I ripped this idea off of the lovely Makeup and Macaroons. I only started blogging recently and I might do a review post for some these products, but I just wanted to do a quick review of the great products I tried in 2011.
1. Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay is the brand that launched my makeup addiction. Of all the palettes that I hoarded this year, I love this one the most! It’s a great mix of neutral and bright shades, all of which are vibrant, creamy and non-glittery. I could play with this for hours. Once I figure out how to take FOTD/EOTD shots, I'm definitely featuring this.
2. Guerlain Chamade (164) Rouge Automatique Lipstick
This lipstick is freaking awesome, the best lipstick I've ever tried. The colour is a gorgeous warm, bright pink that can be worn full on or as a stain. I love how it's so creamy and pigmented yet it feels so lightweight and moisturising. I only carry one lipstick with me, and this one has been in my bag for a month. Another one to feature in future FOTDs.
3. Hakuhodu S103 Brush
My all-time favourite brush! I love, love, love how luxuriously soft this is. It’s great for gently sweeping powder all over especially under my eyes and around my nose. It makes blush application and contouring quick and easy. I’m still learning how to use this best, but it’s become my yardstick for brush quality.
4. Crown Brush SS014 Syntho Series Deluxe Flat Bronzer
I bought this with the intention of using it as a foundation brush, not a bronzer. I never liked the standard foundation brush – takes too long to apply foundation and results are streaky anyway. So I usually just used a sponge or fingers for foundation, but ever since I got this Crown brush at IMATS I never looked back. It’s so soft and makes foundation a breeze to apply.
5. Bobbi Brown Cabo Coral Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks
This is my first foray into cream blush, and I finally realised that glowing, dewy skin is hard, if not impossible, to achieve with powder blush. But with cream blush it's so quick and easy! Plus this peachy colour is just perfect for that I-just-got-back-from-a-holiday glow. I find myself reaching for this soon after applying foundation for some pop of colour on my cheeks.
6. CoverGirl NatureLuxe Water Resistant Mascara
Regular mascara always eventually smudge on my lower lashline, but waterproof mascaras are a pain to remove. This stuff is great for natural-looking thick, long lashes. It doesn’t smudge and it’s easy to remove with just warm water. I do need to take some time to properly curl lashes with my trusty Shu Uemura curler, as it will not hold the curl otherwise. Having just bought two backups when Priceline had a buy 1 get 1 sale, I guess that qualifies it into HG status for me.
7. Savvy by DB Luxury and Automatic Eyeliners
I found out about these from the amazing Fables in Fashion. These liners are high end quality, super creamy and stays put all day. At $8 a pop (currently discounted at $3 at Priceline) compared to at least $25 for UD or MUFE, Savvy by DB is so worth it. It is just as good as Urban Decay 24/7 Liner and Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes which are great on the lash but smudge when I tightline. I find I can minimise the smudging if I just massage it into the roots of my lashes and avoid the waterline (or clean the waterline with a cotton tip if I get any on it). I keep a black automatic one in my bag so I don't need to bring a sharpener!
8. Avene Rich Skin Recovery Cream
My skin went crazy this winter with the cold and the chlorine from swimming lessons. Dry, flaky and itchy, I had to ditch my routine then for a basic, gentle, very moisturising routine to calm my skin. I was very lucky that this is the first thing that caught my attention at Priceline, because within days my immediate skin issues subsided. I've been reintroducing anti-aging products into my routine, and this is still my go-to product if something doesn't agree with me.
9. Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser
I never thought I'd like a non-foaming cleanser, but my dry, flaky winter skin really needed a cream cleanser. What I love about this is that it's a very light cleanser that doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy or stripped. It's meant to be a no-rinse cleanser, but I really like the refreshing feeling of washing my face with water so I always rinse this off. It's so light that it feels like it won't remove makeup but it does. It is on the pricey side since you need to use a lot more than a foamy cleanser. So I use Garnier to remove heavy-duty, waterproof eye makeup.
10. Garnier Clean Sensitive Eye Makeup Remover
While my HG mascara is easy to remove with warm water, my Savvy by DB, UD and MUFE eyeliners are not so easy to remove. No matter how gentle I am, I find oil-based makeup removers irritates my eyelids and the corners of my eyes. This one is so gentle, yet it’s great at removing long-lasting eyeliners and eyeshadows. And it's so affordable, too.
11. Clarisonic Mia
I'm on the fence about this one. My skin feels smooth right after using it and perhaps it has improved my skin overall, but I never got the dramatic results I expected from it. And I can never tell whether it was this or Avene that improved my skin. I do know that when I skip this, my skin looks a bit worse in the morning, so it has become a must have/do for me.
Here's to great 2011, and an even better 2012!
I'm looking forward to 2012 -- makeup school, shopping trips, new products to try, sharing with bloggers instead of being just a lurker :)
Happy new year everyone!