques Brushes by Samantha Chapman from £6.99

Finally the beauty industry gave us top quality brushes at affordable prices, it's just a shame we had to wait until 2012. The blush brush has been my go to brush since April. I love it so much I gave one away in my first birthday giveaway. The shape, the quality, the super soft bristles, these brushes are faultless. More recently I added the Expert Face brush to my collection, which is fantastic for flawless foundation application, and for Christmas my friend bought me the fabulous 4 piece Core Collection, which looks great.

L'Oreal Lumi Magique Foundation £10.99 30 ml

The Lumi Magique foundation is a Light Infusing liquid which gives luminosity to the skin to provide a perfect coverage without masking. I think it's the best in its price range and works very similarly to YSL's Touche Eclat foundation diffusing light and providing luminosity (in case you're wondering, it's not on this list because it makes me skin too shiny). Find out more about the Lumi Maqique range here.

Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil

OK, this one wasn't new to 2012, but it was new to me. This indulgent body oil gives a gorgeous shimmery glow and I'm hooked. See my review here.

Benefit Bella Bamba Blush £23.50

This has been my go to blusher since I picked it up in Duty Free back in June and I could kick myself for not buying it sooner. This multi-tonal blush is laced with shimmering gold undertones and creates the illusion of sculpted cheekbones. Whenever I'm feeling tired and my skin looks dull, I reach for Bella Bamba. See more pics and swatches here.

Benefit, They're Real

I've saved the best till last. There's a reason this mascara remains the number one best selling mascara in the UK. It has the WOW factor and gives va-va-VOOM results every time. It's so good, I can't wear it everyday because I look like I'm wearing falsies! My Mum even steals it out of my overnight bag when I go home... but the results give her away! See it in action here.

So they were my beauty highlights of the last year, what were yours?


  1. My favourite product of 2012 is also the real techniques brushes, i really want to get the expert face brush x

  2. totally agree with you on the real techniques brushes and I loved lumi-magique foundation too x

  3. Great picks. I think Real Techniques are in most people 2012 favourites. x

  4. Great picks - I always seem to discover new things when I read your posts! Really want to try the Real Techniques blush and I'm super interested to try the L'Oreal foundation now! Gonna head over and read your post on the rest of the Lumie Magique line!! xx

  5. Great list! so many of these are my favorites as well. I'm loving the real techniques brushes, they have changed my life and saved my wallet! I loved the lip butters this year, but then i tried the kissable balm stains and i like them so much better because they stain and I don't have to reapply for a longer time.

  6. Great picks! 2012 had so many new and great products- RT brushes, Revlon lip products:)


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