So here’s the one you’ve all been waiting for: My ultimate best of the best makeup products! Now, you guys know how much I love my makeup products (I own more makeup products in my collection than any sane person should), so naturally it was impossible for me to just stick to my top 5 products.
I hope you have your beverage and nibbles ready, it’s going to be a long one…
Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream – anyone who knows me personally, will know that this has been a beauty staple of mine for 2013. I used to be a full foundation type of girl but 2013 marked the year where I branched out a bit, embraced my natural self, and started really getting into BB creams. I love both Garnier BB creams currently available to South Africans (the original and the one designed for combo / oily skin) because I use the original in the colder, drier weather in Winter and the combo skin one during the warmer Summer months. These BB creams offer great coverage (light to medium, yet they’re buildable) but is still light enough to let your natural skin peek through and doesn’t feel like you’re piling on the makeup. For a full review on the Garnier BB Cream for combo / oily skin, click here. Retails for R 69,95 to R 89,95 at Clicks and Dischem stores.
Revlon Age Defying Concealer – I have no idea why I haven’t mentioned this concealer as a favourite on the blog before because I constantly reach for it. It’s creamy, provides great coverage, doesn’t accentuate texture areas around the eyes, plus contains anti-aging ingredients – what’s not to love? Retails for R 139,95 at Clicks, Dischem, Foschini, Edgars, Red Square and Truworths stores.
Sorbet BB Cream – as mentioned above, 2013 was the year of BB creams for me. I tried out a heck of a lot of BB creams (and CC creams) and the Sorbet BB cream really impressed me. Main reason why I was impressed, is because Sorbet isn’t known for makeup products. They have incredibly awesome skincare and body products, but this BB cream was their first makeup-related product. And usually when a brand decides to branch out from what they are good at, and create something completely different…well…they usually fail at the first attempt. This is, however, not the case with the Sorbet BB cream at all. I gave this BB cream a short review in this blog post, but the short of it is: I love the consistency of this BB cream because it’s a lovely whipped texture, yet it feels light on the skin. The coverage is light to medium (which is perfect for me) but what makes this BB cream bomb.com is that it is suitable for all skin types (no, really!). I have combo skin and if I set it with a powder I am set for the day (I don’t turn into an oily beast at the stroke of 3pm). Other bloggers who have normal and even dry skin also love this BB cream, so yes, whatever your skin type – it will be your BFF. Retails for R 99,95 at Clicks stores.
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder – this is the crème de la crème of all the face powders I own (and I own quite a few). It’s finely milled so it is perfect to set your foundation and even your under eye concealer (no cakeyness, promise), it gives a little bit of coverage, plus keeps my pesky T-zone matte (not a flat matte, a 3D matte). I mentioned this in my ‘May 2013 Favourites’ blog post and I am still in love. Retails for R 320,00 at MAC counters and the MAC online store.
Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch Primer – if I had to choose just one favourite product for 2013, this would be it. It has been mentioned quite a few times here on Pink Peonies, but if you would like to see what I had to say about it in my ‘June 2013 Favourites’, click here. It provides the perfect base for your makeup, fills in pores and fine lines, enhances the longevity of your foundation and just makes your skin look better than it actually is. Retails for R 350,00 at selected Foschini, Edgars, Red Square, Woolworths stores and the Clarins online store.
NYX Butter Gloss – I love all the NYX Butter Gloss shades (well I’ve purchased most of them) but this particular one called ‘Peaches & Cream’ is my absolute favourite. It’s a dupe for the MAC Viva Glam Nicki Lipglass, which is a hot pinky coral shade (a must-have for Summer). I’m usually not into bright shades for the lips but there’s just something about this one. I’m not the only one who likes this shade because whenever I wear it, people ask me what I’m wearing on my lips. This gloss is very creamy, the pigmentation is spot on and it’s not sticky at all – 3 wins in my book! For a short review on the Butter Gloss in shade ‘Maple Blondie’, check out this blog post. Retails for $ 5,00 (about R 50,00) in the Cherry Culture online store (they do ship worldwide).
Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Pink Lemonade – for a full review on the original Revlon Lip Butters (plus swatches of all the shades I own), go check out this blog post here. And for a short review on the new-ish Lip Butters that were part of the Gucci Westman collection (swatches also included), click here. This particular one is called ‘Pink Lemonade’ and is limited edition from the GW collection. This is a warm light pink shade with a delightfully buttery texture, an easy on-the-go lip product. Retails for R 125,00 at selected Clicks stores (I’ve seen a few Clicks stores still have this collection available).
