Hello lovelies! Today I finally got around to doing this post... It was a hard one I tell you. I love so many different makeup/beauty products, it was really hard for me to choose the 'creme de la creme' out of all of them. :) I thought long and hard and here's what I came up with. WARNING! This will be a long post! :)
The two eyeshadow palettes that I've discovered and loved in 2013 are the UD Naked Basics and UD Vice2. Of course I've also been loving my UD Naked palette, but I've been loving that for a few years now, so I decided not to feature it this time. :) Both the Naked Basics and Vice2 are phenomenal palettes, each in its own way and I absolutely love using them.
Speaking of eyeshadows... the eyeshadow primer I've been loving (for quite a while now) is NYX HD eyeshadow primer. I've tried quite a few primers this past year and none have worked as good as this one does. It keeps my eyeshadows looking perfect for up to 15 hours, even in high humidity, heat, cold... It's just amazing. :)
I've never really put much effort in my eyebrows before, all I did was pluck them and maintain their shape (sometimes not even that), but that was until I discovered Catrice's Eyebrow filler. It's a wonderful product that shapes my brows and gives them a bit of color (so you can actually see them). I absolutely love it, because it's so easy to use, you can't over do it with this product and your eyebrows look defined, yet still very natural.
The lipstick that was on my lips most of the time, is UD Revolution lipstick in Naked (I also have it in Fiend, but I mostly wore Naked). It's just such an awesome lipstick, with a gorgeous packaging and a great formula. Love it!
Last, but certainly not least is a foundation that swept me off my feet and made me fall in love with liquid foundations again - I'm talking about Illamasqua Skin Base. It's a gorgeous, full coverage foundation that feels really nice and light on the skin and lasts all day.
PERFUME & NAIL POLISH
The two perfumes I wore the most are Verace's Crystal Noir (my favorite perfume for a while now) and Lolita Lempicka (the name of the perfume is the same as the brand). Both smell amazing and very special, especially Lolita Lempicka - it's a very unique, strong scent, definitely not for everyone. :)
The nail polishes that impressed me the most or I loved wearing the most, are Essie's Blanc and Warm & Toasty Turtleneck, Ciate's Antique Brooch and Nails Inc Grosvenor Gardens. All of these polishes are amazing, long-wearing and just beautiful.
SKIN & HAIR CARE
I think we all knew Liz Earle would make it's way on my 'Best of 2013' list. I just love the brand and their products. You already know I'm totally obsessed with Cleanse & Polish but I also love Instant Boost skin tonic. Both products are amazing and my skin absolutely loves them. :)
Face masks I loved the most this past year are Queen Helene Mint Julep masque and Avon's Turkish Thermal baths. Both masks are clay-based and meant for unclean skin. Mint Julep is more of a hard-core mask and also a great spot treatment, whilst the Avon mask is more of a gentle, spa mask.
The body cream I really enjoyed (and still am enjoying) is Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Honey Drops body cream. Such a lovely, luxuries cream with a wonderful scent (and it has honey drops in it, HONEY DROPS!). :)
Hair care wise, I discovered the best shampoo ever - Lush I love juicy. I really can't profess my love for this shampoo enough... It's super cleansing (which is great for my oily hair), yet somehow manages to be very creamy and gentle. Seriously love it to bits! :) My ends on the other hand, are thoroughly enjoying Orofluido hair oil - a gorgeous oil, a bit on the thick side with an amazing oriental scent to it.
The two beauty/makeup tools that have changed my life the most are Tangle Teezer and Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge. I can't imagine brushing my hair with anything else than the teezer. My hair is super fine yet super tangly, so this is a real life saver. :) The Real Techniques sponge might not be such a life saver (I can still apply my foundation with a brush or fingers) but it has certainly made foundation application a dream + the finish it gives is amazing, almost airbrushed.
Another big game changer for me is the Seche Vite Dry fast top coat - it really helps all of my nail polishes look better and last longer (with its help I can wear some nail polishes for 10 days). Amazing product!
Other products I really loved this passed year are the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer in Milk Chocolate (beautiful!), UD De-Slick mattifying powder and theBalm Put a lid on it eyeshadow primer - a primer that works almost as good as the NYX primer.
I decided to include some makeup looks of 2013 that were my personal favorites. If you haven't seen them yet, go and check them out - Jingle bells, jingle bells, Birthday party, Inglot eyeshadows II, Galaxy, New Year's eve party look #1 and #2. :)