Tuesday, 7 January 2014

2013 Round Up

It's now a week into 2014, and I've been mulling over my favorites of the year just gone, so here we go!


Garnier Skin Naturals Pure Active Toner and Shine-Control Moisturizer: I picked these up in Tesco at some point this year hoping to help sort out a pretty awful breakout I was having. They did the job quickly and have been a staple in my regime ever since.
Rimmel London Fix&Perfect Pro Primer: At first when I got this, I didn't like it in the slightest and I shoved it in a drawer. I found it again at the end of the spring and I decided to give it a second shot. This primer has done me no wrongs ever since. It's fabulous to smooth out lines and fill in pores and it makes my makeup last all day, no mean feat when I'm normally a grease ball by 3pm.]
Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan: I started tanning during the summer when I decided that the milk bottle, glow-in-the-dark look wasn't cute in a pair of shorts. I picked this up in my local pharmacy and after a spot of trial and error (my tentativeness in all honesty) I was a bronzed goddess and not the least bit Tangoed. A+


Katy Perry Killer Queen: The day I bought this, it was one of those days when I had no money to spare, but needed a pick me up something desperate. I just caved and bought it, and I'm so glad I did. It has a beautiful, fragrance, almost too sophisticated for the likes of a celebrity perfume. I've gotten many compliments on it when I wear it, too. I also have the corresponding lotion which makes me feel like a Killer Queen! Thanks, Katy!
Sure Women Bright 48hr: I wouldn't usually include something as basic as an antiperspirant but I've been very impressed with this since I picked it up. A little goes a long way, it has a lovely light scent and a tin lasts for months. I've been so taken by it, I bought a mini one for my handbag!


Catrice Prime and Fine Translucent Loose Powder: This is my holy grail powder. It goes with every foundation, whether I'm tanned or pale, and leaves my face looking like velvet. No white cast, no caking, no excuse not to invest in it!
MUA Blusher in Marshmallow: I picked this up in Newry when Chris and I went up there during the summer and I couldn't fault it if I tried. It makes me look healthy and gives me a natural flush. For £1, everyone should have some of these!
Natural Collection Eyeshadow in White Opal: Girls, if you need a good highlight for under your eyebrows, but are operating to a budget, this is for you. I picked this up when I was hard pressed to find a good highlight not just for under my brows, but for the tops of my cheeks too. It did the job very nicely.
Urban Decay Naked Basics: I don't know why I bought this, but it has been a staple in my collection since I did. So much can be done with it, even though there are six shadows in it - five matte and one with a sheen.

Lip Products

Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub: Bough on a whim early last year, this little pot has traveled everywhere with me. I haven't even finished it yet, though there is a decent dent in it and I will have to invest in the Mint Juleps one soon.
Catrice Ultimate Color in 270 Matt-erial Girl: This lipstick is my favorite shade in my whole collection. I adore the bold, bright shade. I cannot say enough good things concerning this particular Catrice offering. I did buy an extra tube in case they discontinue it, though!


OPI Nail Envy Original Formula: This stuff has been a complete miracle for my previously weak, brittle nails. It's not cheap, especially for a student but it is SO worth the money. I use it as an undercoat every time I paint my nails and it has not failed yet.
Rimmel London Finishing Touch Ultra Shine Topcoat: I picked this up on a whim towards the end of the year but I have not one bad word to say about it. It prolongs the life of every polish I have by at least a week, which is a big claim I know, but true. Everyone needs a bottle of this in their collection.

 So there you have it, my 2013 Favorites as it were! What were your favorites in 2013? Let me know in the comments...