NARS Orgasm Blush – beauty cult favourite. Everyone and their dog has probably heard of NARS Orgasm blush, so I’m not going to go into too much detail on why I love it so much. Do yourself a favour, google ‘NARS Orgasm’ and lose yourself in the black hole that is Youtube. Or better yet, just google images of this blush. After seeing a few swatches of it, guaranteed you will want it! Retails for $ 29,00 (about R 300,00) on Kiss and Makeup NY (with a flat rate shipping charge of $ 10,00).
Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter – another huge cult favourite – Essie Button wishes she could have children with this highlighter (no jokes!). I am so glad I took the plunge and got this while it was on sale on Feelunique because it is now my number 1 highlighter (scooch over MAC Soft & Gentle and MAC Lightscapade). The beauty of this highlighter cannot be described in words (as with NARS Orgasm), so I urge you to also google swatches of this beauty. But if you can wait for a while, I have a review of it coming up soon (I’ve already taken photos), so keep your eyes peeled for that. Good news: It’s on sale AGAIN for $ 20,40 (about R 210,00) on Feelunique (they offer free worldwide shipping, plus my duties & taxes are never ridiculously steep), so grab your credit card and get shopping!
Revlon Baby Stick in Pink Passion – this was my favourite pink blush for 2013. It’s a non-powder blush in a stick form (I say non-powder because it’s not really a cream blush either) and gives the cheeks the perfect glowy pink flush (without the oily finish you get from a proper cream blush). It’s also suitable for the warmer weather here in the southern hemisphere because it provides a satin (leaning towards matte) finish, I know, it sounds weird because it isn’t a powder blush. Trust me, go swatch ‘Pink Passion’ (not the other shades, they’re not very pigmented) – you are going to love it. This blush is also mentioned in my ‘Revlon Pacific Coast by Gucci Westman Collection’ blog post. Retails for R 99,99 at selected Clicks stores (I’ve seen a few Clicks stores still have the Gucci Westman collection available).
MAC Paint Pot in Painterly – strangely enough I haven’t mentioned this eyelid primer in a ‘Favourites’ blog post before, even though I reach for this almost every time I wear eye makeup. The reason why I love this so much is because it makes your eye makeup last all-day (no creasing), plus it evens out the lid area. I have tiny veins on my eyelid and this just creates and even canvas for the shadows. Retails for R 200,00 at MAC counters and the MAC online store.
Maybelline One By One Volum’ Express Mascara in Satin Black – this was a favourite in my ‘June 2013 Favourites’ blog post and I’m currently on my second tube. It doesn’t give you clumpy lashes (because it has quite a wet formula), makes your lashes look super black and thick, plus it has a plastic brush (I’m personally not a fan of the old school bristle brushes). Retails for R 120,95 at Clicks, Dischem, Edgars and Foschini stores.
Stila Baked Eyeshadow Trio in Champagne Glow – I can’t get over how gorgeous the lightest shade in this trio is! It is so pigmented & shimmery and is the perfect inner corner highlight shade because it just brightens up the eye area. I use the other 2 shades to darken up the outer V area and the lower lash line. Going through all these favourites really makes me want to do review blog posts for you guys, because there’s nothing better than actually seeing a swatch of this. Retails for R 270,00 at selected Truworths and Woolworths stores (this specific shade isn’t available on Style36 or Rubybox).
Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Trio in Walking On Eggshells – go take a look at my monthly favourites blog post here, where I mentioned this trio. My 2 favourite shades in this trio is the bottom shimmery peachy pink shade and the coppery brown shade in the middle. They work so well together, I actually just can’t take it! Wet n Wild cosmetics are available in South Africa now, they are an amazingly affordable brand with top quality makeup. Retails for R 59,95 at selected Clicks stores.
Jordana Fabuliner in Brown – I have mentioned this liquid eyeliner in a couple of blog posts too, this out this particular blog post where it was a favourite. The name of this is so fitting, because it truly is a fabulous eyeliner. I prefer the brown shade because I have blonde hair and black can sometimes look a bit too stark (especially when I’m going for a casual natural eye look). It is a dark cool-toned brown shade and the tip is sturdy enough to create the perfect line or wing. Retails for $ 2,99 (about R 30,00) in the Cherry Culture online store (they do ship worldwide).
MAC Brow Pencil in Lingering – this brow pencil was also a previous favourite here on the blog, check it out here. I have tried and tested so many brow products, and yet I always come back to this one. I have very sparse eyebrows and always need to fill them in. This pencil is great for when you are on the go and can’t be bothered with filling in your brows with a powder. Lingering is the perfect shade for blonde girls because it isn’t too dark, or too red-toned or even too green-toned. Retails for R 170,00 at MAC counters and the MAC online store.
Phew!! I need to take a break now after writing this blog post… Have a lovely weekend, and come check back tomorrow to see what my hair care and nail favourites were for 2013.