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Friday, 27 December 2013

best of 2013: eyes

Over the last few days of 2013, I'll be covering my top 5 products of the year. I'll be looking at my top 5 picks of skincare, face, eyes, lips, hair & more! Let me know your top 2013 products from each category in the comments! 

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bourjois twist up the volume mascra*, too faced natural eye palette*, MAC amber lights eyeshadow, guerlain eyeliner*, charlotte tilbury dolce vita palette

BOURJOIS TWIST UP THE VOLUME MASCaRA: My mascara of choice since the summer. A really awesome lengthening and volumizing formula which has two settings, one designed for length the other for volume. I do find this a bit gimmicky, but I can see the difference between the two settings. I use this as my everyday mascara, as it gives just enough length and curl for daily wear while also adding drama and definition. It also words so well on bottom lashes as it's plastic brush eta right to the root and covers everyday hair.

TOO FACED NATURAL EYE PALETTE: This has been my most used palette of 2013. It's been a staple in my makeup bag because it contains a mix of matte and shimmer shadows (including a glitter, which I don't rate for the record). All the eyshadows are really complimentary and create a ton of looks from day to night. I love gold and shimmery neutrals, so this is right up my street. The small size makes its perfect for travelling and being on the move. It's accompanied me on many trips around the UK and on holiday. A great all rounder neutral palette, I personally prefer it to most of the Naked palettes… Apart from Naked3 which is amazing, but I haven't had it long enough to call it a favourite of 2013!

Amberlights has been a staple in my beauty kit for years and a repurchase for 2014. It's the perfect copper eyeshadow for me and really compliments my eye colour. It's a fail safe shadow for me and its always within reach in my must have MAC quad. Buttery, soft, pigmented and really blend able it's definitely a shade to try if you have before!

GUERLAIN EYELINER: I've pretty much worn this eyeliner daily since I received it. It's one of my favouite eyeliners of all time. It's super black, opaque with a slight gloss which gives really refined slick eyeliner look. I've used it in the majority of y OTD"s this year and it's finally on it's last legs after a year of service. 100% repurchasing this! The packaging reminds me of Old Hollywood, something that wouldn't look out of place on a screen starlet like Marilyn Monroe's dresser. It's beautiful and so luxe. I cant believe I was so indifferent to it in my original review (here) It's completely blown me away over time!

CHARLOTTE TILBURY DOLCE VITA PALETTE: Charlotte Tilbury is my favorite makeup artist so when she launched her makeup line earlier in the yearI knew It'd be a good'un. I picked up the Dolce Vita palette, and I think it's one of my favourite palettes I've used in a long time. This palette is a quartet of stunning warm toned browns, golds and shimmers. They are all powder based eyeshadows but are so creamy, butter soft they almost don't feel like they aren't powder. I found them to be especially pigmented even without a primer. The champagne shade from the palette has barely left my lids!


  1. I think I'd really like the Too Faced Natural Eye palette! Sounds like something for me :D
    Lovely post!

    Valérie //

  2. Oh fab picks, how funny I was just looking up Charlotte tilbury products and looked at this. So beautiful
    Liza | Glambeautys | YouTube

  3. For me my favourite mascara was the bourjois two step voluminzer. I usually never go back to the same mascara after it's used up and this one I love!

  4. These all look lovely, i'm on the lookout for a new mascara so i'll definitely be trying out the Bourjois one xx

  5. The Guerlain eyeliner sounds absolutely amazing. I always love your eyeliner in your OOTD's so I'll definitely be thinking about purchasing this. Thanks for the post! xxx

    Grace | Glitter and Carousels

  6. I have enough neutral palettes to last me a lifetime as I have both Naked 1 and 2 and the Clarins The Esssentials Eye palette but I'm lusting over the Too Faced Natural Eye palette and the Dolce Vita too. Remind me again, how many eyes have I got? Haha :D. Lovely picks Lily.

  7. The Too Faced Palette looks great. Real pretty shades.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

  8. All great products! I have always wanted to get the Too Faced Natural Eye palette but I have already spent way too much money this Christmas :( Hopefully I'll be able to get it next month.


  9. i'd love to try some charlotte tilbury makeup, sounds great! xx

  10. I have yet to find my "ultimate" palette so I will have to look into that too faced palette. Sounds amazing!
    Lovely choices :)

  11. Need to try some of Charlotte Tilbury's line! I've only ever heard rave reviews about her products. That Guerlain eyeliner is amazing, so is the Too Faced palette. Great picks!
    Stephanie | Love, August

  12. I should have try the Charlotte Tilbury products line too!

  13. great products, love ALL those products

  14. I love the look of that palette, so pretty! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  15. Great picks! i've been dying to try out Charlotte Tilbury makeup line, but I don't think they have it here in Canada. Can't wait when the line is available internationally!


  16. I really, really, really want to try the Amber Lights eyeshadow but I just bought two new eyeshadow palettes and I feel silly buying a single, haha! Looks so pretty though!


  17. All the Charlotte Tilbury makeup looks so luxurious! I'm desperate to pick up one of the palettes! X

  18. Ive recently been eyeing up that Bourjois mascara! might have to buy it x


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