My Favourite Products of 2012



Hi Everyone! So I realise I'm a little bit late jumping on this bandwagon as it's now the 6th of January but I've been so busy that I haven't had time to take photos of my 2012 favourites.   Like most beauty bloggers out there, I've been excited to sit down and share my top products of the past year. To be honest, it was a hard choice as I've tried SO many great products but a few were obvious and easy choices. I've reviewed the majority of these products individually in previous blog posts so if you want to have a read of them I will link them in the title of each product underneath. Just click and it will take you there, yey!


So without further ado, here are my star products of twenty twelve!


This has to be the most hyped drugstore foundation of 2012 and I can 100% see why. It gives great coverage, brightens and 'wakes' my skin up in the morning and it also smells delicious. I have gone through a few of these bottles since I discovered it at the start of last year and its still a firm favourite to this day. At only £6.99 too, I have no complaints.


Oh Topshop, thank you for creating such beautifully pigmented and moisturising lipsticks. In 2012 I went a bit Topshop crazy, buying everything from their lipsticks, nail polishes and highlighters. Although I love all the products they have to offer, the lipsticks are a stand out favourite. I currently own seven of them (yes I know, extreme!) but I think they are worth every penny. At £8.00 a pop they are more affordable then MAC and in my opinion, are just as good. If you haven't tried these, get to your local Topshop NOW!


Okay, need I say much about these? I'm sure every blogger out there owns these brushes as they are so god damn amazing. Not only are the ridiculously soft and apply makeup like a dream but they are also some of the most affordable brushes I own. I began my collection at the start of 2012 with the 'Core Collection' which retails for only £20.99. That's just over £5.00 per brush and they are that lovely I'd probably be willing to pay double that. I've since added the powder and blush brush to my collection and hope to expand it even further in 2013.


As far as powders go, this is one of the best I've tried. After hearing so many reviews about it, I decided to give it a go and at only £3.99, what did I have to lose? Since buying it a few months ago, I havne't used another powder. Its perfect for dusting over my face after I've applied foundation to control any shine and the staying powder is pretty decent too. The only thing I don't like is the packaging but for less that four pounds, I can't expect too much.


I bought this product on a whim while out in Australia last summer and it has since become one of my favourite hair products, EVER. It smells amazing and leaves my hair super soft. As it's in a spray bottle its so convenient to spritz on whenever my hair is feeling a bit dry and I also love that I can apply it to both wet or dry hair so I can make the most of it even on those days I don't wash my hair. The bottle is huge too so it has lasted ages, a great investment.


I just had to include this as every single year, this is the tan I turn to most often. I've dabbled in other tans and enjoyed them but for the £2.99 price tag, St.Moriz is a clear winner. I love the mousse formula as its so quick and easy to apply and it instantly gives me a deep tan. I've also found it fades lovely too leaving no hideous 'snakeskin' type patches as it wares off.


This product is an absolute dream. I use this every morning and night to remove my makeup and I'm in love with it. Its refreshing, gentle on my sensitive skin, smells amazing and does its job - removes every last bit of my makeup (including eye makeup). I've tried Bioderma to see how it compares and although I liked it to begin with, I found it burnt my skin and left it feeling sore, not good. Caudalie however does the complete opposite and leaves my skin feeling soothed, clean and soft. If you haven't tried it, you must. I've even got my boyfriend hooked on it.


Since discovering this handy little kit of powder and wax, I haven't used another product on my brows. I love that this product comes with everything I need to keep my brows looking their best and it looks much more natural than eyebrow pencils. When I look back at photos of myself when I used a pencil I think 'what was I thinking?'. It is also so quick and easy to use and although I use it every single day, I have barely made a dint in it. Its definitely worth its high price tag.


While I was in Australia I had a bit of what I like to call, 'eyelash drama'. Basically, I got some eyelash extensions, hated them, attempted to pull them off and ended up pulling out and snapping the majority of my real eyelashes. I know it was my own fault but the extensions looked ridiculous and were irritating my eyes. I was completely mortified at how ridiculous my eyelashes looked so I attempted to find a quick fix. Most websites told me it would take weeks, even months for my lashes to grow back but as soon as I started using this mascara, I noticed a difference in the length and thickness of my lashes. Not only does it make them appear longer and thicker but it actually does help them to grow. My little stumpy lashes were back to being long and full within two weeks which was pretty incredible considering they were so damaged. I've been using this mascara ever since I bought it and it's one of the best I have ever tried.


I discovered this while over in Australia too and I have to say, it's a miracle-worker. Before I bought it I never thought it would actually dry my nails instantly as often companies make 'claims' that a product works wonders and it rarely does. However, this does exactly what it says on the bottle; it dries my nails almost instantly after applying it. Okay it might not be 'instant' but within a couple of minutes, I'm good to go. One thing I used to hate about painting my nails was waiting for what seemed like a decade for them to dry and STILL managing to smudge them. This little gem of a product has solved all those problems for me and it also makes my nails super shiny too, bonus!


