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13 Favourite Products of 2013

1 Posted by - December 31, 2013 - Hair, Makeup, Skincare

Rather than an exhaustive list of products I’ve liked this year, I’ve edited down to 13 products; the best of the best which are pretty much guaranteed a permanent place in my makeup bag/bathroom cabinet/heart. If you’re new to this blog, here’s what you might have missed – and what you can expect to hear more about in 2014.

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser in Finland
Making the ‘best of’ cut for the second year running, NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser has remained my daily base of choice. Hydrating without ever feeling greasy and with a touch more coverage than the average tinted moisturiser, I’ve barely touched anything else – full review here.
Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Soft Brunette
The best I’ve tried in terms of texture, colour and convenience; the pencil doesn’t require a sharpener, it’s waxy and broad enough to gently hold the hairs in place whilst adding the perfect amount of natural colour to define the shape. Soft Brunette is free of any telltale red tones and spot on for my brow colour – more here.
Bobbi Brown Blush in Pink Coral
Released with the autumn Rich Chocolate collection, Pink Coral seemed a little unseasonable. However it’s the perfect matte pink for brightening up dull winter skin and it’s not left my makeup bag since its launch. It was limited edition, but still seems to be available online and at some counters.
Shu Uemura #18 Goat Foundation Brush
An absolute workhorse of a brush, it’s no surprise this is a favourite of makeup artists. Just small enough for under the eyes and around the nose, but not so small that it makes foundation blending laborious, it’s what I use any time I want a flawless finish.

ByTerry Khol Terrybly in Secret Brown
After a (rather naughty) sleeping-with-makeup-on test, I can confirm this is easily the longest lasting liner I’ve come across; but it’s also creamy enough to smudge and blend without irritating sensitive eyes. ‘Secret brown’ is a cool black-brown which has become a makeup bag staple for day and night.
RMS Living Luminizer
A pearly translucent highlighter made with organic castor seed oil, coconut oil, beeswax and rosemary extract, I haven’t come across another product that seems to draw in light to just the right places (without highlighting imperfections) in the way that Living Luminizer does - full review here.
John Masters Bare Unscented Shampoo
Heaven for sensitive scalps, John Masters Bare Unscented shampoo foams as well as conventional brands, leaving my hair squeaky clean but not as tangly as other natural shampoos I’ve tried - full review here.
Aveda Pure Abundance Hair Potion
Until now styling dusts have ranked among my most hated hair products; gritty and easy to get wrong. Aveda Pure Abundance Hair Potion magically turns to moisture when rubbed between the palms, making it easy to rub evenly through roots and mid-lengths. The result is subtle texture, only where needed – and no sandy feeling.
Orico Superico Omega Rich Body Oil 
The one product that has finally convinced me post-shower body moisturising isn’t always a chore. The rich, spa-scented oil sinks in incredibly quickly, leaving my skin hydrated, healthy and never greasy.
Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning for Face and Décolleté 
Swept on with a cotton pad a couple of nights a week, Liquid Bronze builds to a natural hint of tan and the gives the illusion of more even skin tone (making foundation almost redundant) – without the potential breakouts or streaks of body tanners.
Pai Echium & Argan Gentle Eye Cream
Ending my search for an eye cream as moisturising as Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, but which still works well under makeup, Pai’s Echium & Argan Eye Cream hydrates without aggravating sensitive skin or eczema. The virtuous ingredients list is an added bonus.
Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer Stress-Minimizing Daily Hydrator 
A 2013 launch, I was rather dubious about this moisturiser’s claims to ‘block stress signals to the skin’ (and, truth be told, I still am) but Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer was the one product to calm and restore the balance of my skin after a rather nasty reaction – and I haven’t been able to put it down since. Look out for a more detailed review in the new year.
Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil
Covering everything from fading old acne scars and reducing redness to giving my moisturiser an extra boost, I can’t imagine my skincare routine without Rosehip oil. I’ve tried a few brands, but I prefer the non-greasy consistency of Trilogy – more here and it’s also a key ingredient of my DIY Cleansing Clay Mask.

70 Comments

  • DreamInLace December 31, 2013 - 7:12 am Reply

    What a lovely collection of favorites…and most of these I have not used or heard much about! Definitely taking notes here … ;)

    xoxo
    Kelly
    http://www.dreaminlace.com

  • Celina December 31, 2013 - 7:26 am Reply

    Lovely selection of products! I’m looking into getting a rosehip oil because I’m trying to get rid of acne scars, now that I have my acne under control. I’ve been debating between the Trilogy one and Pai one, both of which are not readily available in stores where I live so I would have to order off Feel Unique or some other only beauty store. I’m leaning towards this Trilogy one first just because I trust your opinion. We’ll see when I can get my hands on it!

    xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  • Kirti December 31, 2013 - 8:00 am Reply

    Great list! I’m going to check the rosehip oil and Kielhs moisturiser out!

