Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A Dozen Hits for 2012

Happy New Year!!!

As we pave the way for 2013, let me look back on the things that made my 2012 a beautiful year – makeup and beauty – wise.

Truthfully, it was difficult to pick out just 12 items from my growing makeup stash.  But I wanted this list to be short, sweet and simple.  My basis for picking out the list are: (1) how I frequently use them, (2) how convenient they are in making me pretty instantly, and (3) how versatile they are in doing my makeup looks.

So, in no particular order, I present to you my hit list for 2012 –

 MAC Chatterbox Amplified Crème lipstick – It’s no doubt my most used and abused MAC lipstick to date.  Even if I already bought new MAC lipstick shades, I always go back to this one.  It’s so versatile, I can use it daytime at the office, or at night when I go out with friends.  It complements both neutral and dark eye makeup.

MAC Dame blush – Like Chatterbox, this is my most versatile MAC blush.  More than being MAC, the shade complements a lot of makeup looks even when I wanted to sport dark red lipstick. Because it applies matte, when I layer it on, it helps me fake a natural blush on my cheeks.

MAC Scarlet Ibis – My new favorite red shade.  Because it’s a warm red orange shade, it instantly brightens up both my teeth and my face.  I love how it looks really glamorous on me.

Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation -  By far, the best liquid foundation from the few that I’ve tried. It keeps my oilies at bay, stays put for the whole day, and covers all my imperfections well.  This is what I use for special events, like when I had to attend weddings, or go on a serious night out.

Shu Uemura Hard Pencil in No.6 – My favorite eyebrow pencil to date.  I never leave the house without it.  Although I tend to use an eyebrow powder in the mornings, I still have this in my purse so I can retouch my brows any time of the day.  It’s so convenient because there’s no need for a spoolie or an eyebrow brush when I apply this.  And when it’s time to sharpen, I just visit any Shu Uemura branch.

Contouring Kit – 2012 is the year when I attended makeup classes.  It’s also the year when I learned how to contour my face.  Hence, this contour kit is a lifesaver, again makeup-wise.  Contouring creates a slimming effect on the face, such that every makeup look becomes different when contouring is done properly.  Lately, I never leave the house anymore without contouring my cheeks.

Make Up For Ever Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector – another eyebrow makeup find that I’ve grown to like.  But it’s true that this one isn’t for doing quick makeup looks.  So I reserve this whenever I do have the time to spare to do my eyebrows.

Monea Curl Defining Milk – a no-fuss hair cream that makes my curls pretty and fragrant.  The fact that it’s so affordable and easily accessible is the winning factor for it.

The Faceshop Aqua BB Cream – My always ever-reliable BB cream.  It gives sun protection, evens out my imperfections, and covers my uneven skin tone.  Set with a loose powder, I’m good to go.

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Candy Apple – A lipbalm and lipstick in one, period.  It’s what I grab when I feel that my lips are dry and cracking.  The color can also be layered on to achieve a bright red hue.  It’s a lazy girl’s best friend for achieving moisturized red lips in an instant.

In2it Oil Control Powder Foundation – My new powder foundation! And I’m sticking to this brand for as long as it’s available.  It’s affordable to be used everyday, it mattifies my oilies, and it’s great over my BB cream.

Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus – there are new mascara brands out there, but I always go back to this one.  Tried and tested, it never fails to give va-va-voom lashes.

Any of my makeup hits made your list, too?

Cheers to 2013 and to another year of being fabulous, smart and strong people!  

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