31 December 2013

My Top 10 Products 2013


It's hard to believe that we're now at the end of another year; I can't quite get my head around just how quickly it has gone. 2013 has been a year of discovery for me whereby I have had the chance to try some amazing new products; it was a hard decision narrowing down the contenders however eventually I finally came to my conclusion.

So without further suspense fellow beauty enthusiasts I give to you my top ten products of 2013, sit back, enjoy and let me know what your favourite products were this year in the comments below.
Having craved the delights of the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette since I first started blogging I finally got my hands on it in the form of a birthday present off my Mom in July. I have actually had a post dedicated to this gorgeous palette saved in my drafts for months however for some reason I have never got around to finishing it off; I will be posting that review later on in January. This is the perfect palette for me and I haven't put it down since I started using it, it's a true winner in my eyes and has been my star product of the year.

I have two lip products that made it into this post, with both NARS and MAC stealing the show for favourite lip products. The NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils are recent additions to my make up collection which have left me questioning why I hadn't tried them sooner. MAC Lipsticks are probably the most popular lip products I've ever known with the shade Plumful only confirming to me as to why.

Next up is my favourite foundation that I've ever tried with this being the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation. Initially this wasn't a hit with me however I have grown to truly love this product; it is a gorgeous foundation that provides me with high coverage without feeling too heavy or looking unnatural. Another base type product is my NARS Radiance Enhancing Primer which was a bit of a random purchase as I had only intended on buying the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation. This primer is hands down the best I have tried so far, it leaves a perfect canvas for my foundation to sit upon and more importantly it hasn't caused me to break out which is something I have suffered from in the past when using primers...I'm looking at you GOSH.

The Body Shop Body Butters are my favourite body butters to use, they smell incredible and work really nice leaving my skin feeling super soft and hydrated. Here I have the Raspberry one which smells delicious and is pretty perfect for using in the summer time as I find it to be quite light, I'm also quite partial to the Brazil Nut version.

One of my favourite cleansers from this year has been the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish which I reviewed here. I will refrain from harping on about it as so many people already know about this cult classic, all I will say is that I have already repurchased this product and find myself thoroughly looking forward to opening it soon. Another cleanser that quickly became one of my favourites to use was from one of my favourite skincare brands REN. The REN ClearCalm Clarifying Clay Cleanser* was sent to me to review earlier on in the year, I wasn't too sure what to expect at first, I knew it would be good as all REN products seem to be but I wasn't aware just how much I would fall in love with it, if you would like to know more then please read my review on it here.

My favourite moisturiser from 2013 arrived from one of the brands I wanted to try the most at the start of the year; Origins. The Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturiser is a light weight gel type moisturiser which provides sufficient hydration without leaving my skin feeling greasy. Due to my combination to oily skin type I'm generally quite wary of the type of moisturisers I use however this worked a treat leaving my skin feeling super soft and smelling rather nice too.

I couldn't end this post without featuring a fragrance as fragrances have to be one of my all-time favourite products to use. Stella by Stella McCartney is my favourite fragrance slightly pipping to the post Georgio Armani Black Code which I wore for years and years. Read my review on that here if you would like to know more.

I'd be thrilled to hear your favourite products from 2013, they don't just have to be about beauty. What books have you been reading? What films have you being watching? Let me know!

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  1. I adore LM Silk Creme Foundation, Naked 2, Cleanse & Polish and the REN ClearCalm Cleanser :) x

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    1. They're all such lovely products, they are definitely repurchases for me in the future although I think the Naked palette will last me a good while. xx

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  2. I've become more of a beauty addict this year, I blame all the beauty blogs in my reading list. I see a few similarities between mine and your favourites. I hope you have a lovely New Year my dear.

    Lindsey. x
    www.elegant-chaos.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh tell me about it, this beauty blogging business is deadly at times! I hope you have a lovely New Year too, thank you Lindsey xx

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  3. I couldn't agree more with your first photograph!
    The only one I haven't tried was the foundation because they sadly don't have my skin tone available in that color. NARS Velvet lip pencils literally last all day regardless of what you're doing. I fell in love with with it a few months ago when I bought Cruella!

    I've never tried the GinZin but I heard a lot of great things about it. Although I'm not a Origins Fan I'm really considering checking it out.

    E | Beauty/Skincare | Cocoamourr

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    1. Oh no, I hope they do a foundation to suit your skin tone soon. By the pure fact that LM is a higher end brand I feel like they should cater for everybody, or at least have a wider range of shades. Cruella is amazing isn't it! :)

      xx

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  4. I've never tried Raspberry body butter from The Body Shop before. It seems nice.

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    1. It is really lovely, I'm on a mission to try all the scents hehe xx

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  5. ooo interesting about that nars primer, i'll have to give it a try! thanks!

    http://chelsealeighbeauty.blogspot.com/

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    1. I think it is a lovely primer, one I haven't read much about to be honest but one I'm very glad I picked up xx

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  6. I'm happy to hear that you like the Raspberry Body Butter! I was a fan of it back when I had it and now that I see it here, I kind of miss it!

    I'm convinced that I need the Naked 2 palette, Origins moisturizer, and REN cleanser. I've wanted all three products for so long and these kinds of posts really push me towards buying them.

