Monday, December 31, 2012

My Favourites of 2012

Another year has flown by, so without any further ado, here are my favourites of 2012.

Beauty Favourites of 2012


~ Face and Base ~

Australis Fresh and Flawless Powder is the best face powder I have ever tried. It leaves a sort of satiny finish whilst still keeping oil at bay. It does not make me look super cakey or powdery, as other powders have in the past. This is now my third compact of it and I will continue to repurchase it in the future. Some have compared this to Mac's Studio Fix Powder, but I haven't personally tried it.

Models Prefer Mattifying Primer is my go to primer for when I am going out at night or want to look extra nice. It really helps to smooth over the skin and make your foundation go on flawlessly over the top. This silicone primer is a dupe for a high end primer I have used in the past - look out for the comparison post coming soon!

Bourjois Healthy Mix is my all time favourite foundation. My favourite thing about it is that it gives the perfect amount of coverage for me, and it blends in well to your skin that it's not obvious you have makeup on. It lasts very well on my skin and I love the shade 51 as the yellow undertones really help to  correct my redness that I sometimes get on my cheeks, nose and chin.

I have also fallen in love with Maybelline's Fit Me Concealer in the past few months. This concealer is great because it works well both under the eyes and on blemishes. I do prefer the slightly more liquid formula of their Age Rewind Concealer, however the packaging with the sponge on top was unhygienic to start with, and then it broke on me, so I have fallen back on this one. 

MeMeMe Seventh Heaven Face Base is a fantastic primer that I have been using for the past month. This primer not only smells delicious but it makes my skin feel really moisturised too. I like to use this primer on days when my face feels a bit dull or dry, and this helps to perk it up really well!



~ Cheeks ~

Mac Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle was a product I didn't initially love. I felt it was too glittery and chunky and it left glitter all down my face the first time I used it. But as I dusted away the first layer of product I feel like the product got less chunky and became more of a refined sheen. I use this highlighter most days, and I just love it to bits.

Face of Australia Mineral Therapy Illuminator in Angel Mist is a beautiful Liquid Highlighter, that is very similar to Benefit's High Beam. This is a product I reached more for in the winter, for a pearly glow on my cheekbones. For the huge tube (50ml) at the low price ($15?) it's a must have product.

Natio Terracotta Rose Bronzer is a matte bronzer that I use every day to contour my cheekbones. As someone with a rounder face, I find contouring a must do step in my every day routine. Sadly this product is now discontinued so I will have to find something new once I run out of this :(

I found these Rimmel 3 in 1 Blushes on clearance a few months back and I did not expect them to be as good as they are! The shades when blended together are a corally pink and a rose pink, they are both so flattering and do not look over the top, which is a problem I often have when it comes to blush.



~ Eyes ~

Lancome Mascaras have been a long time favourite of mine. For dramatic eye lashes I don't think you can find a better mascara, I have tried so many of their formulas and I have loved every single one of them. At the moment I am using Hypnose Doll Eyes but my favourite is the regular Hypnose formula that I was using earlier this year.

Australis's Liquid Liner is my go to liquid eye liner. This is such a cheap eye liner and on me it lasts all day, and goes on incredibly black in only a single swipe. What more could I ask for?

Maybelline's Full and Soft is my favourite every day mascara. If I am not doing much that day and I would just like my lashes to look nice and defined this is the mascara I will reach for. It never clumps and it separates your eyelashes beautifully.

Essence's I <3 Stage Eye Shadow Base is such a fantastic dual purpose product, as it can be used both as a concealer and an eye shadow base. If I have very dark eyes from not sleeping well, the yellow undertone of this base this completely masks it. It is not the most amazing eye shadow base for making your shadows stay on forever, but it's fantastic for brightening up your eyes.

I forgot to include them in a photo, but I also wanted to add Australis's 10 Hr Pencils to the mix. Come on Australis, please bring out some more colours, they are such an amazing formula!



The Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Palette has been hyped up massively online for a while now so I finally got my hands on it this year, and I absolutely love it. The colours are beautiful and so pigmented for the price, I use this palette a lot for the beautiful duo chrome shade in the bottom right.

The Innoxa Naturally Nude Quad was something I just happened to stumble upon in stores this year and I think it is a fantastic little palette just to have. The matte shades on either side are colours I use on a daily basis, and I would repurchase again more those alone.

Maybelline Color Tattoos are another much hyped product and the limited edition shade Barely Beige has been a huge favourite of mine this year. This colour is such a time saver on a super busy morning, I just swipe it over the lid and I am good to go. I hope that Maybelline make this shade permanent!

Mac's Satin Taupe is an eye shadow that I was unimpressed with at first but I have slowly started to really love the shade. This is lovely both all over the lid or used as a crease shade to deepen up any look. I love the tone of this, it is just incredibly flattering.

Urban Decay's Eye Shadow Palettes honestly speak for themselves. I have both the Naked Palette and the Vice Palette and they are my favourite eye shadows that I have ever tried. If I really had to pick two palettes to use for the rest of my life, I could easily be happy with just these too. I cannot recommend them enough.


~ Lips ~

Mirenesse's Velvet Lip Lift Moisture Shine's were definitely a favourite of mine this year. I collected five of the shades when they were giving them away free with Women's Day magazine, but colour 47 is my go to colour. I would highly recommend these if you are a lipgloss lover, they smell amazing, and they feel so moisturising on the lips. 

Australis's Colour Inject Lipglosses are a handbag staple for me. Non sticky and so affordable, I love the shade contemporary, it is such a nice nude lip gloss. They aren't too pigmented, but they do add a glitter free shine to the lips, which is just what I need sometimes.

Revlon's Just Kissable Balm Stains were a huge release from Revlon this year, and the hype surrounding them was definitely justifiable. These go on as a glossy balm but as they wear off the lips they leave a stain that lasts a really long time! I think that the darker shades in the range perform best.

I was lucky enough to win a Dior Ultra Reflect Gloss in 127 earlier this year and the reason this gets some love from me us because it definitely got me back on the lip gloss train! The formula is probably my favourite ever, however at the price they sell for, I don't know if I'll be getting anymore soon.

I haven't had the Sephora Lipstick for long, but I have been wearing it almost every day since I got it! The colour is pretty much a vibrant pink, and the long wearing formula isn't too drying on me, which is a first! I want to get more of these in the future!

Face of Australia's Lipstick in Lychee Crush is a cult Australian favourite, and for a good reason. It is a peachy nude shade in a creme formula. This doesn't stick to the dry patches on my lips as bad as some other formulas too! This is my favourite shade of nude lipstick ever.

You are probably sick of hearing me talk about Mac's Impassioned, but this is probably my favourite lipstick of all time. If you are brave enough to wear neon pink lipstick, please do yourself a favour and get this damn lipstick. 

And last of all I have to mention Korres Lip Butters as best low maintenance product. These are great if you're not up to wearing a heavy product on your lips but you just want to add a little colour and shine to the lips. I wish they came in tubes though!



~ Skincare ~

Carmex Moisture Plus with Pink Tint is by far my favourite lip balm. Not only does it moisturise my lips but it also leaves a pink glossy tint on the lips. Another item that is always in my handbag.

Palmer's Line Smoothing Eye Cream is such a nice, moisturising eye cream. After going out and getting samples of cult favourites of higher end eye creams, I was unimpressed until I took a chance on this product and I loved it! All I need it for is to moisturise under my eyes and for that purpose it works wonderfully.

Bioderma Hydrabio Micellar Water is such a cult favourite and I can tell you that it definately lives up to the hype it receives. I am a total convert, I don't think I can ever go back to another makeup remover, this is truly the best of the best!

