Thursday, 3 January 2013

Favourite Beauty Products of 2012 TAG

I want to start of by wishing everyone a Happy New Year. I can't believe It's already 2013 time seems to moving ever so quickly.
I've been thinking about a post with all my favourite/most used products of 2012 but wasn't sure how to start it or what to include in it. Kat over from Kitch Snitch has created an Awesome Tag for Beauty Products of 2012 (see her post here). I'm not going to go to in depth with the products as I'm afraid I'll be here forever :)..
So without any further ado here are my Favourite & Most Used products of 2012
 (This post is probably going to be picture heavy & I'm still using my phone for a camera so I apologize for the bad photo's lol)

Lip Products

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains - This is probably no surprise as it seems everyone is obsessing over these & I can see why. I'm not very big on lip products so I'm so glad I like these as they are so compact & easy to use. I have really dry lips & find that lipsticks are to thick for me to wear and end up making my lips look terrible but I love how these give a nice hint of colour to your lips and they feel very light on your lips. I own 4 of these in the shades Smitten, Cherish, Honey & Charm. They are currently 50% off at Chemist Warehouse so I think I might pick up some more.
Maybelline Baby Lips - As I said I have really dry lips I find the Revlon Balm Stains work better on my lips if I use a lip balm over the top of them which gives the balm stains a nice glossy look. Currently I'm addicted to baby lips. The packaging alone makes me want to buy these & they are so nice and smooth & they all smell amazing. I've gone through so many of these in 2012 & I currently have 2 that I carry with me at all time Smoothing Cherry & Mango Pie. These are also currently 50% of at Chemist Warehouse so I might need to stock up on some more.

My Lip Care routine I have been using throughout 2012 has been my Lush Mint Julips Scrub & Lush Lip Service Lip Balm. This Lip Scrubs Smells AH-Mazing & leaves my lip feeling so smooth. I try and use this as often as I remember at night & always follow it with Lush's Lip Service. Lip Service is unlike any other lip product I have used. Its a solid lip balm and melts to a kind of butter like feel on my lips. I find this hard to use though for some time I was unsure of how to get this out of the tin. Currently I just use a pointed Q Tip as I have a million of them but I'm sure there is an easier way to use this.

Make Up Face & Base Products

Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer - I got this in a Revlon Gift Pack they had out during Christmas from Myer (Check out the post here). I ran out of my normal primer that I use (the Face of Australia one) & since I had this one I thought I would start using it & I love it. Most primers I've used honestly just feel like moisturisers & leave my skin feeling greasy this one is much more Mattiyfing and really smooths your skin and I have noticed a big difference with staying power of foundation when I use this. The only thing I dislike about this is the smell. I don't know how the explain it but It smells quite horrible but the smells goes away when you use foundation over it. Has anyone tried this? Do you think it smells weird?
Revlon Colour Stay Pressed Powder - My sister gave me this when she bought the Revlon ColourStay Make Up as it was a GWP and she didn't want it so I gladly took it off her hands & haven't put it down since. This is perfect for my skin tone & blends in nicely without looking cakey.
Napoleon China Doll in Look 4 - I haven't changed my foundation in over 3-4 years. I have been using this foundation for as long as I can remember as have never looked back since. I've tried some other brand here and there for days I don't really want to wear much make up as this is more of a Full Coverage Make Up I wear to work & when I go out. I love this because it set's to a matte finish so most days I don't even need to wear powder over it (I only use powder on days I my skin really needs it). The other thing I love about this foundation is that even though this is just a 30ml tube the actually make up isn't very liquidy so the last me forever so I don't really need to repurchase this as often & For my skin type I feel this has the best staying power some days I work 11 hour shift & I come home & my make up hasn't moved at all :)...

Eye Products

I am absolutely 100% addicted to Neutral Eye Shadow Palettes so It's not surprise my favourite eyeshadows for 2012 have been both of my Urban Decay Naked Palettes & my Too Face Natural Eye Palette. The quality of all these shadows are amazing & they are a great mix of matte, shimmer & glitter finish shades to use everyday or create great looks when going out. My go to everyday Eye Look lately has consisted of Half Baked, Smog & Dark Horse all from the original Naked Palette.

From Top To Bottom: The Original Naked Palette & Naked 2 Palette.

Too Face Natural Eye Palette
My favourite Eyeliners for 2012 have been:
Revlon ColourStay Liquid Eye Pen - This is a great Liquid Felt Eye Pen and is the first one of it's kind I've used so I'm sure there are much better ones out there but I'm happy with this one as it's easy to use & looks great on.
Rimmel Soft Kohl Eyeliners & Rimmel Scandal Eyes Kohl Eyeliners - I love how creamy & pigmented these Eyeliners are. I have recently been using colour eyeliner in my waterline & my favourite ones so far are071 Pure White, 025 Royal Blue (which is more of a Teal colour) & 014 Bright Blue.