This is the best exfoliator I have tried to date. Firstly, I love the cute pink packaging and secondly, this stuff smells of brown sugar and lime, ah-maz-ing. This has to be the best scented product I own and I could sit and sniff it all day. It also removes dry skin, leaves my skin soft and prepares my skin for applying false tan.


Another product that was massively hyped in 2012 is the Revlon Lip Butters. I currently own four of them and they are one of my favourite go-to lip products. They are soft, creamy, moisturising and exceptionally pigmented. They are great for day or night time wear and I love the cute quilted packaging. My favourite shade is 'Lollipop' and I wear it all the time, day or night. I'm hoping to add a few more shades to my collection in 2013.


I bought this product from the duty free service on the plane on my way to Australia. I bought it after hair oils became popular in 2012 and since using it, the condition of my hair has drastically improved. When I was in Oz I embarked on a bit of a 'no heat' mission where I barely used heat for the whole five months I was there. That combined with this hair oil made the perfect combination for getting my hair into tip top condition. It doesn't leave any greasy residue on my hair and it smells amazing too. Big thumbs up!


Okay, this is my ultimate Holy Grail product. This is my favourite product of 2012 by a country mile and I would be very surprised if I ever find a bronzer I prefer to this one. Its the perfect natural tan colour, not too shimmery but not matte and amazing for contouring. I use this every day and have gone through about five or six of them. Yes its an expensive product at £25.00 a pop but my goodness, its so worth it.

So there we have it, my most loved and used products of the past year. I hope you enjoyed reading and potentially discovered some new products to try out.

What are your 2012 favourites?

Lots of Love,





48 comments

  1. Great favourites! I have vouchers still left over from Christmas, I really want to get the real techniques brushes, everyone says they are amazing! And I also have a growing collection of the lip butters, they are gorgeous! lovely post xx

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  2. Great favourites! I also love the Revlon lip butters and RT brushes. I've always wanted to try something from Joico but never had, this spray sounds just like something I would need!

    I wish i'd put RT brushes into my favourites now! Don't know why I didn't!

    xxx

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  3. A lot of these products you have mentioned are favourites for me too, the browzings, lip butters, nars laguna, insta-dry, stay matte powder, wake me up and real techniques brushes are all firm favourites in my collection :)
    I REALLY want to try the Joico leave in conditioner. It looks lovely! I have an ever growing list of things i want to try from everyones 2012 favourites posts and this is definitely getting added onto it! :)

    http://xosarah-loves.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. We definitely do have similar taste!! If I'd have done a post on 2012 favourites then at least half of these products would be the same! 8) I think it could be because a few were bought following your influence, like the Babyliss Argan Oil and the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri!! The same mascara, foundation and powder would be my top 3 of the year anyway, daily essentials for me :) Lovely post hun xx

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  5. Real Techniques brushes and topshop lipsticks were great new discoveries for me this year!

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. xx

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  6. Some of my favourites here too! :) xo

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  7. The rimmel powder and the real techniques brushes are some of my favourites too! x

    www.laurenjaneloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. I have only just discovered the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder and it is AMAZING! I am so late on the bandwagon! I need to use my Soap & Glory scrub as everyone is raving about it!!
    LaceyLoves x

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  9. So many of my favourite items!

    http://www.thebeautymist.com

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  10. You've picked some great favourites. I agree on a lot of them. Here's my favourites if you'd like a look http://beautybloggingbrunette.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/best-of-my-favourite-products-of-2012.html x

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  11. Some great faves here! My faves have deffo been the real technique brushes, I just want them all!

    Belinda @ fashioncrossing.blogspot.com

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  12. The topshop lipsticks are amazing! love the brick backgroup btw ;)
    www.loudlolalabel.blogspot.co.uk x

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  13. I need to get me some more money so I can buy everything on your list! Loving the brushes. Fab blog my dear.

    http://painttheukpink.blogspot.co.uk

    Wendy xo

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  14. I've worn the stay matte powder everyday this past year as well as the real techniques brushes! xo

    rufflesandlace44.blogspot.com

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  15. Good choice of products! I saw you post this on instagram so was excited to see how it was going to turn out. Love the brick effect!

    Katiesayspeace.blogspot.com

    x

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  16. Your list is almost identical to mine! I'm yet to blog about them though haha. I love TopShop lippies!! They are amazing!! :)

    www.laviestylebeaute.com

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  17. I had the lipbutter in my favourites of 2012 too! they're lovely and the Revlon mascara is amazing!
    hareem x

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  18. what lovely favourites :) i agree with all the ones I've tried, especially the real techniques brushes!

