I loved picking all my favourite pieces to put in this post, I actually found it surprisingly easy. When starting to write this post, I realised that I had in fact chosen five drugstore and five high end purchases.
I discovered the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge in the summer and I have been using it on a regular basis ever since. I don't own a beauty blender so I cannot compare them. But this is seriously get value at under £6. I love to use the wide, flat end to apply the foundation across my face, and then to use the pointed top to apply it to the smaller areas.
I have tried many eyeliners this year and this Maybelline Master Precise Liner is by far the best. I love liners which have a thin, pointed nib as this really helps with precision, and to get a perfect thin line. It is really excellent value, and this has lasted me a good few months. I will definitely be rebuying it when my current one runs out.
I am ridiculously fussy with my mascaras, so when there was a lot of hype surrounding the Maybelline Lash Sensation Mascara I decided to pick it up for myself. It was a great purchase as it adds volume and length without being clumpy.
This Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Pencil in East End Snob has been a firm favourite in my makeup bag this year. I have never previously been into using lip liners on a regular basis, but I have been converted with this. This colour is so beautiful, as a mid toned pink shade and is very versatile.
This KIKO Long Lasting Eyeshadow Stick in Rosy Brown has the perfect mixed of brown and bronze tones. It is beautifully pigmented and has just the right amount of shimmer within it. I have previously found cream products to crease really badly on me, but this does not at all.
This Nars Creamy Concealer is not exactly the cheapest concealer around, but I have really liked it and that really frustrates me as it means that I am going to want to rebuy it! I love how creamy the texture is, and it blends really lovely, and is long wearing on the skin.
It took me months to finally splurge and buy the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation. There is no denying that it is expensive at £31, but it is an excellent foundation. If you have dry to normal skin, and need some glow it does exactly what you expect. It sits nicely on the skin, and looks dewy and does not cling to dry patches on your skin, like some foundations do.
The Nars Satin Lip Pencils are the greatest lip product which I own. They are super pigmented and I love that is a 2 in 1 product with a lip liner and colour in one. They have a huge variety of shades including my favourite Torres Del Paine, and something which will suit everyone. They are long lasting, non drying and stay put. I like the simplicity of applying the product, as it is just so convenient for when you are on the go.
My sister bought me the Laura Mercier Primer for Christmas last year. I have literally just finished the tube, so it has lasted really well and I used it on a daily basis. It is light but really hydrating on the skin, which is exactly what I need as my skin can be very dry in places. I am definitely going to repurchase this, as this is the best primer I have ever tried.
I took my forever to decide to buy the Anastasia Brow Wiz, as I just didn't think that it would be as good as it is. My eyebrows are dark blonde and I bought the shade Taupe with is the perfect match for when I get my eyebrows dyed monthly. I think the range of shades from the brand is the best on the market, and the formula is great. I also love that the spoolie is on the other end of the pencil as it is so handy and all in one place.
Do we share any favourite makeup discoveries?