There have been so many products that I have fallen in love with in 2013.  The beauty blogging world has heightened my addiction to hair, make up and skincare products and my collections are ever expanding with new products. Today I’ve raided my make up drawers and narrowed down the main products that I’ve been loving. I was going to do this in one big post but it was too photo heavy so I have two more posts on skincare and haircare coming over the next few days.

Foundation | NARS Sheer Glow 

This product has blown up on the blogosphere over the past few months and rightfully so. I’m so impressed with the professional finish that this foundation gives. The perfect midpoint between matte and glowy, it’s not dewy enough to cause oiliness but just enough to give a flawless and luminous glow. I always splash out on high end foundations and haven’t looked back since.

Lipsticks | Kate Moss Rimmel 107, MAC ‘So Chaud’, MAC ‘Rebel’ 

Did you really think I would be able to decide on just one lipstick? I’m definitely a red lipstick kind of girl but I’ve been rocking purple a lot this A/W. I can’t sing the praises of the Kate Moss for Rimmel lipsticks enough. 107 has been my go-to berry shade and the matte formula is so impressive for drug store. As for high end make up, MAC So Chaud was on my lips pretty much everyday during the summer. I love its vibrancy and as you might have guessed from these choices, matte is my preferred finish. MAC Rebel has been the source of beauty blogger hype this year and definitely lives up to expectations. It’s a more daring purple shade which I’ve been pulling out on nights out.

Contour & Highlight | MAC SF ‘Soft & Gentle’ and MAC ‘Harmony’

What was life without before my MAC SF? Every time my friends notice it in my handbag they have to imitate me saying “This is the best product I’ve ever bought in my life” #beautybloggerproblems. But really. I’m not one for blusher, maybe it will be something I experiment with more in the new year. A simple contour and highlight routine is more of my thing. Harmony is the perfect contouring shade, I only use a tiny bit to avoid the potential for muddiness on my light skin so it will probably last forever. I often wear MAC SF without highlight just to give more dimension to my face.  If you sway towards more natural make up I would definitely recommend. I apply it on my cheekbones after contouring for a dramatic, night time look.

Eyeshadow | NAKED 2 and NARS ‘Kuala Lumpur’ (*)

My NAKED 2 was another duty free purchase that I picked up this summer on my way back from a girl’s holiday in Zante. I have literally used it every day since. You can get an unlimited amount of eyeshadow looks from this palette. My new NARS duo is a brand new addition to my make up collection but one which has encouraged me to experiment outside of my comfort zone. I won’t be purchasing the NAKED 3, much to my temptation, as I want to try new combinations of colours and I find that the palettes get a little repetitive.

Mascara | Benefit ‘They’re Real’ 

I picked this mascara on the way back from New York this time last year in duty free after reading so many positive reviews.  I just feel that everyone looks a million types prettier with darker and extended lashes. I’ve never used a mascara which lengthens so thoroughly without clumpiness. The effect is dramatic and really does help to transform any eye-make up look. Definitely a favourite of this year.

What are your favourite products of 2013? Do you use any of these?

Lydia Rose,




  1. December 28, 2013 / 7:02 pm

    The NARS shadows look cool! I want to try more NARS make up!

    Come soon!

    • December 28, 2013 / 7:19 pm

      You totally should, they're really good quality xo

    • December 28, 2013 / 7:22 pm

      It's really good definitely recommend! Love MAC SF! xo

  2. December 28, 2013 / 7:36 pm

    I've been doubting whether to get the NARS foundation or not, so so tempting! Great product choice! xx

    • December 28, 2013 / 7:52 pm

      I wrote a review & would definitely recommend 🙂 xo

  3. December 28, 2013 / 7:42 pm

    Some lovely products here! I've been meaning to pick up the Nars foundation but it's constantly out of stock at my local counter! and the Urban Decay pallets are a must have for any makeup lover.

    I hope you have a wonderful and happy new year!

