2013 Favourites: Face & Base Products!

At the start of every year I try and write a list of my favourite products from the last.  I’m not gonna lie – it’s a difficult job as I’m the world’s worst decision maker and have so many favourite products so this took me a while to get together, but it’s finally here!

I’ve decided to spilt my favourites into 5 categories; hair, skin, face, lips & eyes and have chosen 5 of my favourite products in each category.  So first up, Face & Base!

Sheer Glow:
I honestly can’t remember what I
foundation I used before this came into my life.  I wear the shade Siberia which took me ages
to hunt down as it’s the palest shade and seemed to be sold out in all stores,
but I haven’t stopped wearing it since I got my hands on it.  It gives me the most even complexion and
isn’t heavy at all, despite being medium coverage.  You can read my full review on this
foundation with before and after pictures here – Nars Sheer Glow Review!

This is the best concealer I have ever
used. End of.  For under £5 this does an
incredible job of hiding even the nastiest of spots.  I have been through about 6 tubes of this in
2013 and predict will get through many more in 2014.

Stay Matte Powder:
This powder does a great job for
under £3.  It mattifies my skin and is
really easy to find on the highstreet. 
Only negative is that it doesn’t include a mirror!

Melba Blusher:
I have had this blusher for an awfully long time now but 2013 saw it
being dusted off and making a regular appearance in my makeup bag.  This shade suits my pale skin perfectly and
leaves me looking delightfully blushed!

Cream Pigment in Hollow: 
I had my eye on this for a long time before I finally took the
plunge and added it to my Illamasqua online basket.  As a cream pigment, it can be used in a
variety of ways but I like to use it to contour my cheekbones.  It’s a buildable cream and can also be used as
an eyeshadow base.  Thumbs up from me!

I’ll be posting the rest of my favourites over the course of the next week and will be posting a video on my channel also, so stay tuned to see my other top picks!

What were your favourite base products of 2013?




  1. January 5, 2014 / 11:11 am

    I love Nars Sheer Glow, really don't know where I was before it either! Rimmel Stay matte powder and collection concealer are definitely two musts too! Think my roundup of my favourite products is going to be verrrrry similar haha! 🙂 x

    The Girl In The Tartan Scarf

  2. January 5, 2014 / 11:29 am

    The MAC Melba Blusher looks gorgeous!


  3. January 5, 2014 / 11:34 am

    gorgeous products hun and lovely post 🙂 im still working out what my favorites are.
    Melissa x

  4. January 5, 2014 / 11:36 am

    I really need to get my hands on some Nars! I've been wanting it for months.


  5. January 5, 2014 / 11:36 am

    The layout confused me for a second!! I too love the Rimmel Matte Stay….it was a purchase on a whim….x


  6. January 5, 2014 / 11:58 am

    I've seen so many positive reviews on the nars sheer glow foundation, but seeing as I already have around 5 foundations on the go at the minute, I really shouldn't buy another! My favorite at the minute is studio skin from Smashbox.
    Laura x

    My Life in a Blog

  7. January 5, 2014 / 12:04 pm

    I will have to have a look at MAC Melba, I have been loving pink swoon but this looks a little more peachy that that.

    Cornelia – Ineffable Beauty

  8. January 5, 2014 / 12:06 pm

    I love the Collection concealer and the Rimmel powder – definitely staples for me as well! I also love the Collection Illuminating concealer for under your eyes, definitely worth giving a try if you like the other one!

    Sophie | An Arrangement of Notes

  9. January 5, 2014 / 12:46 pm

    I have yet to invest in a concealer because I'm waiting for my previous one to run out first, but I'm taking a trip to London at the end of the month and I'll definitely get my hands on the Collection Concealer, thanks for the tip 🙂 Absolutely love the new layout of your blog btw, especially the map background, think it's really really pretty just like in your bedroom! xx


  10. January 5, 2014 / 1:57 pm

    I need to get Nars Sheer Glow in my life, I think it's been in majority of beauty bloggers 2013 favourites and I feel like I'm missing out!!



  11. January 5, 2014 / 2:00 pm

    The collection concealer and stay matte powder really are great value for money products that prove there is quality to be found in the drugstore :p


  12. January 5, 2014 / 2:22 pm

    Love all of these products! I have also loved NARS products! I have mentioned them in my top beauty products of 2013 over on my blog! 🙂


  13. January 5, 2014 / 2:24 pm

    Sheer Glow and Stay Matte is the best combo! And you're on the money with saying the powder could do with a mirror – then it would be the ultimate handbag essential! (a snap lock feature would also be handy!)

    Nell at And Nell Writes

  14. January 5, 2014 / 2:27 pm

    I think it's safe to say that the Rimmel Stay Matte powder will ALWAYS be in my collection!



  15. January 5, 2014 / 2:31 pm

    I totally agree about the Collection concealer and Rimmel powder, I totally love them and I will repurchase them forever! xx

    Justine | BRIGHTON DREAM

  16. January 5, 2014 / 2:34 pm

    MAC Melba Blush from your photos looks like my MAC Something Special Blush. I was thinking about buying a new MAC blush, I will try this. Thanks!