From Left to Right: Revlon Liquid Eye Pen, Rimmel Scandal Eyes 014 Bright Blue,
 Rimmel Soft Kohl 025 Royal Blue & 071 Pure White

My Favourite Mascara's of 2012 have been E.L.F Mascara Primer, Revlon 3D Volume Mascara & Benefit's They're Real Mascara. I'm not going to talk about these to much as I will be doing a full review & Comparison soon but these are my absolute Favourite Mascara's they are great for lengthening & seperating lashes & at the same time adding a little bit of volume.

Check Products

I'm not very big on cheek products as I have warm toned skin I find that BLush looks weird on me (It's probably just me being weird) but I've just never liked the way it looks which is annoying coz I see other people wear It & It looks amazing on them =S but I have discovered some products that I adore & they are Milani's Illuminating Face Powder in 01 Amber Nectar which give I nice light Glow to the skin & NYX Rouge Cream Blush in cb10 Golden which is a really nice cream blush that gives a peachy pink warm colour to my cheeks & just is a nice natural flushed look.

From left to right: NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Golden & Milani Illuminating Face Powder in 01 Amber Nectar

Nail Product

From left to right: Milani Gems, Sally Hansen InstaDri in Petal Pusher & Seche Vite Top Coat

I love nail polish it is probably one of my favourite things to use. I have WAY to many to even begin to pick favourites so I though why not incorporate some of my favourite colours with my favourite nail trend. I love the look of Jelly Sandwich Nails & only recently started painting my nails this way. For those who are unsure Jelly Sandwich Nails are a combination of layering Glitter Nail Polish with a Sheer colour. You start with a base coat & your base colour I've been using Sally Hansen's InstaDri Nail Polish in the colour 150 Petal Pusher (I got this in my October Bellabox) & then I add a Layer of a glitter I've been using Milani Gems which is a well known dupe for Deborah Lipmanns Happy Birthday Nail Colour then I go over the nail with 1 last coat of the base colour (Petal Pusher) & Finish with a Top Coat I use my Seche Vite Fast Drying Top Coat. Ill be doing a NOTD post on it soon :)

 Beauty Tools

Its safe to say I Love my Real Techniques Brushes by Samantha Chapman. I have all 3 of her sets that come in the black travel cases & the Powder Brush, Stippling Brush & Setting Brush. My favourite out of all the brushes are (in order of the above picture) the Powder Brush, the Deluxe Crease Brush, the setting brush, Domed shadow brush & the Buffing Brush

Skincare products

Bioderma Crealine H2Oml - This together with the Swisspers Large Make-Up Pads have become a necessity in my evening skincare routine I posted about the Bioderma last month if you want to check it out here
Rose-Hip Vital Roshhip Oil - This is another necessity in my skincare routine & if you want to read my thoughts on it you'll find it here
Formula 10.0.6 - This has always been a favourite skincare company of mine & this past year I've tried so many of there products & fallen In love with every single one of them. I'm a huge fan of their single packet face mask's as I never finish a whole bottle or jar of the same face mask so these are so much more convenient and an excellent way to try the different one's for people who haven't used these before. I was lucky enough to win a Formula 10.0.6 starter pack from the Priceline twitter page so now I have enough of these to last me awhile :)


Vera Wang Princess is one of my all time favourite perfumes ever & I love how affordable it is now. When I first bought this it was pretty expensive now you can find a 100ml bottle for as little as $50. I think this is the perfect scent for all year round it's not overpowering it's a nice light fruit & floral scent that I'm sure a lot of people like & I can get enough of it :)

Hair Care Product

I have been through so much with my hair in 2012 desperately trying everything to repair it's dry damaged ends & control the oily roots. I finally gave in & started trying the Macadamia Natural Oil range & I'm in LOVE with the Deep Repair Masque. This mask smells amazing (all the macadamia products do) & leaves my hair so soft without weighing it down. I still need to do my second half of the Macadamia Product.

OMG can't believe I finally got through all that :):) sorry if it was long..

