My 2013 Makeup Favourites

2013 Makeup Favourites
2013 Beauty Favourites

My Bloglovin news feed is full of '2013 favourites' posts at the moment so it was only right I got involved myself - I hope you don't mind adding another one of these posts to your reading list. Favourites posts are one of my 'favourite' (no pun intended) to read as I love seeing which products have caught peoples attention and it also gives me ideas for things I'd like to pop onto my wish list. With this being said, you can imagine how much I'm loving all of the 2013 favourites posts - a big summary of everyones favourite products of the year, not just that month. I'm pretty sure if a product is featured in a yearly favourites post, it has to be up there with 'holy grail' status.

I've decided to split my yearly favourites into a few different categories as there's no way all of the products I've loved in 2013 could be squeezed into one post - unless you want to be sat here reading it until 2015 of course? No, I didn't think so. First up is my makeup favourites and this one was definitely the hardest to put together. There's so many products I've been loving for the past year but I wanted to be really selective and only choose one thing from each category so one foundation, one concealer, one powder and so on. Otherwise, I'd just be here all day reeling off lists of products that have impressed me. With this being said, you can be rest assured that all of the products featured in this post have been products that have really impressed me and that I've been loving over 2013. So without further ado, here they are ...

2013 Foundation Favourite, NARS Sheer Glow, 2013 Beauty Favourites

Favourite Foundation: NARS Sheer Glow

I never thought I'd find a foundation that ticks so many boxes but NARS Sheer Glow has done it. With a great colour range (I'm Fiji for reference), medium to full coverage, a radiant finish (not glowy as the name states but not matte either) and long lasting, what more could I ask for? Well, if I had to me picky, I'd like it to be cheaper than its £30+ price tag but hey, you get what you pay for I guess! I've absolutely loved wearing this foundation in 2013 and I can't see myself jumping ship to anything else anytime soon. Read my full review here.

2013 Concealer Favourite, Seventeen Phwooar Paint Concealer, 2013 Beauty Favourites

Favourite Concealer: Seventeen Phwoarr Paint

A more recent discovery for me but as I've used it none-stop since purchasing it a few months ago, I thought it deserved its place in my 2013 favourites anyway. This concealer works wonders on my dark circles - its full-duty without being cakey and as I purchased the lightest shade available, it really helps to brighten up my whole under eye area. I haven't done a full review of this yet but its been on my 'to-do' list for quite some time so keep your eyes peeled for that.

2013 Highlighting Favourite, YSL Touche Eclat, 2013 Beauty Favourites

Favourite Illuminating/Multi-Purpose Product: YSL Touche Eclat

When I first got this product, I didn't really get it. Yes I liked it for its brightening and illuminating properties but I didn't see what was so amazing about it or why it receives such praise in the beauty industry. However, since then I've used it almost every single day and on the days I haven't used it, I've noticed a big difference. This bad boy completely brightens up my whole face and I love how multi-purpose it is too. I've been using this under my eyes to brighten dark circles and on areas of my face where I want to add extra light such as my cheekbones, brow bones and down the centre of my nose. Its a pricey product but a great one for adding that finishing touch to my makeup. The only thing I would say is that L'oreal do a great dupe of this with their Lumi Magique highlighting pen so I'd recommend giving that one a try first before splurging on YSL. Read my full review here.

2013 Powder Favourite, Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, 2013 Beauty Favourites

Favourite Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte Powder

Since discovering Rimmel Stay Matte powder in 2013, I haven't looked back. Considering this costs less than £5, its taken over from the likes of MAC mineralize skinfinish natural in my makeup collection. The translucent powder is fab for popping on over my foundation to set my makeup and keep shine at bay. Read my full review here.

2013 Bronzer Favourite, NARS Lagune Bronzer, 2013 Beauty Favourites

Favourite Bronzer: NARS Laguna

Oh, no surprises here then. I've raved about this product so much on my blog that I really don't think I need to say much as you've probably heard it all before. Seriously though, this bronzer is perfect for me and my skin tone and I don't think anything will ever come close to it, let alone beat it as my favourite bronzer. Its the perfect shade for my pale skin as it adds a warm glow to my complexion without making it look muddy or orange - its very natural. Its also great to use as a contour as it doesn't contain any shimmer. It isn't completely matte though so it doesn't look flat on the rest of my face - it has a slight gold sheen that makes my skin look glowing and healthy. Can you tell its love? Read my full review here

2013Brow Favourite, HD Brow Palette, 2013 Beauty Favourites

Favourite Brow Product: HD Brows Palette

Considering I only got this in November as part of my Latest in Beauty Glamour box, its already topped my list as favourite brow product of 2013. Before using this I was using Benefit Brow Zings and although I still like it, the HD Brow palette in the shade 'Foxy' has blown it out of the water. The powders are so pigmented and the Ash shade in the palette (bottom right) which I've been using every day is the perfect match for my brows. Its very natural looking and has no orange or red tones which is why I love it so much. Read my full review here.

