Friends, when a girl falls off the blogging bandwagon, she falls off the blogging bandwagon. Her cosy place on the internet tumbles off the metaphorical cliff into the deep and torrent sea of Un-Updated Blogs, a place where stale Xanga websites and abandoned Google Friend Connect widgets are found.
Here's to hoping I don't commit another disappearing act again any time soon. After the Great European Trip of 2013(!), I feel re-inspired and reinvigorated to post on my blog again. And Lord knows I picked up enough blogging material (ahem) to write about as I braced the Wintery cold Europe offered the girl from sunny Australia.
Without further adieu, I have 13 favourite products of 2013. I hope picking favourites amongst children isn't like picking my top 13 products of last year, because this was easy.
FACE BASE AND CHEEKS
I thought I would expand out of the Skin79 BB Cream (pink bottle) craze in the middle of last year and ventured out and bought Missha M Signature Real Complete BB Cream in shade #23 Natural Beige. Another purchase based off the recommendations on Makeup Alley, this one has less of a grey tint and has slightly better oil control than the Skin79 offering. I haven't found my perfect BB cream/tinted moisturiser yet, but this one was definitely my favourite in 2013.
I stopped buying concealers that were one shade lighter last year and found that ones that matched my skintone appeared much more natural. I stayed loyal to the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in shade Soft Beige. It does exactly what it says; with this medium-coverage concealer under my eyes I look less tired and much more awake.
I love blush that you can quickly swipe on without thinking about it. NARSBlush in Luster and the MACMineralised Blush in Warm Soul fit the bill perfectly.
EYES AND LIPS
Japanese people are crazy innovative. And it doesn't stop at fancy toilets and motor vehicles either; K-Palette One Day Tattoo Real Lasting 24 Hour Liquid Eyeliner and Kiss Me Heroine Make Long and Curl Mascara both made it to my list. The K-Palette eyeliner's felt-tip like structure makes drawing a line as easy as it gets, perfect for people lacking hand-eye coordination skills such as myself. The Kiss Me HeroineMake mascara on the other hand is excellent at lengthening, separating and curling the downward-pointing Asian lashes of mine.
A non-makeuppy person perhaps might (read: would) say that I own one too many lip products, and I would agree probably without hesitation (clearly past the stage of denial by now). But there's always a select few I tend to use a lot more frequently than the rest. My Revlon Lip Butters and RevlonJust Bitten Kissable Balm Stains would definitely fit into this category. My favourite shades of the easy-to-wear Revlon Lip Butters are Sweet Tart and Raspberry Pie, the latter of which I often pat on because the colour is intense. Candy Apple is probably the easiest red to wear, and also the only red I've been brave enough to wear in 2013. I've used a few different lip crayons but the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains can't be beat. Shades Sweetheart and Smitten are ones I've been favouring recently; again I mostly dab them on and spread them out using a finger and I find that the colour remains for most of the day.
SKINCARE AND HAIRCARE
2013 was the year I became more invested in the condition of my skin, to be honest. I'd graduated from using Neutrogena and Clean and Clear a long time ago, but for the most part mainly still used whatever was convenient until 2013.
I picked up Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish from a Boots in London at the beginning of December last month and there's no turning back. Best cleanser I've ever used, hands down. It's not locally available to me in Perth but I'm considering paying the 15 pounds shipping the Liz Earle website requests just so I can keep continuing using it. That's a big deal for me given I usually recoil in disgust at exorbitant shipping fees, but I don't want to stop cleansing and polishing. I'm sure I annoyed my best friends in our hotel room in Amsterdam when I first tried this out and demanded that they feel my face; the smoothness of my skin just had to be well documented, guys!
Two other skincare products also deserve the same love and recognition. Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturising Lotion is a cult product in Asia, reportedly sold once every 4 seconds in Japan. Packed with three types of hyaluronic acid, I apply this serum (the world lotion is used differently in Japan) every night after cleansing and no other product has made my skin as silky soft, bouncy and well hydrated. The hype is real. I've talked about La Roche PosayEffaclar Duo before in this post here so I will keep it short; it's a staple that takes care/gets rid of annoying blemishes that haven't yet ripened (best use of imagery ever) almost overnight.
Lastly are two products that I've repurchased and will continue repurchasing. Biore UV Perfect Face Milk SPF 50+ is my sunscreen essential. Although it might not be appropriate for dry/sensitive skins, my oily skin responds to it well and it does not make me feel greasy at all. I've gone through countless bottles of the L'Oreal Elvive Smooth-Intense Anti-Frizz Serum and it's probably the only hair product I use regularly besides shampoo and conditioner. I think you can tell I'm not a hair person at all.