  • Zazie Bibi December 31, 2013 - 8:46 am Reply

    i need to try some byterry products (: great list xx

    http://a-little-treat.blogspot.com/

  • edenblue December 31, 2013 - 8:51 am Reply

    What a gorgeous list. I might have to check out the PAI eye cream.

  • Giada December 31, 2013 - 9:11 am Reply

    Lovely post! I have to try that RMS Living Luminizer next year, since it sounds pretty gorgeous, and the Clarins Liquid Bronze, which is on my wishlist for months.

    x Giada | The Beauty Recensionist

  • AgentSmyth December 31, 2013 - 9:55 am Reply

    Amazing products, that Shu Uemura brush looks incredible! I’ve never come across that before x

    Claire | AgentSmyth

  • Jenna December 31, 2013 - 10:14 am Reply

    The Bobbi Brown blush has become part of the permenant range now. The NARS TM is next on my list to try. Fab list!

  • Happy New Year! December 31, 2013 - 10:20 am Reply

    I got the Trilogy rose hip oil after reading your review and it’s definitely working on some of my acne scars, so thank you!

    PS. That Kiehls moisturiser sounds nice but if you’re still on the hunt for a new one you have to try Dermalogica’s skin hydrating booster. Seriously. Game changer.

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell December 31, 2013 - 10:27 am Reply
  • Nicole K December 31, 2013 - 10:27 am Reply

    Love the selection! Would love to try them

    xx Nicole

    http://npk-blog.blogspot.com

  • Pink Elephant Blog December 31, 2013 - 10:32 am Reply

    The Bobbi Brown blush looks amazing! I love the Clarins face tanner too! Such a great product!

    http://pinkelephantbloggin.com/

  • Georgina December 31, 2013 - 11:20 am Reply

    I love this list Meg, next year I am definitely trying the Clarins self tanner, I shall spend summer 2014 golden brown, I have far too many photos with my face causing flashback glare! xx

    http://www.thelibrarian.co.uk

  • Berrie-Blogs.blogspot.com December 31, 2013 - 11:25 am Reply

    Love to try some Kiehl’s products! Love the soy body butter :)! berrie-blogs.blogspot.com xx

  • Shari December 31, 2013 - 12:33 pm Reply

    Thank you for this comprehensive list!!! I love short yearend posts like these and not a ton of products in one post.

  • Maddy Cane December 31, 2013 - 1:05 pm Reply

    Love the look of that blush, such a pretty colour! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  • Heels Forever December 31, 2013 - 1:54 pm Reply

    2013 has been the year I have switched from using black eyeliner every day to brown. Currently using a Nars one but have been looking for other recommendations so will have to check out the By Terry one. Happy new year! X

    Heels Forever

  • Jennifer Monforton December 31, 2013 - 2:19 pm Reply

    Amazing picks! I know it can be hard to narrow it down. You’ve definitely tempted me with the By Terry Liner and Trilogy Rosehip oil. The Kiehl’s moisturizer sounds great too! xo

  • Parisian To Be December 31, 2013 - 3:11 pm Reply

    Amazing post! I can’t wait to see what 2014 holds for Lip So Facto. I really want to try the NARS Tinted Moisturizer and I’m also a fan of the Hourglass pencil and rosehip seed oil. Happy New Year! xo

    Lillian from parisiantobe.com

  • Annie December 31, 2013 - 4:13 pm Reply

    I love that you don’t always talk about the obvious products that everyone overhypes etc <3

    BIG LUVZ 4 2K14.

  • Mads | Its a Mads Mads World December 31, 2013 - 4:27 pm Reply
  • Cassie December 31, 2013 - 4:57 pm Reply

    I’ve really been wanting to try the Nars tinted moisturizer! It looks like an amazing product.

    blushandfairydust.blogspot.com

  • Gabrielle RoseBonniee December 31, 2013 - 5:17 pm Reply

    I love your cosmetic bag ! It is really cute ! Lovely photos ! Great post <3 :)

    ℓα ℒιcσrηe – ℒa vie est ℓa petite ℓicorne.

  • Amber Hunter December 31, 2013 - 7:05 pm Reply

    I’d love to try both the By Terry Kohl and the Hourglass Brow sculpting pencil. The Hourglass pencil has the most interesting shape, and I love that you don’t have to sharpen it.

