Top Beauty Picks of 2012

2012. Wow what a great year it has been for beauty. It was a year of beauty discovery. Falling head over heels in love with certain products was a regular occurrence. As I branched out from my obsession with Avon to test out the beauty waters elsewhere, I can definitely say that it was a smart move on my part. Allow me to share the beauty finds I just couldn't help but call the Great Beauty Investments of 2012. Because whether they had a budget friendly high street price tag to a not so friendly department store steep price tag, their performance warranted every last cent that I parted ways with. It goes without saying, every product mentioned in this post has my beauty junkie seal of approval.

Face Products

To address my base needs, I mostly spent the latter of 2012 rotating two foundations from L'Oreal. L'Oreal True Match in N4 Beige lived up to its claim of matching my skin colour and texture while L'Oreal Lumi Magique Light Infusing Foundation in W3 Gold Linen came out to the rescue for days when my skin was looking a bit dull. It offers a semi-dewy finish. Both shades match my skintone pretty well. Not perfect but they came pretty close. However, both foundations tend to accentuate dry patches but nothing a good moisturiser  and following the 8 glasses of water a day rule wouldn't fix. 

When my teeny tiny pores came out to play, I relied on Benefit the POREfessional to kick them to the curb. And boy did it do a great job. This product is like marmite. You either love it or hate it. It either works for you or not but it worked for me. Is it a miracle product? No. It won't banish your pores and nor does it promises to do that. Instead it minimizes the appearance of pores so you're closer to achieving the perfect complexion.

For some bronzing action I reached for Avon Arabian Glow Bronzing Pearls which served a dual purpose. I mostly spent Summer of 2012 applying this as a blush because it offered a really beautiful glow to the cheeks. Nars Casino bronzer is a bit of a cheat as I'd only purchased it November 2012 but my oh my. It quickly lived up to my expectation. Its ability to sculpt and define my cheekbones in an instant deserves a holy grail status. Want to feel sexy within secs? This is it. Right here. The only blush that made the list is Benefit Cha Cha Tint because it's  fun and summer in a dinky bottle. This mango tinted lip and cheek stain offers the coral flush I'm just totally crushing on.


Eyes wise, I made the decision to invest in Urban Decay Naked Palette 1 (in March) and Urban Decay Naked Palette 2 (in December) because giving into the hype was just inevitable. And well having tried them, I can see why they're loved by many. 12 neutral shades each, versatile, no brainer choices for a sultry smokey eye. Yes. They're winners alright. My top picks from Naked 1? I've been loving the combination of Buck (all over lid), Smog (crease) and Darkhorse (outer V) for a long time now. Toasted is another shade that stands out to me as worn alone all over the lid, it still manages to look like I've made more effort than I actually did.

Top picks from Naked 2? My hats goes off to Snakebite (the perfect dark bronze.Sort of like the older sister of Smog ) , YDK and Busted.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion won me over with its ability to make any eye shadows last for ages by preventing creasing and it helps the shades appear more vibrant and intense. Benefit Bad Gal Lash mascara  became my favourite mascara. It makes my lashes look fuller, longer with minimal clumping and it's very easy to remove. It's love. I tell yah :)


Mua Lovehearts Lipbalm in Kiss Me and Sweet Kiss are perfect for a great glossy wash of colour on the lips, whilst moisturing them at the same time.

Maybelline Colorbloom lipbalm in Peach Blossom and Pink Blossom are just wonder products. For more details, read my review over here .

 2012 was definitely year of the lipsticks for me but glosses weren't completely ignored. For days I wanted a glossy finish I opted for Mac Pro Longwear Lipglass in Ready or Not which I won in a surprise giveaway. Its application is a bit of a torture. It always applies like a glue on the lips, sticky and one needs patience like no other when it comes to spreading it evenly on the lips. (always applies quite thick) but I have yet to encounter a lip shade that pairs as  beautifully as it does with a dark brown smokey eye. So hey, it deserves a spot on this list.

Revlon Super Lustrous lipgloss in 170 Coral Reef was my top choice for the entire summer, last year. Gorgeous coral shade. Another no brainer choice.