2013 Eyeshadow Palette Favourite, Stila In the Light Palette, 2013 Beauty Favourites

Favourite Eyeshadow/Palette: Stila In the Light Palette

As much as I love my Urban Decay NAKED palette and MAC palette, my most used eyeshadows in 2013 would definitely be these beauties from the Stila in the Light palette. These shadows are absolutely beautiful - very creamy, pigmented and long lasting. All of the shades are right up my street too and there isn't one colour I don't use - well, apart from the dark metallic grey. I also love that there's a mix of metallic, matte and glittery shades so I can create a good range of looks with it. I find myself reaching for this during the day and using the matte shades but also for a night out where I'll add a couple of the metallic shades to the mix. I also adore using the champagne shade in the inner corners of my eye and on my brow bone. Its just a great versatile palette and great for travelling with as the packaging is so lightweight. It was my palette of choice for both of my holidays in the Summer! Love, love, love, love, love it! Read my full review here.

2013 Eyeliner, Mascara and Liquid Liner Favourite, 2013 Beauty Favourites

Favourite Pencil Liner: MAC Smolder

If you want a pencil liner that's creamy and blacker than black, look no further than MAC Smolder. Its been my favourite eyeliner to use on my waterline for years and I wear it every time I do my makeup. I know some people don't get along with it as they find it smudges but I don't seem to have that problem - I love it and its definitely a holy grail item that I'll continue to repurchase.

Favourite Liquid Liner: L'Oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim

I don't wear liquid liner on a day to day basis as I find it can make me look a bit too overdone but for a night out, its a must have. The super slim liner has been my favourite of 2013 as its really black, has great pigmentation and is so easy to use. The fine 'nib' (if that's what its even called) is great for detailed application and the felt tip style applicator makes it so easy to use. Its really is foolproof! Its really long lasting too which is another bonus!

Favourite Mascara: Sleek Lethal Length Mascara

I don't typically liked mascaras with plastic wands but this one from Sleek has really impressed me. It curls and thickens my lashes without being clumpy or flaky and its really black too. I also like the way the wand has lots of small bristles as I can really get into the corner of my lashes with it.

2013 Lipstick Favourite, YSL Le Orange Lipstick, 2013 Beauty Favourites

Okay so this was a tough choice for me as I'm sure you're all aware that I'm a total lipstick junkie. I dread to think how many I have but lets just say its ridiculous and picking one was very tough indeed. However, I eventually settled on a lipstick I've worn a lot in 2013 and one that I've loved wearing in both Summer and Winter - YSL 'Le Orange' from their Rouge Pur Couture range. Everything about this lipstick is stunning. From the gold packaging to the vibrant orange/red shade and the highly pigmented and glossy finish and I can't get enough of it. As soon as I put it on it brightens up my whole face and I find the colour very versatile for all year round. It was one of my most worn lipsticks on my holidays in the Summer (it looks great with a tan) and its been my lipstick of choice over the Christmas period. Although its an expensive lipstick, I won't think twice about repurchasing it. Read my full review here.

2013 Lip balm and Lipgloss Favourite, Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector and Balmi Lip Balm, 2013 Beauty Favourites

Favourite Lip Balm: Raspberry Balmi

I've really got into lip balm over the past twelve months and I've built up quite the collection of them. I love popping a lip balm on before bed as the final step in my skincare routine and I also love keeping them in my handbag so I can slick one on and keep my lips hydrated throughout the day. My favourite lip balm that I use all the time has got to be my Balmi. The cute domed shape makes it perfect for quickly popping on when I'm on the go and the Raspberry flavour also smells and tastes delicious. I definitely need to add a few more of these to my collection.

I love the Clarins lip perfectors as they're lovely worn alone on a day to day basis or on top of my favourite lipsticks as they have a lovely none-sticky texture. They have a gel like consistency which feels very creamy, smooth and moisturising on the lips. Lovely!

So there we have it, my favourite makeup products of 2013! As I said - there's so many more I could have included but I didn't want this post to be any longer than it already is and I'm sure you can flick back through my monthly favourites posts if you want to know about the other products that have impressed me. I'd also like to point out that my favourite highlighter of 2013 would be Topshop Crescent Moon but I didn't have it will me to photograph. Its the one I used most last year but if I had to pick my ultimate favourite, which I recently got for Christmas, it would be MAC Soft & Gentle without a doubt!

