New Year Honours List 2012

Posted by Lipglossiping On January - 26 - 2012

In a list devoid of MPs, philanthropists, and celebrities – I bring you 12 products that have impressed me beyond my expectations over the past 12 months. This wasn’t easy to compile. Infact, it was so hard that it’s now nearly February and I’ve only just published it.

Some were a given from the moment I used them (Avon Mega Impact Eye Liner), some were growers (Elemis Cellutox Active Body Oil), but all of them have left a real impression for achieving what their claims suggest and let’s face it, that’s what out beauty-loving hearts desire most.

Optrex Itchy/Allergy Eye Drops  |  Lanolips 101 Ointment  |  St. Tropez Perfect Legs Spray  |  Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Colors

Optrex make eye drops for seemingly every occassion and their Optrex Itchy Eye Drops have saved my poor peepers numerous times throughout the year.  I actually prefer their Optrex Allergy Eyes formula for the Summer months when my eyes are really suffering but I find them quite hard to get hold of (it’s over the counter stuff) and so pharmacists always offer me the Optrex Itchy Eye Drops instead.  To be fair, they both work but nothing soothes the feeling of wanting to wash your eyeballs under a running tap (and swill your eye sockets out while you’re at it) faster or more effectively than the Optrex Allergy Eyes formula.

Another product that goes beyond the pretty to simply make my life more comfortable is Lanolips 101 Ointment.  This nourishing, thick balm is as much a part of my nightly routine as washing my face or repeatedly checking Twitter on my phone after turning off my computer.  It’s simple existence means that my lips never peel or crack, as used to be the case throughout the winter months and if I like a new lipstick, I buy it based on how much I like the shade without caring about how drying the formula may prove to be.

My milk-bottle legs are anticipating the return of the warmer weather with a renewed vigour thanks to St. Tropez Perfect Legs Spray.  I’m surprising myself by including a tanning product in my honours list – I really don’t care much about being tanned… but, this product surpassed all expectations of turning my blue-tinged pins into something that I wouldn’t mind showing off when the sun finally peeks out from behind the UK’s perpetual blanket of cloud cover.

As much as the U.S. brand have released some stonking palettes this year, it’s these Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Colors that have been ticking all the right boxes for me this year.  They pack a supreme punch of colour, offer maximum convenience and last well throughout the day.  The shades I own are all searingly bright and obnoxious, just the way I’ve been liking my lip shades this year.  These are real beauties and I can’t wait to see if Urban Decay add to the lineup in 2012.

Benefit They’re Real Mascara  |  Elemis Cellutox Active Body Oil  |  Dr. Hauschka Neem Hair Oil  |  Avon Mega Impact Eye Liner

An everyday staple achieves its status by being dependable, consistent, and easy to use.  Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara has been my go-to mascara since its release last August.  It extends and volumises my lashes with an inky formula and doesn’t let me down by smudging or flaking throughout the day.  Once it’s time for bed – it doesn’t give my cleansing oil any arguments and I’m still enjoying the same, usable formula from the original tube that I was given all those months ago.  It’s a solid but impressive addition to my makeup bag.

2011 has been a year of weight loss (and gain, and loss again) for me.  I knew from the start that I’d be putting my skin through the mill on my quest for a less flabby existence and I’ve been using various body oils with my cellulite massager in an attempt to keep my skin elastic, supple and unblemished.  While they all did a good job at moisturising, I wasn’t sure that they were achieving much more than this until I began to use Elemis Cellutox Active Body Oil toward the end of last year.  Aside from it smelling as delicious as you’d expect from the British brand, I’ve noticed a marked improvement in skin-tone, texture and dare I say it… cellulite.

Another major concern over the past year has been the constant flare-ups that have turned my scalp into an itching, flaking mess.  I would start a new shampoo, only to be forced into discontinuing its use a month later.  I tried SLS-free which seemed to improve things for a while, though still didn’t eradicate the problem completely.  I’ve been using Dr. Hauschka’s Neem Hair Oil (non-stinky) for a few months now and have so far, touch wood, not had a flare-up that’s been severe enough to cause any real misery.  I also find the oil effective at soothing any persistent itches alongside a welcome side-effect of improving the condition of my dry hair.

If I could only choose one, my product of the year would go to Avon’s Mega Impact Eye Liner for being outrageously awesome at such a reasonable price.  The blacker-than-black formula applies as smoothly as a gel with no tugging along the delicate waterline.  Give it a few moments to set and you’ll be treated to a full day of hard-wearing, sultry lashlines that resist smudging and transfer like real troopers.  They have a new metallic shade coming out for Spring, look out for it!

Suti Rejuvenate Organic Facial Oil  |  Lumos High Speed Top Coat (try eBay if you’re not a pro)  |  Missha M Perfect Cover B.B Cream  |  NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

I’ve always loved facial oils but have only recently discovered the true extent of their capabilities.  Suti’s Rejuvenate Organic Facial Oil is a wondrous concoction that seamlessly melts into my skin to give an instant glow on those days when my complexion is feeling particularly dull and drained by the cold weather.  Perhaps even more enlightening is the oil’s ability to turn a dud foundation into a keeper.  I’ve been adding a few drops (during application) to foundations that I consider dry-skin unfriendly and have been amazed at Suti’s ability to make the formula more compatible to my winter skin.  Lots of money saved thanks to this one!

So good do I consider the Lumos High Speed Top Coat, that I’ve bought the entire family!  From salon-sized down to purse-friendly bottles, they speed-dry my nail polish without causing shrinkage or becoming a thick, unusable mess in the bottle before I’ve reached the halfway mark.  The Lumos System also encourages you to use the High Impact Bottom Coat to achieve maximum results and longevity from your manicures but as someone who doesn’t generally suffer from polish chips, I’m happy to report that for me, it works as well with or without.