    Heather xo

    • December 28, 2013 / 7:55 pm

      I would definitely recommend 🙂 I totally agree, couldn't live without my NAKED 2! xo

  4. December 28, 2013 / 7:46 pm

    I love Mac So Chaud, such a gorgeous summer colour. I've just got They're Real, so far I'm really impressed!

    Catherine, xo // Lady Liquor Vintage

    • December 28, 2013 / 7:55 pm

      It definitely is 🙂 love that mascara! xo

  5. December 28, 2013 / 8:39 pm

    Great post, I really want to try NARS sheer glow! I love the Kate Moss lipsticks too, my favourite is 109 xx

  6. December 28, 2013 / 9:21 pm

    I think this post has read my mind haha!! I would loveee Soft and Gentle in my collection wayyy too much, and MAC's Harmony also, 'cos I love a bit of contour but can't seem to get on with blush!!

    I also use and abuse my Naked 2 and love Benefit's They're Real – gurrrrl you are my make-up twin haha!!

    Hope you had a fab Christmas 🙂

    Holly Mixtures

    • December 28, 2013 / 10:51 pm

      Haha! Awwww, make up twins! Thanks lovely you too xx

  7. December 28, 2013 / 10:04 pm

    I've been looking for the Kate Moss for Rimmel in 107 for so long but I have not seen it anywhere! I may have to go to Amazon and order me one :p

    • December 28, 2013 / 10:54 pm

      Oh no way! you should be able to get it in boots xo

  8. December 28, 2013 / 10:16 pm

    I love the kate moss lipsticks – great colour payoff and they don't dry your lips out.

    A Forte For Fashion


  9. December 28, 2013 / 10:23 pm

    I adore MAC Rebel and So Chaud! I really want to get the NARS foundation – might have to go and get it soon 🙂


  10. December 28, 2013 / 11:19 pm

    This is so pretty.
    I love NARS, MAC Rebel, and Benefit They're Real.
    I love the photography here.
    E | Beauty/Skincare | Cocoamourr

    • December 29, 2013 / 8:35 am

      I love them too! & thanks so much, I'm trying to up my photography lately 🙂 xo

  11. December 29, 2013 / 3:55 am

    thank you for this awesome review !

  12. December 29, 2013 / 8:36 am

    You definitely should 🙂 thank you for reading xo

    • December 30, 2013 / 4:51 pm

      I really do recommend, you too lovely xo

  13. December 29, 2013 / 11:10 am

    Love the look of that NARS duo, I have a similar shade to the pink in that one and after putting off using it for ages I'm now obsessed with it! Love your photographs, the feathers & fairylights are such a lovely touch without being too distracting from the products.

    Petite Madeleine

    • December 30, 2013 / 4:51 pm

      It's gorgeous isn't it! Thanks so much 🙂 xo

  14. December 29, 2013 / 5:05 pm

    I so want to try Nars sheer glow, it sounds amazing! By the way, I absolutely love your blog – I love the layout and your photography is so clear and pretty – don't know why I've never come across you before, but following now! 🙂

  15. December 29, 2013 / 5:59 pm

    I've been dying to try out the sheer glow, just need to get to a counter to test what shade I would be! It seems to be so many peoples holy grail!
    I also love the they're real, great mascara!
    I got the naked 2 palette quite recently but I don't seem to use it that much even though I wanted it for so long! typical! I do love the shades in it but eyeshadow is always the thing I cut out when I'm in a rush! X

    • December 30, 2013 / 4:54 pm

      Sounds like we have a smilar make up bag haha! I love the NAKED 2, it's so easy to use xo

  16. December 30, 2013 / 10:35 pm

    Ooh that NARS duo is gorgeous.. I love it :)) Such pretty photo's Lydia – love your fairy lights xx

  17. January 3, 2014 / 4:43 am

    MAC Soft and Gentle is the absolute BEST! Hope you're having a fab new year!

    Natalie xox

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