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Best of Beauty 2013! (Yearly Favourites)

I know I already did a post earlier this weekend on drugstore favourites but I wanted to put together a yearly favourites with a mixture of drugstore and high end products that I have been loving in 2013.  Also, I cannot believe we are almost at the end of 2013!!


The best primer out there I believe is the Smashbox Photo Finish one.  However, it is a tad on the expensive side so you could opt for Benefit Pore Professional or MAC's Prep and Prime.


The best foundation I have tried this year is the Nars Sheer Glow.  I'm not really one for a 'dewy' look because I find sometimes it can look more oily than glowy which is never a good thing!  However, this gives just the right amount of glow without looking greasy and even works for oily skin.


My two favourite concealers are the MAC pro longwear and Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection.  The MAC one can be quite heavy when applying but dries flawlessly and is great for covering dark circles which I have. The Collection 2000 one is just a great drug store product and covers blemishes well for under £5!


My favourite powder that I have literally used everyday this year is the Rimmel Stay Matte.  This is another amazing drug store product, gets rid of oily patches and lasts for hours.  I hear that the Chanel powder is also supposed to be very good but I am yet to try!


The one bronzer that I really really love at the moment is by Fake Bake.  On appearance it seems like it has a shimmer to it but when applied to the skin it gives a really natural tanned look.  Two other bronzers I really like are Benefit Hoola which is also great used as a transition colour on the eyes!  And Nars Laguna.


I think MAC do really good blushers and I've hit pan on the Fleur Power one I have at the moment.  I also really like Thrrob by Benefit and any of the Bobbi Brown ones.  Rimmel do really good drug store blushers as do Sleek.


A highlighter I discovered this year and which I always reach for on a night out is The Mary Lou Manizer by The Balm.  This is such a pretty highligher, really lifts the cheekbones.  I also use it on my cupids bow, inner corners of my eyes and brow bone.  Sometimes I even pop it on my lids if I'm in a rush and don't have time to do anything fancy.  It's gorgeous!


I really really want to try the Anastasia Brow Whiz and brow gel because I've heard so many good things about it and everyone seems to have it except me!  I do also like the Eyeko tinted brow gel as this is so easy because it sets the brows and gives a hint of colour at the same time.  Also, Benefit do good brow products.

Eye Shadow Palette

To be honest I love any browny coloured eye shadow palette and every time I see one I just want to buy it. I was even in Next the other day and they have a cute one for £5 that I had to stop myself from buying.  So that said I'd say my ultimate fave is the Urban Decay Naked palettes.  I have also asked for Stila In The Light palette for Christmas so if I'm in luck I'll let you know what that's like!

Eye Liner

I'm not a great lover of liquid liner because I don't find it really suits me or maybe I just don't apply it well.  I do love a good kohl liner smudged on the bottom lashes though and the one I'm using at the moment is Bourjois.  I wouldn't say it's anything special but it does the job and lasts for ages so good for the money. Another one I used to love was the Bad Gal one by Benefit but that is a bit chunky sometimes for every day. I also want to try the Burberry eye definer.


I've tried a few mascaras this year but I'd say my favourite was They're Real by Benefit.  It has a really good brush that separates all your lashes and makes them look super long.  I also get a lot of compliments when I'm wearing Blackout by Dior as it makes my lashes appear a lot longer.


It's hard to choose just one lipstick so I'll go with a brand and that has to be MAC.  They have such a huge selection of colours and finishes I could spend hours in there and a whole lot of cash!  My top 3 MACs would probably be Morange, Snob and Rebel.

Lauren xx

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