Yesterday I proclaimed my love for five skincare favourites whereas today my attention is very much focused upon make up. This year was quite the year for me in terms of discovering new products as each one of these has been new to me; some I'll admit were products that I was late to the game with although now I own them I can why they had received so much positive feedback over the years.
Starting off with NARS Sheer Glow this was hefty purchase for me at the time yet it is one that I would repeat again and again until something better comes along. This foundation in my opinion certainly warrants the attention that it receives; it is a beautiful base that provides medium coverage without being too heavy on my skin. Despite the name I don't think it is sheer at all, I know that I've tried foundations in the past that have had a much more sheer finish and consistency. In terms of glow I wouldn't say that this is a glowy foundation either therefore the name of it does baffle me ever so slightly however what this does provide me with is a beautiful soft matte finish that looks natural and almost flawless.
This year was finally the year where I decided to pick up the Rimmel 107 and see what all of the fuss was about. I know I was pretty late to the game with this one but I managed to get there in the end. I featured this in my 'It's all about Kate' post therefore I'll refrain from repeating myself all over again, however let's just say that this was a purchase I absolutely loved.
Considering I've mentioned these next two products together in their own dedicated post, 'Dream Team' it seems only fitting to discuss them together now. The MAC 217 and the Urban Decay Basics Palette* were two products that I tried for the first time this year, whereby I have to say they both surpassed my expectations. Firstly I did not understand how a brush could be so good until I tried the 217 and secondly the basics palette for me initially looked, dare I say it, a bit boring. It felt so good to be proven wrong on both of these accounts as I have found myself using these products none stop.
Back in August I posted about my 'Canadian Beauty Swap' that I took part in with Celina. When it came down to it I had a tough time deciding what I wanted to try however I had heard so much about the Tarte Blushes that I knew one of those would be on my list. The shade 'Exposed' is said to be a dupe for NARS Douceur which rumour has it has been discontinued therefore I'm extremely happy that I have this within my collection. I've only tried one so far yet I have found that the Tarte blushes are beautifully pigmented and last really well in my experience. Exposed adds a really soft, natural flush to my cheeks and allows me to wear a bolder lip without everything looking a little too Pat Evans.
My last favourite this year has to be the Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette which I purchased half way through the year. These palettes are nothing short of beautiful and are most certainly eye catching what with their distinct rose gold packaging and dramatic looks associated to each palette. The eye shadows themselves are incredibly easy to wear and whilst they may initially seem expensive the quads do work out cheaper then putting together your own MAC quad.
Hit me with your favourite beauty items of this year, as you would expect I'm pretty interested to hear what they are.