Beauty Items and the Blog: 2013 Loves

Now that we’re in 2014, and I have shared the general direction I’ll be taking in my personal and blogging life, I can look back. 2013 was quite fun. There were some good beauty finds, and the start of stash shopping has helped me rediscover old goodies… not to mention a break from boring reviews. I mean, what happens after a review of a shiny new product, right? Honestly, I try to use them, but most of the time, I stick to a few products. Stash shopping made me use more of the good old stuff and here are some looks I created.

 

stash shopping collage

 

Then there are a few surprising beauty finds. Some didn’t get much love during the initial review, but after some time, I’ve grown to really love them. Revlon Colorstay concealer is one of them. It’s affordable, works great and it’s so easy to use. Another goody from Revlon is its lashliner. Sure, it’s so darn soft, it breaks easily, but hands down it is the only liner that STAYS on my waterline. Also, I tried the Becca Resurfacing Primer before and thought it broke me out. I took it out again to try it, and it doesn’t anymore – but it keeps my T-zone shine free for much longer. It’s now in my every day routine!

 

oldie but goldie

 

For base, I’ve been loving powder foundations. Hit pan on one, bought another and I can already see a dip. I find that Lancome offers a wide range of shades to choose from, especially for Asian skin tones. They might be Asian exclusive though, because I noticed the base products here are made in Japan. This powder, Maqui Blanc works really well. Covers well, smooth and natural. Of course, some other foundation loves are RMK, Lunasol and Dior :-)

 

foundations

 

Then colours. I really can’t decide. I like my variety and since I’m fickle, I know I won’t be able to just pick one and be happy with it. What I can say is that I have been experimenting with different colours and looks (as stash shopping and Femme Boulevard posts have shown) and it’s been so much fun. I think if I were to pick, then I’d say I’ve been crazy about vampy lips. It doesn’t matter how minimal your makeup is, once you put on the dark lipstick, it’s kapow, instant GLAM!

 

lips

 

Then, there are palettes. This year, I bought some palettes I really really love. I don’t think they need any introduction, because I’m sure they’re many of your favourites too!

 

palettes

 

I know I’m missing blushes, but you know what, I think blushes deserve a post all on its own. Hahahahah! What about yourself? Any product you particular liked, or perhaps some beauty lessons you want to share with us?

 

xoxo Lily

 

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  • http://www.colormeloud.com/ Sara_BeauTime

    Great picks! I think I have to try Lorac Pro Palette too. It is just not available in Germany but I see it in eBay, I may push the trigger any time ;-)

    • Lily

      Oh, exciting! I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Pull the trigger now! Hahaha

  • Icaria

    Oh how that Lorac palette is tempting!!! Looove Chanel Charming and I’m so happy about that splurge! Great selections! :)

    • Lily

      You have beautiful picks too, Helene!

  • Paritashah26

    Lorac Pro Palette has definitely been in my wish list since forever..i wish it was available here also

    • Lily

      Hey Parita, I think you can order it online through sgDrugstore. She’ll charge a premium but at least you know it’s genuine :-)

  • liyeun

    Hehe now I cant wait for the solo: blushes! I have not tried any darker lip colour, I look like a granny or a tranny, watever u call it, it is ugly. Lol.

    • Lily

      Oh Liyuen, maybe you’re just not used to it? I find that glossy formula is more forgiving. Darker lip colours make the lips look thinner and meaner, so the gloss and light reflecting particles help counter that :-)

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    LOL blush does deserve its own post haha! Nice picks! I love your Sunday Stash posts!

    • Lily

      I know right? Blush fiends unite!

  • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

    I need to check out the Revlon stuff! You wouldn’t believe how hard it is to find Revlon here, and how limited the displays usually are!

    • Lily

      Really? I thought Revlon would be all over the world with a bang by now… I mean, given the time they’ve been around and all that >_<

      • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

        Well uh Belgium is small and the locals don’t seem very crazy about beauty products. I can’t find Revlon in my town (which isn’t THAT small). I have to go to Brussels :p

        • Lily

          Ah, I see. Thanks for the clarification, Sunny :-) If you need any help, just let me know!

  • Bella

    How I love your lip colours and the palettes! This year I’ve fallen in love with my Clarisonic, with Laura Mercier in general (I had a few bits that were so-so, but somehow I’ve amassed some stuff that’s *really* great for my skintone now), and I loved the Les beiges de Chanel powder, the Chanel cream blushes, too many Nars palettes to mention and the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. Something that is not new but new to me, is the Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder and his Medium Sculpting Powder: <3!!!

    • Lily

      Oh, I’ve been using my Clarisonic Plus too. Your picks here sound too beautiful. I NEED to try that Celestial and Sculpting powder!

  • http://beautyreductionista.blogspot.ca/ Liz

    LOL blush post, yes please! Also, I think you’re going to be responsible for my future Dior Snow purchases. I’ve enjoyed a lot of the same products as you this year: Becca Resurfacing, Dior fall. :)

    • Lily

      Oh yes, Diorsnow foundations works really well for me. And of course, I fell in love with their Diorsnow skin care. It’s responsible for the disappearance of the pimple marks on my face. Truth!!!

  • http://eyeheartit.blogspot.com Larie

    HAHAHA. A blush post! YES.

    • Lily

      Just took the photos :-)

  • http://www.LipstickRules.com/ Michelle @LipstickRules

    Blush post please! Love this post :)

    • Lily

      Haha thanks Michelle. Blush post already scheduled to be up this week!