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Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Favourite Make Up Products from 2012.

Following on from yesterday's favourite skin, body & hair care products from 2012 this is the, slightly more exciting perhaps, make up version! It's no secret that I love make up, I love talking about it but hopefully this won't be too long - I narrowed it down to 12 products otherwise I feel like we'd be here until 2014!
MAC Studio Sculpt foundation. // Liz Earle Signature foundation♦ // Benefit They're Real mascara. // Lily Lolo Mineral foundation.
MAC Studio Sculpt foundation is one of those products that I know I can rely on. It's a gel based foundation which I find works particularly well with my dry skin because it seems to smooth over dry areas and not cling to them. The coverage is medium to full without feeling heavy or looking cakey and the colour is an absolute perfect match for me (I use NC15) which I'm very grateful for because I don't have to worry so much about blending it into my neck. Oh and it's ridiculously easy to blend. Perfect! 

Another stand out product for the year is the Liz Earle Signature foundation, I absolutely love this and it's making me want to try more Liz Earle make up. This isn't one I can wear when my skin is incredibly dry because it can cling to dry areas ever so slightly, but otherwise this has become my go-to. It's one of those foundations that makes your skin look so good but super natural. I've got a whole post about this product which you can find here.

Benefit They're Real mascara is a product that I really really really wanted to hate because it's SO expensive. But I don't. I love it. Damn. Now, it's by no means perfect - I find that it can smudge a little under my eyes but for my top lashes all I can say is wow. This makes my usually pathetic lashes look long, full and curled. It's too expensive though. But hey, that's Benefit for you I guess.

Lily Lolo Mineral foundation has been in my make up collection for many years. When I had acne I used this as my foundation because it felt really light and it allowed my skin to breathe, and because my skin is too dry to wear this as a foundation and I love it so much I still want to use it, it's now my go-to setting powder. If you like mineral make up, I highly recommend the entire Lily Lolo range, it's a really lovely brand!
Illamasqua Promise Cream Blush. // Dior Rosy Glow. // NARS Penny Lane Cream Blush. // Jemma Kidd Dewy Glow. // Benefit Hoola Bronzer.

Illamasqua will always be my favourite blush brand I think, I love both their powder and cream blushes and my all time favourite shade is Promise cream blush. It's the most beautiful light pink shade and the formulation is perfect for me. It stays dewy on the skin which I love, perhaps not one for particularly oily skin but I think that if you have dry skin, you will love these as much as I do. They're not cheap but they are incredibly pigmented and will last a long time. I use this all the time and it looks like I've barely touched it.

Ah, the Dior Rosy Glow is a product that brings a touch of luxury to my make up collection. I mean, it even comes with its own velvet pouch. Hello posh! This is a blush that is supposed to react with your chemistry, I suppose, to create the perfect pink shade for you. I'm not exactly sure if that's really true but either way, I love how this looks on me. It's the blush I reach for when I feel like going for a super girly make up look and I can't fault the quality, which is good because this little baby was pricey!

NARS Penny Lane is the blush I reach for either when I'm not sure what to wear (which is all the time) or if I want to go for a sculpted cheek look. I even use this underneath other blushes because I find it makes a really lovely base and doesn't fade throughout the day. This is a real staple for me and one that would suit so many different skin tones. The NARS cream blush formula is really lovely & suitable for all skin types. They're pricey but if you find a colour you love, it won't let you down!

I won't talk too much about the Jemma Kidd Dewy Glow highlighter because I'm not sure that you can find it anywhere anymore but I had to mention it because I love it. It's the perfect, natural looking highlighter that gives you that healthy lit-from-within glow. If you can find it, I would say snap it up! It's gorgeous.

Benefit Hoola has become my go to bronzer this year, even replacing my beloved Bourjois chocolate bronzer. I use it both to contour and to give my complexion a little bit of colour and I think it does both of those things perfectly. It's not orange at all and even though I do have to be careful with it because I'm super fair, I think it suits pale skin wonderfully. Again, another pricey cheek product, but you get so much in the pan I think it's worth every penny.
Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector. // Revlon Lip Butters. // MAC Lovelorn Lipstick.
The Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors have been my favourite lip products of the year, in fact I would go so far as to say they're my favourite lip products ever and I have all three shades! They give a hint of colour to the lips while doing exactly what they promise, making your lips look perfect. They smooth over any dryness making your lips look plump, full and glossy without being sticky. If you've been lusting over one of these, definitely try one - and buy from escentual.com because they're much more affordable there!

