02 January 2012

The Best Of 2011

First off, there have been so many products that I've discovered this year. Didn't think there'd be too many before I started putting this post together. Secondly, I cannot believe it's the end of 2011! This year's gone by so fast! Although I feel like I say this every year at the moment.

I've split the products up into sections so it's easier to talk about them and they're not all in one photo. These are all products I've bought this year and have fallen in love with. With the exception of two or three nail polishes.

Body And Hair:
best of 2011 body and hair products
This year has been about finding products to combat and help with my eczema. I've been using a mix of Lush Dream Cream, La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP, Weleda Skin Food* and Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream. All four have worked wonders and I couldn't recommend them enough even if you don't suffer from eczema. They work just as well, if not better than some of the creams I've been recommended from the doctor.

Only have one hair product but it is all I use in my hair after washing and is the Miracle Concentrate from V05.

Perfume:
best of 2011 perfume
Bought both of these perfumes on recommendations from Anna (Vivianna Does Makeup) and both have jumped into my top 10 perfumes list. They're both floral scents but are very different. Paco Rabanne Lady Million has notes of neroli, orange, raspberry, honey and patchouli. YSL Parisienne has notes of rose, peony, violet, musk and sandalwood.

Make-up:
best of 2011 make up
I prefer Mac's Paint Pot in Bare Study to Urban Decay's primer potion as I find it can be a bit oily sometimes. Bare Study doesn't crease on me and if I'm in a rush I can just apply this, mascara and then I'm done. For lips, the sugar lip treatment* from Fresh has been a life saver and although I haven't had it long it's become a favourite and everyday product. Mac Creme Cup is one of my favourite lipsticks, the other being Mac's Gaga. It's the perfect everyday pink colour and I love the vanilla scent.

Picking a favourite eyeshadow was quite hard, my most used is the Naked palette but I bought that last year. I decided to go with the baked duos from Accessorize. I have Maia, Thalia and Zoria. They're so pigmented and look really pretty in the pan.

Lastly is the Sheer Skin Tint* from Liz Earle which I'd say is probably the number one product of this year. I've really struggled with foundations in the past as I'm very pale so even the lightest shade is usually too dark. The shade Bare 01 is the perfect shade for me and I can see this always being in my collection.

I'm hoping to discover my favourite concealer and powder next year!

Nail Polish:
best of 2011 nail polish

This year has been mainly based on nail polish, my collection has grown a lot since I started the blog. The majority are from Models Own as I bought a lot when they had the 50% off sale. Although I bought two or three of them last year I still wanted to include them as I've worn them so much and are my favourites.

I've posted NOTD's for all of these polishes which I've linked above. Pretty much stuck with the pastels and dirty colours this year which is definitely my most used and favourite shades. So glad I discovered the Orly base and top coats this year. They've helped my nail polish stay on for longer and I'll be buying the normal sizes once these mini's are finished.
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