My Top Favorite Makeup Products of 2012 – The Best of Eyes, Lips, and Face

 Happy New Year Lovelies!

I hope you all had a lovely New Years celebration and are gearing up for a fantastic 2013! I wish you all the best this year with your goals and dreams and adventures in beauty and life!

I’m back again with another post in my top favorite beauty picks for 2012 mini series of posts ( I have a few more coming your way for skincare & body care so be sure to check back if you’re interested in those product recommendations!).

Primer: For primer, I’ve been pretty obsessed with the KORRES silicone fre primers and I’ve still been using those frequently as well, but I recently discovered this facial primer and brightener by Jane Iredale and it is AMAZING! I have been using it for special occasions when I’d like an extra soft airbrush type finish because it is a silicone primer so it definitely fills in pores and creates an incredibly even base to work with. The big difference for me with this silicone primer is that it does NOT break me out. If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you may know about my horrible luck with silicone primers and how they’ve broken my skin out a million and one times. This primer is NOT one of them! It works brilliantly and includes loads of botanical extracts in the formula to brighten and correct the skin while you wear it. Check out my full review on it here.

Liquid Foundation: I love the look of liquid foundations, but many of them do seem to break me out, make me look too oily or too dry, and just generally don’t work out for me. This foundation by Living Nature is absolutely lovely! It gives a decent amount of light to medium coverage (medium to full if used with the aforementioned primer!) and a very nice, soft velvet finish. It is super breathable, natural looking, and the formula includes manuka oil and other exotic botanical ingredients from New Zealand which work to heal, hydrate and protect the skin. You can see my full review on this (with swatches!) here.

Powder Foundation: I love all manner of loose powders, but I could never seem to find one that was both natural, non-cakey AND that gave my skin the coverage I wanted. This satin matte powder foundation by Alima Pure is all that and more! It has such a great finish which looks very natural, but covers redness and spots incredibly well while also letting the skin breathe. The major selling point for this one, in my opinion, is that not only is this natural mineral powder free of pore clogging elements like talc and bismuth oxychloride, but it gives the much-coveted medium to very full coverage similar to that of MAC’s Studio Finish powder, but without all the heavy ingredients. Check out my original review on this powder here.

Spot Concealer: This spot concealer is a dual ended concealer made to treat and cover blemishes, but I’ve personally found that there are a TON more uses for it on top of that. First, yes, one end has a treatment balm which you can use to treat blemishes and small spots before applying the concealer end and it works very gently over time to heal your skin. The other fantastic use I’ve found which is excellent for traveling is that I can apply this concealer in lines or dots to conceal bits of my entire face if I want to completely forgo using foundation or powder that day and it still looks great! My skin looks fresh, dewy (note – NOT oily!) and clear when I apply it like this and it does NOT break me out. That alone makes this a must-have. Check out my original review on this concealer here.

Under Eye Concealer / Brightener: I have been trying my damnedest to find a natural concealer which gives me the brightening effects and light, hydrating coverage of this under eye concealer for my dark circles, but I have yet to find one that doesn’t look entirely too heavy, cakey, orange tinted (yuck!), or that does not break out my under eye area. the RMS Un-Cover Up does hold some real potential (will have to try that this year!), but until then, this is my absolute favorite. It has salicylic acid in the formula so maybe that’s why it doesn’t break me out, but it also has a fantastic light-diffusing effect on my under eyes which brightens without looking white cast and it includes a hydrating eye cream formula AND sunscreen in the formula! This certainly makes a morning routine easier and quicker. Although I am not a big fan of drugstore products, this one is a keeper until I find a more natural option that gets the job done as well as this! Check out my original post on this here.

Eye Shadows: I LOVE eye shadows, but I have a difficult time finding loose mineral eye shadows that are both pigmented and soft, yet without being too heavy or cakey and without that ugly chalk look that some of them have. This Black Tie Gala for Eyes holiday collection by Alima Pure is absolutely lovely; I’ve been using the Minaudiere and Bijou quite a lot lately for light contouring of my eyes and highlighting the brow and inner corners of my eyes. It looks super natural, beautiful and not over done. They have some lovely eye shadows aside from this and they are definitely worth a try. You can check out my swatches for this collection here.

Eye Liner: Although I have not officially reviewed this liner, I did feature it in my favorites last summer and I’ve kept up using it all through winter as well. It’s not the most natural formula unfortunately, but it certainly works really well and looks beautiful on! It’s quite long lasting as well and creates a fantastic smooth line or cat eye with very little effort. I’m not too accomplished at eye liner application, but even I can do it with this so that’s saying something. Also, this liner doesn’t peel off like many of the liquid liners often do; instead it gradually fades after a few hours (around 6) which works for me! Check out more on this liner here.

Mascara: I have near constantly raved about this mascara I discovered in a Birchbox shipment last summer and which has really changed the look of my lashes entirely! Although I’d prefer a more natural formula, this one is out of this world in terms of lengthening, curling, and separating lashes to the point of near falsies. My boyfriend’s sister actually asked me if I was wearing false lashes once when I had this on and nope! Just this fantastic mascara at work! I do hope I can find a more natural one that’s comparable, but until then, this is definitely worth a go if you want a mascara that’s actually worth the steep price tag! Check out my original post on this mascara here.

 How was your New Years celebration?

Have you thought of any New Years Resolutions yet?

What Are Your Top Picks for Makeup for 2012?


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7 thoughts on “My Top Favorite Makeup Products of 2012 – The Best of Eyes, Lips, and Face

  1. January 3, 2013 at 3:45 AM

    I love the liner! I just found that it dried up in the bottle too quicky. Great picks 🙁

    1. January 3, 2013 at 3:45 AM

      Meant to make a smiley face 🙂

      1. January 3, 2013 at 7:27 PM

        LOL Oh! haha xx

    2. January 3, 2013 at 7:27 PM

      Me too! Really? Hmm I don’t have that problem. Wonder why…

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