Beauty and Skincare Favourites for 2013

31 December 2013

hi petals!

so it's new year's eve!! I can't believe 2013 is almost over!

this year has been a year of great beauty and skincare finds. I've changed up my skincare routine as my skin has changed due to age and you can say diet and not to mention hormones. As for makeup, well I've stayed within my comfort zone but definitely found a few foundations that well and truly made my skin look good.

So let's start shall we because I know this post is going to be ginormous!

Let's start with Skincare as this has changed the most in 2013 :)

My favourite Cleanser combo remains the Clarisonic Mia and Philosophy's Purity madde simple. I could not love this enough really and I wish that none of them will be discontinued in the future. Part of my skin's happiness really is because of these 2 babies here. My skin is prep so well for all the lotions and potions. If you would like to invest on a facial brush cleanser, you can't go wrong with the Clarisonic.

Next up is the The new skincare regime as shown in the photo below, these items are my ultimate skincare faves for 2013 :)

Bioderma Crealine H2O Cleanser
  - this is a long wait kind of product that I've heard about so long ago but just couldn't justify spending the online overpriced pricetag plus the ridiculous shipping cost until my dear Priceline started selling them. This cleanser is as gentle as water but it removes every single makeup you have on. It's non-drying as there is no alcohol in it and it is just a pleasant way to clean your face after piling the shizz (aka makeup) on.

L'oreal Revitalift eye cream - This is not my HG for eye cream but it has been doing a good job keeping my under eye hydrated. I am not sure about the anti-wrinkles property as I don't really have that much yet but it gives me a peace of mind (hahahaha) knowing that I am being proactive and using anti-wrinkle eye cream at a young age of 33 (ha!). It doesn't hurt the pocket nor the eye so I guess it's a win-win situation for me. This cream makes my under eye concealer apply better if that's any consolation.

Kosmea Radiance 24/7 Youth boost oil - this little bottle of goodness is my new skin's bestfriend. This has replaced my night cream for all the good reasons. This little baby has improved my skin's texture, discolouration and elasticity. I could not say enough good things about this product. If only it comes in like giant bottles I would surely bathe in it (that and if I am made of money then I can buy a giant bottle of it...yah, lame analogy). I've tried a few facial oils this year and this is the winner for me. If you haven't tried it yet please do unless you have a perfect skin or you hate oils on your skin. One thing I have to add is I have an oily-combination skin and this doesn't make my skin produce more oil. I used this on day time when the weather was really cold and I needed that extra hydration and it worked well. My face doesn't end up like a giant greaseball in summer in case you're wondering. I know a few who are scared to try facial oils for the fear of being very oily but as I've said in one of my previous posts, these facial oils are meant to balance your oil production making your skin normal or a least your skin's definition of normal. I say dare to try this product for 2014!

Estee Lauder Advance Night Repair Synchronised Recovery Complex - My face is married to this bottle. that's all I have to say. It is a luxurious serum both on the face and in the pocket but if you have the money to spend on it I definitely recommend it especially to those in their 30s and over. I started using this when I turned 30 many moons ago and I haven't stopped. I think there comes an age where you just need that extra bit to keep your skin looking like the age it should be if you know what I mean without going under the knife.

Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skin Illuminator -this has been the best eraser for all my sun spots and post acne scars better than other erasers that I've tried in the past. There is something about this that makes your skin radiant after every use. Although I love this product for 2013, I don't think I will repurchase it only because I want to try another kind or similar for the next year and plus I don't have much skin discolourations and acne spots lately but if you do and is looking for a light and effective serum then this is a great product.

and finally...

Estee Lauder Day Wear - this has been my favourite day time moisturiser for 2013. It is light, with decent SPF and the smell of cucumber or something really fresh makes my morning a little bit more pleasant. I have always come back to this after trying out a few different ones although next year I'll be using something different (thanks to a lovely Christmas present) but for 2013, this my HG moisturiser.

And here we go.... Beauty (Makeup) Favourites for 2013 (i am going to make it short or else you'll be reading forever and ever).

Bobbi Brown BB Creme (Medium to Dark) - best BB creme for my oily-combo skin. It has the perfect light coverage when you just want a no-fuss makeup day. Love this and I am sure I will repurchase this until I find another good BB Creme.

Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous - best matte foundation I've ever tried and this beat all the high-end products. There is something about it that is brightening on my face and it doesn't oxidise at all. This works sooo well in the hot and humid months.

Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation - best lightweight foundation for 2013. You can barely feel it on and it is amazing on photos. I Cannot love this enough.

Smashbox Photo finish foundation primer - hands down, the only face primer that works well with my skin. While it keeps your makeup on, it also controls oil. Love it!

Revlon Nearly Naked pressed powder - best pressed powder for 2013. It is the most natural and flattering face powder that doesn't cake up when you put over your foundation. It keeps your face matte but not flat.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Treatment Concealer - still is the best under eye concealer I've tried. It is creamy and pigmented enough to use on it's own and it doesn't settle into your fine lines. It covers and brightens up your eye but not the Kim Kardashian way which by the way is not my go-to look that's why I love this product. It is the closest to my skin tone and yet it is brightening.

Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette and Sonia Kashuk neutral palette - these 2 palettes are my go-to palettes for 2013. I've travelled a lot this year and just brought these 2 and I was set for eyeshadows. I think the UD Naked palettes are really great makeup must-have and the Sonia Kashuk one is just an impulse purchase that turned into a favourite makeup item. You can buy UD products at and it does free shipping to Australia :)

 Favourite Blushes goes to...... UD Naked Flushed, MAC So Ceylon (limited edition) and MAC Ripe for Love (limited edition).

UD Naked flushed - is a great compact of blush, bronzer and highlighting combo. I loved that colours are universal and would work on most skintones. I've been drawn to this cheek palette for the most part of the year just because it is easy and the colours are pretty.

 These 2 limited edition MAC blushes are another of my cheek go-to combo. It sucks that they are limited editions but basically, So Ceylon mineralised skin finished is very comparable to Benefit's Rockateur blush - a very rose gold blush that is so J-Lo glow kind of blush while the MAC Ripe for Love is a peachy-pink blush and very similar to Nars' Deep Throat blush.

And finally, body creme favourite for 2013 goes to Lush's Creme Anglaise. This stuff is ah-mah-zing!!!!!!!!!! It makes your skin so smooth and soft and leaves you that baby powder smell that I love so much!

In case you're wondering why there are no lip products in this post is because I have no favourite lip product. I gravitate to all my lipsticks and lipglosses all through out the year that made me a lipstick junkie so this post is going to be a novel if I list them all down. But I have to say that I was more into Pink lipsticks more than other colours.

Mascaras (Covergirl lashblast), eyeliners (Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on pencils) and eyebrow pencils (Rimmel London Brow pencil) are all the same for the past few years and I haven't really ventured out to try other kinds just yet :)

Phew! what a long post....

Hope this post helps you or entertained you hahahahaha

May the new year brings you love and joy and peace and of course new makeup items to try :)


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