My top 15 products of 2013

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I road tested a LOT of products in 2013 – a veritable truckload! It’s been a long year, and looking back, it’s interesting to see which products I’ve actually incorporated into my regular routine, and which ones I loved at first, but ended up putting aside in favour of old favourites, or new ones. Here are my top 15 discoveries of 2013:


Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Stain in Honey (reviewed here) – This was the least favourite of the Kissables I bought, but it’s turned out to be the most versatile. It’s a pretty “your lips but better” shade that looks polished but not like you’ve put too in much effort.

Mary Kay Translucent Powder (used here, but not really reviewed) – This has been one of the most handy all-rounders I have – it’s great for setting undereye concealer, soaking up oil in the T zone, and even as a fringe-refreshing dry shampoo in a pinch!

Maybelline Dream Pure BB, Sally Hansen Your Skin Makeup (both reviewed here) – These two foundations are staples in my routine now. I’m especially pleased with how well Maybelline Dream Pure BB works on me – it’s the only drugstore BB that has enough coverage for my liking.
Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder (reviewed here) – I use a bit of this under every generic pinkish beige powder to add some yellow to make them useable on my skin.

Real Techniques face brushes (reviewed here) – I alternate between the Buffing Brush and the Expert Face Brush for foundation, and I use the Contouring brush every day. Great investments!

Glam by Manicare lash glue (tutorial here) – I was an Ardell LashGrip lover for the longest time, but I’ve been converted to the little tubes of latex-free glue that came with my Glam by Manicare lashes. You don’t need much of this at all, which keeps your eyelid clean and comfortable, and you don’t need to wait for this to go tacky before application.

Benefit Gimme Brow (reviewed here) – Sometimes this is the only product I use on my brows! It offers tint and grooming in one.


Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermafoliant (reviewed here) – I love scrubs, and this is my new favourite! It’s super effective and I really like the novelty of the warming effect, even if it doesn’t do much.

Uriage Refreshing Gel-Cream (reviewed here) – This has been my standard moisturiser – I love the complete lack of greasiness and the instant refreshing feeling.

Coconut oil (reviewed here) – Excellent budget-friendly and beautifully scented moisturiser.


I’ll be writing a big post of all my favourite polishes of 2013 on Polish or Perish soon, but here are the non-polish picks:

Non-smearing permanent marker nail art – You can click the link for the full tutorial, but essentially, if you cover your permanent marker doodles with a thin layer of PVA base, you can protect it from being smeared by top coat. Easy nail art with stunning results!

Born Pretty cleanup brushes (reviewed here) – These brushes have been perfect for cleanup, with no loose bristles even after 7 months of use. Unfortunately, Born Pretty no longer sell these by themselves, only in a set with acrylic powders.


Electric oil burner
(from Spa & Beauty Expo here) – This is a brilliant way of scenting your room without any open flames or soot. I’ve been using this with soy melts and essential oils – if only there were more brands of soy melt available here!

Elume Creme Caramel candle (reviewed here) – I still haven’t burned this yet, but it’s sitting next to my pillow, and I catch wafts of caramel when I wake up. Lovely!

What were your favourite products of 2013? Did you have any in common with me?

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3 thoughts on “My top 15 products of 2013”

  1. Michelle, add Desert Scents on FB 🙂 She makes amazing candles and soy wax melts. I bought the musk sticks and chai latte ones today and oh my god, they are to die for. Not too strong either! They are so affordable too, only $4 each. I’m sure she could post to you! I’m lucky that she lives out in Roxby a couple of minutes from me 😀


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