2013 Favourites Part One - Brushes and Lip Products

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Hey everyone,
I thought I would share with you the products that I loved in 2013. It was a hard task to whittle down as SO many products were launched. I have included new products, products that I have loved for a while and ones that I have bought for the first time.
I'll start with my favourite lip products:
Rimmel Apocalips
I felt that Rimmel really upped their game last year. I admit that I wasn't really a massive fan of the brand at all until they realised these gorgeous lovelies! With super high pigmentation and a steal at only £5.99 you can't go wrong. They last so well, and wear off nicely. The only thing that I didn't like is the watermelon like smell- but hey, that's a personal preference. Check out my full review here: http://www.amiisteward.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/rimmel-apocalips-review.html


Baby Lips by Maybelline

I absolutely loved that Baby Lips by Maybelline last year too- I actually have 4 (the 'Cherry Me' flavour isn't in the pic below- its in my coat pocket!) Whilst I was in New York in April I picked up the grape flavoured Baby Lips, and was completely hooked. They hadn't been released in the UK yet so thought it would be rude not to try one out. I have them all over the place. They feel nourishing on the lips, the flavour variation is nice and the price is only £2.99 (often on 3 for 2 in drugstores/ boots/superdrug)- BARGAIN! I highly recommend these and have included in swatches and full review of these babies here: http://www.amiisteward.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/maybelline-baby-lips-review.html 


My Favourite Brushes

I know a lot of people are making 2013 favourites posts, but I haven't seen many include favourite brushes. These are the brushes I use on a daily basis and adore with my heart- not sure I could function without them!

Real Techniques by Sam and Nicola Chapman


L-R: Buffing Brush, Contour Brush, Deluxe Crease Brush
Buffing Brush: Perfect for applying foundation, powder, blusher and all of the above. Super soft and I take this wherever I go. It just the perfect size and has many uses
Contour Brush: Perfect for the obvious- contouring, I also use this for blusher and highlighter. Brilliant for working in cream products too. With the tapered end, it fits perfecting in the hollows of your cheek.
Deluxe Crease Brush: I very rarely use this for my crease- but I ALWAYS use it for my concealer. This is the perfect size for precision and blending.
Real Techniques brushes are available at Boots and Superdrug as well as other online stores.

Illamasqua



L-R Powder Brush, Blending Brush and Angled Brush

Powder Brush: Completely vegan and vegetarian its amazing how they made these brushes to be so soft and wonderful. I use this brush for blush as well as normal face powder.

Blending Brush: My favourite blending brush of all time. I can't even begin to explain how perfect this is. The perfect taper, length, everything!

Angled Brush: I use this brush on my brows all of the time, but I have had this a while and have a sneaky suspicion that Illamasqua have made it smaller. Either way the smaller one is good too- but I will cherish this one. Perfect for precision brows.

MAC



L-R: Mac 217 , Mac 239

217: These two brushes are by far my favourite MAC brushes- I haven't really got on too well with other ones in the past and they've malted quite quickly. However, these are two that I will purchase again if needed. The 217 is a lovely blending brush and great for creating and diffusing a smoky eye.

239: Perfect for packing on colour and also smudging liner on the lashline, and under the eye also. Perfect little thing.

Have you enjoyed this post? Have you tried anything that I have featured? Why not tweet me @amiisteward or comment below- I'd love to hear your thoughts.



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