2013 is nearly over. It’s been an interesting year, full of new beauty finds, interesting experiences and finding time to understand more about me, myself and I. To end the year, I thought I would highlight some of my favourite and most-used beauty purchases of the year. Let’s see if 2014 can top them (I’m sure I’ll be spending enough time in stores looking for better 😉 )!
Holding the prestigious number 1 position is the GIVENCHY PHENOMEN EYES mascara.
It’s an amazing product and the only one I’ve found to date that really gives me the “fake lash effect” (I must confess that I use more than just this mascara, but more about that later 😉 )
Spot number 2 goes to the BRAZIL NUT BODY MIST by the Body Shop.
It leaves me smelling like caramel, which leaves me happy with every spritz. Also, it is not very expensive (unlike other delicious perfumes), so you don’t feel guilty when applying it liberally, frequently 🙂
Number 3 this year is this ORIGINS Charcoal MaskThis was an impulse buy and I immediately went back to Sephora to purchase a second. The mask works wonders to my skin!
Ready for number 4?
The Body Shop’s Vanilla Shimmer Body Lotion has been a favourite for many years now, and it has not once disappointed me. It leaves a soft, lightly-lingering vanilla scent, which pairs well with the Brazil Nut Mist mentioned above. More importantly however, my skin is covered in glitter after using it. WIN/WIN 🙂
For number 5 I chose SEPHORA SCENTED NAIL POLISHThe colour is a beautiful, barbie, bubblegum pink and stayed scratch free for much longer than most of my other polishes. This could very much have something to do with the fact that it is SCENTED and smells like STRAWBERRIES! 🙂 I also own the shade “Grapefruit”
and also number 7 actually
I love the GUERLAIN Meteorites Perles Illuminating Powder for the reasons stated here and many many more. This paired with the oh so soft BRUSH that I bought at the Body Shop leaves me excited to apply, and let alone wear, makeup every day!
Onwards to the next product!Number 8 is another oldie but goodie. CLARINS Gel Contour des Yeux has been part of my morning routine for a while now, and I’m not planning on betraying it any time soon 🙂 It definitely leaves my eyes feeling “de-puffed” in the morning, lending me the “fresh and awake” look I am constantly striving for.
It works even better when paired with number 9 CLARINS Wake Up Booster
It’s name says it all.
Number 10 is the newest addition to my makeup repertoire
This SMASHBOX BROWTECH TO GO was a bit of an impulse buy at Sephora in Paris, where I was suckered into believing making my eyebrows darker was easier and less time-consuming than plucking them every few days.. hmm interesting theory. Needless to say, I use the “wax” part of it much more now than the “pencil” part. I learned my “brow-drawing lesson” the hard way (super dark eyebrows.. scary times)… but it’s still a great, all-round product!
With all this mascara I’ve been wearing lately, number 11 has become even more important than usual.
I decided to try the Body Shop’s CAMOMILE Waterproof Makeup Remover after reading about their more “gentle” line. I’ve always found eye makeup removers to be very irritating (also extremely natural ones, like the one by LUSH!) and wasn’t expecting this one to be any better, but was positively astonished by the results!
Number 12 is what I put on after a long night, or after removing really tricky, waterproof eye makeup.
It’s another oldie but goodie, but I haven’t researched a possible replacement enough yet to give up the BOBBY BROWN HYDRATING EYE CREAM. I must admit, it does sting slightly when applying it after removing tough makeup, but other than that it definitely helps me look fresher the morning after a party night!
When I don’t have much eye makeup to remove, I stick with number 13: FRESH SOY FACE CLEANSER
It gets the job done. I’ve only been using this interchangeably with my other products for a short while now, but so far I’m preferring this one to my usual suspects..I also love other products by FRESH and hope to try more some day!
Number 14 is another evening product
Pantene Pro V Intensive Night Spray Care is great on days where you didn’t have time to deeply condition your hair. Simply spray a bit into your mane before going to bed, and you wake up with a head of soft, luscious hair!
Lancome Teint Miracle holds place 15. I’ve been using this for over 2 years now, and have not found any other colour that really matches my complexion.
I’m thinking about trying out their Teint Idole Ultra 24 h next, as this bottle is nearly empty and I sometimes want a bit more cover than this gives.
Number 16 absolutely had to be this face mask.
KIEHL’S RARE EARTH DEEP POR CLEANSING MASQUE won my heart the second I tested it. It cools my skin and clears it perfectly enough, so that I don’t feel a need to pick around at the “barely there pores” on my nose.
And finally, number 17 and 18. Both are used more when I go out to parties and want to highlight aspects of my face, or just feel the need to shine a bit more than usual 😉
The Body Shop’s SPARKLER is used primarily to glitz up my hair and décolleté, and BENEFIT’S HIGH BEAM is painted onto my cheekbones when I wish to highlight the contours of my face, or don’t feel like using a powder blush.
And there you have it. My top picks for the year 2013. Some have been in use for more than just this year, others only made the cut a few weeks ago, but all in all, I love each and every one of these products, as they enhance each other perfectly and help me take the utmost care of myself, whether by cleansing my face properly or by making me happy, simply by enjoying the scent.
It’s been a good year. I’ve really learned what works for my skin and where I still need to work a little more on figuring out the know-how. 🙂
With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo