Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Best of 2012!

Whoop whoop! It's 2013! Let's examine the one and only feat that counts for us all - we survived the end of the world! Enough with all this superstitious stuff...

That being said, here I am with a best of 2012 post for you all. I was so excited to do this post, but it wasn't until I actually stated gathering things together that I realized something - I love every. little. bit. of makeup that I have and I use everything pretty much equally. 
Before I buy a product, I do tons of research, swatch it about a million times, and then buy it and keep the packaging so I can stare at for about a week before I use it to make sure I don't want to take it back. Now, if that's not insane (and a little - oh, I don't know - CREEPY, then I don't know what is). Regardless, that is why it was so hard for me to do this. Therefore, I don't have many things, but these really are the best of the best!

Caudalie Grape Water
If you are looking for something to add some extra hydration while soothing your skin, this is it! I know a lot of people love the Caudalie Beauty Elixir, but I definitely prefer this one. I usually spray this on my face after toner and before moisturizer, and (for lack of a better description) it makes my skin feel plump (???) and amazing. You can check a bit of a more "science-y" description I did of it here (compared to the Beauty Elixir).

Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash
If you read my previous post (December Favorites) you will know that this is my new holy grail face wash *apprehends from using caps lock*. The texture is amazing - really frothy, foamy, and creamy - it smells amazing - like mint and chocolate...and now on to the effects. This face wash has cleared up my skin completely. Despite it being quite creamy, it gives my skin a really deep down clean and makes rids of excess oil, all while hydrating the dry areas of my skin. 

Real Techniques Stippling Brush
This is an amazing brush for tinted moisturizer, foundation, blending in concealer, cream blush, cream highlighter, you name it! I personally love using in with tinted moisturizer (see below for product). It gives such a natural application and you can barely see it on the skin. It is quick - and for those of you comparing it to the Beauty Blender, this gives the same finish, just without the extra fuss, squeezing, water, and time. I also did a review of this here.

MAC 217 Brush
This is the only eye brush I EVER use. It's perfect for blending, all over the lid, in the crease, as a highlight, etc. Really - I don't use any of my other brushes! This is definitely worth the money and you will get your money out of it!

Jouer Matte Moisture Tint
I use this every. single. %&*# (whoops). day. It is medium coverage, yet never looks cakey, yet keep my skin non-oily all day. It covers up all of the small acne scars on my face and evens out my skin tone perfectly. I honestly have not mentioned this enough, so if you'd like a post all about this - let me know (I'm not quite sure what else I could say besides it's amazing).

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector
No matter how many more lip products I buy, I always come back to this one. It looks so natural, yet adds the perfect amount of sheen and tint. I used to hate lip gloss - and I know you're probably calling me a hypocrite right now - but I love this. It's never sticky, it smells amazing...I'm going to just say one more word : I'm OBSESSED!

There ya go! My 2012 favorites! Let me know your favorite products below and - last but not least - HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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