Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Bee Waits Top Make-Up 2011

Every year I try to experiment with different bobs of make up. I'll play around with metallic eyeshadows and lilac lipsticks (because hey that's part of the fun with make up right?) but only a few products become regulars in my old make up bag. Sometimes it's a brief love affair - but here I'm bringing you my favourite products of this year. The ones I will always buy again, and pretty much wear every day.
Best Foundation: Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation in Soft Ivory - £33 available in House of Frasers and Space NK. I've really done a number on my skin with foundations. They would be too heavy, or too yellow or too thick. I've got the fun time that is combo skin, but I enjoy quite a matte coverage. That said while Laura Mercier's Silk Creme foundation has a "luminous" coverage it still left a good even base without stripping moisture out my skin or making me super shiney. The colour match I got with Soft Ivory was incredible and although the tube is only 35ml this guy has lasted for ages.
Best Concealer: Soap & Glory Kick-Ass Concealer - £10 from Boots. A newbie to the table but already a firm favourite. The 3 step plan with the two toned concealers (yellow and pink) means this little guys got you all covered. The coverage is great, the design of the container is super cute and is just as good if not better than many more expensive concealers.
Best Primer: Shu Uemura UV Under Base - £36 from House of Frasers. While not the cheapest, it does make your make up last forever. I'm not usually for mouse but I'm in love with this guy and wear it under everything. It's got a slight light pink tone when applied which evens out my skin great.
Best Mascara: Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lash Extending Mascara - available on for £5.95- otherwise £20. I fell for this mascara last year after getting a sample and haven't used anything else since. It's last for ages and makes my lashes huge. I will be deff stocking up from cheap smells for the new year.
Best Lipstick: MAC - Russian Red £13.50, MAC - An oldy but a goldy, this matte bluey red lipstick is a staple of my make up bag and pretty much the only colour I ever wear.
Best Blusher: Accesorise Blusher in Diva - £5 from Superdrug: The Accesorise make up range was a pleasent suprise and the blushers are some of the best I've ever used. At £5 a pop you get pretty much all the blusher in the world, which gives a good even coverage. The warm Diva colour is my go to colour.
Best Eyeliner: Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Eyeliner - £5.29- pretty much everywhere. While I've played around with eyeliners from Collection 2000, MAC to Shu, I always come back to this guy. It is without doubt the best liquid eyeliner I've ever used. I've been using this guy since I was 15, and pretty sure I'll be wearing it for the next 8 years too.

I'm hoping to cover skin care and hair treats soon, but I'd love to hear about your favourite make up treats of the year? Anything I've missed?


  1. I totally agree with Laura Mercier foundation. I'm also loving the powder one, such a great finish.
    I need to try the soap & glory concelear!!

  2. Oooh I quite fancy trying the Soap & Glory concealer.

    This year I have enjoyed using:

    YSL Teint Resist foundation. I had been using the trusty Estee Lauder double wear but decided it was too thick and chalky. Teint resist gives a matt finish but also slightly dewy. The boy also commented that it's not all clogged up around my nose like before - nice!

    I also tried a friend's Clinique Superbalanced make up when I forgot my make up bag before a night out. It felt really, really good and I'm going to try it again when my YSL is running out.

    It's been a YSL year for me as I've also been using YSL false lash effect mascara (a sample I was given at boots) and then bought the "Shocking" version of this which is nice if you want a more dramatic look. It takes a while to dry but I find it stays put once it's there. A few people actually commented on my long lashes - a first time for that.

    Most of the year I used Benefit 'Bella Bamba' blusher. This is a lovely warm pink colour and it smells amazing.

    I also used an Estee Lauder shimmer brick which was lovely but crumbled away in its case. Gutter luckily I got a Benefit 'Sugarbomb' for Christmas so that's what I'll be using for a while.

    I have a biannual perfume shop. One in the summer for my birthday (usually at the airport) and one in the winter sales. In the summer I bought Marc Jacobs 'Daisy Eau So Fresh' and received loads of compliments. I also grabbed a bargain gift set of my trusty favourite - YSL 'Parisienne' with my Christmas money. Probably the 4th time I've had that fragrance. I love it.

    Happy New Year


  3. I had this blush from superdrug and couldn't wait to use it - but alas it crumbled everywhere and was all over my bag by the time I got home : (


  4. Awesome picks pal! Loving myself some Russian Red and Rimmel Exaggerate too, but my standout product this year has been the Liz Earle cleanse and polish - best cleanser I've ever used. EVER! xx

  5. Another Rimmel eyeliner user since my teens :) For years they were the only high street brand who sold liquid liner so I stay loyal. Plus I'm used to the brush and I've never found another that was any better.

  6. Totally with you on the russian red, accessorise Diva and shu primer, love all 3 xx

  7. I abso love that you call everthing guy, always makes me giggle!

    I gotta try that shu base!

  8. I think I need it. i like it. feeling great when reading your post .
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