Friday, December 30, 2011

Top 11 of 2011

I was hard-pressed to find 11 products I wore this year, let alone 11 favourites. 2011 wasn't a big beauty product year for me, for a number of reasons - I went months without wearing any makeup when I wasn't feeling well, and after realising how much I had accumulated I spent most of the year trying to get rid of a huge chunk of it one way or another. However, when I started digging around I did come across some things that I just loved this year. Quite a few of these are not new, though.

Wet'n'Wild 8 Color Icon Palette in Comfort Zone This is an amazingly good palette of neutrals. WnW really picked up their game when they reformulated their eyeshadows and brought out new ranges. I loved many of their shadows this year, but this palette was my favourite. Reviewed here.

Wet'n'Wild Single Color Icon Eyeshadow in Nutty I was all about taupes this year. This was the one I probably reached for most often. It cost me about $2US, you can't do better than that.

Silk Naturals Oatmeal Serum I am loving almost all of the Silk Naturals skin care products I've been trying lately, but this little beauty is my absolute favourite. It's a beautifully hydrating serum that I like to use under makeup in the mornings.

Shadow Worx Eye Primer This is from Coastal Scents, an online store I generally avoid for various reasons. They had a sale on brushes a while ago and I wanted to get some #217 dupes, but I figured I should buy something else to make the shipping worthwhile, and this was the something else. It's surprisingly good - I think better on me than UDPP. I intend to do a comparison with the two while I'm on holidays so we'll see if I'm right or if I'm just imagining it.

Joey New York blush in Faith I have had this for at least 2 or 3 years, and I use it frequently but I haven't even made a dent in it. It's just a pretty matte light pink shade, exactly the kind of blush shade I like.

Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick in Born With It Perfect, perfect neutral pink. I love these lipsticks generally but this one is by far my favourite.

Lecora lipstick in... Something Rose? Soft Rose? This is an Aldi lipstick that Jade kindly bought for me as we don't have Aldi in Adelaide. Again, it's just a lovely neutral pink. I have a lot of neutral pink lipsticks...

Flourish Bath and Body Perfume Oil in Almond Milk Gorgeous. I reviewed it here.

Everyday Minerals Junior Eye Kabuki brushes These are the brushes that come with their eyeshadow sets and I never bothered using them before, and in fact I almost threw them out. But a while ago I discovered that they're perfect for blending in concealer and my Touche Éclat. Since then I've been using them every day.

NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Citrine I have a few of these NYX lip pencils and they're great. So cheap too - about $3US on Cherry Culture, I think. This one is my favourite because it goes well with all my neutral pinks. A while ago I was buying something on Makeupgeek and they had this colour only on sale for $0.99, so I hope they're not discontinuing it! I stocked up on a couple of back ups anyway. Swatched here.

Illamasqua Angled Brow Brush This brush is all kinds of awesome. It's very stiff so you can be super precise with your brow powder or cream. I have a MAC #266 but it's too floppy and a bit useless. This is probably my all time favourite brush, I love it to death. Reviewed here.

If you want to see more Top 11s, check out Jessica, Sarah, Lilit, Natalie, Suzanne and Jade.


  1. Slowly working my way through the Silk Naturals stuff. Second order came yesterday! trialing the jojoba moisturiser and microdermabrasion gel soon :)
    I have comfort zone - I need to pull it out and use it more! it looks wonderful.

  2. Great faves :D I love Comfort Zone, Born With It and the Aldi lippie :D

  3. That blush looks amazing! Like a good version of Well Dressed (which I think it such a rubbish consistency) and I love the look of that eye primer too.

  4. I've not heard of Joey New York, guessing you can't get it in Canada..but what a beautiful looking blush!

  5. Suzanne, let me know what you think of the microdermabrasion gel. I haven't tried that one. And yes, get Comfort Zone out - it's gorgeous!

    Jade, I will always love you for getting me that lipstick! Stupid non-Aldi-having Adelaide *grumblegrumble*

    Sarah, I was really surprised by the eye primer. I have yet to find one that works really well for me (though I haven't tried TFSI). As soon as this hot spate of weather dies down I'll do a comparison with UDPP.

    Tracy, JNY has been out of business for a couple of years so this blush is pretty old!