Mario Badescu's skincare line is something else that has really impressed me this year. Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel is just an awesome basic cleanser that does an excellent job of cleansing without drying out my skin. It also smells lovely and fresh! The Drying Lotion is my spot treatment of choice on really big nasty pimples. The Hyaluronic Day Cream is also my new favourite moisturiser, you can feel the hyaluronic acid really helping the dry areas on your face.

Natio Ageless Firming Night Cream is product I reach more for in colder weather. If my face is feeling quite dry, I put a thick layer of this on in the evening and in the morning my face feels much better.

Dermologica's Microfoliant is the best exfloliater I have ever tried. It comes out as a white powder and you just mix it with a little bit of water and it becomes a very light scrub that leaves my face feeling so soft and lovely. I feel such an improvement in the texture of my skin after using this!

Witch's Blemish Stick is a product I also use as a spot treatment, but generally for smaller breakouts and areas that are a bit red and inflamed on my face.

Lush's Mint Julips Lip Scrub is a great little product for dry lips, just rub some of this between your lips to get rid of any dry skin. This is a must have for wearing matte lipsticks.



~ Body ~

Lush honestly win this category for me all round. Their shower gels in Ponche and Grass are just amazing and so refreshing to use. Coco Lotion is my favourite body lotion because it smells good and it absorbs quickly into the skin. Love love love.



~ Nails ~

My favourite top coat is Seche Vite. For nail colours this year, my most used are Bourjois Beige Glamour, OPI Russian Navy, Butter London Knackered, Face of Australia Castle on a Cloud, Ulta3 Watermelon, Essence Absolutely Blue and Loreal French Riviera.


Non Beauty Favourites of 2012


~ Music ~

I saw one of my favoruite bands, Death Cab for Cutie in January this year and it was such an awesome concert. I have been listening to them since Plans came out back in 2005 and they are just a band who can do no wrong in my opinion. The intimate setting of Perth Festival Gardens was just beautiful and it is definitely a night I will remember for a long time.


And here is an appropriate song by them for tonight :)


One artist I absolutely fell in love with in 2012 is Lana Del Rey. I am going to be that person right now, but hell that girl is flawless. I love her sound, her look and the songs that she writes. I love her film clips and as well, they are just fantastic. Born to Die is an album I have loved start to end, there is not a song on there that I don't love, which isn't something I can say for a lot of artists.




~ Books ~

I have read less books this year than I have in the past, due to study and such. However I did enjoy reading The Walking Dead comics earlier this year. I have to also give a huge mention to The Hunger Games as I read all of the books at the start of the year and loved them to bits. John Green's The Fault in Our Stars is another favourite, nerdfighters for life! World War Z however was my favourite book this year, it's written as a historical account of a zombie apocalypse, just wonderful.



~ Movies ~

I have been looking forward to the release of The Perks of Being a Wallflower movie since I heard rumours of it back in 2010. This was a book that I read back in high school that was one of my favourites and it really stuck with me. The movie really did the book justice (considering that it was directed by the author). I feel like everyone can see a bit of themselves in Charlie. See this movie.



As I have said above, I read The Hunger Games at the start of the year and I went to see the midnight premiere of the movie, long story short it was amazing! I absolutely cannot wait for the next films, one is coming out in 2013 yay!



~ Television ~

If any of you are fans of Skins you will know the main show ended this year with the completion of season 6. I loved the third generation cast (except Frankie, she needs to gtfo) and season 6 was really great. I have been a fan of skins for a couple of years now and I could definitely relate to the show in high school. I am really sad to see it go however they are doing some skins short films that will be released next year, so I am looking forward to them wrapping up the series forever!


Archer is show I would highly, highly recommend to you. Long story short, it is s completely hilarious animated style sitcom about a spy agency called Isis and it's crazy employees. I love the art style, the smart ass humour and the characters are just spot on. They released some new episodes at the start of 2012 and they have a new season (13 episodes) coming out on January 17. 


So that pretty much wraps it up guys! Wow this post look me so long to write. I wish you all a safe and happy new years and I'll talk to you in 2013!

