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Monday, 30 December 2013

top 5 of 2013: misc

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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xen tan dark lotion absolute luxe, estee lauder bronze goddess, nailene full cover nails in petite square, origins no puffery*, Real techniques contour Brush

Xen Tan Dark Lotion Absolute Luxe: This is still my self tanner of choice. The perfect not too orange tan that really warms up my olive skin tone without making me look like an oompha loompa. I also really liked the Xen Tan Morrocan Tan for serious deep dark tanning but this one edge over the finish line for me. I stopped fake tanning for winter, Therefore I cant wait to bust this out again! There is nothing I enjoy more than being all glowy and bronzed.

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess: Long time readers…How much did I go on and on about this perfume in the summer? It was literally my favourite perfume in the world; therefore I quickly snapped up three bottles of stuff to tide me over till the next summer. The best way to describe it is basically summer in a bottle. Super coconutty, fresh, holiday-y and just oh so warming. Although not very seasonal, I have actually worn this most of the year. It's the dream perfume in my eyes, and I literally cannot get enough of. Roll on summer for Bronze Goddess 2014.

Nailene 200 Petite squares: Although I've stopped wearing nails recently (I have no idea why, laziness probably) My favourite falsies have to be the Nailene Petite Squares. They are really short, wearable and have a "my nails but better" type of look to them. They are short square finish,, so they are only a little bit larger than natural nails and have such a lovely shape. I like that they are so small and perfectly sized for smaller hands and nail beds (like my own) Which means I don't have to spend ages filing them down to get them to fit. Coming in a handy 200 pack means whenever one pings off I can quickly and easily replace them. Hero.

Real Techniques Contouring Brush: I had to include a Real Techniques brush in my favourites, and I decided on the Contour brush. I just felt out of all the RT ones I own that this one was the one I liked the most. The small shape is perfect for sculpting the cheeks or depositing colour on the apples. While I really rave about all the RT brushes this one has been my favourite in 2013.

Origins No Puffery:  My sleeping pattern took a turn for the worse in 2013, so I was left with the puffiest, driest eyes ever. Although soon after discovering No Puffery my eye area calmed down and felt a lot more soothed. I actually keep this in my fridge, so I grab it as Im grabbing the milk for my wake up coffee. Smart.

28 comments

  1. Great post, you've actually made me want to try all these products, I will definitely be investing in the Xen Tan as I am still yet to find one that I like - fingers crossed this is THE ONE. I am also definitely going to purchase the nails, I too have small hands so these have never been an option for me, far to lazy to spend hours filing, these will be perfect so thank you.
    Really great picks.

    Linzylabellevie x

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  2. I have to try Origins soon as I saw it quite often on some reviews this year.

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  3. I'll have to try the Nailene, they look really good perfect for me xx

    http://yougottabegorgeousx.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. Love the Real Techniques Contour Brush! It's one of my faves too x


    http://everydaysheshines.blogspot.com.au

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  5. love your blog (: never fail to disappoint x

    a-little-treat.blogspot.com

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  6. Completely agree that the contour brush is one of the best! x

    http://gemmateejay.blogspot.com/

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  7. I really should get my hands on these real techniques brushes because they seem lovely! There are great dupes on Ebay aswell I've heard :) very curious about them!

    I wish you a great end of the year and best wishes for 2014! :)
    Valérie | scribblesofvalerie.com

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  8. I must try the Estee Lauder perfume when I go out!! Always on the hunt for summery scents Xx

    thriftyskies | beauty and trends ♡

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  9. Always use Nailene nails, and the real techniques brushes are amazing!

    jessssicahart.blogspot.co.uk

    (I am also running a Chanel giveaway on blog)

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  10. love the Real technoques :) great post! berrie-blogs.blogspot.com xx

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  12. love the real techniques brushes! definitely going to branch out to the contouring brush also :)

    Rachel x
    Style Soup

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  13. Aaaah Xen Tan Absolute Luxe and Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess, two of my asbolute favourites! In fact I have 3 EL Bronze Goddesses in storage for when my current bottle runs out but ssssh don't tell anyone! :) x

    The Girl In The Tartan Scarf

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  14. Great picks, I have Moroccan oil but I've not tried this one!
    Liza | Glambeautys | YouTube

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  15. I like how you brought it down to 5 products. They must be amazing favorites! Love the RT contour brush too!

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  16. the real techniques never fail! xx

    http://thehannahway.blogspot.com

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  17. lovvvve that brush! never tried any of the other products

    Emma from http://www.masqueradebelle.co.uk

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  18. I agree, the real techniques brush is amaing!

    http://www.justanylife.blogspot.com

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  19. The contour brush is brilliant! I feel it gets overshadowed by its big brother, the buffing brush so happy it's made it's way to this post haha
    The Blushing Giraffe| The Blog Loving
    xxx

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  20. I love Bronze Goddess soooo much, so glad you went on about it so much that I decided to buy it! Definitely going to try xen tan tin 2014 because I am so pale and I want to look like a bronze goddess as well as small like one haha! :) xx
    kooky capricious 

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  21. i really want to try the contouring brush!

    yukluistyle

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  22. love the real techniques brushes

    cocotulips.blogspot.co.uk

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  23. Sounds like the Origins no puffery is something I should check out too! I just got my hands on the Origins Ginzing and I love it!

    www.emandthem.co.uk

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  25. I also included the RT contour brush in my top 2013 beauty products! Such a fab brush! I really like using it for concealer too!

    www.britishbeautyaddict.com

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