Top 11 of 2011 – Makeup

1. Urban Decay Naked Palette – This has got to be on a million people’s lists. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think it actually came out in 2010? Not that I care – I was pretty late getting it, and now I just can’t fathom how I got along without it! It was the product that helped me get back into the habit of bothering with eyeshadow on a daily basis. Love it, probably my sole favourite of the year. VERY sad about the mirror though – see it? My suitcase was a little overstuffed on my way home from Colin’s after Christmas, and he put all his weight on the case trying to close it. My makeup bag was right on the top. The mirror in my Naked palette is now broken. *Cries*

2. CoverGirl All-in-One Waterproof Mascara (Very Black) – I discovered this badboy whilst I was in Florida in the summer. Prior to this, my all time favourite mascara was RMK’s Separate Curl, but at about £22 it wasn’t cheap. Imagine my delight when I grabbed the first waterproof mascara I saw in Walmart to get me through the humidity – who’d have thought it makes my lashes look even BETTER than Separate Curl? And it only costs about $5. Winner. I’m onto my third tube, and I recently acquired two more for backup from the lovely Amanda Cheyenne. I will want a stock of this forever.

3. Kiko Makeup Milano Long Lasting Shadow Sticks – Like MAC Shadesticks but about 50 times more pleasant to use, and actually last better. They’re softer and glide onto the lid easier. They actually last pretty well sans primer, but with a primer underneath they will literally not budge until you want to remove them. The first one I got was #18, which was featured in this post, and I’ve got another in the pipeline to show you the other two shades I have.

4. Illamasqua Precision Ink Eyeliners – If you like to wear liquid eyeliner, you NEED these. It currently comes in 4 colours, Abyss (obligatory black), Alchemy (seriously rich gold), and the two I have – Glister, a really unusual nude colour with purple shimmer, and Havoc, a deep aubergine shade. Absolutely LOVE these – Glister looks especially awesome against deep smoky eyeshadow! Both of them are featured in EOTDs in this post.

5. Topshop Lipstick ‘Pillow Talk’ – Gotta admit, I haven’t worn an awful lot of lip colours this year. I find that all too many lip products dry my lips out, and as a lip balm fiend I don’t like this happening! I own dozens of lipsticks and lipglosses, but I’ve got to admit the main reason I barely wear them is laziness. Dryness is just a convenient excuse! I especially don’t bother with it on a day to day basis because my job isn’t one that’s really conducive to topping up lip colour. Pillow Talk, though, was another bandwagon I had to jump on. I saw a lot of bloggers posting about it when it came out. I didn’t think it would suit me, but I saw it in store and had to have it. It’s lovely!

6. MAC Paints – Really, really like these and am very disappointed that there’s not more shades of them. Super easy to use and super long lasting. I posted about them originally here (including an FOTD with Sublime Nature), and even did an EOTD with Flammable (the bright red one!) here!.

7. ELF Studio Eyebrow Kit – I don’t know how I got by on just filling in my awfully sparse brows with a bit of powder before I tried this. Once you go wax, you never go backs… Okay, that doesn’t work. But still – could not live without this. I’ve actually found that my perfect brow combo involves both this and the Sleek brow kit, but this ELF one wins out over Sleek for its price.

8. BeneFit Boi-ing Concealer (shade 01) – I think it was actually late 2010 that I was bullied into buying this by a pushy BeneBabe at a counter in Boots. I’m one of those people who feel horrid saying no when I know someone’s only trying to do their job, and I felt TERRIFIED as she applied various products to my face. The result wasn’t actually too bad in the end, but I felt pressured to buy something and thought the option I’d get the most use out of was Boi-ing. Turns out I didn’t like it that much at first, but I slowly learned to love it and now I wouldn’t be without it. I’ve even hit pan on it now! Who’d have thought I’d end up loving a bloody £16.50 concealer?

9. NYX Powder Blush ‘Angel’ – Had this for about a million years (well, since late 2009) and it’s always been one of my favourite blushes. Really soft and pretty. I usually hate blushes with shimmer in, they really accentuate my pores and tend to make most people look overdone in my opinion, but the shimmer in this barely registers on the face. It’s my go-to everyday colour, and it’s lasting me forever – only hit pan about a month ago!

10. Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint (shade 1) – Actually feel awful for having never got round to blogging about this after being sent it by the lovely PR at Liz Earle. Will do it at some point! There’s just nothing not to love about it, really.

11. ELF Studio Tinted Moisturiser (Porcelain) – 2011 was definitely the year of the tinted moisturiser for me. Between this, the Liz Earle one, and Topshop Skin Tint I had three new loves throughout the year! This was the only thing on my face in the summer when I had a bit more colour, but it’s quite noticeably too dark for me in the winter (but Liz Earle sorts that problem out). I don’t think I’ll ever go back to full coverage foundation.

Please feel free to link to your Favourites of 2011 posts in the comments! I love seeing them :)

12 thoughts on “Top 11 of 2011 – Makeup

  1. LOVE the naked palette. I only got it in 2011 too. Are you getting the naked2? I’m not because I think the colours would be too cool for me, but would be nice to have! xxx

  2. @Lucy: I think they are hands down the single worst counter girls of any brand! I know they’re just doing their jobs but they’re still a bloody pain.

    @Sarah: I didn’t like Boi-ing for ages after I bought it but I’ve learned to love it!

    @Amy: Nah, I don’t see the point in owning both.. like you said it would be nice but I know I’d never get enough use out of it to justify having both of them! I definitely like the colours in the original one better anyway.


  3. I need to try the Illamasqua liquid eyeliner. I felt a bit blah about make-up for most of 2011 (I still wore it everyday but just stopped buying it) and only got the make-up bug back in December when I bought a few new goodies. Benefit’s Browzings was my favourite new product but it looks like your Elf brow product here is very similar but probably much, much cheaper! x

  4. I’m glad that in the end you liked the concealer.
    I was just reading about how the chance of buying a product can jump up drastically when you can touch the product (even just touching fabric of clothing), and even more when they get you in “the chair” (for makeovers). I hate when people are pushy; it makes my defenses go up. But like I said, I’m really glad that you ended up liking the concealer. :)

  5. @Lily: Ahh we all go through the makeup lull at some point! Yeah, when your Brow Zings runs out I really recommend trying the ELF one in its place, it’s only £3.50!

    @Ashesela: I know what you mean! I always feel defensive, but I’m just too frightened of confrontation to say no or whatever. I remember it really well, when she had me in the chair I was like ‘STOP applying foundation to my face you STUPID bitch, I KNOW this is the wrong colour WHAT ARE YOU DOING!’ hahaha. Outside, I just kept my mouth shut… Oh and thanks for the award :)

    @Alice: Yes I absolutely love them! Got a post on them scheduled for tomorrow :)

    @Sofia: It’s actually really nice for £3.50! Shade range is an issue though – I have the shade Porcelain, which is the lightest, but it’s still farrr too dark for me apart from in the summer when I have a bit of colour!

    @BDP: Ohhh dear that’s not so good. How do they do it?! How do they sleep at night?! Hahaha. ‘Bene-babed’, what a verb. Thanks for the award!


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