Mishelle

EDIT: I totally forgot to include my Real Techniques Brushes, but they are in here too!

52 comments:

  1. Awesome post! Loved your make up picks, especially for lips! And that butter london polish looks great! Your books picks are up my alley too, so need to get my hands on world war z and the comics for the walking dead from my boyfriend! Have a great year ahead! ^^

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    1. Thanks hun, you too! I am such a lip junkie!
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  2. Love the Fit Me concealer! I really want to try the Australis fresh and flawless powder, so many people love it :)

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  3. Oh awesome roundup of the year hun! I really love my Bourjois Healthy Mix and you are really tempting me with the Urban Decay palettes!! I think I need to get them now.... after you have praised them so many times!!

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  4. Wow amazing post! You've included many of my favourites!! Love how you incorporated some non-beauty favourites too!

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  5. i love this list!! it's neat how you also threw in non-beauty favs... im actually in the middle of World War Z right now! i also love Lana Del Rey's album - i bought the Deluxe version with the "Paradise" releases :)

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    1. Yep I had to :) Me too! She is flawless, I love her so much.
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  6. amazing products :) they are some of my favorites too :)
    Happy New Year to you too :)
    xxx Marina
    beautiful me plus you by Marina Bergmann

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  7. So many great picks! Gutted I missed out on the vice palette.

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    1. I think there are a few places you can still pick it up from hun, have you tried hqhair?
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  8. I love that same colour in the Wet N Wild palette - it is a total dupe for MAC's Club eyeshadow!

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    1. Yep yep it sure is! Such a beautiful palette :)
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  9. ooh i wish we got so many of these brands here in the states! i've always wanted to try them.

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    1. You guys get plenty of stuff we don't haha! ;)
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  10. Reading your posts always makes me want to buy MAC Impassioned because you speak of it so frequently! Great post xx

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  11. Great list! How do you apply the Face of Australia Mineral Therapy Illuminator in Angel Mist? With your fingers or a brush?

    I love Mario Badescu! Have you tried their healing cream?

    Also read the Hunger Games and love the series! Haven't watched the film yet though.

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    1. I just use my fingers and pat it on usually :) I have not but I want to in the near future! See them movie hun, it's soooo good!
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  12. Love this post!! There's so many things I'd like to try out here: the Australis powder, the Maybelline concealer and the Rimmel blushes to name a few. There's been so much hype surrounding FOA's Lychee Crush lipstick so I bought it but I just can't make it work. :( I think it's definitely too light for my skintone.

    Also love your non-beauty favourites! I have the same infatuation with The Hunger Games (I saw the movie first and then read all of the books in a short period). I saw Perks of Being a Wallflower the other week after having read the book a couple of years ago, and it didn't disappoint! Also loved The Fault in our Stars. You have great taste ;)

    DFTBA xx

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    1. Oh no that sucks :( nudes just either work or look horrible on me, it's a fine line! Thanks hun :) DFTBA!
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  13. I loved loved loved this post! There were so many products featured in this post that I haven't tried that look so wonderful! I totally enjoyed The Hunger Games books too. I just bought a Rimmel 3 in 1 blush in Spring Flower which I am really excited about using.
    xx

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    1. The texture of those rimmel blushes is so nice, I'm sure you'll love them!
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  14. Wow this is a great favourites list, I'm going to keep an eye out for these products. How great are Death Cab, one of my favourites too. I'm going to do a post like this now :)

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    1. I loveeeee them <3 I can't wait to read it yay!
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  15. Oh my god.. I'm so incredibly jealous of your wet n wild palette! I really really want one (for the brown colour in the bottom left hand corner) and my friend just came back from the US but he didn't have time to go to a CVS or Walmart to get it for me. I have to admit.. I was a little devastated :(

    I also really liked the Hunger games :) I read it over Christmas 2010 and it was amazing.. I got really excited about the movie but it was nothing like how I imagined it in my head :P

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    1. I have all three of them, I got them from Non Pariel Boutique but you can also get them from BeautyJoint :) A lot of my friends said that too!
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  16. Such a great list of favourites. I've been using the Fit concealer this year and I also love it! I've been thinking about getting a pressed powder and it looks like I definitely need to check out Australis'.

