2011 In A Blog Shell.

By | December 30, 2011

Hi doll faces. Hope you’re all well & ready for 2012? Last year I did a ’2010 In A Blog Shell’ post where I blogged about 10 of my favourite products from that year & thought, what the heck! Why not make this an annual thing? (Well, this time it’s one more product than last year to keep with the ’11′ theme) So, let me get straight to it… Here are my TOP 11 PRODUCTS OF 2011.

ORLY’S POLISHIELD

RRP: £8.50 available HERE

I’m constantly changing my nail polish & this has saved me so much time. I used to use cheapy top coats but they haven’t always left me with a perfect manicure. This quick drying top coat by ORLY has a SUPER-FAST drying time & leaves me nails looking super glossy. I’ve almost finished my first bottle & am almost ready to start using my back up! Polishield leaves my manicures lasting much longer :)

CARMEX MOISTURE PLUS

RRP: £4.50 available HERE

I’m a huge fan of Carmex & this new launch of theirs has been one of my saviours throughout the year. I reviewed this HERE & am still loving it the same… If not more ;) I have a couple of these in different bags & also one in my car. If you haven’t tried this yet, I highly recommend it to you all.

 

[ comfort zone ]‘S HYDRAMEMORY MASK

RRP: £26 (but currently on sale) available HERE

I’m always trying to find the perfect product which leaves my skin baby soft & this is definitely it. I use it in my skincare routine which is HERE. I apply this once a week at night & sleep in it. It does WONDERS to my skin! Not only does it leave my skin feeling like a baby’s bum but also supple & extremely hydrated throughout the week!

 

TOPSHOP MAKEUP RANGE

RRP: from £4 – £12.50 available HERE

I’ve blogged quite a lot about the Topshop make-up range on my blog one which is THIS post. I’ve been really impressed with their make-up & I have a fair few FAVOURITES :) I can’t wait to see their new collections in the new year & see if I can grab myself some of them. No doubt will you see the bits I get on my blog. The quality of the products & their packaging is really good – make up which doesn’t break the bank sounds very good to me!

 

YSL ROUGE VOLUPTE LIPSTICKS

RRP £22 available HERE

I have indulged in a handful of these babies this year & my GOD! They are brilliant. The texture is so silky & smooth. Because of this texture, it feels super light on your lips. The packaging is second to none. I love the strong, gold feel to these. If you haven’t tried these out & wouldn’t mind spending a whopping £22 on a lipstick… you definitely need to try these! This has to be my favourite out of the three I have. You can see other swatches HERE.

 

ILLUSION D’OMBRE

RRP: £22.50 available HERE

I love eye shadows & this little pot of Chanel goodness is simply AMAZING! It’s almost like a fairy-cake-spongy-creamy-sparkly eye shadow. It lasts almost all day for me without a primer but with a little bit of Urban Decay’s Primer Potion this doesn’t budge. I wore this all over my lid & smoked out on Christmas day, perfect for the party season… Or whenever you feel like glamming it up ;) They are on the expensive side but a little goes a long way so is money well spent. It even comes with a cute little brush for application!

 

BENEFIT’S THEY’RE REAL MASCARA

RRP: £18.50

I reviewed this mascara HERE a few months back. It has become one of my MUST HAVES. I’ve almost ran out of this & am definitely getting my hands on another bottle. If I had a £1 for every time someone asked me if I was wearing fake lashes when I wore this, I’d be a rich lady. If you’re unsure about spending almost £20 on a mascara, you can always get the Benebabes at the Benefit counter to put some on for you to see just how good this mascara really is. It can be a little tough to take off but for me, it’s well worth it!

 

URBAN DECAY’S 24/7 GLIDE ON EYE SHADOW PENCIL

RRP: £14 available HERE

There was a point this year where I wore these as a thick eye liner every day! If you’re looking for different coloured eye liners or eye shadows you should try these out. They are highly pigmented & definitely give your eyes a pop of colour. They come in an array of different colours & don’t seem to BUDGE when you’ve got them on! I bought all 4 in one go :oops: that’s how much I love these!

 

ILLAMASQUA INTENSE LIPGLOSS

RRP: £13 available HERE

Last year I came across the amazing OCC Lip Tars & this year it has been these. If you don’t like sticky lip glosses but want them to be pigmented these are a must have. As you can probably tell that I love pink/corals/reds in lip colours & it’s the same here. They come with a small slanted tip which makes application SUPER EASY. If you’re too scared to try the OCC Lip Tars these could definitely be an alternative. Although, I love them both :)

 

BENEFIT’S HOOLA

RRP: £23.50 available HERE

This (along with Garnier’s tinted eye roll-on) has been a product which I have used almost every day this past year. It’s the PERFECT contour for almost all skin tones. The brush is comes with is also ideal to contour your face with. Considering the amount of times this has been used, I’m nowhere near finished with this which is even better! I’m hoping this will last me very long :)

 

