Tuesday, 31 December 2013

My Top Beauty Picks of 2013.

Well it's here, the end of the year! I could say, " wow, hasn't it gone quick" but I won't bore with that, you're here to find out what products have "floated my boat" in 2013, so here they are, my picks of the best. Products I have found and loved in 2013...

Alpha H Liquid Gold. - For regular readers this will be no shocker, I love it and it has changed my skin no end. A Glycolic treatment that is worn over night a few times a week. The skin is left with a healthy glow and over time the skin tone appears more even and fresh with a youthful radiance. I'm nearly running out and this is definitely on the top of my re-purchase list for next year. Read my full HERE

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara is another of my most raved about products. This mascara is the only one I wear that doesn't smudge or result in panda eyes after a few hours wear. I absolutely love it and am on my third one now! The tiny wand makes applying mascara a doddle and you can get every tiny hair with ease.

Nars Laguna Bronzer - This bronzer has changed the way I do my make up. I use it mainly for contouring by applying it in the hollows of my cheeks, on my temples, along my jaw line and sometimes down the sides of my nose.
The colour is just  perfect for creating a natural shadow on the skin, along with the matte formula which is easily blended this product is much deserving of it's cult status.

Real Techniques Buffing Brush. I use this every day to apply my foundation, the brush blends and buffs like a dream, creating the perfect canvas for the rest of my make up.  The brush fans out which means it distributes  the foundation  evenly, making it look natural and delivering a flawless finish.

Bobbi Brown Corrector is another product I can't live without. It conceals and neutralises dark circles under the eyes leaving you looking fresh eyed and bushy tailed. Read my full review HERE

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo is where it all started with me, before find this I didn't really have much of a skincare routine. I had heard so much about it and the brand that I decided to give it a go. The gel like cream has reduced blemishes and evened out my skin tone. I have always got a tube of this in my cupboard to prevent break outs and manage them.

Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm. This year it was all about the cleansing balms, something that I hadn't really heard of before. I was hooked on the whole concept. A balm that removes all make up while leaving the skin hydrated and squeaky clean. I originally bought the Elemis Cleansing Balm but that was knocked off the shelf by this little baby. I did a review of them both HERE

Origins Super Spot Remover is my favourite product for healing those pesky spots quickly. You can bet your bottom dollar if you have a special night out planned you are bound to get a visit from Mr Pimple! This will reduce the size and take the redness down without overly drying out your skin too much. I can't live without it!

Milkshake 12 Effects leave in conditioner is a recent find but never the less deserves its place in this line up. I have tried loads of leave in conditioners in my time and this has to be the best a of the bunch. The thick consistency coats every strand,  leaving my hair feeling silky soft, easy to comb and nourished.   Find out all about it HERE

What products have "floated your boat" this year?

Happy New Year Everyone!


  1. Love Emma Hardie, will always be in my skincare routine :)

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    1. You must try it. Me and Stacy from expat make up addict love it! Xx

  3. If NARS Laguna doesn't join my stash in 2014, well...what is life haha?

    Holly Mixtures
    Happy New Year lovelyy!!

  4. Great post Lou! Great minds think alike hey with the Clinique Bottom Lash and the Alpha H!! I just repurchased the supersize in the UK! I bought Laguna for the first time recently-for such a Nars fan I can't believe it took me so long. I have just started using my second tub of the Emma Hardie but I am not sure if I am liking it as much-my first tub, the formula was really smooth but this one has exfoliating bits in it which I dont really like because I don't manually exfoliate anymore because I use Alpha H...will see how I get on

    Stacey Expat Make-Up Addict xxx

    1. Mine is slightly grainy, I think they changed the formula when they changed the packaging. Can't believe Laguna wasn't in your collection! I'm shocked!!! lol :p xx


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