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    1. It's such a great powder hun, I'd highly recommend it!
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  17. What a big list of favorites c:
    I see that you love reading
    fantasy/horror books!
    I love Lush products they are
    so good!
    Happy New Year!

    xx

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    1. Yep I surely do! Happy new year to you too :)
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  18. I really enjoyed reading this post :) It is always interesting to see what other people's favorite products are as there are quite a few that you listed which I have not tried yet.
    Hope you have a great new year!
    Btw....I wanted to follow your blog but could not find the follow button on the side :-(

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    1. If you refresh the page it usually works :)
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  19. The follow button appeared after I refreshed the page :-) yay!

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  20. Love your favs! I've been sparingly using a tiny bottle of LUSH's Ponche shower gel for the last month and I'm going to be so sad when it's all used up. This post has also reminded me that I really need to read World War Z soon! x

    http://wewereraisedbywolves.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I got a small bottle and then I got a huge bottle after christmas on sale yay so I have enough to last me a whole year haha :)
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  21. Love this post! I'm totally with you on all of those eye products/palettes! I want to try out Lush products so much, ah! Making me jealous.

    giveaway!

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  22. Lovely favourites :) I share the love for many of these products too! I totally have you to thank for my love affair with Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation.

    Death Cab is one of my favourites too :) I saw them in Fremantle a few years back, so amazing! Xx

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    1. Oh man, I am so glad you love it too! It's my fave ever :) Death Cab are such a long time love of mine!
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  23. Great list of favourites. I can see a few things in there I need to get my hands on (FOA eyeliner) and a few of my faves (Ulta3 Watermelon and Bourjois healthy mix).
    I should probably read World War Z too... I love stories about zombies!

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    1. Oh man, it's such an awesome book! I never used to like the zombie genre but it's totally grown on me this year :)
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  24. Great list of favourites, many of which feature in my top 12 of 2012 on my blog danniiloves.wordpress.com
    I also love Witchs Blemish stick and repurchased throughout 2012 and will continue repurchasing in 2013.
    Topping my must have list for 2013 is Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation as I have seen and read so many positive
    Reviews on it so thanks again.

    <3 Dannii x

    danniiloves.wordpress.com

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  25. WOW this is such a great selection of Favourites. I'm definitely going to checking some of these products out especially that silicon face primer as I've tried another one similar & I love it but Its way to pricey :)
    I love Death Cab their music is amazing & I also love archer :)
    I'm doing my favourites today I'm definitely going to include some non beauty favs of 2012 :)

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  26. I loved Death Cab For Cutie and Lana Del Rey SOOOO much this past year!! And omg I loved the Perks of Being a Walflower!!

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  27. Those are some great favorites! Congrats on the new domain!!!! xx

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  28. So many incredible products! :) Glad you like the Rimmel 3 in 1 blushes, they also really impressed me and I didn't expect them to be as good as they are. I would love to get my hands on the UD Vice palette - Urban Decay definitely make my favourite eyeshadows. I love the duochrome shade in the Comfort Zone Wet n Wild palette as well - so pretty! I think I need to try that Essence eyeshadow primer, especially if it doubles as a concealer, plus it's so affordable! :)

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  29. Based on your recommendation here, I picked up the Natio Terracotta Rose bronzer on New Year's Eve. They didn't have a tester but since you love it so much I thought I'd pick it up and I haven't been disappointed. Maybe you should go and stock up before they run out (they were on sale too).

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    1. Duh, I forgot to mention, from Perth City David Jones.

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    2. Thanks for the heads up hun! I am glad you liked it!
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