2012 Beauty Favourites

2 January 2013

Although this post is three days late, it's actually been in the pipeline since November. I've been editing my list since before my birthday, and it's surprised me to see what's changed in that short amount of time. I've never done a 'monthly favourites' post before, but given how much I enjoyed compiling this (and reading everyone else's), I might pick them up for 2013. Not all of these products have 'HG' status - in fact, I've deliberately avoided including some HG products as I've wanted to show what really impressed me in 2012 - and scents aren't included, but expect posts on these items to follow shortly.

I tried to limit myself item wise, but I have to say that my first beauty 'hero' of 2012 is my storage system. Those Muji drawers are brilliant for keeping everything organised. Right, here we go...

Xen Tan Dark Lotion - Need I say any more? Since discovering how much more moisturising to the skin lotions are in comparison to mousses, I've never looked back. Plus it fades so well.
Soap & Glory Pulp Friction - My favourite pre and post tan body scrub, because it smooths my skin out nicely and doesn't leave my tub in a mess.
Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo - Probably my favourite category of all, because it features two of my HG products, this being the first. I just love the scent, and during the cold dark winter months I can't be bothered to get up early to wash my hair, so this is a bit of a saviour. Okay, my hair doesn't look *as good* as it does freshly washed, but it's good enough for me.
Paul Mitchell Platinum Blonde Shampoo - The HG of all my HG's...I have loved this product for the last five years and can't ever imagine it being replaced in my heart. It gets rid of any brassiness perfectly, doesn't turn my hair that weird purpley-grey colour that some purple shampoos can, and smells deliciously (although this might just be to me) of cucumber. If this ever got discontinued, I just don't know what I'd do.
Phillip Kingsley Elasticizer - The first product I ever posted about, this is my third tub of the stuff, so it must be doing something right. I do tend to flit around from one deep conditioner to the next, but this one has been consistently reached for throughout the year.</p>
Alpha H Liquid Gold - has saved my skin on many occasion. I'm nearly out, but this will definitely be repurchased
Emma Hardie Amazing Face Cleansing Balm - works so well for my combination skin, I'm on my second tub. Also, it smells like mango, so win - win.
Caudalie Moisturisers - I couldn't pick, because I rotate them depending on the weather and what foundation I want to wear, but these are my absolute favourites for keeping my skin fresh and plump. Even better, they don't break me out!
Real Techniques Buffing Brush - HG. I've considering shelling out another £21.99 for the core collection again so that I can have a back up of this. It's completely worth it for this alone, but I surprised myself by loving the contour brush for highlighting, too. How I spent so long using flat foundation brushes I'll never know.
Tangle Teezer - I actually own three of these (they're so easy to loose!) and intend on picking up a new one once my spending ban is up. Going back to a normal hairbrush after using one of these feels like trying to brush through rope. Makes the job ridiculously easy on my fairly short hair.
Nars Amour - Blush/bronzer etc aren't considered by many to be base products, but I like to have flawless skin and then work on top with eyes and lips, hence why they're included in this category. I've amazed myself by selecting my one and only powder blush (I'm a cream girl all the way) but I just love this colour, and the consistency is amazing.
YSL Le Teint Touch Eclat - I would paint myself from head to toe with this stuff if I could afford it. I loathe heavy foundations, and this gives me the sheerness and glow that I want without slipping in to oily, melt off my face territory. Plus the colour range is superb, well done YSL. If I had to pick my favourite beauty release of the year, this would be it.
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Lightscapade - Bought this at the airport, was initially disappointed, and hid it in a drawer. I've really learnt to love this highlighter and now reach for it on a daily basis. It gives a lovely, natural glow, but I wouldn't recommend it for super tan skin.
MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer - Bought this at the beginning of the year, broke out, returned it. A few months down the line my sister suggested I try it again, and I've used it almost every day since then (so I'm guessing it was something else that broke me out). A really lovely concealer that's not too heavy.
Nars Laguna - it was a toss up between this and Chanel Soleil de Tan, but this won on how beautifully it works for contouring. Plus there's so much product, I'm questioning whether I'll ever hit pan.
Eyes & Colour
OPI Don't Pretzel My Buttons - My favourite nude of the year, and the polish I've discovered with the best consistency. I really need a backup of this, it's my go to nail.
Laura Mercier Brow Duo in Deep Blonde - Makes filling in my brows so easy, and the colours are perfect for me. I'm sure eyeshadows would work just as well, but I love this little duo.
Chanel Inimitable Mascara - My most repurchased mascara of the year. Takes forever to dry out and is perfect for every day wear. It lengthens, curls and defines my lashes perfectly.
Nars Belle De Jour Lipstick - My go to lipstick. It finishes off my makeup so nicely, and I just know I'll be pleased with my pout if I'm wearing this.

And there we have it, my favourite beauty products of 2012 in all of their glory, and one hell of a lengthy post. If you made it to the bottom, I salute you. Now, on to 2013...


  1. Hitting pan on my Laguna was the most heartbreaking thing! haha xxx

  2. It is totally worth it for the buffing brush! Best tthing ive ever used!

    Girl Meets Beauty

  3. Love this post! Lots of products I have never tried before which are now on my wishlist to try! :)
    Also, I love your little white basket with the floral print around the top :) <3


  4. Me and my mum LOVE that OPI nail polish! I really want to try a tangle teezer too!

    Sophierosehearts x

  5. i have only just bought the real techniques brushes they are amazing! and i totally agree about the flat foundation brush! thanks for sharing happy new year :)


  6. Love your choices! I got into NARS in 2012, so I would love to try Belle du Jour. Have you tried their Velvet Matte lip pencils? They are nothing short of amazing, definitely worth the price tag.

    Happy New Year from the US! xxx -Lindsay

  7. OMG, you have such lovely products! We share some favourites like Caudalie creams and batiste dry shampoo!
    Thanks for commenting on my blog!!


  8. I really want to try NARS laguna, I always shy away from bronzer as I am quite fair but I have heard such good things about it I may just have to try it! I love the Emma Hardie amazing face cleansing balm too, such a luxurious product! xx

  9. I want to try the YSL foundation so badly, I've heard nothing but good things about it.

  10. Awesome favourites! Can't wait to see your post on HG products :)

  11. you should try the NARS blush in Dolce Vita, i think you'd like it :)

  12. I'm so intrigued with the real techniques brushes, I always pick them up every time I'm in Boots but for some reason never buy them. Are they worth it?

    Chloƫ x

    1. Definitely! I have a review of the expert face brush coming up next week. You should try that if you don't wanna shell out for the core collection!

  13. I have never tried anything 'high end' really, apart from Clinique. I always go to the counter, swatch everything then walk away empty handed. I think I'm a bit nervous about parting with my money on something I'm not 100% sure about, but you mentioned you returned your concealer? Can you do this with any product from a high end branded counter?


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