With less than 24 hours away until the end of 2013, I thought I'd wrap up my final few blog posts with an overall review of my favourite products this year!
The Loreal EverStrong haircare range has definitely been my go-to shampoo and conditioner this year. As my hair is very long, I need to work extra hard to keep it in good shape without the ends breaking off. This shampoo and conditioner helps keep it feeling silky and prevents any damage. It's also sulphate free, so it doesn't irritate my scalp or dry out my hair!
I went to a hair salon for the first time in my life this year (yes, the first time- a family friend cuts it at home usually), and the hairdresser used a Tangle Teezer to brush through my hair when it was wet. And oh my, it was something else. Normally, my hair takes a silly amount of time to brush through it all, mainly because it's so long and ratty, but the Tangle Teezer made brushing a lot easier and didn't pull my hair at all! I've been obsessed with it ever since.
A couple of days before my prom, I panicked last-minute (as you do), and realised I didn't book an appointment to get my makeup done before the big event. So I bought some new makeup and invested in my first set of makeup brushes, to do my makeup the best I could myself. The Real Techniques brushes are amazing and my set came in a handy travel sized pack with all the essential brushes for everyday use; a large face brush, a foundation brush and an eyeshadow brush. The brush bristles are extra soft and apply makeup flawlessly without clogging makeup on the brush ends.
I don't think I'll ever buy any other mascara after my Maybelline mascara obsession this year. Initially, I used the Falsies mascara 24/7 for the first 6 months of 2013, however, after discovering the Rocket mascara, they've both become a secure part of my makeup routine. I prefer the Rocket mascara for during the day as it gives a more natural finish and I think it focuses more on lengthening my lashes. I'll use the Falsies when I'm going out in the evening for dramatic, voluminous lashes.
During the summer this year, Carmex lip balm was my saviour. I was away on a few summer holidays with my family, and the UK was also pretty warm during the summer months, so the SPF in this prevented my lips from getting burnt. I find it a lot more moisturising than Vaseline, and the cherry flavour tastes amazing too!
For my 18th birthday this year, I was treated with my first Naked Palette, and let me tell you, it's a beauty. It's even more beautiful in person. I've been experimenting over the past few months with different eye shadow combinations. I've been using more neutral colours during the day, darker ones for night time looks and even the dark blue-ish tones for Halloween looks this year. I'm obsessed with this palette and in 2014 I'll be sure to do some makeup tutorials for you featuring the Naked palette.
I'm not one to switch up my skin makeup- once I find a product I love, I will continue to repurchase it until something better comes along. I discovered this in September, and I don't understand why this isn't raved about more! Max Factor's Colour Correcting Cream is great for my skin type, as it's fairly heavy coverage, has SPF and is oil free- the three main things I look for in a skin corrector. The shade 40 Fair matches my skin tone perfectly and has been a treat for the remainder of 2013.
Last, but not least, another of my favourite product of mine for 2013 has to be Roaccutane. As many of you know by reading my previous blog posts, this drug has saved my skin and my life. At the start of 2013, I was a self-conscious wreck constantly obsessing over covering many imperfections on my skin, until I was put on the acne treatment from June - November 2013. Two months post-treatment and I've never been more confident in myself, I can carry out daily activities without avoiding every mirror and shying away from people seeing me when I was having a bad skin day. I feel as though I'm finishing 2013 as a new, confident person and I couldn't thank this drug enough.
What have been your favourite products of 2013?