Monday, 30 December 2013

My Top 5 Products of 2013

So that's another year gone, can you believe it? I can't! I'm not usually one for new year resolutions as I rarely stick to them and their usually completely forgotten about by the 2nd of January. So rather than writing a post in that direction I thought I'd share my top 5 products of the year. So in no particular order, lets see who made the cut...

First up is a palette that I must have used nearly every day this year, whether it's a quick line of 'Crave' or a little of 'Naked 2' in the crease, this has been my go-to. If you haven't tried the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette yet then I definitely recommend it. This handy sized, handbag friendly product consists of 6 versatile and easy to blend shades, 5 matte and 1 shimmer. This is totally worth the £20 price tag thats for sure!

Next up is a foundation from a brand that I was introduced to this year. I firmly believe that this brand is the beauty industries best kept secret as I hadn't even heard of Arbonne before this year. Arbonne are a Swiss based skincare/health and wellness brand who offer the most beautiful products, especially their make up. All of their products are botanically based and are free from a lot of nasties that you find in a lot of other brands today. I could go on for pages raving good things about this company, but lets save that for another post! This is their Perfecting Liquid Foundation which is without a doubt the best foundation I have EVER used! I don't know how it works but it stays on all day, it has skin firming properties and it totally perfects your skin. I think this is one where you have to try it to believe it. It does come with a pretty hefty price tag but as it's so good you wont probably mind!

These Real Techniques brushes definitely had to feature as they are probably my most used products from this year! Real Techniques have had the most amazing year and I'm really glad they have. You can just tell that a make-up artist has designed these (if you didn't know Sam Chapman from Pixiwoo created them).  I especially love the buffing brush and the contour brush for applying my foundation. They're just amazing, that is all.

Now I have a skincare item for you, this is the Blue Green Algae Toner from Michael Todd True Organics. If you haven't heard of the brand they are US based but you can get hold of the products via the Michael Todd website. I have tried out a few of their products this year and this one is my favourite. This is an antibacterial toner which is great if you have a combination skin type or are prone to getting a few blemishes. I didn't really think much of toners before I tried this one, I didn't think they did much! But this you can really feel working as soon as you swipe it on your skin.

Lastly I've picked these little pots of wonder. Yes they're the Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24hr Eyeshadows! These are just a lifesaver on days when you cant be bothered to get lots of brushes out and spend ages blending and contouring, just a quick swipe and your good to go. They have some gorgeous colours too if your brave enough to pull them off, but I just stick to these neutral shades because I'm boring like that! The shades I have below are 'On and On Bronze' and 'Pink Gold'. Oh and they're a bargain at £4.99 a pop!  

So there we have it my top picks from 2013, I'd love to know what yours are! I wonder what 2014 will bring..?

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