Finally I've had a spare 5 minutes to share with you my top 13 of 13-the products that rocked my world in 2013!
Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer
Even though I haven't dedicated much space to this little drugstore gem on my blog I am loving this creamy concealer from Rimmel which banishes under eye shadows and conceals pesky spots. The formula is just thick enough to provide great coverage without ever clogging.
Smashbox Photofinish foundation primer
It may be silicone heavy but this is the best primer I have used for smoothing and blurring the skin, providing a near flawless canvas to apply your foundation on top off-and keep it there all day.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (Diffused Light)
Much hyped and adored, I own 5 of the 6 Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders launched this year. So far I have used Diffused and Dim light-both being exceptional at setting your make up and managing to make you look just that tiny bit more glow-y, radiant and healthy.
Clinique Take The Day Off Balm
Recently raved about in my December Empties post here, I think this was my favourite cleanser discovery of 2013. Massive effective at removing make up, gentle on the skin and no nasty ingredients. And not too pricey either.
Sara Happ Lip Scrub
The saviour for dry, chapped, flaky lips-this exfoliating gel leaves you with smooth as silk, flake free, kissable lips in moments. It lasts forever, smells incredible and isn't harsh or drying on the lips (Lush lip scrub I am looking at you). I have Green Apple, Red Velvet and Lemonade. I am obsessed. This product absolutely saved my lips whilst I was in the UK-my lips were so dry and flaky but this sorted the problem in mere seconds.
Alpha H Liquid Gold
This product literally changed my skin in 2013. You can read my full review here and see some (gruesome) before and after pictures. If you suffer from spots, especially cystic hormonal spots I highly highly recommend you give this a try.
Another product I haven't given airtime to on my blog but is truly brilliant. The best top coat I have ever used by far, as soon as I used it I wondered why it had taken me so long to try it!! It provides a glossy gel like finish and my nail polish just does not chip when Seche Vite is on top of it.
Clinique Bottom Lash mascara
Another recent discovery I raved about in this blog post and another product I wonder how I ever lived without. Ridiculously simple to use, this bottom lash mascara really opens and frames my eyes and does not budge or smudge all day.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye
The only eye cream I have used where I have seen visible results in terms of fading dark circles, depuffing eyes and decreasing fine lines. It has a light, cooling gel cream texture which absorbs easily. It's very hydrating and contains many anti-oxidant ingredients. I have already repurchased.
Butter London Yummy Mummy
My favourite nail polish of 2013 in terms of colour and formula! Read my rave review about it here. If you are looking for a nude nail polish, this could quickly become holy grail.
Christian Dior Rouge Dior lipsticks
Newly launched in 2013, I am now up to a count of 7 of these lipsticks with 3 more on the way to me from Selfridges. I blame Sunny from Mostly Sunny for introducing me to these little beauties. They're highly pigmented, massively hydrating and just the most beautiful colours. Read my review of Darling (my current favourite) and Sterling Red here
My favourite mask of 2013, I love this thick, tingling green mud for achieving clear and glowing skin. The mask is full of Volcanic rock minerals, french clay and green tea leaf and you can read my full review here. Reading my own review back makes me want to go put some on now!!
You may have noticed there are only 12 products above. My 13th and final favourite of 2013 was having permanent make-up in the form of having my eyebrows tattooed at Tracie Giles in London.
here but needless to say I am so glad I did it as it as I just feel so much more groomed.
Of the limited edition collections in 2013 my favourites were the MAC Temperature Rising Collection-I bought and love both eyeshadow quads, both blushers, one of the lipsticks and one gloss. I also utterly love the Jo Malone 'Ginger Biscuit' perfume from the Sugar and Spice collection. I have been wearing it to death during December.
My favourite 'I started doing in 2013' thing was double cleansing, double toning and using flannels when cleansing to ensure squeaky clean skin.
And I am still searching for my holy grail foundation.....that must be why I bought six of them in the UK.
Bring on 2014.......