Here are some of my Non Beauty Favourites


The Avengers
I'm a bit of a Marvel Dork :) I love all things Marvel Comics & was more then excited when the Avengers Movie came out.. Captain America is by far the best looking Hero there is :):)

Fired UpThis movie isn't new I think it came out in 2009 or 2010 but it is by far one of my favourite movies of ALL TIME. Whenever I'm sick or in need of cheering up or just super exhausted I watch this movie. It is soo funny & I pretty much know all the quotes to this movie & I love quoting this move all the time :)
It's just a silly movie about 2 guys going to cheerleader camp but it is one of the Lame yet Funny movies & I could watch this 100x & never get bored :)


Modern Family
Since this show first came out I have been OBSESSED with it. I think I am secretly in love with Phil Dunphy & want to marry him.. He is the funniest TV Dad on any show I have ever seen & he is a complete & utter dork & I love that :) .. I have re-watched this show a million times & it still gets me how funny it really is :)

I was introduced to this show in 2012 I'm pretty sure its fairly new as there are only 2 seasons & season 2 is currently on a Mid Season Break. Its a TV show about Harvey, a Lawyer in a top firm & needs to hire a new lawyer & he ends up hiring Mike, a guy with photographic memory even though he knows he isn't really a laywer but he likes how the Mike reminds him of himself when he first graduated Law School and from there the show begins. I like how this is a Drama but at the same time they incorporate a lot of light comedy to its not so serious & official all the time. I am obsessed with this show & for anyone who hasn't seen it I recommend you check it out :)


I pretty much love all music & listen to everything but this year 2 singers/bands stood out to me the most.

Florence + the MachineI've been a huge fan of Florence Welch & her music. She has an amazing voice & pretty much all her songs give me goosebumps. She came out with a new album at the end of 2011 & it has been pretty much on repeat in my house for all of 2012 as well as her new songs released after it. I find it hard to pick a favourite of the album as they are all amazing but the one that really gives me chills & stands out to me is the most is the song No Light, No Light.

A Day To Remember
One of my favourite bands is A Day To Remember & my most played album for 2012 has been their album Homesick. My favourite song from that album being "If it means a lot to you" .. Majority of their music is heavier which I like but oh man this song is so beautiful I can't get enough of it & the vocals are pretty amazing <3 ..

& lastly another favourite of mine is a cover of Somebody I Used to Know Performed by Mayday Parade ft Vic Fuentes (originally by Gotye ft Kimbra) this is for the album Punk goes Pop 5 & as much as I love the original song I personally think it sounds better like this :)

Hopefully you all enjoyed that & got through it all. sorry again for it being long but I had a lot of fun doing this :)
I tag anyone who hasn't yet done this & if you have done the tag or something similar feel free to post  your links :)


  1. Great favorites sammi! It was such a great tag Kat started! Happy new year :)

    1. thanks :) & yeah it was a lot of fun doing this but I think I realized I have way to many products (if there is even such a thing LOL)

  2. Yes NAKED palettes! And RT brushes! Revlon balm stains and BABY LIPS!!! I second all of those ;)

    1. they are all such great products & I can see why they're so popular in the blogging community :)

  3. I love the Cherry Baby Lips. As I was reading your post, I was compelled to find mine and put it on! I like the Formula 10.0.6 orange mask, but I find the strawberry one burns my skin.

    1. baby lips all smell so great :) yeah the formula 10.0.6 products I think each colour is catered for a different skin type as the pink & orange one work fine on me but the green stings if I leave it on for more than 5 mins. weird hey

  4. Great favourites! We share the same perfume favourite :) haha!
    I've done the same tag too!

    1. I've just read your post it's great :)
      Vera Wang Princess Is so good but I keep losing the ring & crown lid haha :)

  5. Great post! Enjoyed reading! Must get my hands on real tech brushes this year! ^^

    1. they are really great brushes I'm so glad I got them :)

  6. Great favourites! That 'Golden' blush by NYX looks so pretty. Everyone raves about that Macadamia Oil masque, it must be good! xx

    1. the NYX blush is so pretty & subtle which I love about it.. The hair masque really is that good :)

  7. Great favourites hun :) I totally forgot about pop goes punk, I used to have some of those cd's on my old itunes!

    1. thanks :) I'm a sucker for cover songs I always end up liking them more than the original & Punk Goes do some really great ones :)

  8. I really want to try the real techniques brushes!! And I love the REvlon Just bitten kissable balm stains, I have mine in Lovesick!

    1. I really want to get lovesick ive seen some great reviews on it =)

  9. I really want to try the real techniques brushes and you should try the revlon lip butters they are amazing! :)
    I have a blog and it would be awesome if you could check it out!

    1. Yeah ive seen some great reviews on the lip butters might need to try them out when theyre on sale =)

  10. great faves! thankyou for sharing them with me :D
    i love the naked urban decay too! they are my faves
    followed you xoxo

    1. Urbandecay shadows are the best im so glad I tried them =)

  11. So many of your faves are mine too! Like baby lips, RT brushes, Naked palettes...
    I really want to try a Lush Lip Scrub!


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