TOM FORD LIPSTICKS

RRP: £36 available HERE

I got this as a gift this year. I was longing to get MAC’s So Chaud. You know… That perfect balance of red, with sultry orange undertones in a lipstick. Until this landed in my hands :D I still have difficulty justifying why someone should pay £36 for a lipstick which isn’t even that big of a bullet, but my gosh! The texture of this baby is even BETTER than the YSL Rouge Voluptes!! It’s so incredibly creamy & smooth on my lips with the perfect amount of colour. Will I be collecting these? YES! I have a feeling I have a slight little obsession with lipsticks…

Hope you lovelies enjoyed this post. What products have you been loving this year? No doubt were there other products I could have added in here (like Garnier BB cream, Victoria’s Secret perfumes, YSL Touche Eclat). I’m sure you’ll see them at some point on the blog :)

On a lighter note, I hope you all have a lovely new year. Here’s to a great 2011… Bring on 2012 :) Lots of love to you all..

  • http://sternchenslove.blogspot.com/ Sternchenslove

    Love these kind of posts. A few things are also a favorite of mine. I discovered the Tom Ford lipsticks this year and I love them so much, that I think the collection would grow in the next year. You should try the nailpolishes. Love!

    Happy new year!

    Sandra

    • Kaushal

      Thanks hun :) They are incredibly smooth, aren’t they? I will have to have a look at their polishes next time I’m at the counter. Happy new year to you too!

  • http://www.glamsam87.blogspot.com Sami

    Great choice of products! I loveeee YSL Rouge Volupte lippies and want to buy the entire Topshop makeup collection! Very jel of your Tom Ford lipstick too xx

    • Kaushal

      LOL yes!! I wouldn’t mind having a lot of the Topshop make up bits. Oh my gosh, if you love the YSL lippies you’ll love the Tom Ford ones for sure x

  • Jenna

    Great post little Kaush, loving the [ comfort zone ] hydramemory mask and the Tom Ford Lipstick, I need one!! xxx

    • Kaushal

      Thanks Jen :D Yessssss, I love how we both love Hydramemory & you totes need to get a Tom Ford lippy! xx

  • http://cclarebear.com Clare @ cclarebear.com

    You’ve listed two of my favourites too – I’m wearing Orly Polisheild right now (with Bonder underneath, no other polish) and it’s the best. I wear Carmex lip balms too but just the plain one… Happy New Year :)

    • Kaushal

      That’s my nail mantra. Bonder, polish, Polishield with ORLY’s Flash dry drops :) I love original Carmex too, I put it on every night & Moisture Plus during the day. Happy new year too xx

  • http://feminine-art.blogspot.com/ Shang J.

    I am in love with this post, pictures, style and picks; everything is grr-eat.

    • Kaushal

      Thank you, Shang! Happy new year x

  • http://www.withlovefromnisha.blogspot.com Nisha

    That YSL lipstick looks amazinngggg. And I’ve been wanting to buy Benefit’s latest mascara for a while now, I should just go out and buy it :)

    • Kaushal

      Thanks hun! I’m wearing it a lot in my holiday post I did earlier this year. Yesss! It does wonders xx

  • http://www.socialitedreams.com Vonnie

    the illamasqua glosses are AMAZING…i want to try the orly top coat, sounds fab!

    • Kaushal

      Totally agree, and yes! You’ll love the ORLY top coat!

  • http://www.shellzdoll.com/ SD

    I enjoyed this post very much and I’d love to try some of the things you mentioned. great blog

    • Kaushal

      Glad you liked it, hun!

  • http://www.trulymadlybeauty.blogspot.com Aysh

    Some lovely looking products there hun! I cannot believe I haven’t yet tried any of the Topshop make up range! Am dying to try their cream blushers, the Skin Glow looks lovely as well. Is it a bit like High Beam? Wanna try that topcoat too, really want (NEED) some Orly polishes in my life! ;) Great post! Happy New Year huny!

    Love Aysh xoxo

    • Kaushal

      You should try them, doll. You can find some real gems in it :) It’s a little thinner than high beam and has a pinky, iridescent finish to it… It’s beautiful! Once you go ORLY, you don’t go back to any other! Happy new year to you too x

  • http://beautyismaximus.blogspot.com/ Tamara

    http://beautyismaximus.blogspot.com/
    The illusoire looks AMAZING! I love the colour.

    • Kaushal

      It really is, I wanna get some more though hehe!

  • Fiona P

    Hi Lovely! :D

    So, I’ve finallyy decided I need to jump onto the contour bandwagon and start contouring (…ekkk late i know!) – I’m deciding weather to buy the sleek contour kit in medium (im normally a Mac NC 42) OR do you reckon the Benefit Hoola blush is better for contouring? (as you stated before you use this a lot for contouring). Also when you do use Hoola to contour, what highlighter do you use? – Thanks for the advice in advance Kaushal! :D xoxo

    • Kaushal

      Hi my lovely! I LOVE using Hoola as a contour. A, because it’s a great shade and B because it comes with a brush that works really well for me :) I use an array of highlighters depending on how I feel. But as an everyday colour… High Beam is great start! :) No worries my lovely x