Hits and Misses of 2012 – The Hits

Looking back the year I made so many purchases … it’s a little crazy but not quite out of hand, luckily. I’ve made many discoveries this year, tried new brands and what were for me new genre of products (highlighters for example). There’s almost an overwhelming amount of things I want to single out but I do realise I need to be selective and keep it streamlined. Even so I’m quite excited to gush about some of these products and you will find there are significantly more products in this entry than the ‘misses’, thankfully.

One last word on how I categorise, ‘Discoveries’ are not necessary instant favourites, however some of them do overlap into the ‘Hits’ category.
The products listed under ‘Hits’ are the real standouts that pop in my head instantly when I think about the topic. They are my ‘best-of’ and favourites of 2012.


La Roche-Posay Cicaplast
Perhaps my greatest skincare discovery of 2012, this is now my go-to SOS topical cream. I reach for this when I have peeling skin, flakiness or general tightness from the dry weather and it works like a charm.

Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover
I don’t know if Bourjois was the original innovator behind this but this has changed and improved the way I clean my nails. It’s fast, efficient and most of all I really like that it’s more environmentally friendly without the use of a million cotton balls to wipe polish off.

Kiehl’s Creme de Corps
I’m so late to the party it’s unbelieveable that only this year did I find out about the wonders of this cream. This has attained HG status during the year. (more…)


Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill 4 Colour Eyeshadow Palette

Some time ago I had this inexplicable determination to get some grey-toned eyeshadows, preferably matte if possible but it’s negotiable. I was very close to getting NARS duo in Brumes, but jumped ship at the last moment. Then I saw the preview pictures of the Armani quads and #1 Maestro got me excited – it looked like something that fitted the bill. I waited for the quads to be released here and then waited a little longer for reviews to come online and then some more, hoping to catch a Sephora -20% offer (I did). I was all ready to go … until I saw the preview pictures of the Burberry quads, #1 Smokey Grey in particular.

In the end I got the Armani simply because I was too impatient to wait for Burberry’s release here.

shaded lighting; colours more accurate in this picture
direct light
2 x 2g plus 2 x 1 g = 6g product total. (more…)

Holiday Haul & Thoughts on the Collections

So the Christmas collections are all here finally and while I may have been busy I have made time to do some shopping. Here are my selections:
Top row, left to right: 
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill 4 Color Shadow Palette in #1 Maestro, Dior Diorific lipstick in #037 Diorling, YSL Boréal Palette Polar Light
Bottom row, left to right:
shu uemura karl for shu smoky velvet palette, Bourjois BB Cream 8 in 1 foundation, Chanel polish in 637 Malice
They are all limited edition items, apart from the Bourjois foundation. Detailed reviews will come soon, and Maestro palette will be the first since I got it a few weeks ago and have had the time to use it. (more…)

July Empties

Again, only three products in July:

Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser (Travel size)

I have actually used up 2 large glass bottles of this in the past. It remains one of my favourites mainly because of its revigorating scent that immediately puts me in a good mood. The one things that keeps me from buying it more often is the price. When I think that I’m washing this down the drain in small doses I simply can’t justify paying so much for a shower gel.

Repurchase? If only …

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara (#1 Black)

Hall of Fame status for the past 2 years. It’s the best mascara I’ve found for my wimpy, straight lashes. This gives volume and length, coats each and every one of the lashes.

Repurchase? Yes

Vichy Laboratories Liftactiv Retinol HA Total Anti-Wrinkle Renovating Care (15ml)

This eye cream promises to reduce the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes …
Perhaps I should say upfront first that I’m not really a believer in eye creams or any miracle products. Just as well because this didn’t work. Granted I didn’t do as they ask, that is apply the eye cream in a circular motion with the curved head. I tried that method once and found it took me 3-5 minutes to complete the task. I’m afraid I simply don’t have the patience for that.

Repurchase? No

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Haul

Eyes to Kill Waterproof Smooth Silk Eye Pencil

From Fall 2012, the LE waterproof eyeliners in black and brown. These I have been waiting for a long time, having heard about how good they are from previous releases. I held back until GA finally come out with black, then decided to pick brown up as well (for a change). The texture is one of, if not the creamiest eye pencil I’ve ever used, it just glides. Pigment is amazing, as you would expect a brand like GA (see comparison swatch here). (more…)