Happy New Year Lovelies!
I can’t believe 2013 is over already, it went by in such a flash but I loved every single minute of it!
I’m not going to make a post about new beginnings because I’m pretty sure you’re a bit tired of reading those so I’m just going to say thank you so much for sticking with, reading and supporting DOS. It means so much to me and I am so grateful for each and every reader, subscriber and commenter.
The love is immense!
Back to the main event!
As you guys know, I am all about my beauty and today’s post is going to be about my 2013 beauty favs.
Now, I’m gonna warn you before we start, this is gonna be a long one, however I’ve separated this post into three sections: Eyes, Lips and Face for easy reading, so get your cuppas ready, put your feet up and enjoy!
Inglot Freedom System Eyeshadow Palette – 430, 335, 406, 446
I had never tried any of Inglot’s products prior to IMATS so took a bit of a gamble picking up an entire palette but I have not been disappointed. Inglot eyeshadows have a creamy texture with fabulous colour pay off, I’m honestly surprised why more people don’t rave about this brand, I definitely think they are overlooked and underrated in regards to quality and price. If you’re an Inglot virgin I would encourage you to change this as soon as possible!
Makeup Geek Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette
As you can see I went a little bit eyeshadow mad in 2013, mostly because I was determined to improve my makeup skills. I had been lusting over Makeup Geek shadows for a while so I decided to save up and buy the Ultimate Palette as I had heard nothing but good things about these shadows.
This palette comes with 27 shadows and a Z palette equating to around £97 which isn’t too bad however this doesn’t include shipping as well as customs charges which bumped my purchase right up…grrr!
These eyeshadows are fantastic, amazingly pigmented, soft and easy to blend. Corrupt (the black eyeshadow) is the most pigmented black shadow I have ever come across! This palette is up there with some of my fav purchases of 2013.
You can see me wearing Envy eye shadow HERE.
MUA Smokin Palette
I still cannot get over the fact that this palette is only £6! A great dupe to the UD Smoked Palette. This lil palette packs an almighty punch with pigmentation (alliteration hi-5!) giving you the options of soft jewelled toned shades as well as mattes! The only thing I would comment on is the creasing but this can be remedied with a good primer.
You can see my review of the palette HERE.
Makeup Geek Gel Liner in Immortal
Ok…I’m just going to say it…this is my FAVOURITE product…EVER.
Waterproof and heavily pigmented, this liner is a must have for you cat eye lovers. IT DOES NOT BUDGE! This liner is creamy, easy to apply and a little goes a very long way, I always wear this on make up days and I am yet to make a dent in this little pot. Absolutely unbelievable! I think this is true love guys!
You can see me rocking Immortal HERE.
Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara – Dinky Size
I know, I know…another beauty blogger hype product but I wouldn’t add this to my list just for the hype. This is a GREAT product for lengthening and defining lashes but if I am being honest I believe this is more to do with the spiky wand than the product itself.
Would I repurchase? I’m not too sure. I may just purchase the bigger size for the wand and use that once the tube is empty.
You can see me applying They’re Real HERE.
Maybelline The Falsies Mascara
They’re Real is great but it doesn’t give you volume so here is where The Falsies come in! This mascara lengthens and provides volume so I find myself using this after They’re Real to really give my lashes a boost!
My only complaint…the amount of product that comes out, bloody nightmare but besides that this may be my new favourite ‘drugstore’ mascara!
Lanolips 101 Ointment
This is a fairly new purchase of mine so I’m being a little cheeky adding it but I really do love this! I need moisturised lips, it’s essential, so I bought myself the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour lip balm, turns out it should have been called the 2 minute lip balm so I shelved it.
Then I heard about Lanolips, I picked it up and I’ve been pleased every since. This should be a staple for every lipstick lover. I place it on my lips before getting ready and wipe it off when I’m done. It moisturises instantly and leaves my lips feeling so soft! This is a multi-faceted product that can be used for all parts of the body as well! Score!
Hard Candy Plexi Gloss
I was sent this lip gloss by the lovely Jenn when we participated in a beauty swap. At first I didn’t use it as I wasn’t much of a lip gloss girl but I’ve started using it on top of my NYX glosses and it seems to give my lips the smoothest appearance, it blurs out the lines giving a seamless looking glossy lip without any added tint. I like to use this particular gloss on top of my nude lipsticks for a flawless lip, see HERE for an example of when I used it.
Limecrime Velvetines in Red Velvet
My favourite red lipstick spanning 2012 to now!
It’s matte, soft and it’s red, it was always going to be a winner!
Like Ruby Woo on crack, this liquid lipstick is an absolute best!
Easy to apply, pigmented, kiss proof (wink, wink) and great value (when compared to Ruby Woo.)
You can see my review of this lippie HERE
MAC Matte Lipsticks – Riri Woo, Smoked Purple, Diva
One of the best things about MAC has to be their matte lipsticks. I know a lot of people find them drying but I really like them, they apply well and last a relatively long time. In 2013 I picked up Riri Woo, Smoked Purple and Diva. Delicious and creamy mattes in amazing shades.
ELF Mineral Lipstick in Rosy Tan
I finally found my perfect nude lipstick in 2013.
Funnily enough I had had this lippie sitting in my collection for a while but figured it was too light, then I learnt the secret to nude lips (lip liner) and so decided to give it another chance and I was not disappointed.
A creamy and easy to apply warm toned pink, this works amazingly with NYX’s Lipgloss in Miami Babe.
Want to see how I apply this? Click HERE
MAC Cosmetics Lip Liner in Nightmoth
I had been fiening over this lip liner for a while especially after seeing Riri’s MUA pair it with Smoked Purple so when I went to pick up that lippie I had to pick this up too.
