Wednesday, 28 December 2011

2011 Beauty Favorites

Good evening ladies :) (and gents)! I hope each and every one of you had a Merry Christmas or a wonderful Holiday Season, wherever you may be and whatever you may celebrate!

I am writing tonight about all of the products that never failed to keep me looking beautiful in 2011. Most YouTube beauty girls and beauty bloggers are sharing their most loved products of the year and it inspired me to tell you about mine.

As I have a lot of products to talk about I will be talking about them in the following categories: Eyes, Lips, Face, Nails, Fragrance and Hair.

Let's get started!



From L to R: NYX eyeshadows I made into a quad (not sure of the exact names), Wet n Wild's Vanity palette, Wet n Wild's single eyeshadows in Brulee and Nutty, NYX single eyeshadows in Iced Mocha and Frosted Lilac.

I used a lot of neutral and taupe eyeshadow this year. When I wasn't wearing neutral colors in 2011, you would often catch me with a purple smokey eye! Wet n Wild has really stepped up their game in the quality of their eye shadows and I highly recommend everyone try them. NYX eyeshadows are always beautiful and I will continue to use them for years to come I am sure.


I was able to give Dior's Diorshow Extase mascara and Diorshow Maximizer lash primer a try and I must say, they are amazing products - especially the lash primer.

And of course, as you all know I love NYX's Doll Eye mascara in Volume and I used it almost every day in 2011!

Primer, Eyeshadow base and Eyeliner

Revlon's ColorStay liquid eye pen was my go to liquid eyeliner in 2011. For gel eyeliner, my top choice was the Physician's Formula Custom Eye Enhancing Gel CreamLiner trio for hazel eyes. The trio comes with a sparkly black (which I use for my lash line, tight line and water line), a pretty purple and a medium brown. My favorite eyeshadow base has been NYX's Jumbo eyeshadow pencil in Milk, and almost all year I primed my eye lids with Palladio's Herbal eyeshadow primer.



My most used lipsticks of 2011:

Hard Candy Visibly Wet shockingly glossy lip pencils in Must Have and Cupcake. I won't talk too much about these, since I did do a full review on them earlier this year. They were definitely used many times throughout the Summer and Autumn months.

Rimmel London's Airy Fairy. My lip color but better and the most beautiful nude I have ever tried.

Dior Addict lipstick in 578 Diorkiss - the formula of this lipstick is so luxurious, creamy and glossy. I want to get my hands on more in 2012!


I loved two different lip glosses from two different brands, I enjoyed the formula of these glosses so much that I own more than one from each line.

Glossaholic lip gloss by Hard Candy - shown from top to bottom in the photo above - I have the shades Fire Ball, Fairy and Gorgeous. These are non sticky glosses with a huge amount of glitter in them. Perfect for glam nights out and photo shoots!

Lip Luster lip gloss by Femme Couture - shades shown above are Berries n Cream and Creamy Coral. The formula is super creamy with tiny fine glitters and they are super pigmented. Love these glosses!

Lip Balm

Since Maybelline's Baby Lips lip balm came out, it has been my holy grail moisturizing product for my lips. I still can't believe the wonders this has been doing for my dry and chapped lips this winter. Go get you some! My strawberry Hello Kitty lip balm was also a favorite.


Skin Correcting Products

My go to foundation routine for most of 2011: I applied Hard Candy's Sheer Envy Skin Perfecting foundation primer
 after moisturizing my face. Next I applied Revlon ColorStay Aqua mineral makeup. (This is a powder to cream finish foundation with medium to full coverage - easy to apply and great in a rush!) Lastly I concealed under my eyes with Revlon PhotoReady concealer and set everything in with Hard Candy's Welcome Matte mattifying powder for a flawless finish.

Blush and Bronzer

When I wanted a sunkissed glow all over my face, I used Hard Candy's So Baked Bronzer in Tiki and for sculpting and contouring my face I used NYC's matte bronzer in Sunny on a daily basis.

My top two blushes of the year were NYX mosaic powder in Rosey and Rimmel London Lasting Finish blush in Berry. Two super gorgeous shades!


This was a hard category to choose favorites for, simply because I own and used so many different nail polish colors that I love a lot. Above any other nail products I loved crackle polish in 2011 and wore it more often than not. China Glaze is my brand of choice for crackle - the colors shown in the photo above from left to right are Broken Hearted, Fault Line, Black Mesh and Tarnished Gold. <3


4 holy grail hair products of 2011:

Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine anti-frizz serum: this serum is enriched with argon oil and apricot. It costs about $3 and makes your hair sleek and shiny no matter how you style it.

Tresemme vitamin enriched heat tamer spray: every time I apply heat to my hair, I use this product - it claims to style and protect and it does just that!

Got2b Dazzling  shine spray: this spray gives my naturally curly hair so much shine and really helps with eliminating frizz as well. 

Got2b Kinkier double curling power mousse: I scrunch my natural curls with this mousse almost every time I wear it curly - it holds curl, boosts curls, and is non sticky which is a huge reason why I love it so much. It is infused with nectar oil and mineral salts which really aide in forming beautiful curls.

Onto my last category......


These two fragrances are from the same Baby Phat line by Kimora Lee Simmons - Dare Me and Lov Me. Dare Me smells tropical like fruit and coconut. Lov Me is a more sensual smell with notes of vanilla and caramel. As you can see from the photo I have used them both all up almost! I will be repurchasing these scents and encourage you all to try them, they are delicious.


So there you have it - that is my most loved products list for 2011. I realize that I listed a lot of items but it was a years worth of favorites to talk about and I am a beauty junkie :). 

The majority of items listed above are still available in stores - so feel free to check them out so they can become favorites of yours too!

If you have a 2011 Beauty Favorites video or post - please share it with me and comment below!

Thank you for reading as always,