Best Beauty Products of 2013: Makeup, Nails & Fragrance
In comparison to skincare, I feel as if makeup wasn't huge for me this year, but as I always say, quality over quantity. From those few amazing products that I did discover in 2013, some were able to reach holy grail status and will remain staples in my makeup collection for a long time to come. Starting off with lips, I finally decided to see what all the fuss was about over the YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stains. As a lover of red lips, I bought shade #20 Rouge Enamel and it's absolutely stunning. They do last quite a while on the lips, though if you're eating, I would suggest wearing a lip liner underneath. On its own, they add incredible colour and shine. They're a great alternative to your regular lipstick and lipgloss, and I'd definitely buy more shades when I have the money. Like most beauty obsessed girls, I seem to have an unhealthy collection of MAC lipsticks and one of my favourites of 2013 was Up The Amp. From the name to the colour, this lipstick is just so damn cool. Wanting to venture away from the reds and as purple is my favourite colour, Up The Amp is the perfect shade that's a lot of fun, but isn't too crazy. A sucker for a lip balm, another product I finally gave into temptation was Dior's Crème de Rose. More than just beautifully minimalist packaged product and gorgeous subtle rose scent, this works wonders at nourishing the lips. I really did not need another lip balm in my life this year, but I'm so glad I do.
When it comes to makeup, I'd say blush is my weakness, but surprisingly, I managed to restrain myself on the cheek front! Two blushes I bought and loved this year were MAC's Stereo Rose Mineralise Skinfinish and Benefit's Hervana blush. Unfortunately, Stereo Rose was limited edition, but as it's been re-released about three times now, I wouldn't be surprised if this product makes a comeback soon. I adore using this product as a blush as it adds a rosy/coral glow to the skin and you definitely don't need to use a highlighter with this as it's already jammed packed with the shimmer. By all means, not in a horrible way, though I do use a stippling brush to apply this for a softer look. Straying away from those peachy/coral colours that I love, Hervana is a lovely pink shade. It has great colour payoff and to me, adds a really natural flush to the cheeks.
In eyes, I bought the MAC eyeshadow in Smut from IMATS in Sydney back in September and this has been a well used addition to my MAC eyeshadow collection. I've started getting into matte brown eyeshadow shades and Smut has been the perfect one to darken up the crease as well as use in the outer corner of the eyelids. Another eyeshadow I bought in Sydney was Make Up Store's Microshadow in Monty. As my first foray into the Swedish brand, I was definitely impressed by the quality of this gorgeous shimmery taupe shade. This may come as a surprise, but up until this year, I had never owned a MAC Paint Pot. With a birthday voucher I had from Myer, I bought Constructivist, which is a red/bronze dark brown shade. I didn't have much luck applying this smoothly with my finger, but using a brush definitely helps to apply it evenly and blend it out. My last product for eyes is the YSL Babydoll mascara. When YSL's Shocking mascara became my new holy grail, I just knew I needed to try Babydoll and I think I love this one even more! While YSL mascaras are absolutely incredible, the one thing I can't stand is how quickly they dry out. With a plastic wand, I feel I can get more use out of Babydoll (as opposed to Shocking's bristle wand) and for that reason, Babydoll has become my #1 mascara. Ever.
There were two standouts in makeup this year and they were both to do with the base. The first one being the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, which should come as no shock to you because everyone loved this. I won't go too much into detail as I already have a review here, but basically, it's subtle and light, yet manages to set foundation all day. It's beautiful and if you don't own it, you should. I'm not one of those kind of girls who owns millions of bottles of foundation, in fact, up until recently, I was only using NARS Sheer Glow. Feeling a little bored, I decided to try out Chanel Vitalumière Aqua and oh my gosh, this is LOVE. It has a lovely light fragrance to it and applies so flawlessly, I barely need to blend! This is one of those products that is just so damn good, I get excited to do my makeup for the day. Despite the price, this will definitely be a foundation I'll continue to repurchase.
In nails, it seems as though I had a thing for the blues this year. The first one being Essie's Bikini So Teeny, which was one of those shades that was briefly raved on about and that I told myself I wouldn't buy, but then did. A vibrant cornflower blue shade, this nail polish has the most beautiful subtle shimmer running through it, perfect to wear in the warmer months. One of the most unique shades I own in my nail polish collection is Mariann by Make Up Store. You can see what it looks like on my nails here, but it's basically a blue/grey shade with beautiful slightly holographic shimmer. Another shimmery blue I loved was one colour by The New Black from the The Digital Underground Collection. I love deep, dark blue shimmery shades and this one is particularly stunning with the subtle hint of turquoise. You can see my nails of the day here. I fell in love with the holographic trend this year, so when I saw Topshop's Winterfrost nail polish staring right at me at the counter, I had to add this to my bag along with my million other purchases. I really wanted to do a nails of the day blog post on this, but it didn't photograph well at all. Just believe me when I say that the holographic shimmer is freaking amazing. In 2013, I discovered my favourite top coat, which is Sally Hansen's Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat. It dries fast and adds incredible shine without the nasty chemicals Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat contains.
To conclude my 2013 beauty favourites is fragrance. I only bought one and that is Diptyque's Eau Rose. After purchasing the rollerball earlier this year, I just had to buy the full size because it's absolutely beautiful and I've now finally found my signature scent. My taste in fragrance has definitely changed as I've gotten older and it's nice to have something a little more grown up and a little bit more unique in my collection.
Well, that's it for my favourite products of the year. May 2014 send us broke and be filled with many more incredible beauty buys!