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  19. Loved this post. I still have not tried the Real Techniques brushes, gee and I call myself a make-up artist. I also wanted to try the Wake Me Up foundation but not got round to it. Nars Laguna Bronzer is my fave too, you cannot beat the colour and it blends so well without leaving nasty orangey/mud marks on your face. xxxxx

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  20. So many of these are the same favourites i had, Real techniques stole the show for me in 2012!

    Sophierosehearts x

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  21. Good old st moriz! I used this for ages now! Also the real techniques brushes seem to have taken everyone by storm, including myself! :-) xx

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  22. I totally agree with you on some of your choices! Wake me up is my go to foundation over my MAC studio fix fluid now and I love applying with my RT brushes and setting with stay matte powder! I'm definitely interesting in trying out caudalie beauty elixir and revlon lip butters xx

    www.charissarae.blogspot.co.uk

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  23. My two 2012 favourites are my Mac Pro Longwear foundation and my Nars Casino Bronzer !!!

    http://t7cell.blogspot.fr/

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  24. i LOVE your blog!
    half the products on the list are in my 2012 fave list!
    i love my nars laguna bronzer
    xx

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  25. Great favorites! I totally agree with some of these, I really want to try Laguna, it looks beautiful! xx

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  26. I love these types of posts, it's so cool thinking about what products you've discovered over the year :) I love the Rimmel foundation and real techniques brushes too, they've totally changed the way I apply my make-up and I think it's looking loads better for it :)
    Love Holly x

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  27. I reallllyy want to try Laguna! love the Real Techniques brushes too :)

    500daysoffashion.blogspot.com
    x

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  28. I think Real Techniques brushes have to be the best find for most bloggers in 2012, I also love revlon lip butters and their new stains x

    http://pamperedpout.blogspot.co.uk

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  29. Love all of these products! Adore Nars Laguna :) xx

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  30. I love Rimmel stay matte so much ,its my favorite

    http://girlynote.blogspot.com/

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  31. All the products sound amazing, love the revlon lip butters xxx

    www.myflingwithfashion.blogspot.co.uk

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  32. Revlon Lip Butters made it onto my list too, I just blogged my favourites! Definitely loved RT brushes and Topshop lipsticks too. Can you believe I've only just recently got the Rimmel powder? It's such a bargain and is as fantastic as everyone says! xx

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  33. I love the Wake Me Up foundation and the lip butters :) Really want to try Lollipop! xx

    http://belle-amiebeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  34. Love your favourites! There are so many products in there I want to try - especially the Rimmel foundation and Revlon mascara! I love Laguna too it really is just perfect isn't it :)

    http://absolutebeaut.com

    xx

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  35. Really liked this blogpost, I see some products I missed for the year and need to try out asap! Not sure if we have Rimmel's Wake up here in Canada, but definitely want to give the Caudalie wash a try.

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  36. You've convinced me. I need to try Topshop makeup (lipsticks in particular) now xx

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  37. Great post, I love the Revlon lip butters and real techniques brushes :)

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  38. I absolutely love my Rimmel Stay Matte powder and the RT brushes! Lovely choices!

    www.fashionandbeautyrelated.blogspot.co.uk

    x

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  39. Great favorites! Revlon is probably my favorite brand, but I've never tried their mascaras...Grow Luscious sounds like a good one to try! I also want to try the Wake Me Up foundation but it's not available in the US yet :(

    http://happilyeverandom.blogspot.com/

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  40. Aww ive loved this post, we have very similar favourites! I love using the buffing brush for foundation, makes it look so natural. Im really wanting to try the topshop lipsticks just cant decide which one first!

    Jessica x

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  41. Great to see the Revlon lip butters on your favourites - I was a late convert. I thought they would be a bit of a pointless fad but my sister asked for one for her birthday in November and when I went to buy it they happened to be on 2-4-1. So I took one for myself too and have never looked back, I use it every single day!

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  42. I must admit Revlon Lip Butters are making it into my 2012 favourite post which I plan to post tomorrow, better late then never! :)

    I'm looking forward to buying my first NARS product at some point this year!

    Great post :)

    Amy xx
    http://alittleboatsailing.blogspot.co.uk/

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  43. I absolutely loved this post!! You made me want to try everything on that list but (unfortunately) I can't so I would choose the rimmel wake me up foudation and stay matte powder, the real techniques brushes, the revlon lip butters, ... :) I've heard so many good things about them so I really want to try!
    You have such a lovely blog :)

    xo

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  44. I absolutely love your blog, and I see we go to the same uni! Your blog is an inspiration for me, as I'm just starting out and I would love my blog to achieve the success yours has in the future :)


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  45. How do I not own Laguna yet? Will have to pick this up asap!

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  46. Real techniques Brushes have been my favourites and the lip butters too :)

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