I couldn't not mention the Revlon Lip Butters here either because I have loved these little beauties for a long time now! I'm all about the sheer tinted lip products that offer a bit of moisture and hide all signs of dryness because my lips are always chapped. I have four shades and I think my favourite this year has been cupcake because it's a super wearable baby pink shade that looks beautifully girly and pretty. I also love lollipop for a brighter lip!

I'm not a huge MAC lipstick person, I think they're quite pricey and when I have a look at all the shades I find it a little overwhelming. A must have for me though is Lovelorn which for me is the perfect mid-toned light rosy pink and it's one of those shades that looks pretty with almost any make up look. It's glossy, it goes on smoothly and I love the signature vanilla MAC lipstick scent. Lovely!

What were your favourite make up items from last year? 
Are there any you think I should try out this year?
xoxo

86 comments:

  1. I'm so with you with the Benefit mascara! It's gorgeous - shame about the price tag though! :(
    xo

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    1. Ahh I know, it's way too much! xo

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  2. I discovered MAC lipsticks this year and my favourite of the bunch (I only have 4) has GOT to be Plumful, you should definitely check it out. I'm super pale and it's suits me perfectly. If you fancy a more red lip then Brick-o-la is a wearable red, found both of them at the end of last year (thanks to essiebutton!) and I switch between them.

    Lx
    pandorasbasket.com

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    1. Ooh I'll have a look at plumful, it sounds lovely <3

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  3. I'm loving your 2012 Favourites post Jennie, you wrote them in such a dynamic way! xx

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  4. Ah, love these posts! I still want to get my mitts on the Clarins Lip Perfector! :) although I'm now on a spending ban hah! Probably for the best! Xx

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    1. Definitely one for after the spending ban! :)

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  5. I wish my skin would agree with MAC foundations....they look amazing on for about 15minutes then my skin greases up!! And I have like the least greasiest skin!!!
    Love the lip butters and the lip perfectors too :)
    I really love the accessories blushers/bronzers at the moment... you should definetely try them! - they are quite shimmery but over a matte blusher in the right spot they look gorgeous!!

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    1. Oh no, how annoying!! I think MAC foundations are very love/hate! Ooh I'll definitely have a look at those, I've seen some great reviews of them! xo

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  6. I agree with you about mac lipsticks, overpriced but they smell lovely (-; I have two, lovelorn and please me and both are perfect for everyday looks,
    Chloe xo

    stylethroughthelookingglass.blogspot.com

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    1. I've heard a lot of good things about please me, it looks so pretty! xo

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  7. Such fab products!! I wish we could swap makeup!! Thanks for commenting on my blog, it's very kind of you. Glad you enjoyed the programme! XxxX http://thesecondhandrose.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Aww you're so welcome lovely! ox

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  8. Ahh amazing choices :-) very pleased to see some Illamasqua in there! xx

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    1. They had to feature in the somewhere! <3

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  9. I've wanted to try Studio Sculpt just because I find the packaging adorable. Glad to know you like it, now I feel more confident that I'll like it.
    I love the look of everything you featured, really xxx

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  10. My face has got to be the Mac studio sculpy it has excellent coverage and has a really nice finish to it :) Great post!! xx

    http://love-x-beauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. It's such a lovely foundation. Thank you! xo

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  11. That MAC lipstick looks like a great color, I'm not much for make up, just usually for lipgloss and lipstick lol

    onecurator.blogspot.com

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  12. I love these posts. I want to try the Jemma Kidd highlighter but I just haven't got round to ordering it! xx

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    1. Aww if you can find it anywhere, definitely do! ox

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  13. lovely post!The liz earle foundation sounds really good.I love lily lolo too - their concealer is my hg! xx

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  14. I just love these types of posts! Although they make my wishlist and bank account suffer as I feel the need to buy everything I see haha! That Mac lipstick looks lovely!

    xx
    - Keeley

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  15. I just got the dior rosy glow blush and I'm obsessed. Words cannot describe how pretty that blush is!

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  16. The Benefit mascara looks so good but I just don't think I can justify the price! xxx

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    1. It's definitely way too expensive I think! xo

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  17. Great selection on favourites Jennie! I really want to try Studio Sculpt foundation!

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. xx

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  18. So glad someone loves Lily Lolo as much as I do! I think their products are much better than Bare Mi nerals and no bizmuth oxychloride! X

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  19. I want to try the Clarins Lip Perfectors. I almost got them a few months ago, but I'm not a huge lipgloss person so I decided to save a bit of cash and not get them.

