31 December 2011

Favourite Products of 2011 :)

Oh god, where do I start?! My first full calendar year of blogging has been absolutely mad, and there's no one else to thank but my readers - thanks so much for making this an amazing experience! This year, I've gone past 1,000 readers, I've met so many lovely bloggers in person and on Twitter, I got to go to some great events and like I said last year, I've found a hobby I stick to, which to me, is one of the most important things!

So, I really enjoyed doing this yearly favourites post last year, so I did it again this year! This way really made me choose which products I absolutely loved so while I do feel bad that I left out some great products, these were my best of the best! :)

3. NARS Orgasm

How much longer am I going to go on about this? Forever.

This was my go-to, all-year shade and was probably my most used colour product this year! :) But the reason why it's only in 3rd is because at the end of the day, it's an "extra" - only a superficial change to my looks that I particularly loved!

2. Dior Diorskin Forever Extreme Wear Flawless Make Up

This was my first ever high end foundation I got back in May, and I'm glad it was because I realised the difference in quality from drugstore foundations. But I was also not so glad because it was so good that I've been disappointed with most other high end foundations I've tried since then! :P

This is in 2nd place, because it's my perfect everyday, all year foundation and I want 2 shades of it so I can adjust it to my skintone changes! Getting the foundation perfect for you is so difficult and frustrating but so important, and I'm glad I was fast to hit the nail on the head. It's not in 1st place though, because while the above is so important, it didn't make as huge of an impact for me like the..

1. Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers

These, like last year's winner, have totally changed my confidence. I was always conscious about my eyes being small, closed and strangely shaped, but these open up my eyes like mad without a single drop of slap - I realise now my eyes and eyelashes are perfectly fine the way they are! :) I can safely say this has made the biggest impact on my confidence about my face this year!

I think any make-up that changes your confidence deserves to be the best product of the year :) Eyelash curlers aren't the most exciting, I'll admit - but if I think about what REALLY changed the way I use, see and feel about make-up this year, it would be this :)

If you want to buy NARS Orgasm, I highly recommend ASOS as they have free delivery - for the other two, I'd recommend Debenham's for the same reason :)

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I also wanna share something I learnt throughout 2011:
Find products that suit YOU - not the pretty blogger elsewhere, with different coloured hair as you, or with different eye colours or skintones as you, but you personally :) It changes how you buy and use make-up, and it not only makes you look better, but it makes you feel better - remember, beauty comes from the heart :) The slap's there to push you along ;)


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So it's 3AM here in Tokyo - Dad and I went to the shrine as per annual father-daughter new year traditions, and I got a pretty good fortune told if I say so myself! :) The Australia trip was a great way to finish my year - I spotted some turtles and sharks while I was swimming (Did I sh*t myself? Yes, yes I did)! Anyway, that's a whole other post, as I bought an Australian beauty goody to show you guys too! ;)

What are you lot up for New Year's? Parties? Chill nights in? Shrine-age? :)
Whatever it is, have an absolutely brilliant night! And may 2012 be everything you want it to be and more! :)

<3yu

P.S. I didn't really want to do a massive yearly favourites because not all of my make-up is here with me :( If you'd like to see one of those, let me know and I will get one done once I'm back in the UK! :)

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