Friday, 4 January 2013

Beauty Faves of 2012

2012 was a great year for the beauty world.When deciding to do a post on what beauties I have loved this year, I found it really difficult to cut the list to three but I eventually got there.

Decadence Tan Eliminator has been my exfoliating saviour for the year.  Everytime I use it, I am amazed at how well it works at buffing away any tan remnants and dead skin cells.

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish has been the cleanser I kept returning too in 2012. I find it is one of the few cleansers that doesn't dry out my skin and leaves my skin with a healthy glow.

I first tried Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24hr in 2011, and no matter what other foundation I try, I always return to this. A little of this foundation goes a long way and I am only now running extremely low. I definitely need to repurchase this beauty asap.
xxx The lovely girls behind Makeup Monster and Girl Friday Beauty Blog would also like to share their faves of 2012 with you xxx

Collection Concealer in Fair - I had this used on me during a makeup course earlier in the year and couldn't believe how good it made my under eye area look. Up until this point I had shelled out a small fortune in Brown Thomas trying out the best and most expensive concealers, only to be disappointed. This one is under a tenner, doesn't cake under the eyes and gives you the bright eyed bushy tailed look every girl wants! A total steal!

Skin79 Hot Pink BB Cream - I've been literally obsessed with this BB Cream since I tried it last December and despite the huge amount of incredible products I've reviewed over the year, nothing comes close to how good this is. Now there are pitfalls, it only comes in one shade and you have to order it off EBay, but luckily for me I'm a certified EBay addict and the shade matches perfectly! This is a dream for dry skin, can be slapped on with your hands, makes your skin look a million times better than it is and never looks cakey or overdone. Love it!

Benefit Hervana Blusher - I was lucky enough to be gifted this at a bloggers event during the summer and ever since I've turned to this blush every day. If you're pale like me and want a natural flush of colour this is your only man! It may be a little more expensive but it'll easily last a year and you can use the different colours in the palette on their own or swish them together for the perfect natural glow! The best blusher I've ever tried and now I want all the other Benefit ones!

Estée Lauder Doublewear Foundation in Ecru - I have struggled for years to find a foundation that covered my redness, didn't clump on my dry patches and that didn't leave my skin feeling like it was burning after I took it off. I finally found it this year! Estée Lauders Doublewear foundation is very much a full coverage foundation and so isn't to everyone's liking. I wear this only for occasions that I really do need full coverage for but it really is a godsend. It lasts forever on your skin regardless of what you put it through. It has an SPF of 10 which does result in some flashback with photography but I can honestly say that is the only negative for me!

The full of grace serum bar from Lush is one of my favourites for the last number of years. I have very dry skin and suffer with redness and while this doesn't get rid of it it certainly soothes my skin while giving an intensive moisture boost. A little goes a long way with this so while it seems expensive for the size of it I feel it really is worth it! This little bar is so packed with oils however that it takes very little to melt it so rather than lose (another) one to heat I now store mine in one of the tubs from the fresh face masks and that way it can melt and solidify as it wants!

2012 was the year that I adopted gel liner as part of my regular makeup routine. This liner is amazing! It sits great on the waterline, is incredibly black and I love how easy it is to use. It can dry out over time but I've added a drop or two of Duraline (also by Inglot) and it has been immediately restored!  
 xxx What were your favourites of 2012? xxx

Monday, 31 December 2012

Bye 2012 Hello 2013

2012 has been a great year for me both personally and in terms of the blog. To be honest most of the year is somewhat of a blur for me and  I can't believe we are entering 2013. Tell me that I'm not alone in this. 

In my personal life, things were pretty good this year with Jack thriving as a little man. It's gas to see him go from quiet baby to full out mischievous toddler. Its amazing the difference a few months make when they are that small. We stayed put in our current house and it really feels like home. We are saving for a house so hopefully 2013 will be the year we have somewhere we can call our home.
 2012 was a big year for me as I lost most of the baby weight, I still have a little bit to go so I am hoping by the 2013 is in full swing I will regain some motivation and reach  my target weight.

 The blog has gone from strength to strength this year, took a little knock when I had to make the move to Blogger. But it turns out Blogger is the best thing I could have ever done. I have met some amazing people this year through the blog and made some great friends. 

I have lots of plans for the blog in 2013 and hope to be able to continue blogging regularly. I really want to thank all of you for taking the time out to read anything I post. It means the world to me when you comment about what I've written. 

xxx Hope everyone has a great night tonight and a great 2013 xxx