    Amber

    Lovely Notions

  • pomzede December 31, 2013 - 7:43 pm Reply

    I would love to try Rosehip Oil but I am dead scared of it because I had trouble with Coconut, Olive and Sunflower Oil. I think I am gonna go for it anyway, I have loads of scars to be treated and feels like everyone has been raving about that fantastic oil this year…. So obviously your favorite is Trilogy, but I am still gonna ask: which one would you say would be better for a super sensitive, reactive skin (i.e I have reacted to different oils by having cystic acne…weird) : Trilogy or Pai? What is the difference if there is one?

  • Cornelia Kennedy December 31, 2013 - 7:47 pm Reply

    Love that Bobbi Brown blush, I just tried to see if it is online and it isn’t! ah well

    Cornelia – Ineffable Beauty

  • Chelsea Leigh December 31, 2013 - 8:49 pm Reply

    That Bobbi Brown blush looks gorgeous !

    http://chelsealeighbeauty.blogspot.com/

  • Erin January 1, 2014 - 12:43 am Reply

    Nice picks! That Clarins Liquid Bronze caught my attention, I’ll definitely have to try that out.

  • Stefanie Meier January 1, 2014 - 12:45 pm Reply

    that gorgeous highlighter has now sparked my attention

    Happy New Year xx

    casualllyawkward.blogspot.com

  • Rinica Warner January 1, 2014 - 3:33 pm Reply

    Great picks chick, I love the Kiehls skin rescuer too, it’s a fab moisturiser the Bobbi brown blush looks gorgeous too x

    http://subjectbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Evelyn January 1, 2014 - 5:57 pm Reply

    Love your picks! So many of these are now on my wishlist :)

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

  • Francisca Ferreira January 1, 2014 - 8:16 pm Reply

    Love your make up bag is so sweet!

    thebeautyspot.blogs.sapo.pt

  • Elena January 1, 2014 - 8:21 pm Reply

    Really great to see a best of 2013 post with products I haven’t seen raved about all year by every blogger and their dog! Adding so many things to my wishlist right now!! :) xx

    kooky capricious

  • Film January 2, 2014 - 12:31 am Reply

    Love the post! Many new things I haven’t tried but would love to now :) xx thanks! http://fromfilmwithlove.blogspot.ca

  • Kate Amunrud January 2, 2014 - 4:49 am Reply

    I love that coral blush! What a pretty color.

  • Eleri Roberts January 2, 2014 - 11:21 am Reply

    I love the Clarins facial tanner – it’s amazing! – definitely going to give the Pai eye cream a try too, great post! xx

    Eleri Roberts

  • Amy January 3, 2014 - 12:33 am Reply

    You’ve picked some gorgeous products from 2013 Megan. I think this year I would like to discover a nice tinted moisturiser that works for me, I’ll have a look at the NARS one as we approach spring/summer time.

    Amy x A Little Boat Sailing

  • Sienna D January 3, 2014 - 10:25 am Reply

    Clarins liquid bronze is my saviour :)

    S

  • Alice January 3, 2014 - 11:33 pm Reply

    All lovely products. I’d love to try the Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer. I think a lot of times with all we do to our face, though, we forget about the skin on the rest of our bodies. Especially in the areas we shave. A lot of irritation is a result of women not using quality blades or changing them often enough. But who can blame them–have you seen the prices for replacement blades? We’re a shaving company called Dorco and we want to change all that. Our quality razors cost up to 70% less than leading brands. And you don’t have to sacrifice quality to save that much. Read what others think about our products and our prices at DorcoUSA.com. With Dorco, you can afford to change your blades often, and that means happier, healthier skin. Thanks again for such a great post, and for hearing us out!

  • NYCgal January 5, 2014 - 2:07 am Reply

    There’s a new one, for lighter ladies – Terre Neuve!

  • Daniella January 5, 2014 - 4:22 am Reply

    great post! would you like to follow eachother?

    xx

    daniella

    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

  • mageeski January 5, 2014 - 5:57 pm Reply

    I’d love to try the Hourglass Brow wiz!

    Emily | PENNY RUGBURN

  • Jo January 7, 2014 - 10:46 am Reply

    Great post. We are currently on the lookout for fab beauty bloggers to connect with at http://www.everythingcosmetic.co.uk Get in touch

  • zensbridal January 8, 2014 - 2:09 pm Reply

    In real, you have got a good list of beauty products…

  • Annie January 9, 2014 - 10:37 pm Reply

    HIHIHIHIHIHIHI FELT THE NEED TO COMMENT ON AN OLD POST :^D *trollin*

  • Laura January 12, 2014 - 6:16 am Reply

    I need to try the Pai eye cream, I used to love the Kiehl’s Avocado one. The By Terry liner also sounds worth a try.

