The year 2013 is now drawing to a close; I hope you spent your Holidays well with your loved ones and now that you're slowly emerging from a food coma, it's time to think about the glamour of New Year's Eve! I might be able to help in your party preparations with my selection of best make-up products I've tried in 2013. These are not actually items that were newly released in 2013, just bits that I personally started using or rediscovered this year - basically, a yearly favorites of sorts. Majority of these products have been previously reviewed, so if you're interested in more details and swatches, please click on the provided links. Let's get cracking!
review and swatches of my shade, Tender Rose, here). This mineral foundation is quick and easy, gives good coverage and disguises both enlarged pores as well as dry flakes. I only wish they made a travel jar as well!
click here anyway?), although you can also find great neutral choices in The Power Neutrals palette or Truth quad.
here and here, eye looks here and here, notes on pressing samples here). Admittedly, they require a bit more effort if you wish to save space and application time by pressing them, but for me the payoff is absolutely worth it. I can also credit Fyrinnae shadows for more colorful eye make-up experiments this year. I undoubtedly see myself expanding my collection of their shades in the future. As a side note, I love using my Z Palettes for all the loose eyeshadow and blush pans and much prefer them to any other free form palette I've tried thus far.
especially the shade Grey Pearl, swatched and reviewed here) and Sephora Contour Eye Pencil 12HR Wear respectively (shades Flirting Game and Surfer Babe here). 2013 was a grand year of cream eyeshadows for me, which I'm sure some of you noticed from the abundance of posts on the subject. Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks still stand out as overall winners, and the Sephora Contour pencils are the best pencil eyeliners I've tried in a long time; the available shades of both products are beautiful too. You just can't go wrong with either formula.
full review here). I'm still clinging to my first tube and scraping up the bottom for the very last bits; as you can see in the photo, I do have a back-up, but I want to get the most mileage partly because of the price, but mostly because it's sadly no longer in production. I might cry when it runs out. As for mascara formulas that worked the best on my full fringe, Laura Mercier's Full Blown Volume Lash Building Mascara ($24 for 0.4 oz) was a very pleasant surprise (I have another deluxe sample here in the photo), but honorable mentions should also go to Bobbi Brown's Everything Mascara ($25 for 0.2 oz) and Buxom's Buxom Lash ($19 for 0.37 oz).
Shalimar, photographed and swatched here - but I'm already scheming to purchase more shades) for a proper, pigmented lipstick, Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatments (older review here; my favorite shade was Rose but I also really like Passion) for a sheer, juicy formula, and lastly Buxom Lip Cream in Cherry Flip (clickety click!) for a gloss.
NO BLUSH????? hahahahaReplyDelete
I like LM Full Blown Mascara too! I should get it again.
Love your faves, Monika. Beautiful pics too. Hope you're keeping warm and well!
I know, Trakee! But... I'll redeem myself with a separate post I think. And thanks for your good wishes Liz, same to you! <3Delete
Oh my LM loose powder is amongst my worst this year. :( It just didn't work for me. I really must take the plunge and try a Guerlain lipstick soon! :)ReplyDelete
That's so interesting! I still want to explore more mineral foundations, but for now the Laura Mercier is my favorite. Do try the Guerlain lippies, they're amazing!Delete
I'm more captivated by your photos :-) Love the lights and fluffy background!ReplyDelete
Who doesn't like the fluffy, hahah :) I call it my 'pimp' fur vest... very snuggly.Delete
I love LM shadow sticks. I'll have to check out those Sephora eyeliners.ReplyDelete
I really need to try out some of Sephoras eyeliners. I have heard good things about their Jumbo Liners as well! :)ReplyDelete
Amazing post!! I love how you took the time to capture everything in detail and yes I read everything!!!!! I love Zoya Nail polishes they're the best! <3ReplyDelete
I've just followed you via GFC, looking forward to your next post love!
xoxo, Mango ❤
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I'm a frequent reader of your blog, but I've just realised that I've never left you any comments.. so here it is!
Great choice of products. I love bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow too. My favourite is "the vision" duo. You should totally try it! :)
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Hi Natalia, thank you for reading and well... commenting for the first time! I need to check out that bareMinerals duo, thanks for the recommendation! :)Delete
Those LM shadow sticks have made my list this year, too. I bought the mini set but I want the holiday shade - Twilight!ReplyDelete
Beautiful choices but seriously exquisite photos! Your shots are always lovely but these blew me away <3ReplyDelete
Thank you Kate, I really appreciate it :)Delete
the LM shadow sticks are on my list too :) I'm a fan of those guerlain lippies and also like the hourglass and rouge d'armanis. OH also TF. How are those formulas for you? :)ReplyDelete
I actually haven't tried the Hourglass ones even though I really like their Ballet shades, and I only have a Rouge d'Armani Sheer, which I like but it's very sheer... So thanks for your recommendations Bunny, I'll check them out!Delete