What were your favourite products to use last year? Leave your links below if you've done one of these posts as I'd love to read them!

Lots of Love,


  1. Great favourites! I discovered Nars Sheer Glow in 2013 and it's definitely one of my favourite products too. I used to love the HD Brows palette but have since preferred the Sleek brow palette instead, but there's no denying it's a great one. Looking forward to seeing more from your blog in 2014, no doubt it's going to be a big year for you :-).

  2. I really want to try the Stila eyeshadow palette, the colours all looks so pretty!

    Robyn // Beauty & The Closet

  3. Love your favourites! I also love the YSL Touche Éclat, it really is amazing and gives your make-up that little bit extra. I have been wanting to get the Nars Sheer Glow foundation and Laguna bronzer for months and months but have been trying to save money instead of spending - however I think I might just get them sometime very soon! Becki x

  4. Such a great post! I either have these products and love them (Rimmel stay matte, L'oreal lquid liner) or they are on my "want" list (NARS sheer glow, NARS laguna). It's a shame I'm so poor after Christmas haha !
    Love your blog, and am looking forward to more of your posts :)

  5. That Stila palette is on my wish list on Sephora. I really want to try it this summer and Nars Sheer Glow is something I'm seeing also on other people people list :)

    Great post!


  6. That ysl lipstick is such a gorgeous colour! X

  7. The Stila Palette was in my 2013 Favourites too! Such great shades, although I've hit pan on Kitten! :( I love reading peoples favourites posts too :) Aimée Xx

  8. ive wanted to try the sheer glow for so long now, so many good reviews around about it. great list! :)

    Rachel x
    Style Soup

  9. the loreal liquid eyelinner is one of my top eyeliners as well! you should try the kat von d eyeliner. its a little pricy but it is so worth it! its super black and easy to use! xx

  10. Touche Eclat is such a classic and it's just wonderful to use :o). Xx

    Makeup by Candlelight

  11. I really want to try the Rimmel stay matte powder!

  12. I have never tried Touche Eclat but heard such rave reviews but have always used Mac's Prep & Prime. That YSL lipstick is gorgeousss maybe next time I'm at YSL picking up my foundation i'll pick both of these up haha. That concealer sounds great - Seventeen are really pumping out some great products recently xx

    Candy Cosmetics | Beauty Blog

  13. loving the nars sheer glow right now too!

  14. Nars Sheer Glow is perfect isn't it :) I picked that up towards the end of this year, having said that I do prefer my Laura Mercier Silk Creme just a tad bit more.
    Amy x A Little Boat Sailing

  15. I really want to try the seventeen concealer, heard some great stuff! I was a HUGE rimmel stay matte fan, but recently got the soap and glory one heck of a blot and that is amazing. It's much finer and deffo worth a look at :D

  16. I love the balmi lip balms! I've just done my 2013 beauty favourites xx :)

    Amy |

  17. That stila palette looks so gorgeous, I really want to get it! x

  18. That Stila palette is beautiful!

  19. gorgeous choices ! love the palette :)
    Melissa x

  20. Laguna and stay matte were firmly in my favs to! Not so sure on phoaar paint.. I found it creased super super badly but I'm going to give it another go as it's appearing in loads of favourites!

    Nars sheer glow is definitely on my wishlist.

    Georgina at

  21. Loved reading this post, yearly favourites are definitely my favourite posts to read! I'm a huge fan of the Stila In The Light Palette, Nars Sheer Glow and Nars Laguna bronzer.. After reading this I really want to get my hands on the 17 Phowarr concealer :) I've just posted my 2013 beauty favourites post today too if you fancy a read - xxx

    Rachael | ♥

  22. Lovely post! I'm supposed to be saving for a holiday this year, but I suddenly feel compelled to go and splurge on all these products now :')

  23. This post made me purchase a Stila Palette xo

  24. Lovely post! Would love to try the lip balm! <3


  25. I really like reading people's favourites as I get to discover new things too! I've spotted a few I'd like to try for myself, and I definitely agree that the In The Light palette is a thing of beauty. In terms of eyeliner, I love Maybelline's Master Precise, the tip is really precise, which always helps when applying eyeliner!

