L'Oréal Paris Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Solution: Up until recently, Bioderma Sensibo H20 was my go-to make up remover, but L'Oréal's offering has quickly blown it out of the water (no pun intended); not only does one cotton pad's worth of the solution remove all traces of foundation and concealer, but simply wiping your eyes gently rids your eyes of eyeliner, mascara and eyeshadow quickly and painlessly - even for those of us with seriously sensitive eyes!
L'Oréal Paris Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Solution is available for £4.99 (currently on special offer for £3.33) at Boots, here.
Carmex Mint Moisturising Lip Balm: Winter is the worst time of year for my lips; they so often get dry, and applying lipstick can be a bit of a nightmare, but Carmex's lip balms are my absolute saviour (so much so that I have several around my home, just in case I can't find one). There are several different scents, but the mint version is my favourite, as it leaves your lips tingling, and I feel they look slightly plumper, as a result.
Carmex Mint Moisturising Lip Balm is available for £2.69 from Boots, here.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo: This is one of the products I credit to clearing up my 'problem skin' (full review here); it's a little pricey, but mine has lasted well over a year, and it really is a 'holy grail' product.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo is available for £13 from Boots, here.
Maybelline 'Fit Me' Concealer: My absolute favourite concealer; medium-to-full coverage, and in a vast variety of shades (perfect for even my pale complexion). You can also buy matching foundation, face powder, and blusher to suit your complexion, once you know which shade is best matched to your skin tone, within the 'Fit Me' range. The full review, featuring both the concealer and foundation, is here.
Maybelline 'Fit Me' Concealer is available from Boots for £5.99, here.
The Body Shop 'Matte It' Primer: I have very dry skin, naturally, and winter does not help, which means I often have to overload on moisturiser just to keep it healthy. However, heavy moisturisers and foundation often don't mix well, and can leave my skin a little...shiny. I've tried various face powders to combat this, but nothing worked - until I stumbled across a review of The Body Shop's 'Matte It' primer, and I haven't looked back. It's incredibly light, but there's an immediately visible reaction on your skin as soon as you apply it; one which stays in place all day, so that I rarely even need face powder, any more, making my make up look far more natural.
The Body Shop 'Matte It' Primer is available from The Body Shop for £12, here.
Real Techniques Buffing & Contour Brushes: Although these two brushes are only available as part of the Real Techniques Core Collection, it's a completely worthwhile investment, as far as I'm concerned. The buffing brush is an incredible tool for creating a flawless base, without a cakey effect, and the contour brush blends both bronzer and highlighter seamlessly. The other two brushes in the set are pretty handy, don't get me wrong, but these are the stand-alone highlights, as far as I'm concerned.
The Real Techniques Core Collection is available for £21.99 from Boots, here.
Barry M 'Royal Glitter' Nail Paint in 'Lady': Hands down, my favourite nail polish of the year. The swatches (and full review) are here, but in summary, it's a snowy, glittery white, with a gorgeous frosted texture, and it's absolutely stunning.
Barry M's Royal Glitter collection is available here, with each paint retailing at £3.99.
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette: My favourite of the Naked palettes, so far; it's far easier to travel with than the other, larger, palettes, and comes in shades that work on both pale, and darker, skintones. It's also a cheaper alternative to the full-sized palettes, if you're worried about making the full investment for a larger palette. My full review is here.
Urban Decay's Naked Basics palette is available from Debenhams and House of Fraser stores, as well as House of Fraser online, here, for £20.
Rimmel London ScandalEyes Micro Eyeliner: I've seen a lot of mixed reviews on the two ScandalEyes eyeliners, and whilst I have no experience of the 'Thick and Thin' liner, the Precision Micro liner is one of my favourite eyeliners, ever. With an ultra-fine tip, it's great for maneuvering and creating winged lines, as well as creating more subtle looks. It will dry out faster when stored somewhere too warm, but then, most good eyeliners would. I have had no issues with smudging or rubbing, even on a night out, and the price point is pretty impressive, too.
Rimmel London ScandalEyes Micro Eyeliner is available from Boots, here, for £3.49.
Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in 'Coral Britannia': Anyone who's been following my blog for a while will know I have been in constant search of a good coral lipstick (finding one when you're as pale as I am is no easy feat), and I finally found one in the latest additions to the 'Moisture Renew' line, which were already my favourite formula of lipsticks. My full review is here, but the bottom line is that the Moisture Renew lipsticks are rich, creamy, long-lasting, and pretty vibrant, to boot, and this shade is absolutely gorgeous.
Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick is available from Boots for £6.49 (but is currently on offer for £4.49), here.
Can you believe 2013 is almost over? Personally, this year seemed to fly by, for me - and although there were some incredible highlights, I'm definitely ready for 2014.What are your must-have products of 2013?