December 31, 2012 8

2012 Favorites – The 2nd Half

Category: Beauty Picks, Make Up, Skin Care




Here comes my yearly roundup of my favorite things, well Part 2 anyway, before ringing in the new year. Looking back, there’s not much of a major change given that most of the products mentioned in the previous post are still among my daily staples.

Favorites 2012 – The First Half


SKINCARE
Filorga Eau Anti-Age Mist [ Brand Write-Up ]
An alcohol-free skincare mist bursting with pro-collagen NCTF® that encourages new energy into the skin. Touted as an anti-aging booster, this can be spritz over makeup and periodically throughout the day. The only skincare product, besides cleansing, that I’d use while briefly bedridden earlier this month; it softens and moisturizes the skin really well.

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Foaming 3-in-1 Cleanser [ REVIEW ]
A cult favorite around the world; it cleanses, tones and removes makeup well. Slightly short of perfection, it fails to dissolve stubborn eyeliners and mascaras efficiently.

Clarins HydraQuench Cream-Melt [ Write-Up; REVIEW ]
The dense water-based moisturizer melts into the skin and instantly quenches dehydrated skin. Having used up nearly 3 jars within a year, that’s how much I love it!

Prevage Triple Defense Shield SPF50 PA+++ [ Write-Up ]
A high-performance sunscreen that leaves skin feeling velvety smooth the entire day.


NAIL COLORS
Revlon Nail Enamel in Crème Brûlée [ Swatches ]
OPI Nail Lacquer in Just Spotted The Lizard [ Swatches ]
Estée Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Dressed To Kill [ Swatches ]
Etude Nail Polish in Crazy Orange [ Swatches ]


MAKEUP – BASE
Revlon ColorStay™ Whipped Foundation
Superb coverage and long-lasting, what more could you ask for? A spatula is what it needs!

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lift and Firm Concealer [ REVIEW; Comparison ]
Goes over powder extremely well that bodes well for touch-ups

Guerlain Parure de Lumière Fluid Foundation [ Write-Up ]
Gel-cream consistency that’s immensely hydrating with medium coverage

Guerlain Météorites Perles in 02 Teint Beige
Great as a finishing powder with good sebum control


MAKEUP – EYES
Estée Lauder Five Color Violet Underground Eyeshadow Palette [ Swatches ]
Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral in Indigo [ Swatches ]
RMK 15th Anniversary Eye Palette in Gray [ Swatches ]
Estée Lauder Pure Color Gelée Powder Eyeshadow in Pop Pistachio [ Swatches ]
Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill in Écailles [ Swatches ]
Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill in Oxidised Silver [ Swatches ]

MAKEUP – LOOKS
Funny how blue has been excessively used this year, compared to the last with purple.
Going Code Blue
Blue Memories
Blue-Gray Combo // Day & Night
Pop Goes My Pistachio
Oxidised Silver With A Twisturn


MAKEUP – CHEEKS
Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder [ Swatches ]
Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Soft Matte Bronzer [ Swatches ]
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Blissful
Shu Uemura Glow On Blush in M Medium Amber 750 [ Swatches ]

Bronzers have taken the spotlight this year and will continue to carry over to 2013.
Bronzers Overview: Humble Assembly



FAVE MAKEUP COMBO
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place + Advanced Night Repair [ Write-Up ]
A dream combination where the creamy foundation enhances your natural skin tone, leaving a second skin-like finish, whereas the serum imparts a firming effect and prevents base makeup from budging for several hours. I’m pretty excited to pair with the raving Invisible Fluid Makeup which will be released locally in mid-2013.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover + Sigma E40 Tapered Blending [ Write-Up ]
Though on the dry side, it boasts superb coverage and is better used as a concealer. This particular brush is great to blend the product into the skin, and can reach into the small crevices, like the sides of my nose and under my eyes.



MAKEUP – LIPS
Glosses are also often fixtures in my vanity bag; their thick, tacky formula forms a distracting film over my chapped lips.

Estée Lauder Pure Color Gloss With Sequins Finish in Molten Honey [ Swatches ]
Estée Lauder Gloss Prodige Lip Gloss in Rose [ Swatches ]
Estée Lauder Pure Color High Gloss in Pink Cloud [ Swatches ]
Clarins Colour Quench Lip Balm in Peach Nectar [ Swatches ]



MAKEUP – LIPS
Tangerine has also been heavily favored, partly due to being announced as Pantone’s Color of The Year // “Tangerine Tango” Inspired Look

Peripera My Color Lips in Mandarin Orange [ Swatches ]
Christian Dior Rouge Dior Haute Couleur in Andalouse [ Swatches ]
MAC Cosmetics Amplied Creme Lipstick in Morange

WORTHY MENTIONS
Getting To The Root Of Chronic Dehydration with Origins “Make A Difference™ Plus+”
Estée Lauder-Inspired ‘Gilded Fade’ Manicure
Philosophy The Microdelivery Peel
Eco-Conscious X Proactive Approach To Aging Skin by La Prairie
Flawless Skin Routine – Sept’12
La Mer Introduces The New Miracle – Moisturizing Soft Cream
Albion // Dynamic Duo for Translucent, Supple Skin
Milo’s excursion to the salon!
Introducing Clarins Double Serum® Complete Age Control Concentrate
Anna Sui Fall 2012 – Trio of Roses
Beauty Makeover | My RMK Summer Story

A sneak peek of what to expect next month

Here I bid adieu to 2012 which is mostly a uniform feeling of “meh” although it could have been better. Cheers to an exciting, and hopefully fruitful new year☆

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8 Responses to “2012 Favorites – The 2nd Half”

  1. Amy says:

    Hello! I have seen Ecailles on you and it looks so pretty.! Pity it is limited edition :(

    Great compilation! Happy New Year!

  2. Marie says:

    Happy 2013 to you too! Nice post, I like the Guerlain Meteroites too but its so expensive so I had to use my Mom’s!

    • Joyce September says:

      Hopefully you’ll be the proud owner of a tine of Meteorites very soon, and Happy New Year to you too :)

  3. Jacqueline says:

    Thanks for sharing your favs. Joyce you are quite an EL fan :) You got me interested in the Double Wear foundation. I have very oily skin at the moment, does it last on oily skin?

    • Joyce September says:

      Oh yes, it’s pretty long-wearing even when paired with other primers. You definitely should give it a try =)

  4. Meimei says:

    Nice Armani ETKs you have there! The blue looks gorgeous on you! The El maximum concealer…can it be used as a foundation too? TIA!

    • Joyce September says:

      Yes it can certainly be used as a foundation; superb coverage albeit dry, and can also camouflage scars on your body. I recommend reserving it for acne scars and dark circles.

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