    After my spending bang I think I'll get them.

    Miri xx
    http://mirisblogazine.blogspot.com/

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  20. Some great products in here! Really want to try the Clarins lip perfectors!x

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  21. We have a lot of similar favorites! The revlon lip butters, clarins lip perfectors, mac lovelorn, and of course the jemma kidd highlighter! :)

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  22. Benefit They're real is definitely a favorite product for me too! One of the best mascara discovery's ever!!! :) ♥
    http://abeautyromancee.blogspot.co.uk/

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  23. These are such great picks! I too wear my Hoola bronzer almost every day! It's the only one I've found that looks natural and flattering on my skin tone... I have also been wanting to try one of those Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfectors for such a long time! Everyone always has great things to say about them

    xx Louise
    A Little Beauty Luxury

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  24. Such an amazing collection of make up, Jennie! I've yet to buy myself Revlon Lip butters, i always forget to check them out! Probably because I get very dazzled by the Benefit counter at the front, and spend most of my time lurking around there! x

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  25. I love Mac Lovelorn. I think if I had to pick one lipstick from my collection, it would be that one.

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  26. MAC Lovelorn was my favourite this year too :)

    I really want to try cream blushers this year and Benefit's Hoola Bronzer is on my list to try as well as NARS Laguna!

    Pretty envious of your amazing make-up collection :P

    Sarah @ sarahlouxo.com xx

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    1. I'd love to try laguna too, everyone seems to LOVE it! <3

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  27. Penny Lane blush just looks so beautiful! May have to save up for it! xx

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    1. It's such a lovely shade and it goes with any make up look so you'll definitely get a lot of use out of it! <3

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  28. That Dior blush looks gorge, I am a sucker for baby pink blushes and I have to agree with you on the Clarins lip perfector. I purchased the pink one (can't remember it's name!) just before Christmas after seeing your review of it and it is amazing. It does just what you say. My lips have been so dry and this softens them and I find it's almost like a mix between a balm and a gloss, perfect in every way!

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    1. Aww yay, I'm SO glad that you love it! <3

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  29. You choose great products, they all look lovely! I'm a huge fan of Revlon lipsticks/lip butters/lip stains, and you can't go wrong with a nice, soft pink! x

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  30. You chose some great products - I especially loved Revlon Lip Butters I think they're amazing!

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  31. Penny lane looks stunning! I have cactus flower and I agree with you their cream blushes are great!

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    1. I really want to get cactus flower soon, it looks amazing! xo

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  32. The Dior blusher is such a lovely pink!
    My most loved make up product of the year was definitely my MUA brow pencil in dark brown. It cost a mere pound and matches my brow colour perfectly and is the only pencil I have found not to be too heavy.

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    1. Yay for super affordable products! <3

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  33. I also love lilylolo and the jemma kidd rose gold highlighter :) That has reminded me I need to start using them again!

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  34. 2013 will be my year for lipsticks.... I have been rubbish but I promise myself I will start buying them. Love the colours and brands of your make up.

    Lou
    www.thekeypieces.co.uk

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  35. You've given me some great ideas for new products to try, Jennie! Thank you :)

    I absolutely love Mac Studio Sculpt foundation. Sometimes I try other brands but I always come back to this old faithful ;) xx

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  36. Hey, I bought two Revlon Lip Butters Cremé Brulé & Sugar Frosting.
    I prefer Sugar Frosting, nice colour. Say hi to Ralphie bun from me! x

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  37. Benefit they're real is one of my top buys too, it's amazing! Best mascara I've ever used.

    http://www.studdedkisses.com

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  38. I want "Penny Lane" by NARS SO very very badly. It's such a gorgeous colour and I am loving your idea of wearing it under other blushers! <3

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    1. It's so pretty & I know you'd get a lot of use out of it! xo

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  39. I absolutely love these posts but I'm way too lazy to make one... yet ahah! I have been sucked on the Revlon Lip Butters bandwagon but I was so, so disappointed because they are not moisturizing enough on my super dry lips, and I wish they were more opaque ):

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    1. Aww that's such a shame, I found them super moisturising & love that the colours are buildable! xo

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  40. The Dior blush looks so pretty! The way you describe it makes me think of my Chanel Joues Contraste blush (also a velvet pouch, surely does make it feel more luxurious). xx

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  41. This is such a great post :) that NARS cream blush looks so pretty could you please do a video on how to apply it? I really want to get some but I just don't know how to use them :) xx
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