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my top 12 of 2012

I clearly can't count & included 13 items... so pretend the lipsticks count as one! & also I really hate these photos but they were the best of the bunch! I can't wait to get back to using my camera...

MUA Undressed Palette - I'm not actually a massive fan of eyeshadows & don't wear it much, but this little palette has been great for creating a smokey eye for a night out or special occasion. Its only £4 & supposedly a dupe for the Urban Decay Naked palette & as much as I'd love to own it I know I wouldn't get my use out of it so I'm happy with the Undressed palette for now!

Revlon PhotoReady Foundation - This year I finally found a foundation that matched my skin tone pretty well. Being super pale I always struggled & always mixed in a moisturiser to achieve a better colour.

Topshop Lipstick in Beguiled - My favourite Autumn/Winter shade, I wore it so much, along with Inhibition but Beguiled wins as it's more of a wine shade rather than plum which I feel suits me better. 
MUA Lipstick Shade 1 - 2012 was certainly the year I became more confident with wearing bold lips & stepped out of my comfort zone, which I am so so glad I did! MUA lipsticks are perfect for trying out shades you're not sure you will suit as they're super cheap at only £1. The wear time is not the greatest, I have to re-apply quite regularly but they're highly pigmented, apply really well & even smell nice!

Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Eyeliner - My flatmate Sam told me about this eyeliner & let me swatch hers because she was so excited about it & knew I would be impressed. It always annoys me when a kohl eyeliner isn't black enough, but this didn't let me down with the colour pay off! It's silky soft too so doesn't feel like I'm dragging the pencil across my eyes either unlike some other eyeliners I've tried. It also reminded me a little of the Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen which I've swatched literally millions of times whenever I see it in Boots but never actually bought it because its £9! Although I've just seen its half price so I'll be picking one of those up asap!

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - Another very popular product with so many beauty bloggers & I completely appreciate why! My little sister has used this for years & when I tried it well over a year ago I loved how well it covered up my under eye circles & other imperfections. 

Sleek Rose Gold Blush - My favourite blush ever! I never thought I would move away from my pink blushers but after spying this on the shelf in Superdrug I decided to pick it up & I've never looked back since. It adds just the right amount of shimmer & gives me a healthy glow.

Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser - Late to the scene with this product, but I've been such a poor student the past year I never got round to buying it, in fact I still haven't bought it yet! I got the sample with RED magazine & have used it every few days for the past few months & really liked how good it is at removing my makeup & leaving my skin nice & clean!

REN Vita Mineral Day Cream - This is such a lovely moisturiser, it's the perfect consistency so it's easy to apply over my face & within a couple of minutes my skin is soft & ready for my makeup. I've almost used this travel sized version up now, I'll be investing in the full size very soon.

Soap & Glory Hand Food Hand Cream - I always have a mini of these in my handbag, plus a full size which I keep next to my bed! I have such dry skin around my nails from my anxiety issue because I always pick them (sorry grim I know!) & these cream really helps soothe the skin. It also has the typical Soap & Glory scent!

Essie Polish in Mint Candy Apple - My very first Essie polish, I caved when nobody would stop going on about how amazing it was! I wore this an awful awful lot over the Summer months & it's also amazing with glitter polishes on top. I'm looking forward to seeing what Essie have to offer for 2013!

LUSH Snow Fairy Shower Gel - I'm not sure I need to explain my love for this product anymore, I've shown it on my blog a few times & it's quite safe to say I am OBSESSED!

Real Techniques Buffing Brush - How I ever applied my foundation before I owned this brush, I really don't know! 

It was quite easy for me to pick this selection as I only have a small amount of products with me whilst I'm home for the Christmas holidays.
What are your beauty favourites from 2012?

L x

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  1. I'm so tempted to buy the Topshop lippy! I've been into Topshop so many times and kept putting it back haha

    S xx

  2. lovely favourites! may need to try out the photoready foundation some time as i'm not too in love with the colorstay one i have. both those lipsticks look so nice as well :) xx

  3. I use the real techniques brushes too, they're perfect aren't they!


  4. Have just stumbled across your blog and it seems right up my street :) I love MUA too, bargain heaven! xx

  5. Essie's Mint Candy Apple is my favourite too, their nail polishes are so lovely x

  6. I love my MUA palette and just wish they are more readily available here in Canada. Heard a lot of great raves about the Hand Food. I have yet to go find it. Hope I will find it soon.