  17. January 5, 2014 / 2:38 pm

    I love my L'Oreal True Match foundation and my Collection 2000 concealer. I love how the True Match foundation is very sheer and looks very much like real skin and with the concealer over the top it just hides any imperfections but leaves the rest of your face looking very polished 🙂


  18. January 5, 2014 / 2:51 pm

    That blush is so pretty! *-*

  19. January 5, 2014 / 3:10 pm

    How does the Nars Sheer Matte compare to Sheer Glow?

  20. January 5, 2014 / 3:15 pm

    Great post, I really want to try the NARS sheer glow foundation but always wondered if it would just be like a tinted moisturiser?


  21. January 5, 2014 / 3:38 pm

    Wish i could get NARS in my country.
    xx Stephanie (www.stephaniesstyleblog.com)

  22. January 5, 2014 / 3:57 pm

    I really love your reviews because I have about the same skintone as you and similar taste in products (Nars Siberia was my favourite find this year, and I almost bought Mac Melba but I decided to look around for other peach blushes first). Thanks so much for all the pictures and reviews!

  23. January 5, 2014 / 4:12 pm

    I really want to try Nars Sheer Glow, it looks like one of the best foundations out there! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  24. January 5, 2014 / 5:01 pm

    I love the Concealer by Collection. I have been using a lot of their products recently! 🙂


  25. January 5, 2014 / 5:12 pm

    I love the Stay Matte powder it is my absolute holy grail powder.

  26. January 5, 2014 / 5:52 pm

    Great products. I've been looking at Sheer Glow myself for a while but can't swatch it anywhere near me, so was worried it wouldn't match me. Thanks for letting me know your shade, I think from your other foundation posts we both wear similar shades so I know which to buy now. Thanks! x

    Claire | AgentSmyth

  27. Pammy
    January 5, 2014 / 6:03 pm

    I love Bare Minerals foundation (not the loose minerals) in the lightest shade and Hard Candy Glamoflage concealer.

  28. January 5, 2014 / 6:12 pm

    I'm dying to try the Nars sheer glow foundation! I love the collection concealer so much, and the mac blushes are amazing <3

  29. January 5, 2014 / 6:14 pm

    I'm dying to try Nars sheer glow! The collection concealer is amazing and so are mac blushes 🙂 xx

  30. January 5, 2014 / 6:21 pm

    Love all of those products, especially the nars foundation!


  31. January 5, 2014 / 6:44 pm

    I'm still trying to pluck up the courage to get my skin matched to a foundation shade! I hear so many good things about the Nars Sheer Glow foundation!
    Elephant stories and more

  32. January 5, 2014 / 7:11 pm

    I really need to try Rimmel Stay Matte, I've seen it in so many favourites! x


  33. January 5, 2014 / 7:24 pm

    I love your new site design/layout! I have to admit, bases are one of the makeup products I'm still newer in so I don't have any true standouts this year. I definitely plan on trying more in 2014 and Nars Sheer Glow is at the top of my list!
    Lovely Notions

  34. January 5, 2014 / 8:17 pm

    I love love love nars sheer glow its literally my go to foundation i love it so much

    Jess x

  35. January 5, 2014 / 10:22 pm

    I love the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation and the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder.

  36. January 5, 2014 / 10:44 pm

    excited to know what blusher you use! i love your coral colouring that you use often for your lips and cheeks! i will have to check out the MAC melba blusher soon, as it always looks so beautiful on you 🙂


  37. January 6, 2014 / 3:53 am

    I just bought Melba. Can't wait to use it!

  38. January 6, 2014 / 12:49 pm

    I wish collection would make a few more shades of that concealer! I always hear amazing things about it but their shade range is so darn limited!


  39. January 6, 2014 / 5:53 pm

    I own the Rimmel Stay Matte powder and I like it especially given its price but now I want to try the Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow.
    Do you have any pictures of how you use it?

  40. January 6, 2014 / 8:43 pm

    Really enjoying reading your blog, im new to this so im having a good search around 🙂 i need to try the nars foundation ive heard so many good things about it ! Xx www.zoemountford.blogspot.com

  41. January 7, 2014 / 2:48 pm

    MAC blushers are the greatest! Need to try Melba out! Thank you!


  42. January 7, 2014 / 2:49 pm

    MAC blushers are great! Need to try Melba! Thank you!


  43. January 7, 2014 / 9:12 pm

    I have the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation too! Honestly the best foundation I have ever used!
    Play with Beauty

  44. January 8, 2014 / 3:11 am

    I want to try that Nars foundation. I'm due for a different one other than my MUF HD one. Love Rimmel's Stay Matte. I have that too!

  45. January 15, 2014 / 4:53 pm

    Can never go wrong with Rimmel Stay Matte, such an amazing product! I use the Collection concealer quite a bit too, although I tried Rimmel's Wake Me Up concealer in 2013 and think I almost prefer it to the Collection one, the formula's a bit lighter x


  46. February 16, 2014 / 11:33 pm

    I'm glad i'm not alone in thinking that collection 2000 is amazing. its definitely the best one i've tried by far. as for the rest of my base. I also use collection 2000 primer which i think is great for its low price, and their loose powder too. I do use a little bit more expensive foundation products though, I'm currently using both revlon colourstay and Bourjois healthy mix foundations. both of which i love.

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