Favourite Makeup Products of 2011!

I feel like I have been writing this post for weeks now and I started it early because I knew it was going to be a biggun!  I have rounded up my all time favourite makeup products that I have loved and enjoyed using through out the past year.  It was such a tough decision as my makeup collection more than doubled this year, but I think I have found some gems!

Below are my fav makeup products from 2011 and I have also filmed a video (below) of me explaining my choices and acting like a dork as usual.

(I have hyperlinked the names of specific products to a blog post if I have reviewed that product, so if you spot something you are interested, click on the link to be taken to the page – if it doesn’t have a link then it is still to be reviewed!).

Favourite Makeup Winners of 2011 –
(please note runner up photograph is at the bottom of this post!).IMG_0390

1) Lipstick – Sleek’s Barely There.  Barely there has been an absolute staple in my makeup bag since February 2011.  It is the most easy to wear and affordable lipstick I have come across and I adore it – a natural creamy pink that leaves the lips feeling soft and luscious!
Runner up – MAC’s Morange

2) Nail Varnish – No7’s So Simple.  I chose this as my favourite because its the most perfect nude nail varnish for my skin, it goes with any outfit and because it dries quickly.  I acquired this nail polish in March (?) and I’ve almost finished it and I’ve NEVER finished a nail varnish before.
Runner up – Look Beauty’s Bling

3) Liquid Eye Liner – The Body Shop’s Liquid Liner. This is no surprise because it was in my favourite’s last year, but this is the easiest liquid liner I have used and provides me with the most perfect black flick.
Runner up – MAC’s Fluidline Blacktrack

4) Kohl Eyeliner – GOSH’s Velvet Touch Eyeliner in Black.  Another old favourite which I can count on to give me my staple black smokey eye.  Affordable and pigmented, what’s more to love.
Runner up – Avon’s eyeliner

5) Mascara – Estee Lauder Double Wear – I’d been using a mini sample version of this mascara for a few months when I realised it was incredible and needed to own the full size.  I will do a proper review on this soon to show off its gorgeous packaging and what it does for my lashes. 
Runner up – No7 Double Intensity

6) Lipgloss – Sephora Ultra Shine Gloss in #11 – This was a hard choice because I don’t feel like I’ve worn a lot of ligloss this year, but I do love the colour of this one.  It gives my lips a gorgeous shine with a hint of pink, without being too sticky.
Runner up – Bourjois Effet 3D Les Nudes in #34


7) Blusher – Me Me Me Blush in Coral.  I can rely on this blusher to keep me looking glowing and cheeky with its peachy, coral shimmer.  I also love the fact that it comes with a mirror and brush. 
Runner up – Look Beauty’s Blush in shade – Sculpt

8) Bronzer – Rouge Bunny Rouge ‘As if it were Summer Still…’ Bronzer – This is the most expensive makeup item I own and I adore it.  At around £40, its not affordable, but its the only bronzer I’ve found to make my pale skin look naturally bronzed. 
Runner up – The Body Shop Honey Bronze Powder in 02

9) Brow Kit – HD Brows palette – I’d never used a powder to define my brows before using this and now it has transformed my face, my brows have never looked in better condition!
Runner up – New CID’s i-groom

10) Concealer – MAC’s Studio Finish Concealer – I’ve been using this for years and get through so many pots, I adore it.  The best concealer I’ve ever used! 
Runner up – The Body Shop’s Lightening Touch


11) Face Powder – The Body Shop’s All in One Face Base.  This also follows me everywhere I go – this matte powder blots away any shine and evens out my skin tone at the same time.
Runner up – Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation

12) Foundation – MAC’s Studio Foundation – This is basically a bigger version of my favourite MAC concealer (studio finish concealer, mentioned below).  It’s a thick, creamy foundation that looks best when applied with a stippling brush after using a primer/moisturizer.  This conceals any redness or blemishes. 
Runner up – L’Oreal Infallible

13) Palette – Sleek’s Storm Palette This will probably be my favourite palette of the century, I have four back ups because I love it that much.  All of the colours are stunning and perfect for daily wear. 
Runner up – E.L.F 100 piece palette

Runners up Photograph – Please note that I haven’t spoken about why these products have been chosen as runners up in this post, but I have explained why for each one in the video, so if you are curious to hear more about them, then just watch it and enjoy!

I hope you have enjoyed this post!  I am aware that I did not mention my favourite eyeshadow – this is because I have far too many favourites and I couldn’t possibly choose between them!  Maybe I’ll do my top five fav e/s in a separate post.

(Following this post shortly will be a list of my favourite general beauty products, including hair, skin and body products of 2011!)

What have been your favourite’s of 2011?  Do we have any of the same favs?




  1. January 6, 2012 / 1:33 pm

    Storm palette and HD brows are definately on my top products list! 🙂


  2. January 6, 2012 / 4:34 pm

    I need to get my hands on some Sleek palettes asap! 🙂


  3. January 6, 2012 / 5:14 pm

    Love the video, was really informative and sometimes quite funny! I've added a few products to my wishlist 🙂

  4. January 6, 2012 / 5:21 pm

    Love the video, was really informative and sometimes quite funny! I've added a few products to my wishlist 🙂

  5. Lisa
    January 6, 2012 / 6:51 pm

    Love your top in the video! Where is it from, if you don't mind me asking?

  6. Naomi
    January 7, 2012 / 10:21 am

    Great video! I woul dlove to know what the exact name is of the MAC foundation, I can't see to find it on the internet:(

  7. January 7, 2012 / 1:20 pm

    Lily – Can't deny that they are fab products!!

    Farzana – You definitely do! Invest in some, they are aammazzing!xxx

    Whimsical Wolf – Haha thank you! Let me know what you get, if you do pick up anything mentioned! xx

    Lisa – Thank you! Am wearing a black vest top and a peach cardigan which was from Primark! Cheap and cheerful!xx

    Naomi – I just realised that this foundation is only available at MAC Pro stores! I am so sorry, I should have mentioned this before. I got mine from the Pro store in Carnaby Street, London. I think there are quite a few PRO stores around though! xx

  8. Naomi
    January 7, 2012 / 4:14 pm

    Thanks! As I'm from Holland I want to purchase it online but I can only find the compacts without the see through lid. On MAC Pro Studio cream foundation I get no results. Oh well then I have to buy it when I move to London in April:D

  9. January 7, 2012 / 10:39 pm

    hi! my favorites products are colossal maybelline, blush nyx and and the lipstick paris nyx! I want to get sleek palettes, I aways see on your blog! xoxo

    • January 12, 2012 / 11:32 am

      I need to get myself some NYX products! Their lipsticks look incredible. xxx

  10. January 9, 2012 / 1:04 pm

    Looking forward to reading your full review of Estee Lauder Double Wear! Also totally agree with you about Sleek lipstick and palettes being great.
    Polly x

    • January 12, 2012 / 11:33 am

      You have reminded me – I'm going to take photographs of it now and will get it up for you soon 🙂 xxx

  11. January 14, 2012 / 10:32 pm

    Hi, Just wondering what shade you use in the Body Shop Powder? I have the same skin tone as you and am searching desperately for a new powder!

    Thanks for your reviews 🙂

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