Best of 2012: Part 1

So its almost the end of another year and I've put together my favourite products of the 2012. It was quite difficult to choose my most loved items in certain categories so I've decided to pick things based on quality and price. These products are not necessarily newly launched but discoveries I've made this year. I've also not included my holy grail items as I love them regardless. I've split my favourites into two parts to avoid this being too lengthy. Today is blush, base, highlighter, shadow, lips and nails.

Best Blush

Winner: Bobbi Brown Nude Peach
Runner up: Sleek Rose Gold

I chose bobbi brown nude peach (reviewed here) as its my most used blush. It gives a lovely healthy glow that is flattering and looks natural.
Sleek Rose Gold blush (reviewed here) is total value for money. Sleek blushes are so affordable and really good quality - soft and highly pigmented without being chalky. I like to pair rose gold over MAC stunner.

Best Base Product

Winner: DiorSkin Nude Concealer
Runner up: Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer
Diorskin nude concealer has been my saviour for under eye dark circles. Its light and creamy so it blends really well. I like to mix with MAC strobe cream to brighten my eye area. Although its pricey, it works out to be better value than most under eye concealers as you get 10ml in a tube, say compared to touche eclat which is around 2.5ml for £25.
I also really like the collection 2000 lasting perfection concealer to cover up any blemishes or redness. The consistency is very creamy, so it feels much more expensive than it it. It blends well and lasts all day.

Best Highlighter

Winner: MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish Superb
Runner up: Jemma Kidd Dewy Glow Radiance Creme Iced Gold

If there's one item I've adored this year, its highlighters. My ultimate favourite has been MAC's Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Superb (limited edition) seen here. Superb is a champagne beige metallic highlighter. On the skin, it looks flawless. I sweep a little over my cheeks to enhance luminosity. It truly is beautiful.
My other favourite has been Jemma Kidd's Dewy Glow radiance creme in Iced Gold (reviewed here). A pale gold highlighter that leaves a dewy glow that is non greasy so perfect for us oily girls. I think Jemma Kidd went into administration so it might be difficult to get hold of now. I'm really not sure what is happening with the brand, which is a shame as I really like some of Jemma's products.

Best Shadow

Winner: Benefit Creaseless Cream Skinny Jeans
Runner Up: TheBalm Nude Tude Palette

I didn't expect to get on very well with Benefit Creaseless Creams but honestly I'm floored with how much I loved the shade Skinny Jeans. Skinny Jeans is the perfect base for a smoky eye. Its highly pigmented, doesn't budge or crease.
My favourite palette has been TheBalm Nude Tude Palette (reviewed here). The shades in the palette are pigmented and soft, although some shades perform better than others. I find myself reaching for it quite a lot.

Best Lip Product

Winner: Givenchy Magic Lip and Cheek Balm
Runner up: Revlon Lip Butter

This was probably the toughest category. I've liked a lot of lip products this year but I felt the Givenchy Magic Lip and Cheek Balm was my favourite in terms of moisturising and adding a hint of colour to the lips (reviewed here). Although it does say cheek balm, its far to oily to be used as a blush on my face but I love the natural flush of colour it adds to lips and keeps them well moisturised.
My favourite newly launched product of the year was definitely the Revlon Lip Butters (swatched here and here). Strawberry shortcake is my favourite shade. I love the feel of these on the lips and the good pigmentation. They also really affordable too.

Best Nail Product

Winner: Models Own Nail Polish Utopia
Runner up: 17 Holographic

Models Own really do have the best variety of shades on the high street. I love Utopia (swatched here) its perfect to wear on its own or layered under a top coat. The formula is great - not too runny or gloopy.
The other polish I loved this year was the holographic from Boots 17 (swatched here). Not only is it a beautiful shade and  great consistency but its super cheap to buy too. If its still instore I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a gorgeous shade for the new year party season.

Part 2 coming soon.....

Let me know some of your favourites from 2012



  1. I enjoyed this post haha, I'll look forward to part 2! I really want to try the Jemma Kidd's Dewy Glow radiance creme now x

  2. lovely post :) love the look of that bobbi brown blush!xx

  3. GREAT post, and i loved the photo's! That Sleek blush is on my christmas wishlist <3

    Merry Christmas!

    Sophierosehearts x

  4. Great post, I love the Revlon lip butters and they are probably my favourite from this year x

  5. great pictures!

  6. Love that MAC MSF - so pretty! I never really got on that well with Sleek blushers, I think I'm the only one who's not impressed with them! Different strokes and all that :)
    Sara at BelfastBeautyLove xx

    1. so true: everyone loves different things xx

  7. omg that mac highlighter looks so pretty!

  8. I love that MO polish x

  9. Love posts like this and those 2 concealers are among my faves too:)

    Sara x

  10. I've been lusting over the sleek blush since forever! I love that color. I also love the balm palette.

    1. they are really nice xx

  11. Absolutely love this post! I have been addicted to quite a few of these products as well, but most of all MAC's SkinFinish in Superb. Lovely!

    <3 xo Amy

  12. Lovely post :) I was thinking about doing a similar post too - 2012 seems to of been a really good year for beauty finds!

  13. These are such lovely items :)
    I love how you laid out the post too :)


  14. Such a good post!


  15. My favourite products are mousse eyeshadows from Dermacol (it's a Czech brand). They are super sparkling and stay all day on the eyes.


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