2013 Beauty Favourites


Skincare
La Roche Posey Effaclar Duo (£10.79)- this product has seriously sorted my skin out this year, I don't particularly have blemish prone skin but when one shows up I use this to calm down any redness and prevent any scaring. 
Hydraluron Moisture Booster (£24.99)- I started using this at the beginning of the year when my skin was quite dehydrated and within a matter of days it transformed any dry patches into normal looking skin. It's perfect if you're looking for an everyday lightweight serum that really does what it says on the tin.
L'Oreal Micellar Water (£3.33)- I used to buy Bioderma religiously but since discovering this I haven't used anything else to remove my make-up. It's perfect for dissolving the days face quickly without too much pulling at the eye area and is super inexpensive. 
Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel*- due to my sensitive skin I used to stay clear from enzyme peels as I thought I would be left with blotchy red patches but this one from Elemis is perfect as it's not too abrasive and leaves your skin looking fresh and smooth after just 15 minutes. I find it's the perfect little pick me up when you're skin is looking a little dull.
Olay Complex Care Gradual Tan(£9.99)- I've used this moisturiser on and off for about 3 years, I find it's the perfect base for make-up, develops into a lovely light tan and keeps my skin hydrated all day. Plus it's never too early to be applying anti-aging products!
Clarins Instant Smooth Self Tan (£14.39)- this is part of the instant smooth range so smooths and blurs out any imperfections whilst adding a little colour, which develops into a light tan. I find this is a great base for make-up and helps it last all day. 


Haircare
L'Oreal Elnett Heat Protect Spray Volume (£5.99)-This has probably been the only product that I've used for every hair wash without fail. I learnt the hard way many years ago that you must always need to protect your hair against hairdryers and straightners and I find this product does exactly that whilst adding volume without weighing my hair down.
Bumble & bumble Thickening Mousse* (£21.50)- When I first tried this product I wasn't completely blown away but after giving it a few goes it slowly worked it's way into my haircare routine. I find it gives my hair lovely bouncy volume without the stickyness of normal mousse and tends to hold a style for a few days.
John Frieda Fine to Full Blow-Out Spray*(£6.99)- I feel like I can't praise this product enough, I find that it gives even the limpest of hair a bit of ooumph and is so affordable that I'd recommend it to anyone. 


Make-up
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation- (£27.50)- this is the perfect foundation for achieving a flawless full coverage base but also works in the summer as when mixed with a tinted moisturiser it can be used to create a lighter finish. 
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer- (£3.99)- loved by almost every beauty blogger out there and rightly so- this is a beautiful creamy concealer, which is perfect for under the eyes as it doesn't cake up and lasts all day.
Chanel Charme Lipstick- (£25)- this has been my go to lipstick for a while now as it's the perfect pink to wear in the day and doesn't dry out my lips. Plus, who can say no to Chanel?
YSL Glossy Lip Stain Shade 20*- (£23.50)- I love this as it can be worn alone as a lip stain or on top of a red lipstick for a more intense look. 
Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara (£7.99)- this is my favourite budget mascara as it's excellent at adding volume and length to my lashes without clumping up or flaking throughout the day.
Wild About Beauty Eye shadow Pencil Duo* (£14.50)- I've actually been really impressed with the whole Wild About Beauty range but this eye shadow pencil has been my favourite out of everything. I tend to use the thicker end to line my bottom lashes as it's not as harsh and black eyeliner for the day.
Max Factor Colour Tattoo Shade On and On Bronze (£4.99)- there's no surprises this is in my 2013 favorites, I'd even go as far as saying this is my favourite budget beauty product of the year- I love everything from the packaging to the finish as I think it feels so high end. I also find this makes a great base for powder shadows too.


Bath & Body
Ren Moroccan Rose Otto Body Wash (£17) - Due to it's delicious scent of Turkish delight this has been my favourite body wash of this year, I only use this every now and then as a treat due to its high price tag.
The Body Shop Body Butters (£13)*- I don't think it would be right to make a favourites post without including one of The Body Shop's body butters, I love almost all the scents they do and find the consistency of the butter incredibly luxurious and moisturising for the price tag.


Other
Models Own Utopia (£5.00)- I'm quite fickle when it comes to nail polish but this year I seem to have gone back to this shade again and again as it's the perfect milky lilac and applies so beautifully. I've actually stocked up on this shade for fear that it will be discontinued. 
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (£9.99)- this is by far my favourite brush to apply my foundation with, it buffs everything in perfectly and seamlessly and whilst I do love all the other Real Techniques ones this has been my favourite this year. 
This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray* (£16.00)  I've found this the perfect little sleep companion for when I'm struggling to drift off at night as the lavender scent if perfect for putting you into a calming sleepy mood.  

*PR Sample
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