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    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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    1. I'm a huge fan! I want to try the blueberry version next I think.
      The Naked 2 palette was on my wish list for over a year before I got it, I fully recommend it :)
      Amy x A Little Boat Sailing

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  7. The NARS Velvet Matte Pencils are excellent! I own four now x

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    1. They're so amazing, I can't quite get over how good they are xx

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  8. That Origins Moisturizer is definitely on my wishlist! Great post! :) x

    Happy New Year!

    www.natalielovesbeauty.com

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    1. Thank you Natalie :) it is a lovely moisturiser xx

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  9. I've been meaning to try that Laura Mercier foundation for yonks - I'll get to it eventually! But the continuous stream of positive reviews reminds me I still need to buy it one day. I'm really curious about the REN ClearCalm Clarifying Clay Cleanser and the Origins moisturiser - two items definitely on my skin care wishlist!

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    1. I hope you get it and that more importantly you like it. I've read mixed reviews so tried a sample beforehand. The REN cleanser is one of my all time favourites, it somehow just works well for me xx

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  10. I so want to try out the NARS matte lip pencils, I just posted my 2013 favourites too, I had the Naked 2 palette featured as well :)

    http://beccahillblogs.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. Oh that's fantastic, I will pop by and have a look :) xx

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  11. Great post! I am dying to try the LM foundation and Nars lip pencils :) need to save up some pennies!

    Danniella x | www.famousinjapan.co.uk

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    1. They're both products well worth saving up for in my opinion xx

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  12. Yum, the Raspberry Body Butter is one of my favourites too - I finished my tub so quickly! x www.startanewstartafresh.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I hope mine lasts me a little bit longer! :) Xx

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  13. So many amazing picks! Stella is my all time favourite fragrance, it's so beautiful and I love The Body Shop body butters a lot too <3

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

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    1. Stella is simply gorgeous, I'm so in love with it. I think it will be a fragrance that I will always repurchase xx

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  14. I love this post, you have great taste Amy ;D
    The Body Shop's body butters are amaaazing and I adore Naked2, as well. I really want to try GinZing, I may have to treat myself once I've finished my current moisturiser :)
    Happy New Year lovely!

    Jess xo

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    1. Oh thank you Jess! :) I think GinZing is well worth trying, try and get your hands on a sample. Happy New Year to you too! xx

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  15. Great picks! I love my NARS pencil, too! That body butter is also the best!!

    Happy New Year :)

    Kallie @ But First, Coffee

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  16. I really need to try the REN Cleanser - after trying one of their moisturisers and eye gels I definitely want to try more from the brand! xx

    Gem // Miss Makeup Magpie

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    1. It's such a wonderful cleanser, I really feel like it makes a difference when use it xx

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  17. I LOVE Stella! I've got one of the print editions and I adore it :)

    Thanks for your comment - I replied underneath but thought I'd show your blog some love too :)

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    1. The print editions are so lovely, I wish I had picked one up when they were in the sale in Boots xx

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  18. Such a great selection, i really need to try these Nars pencils, i've heard sooooo many good things!
    Happy New Year

    LauraThroughTheLens

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    1. They're worth the price tag I guarantee it xx

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  19. The naked 2 pallet is something I lived by in 2013 :)

    Melissa | MELISSA LOVES THIS

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    1. It is such a gorgeous palette, I adore mine xx

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  20. The laura mercier silk creme foundation is the only one I own and it's amazing! I really feel o need to change it.

    I was wondering if you would like to swap blog buttons for the month of Jan?Starting Jan 1 I am swapping buttons with a few bloggers so we can all gain some exposure. If would like to then email me at shivani@glamdiaries.com

    Happy New Year! :)

    ~ Shivani (GlamDiaries.com)

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    1. Me too Shivani, it is a superb foundation :) Sorry I'm late in getting back to you on this, I completely forgot to reply at the time. At the moment I'm not running any blog button swaps as I decided my side bar got too busy, if I change my mind I will let you know. Hope you understand :) x

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  21. I have to admit, the Naked 2 palette was one of my favourites this year, too - I found the colours so much more versatile than the original! I'm dying to get my hands on the NARS primer, too - maybe I'll invest, once my bank account has recovered from Christmas ha! xx

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    1. I really like the primer, see if Nars will give you a cheeky sample maybe? :) xx

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  22. I'm dying to try the NARS Velvet Lip Pencils, I just can't decide on a shade - they're ALL gorgeous x

    lillies and lipbalm

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    1. They really are fantastic Mel, Cruella is lovely if you want a nice bold red for the winter xx

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  23. great post, i must get my hands on the laura mercier foundation asap! happy new year :)

    www.hifreckles.com

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    1. Happy New Year to you too Jessica, thank you xx

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  24. I just recently purchased Rebel and I can't wait to get my hands on Plumful! Great post!

    Kylie
    http://beautyineffect.blogspot.com/

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    1. Plumful is so pretty, I really like the look of Rebel too xx

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  25. Love the LM silk creme, best foundation ever! Also love the Naked palette and mac lipsticks. Haven't tried the NARS ones yet but I've heard they are amazing. Great selection!

    Claudia xx | Beauty and the Chic

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    1. It is such an amazing foundation, pure perfection! :) The NARS Pencils are one to try this year xx

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  26. How have I never come across your blog before!? It's gorgeous! I love the Naked Palettes!!! And I'd love to try some more Nars products in the new year!!!
    Ella xx

    ellacatherine1.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm so glad you found my blog Ella :) Thank you so much for the kind words. The Naked Palette is amazing, I'm so pleased I received it for my birthday xx

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  27. Great selection there! I didn't know there was a raspberry body shop butter? That's some exciting news!

    Charlotte www.blotandreapply.com xx

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