Monday, 31 December 2012

My Favourite Makeup Discoveries of 2012

Happy New Year's Eve! What have you all got planned for tonight? I'm off for a meal tonight with my best friend and our other halves, I can't wait! As we near 2013 I thought it would be the perfect time to share with you my favourite makeup discoveries of 2012 - mostly thanks to blogging! Unfortunately I won't be doing one for skincare - only because I've only just recently started branching out and trying new products, so I haven't quite made a judgement on them yet.


My absolute favourite makeup discovery has to be the Real Techniques brushes, I am in LOVE with them. I started off with the powder brush, then the blush brush (review) and was lucky enough to receive the Core Collection and Starter Set for Christmas. I want them all!!

The buffing brush has been perfect for applying another of my favourite discoveries, the Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation in Opal (review). This foundation is a god send for problem skin; it covers up spots (and dark circles) so well I only need a touch of concealer afterwards, plus it doesn't clog pores.

When I have needed concealer I've been relying on Collection (2000) Lasting Perfection Concealer in Light (review). This is such a popular concealer, basically because you get a great quality product for a bargain price. It provides brilliant coverage without going cakey.


Another product I've been regularly reaching for, especially when I'm tired, is the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner in Nude (review). This soft, creamy eyeliner glides along my waterline effortlessly, covering redness and brightening up my sleepy eyes. 

My next three favourite makeup discoveries are all eye products - the first is the MUA Undressed Palette (review). I love this because for only £4.00 you get 12 eyeshadows in some of my favourite colours for eyes - taupe, bronze and brown. This is a must buy.

This year I also discovered gel eyeliner in the shape of Maybelline Gel Eyeliner in Brown (review). It's so much easier than I thought it would be to apply eyeliner with a brush! It's so buildable and much more long wearing than kohl eyeliner. I keep meaning to buy the black version!

To really open up my eyes I use the brilliant Benefit They're Real Mascara (review), which for me absolutely lives up to the hype. It lenghens, thickens, holds a curl, doesn't flake or smudge - in fact, it's actually a bit of a pain to get off! That's the only negative for me.


Lastly, this has also been the year I've branched out to lipsticks. The product that converted me was Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick by Kate Moss in 101 (review). I love the balmy feel of this, the matte but non-drying formula and the gorgeous dusky pink shade of 101! I'm now compiling a MAC lipstick wishlist!!


So these have been my favourite makeup discoveries of 2012! Please share with me yours - are any of the products above in your favourites list?

Beauty Bird xx




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  1. I got my RT blush brush for xmas and love it already x

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    1. I prefer so much to the fan shaped brush I used to use! I want the stippling brush next :-) xx

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  2. I've got two posts :D one for makeup brushes and one for products, I couldn't narrow them down. They're here if you wanna take a look -

    http://www.pandorasbasket.com/2012/12/top-12-of-2012-makeup-brushes.html

    http://www.pandorasbasket.com/2012/12/top-12-of-2012-products.html

    I included the rimmel nude liner in mine, it's fabulous and I use it every single day :D I really hope they never discontinue it. I included the RT brushes aswell, I just need a few more to complete my collection too :)

    Lx

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    1. Thank you for the links! I think the RT brushes have made lots of favourites lists this year :-) xx

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  3. Love this post, most of your favourites are also the same for me, I always look to RT brushes now as by far they are my favourite :D Have a great New Year! :)

    Charlee
    http://charmedcharlee.blogspot.com
    xxxx

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    1. Thank you so much Charlee! Hope you had a great New Year!xx

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  4. Great post! I loved my RT brushes and Revlons new foundation... Can't remember what it's called lol x

    http://outsidebeautyinsidehealth.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks lovely! Ah maybe the Colorstay?xx

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  5. Great picks of 2012 !
    I honestly think that Real techniqes brushes are the best thing of 2012!!

    x

    http://holaflo.blogspot.com.ar/

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    1. Thank you! Yes definitely, I'm not sure there's anyone that doesn't love them?!xx

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  6. Undressed palette all the way - my go to everyday don't need to think about it palette xx

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    1. I get so much use out of it and can be for day or night. Just purchased the Heaven and Earth palette to try too :-) xx

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  7. Great post! I really want to try the Vichy foundation :) x

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    1. Thanks hun! I really love it, it's a shame the shade range isn't bigger though xx

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  8. i agree with you about the benefit mascara!! I'm still wearing it from last night!!!!!! :( GGRR!!! Plus I find it dry and clumpy on my lashes!! Not good! :(
    I also love Rimmel's Lipstick by kate and the Nude Kohl Eyeliner such a pleasure to put on!! it's brilliant! I also have the black which is just as amazing!
    The MUA Undressed Palette is also amazing! I have it but don't really use it as often as I should! EEEPP!!! :/
    I also have 3 of RT Brushes (2 coming in the post! lol!) I find they're amazing! :)
    The collection lasting perfection concealer is also amazing!! haha!! :)

    xoxoxoxo

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    1. Haha we definitely share a lot of the same favourites :-) I've just started using a Garnier cleansing lotion, I think it's Simply Essentials, that seems to be working quite well at budging the mascara!xx

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  9. Lovely post! Love the look of that Kate Moss lippie! xx

    http://wewereraisedbywolves.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks Evelyn :-) It's lovely, you should check it out!xx

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  10. Woo for RT brushes! I have those two brushes and LOVE them - I'm lusting after the core and starter sets now too. I have to say that MUA pallette and the Benefit They're Real mascara were two of my best 2012 makeup discoveries too, can't believe how fab MUA products are considering the price!! xx

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    1. I really recommend the Core and Starter sets! The buffing brush from the Core Collection is my new favourite!
      I'm really impressed with the MUA palette, it definitely shows you don't always need to spend a lot to get a great product!xx

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  11. How much of a total bargain is that MUA palette!? If you're looking for more additions to your MAC wish list, Patisserie and Dubonnet are two of my faves! Xx

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    1. Ah thank you lovely! Someone else has recommended Dubonnet to me too xx

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  12. Wow so jealous of all of this! I have always wanted to try the Kate Moss Lipsticks, and the 'They're Real' Benefit mascara but its too expensive for me! I absolutely love the MUA eyeshadow palettes.. I have a few of them haha

    I am now following your fantastic blog :)

    Lots of love Abi xx
    http://velvetpassion.blogspot.co.uk/

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