Sunday, 29 December 2013

My Favourite Makeup Discoveries of 2013

Hello everyone! Hope you all had a good Christmas? I've had a bit of a blogging break this past week, which has been nice, but now I'm definitely ready to get back into it! I really enjoy reading yearly favourites posts, so today I'm going to share with you my favourite makeup discoveries of 2013. (I will do a skincare discoveries post too.)


In 2013 I finally went to a Bobbi Brown counter and purchased their Corrector in Extra Light Bisque (review), which is probably my absolute favourite makeup discovery because I couldn't be without it now. I have circles under my eyes which are quite dark and pronounced, and this works so well at neutralising the dark aspect. The formula is hydrating and blends easily, providing a great base for concealer.

One of my beauty resolutions I set at the beginning of 2013 was to try and sort out my weak nails. At the same time I was also struggling with really bad peeling nail varnish, meaning it would only last a few days maximum. Dr LeWinn's Renunail Nail Strengthener* (review) solved both of these problems for me. I first used it as a 4 week intensive treatment and I now use it as a base coat. A star product.

Another of my beauty resolutions was to sort out my brows. I had them professionally plucked for the first time and then discovered a fab brow beauty product in the form of Benefit Brow Zings in Light (review). It's a little set with wax, powder, mirror, mini tweezers and two mini brushes. It's expensive but the powder is the perfect colour for my brows (something I struggled to find) and just gives them super definition and shape.

The next product I haven't been using very long, but I've decided to include it because since buying it my beloved Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer has been made redundant, which is a big thing! It is the Seventeen Stay Time 18 Hour Concealer in Extra Fair. The shade suits my pale skin perfectly and the formula is seriously creamy, which together equals natural coverage for both blemishes and dark circles. 


In the summer I became a cream blusher convert, thanks to the Bourjois Cream Blusher, which I have in 02 Healthy Glow (coral peach - review) and 03 Rose Tender (soft pink). The cream to powder formula lasts all day on my oily/combination skin and it's so, so easy to apply and blend, especially with the Real Techniques Stippling Brush. I love how natural it looks too.

Unfortunately I haven't gotten round to fully reviewing my next favourite discovery, the ARTDECO Eyeshadow Base, which I received in a Love Me Beauty Box* quite awhile ago. It is a fantastic product and eyeshadow never goes on my eyes unless this is underneath. It neutralises any discolouration on the eyelid with a slight shimmer, makes my eyeshadow last through an 8 hour working day and makes the colour of my eyeshadow brighter and more intense.

Finally, products that need little introduction - MAC Eyeshadow and Lipstick. I discovered the lipstick first and now have four - Hue, Plumful (review), Viva Glam V (review) and Creme Cup (review). I am eternally grateful to fellow blogger Clare for sending me my first MAC eyeshadow in All That Glitters (review) complete with a quad, which I hope to fill up in 2014! I just think that they are all of such a high quality due to the formulas and pigmentation.

So these have been my favourite makeup discoveries of 2013! What have been your favourites? Are any of the products above on your list?

Beauty Bird xx




*Items with a star indicate that they were originally given to me as a PR sample.



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  1. I'm completely with you on the Bourjois products, I think they're great quality and there's a lovely range of shades available too :o). Xx

    Makeup by Candlelight

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    1. Although there's not many shades, I think they've got a good balance for different skintones! xx

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  2. This reminds be I still haven't tried any Bourjois cream blushes, need to get onto that!
    Hayley
    Water Painted Dreams xxx

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    1. Let me know if you try them and what you think :-) xx

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  3. All of those MAC lipsticks look fab on you and I am definitely going to try and sort my nails out, they are still peeling *annoying* x
    Beautyqueenuk xx

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    1. Thanks Rachel! Good luck with your nails! xx

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  4. I love the bourjois blushes they are a total dupe for Chanel they are literally the same

    www.andrewjamesblog.com

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    1. I'm glad I haven't splurged on the Chanel ones then :-) xx

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  5. This year was the year of the mac lipsticks- I think we need another one soon. I need to try that nail strengthener, mine are still rubbish! xxxx

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    1. Which lippie do you have your eyes on next? I like the look of High Tea xx

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  6. Absolutely love the Bourjois blushers! And who doesnt love Mac lippys <3 xox

    www.thestylekhaleesi.com

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    1. Agree with you on both of these <3 xx

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  7. I love my Mac lippie - it's in a league all of it's own! I've been after Mac Satin Taupe eyeshadow for an eternity - I must go for it in the New Year. Always like the sound of the Bourjois blushers - another to try in the NY. Look forward to hearing more about the 17 Stay time xx

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    1. Satin Taupe is the eyeshadow I want next too! It looks like such a great neutral shade! Definitely recommend the Bourjois blusher xx

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  8. Fill up that MAC quad, you deserve a treat! ;) I think Bourjois are my brand of the year!

    Stephanie
    http://missstephanieusher.blogspot.co.uk/
    xxxx

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    1. Aw thanks :-) I need to try more Bourjois products, I don't even have any of their nail varnish! xx

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