12 beauty favorites of 2012

Looking back, 2012 was a great year for discovering new products. I have a lot of favorite products form the year, but only a few that I will re-purchase over and over again. It's hard to even pick an absolute number one makeup product or tool. 
So, here are my "top 12 of 2012." 

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
A lot of people ask if both palettes are necessary. I personally love the Naked 2 better than the original. I use them both, but I reach for Naked 2 more because it has cooler colors that are perfect for everyday subtle looks. 

Maybelline Color Tattoos
I can't say enough about these. The longevity, pigmentation and price. Amazing. More on these cream shadows here.

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream
Ah, it was the year of the BB creams. Smashbox got it right. It evens out my skin tone, provides light coverage, and lasts all day. Perfect for days in the sun or traveling. 
My post dedicated to this BB cream is here. 

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
This powder is a savior for girls with oily skin. Apply it in the morning over your foundation and you're good to go for the rest of the day. For $6.00 at the drugstore, you can't beat it! 

Maybelline MasterDrama Eyeliner 
This year I finally found the only eyeliner that does not smudge throughout the day. This has better staying power than Urban Decay 24/7 glide on pencils, and you don't have to sharpen these.

Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer
This is a creamy concealer that really brightens the under the eyes. I like it better than the YSL Touch Eclat concealer (which is $45). See my blog post on this amazing concealer!

Soap & Glory Hand Food Lotion
This is amazing stuff. This is the only lotion that doesn't leave a greasy feeling after applying.  Use before bed and your hands feel so silky and soft in the morning. 

Mary Kay Timewise Moisturizer
I've been using this since late 2011, but I never realized how much I loved this moisturizer until this year. I tried to stray, but I can't find anything like it. Hey, if it isn't broke, don't fix it. More on this moisturizer here

Maybelline Babylips in Quenched
The most moisturizing lip balm at the drugstore. They’ve since come out with some new colors that I’m dying to try. Read my post on Babylips here.

Clarisonic Mia
The Clarisonic has kinda changed my life. I’m not really sure how I ever washed my face before. I use it with a gentle Neutrogena cleanser and it gets every spec of makeup off. If you don’t have one, and have been on the fence about getting one, I say do it. It’s definitely well worth the money! 

Revlon ColorStay Whipped Creme Foundation
I know I've mentioned it before, but the Revlon ColorStay whipped foundation has ousted the liquid version as my holy grail foundation. I'm on jar number 3 in just 6 months because I use it so much. It's the longest-lasting foundation with the most natural finish.
More on this foundation here. 

Sultra Bombshell Curling Wand (1 ¼”)
I can honestly say that this curling wand has changed my hair life. I prefer a curling wand over a curling iron because the curls last… for days..and days. If only I was one of those girls that could go a week without washing my hair. But, by day 3 I need a wash and I’m always sad to see the wavy curls go. I highly recommend using a curling wand over a curling iron now. There are some great inexpensive ones at Ulta and Target. You can find the Sultra Bombshell at Sephora.

What were your favorite products of 2012?

xo, Mal


  1. I have heard so many great things about the Revlon Colorstay foundations and really want to try them now. I think I like the idea of the whipped creme over a liquid. I'll have to pick pick that up!

    Great picks. I just posted my own 2012 favorites and am doing a giveaway of some of them.


  2. I'm always on the lookout for next amazing beauty product, so this post arrive right on time :) I can't wait to give Maybelline Color Tattoo a try (I'm an eyeshadow hoarder), and you might convince me to make the jump, and finally purchase Clarisonic! I'm so happy I've discovered your inspiring blog! I'm definitely following you to see (and learn) more :)

    xx Ivana
    Macarons and Pearls

  3. Yay pink Clarisonic!!! We have a lot of favorite products in common... Maybelline color tattoos, Soap & Glory hand food, love them both! I want to try that Revlon Colorstay Whipped foundation :)

  4. Anonymous1/08/2013

    Love this post, you have some great favourites here!
    I want a Clarisonic Mia soo bad!
    Rachael x


  5. Everyone raves about the naked palette! I wish I would have picked one up! What a great list of products and suggestions. I'm sure next time I pick up a few items I'll be thinking of this post! Nice to discover your blog!



  6. Great list. I love smashbox's bb cream!!

    xxo Ashley

  7. we have some of the same faves! :) that bb cream is amazing and im dying to try out the whipped foundation! xo

  8. I really need that naked 2 palette! it's perfect for work!


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