2011 was the year that B.B Creams hit the Western world with a vengeance and some bandwagon-jumping efforts from the major cosmetic players have left consumers wondering if there’s any difference between B.B Creams and Tinted Moisturisers with added SPF.  If you want to try a true B.B. Cream without the big-budget advertising hype – I can’t recommend the Missha M Perfect Cover B.B Cream highly enough.  It evens my skin-tone, gives serious sun protection, and calms my redness-prone skin in an instant.

I get annoyed with the NYX Cosmetics incarnation in the UK but if there’s one thing worth picking up, it’s the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams that come in a variety of shades and offer easy application, good coverage, and long-lasting colour without causing unbearable dryness or discomfort.  Remembering that these are (to be fair) matte formulas, it’s a great option for those who wince at the thought of dragging a hard-textured matte lipstick across their lips.  There are some awesome lip-popping shades to choose from too!

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So there we have my New Year Honours List – a little late, but what’s half a month between friends?  Do you agree with any of my choices?  What would you have included in yours?

* the selection includes a mixture of press samples, repurchases from what were originally press samples and my own discoveries/purchases.


19 Responses to “New Year Honours List 2012”

  1. Mystique says:

    I haven’t tried the Lanolips, but I have yet to hear a bad review of it. Did you just admit your mascara is more than two months old?

    Have you signed up for the great Valentine’s Beauty Blog Swap? It’s open internationally!

    http://beastandbeauty.wordpress.com/2012/01/24/the-beast-beauty-valentines-beauty-blog-swap/

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  2. Mine is definitely the Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Reviver that a very kind friend (not too far away!) gave me. It’s wonderful and has cleared my skin up a treat. It also works brilliantly as a primer and lots of people have been commenting on how I’m glowing (no, I’m not up the duff!)

    Also Maybelline The Falsies – if they ever discontinue it, I’ll cry!

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  3. Robyn says:

    I must get that BB cream, everyone seems to be recommending it! My NYH list would have to have… hmm. I was very surprised at the L’Oreal studio Secrets Primer. Really does the trick for me. The Collection2000 pen liners and the Inglot cream blushes would be up there as well.

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  4. Rina says:

    Could you be a dear and provide links to your reviews of these products please? Was wanting to re-read quite a few :)

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  5. The only thing I’ve tried from this list is Missha Perfect Cover (LOVE) and one Soft Matte Lip Cream, which didn’t work for me only because the colour was like jizz lips on me XD But OMG I still need to try those Urban Decay pencils, Avon Supershock and Benefit’s They’re Real. And now I really want that gigant0r bottle of topcoat!

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  6. Carmenesque says:

    I absolutely agree with the Missha Perfect Cover BB cream. I never liked foundations and ever since I’m using the BB I stopped looking for a nice foundation. Also agree with the NYX lip creams and Avon pencil, they’re fab!

    It’s never to late for favorites! :)

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  7. Beauty Box says:

    A great list! I’m a fan of face oil as well…really turns skin around in dry weather. I’m surprised to hear that NYX in the UK is different from the US. Am a big fan of the US stuff…

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  8. The only one on this list that I have actually tried is the Urban Decay Lip Crayon which I ADORE but the colour is so crazy I get a bit nervous wearing it! I’m love the list, so happy that there are loads of products which are new to me to explore. I so want to try the top coat! :-) x

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  9. Loved this… also a fan of the Urban Decay lip crayon & will def be trying that top coat. The Elemis Cellutox sounds worth investigating too.

    Only one I disagree with is Lanolips, which my lips don’t love as most as others do.

    Nic x

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  10. liloo says:

    I brought the missha b bb cream to the office to try on my friends: boy did they make a dent in my tube or what. One of my favourite bb cream. really glad i bought it from ebay after reading about it on your blog.
    it everything works to plan, i am going to be able to try the lanolips thing. I am going to buy it from a friend, unwanted thing from a beauty box. I know you love it but despite your fond love it, 2 things have scared me to go and try it: the sheep with red lips on it and the word ‘ointment’. Ointment reminds me of a thick heavily scented cream. But at £2, I am quite happy to try haha :)
    nyx matte stuff: i’ve got them at home but not tried them yet. I am in love with the collection 2000 equivalent. They last 2 minutes on my lips, it’s a bit drying but i just cant get enough of it. love love love LOVE.

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  11. amelia liana says:

    LOVE avon supershock too! Doesnt budge!

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  12. Donna says:

    You’ve got the wrong picture for the Avon Mega Impact Eyeliner, the photo is of the Super Shock liner instead.

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    • Indeed, that’s because SuperShock Gel Eyeliner isn’t available in black on the website anymore. Mega Impact Gel Eyeliner is pretty much identical (excepting for a teeny bit of sparkle in Black Flash) and I bought enough of the SuperShocks when they were on offer to last me at least a year. I’m still working through them and only had those on hand to photograph.

      Supershock / Mega Impact – The quality is identical as far as I’m concerned.

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      • Donna says:

        Thank you for explaining. I was sitting here thinking, “Which one does she mean? Which one is the good one?” lol

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  13. Tiffany says:

    Hi! I have only just stumbled on this blog and I’m very excited. I just moved here from the US in January and I am at a stage where I need to replace nearly all of my makeup but feel like I don’t know my way around the different brands and merchants here. In that vane, can you tell me where you bought these products? Esp. the BB cream and the top coat. Looking forward to exploring the blog further!

    Best – Tiffany

    P.S. If it matters, I’m in central London

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    • I got the BB Cream on eBay, do check out things like seller ratings though because there are fake BB creams about. Same for the top coat (eBay) as it’s only normally available to nail professionals with industry accreditation. Thanks!

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