I was hoping to have this post written a few days ago but I have been recovering from all my traveling and also I couldn’t make my mind up about my favourite products in 2013! There were lots of things I liked but the post can’t go on forever, so I’ve tried to be a bit ruthless. Below are the bits that really impressed me:
Catrice BB Cream – If you haven’t noticed me rave about this yet where have you been hiding?? I think this might be my favourite overall product of 2013. It’s the perfect finish, not too heavy not too light. A nice dewy look but not shiny. It also has an SPF30. It’s just a great product and is a total bargain for €6.50. It’s my go to choice for a light makeup look. Catrice do some really great products, they always impress.
Sleek i-divine Palettes – I’m sure many seasoned bloggers will roll their eyes at this one and say – duh! These have been blogger favourites for ages now but I only bought my first one a few months ago when Sleek arrived in Liffey Valley. I wasn’t expecting to be impressed but I was very wrong. The eyeshadow palettes only cost €9.99 but the quality for this price is brilliant. They’re fairly well pigmented with lovely matte and shimmer finishes that last. I only own the Oh So Special palette (here) at the moment but I see more of these in my future!
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush – I had tried many foundation brushes over the years and although they were good I definitely felt like I needed to work with them a bit. When I tried this brush I couldn’t believe it gives such a flawless finish without too much effort. I can apply my foundation flawlessly in a minute with this. It’s also not too expensive at €13.
Revlon Colorstay Foundation – I was struggling to get my foundation to last the day so I went on a hunt for a medium coverage long lasting foundation. I did a LOT of research and Revlon got mentioned again and again. I was a bit dubious but decided it wasn’t a bank breaking investment. I bought the dry skin version. This is now my go to foundation for day to day wear. It gives good medium coverage with a lasting semi-matte finish. Topped with a bit of powder it really does get my face to the end of the day. It costs about €18.
Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Sticks – This is a late comer to the list but I’m including them because they’re that good! I spotted a Christmas set of these in November and had been lusting after it for a while. Then I saw Karen at Lovely Girlie Bits rave about them and knew they had to be mine. I was lucky that by pure coincidence my friend Debs got me these for Christmas! I thought they might be too pigmented but they’re a lovely light gloss stick with a moisturising finish that lasts well. I’ve been using them non stop since I got them – thanks Debs! They cost about €9 each.
So there you have it, my makeup picks of 2013. They’re all very budget friendly now that I see them, showing you don’t have to spend a fortune for a great quality product. Did you have a favourite makeup product in 2013?