 Lipsticks. Hmm. My favourite product to talk about. 17 Mirrorshine in Belle is just my all time favourite my lips but better shade. It's my most used lipstick and if ever 17 decides to discontinue it, I'll die. Revlon Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie is the most gorgeous berry shade in my collection. If I'm looking to achieve a sophisticated look, I rock this with a simple base and voila. The magic happens. L'Oreal Rouge Caresse in 301 Dating Coral quickly found a spot inside my everyday make-up bag. Since purchasing it, I'd lost count of the number of times I'd worn it. My love for this pretty salmon coral is endless.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in 48 Evasion is just beautiful. Peachy pink with added coral warmth and hydrating glossy finish? Sold.

 For nails, 2012 was the year of pastel lovin' with Revlon Nail Enamel in Peach Nectar, and Lilac Pastelle  (not pictured) and Ciate in Purple Sherbet which I received free with Marie Claire magazine uk July 2012 stealing the show. As for the non pastel shades, I've devoted the attention to 1 shade in particular. Nails Inc in St James is perhaps the prettiest red nail polish I've ever laid eyes on and could it possibly be the perfect red for me? The debate is on going. That's for sure. Revlon Nail Enamel in 410 Endless Possibilities is the perfect nude pink for me.

Something else that caught my eyes in the land of nails? Bourjois Magic Nail Polish remover  with a claim that it easily removes nail polishes in a second? Definitely a must try.  Having tried it and discovering that it does in fact take longer than a sec to remove the nail polish, the convenience it offers is its redeeming quality. Full review is in progress.

 I'm quite picky with perfumes. Most scents have me in a sneezy fit and I certainly don't wear perfumes on a daily basis but if I wanted to smell extra nice, 2 scents took on the challenge with great results. Britney Spears Radiance is always going to be one of my faves. Girly, floral, fruity and sweet scent - perfume for everybody- it is not but I have only love for it. Victoria's Secret Brilliant Love Fragrance Mist is probably one of the friendliest scent for my nose. Why? Because it's not headache inducing. With berry notes, it's definitely in the same family as Radiance. Turns out, I have a type. :)
Skin Care
When I went back home to the Philippines, I had a mini shopping spree in The Faceshop and bought 6 products but 2 products stood out to me. Herb Day Cleansing Foam Aloe and Rice Water Bright Lip and Eye Remover were the chosen ones when it came time to removing the junk off my faces. The cleansing foam gently removed make-up with ease, formed a lather quite well and its formula helped to hydrate my dry skin with the added aloe extract. The Lip and Eye Remover is an oil and water emulsion which often looks like milk to me. It removes my smoky eye in an instant but depending on the mascara, it takes a bit more work. 
To get rid of dead skin cells I enlisted the help of Origins Modern Friction Gentle Dermabrasion a 30 ml sample I received free from my local Origins counter after signing up to their mailing list. It's still going pretty strong. I have about 70% left. Why? Because a little goes along way with this exfoliator. It works gently on the skin, to remove the impurities. And I swear, every time I had reached for this, my face is left feeling so smooth and soft to the touch. I tend to use it 1-2 times a week. No prize for guessing that I have my eyes set on purchasing the full size as soon as this sample runs out. If it ever runs out, that is ;) It justs keeps on giving....
Beauty Reads

I love beauty. Like a lot. So in my spare time, I like spending it, getting lost in the land of beauty. I'd purchased Cosmo Beauty last summer and for £5.99 it was an absolute steal with over 160 pages of beauty tips and advice from make-up, body, hair to skin care. They're all covered. Allure is an American beauty magazine and it's LOVE. It's expensive at around 6 euro per issue but it's money well spent. Thanks to Anna for enabling me. Again. Speaking of Anna, her blog viviannadoesmakeup was pretty much my favourite place in the whole of the cyberspace. When I was online, I was pretty much on her blog. Yes I have an addiction. But you can't blame me bec girl's got style and incredible taste in beauty. Plus look at her, she's a complete beaut. 'nuffsaid.

Phew. That's it then. All the beauty bits I had loved in 2012 and continue to love in 2013. 2013 is shaping up to be another great year in beauty. Don't you just love when that happens? ;)


  1. Super agree on the Herb Day Cleansing Foam Aloe and Rice Water remover! love them too ^_~

  2. I love that 17 lipstick!! Its my favourite colour ever! :)


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