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Favourite beauty products of 2012 TAG

December 29, 2012

I have been thinking about this post for a while now, and I have decided that for my top 2012 beauty products I will pick my one favourite products for a few categories. My categories are: lip product, makeup base product, eye product, cheek product, nail product, beauty tool, skincare product, hair product, and perfume.  I cheated a little bit because sometimes I mention my favourite and then my runner up product... and I also mentioned three skincare products.

Lip Products

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain - without a doubt this product has been my go to lip product this year. I bought a bunch of these early in the year from ebay when they were released in the US, and they have since been released in Australia for around $18-$19 each. I think $18 is quite a lot of money for a Revlon balm, but you can often get them on sale, and they are worth getting! They are the most comfortable low maintenance lip product! They apply like a balm which lasts a good couple of hours, and then the stain can last up to around 6 hours depending on which shade you use. I have seven shades of these, and I can't recommend them more!
See my two reviews and swatches of these balm stains here: review 1, review 2

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar: As a runner up I need to mention OCC Lip Tars! I bought a bunch of these early last year, and the messiness of them put me off using them often. I have since bought a few with the new packaging and they are SO much cleaner to use. Lip Tars require a bit of effort to apply, but once it is on then they last a long time and they look amazing. This is my going out lip product, whereas the Revlon Balm Stains are more day to day products.
If you are interesting in winning a Lip Tar, I am giving one away as part of my latest giveaway!
See reviews and swatches of these Lip Tars here: review 1, review 2

Makeup Base Product

Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector for Oily to Combination Skin: I like the idea of high end makeup, but in reality if I can find a good makeup product for less money, I will much prefer to use the cheaper product. BB creams have never been good idea for my skin, because with my oily combination skin I end up looking like an oil spill at the end of the day. I decided to give this BB cream a go, and I am in love! It gives great foundation-like coverage which can be built up with second layer, and it controls my oiliness all day, and I don't need to touch up with powder. In addition to this, most foundations, even high end foundations, tend to gather towards my nose and t-zone, making my makeup look gross and patchy after a few hours (even with primer), but this BB cream doesn't do that! The only negatives about this product is that it only comes in two shades (but you can get one of each and mix, which is what I often do), it is very runny, and it can look streaky unless you buff it in really well! This costs under $13 for 40ml, which is great value, and you can also often find it in sale.
See review of this BB cream here.

Eye Products

SauceBox Creme de la Creme eye shadow palette - Ok so I only got this a week or so ago, but it is a stand out palette! I love the colours (except maybe the grey, only because I don't suit grey eyeshadow) and the quality of these shadows are amazing! I bought this on sale for $30, and it is worth every cent. I don't know why people spend so much money on an individual MAC shadow, when you can get a palette like this for a similar price. The only problem with this palette is that the shadows are very soft and can create fall out, also I find that because the black is SO pigmented, if you get some on your hand and you don't notice it, it can smear everywhere because a little goes a long way and a speck and make a big mess.
See review and swatches of this palette here

MAC Fluidline - As a runner up, I have to mention the MAC Fluidline gel liners! These are my go to products for a bold liner or a winged liner. They are easy to use, last forever, and look amazing! These cost $32 in Australia, but I think they are the best valued MAC products around. 
See review and swatches here.

Cheek Products

Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Naked Rose - This is another product that is pretty new to my collection, but it is a really beautiful shade and a great quality blush. The shade is a very natural pink and is perfect for a natural flush to the cheeks. The blush is really smooth consistency, really nicely pigmented, and smells like lollies! What I liked most about this blush is that it works with most makeup looks and is one of those blushes that you will never get sick of using. 
See review of this blush here.

Stila Custom Color Blush in Self-Adjusting Pink - This is my runner up blush is this Stila blush, I haven't been wearing this too much lately, but I wore it so much in the colder months, where I was slightly more pale and loved blue based pink blushes. It looks scary in the pan, but creates a really pretty bold, but not clowny, pink cheek. This claims to "self-adjust" to your skin tone, which I don't believe, but it is a must have for blush lovers. This is the only blush that I have been stopped and complimented on, and two of my best friends even bought this blush after my recommendation. This costs around $30 in Australia, but I bought it for around $20 on ASOS months ago, you can get it online at any site that sells Stila. I haven't yet done a review on this product, but I will make sure I write one soon.

