Top 12 of 2012
The "Top 12 of 2012" tag has been going around... or maybe I should say that it already went around but I never got around to it UNTIL NOW! This tag is rounding up my favorite beauty products of 2012. I knew what I wanted to have in my top favorites, I just never had the time to sit and post them. I am currently watching Once Upon a Time while veg-ing out on my bed so I decided to snap pics where I sit.
I am not grouping these favorites in any particular order, but I am clustering them together with similar products. First up are actual makeup items.
Shu Uemura Stage Performer is an amazing product. I use it as a primer for my foundation. It adds a beautiful glow to your skin. I am oily and I am mostly afraid of looking oily... I can say that this gives me a healthy skin glow, not one that looks greasy.
A go-to palette for me all year has been from Bare Minerals called The Truth. I have had this for a long time now and reviewed it for you hear already. It was one of the first READY products I used from the brand. Since I have started working at Bare Minerals it gets a good bit more use than even before. It is a palette that I sell to lots of my customers. Just about every time I wear it to work I have a customer ask me excitedly what is on my eyes.
My favorite mascara of the year (maybe of all time) is by It Cosmetics and it is called Hello Lashes! I have also reviewed this before here on my blog. It is a great mascara and it makes my lashes look twice as long as they are on their on... It may even be three times as long... I love it. Sad that this one is empty. It has had much love though.
A surprise product that stands out for me this year is from La Vanilla called The Healthy Deodorant. It smells nice and it really does help keep me from having a smell due to perspiring. A more important tid-bit is that it is aluminum free. I learned 10+ years ago that aluminum can cause Alzheimer's and it frankly freaks me out. Aluminum is an ingredient in most deodorants and seems super unnecessary. I tried a few all natural deodorants but never liked any of them until this one. This one is in the scent Pure Vanilla. My preferred scent is Vanilla Coconut.
Some hair products that I loved in 2012 are definitely my go-to's for their specific categories.
Salon Grafix Invisible Dry Spray Shampoo is the best; let me say that again... THE B E S T dry shampoo I have ever used. I have tried every dry shampoo I could get my hands on and was always disappointed. None of them did what I expected them to do. The Salon Grafix one is amazing and actually makes my oily hair look as though it has been freshly cleansed.
Redken Radiant Sea Spray was my favorite spray during the summer months. I did a lot of tousled hair styles during the summer and this was the key to making it look great. It has a beautiful fresh sea spray scent and it is sort of tacky and quite perfect for looking like your hair air dried after a dip in the ocean.
All year round, every time I cleanse my hair I use It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product. It smells great and it leaves my hair more healthy and shiny each time I use it. I cannot tell you which bottle this is because I do not know. I have been using this product for about 4 years and I always buy the big bottle. I don't for-see anything taking it's place.
For my skincare products I have a couple of cleansers and a couple of moisturizing products.
Bare Minerals Naturally Luminous Purifying Facial Cleanser is am awesome cleanser. It feels great on the skin: it cleanses without stripping the skin of natural oils that belong there. It also takes off all my makeup. I used to use two different cleansers in my shower and with this product I don't find that necessary anymore.
Reviva Labs Firming Eye Serum has been a favorite product since the day I received it. It feels great on my eye and I feel like it makes that part of my face look younger. I am in the last year of my 20s and my skin is no longer at it's peak. Everything is starting to head downhill and I feel like staying on top my skin is really going to help me over the years to come.
Tatcha Deep Brightening Serum has been a godsend. This product is now empty and I am about to purchase my second full sized bottle. I had a half sized amount first but as soon as I finished it I started on this full sized bottle. Now that I am out I am so sad. My skin has never looked better using other serums or moisturizers. I can see that it has fade my dark spots or discoloration due to break outs.. and in fact I feel like it doesn't irritate my skin and my breakouts are fewer and farther between.
Another great product from Tatcha is the One Step Camelia Cleansing Oil. This is the 2nd full size I have purchased it it. I feel like it has played a part in making my skin look amazing. I typically use this in the evening. I take a couple pumps into my hands and massage it all over my face and it dissolves all of my makeup right off and even takes every trace of mascara off. It is the best oil cleanser I have ever used.
Shiseido Facial Cotton is far superior to other facial cottons. I can use one of these cotton squares and it do everything I need it too... with other brands I would need 2-4 of and probably still not have everything done that I need. It seems silly to go on and on about Shiseido Facial Cotton but when something is so superior to others, it is hard not to talk about it.
I am thankful to those of you that asked me what my favorite products of 2012 were. I am sorry it took me so long to get to it. Thank you for motivating me to do this post.
What were your favorite products of 2012?
*Some of the products mentioned in this post were provided for editorial consideration. All opinions are my own, I wouldn't rave about it if I didn't truly love it.