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Thursday, 3 January 2013

2012 in Products!

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As always as a year comes to an end and a new one begins I like to reflect on times past and in this case products that I have enjoyed using during 2012. I discovered some great products this year and also rediscovered my love for a few old products. In this post I will recap briefly on some of these. You can find full posts on most of these products linked below. 

Hair 

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This year I experimented more with my hair than I have done in previously years and for the first time in a long time I actually left my black locks behind. At first I opted for the ever so popular ombre, then it gradually got lighter and lighter. As a result of these changes I really paid attention to the products I was using and found much love for these babies. 

It's a 10! - Hair Mask and Miracle Leave-in Product 
I really enjoyed using these two products, they really have worked wonders. I have found they have restored my hair back to the condition it was, pre colouring. Read more HERE and HERE

Moroccan Oil 
Another great product which I particularly like to use as an over night treatment, it smells amazing and leaves my hair feel super soft. 

Tangle Teezer - Original Styler
This has been an absolute god send, I have actually begun to brush my hair this year. It really is an amazing brush that gets out all the knots without tugging and pulling the hair. Read more HERE

Fragrance 

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I usually have a fair few fragrances on the go, I like to mix things up quite often.  This year, however there have been two scents which have been firm favourites! 

Juicy Couture - Viva La Juicy 
This has honestly been my signature scent of 2012 and I think this is my third bottle. I adore it, it's me in a fragrance! Read more HERE

Kim Kardashian - True Reflections
Ok Kim aside, I actually have enjoyed wearing this so much this year. It was such a pleasant surprise and was definitely my Summer 2012 scent. Read more HERE

Nails 

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Nothing in particular has stood out as favourites for the year 2012 but I thought I would include the colours I have reached for more often. I think with winning the entire Mavala collection I have been spoilt for choice with nail polish this year. 

(Top L-R) American Apparel - Berry, OPI - Mod About You, Opi - Cajun Shrimp
(Bottom L-R) Topshop - Awol, NARS - Galion , Sech Vite - Top Coat

Skin Care 

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There have been loads of products I have loved using in regards to skin care in 2012 so it was hard picking my favourites. Here are a few products that have had continual use! 

Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream - Fragrance Free
The fragrance free version of this miracle product was such a highlight for me this year. I love this multi purpose product and it's been a complete skin saviour, without that medicinal scent. Read more HERE

Cane & Austin - Acne Treatment Pads
These treatment pads are amazing for problematic skin that is  prone to breakouts.  I found using these regularly my skin tone really improved this year. Read more HERE

Dr Lipp - Original Nipple Balm for Lips 
So far the best lip balm I have come across for chapped lips, the consistency is great and it has been a little wonder this Winter. Read more HERE

MAC - Fix + Mini 
This product has been in my make up bag pretty much throughout the whole year of 2012. It's allowed me to freshen up, cool down or generally fix my make up in to place. The travel size has been perfect for popping into my handbag. Read more HERE

Liz Earle - Foot Repair Moisturiser 
Soft, smooth, fresh feet are a must and this Liz Earle was definitely my most used foot cream of 2012. The texture is lightweight and the scent is really refreshing. Read more HERE

Make Up 

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Now the fun part! 

Sephora Creamy Lip Stain - Always Red
No need for me to say too much about this lip stain I think I rave about this in every video, multiple Instagram pictures and plenty of blog posts. I am pretty sure it's my all time favourite lip product, for sure my favourite red! Seriously the Perfect Pout! More HERE, HERE and HERE

MAC - Modesty Lipstick 
My number one nude! Me and Modesty have a serious love affair going on, I have worn this lipstick so much throughout the last year and I have re purchased this on numerous occasions. Again another product I can't live without. Read More HERE

Tarte Lip Stain - Amused 
This glossy lip stain is the perfect effortless lip whether it's to wear on it's own or mixed in with a nude lipstick. I used this so much during the Summer it's so easy to wear. Read More HERE

MAC - Spice Lip Liner 
My go to lip liner of 2012, such a great colour and has been a fall favourite. Read More HERE

Liz Earle - Peony Blusher 
2012 was the year Liz Earle launched their make up line and Peony blush was a colour that I adored. I would never have thought it, but on the skin it's amazing. Read More HERE

MAC - Gingerly Blusher 
This has become my everyday blusher, the colour is perfect for my complexion. It's matte and a great balance between a peach and pink blush. It makes me feel alive and gives my cheeks that perfect pop of colour. 

Benefit - Watts Up! Highlighter 
This cream consistency highlighter has been another product I have loved using this year. It's a beautiful pearlised colour which gives my skin such a radiant glow. I love the lightweight texture and the way it blends effortlessly into my foundation. Read More HERE

Sephora - Eyeshadow 86 Meet Me at Midnight
A late love of the year but oh wow, what a great one! Sparkly, Shimmery and Dark. So happy I have this beautiful colour in my collection. Read More HERE

Benefit - They're Real Mascara 
For sure my favourite mascara of 2012 and one that I had repurchased. Great for length and volume! Read more HERE


There you have it my loves, my favourites of 2012. 

I hope you had a fabulous year and hope 2013 is filled with more makeup madness for us all! 
Lots of Love 
Zara
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7 comments :

  1. Oh crap why did I real this.. now i have to buy everything! :P

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  2. MAC's Gingerly is perfection. Have an amazing 2013 xx

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  3. I love the tangle teezer too! Such a life saver for long hair! x

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  4. The tangle teezer is amazing my hairdresser uses it all the time and its a life saver for long hair! Also, I have the same loving relationship you have with MAC modesty! Its truly the best nude ever! x

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  5. Some great products, there is a few there that on my wish list that I am going to pick up after my spending ban. x

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  6. A reminder I still really need to try 8 Hour Cream! Hope you have a fabulous 2013 :)

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  7. I really really enjoyed reading this post with amazing photos. I've been interested in Tangle teezer and it's a 10! leave in mask. They both seem like very good products.

    The Beauty Maniac in Tokyo

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