  26. I'm going to have to try that seventeen concealer, it sounds amazing!

    Jenn | Photo-Jenn-ic


  27. i've used the touche eclat every day since i got it in july, absolutely love it! desperately want the stila palette, its beaaaaaaaaaaautiful! x

  28. I love the Rimmel powder and HD brow palette too! Nars foundations though made my skin look soo bad...

  29. Lovely favourites, I'd love to try most of them! Nars Sheer Glow and the 17 concealer went straight on my wishlist :)
    I've done two favourites posts so far, makeup and lip products, if you fancy a peek: xx

  30. You've picked some really wonderful favourites.. especially the Stila, Nars Laguna and Touche Éclat!

  31. Really want to try the Stila in the light palette! x


  32. I need to try the NARs foundation now. Just bought NARS concealer and it works great. Thanks for sharing.
    Beauty Fashion Skin Care Blog -Girlie Blog Seattle | Casual Chic Style

  33. I also loved my Stila in the Light palette! This year I skipped a yearly favorites post because I only started blogging in May and that's when I really focused on beauty products. However I've really enjoyed reading these posts! My wish list has slowly gone out of control haha.
    Lovely Notions

  34. I love these posts amazing for inspiration! I'm always looking for new products to buy :)

  35. I've done a post on my top lip products of 2013 and WHY have I not added the Clarins Lip Perfector?
    I totally agree with you, it's brill!!
    alicekatex ♥

  36. I wish the Stay Matt powder worked for me, I've tried it so many times and I just can't get it to work for me. You have given me some great products to try out this year though!


  37. I loved Stay Matte as well! Stila's In the Light palette is oh so high on my wishlist! :) x

  38. I love the Stila palette! I've had it for a few years now and it's still going strong. I love how it has a mix of shimmer and matte, so perfect xxxx

    Verity | Life of Verity

  39. I love the Stay Matte Powder too! :)


  40. I have and love the Stila palette. It has a little bit of everything and is so versatile! Great post :)

  41. NARS sheer glow foundation is also my all time favorite!

  42. These posts are really useful, especially if you are going to part with a lot of money- there is never a guarantee that the product will actually work! I too have fair skin so will be trying out that NARS bronzer!


  43. Great favourites, Nars foundation is lovely!

  44. The Stila palette just oozes pretty doesn't it?! So stunning! I may need to pick one up!

    Megan xxx
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty Blog

  45. I have always wanted to purchase the Urban Decay Naked palette but now I'm more tempted to get the Stila In The Light Palette, it looks pretty and a little cheaper! (:

    Love Ellis xo
    ELRBX / english beauty, personal & lifestyle blog! xo

  46. I just love the sound of Nars Sheer Glow really eager to try it for myself :) I also love the YSL lip shade just beautiful x

  47. I love that you've split it into different categories, I wish I had done that with my version of this post haha xx


  48. Great picks, the Nars sheer glow seems to have cropped up in lots of different favourites posts wish there was a counter in my city :( have no idea what shade I'd be. I also love the YSL touché éclat I've tried so many dupes last year I finally tried the original and it's love brightens up your face so much! X

  49. I really want to try out a YSL lipstick but don't know if it works well. I have heard so much out the Nars sheer glow and the laguna bronzer, really want to try them out! And the Rimmel stay matte powder is definitely a holy grail for me and it is such a bargain!!xx

    I’d really like to see you on my blog, let me know if you ever visit!:)

  50. Everything looks amazing. I really like the look of YSL le Orange.

    Kah-Feh Yen | YSL Rouge Volupté Giveaway.

  51. Amazing favourites lovely lady! My wishlist has now grown immensely... xxx

  52. Oh so many great things, love the ysl lipstick!

    Greetings from London,

  53. I love these type of blogposts, makes me want so many products now xx

  54. I want to try them all now :(

    Sophie xx

  55. Great products! Happy New Year
    Much love, Bailey from Vanilla Blonde

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  57. I really want to try the clarins instant light perfecters, the peachy pink shade looks gorgeous!

    lillies and lipbalm

  58. Good favourites, and I completely agree with you on pretty much everything. I haven't tried the eyeliners you mentioned though so I'll be giving those a go very soon :)


  59. Oooo chuffed you've given the 17 concealer a nod, I've heard good things - definitely going to pick it up soon :) x

    Eleri Roberts

  60. Definitely going to try out Nars sheer glow foundation, heard so many good reviews! and i love the hd brows palette too i got the latest in beauty glamour box after you recommended it and have not been disappointed
    Zoe x

  61. Ooooo so many things I want to try now!
    Really tempted by the Nars foundation, roll on payday!

    - Maisie x

  62. I use my Stila in the Light Palette most days along with my Clarins Lip Perfector, such great staple products really! x


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