Sunday, 6 January 2013

2012 Favourites

I've been reading several beauty blogs and also watching beauty videos and many are doing a post on their 2012 favourites. So I thought I will do the same.

I have gotten a lot of beauty products in 2012, more than the year before and previous to that... but since there are so many products that I liked! Anyway, I finally came up with just a small selection of products that were in my favourites list.

Oh... just a warning - this post is picture heavy and long!!

Skincare products:

MAC Lightful Moisture Creme
MAC Lightful Hydro-charged moisturizer SPF 30
MAC Lightful Hydro-charged moisturizer SPF 30
The first product is MAC Lightful Moisture Creme. I have been using this moisturiser for the past 4 years. However this one pictured above is a new formula, the Marine Bright Formula. This moisturiser has got a gel consistency.  I love this moisturiser. It hydrates my dry skin really well and although it doesn't get rid of my dark spots it does seem to brighten up my skin tone. The downsides of this moisturiser is the price and that it is not available in Australia. It is only available in Asian countries and in the US. However, I have been fortunate to be able to get supplies for it as I go overseas every year and stock up or I order it through friends/family who went overseas to Asia. 

The second product is also in the MAC Lightful range. It is the SPF 30+ moisturiser. This one pictured is the old formula. I really liked this SPF 30 moisturiser because it has the sunscreen protection and it doesn't feel greasy like normal sunscreen. I use this on hot summer days alone or over the lightful moisture creme on winter. The consistency seems to be similar to MAC strobe creme. As pictured above you don't need much at all to apply all over the skin and once applied and blended it leaves your skin with a nice sheen glow.

Origins Vitazing
I love my Origins Vitazing. I use this on days where I don't want to use any foundation. This moisturiser comes out white but when it's blended on to the skin it changes colour to match your skin tone. It also gives my face a nice glow after applying and it's very moisturising.

I love Bioderma Crealine H2O makeup remover (the one above is the Asian version of Bioderma Crealine and it's named differently. It's exactly the same but they call it Sensibio). I found out about this through Lisa Eldridge's video on YouTube. I bought this when I was in Singapore back in October and have been using it everyday since. This is definitely my HG makeup remover. It's a very effective yet gentle makeup remover. It doesn't sting, calms the skin and hydrates my skin. It is quite pricey if you buy this in Australia. I should've bought more when I was in Singapore.

Makeup - Face:

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (MSF) - Medium Plus
MUA Bronzer - Bronzed Perfection
MAC Peachtwist Blush
YSL Touche Eclat no. 3
MAC Face & Body Foundation
The 5 products above are my favourite face makeup products. I love MAC Face & Body foundation. It's a water based foundation with sheer/light coverage giving a beautiful natural look. It's perfect for my dry skin as it doesn't dry my skin out and it gives my skin a beautiful dewy finish.
MAC MSF is a baked face powder. Prior to using this, I hardly ever used powder foundations since it always makes my skin looked cakey and dry. However with the MSF, this was not the case. It works well with my dry skin and it looks nice and natural. I use it alone or sometimes over my F&B foundation to set it.
I love YSL Touche Eclat Radiance Touch Pen. I think a lot of people has this products because it's a brightening concealer/highlighter. I use it to brighten the area under my eyes, on the cheek bone, bridge of nose and cupid bow.
I've only recently bought MUA Bronzed Perfection bronzer but I fell in love with it straight away. It's a nice matte bronzer and it's not too dark or too orangey. It's nice to add a bit of colour on my face and I also use it to contour.
And last of the face makeup product is MAC Blush in Peachtwist. I love this blush. It's a shimmery peachy bronzey colour. Unfortunately today, when I was carrying all the favourite products to take photos of them, I dropped the blush so it cracked. I did manage to salvage it and half of it was ok but the other half was smashed. I used some alcohol fluid to put it back together in the pan - it just doesn't look as pretty now but at least it's still usable. I would've cried if I could not salvage it. I will do another post on this blush with swatches.

Makeup - Eye:

The original Urban Decay Naked Palette (pictured above) is definitely my most used and favourite eyeshadow palette. I love it so much. It just has the best combination of neutral colours. I think I've nearly hit pan on some colours (Half Baked, Buck, Sin). I use this as my everyday make up look but I can also use it for an intense smokey eye for a going out look. It's such a versatile palette and great for travelling!

Maybelline Color Tattoo is such a great cream eyeshadow! Plus it's so cheap and affordable. I love to use it alone or as a base. You can see my review of this eyeshadow here.

Maybelline One by One Satin Black mascara is my favourite mascara in 2012. I actually won this from Maybelline NY website and didn't really know about it until it was sent to me. At first I wasn't really overly excited by it but after using it several time I started loving it. It gives me beautiful long and thick lashes. 

Well... I think that's it. These are my favourite products in 2012. I think there would be more that I could list but then this post would get too long. 

What do you think of my favourites? What are your favourite beauty products of 2012? 


  1. wow your naked palette looks like its gone to good use!
    how much did you purchase the bioderma for, if you wouldnt mind me asking? :D
    great blog!

    1. Yup it's definitely getting a good use lol :)
      I purchased the Bioderma from Singapore Guardian Pharmacy for SG$24 which would convert to around AU$19. It is so much cheaper there. My friend is actually going there this week so I've put in an order through her.

  2. Of course the naked palette is here !

    Do you know a good hand cream that is really really moisturising for hyper hyper dry skin ? The ones that I tried doesn't moisturise enough. T^T

    1. Hi MuShii!
      I know what you mean. I have really dry cracked hands that bleeds sometimes and I have try literally nearly hundreds of different hand cream from cheap ones to expensive ones.. I found that Dermeze ointment works well for my hand and it's cheap you can get it from the Pharmacy however it can feel a bit oily/greasy but after several minutes the greasiness goes away. Another thing that worked was mixing any deep moisturizing hand cream (containing Shea butter) with coconut oil. A friend bought some coconut oil from Fiji and I mixed it in a small bottle and it works really well.
      I'm not sure if you can get Dermeze ointment in your country though. Good luck!! I hope you find a good hand cream!!!