Nail Product

Bourjois 10 Days No Chips Nail Polish: You can tell I like these, because I pretty much have them in each shade. I did buy a lot of these when Priceline had a $10 off Bourjois sale, so I did get most of these really cheap... but even if I didn't buy these on sale, I would be more than happy to spend the $14 that these sell for. These nail polishes don't last 10 days, but they do easily last you around 5 days, which is a perfect nail polish for people who do their nails on the weekend and want them to last the whole working week. I also use this polish when I am doing nail art and I want the look to last a long time. There are some other brands that last this well, but they often cost $20+, so I think this is the most affordable long wearing nail polish that I have ever used. The only problem with this range is that there are limited shades, and they don't stock crazier colours like blues or even oranges!

Beauty Tools

Real Techniques Brushes: I bought the whole range of Real Techniques brushes in July (see post here) and they have been my most used brushes since! I only included a few brushes in the photo above because these are my favourites of the range. My favourites include: the Kabuki Brush for face powder, the Blush Brush for blush, the Stippling Brush for foundation, the Base Shadow Brush, Deluxe Crease Brush, and Domed Shadow Brush for eyeshadow. I really like these brushes because they are super soft, make applying makeup really easy, and are easier to clean than other brushes. I would recommend buying these off iherb.com since they are much cheaper online than in store. 

Note: My Clarisonic Mia would probably have also made it into my Beauty Tools favourites if I hadn't received it four days ago... maybe it will make my list next year. See review of the Clarisonic here.

Skincare Products

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion: I have three stand out skincare products that I have started using, and I think they have made a world of difference to my skin. The Mario Badescu Drying Lotion is definitely one of those three products, I adore it! Whenever I have problem skin, this spot treatment will pretty much clear it up over one night... sometimes two nights if my skin is horrible. Previously I had to battle with other spot products for a week or more until it cleared up! When I first bought this, I started by using it nightly, and now I only need to use it occasionally because my skin is so much better. This is also a very gentle spot treatment and unlike every other spot treatments I have used, this doesn't make my skin dry out at all, so it can easily be used nightly. I will always have this in my bathroom, it is a holy grail item! I bought this for $27 in Myer, but you can buy it slightly cheaper online. 
See my full review on this spot treatment here.

Kosmea Skin Clinic Rose Hip Oil: This is a marvelous product, and I thank Lust Have It for including it in their October box because otherwise I wouldn't have discovered this. Pretty much from the first night I used this, I noticed a difference in my skin. My skin was clearer, I no longer break out like crazy during "that time of the month", any red scars left from spots have cleared up, I also find that my combination to oily skin is more controlled, and it is the closest I have had to normal skin in my whole adult life. I use this at night under my moisturiser, and it has replaced the serums that I used to use.  This is another product that I will use forever and, along with the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, it has changed my problem skin to easily managed skin. You can buy this from http://www.kosmea.com.au or they stock it at some David Jones stores and select pharmacies, check the Kosmea website for where you can buy it.
See my rave review of this oil here.

Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil in Fresh: The two above products are my ultimate favourite skincare products of 2012, and this cleansing oil is my runner up. I bought this in May off strawberrynet.com and it was on sale for $78, normally they are closer to $110 for the big bottle in Myer or David Jones. This pink "Fresh" version is more suited for oily skin, but there are three or four other types to choose from, so you can find one that matches your skin type. What I love about this product is that it literally melts off your makeup and leaves your skin feeling really clean but also hydrated. You apply this to dry skin and then add water to wash it off, and once the water mixes with the oil, the oil emulsifies and washes off really easily without leaving any residue. This feels luxurious to use, and a big bottle will last you for a whole year.


Mac Jacobs DOT: I rarely look forward to new releases of perfumes, but I think I received a sample of this in a Lust Have It box and I was in love and had to get it! Luckily my boyfriend bought it for me when I finished my last exam. This is a sweet scented perfume, but it's still fresh and subtle, and doesn't smell anything like a cheap sweet perfumes that people often imagine when they think of sweet perfumes. If you like sweet perfumes, but you don't want smell like a teenager at work, then try this!
See my review of this perfume here.

Hair Care Product

Batiste Dry Shampoo: I am not a big hair product fanatic and I am definitely low maintenance with my hair, which is why I don't feature too many hair products on this blog. One product that I will jump to repurchase if I use it up is dry shampoo. I love dry shampoo because I like to wash my hair every 2 or so days, and dry shampoo gets rid of the oily limp feeling of unwashed hair. Batiste is my brand of choice because it is affordable and does the job.

Now that you have seen my favourites, what are your favourite products of 2012? Feel free to copy this format and do a post yourself if you have a blog!

I attempted to turn this into a tag, so I will tag a few people, but I follow hundreds of blogs, so if I don't tag you then please feel free to do the tag yourself, and paste the link in the comments box below!

