Sunday, January 6, 2013

Best of 2012

My best beauty-product-related discoveries of the year, crammed into one post! I still haven't gotten into Urban Decay or Inglot eyeshadows, or NARS, but I did break into makeup as a whole this year, so that's quite an accomplishment (not really). But considering the hundreds of dollars I've spent on the stuff so far, I think it's fair to save UD, Inglot, NARS, Clarins and the million other gushed-about brands for next year (I mean this year, but I wrote this in 2012 so bear with me here). :p Baby steps. I only really got into makeup in May, so it's been a turbulent 8 months. A hurdle that I finally overcame was my teen acne stage- my skin has greatly improved since the inception of my makeup and skincare habit. :) My blog is still a baby, it's only a few months old, but I'm so grateful to you lovely people that take the time to read my prattles about makeup and skincare and random topics, and Blogger friends and connections have made the past 6 months' experience so much more enjoyable. Thank you!

Cleanser: Dove Cleanser and Toner in One
Serum: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronised Recovery Complex
Moisturiser: Dove Essential Nutrients Protective Day Cream SPF 15, Nivea Soft
Facial Oil: Bio-Oil
Mask: Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque
Makeup Remover: Dove Foaming Makeup Remover, Face of Australia Gentle Make Up Remover
Supplements: Fish Oil capsules, Blackmores Bio C vitamin C tablets

Primer: Face of Australia Face Base
BB Cream: Skin79 VIP Gold Super+ Triple Functions, Skin79 Super+ Triple Functions (hot pink)
Powder: Face of Australia Translucent Loose Powder, Maybelline Dream Matte

Eyeliner: Essence Gel Eyeliner, CoverGirl Liquiline Blast Pencil
Mascara: Maybelline Full n Soft waterproof, CoverGirl Lash Exact waterproof
Brows: Bobbi Brown Mahogany eyeshadow, Ardell Brow Sculpting Gel

Lip Balm: Maybelline Baby Lips, Korres Lip Butters, Nivea Repair and Protection SPF20
Lipstick: Revlon Colorburst Lip ButtersMAC Viva Glam V
Lip Gloss: Napoleon Perdis

Brushes: Ecotools (Blush brush, Bamboo 5 Piece Set, Bronzer Brush), Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman (Buffing Brush, Contour Brush, Stippling Brush)
Eyelash Curler: Shiseido

Nails: Ulta3 Scarlet, Revlon Cotton Candy, OPI Pink a Doodle, Essence Walk of Fame
Topcoat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri

I chop and change shampoos and conditioners all the time, and thus haven't got many stand-outs. 
Shampoo: Pantene Pro-V Aqua Light
Dry Shampoo: Klorane,  Batiste Tropical
Treatment: N.P.P.E RD Protein Cream

That's it for 2012! It's so satisfying to round off the year with a Best Of. I'm keeping busy this year, but I'm still going blogging- I'm going to be posting a little about personal life in addition to makeup and skincare in 2013! I want my blog to be balanced, instead of claiming to be a personal blog that's mainly focused on makeup and skincare. But like I said in the previous post, I'm veering away from makeup and more towards skincare. I guess it's only natural- to mend the damage that any traces of makeup may have done to the skin. :S Anyhow, hope you've had a great start to 2013! Til next time :) xx


  1. This is great! And welcome to makeup :D You're going to have a hell of a time exploring limited edition collections from different makeup brands, fun things, cheap thrills and everything in between!

  2. Phew that was a busy year! Well you've certainly found some wonderful products! xx

  3. Those are great products. I still haven't tried the Korres Lip Butters x

  4. Agreed with so many of these! :)

  5. great picks! I definitely agree on most of them! ^_~

  6. happy new year :) hope you have a great year. this was a great post, cheers!

  7. Awesome picks! Last year was great for my skin too and I hope to focus on skincare this year. I'm also really wanting to try soap and glory products as well as trying some mac products and getting my hands on some high end palettes im lusting after! Have a great year ahead! ^^

  8. Great post, hun. It's so dangerous getting into makeup! It burns a hole in your pocket once you become an addict (like myself) lol.
    These are great products! I use the maybelline colour tattoo almost everyday as my go-to eye makeup look.
    Love your blog - now following you! Hope to be reading more of your posts soon ^.^ & Have a fabulous new year!!

    Ploy <3

  9. Love your picks!
    I have recently started using my Real technique and I love it! I love Revlon Lipbutters too! They are affordable and has great quality!