    Laura | Breton & Blush

  • Aimee January 13, 2014 - 1:05 pm Reply

    I LOVE Clarins liquid bronze – it’s one of my fave’s :) great list too!

    A

  • Lana January 14, 2014 - 2:49 am Reply

    lighter, more pink-tones ladies :)

  • jen_cam January 16, 2014 - 2:50 pm Reply

    Thanks for all your blogging work in 2013. I enjoy reading your opinions of products (particularly the natural variety). Best wishes for continued success in 2014!

  • Veronika January 20, 2014 - 11:59 am Reply

    I love reading your blog, I’ve even started my own recently.
    Wish you all the best in 2014, good luck xx

    loudlikelife.blogspot.com

  • blow LTD. January 20, 2014 - 6:02 pm Reply

    RMS Living Luminizer is fantastic! Love that it’s organic too.

    Blow LTD.

  • Sarah January 20, 2014 - 9:49 pm Reply

    I have this shade of Bobbi Brown blush and it definitely deserves a spot on your top list. All year round gorgeous flush! I may have to try Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer too :)
    http://www.daisychainsanddreamers.wordpress.com

  • Jocelyn January 21, 2014 - 4:51 pm Reply

    Just came across this list and now I have added a few new products to my wish list. Thanks!

    mercurialway.blogspot.com

  • Amy Filippaios January 22, 2014 - 11:12 am Reply

    These are some great products, I love Clarins as a brand so really happy to see a product of theirs in your review!
    I will be trying some other products from this list too, seeing as we clearly have the same taste :)

  • Beth Graves January 23, 2014 - 10:32 pm Reply

    Great products! I would be honored if you and any of your viewers would check out my new blog here on Bloglovin or at http://www.bethandbeauty.com. Thanks in advance!

  • Nicole January 25, 2014 - 2:44 pm Reply

    Reading this really makes me want to go out and buy all of those products! Great post :) http://nicolealexandraslater.blogspot.hk/

  • Janardhan Reddy February 1, 2014 - 11:42 am Reply

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  • Gabrielle RoseBonniee February 2, 2014 - 6:03 pm Reply
  • Eyeshadow Addict February 3, 2014 - 12:54 am Reply

    I’m curious. Why do you say the LY brush blows the MAC 210 out of the water? What’s better about it?

  • Kellie The Shoe Diva February 3, 2014 - 2:34 pm Reply

    I also swear by that Shu Uemura brush! Curious about the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil, I should add that to my shopping list. Thanks for the review!

  • Bex February 3, 2014 - 7:04 pm Reply

    Come back!

  • Shauna Sharp February 4, 2014 - 9:22 pm Reply

    Nars seems to be huge this year:) i love it

    http://www.shaunasharp.com

  • Paula February 5, 2014 - 9:36 am Reply

    My absolute fave product form last year has to be NARS moisturizer – this stuff is amazing <3

  • LifeIsBeauty February 7, 2014 - 6:50 pm Reply

    I just started a blog the other day and I would love it if you could check it out! :)
    http://lifeisbeauty1994.blogspot.ie/
    Thank you :)

  • Valeria Levi February 10, 2014 - 4:36 pm Reply

    love the trilogy oil too! and really wanna try the bytherry liner and Nars tinted moisturiser now:)

    http://thelondongirlview.blogspot.co.uk

  • Spatra February 13, 2014 - 8:24 am Reply

    Great information.I was confused to use the right beauty products.Thanks for sharing about some products of international brands. http://www.thenomansland.net/

  • WindyCityGirl February 14, 2014 - 7:17 pm Reply

    LOVE LOVE LOVE My NARS Tinted Moisturizer. More videos / posts in 2014, please!!

  • Koey Leow February 18, 2014 - 11:45 am Reply

    What a nice blog here! Always love your honestly review! Love your blog! <3 Btw Would you like to follow each other on GFC, facebook, twitter and bloglovin to stay in touch? Let me know, thanks!

    xx,

    http://www.koeyleow.com

  • Lauren February 19, 2014 - 4:41 pm Reply

    please come back Meg!

  • Ana Margarida Guilherme March 9, 2014 - 5:04 pm Reply

    Hi Megan! Love your blog :) I would love to know your opinion on body scrubs, especially those formulated for dry, sensitive skin. I saw one of your videos on YouTube a while ago, and I can remember you mentioning the REN Moroccan Rose Otto Sugar Body Polish. Is it still a favourite or have you found a better one? Thank you :)

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