I tag:
Sammi from Materialgurl88
Jasmine from Sweetaholic Beauty
Clarie from Sailor Klerr
Becky from Sirvinya.com
Hannah from Midnight Violets
Mishelle from Mishelle's Sleepy Time
Lena from sleep and water 

Also remember to check out my 200 followers/Christmas giveaway!


  1. Fun read!! ^_^ I never understood the goodness in Revlon Bitten Balms though.. any of those balm sticks actually! I have the Face Of Australia set, have you tried them? Do they compare? Because I don't see anything special in them at all! Not one bit!

    Nice to hear the Bourjois 10 day nail polishes don't live up to 10 day wear... Marketing strategies!! Hmphhh. They must last for people who don't touch a thing.. haha! ^_^ I don't think I can stand them if they really lasted 10 days anyways! That means I only get to paint my nails 3 times a month.. holy golly!


    1. I have looked at the Face of Australia set and they are completely different from the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains... and I didn't buy them because they looked boring. The main difference is that the Face of Australia ones are just lip balms in similar packaging, they don't stain at all and they don't have much colour to them! I love the Revlon ones because they stain and last all day... also the colours are really bright and vibrant, almost like a lipstick!

      Yeah after 10 days my nails would start growing out and looking bad anyway.

  2. I enjoyed reading this post! The lip tars definitely look great although I do agree that they are messy to use. I have the original Garnier BB cream which is awesome for my dry skin and surprisingly has a good buildable coverage! The Real Techniques brushes I agree are amazing, they are super soft and work really well :) I've seen the Shu Uemera cleanser around but it is just so expensive but great that you got it for cheaper online! It sounds great though and I want to try it now :P

    1. It is super expensive, it was a splurge to myself around my birthday. I am glad you love the original garnier bb cream, I haven't tried it, but I did recommend it to a friend who has drier skin

  3. I only considered buying some real techniques brushes that I seen in Priceline today now I kind of wish I had! I stick with sigma just because I know I love them I will pick some up next time...thanks for sharing Kat I really enjoyed reading this :)

  4. Love this post, recently bought a few of the real techniques brushes, how amazing are they!? Thanks for the link to that website I may have to invest in the whole set!

    Love your blog! :)

    Sophie and Jennifer xxx
    Ivy & Gold

    1. Buying them online is definitely the way to go!

  5. Loved this post :) I'm dying for some occ lip tars or sleek pout paints. I love the idea of mixing my perfect colour! awesome favourites x


  6. Fantastic list! My sister bought me a few Revlon Kissable Balm Stains for Christmas and I am loving them! I've been using Shu cleansing oil for the past several months as well (the yellow one) and it has been fantastic for my skin! You really have me wanting that Garnier BB Cream for oily skin, as well as more Lip Tars. Glad you found so many perfect products this year :)



    1. How good are the kissable balm stains! xoxox

  7. I actually was planning to do something like this (I've just posted my favs for 2012), but I had the post sitting in my drafts before I saw this tag! :p But I love reading these kinds of posts. I really want to try that Garnier BB cream now, I should've bought one when it was on special a couple of weeks ago - I think it was only $9 or something? Definitely next time Garnier's on sale at Priceline! That Shu oil is super expensive, but if a large bottle lasts a year, I guess it is worth it :) I love Batiste dry shampoo as well, I think it might be edging out Klorane as my fav now, something I never thought I'd say :p

    1. I have only used the Klorane one once, it was good but I think I used up the Klorane ones too quickly, the Batiste ones last longer in my opinion. Definitely try the BB cream if you have combination or oily skin... or if you just like a matte finish... be sure to really buff it in though.

      I saw your faves, it was a great post :)

  8. Such a fun post! I really wanna try the garnier bb cream!


  9. Thanks for tagging me Kat, I have sort of done my own post but you can find it here!



  10. Thanks for the tag, I have already sorted mine, although not uploaded yet, but it's a similar format :)

  11. I really love some of those products!!! I posted mine today!
    http://www.sweetaholic-beauty.com/2013/01/2012-favourites.html :)
    Thanks for the tag, Kat! xx

    1. YAY thanks so much for doing it :)

  12. Excellent list! I really enjoyed the Revlon Balms as well, especially Rendezvous. I love your blush choices. I've been thinking about the Stila Custom Color Blush and was wondering how well it does actually adjust to your skin tone. I've just posted my favourites for 2012. You can see it here:

    1. I have already read your favourites :P
      Yeah I don't think it does adjust, but its a great blush none the less :)

  13. Absolutely love the lip tars, and I really want Dot by Marc Jacobs the bottle is just too cute x

  14. Oh gosh I have really been meaning to get me some Real Techniques brushes! They look amazing!


  15. there are so many things here I want to try :) the occ lip tars & boujours nail polishes look great.

    I've finally finished my post


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