Nightmoth is the perfect lip liner for those of us who love a vampy lip, it’s a dark wine purple with red undertones that works beautifully with various other lipsticks.
You can use this to fill in your lips and go about your day or you can use it underneath another lipstick. I find this works well with Ruby Woo for definition to the corners of the mouth or underneath another shade for depth.
Click HERE to see how I pair Nightmoth with one of my lipsticks.
Coloured Raine Lipsticks
Everything from the texture and pigmentation to their colour range.
I picked up several of these lipsticks after seeing them on IG and I have been really impressed! My favourites constantly change but right now I’m favouring Plum Fairy and Boudoir. For swatches of the lipsticks I bought from Coloured Raine, click HERE
Ellis Faas Lip Products – Milky Lips, Creamy Lips, Hot Lips
I’n not going to lie, I was sold on Ellis Faas from the day I saw the packaging, thank God the products lived up to the high standards I expected from them.
These products are so comfortable to wear yet they feel decadent on the lips, creamy and nourishing but lightweight and in an array of textures to suit your needs for that day, fantastic for every lipstick lover.
For an in-depth review of these products, click HERE
NYX Mega Shine Lipgloss in Miami Babe
NYX have changed my mind on lip glosses!
I was never a fan then I decided to give NYX’s lip glosses a try after seeing so many Youtubers reach for it.
Miami Babe is one of my favourite shades, not only do I use it to make my lips look lush I also have a premeditated use for it.
Miami Babe is a warm brown toned pink which makes it ideal to use to warm up a nude lip as many nude lip colours are quite cool which can look ashy against my skin tone.
This product is one of the reasons why I can now wear a nude lip with confidence!
ELF Personal Blend Foundation in Dark
My new HG foundation.
It only took me 25 years to find!
This lil tub is my new friend. A mineral foundation that leaves me with flawless looking skin with 0 oiliness!
Yes, that’s right! No need for primer or even constant blotting throughout the day with this foundation, you just blend your shades together, set with a finishing spray and go!
The shade Dark has 4 separate shades of which I use the two lightest, Almond and Dark as the two deepest shades are too grey for my skin tone. I then add a generous amount of Ben Nye’s Topaz for the yellow undertone I need and voila! Foundation applied. It is a bit time consuming and it can get a bit messy but I feel that it’s worth it for the look it gives. You can see me wearing this amazingly priced product HERE and HERE.
MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC50
Can you believe I only purchased this thing in 2013?! Madness!
This foundation is my go to for nights out or for photos for the blog. A great foundation for flawless looking skin. This shade matches my skin tone to a T and dries to a matte finish which is my favourite type of finish. I also love the coverage this gives, it covers my scars and blemishes so well, I never feel the need for concealer with this. For some, this is their HG foundation, I personally think this is far too heavy for me to wear everyday but for nights out, this is a winner.
Covergirl Queen Collection Bronzer in Q120 Ebony Bronze
I love this bronzer!
Namely because it was the first bronzer I had ever used that had shown up on my skin tone. This bronzer has saved me many a time on my pale days, (yes WoC have pale days…surprise!) by providing me with a gorgeous red toned burnt sugar shade of bronze for my pale winter skin. I also use this to contour from time to time as well as a transitional shade for eye shadows, an all round winner for me!
I picked up my bronzer from Amazon.com HERE, shipping was super affordable and you get two in a pack! #Winning!
You can see me apply my bronzer HERE.
Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in Dare
A silicone based liquid waterproof blush.
Dare applies seamlessly and gives my skin the most natural flush of colour. Daniel’s liquid blushes come in an array of shades to suit every skin tone and the shade line is expanding (hot pink and hot orange anyone?! Yes please!) Some may see these as a lil pricey but I definitely recommend them, Daniel Sandler Cosmetics offer up samples for £2.00 each that you can use to test out, I have two samples and I’m yet to finish them!
You can see Dare in action HERE
Inglot Face Blush in 41
Another Inglot rave!
I picked this gorgeous blush up at IMATS and I’ve been in love with it ever since.
A matte terracotta shade perfect for everyday wear.
This is my “go to” blush.
I used to be all about Sahara from Sleek but 41 (such a modest name) has trumped it. Soft, easy to apply and surprisingly pigmented.
I AM TELLING YOU PEOPLE, DON’T SLEEP ON INGLOT!
You can see me wearing this beaut HERE.
Guerlain Terracotta Moisturizing Bronzing Powder in Ebony 08
Another bronzer but it had to be done people!!!
This differs to the CG bronzer as it isn’t so obvious on the skin, instead of bronzing I guess this product provides luminosity, giving the skin a healthy glow. Not on the cheap side but as it is one of the few bronzers for WoC I had to purchase it.
You can see my review of this baby HERE.
Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Excite
I have a thing for orange blushes.
They work so well on my skin tone I may never go back to pinks again!
I am especially attracted to matte oranges so I knew I had to have Excite in my life as soon as I saw it. This blush is soft, easy to blend, pigmented and warm on my skin.
One of my latest purchases and fast becoming one of my favourites. I mostly use Excite on the apples of my cheeks to really add a pop of warm to existing blush I’ve laid down (I like to layer products) but this also works fabulously as an all round blush and a transitional colour for the eyes.
You can see my review of Excite blush HERE.
And that’s it!!
Apologies for the read but I wanted to have this all in one post.
Hope you guys enjoyed this and found it useful!
Don’t forget to let me know in the comment section below what were your favourite beauty products of 2013 and if you’ve made a post leave the link below!
I might add some of them onto my Products To Buy in 2014!