So 2011 is nearly over and it feels like this year has flown by! Its had its highs and lows for me but one thing that has kept me positive is starting this blog and discovering some amazing new products and being able to discuss them with you! So here are a few of my favourite finds this year which may or may not be new products but things that I have finally tried or have continued to love since last year.
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish - I still can't find any cleanser that I love more!
Liz Earle skin boosting tonic - Gentle and light but effective
Favourite Day Moisturiser
Cetaphil moisturizing lotion - affordable,very light in texture and does what it says it will
Favourite Night Moisturiser
Liz Earle skin repair - Almost buttery texture provides moisture and smells lovely
Favourite eye cream
Decleor hydra floral anti pollution flower dew moisturising gel cream - Delicate, luxurious and feels lovely on the skin. Perfect for morning or evening
Favourite face mask
Malin + Goetz detox face mask - light texture which is great for those who don't like the feel of a mask and instantly brightens and softens skin
Angela Langford perfect pores - a plumping serum which uses natural ingredients and smells divine
Favourite facial oil
Green people facial oil - anti ageing, full of fantastic ingredients and 99.9% organic
Angela Langford scrub up - soft but effective, unclogs pores and helps prevent blackheads and grime build up
Favourite lip scrub
Lush sweet lips scrub - tastes like vanilla and chocolate but really gets to work at dry lip skin
Favourite lip balm
Bilstex lip brilliance - a softening balm which gives lips a hint of pink colour. pretty and moisturising
Chanel vitalumiere aqua - light buildable coverage with a dewy finish. love it!
Laura mercier - Wonderful textures and shades for concealing blemishes and under eye circles
Chanel soleil de tan - soft creamy texture, summer bronze colour and lasts forever
Topshop cream blush - lovely light texture which lasts on the skin and gives a natural flush to cheeks
MAC strobe cream - gives an illumination to the skin and applies like a dream!
Favourite high end mascara
Lancome hypnose drama - an odd shaped curvy brush gives surprising volume and length
Favourite drug store mascara
Bourjois Volumizer - I was blown away by the volume created by the 2 step wand mascara!
Bobbi brown gel liner/ Maybelline gel liner - Gel is still my first choice of liner and these both provided excellent results for any budget.
MAC mineralize skin finish - Soft, natural finish and feels light on the skin
Favourite eye shadow
Chanel illusion d'ombre - incredible texture and finish. I will be buying more!
MAC shy girl - a nude shade which works alone or under gloss for a natural lip finish
Revlon colourburst in Peony - a real find for me, this colour is almost identical to my favourite Chanel gloss and the texture is fantastic
Favourite beauty tool
Shu Uemura eyelash curlers - still the best in my opinion and never let me down! a handbag essential
Jo malone pomegranate noir - this scent is deep, sophisticated and luxurious
Favourite bath product
Laura mercier almond coconut milk - this bath collection smells divine and makes bathing a real treat!
Favourite body moisturiser
Palmers cocoa butter - a cult classic in my collection, this provides moisture and a gorgeous smell
Favourite Self tan
Xen tan dark lotion - This brand is still my number one because the colour is deep, olive toned and natural
Favourite Nail polish
OPI "coney island cotton candy" - This neutral pink tone is perfect because I can wear it to work and it makes my nails look clean and pretty
Favourite discovery of the year
For me this is the discovery that drug store brands have really blossomed within the last year with many affordable products providing results as good as high end ranges. Brands such as Sleek, MUA, VIVO and Elf cosmetics have all impressed me this year and I will definitely be buying more affordable products in 2012.
Sorry for the lack of visual stimulation in this post but I just wanted to share a list of my favourites, many of which I have reviewed on my blog before or used in a FOTD. I would love to see some more lists like this on other blogs so please feel free to use my list and include your own favourites!
I would like to thank all of you for your support during this first year of blogging and I am looking forward to being part of this wonderful blogging community in 2012!