Sunday, 19 January 2014

The Best of 2013 Makeup Favourites

Usually every month without fail I manage to get a monthly favourites post up for you all, however my feed on Bloglovin over the last few weeks has been filled with everyone's favourite beauty items for 2013 in replacement of a monthly favourite post. I realise I am a little late in getting this post up and am completely jumping on the 2013 favourites bandwagon, but I've been loving reading these type of posts  so much and its always nice having a nosy to see what everyone else has been loving. Today I thought I would share with you all my most loved and favourite makeup items from last year...

Revlon Color Stay Foundation 

I first picked up a bottle of this foundation around summer time and since then its been the only foundation that I've used. The Revlon Colour Stay foundation has become a bit of an holy grail product for me and here's why... When it comes to foundation I really love a matte finish and something that is long lasting which also gives me full coverage and this foundation really ticks all of those boxes. I am one of these people who don't have the time  and nor do I want to have the trouble of keep topping up my makeup throughout the day and the Revlon Color Stay really does stay put and makes a great base as the rest of my makeup never needs topping up either (apart from my lippie of course). I love how this foundation makes your skin look flawless and perfect and its a bonus that its a drugstore product and wont cost the heaven and earth. 

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer 

I can imagine that this concealer from Collection has made an appearance in everyone's yearly favourite posts as is such a cult beauty item and I can see why - It's ah-ma-zing. Without fail I always have one of these little tubes of concealer in my makeup bag and I reach for it daily. The doe-foot applicator makes this concealer so easy to apply and I love the coverage that it gives; It's brilliant at covering any blemishes and hiding any dark circles, I think I will continue to love it forever.

No7 Perfectly Bronzed Dual Bronzer 

I love trying and testing out new bronzers but this one from No7 has been a staple in my makeup bag for 2013. I love using bronzer to give me an all over summer glow or to contour with and the No7 Perfectly Bronzed Dual Bronzer is perfect for both. The actual bronzer is a warm deep rich matte sahde that has great pigmentation, whilst the highlighter is a little on the subtle side and as its golden it really compliments the bronzer. I often think No7 beauty products can often be overlooked but there are a few little gems that they have in their range and this brozner is definitely one of them, if you would like to read my full review of this you can find it here.

Bourjois Paris Bronzing Primer 

As you can probably see from the picture, this bronzer from Bourjois has been well loved and I will definitely be picking up a new one once I've used it all up. This bronzer is perfect if your looking to add an all over golden glow to your skintone and I love how it can be either used underneath your foundation or over the top. It's so easy to use, smells amazing and helps to even out skin tone. I've read so many times that this is a great dupe for the Chanel Bronze Universal and although I've not tried that product to compare it too, its great knowing that there is a similar and affordable beauty product that I can use as an alternative. I love the way this product looks on and I'm sure it will be getting just as much love this year. You can read my full review here

Benefit Brow Zings 

If I had to pick one beauty product that really changed the way that I did my makeup Benefits Brow Zings would be the product that I would choose. Before picking up this eyebrow palette from Benefit I used to be guilty of just filling and shaping my eyebrows with a pencil - However looking back at old photos I think that this made my eyebrows look a bit fake and just ugly. After much debate I finally decided to pick up the Benefit Brow Zings and it has become one of those holy grail makeup items for me, I use this every day without fail! I really think eyebrows frame your face and help to define your facial features so its really important for them to look perfect and this brow palette does just that, I absolutely love it.

L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes 

I cannot express to you guys just how much I love this mascara from L'Oreal, I swear its the only mascara that I really used in 2013 - Yes I picked up a few others to try and test but nothing else compared to the the Volume Million Lashes. Naturally my eyelashes are pretty long so I'm always wanting a mascara to give my lashes plenty of volume and this mascara does just that. The Volume Million Lashes does a great job of adding drama and volume to your lashes without making them look clumpy, if you would like to read my full review of my holy grail mascara you can find it here.  

MAC Smolder 

Way back at the beginning of 2013 I decided to splash out on the MAC eyeliner pencil in Smolder and certainly have no regrets in paying out £14.00 for an eyeliner, which in my opinion is a tad on the expensive side for what it is. However this has to be the best eyeliner I've ever used and would happily pay its price tag again and again just to keep on using this eyeliner. MAC Smolder has to be the blackest of black shade and works perfectly when your wanting to create that perfect smokey eye. I also love how this stays put in your waterline all day and wont budge at all. The liner has a really smooth and creamy finish which makes blending it a dream, but once it dries it stays put and wont budge at all!

