VanityPicks | 2012 Beauty Favorites

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From skincare and cosmetics to body care and nails, these products are my top picks for 2012.

Top picks for smooth and oil-free makeup! NYX Shine Killer ($13) | NYX Pore Filler ($13) | Urban Decay De-Slick ($14-$29)

These products give a beautiful and lasting finish: Rachel K CC Cream ($39) | L'Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation ($12.99) | Rimmel Stay Matte Powder ($4) | Laura Mercier Mineral Powder ($36)

These products deliver when it comes to concealing and brightening: MAC Studio Finish Concealer ($18) | MAC Select Coverup ($18) | Coastal Scents Bright Eyed ($10) | Maybelline Dream Lumi ($7.99)

These two bronzers are not only easy on the wallet, they are amazing quality! e.l.f. Blush/Bronzer Duo in Turks & Caicos ($3) | NYC Bronzer in Sunny ($3)

Baked blushes are easy to blend and leave a beautiful sheen on the cheek. Lorac Baked Matte Satin Blush ($24)| Milani Baked Blushes ($7)

Creamy formulas that glide on on easily and have lots of shine really stole the spotlight in 2012! Too Faced La Creme Lipsticks ($21) | L'Oreal Colour Caresse ($8)

From smooth and hydrating to plumping with lots of shine, these lip glosses outshine all of the rest! Paula's Choice Perfect Shine Lipgloss ($9.95) | Buxom Big&Healthy Lip Polish ($19)

Smooth, creamy and easy to work with, these pencils are amazing! NYX Slim Lip Pencil ($3.50)

These eye products were definite stand-outs in 2012! Benefit They're Real Mascara ($23) | Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum ($10.99) | MAC Eye Kohl ($16)

Everyone is getting naked these days, and these palettes will definitely get you there! Urban Decay Naked ($50)| Naked 2 ($50) | Naked Basics ($27)

Single eyeshdadows, especially budget-friendly ones have really stepped up to high-end contenders, making these the best of the best! Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow ($6) | L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows ($7)

Some of the longest lasting polishes with amazing quality, these are a fabulous way to show off your digits! Butter London 3-Free Nail Lacquer ($14) | essie Nail ($8) | Zoya Nail Lacquer ($8)

Soft and well-constructed, these brushes are excellent value and give a flawless finish. Real Techniques Brushes ($5.99-$17.99) | Sigma Beauty ($16-$18)

Paula's Choice skincare is not only amazing quality, it gives amazing results and is a great value as well! Paula's Choice BHA ($19.95) | RESIST AHA ($28.95) | RESIST BHA9 ($36.95)

Daily pampering is a must! These products are amazing at hydrating and smoothing skin. Hempz Age Defying Lotion $23) | Bliss Blood Orange and White Pepper Sugar Scrub ($36)

 

2012 was a great year for beauty product discovery.  I discovered many new brands that have now become my favorites, so these are my top picks that I keep coming back to even now in 2013.  I’d love to hear if you have tried any of these products and what you think!  Links to any review or post is listed below.

Face Perfecting Products
(All products featured in a VanityPicks Flawless Face post) 

  • NYX Shine Killer ($13)
  • NYX Pore Filler ($13)
  • Urban Decay De-Slick ($14-$29)

Powder & Base

Concealers

  • MAC Studio Finish Concealer ($18)
  • MAC Select Coverup ($18)
  • Coastal Scents Bright Eyed ($9.95)
  • Maybelline Dream Lumi ($7.99)

Bronzers

  • e.l.f. Blush/Bronzer Duo in Turks & Caicos ($3)
  • NYC Bronzer in Sunny ($3)

Blushes

  •  Lorac Baked Matte Satin Blush in Exposed ($24)
  • Milani Baked Blushes in Luminoso and Rose D’Oro ($7)

Lipsticks

Lip Gloss

Lip Liner

Eyes

  • Benefit They’re Real Mascara ($23)
  • Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum ($10.99)
  • MAC Eye Kohl ($16)

Eye Palettes

Single Eyeshadows

Nail Lacquer

Brushes

Skincare

Body Lotion

I hope you enjoyed viewing my top picks from 2012!  I am already experiencing some noteworthy products this year, so I think it is definitely going to be an exciting one in 2013!

 


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