The Naked Palette 

I couldn't get my beauty favouties of 2013 up without including my much loved Naked Palette. The Urban Decay Naked Palette has to be such a favoutire in the beauty industry and I have to say I was a little late when it came to getting my hands on one. I received the original palette for Christmas in 2012 and since then I've probably used this everyday. As you can see from the pictures, mine looks well loved and some shades have been used constantly used throughout 2013, I'm gutted that I've hit pan on some of my favourite shades which include Virgin, Sin and Sidecar. I love how I can create so many looks with just one palette. I've been using sin and virgin constantly in the inner corner of my eye to brighten it up and I find that Buck and Naked make a great everyday crease colour. I know I'm going to continue loving this infamous palette but I have to say I am desperately wanting to pick up the Naked 3 Palette and seeing as I still have Christmas money to spend I think I'm just going to have to treat myself to it, I don't think I'll be able to resit for much longer - So it may mean that my Naked Palette takes a back step this year, we shall have to see.

MAC Paint Pot Let's Skate 

I am one of these people who love applying a base on my eye lids before using an eyeshadow and I've always been quite the fan of MAC Paint Pots. In 2013 I picked up Lets Skate which was originally a limited edition shade, but something that MAC decided to release into their permanent collection and I'm so pleased they did. Let's Skate is such a gorgeous neutral pink shade that has the tiniest flecks of glitter and shimmer in it which just make your eyes pop. It makes a great base for all your other shadows or looks fabulous on its own blended out onto your eye lids. If you would like to see just how pretty this Paint Pot really is be sure to take a look at my full review here.

Sleek Blush in Flamingo

In 2013 I bought my first ever product from Sleek and instantly fell in love with the brand and in particular I've found their blushers to be amazing and spot on and I've managed to add quite a few to my makeup collection. It was really difficult for me to narrow my favourite blush down to just one but in the end decided that the Sleek Blush in the shade Flamingo has been my most reached and most loved blush of 2013. I love how pigmented and bright this blush is and you only need to use the lightest of hand to get a gorgeous rosy glow when using this. I adore pretty pink blushes and you can't get more pink than Sleek's Flamingo, if you would like to read my full review you can find it here.

MAC Impassioned Lipstick

When it comes to lipstick I'm not really a nude or neutral shade kind of girl, I usually stick to bright hot pinks and will pretty much wear this shade on my lips all year round. Out of all the hot pink lipsticks that I own MAC's Impassioned has to be my all time favourite. Impassioned is just gorgeous on and really brightens up my face as soon as i pop it on. As its one of MAC's Amplified formulas this lipsticks is long lasting and I rarely need to top it up during the day. I also think that because this was my first ever MAC lipstick it will always have a special place in my makeup bag. Have a little look at my full review here.

Rimmel Apocalips - Apocaliptic

The Rimmel Apocalips really took the beauty world by storm in 2013 and I think every beauty blogger in the UK has at least one of these in their beauty collection, I know I've picked up most of the shades. I have loved wearing these lip lacquers in 2013 as they have the most unique formula that I've ever used in a lip product - They are the perfect mix between a lipstick and a lip gloss and look beautiful once applied, albeit a bit messy but fabulous all the same. The one that I've gotten the most wear and love from has to be the shade Apocaliptic which is a gorgeous bright fuchsia shade (notice a reoccurring shade here?) This looks so stunning on and I've worn this on many nights out in 2013 it's definitely my go too party lip. If you would like to take a look at my full review including swatches you can find it here.

So that's everything for my 2013 Makeup favourites, I don't know about anyone else but I found it so difficult just to pick out a handful as it really has been a great year for finding new makeup favourites. I would love to know what your holy grail makeup items are and if any of yours match mine be sure to let me know in the comments below.

Lots of Love



  1. I definitely can't wait to try out the apocalips, thank you for the full review!

  2. Loved this post :) I've been using my Naked palette so much recently, it's definitely my favouite out of the 3! Half Baked is my favourite shade, so so pretty! x


  3. Great post!!! The collection lasting perfection concealer is my all time favourite, such a good concealer!! x

  4. I want everything here! Im not a big fan of the Loreal million lashes though :(! xx

  5. Definatly agree with the Lasting perfection concealer! As would most other bloggers!
    Really want the original Naked Palette, the shades are just gorgeous and I never bought it! As for the MAC lipstick in Impassioned! It's stunning for a summer shade!
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