Sunday, January 8, 2012

My 2011 Makeup & Skincare Favorites

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I know this is a pretty delayed post since it's almost mid-January and I'm only blogging about last year's favorites now. But hey, better late than never right? 

So friends, here is my obligatory list of makeup and skincare favorites for the year that was (in no particular order):

Revlon Colorstay Makeup w/ Softlex for Oily Skin in 310 Warm Golden
I am not very fond of liquid foundation. I just can't bear the sticky heavy feeling on my skin. Aside from this, my foundation matching attempts have all been big failures - they were either too yellow, too beige, etc. Save for this. This one here is my HG foundation. The shade 310 Warm Golden matches my skintone (NC35, Olive undertones) perfectly. And i mean PERFECTLY. It gives me just the right coverage I need (medium), and feels so light on the skin. 

Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream #27 Honey Beige
From the time I started a relationship with BB Creams 2 years ago, Missha Perfect Cover was the only brand i found a match with. The consistency, coverage and formulation suited me perfectly. Due to it's very limited shade though, i had to settle with shade #23 which was, albeit 2 tones lighter than my skintone, the closest to my skin color. Thank God for the new shade #27 they introduced this year, i finally found a great match for my NC35 skin. Read about their new shade here

Missha BB Boomer
The one and only makeup base that i use and have been using for the past 2 years. Find out more about this here.

Skinfood Milk Shake Point Remover
The only makeup remover use. I love that it's moisturizing but really removes even very stubborn makeup very well. Know more about this here.

ELF Two Way Cake Foundation in Rosy Beige
This one is my favorite powder foundation. I like this even more than my MAC Studio Fix Powder+Foundation. It's cheap but offers really good quality. Excellent coverage! I made a review of this here. 

MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus
My go to finishing powder for 2011. Probably the only finishing powder i used last year. Medium Plus is a perfect match for me(NC35)

MAC Sheertone Shimmer Blush in Springsheen
 This one is one of my most abused blushes in 2011. It's great for giving that sort-of bronzed look. I raved about this blush here.  

Benefit Bella Bamba
This blush is heaven! This will probably be on my favorites list year after year after year. It's a very versatile blush that will look good on any skintone, and will great any time of the day. Gives your face an instant brightening, glowing effect. Find out how much i loved it here

Laura Mercier Illuminating Powder in Candlelight  
My favorite highlighter of the year! I love that the color is champagne (and not white) so it gives a more natural look and that the glitters are not too chunky you end up looking like a disco ball. Made a review of this here

Sleek Blush in Rosegold 
Love Love Love! The color is much like NARS Super Orgasm & Benefit Bella Bamba but this has it's own character too. Added to this, you get so much product for only P450 which makes it such a steal! Read here why i love this blush to bits.

MAC Browset in Beguille
This one i almost always use in tandem with In2It Eyebrow Powder to keep the brows from straying. I sometimes use this alone during days when I'm too tired to do a full-on makeup on my brows. Read more about this here.

In2It Eyebrow Cake Powder
This one i cannot afford to have none in my makeup stash. I have tried other more expensive eyebrow powders but somehow I always fall back to In2It. One of the best local makeup products ever. 


Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus
My ultimate mascara. No clumps and lumps and extends my very short lashes making them look like i have falsies on. Wrote about how great this is here.

Milani Lipstick in Rose Hip
My first ever bright and loud pink lipstick! I am not very adventurous and daring when it comes to makeup, but this one just looks so pretty it was so hard to resist. And it's very pretty indeed! It takes a bit of getting used to though, and you might get occasional stares here and thereBut overall, this is one bright pink lipstick that matches my NC35 skin tone. I wrote about this lipstick here.  

NYX Round Lipstick in Fig
This here is my ultimate favorite NYX Round Lipstick. The color is absolutely love! It's the perfect wearable pink. Minus points on the formulation though because it's just super creamy, it has a tendency to break off from the tube and melt. This has become a staple in my makeup kit, i'm on my 3rd tube already.  

Aveeno Positevly Radiant Tinted Moisturer 
The only tinted moisturizer that worked on me. My favorite so far. It's offers just enough moisturizing and coverage that i need. Check it out here.

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque 
My go to masque during bad skin days, like when it's that time of the month. Also works great as a spot on treatment for pimples. Find out what i like about this here.

Beauche Skin Care Set 
This one really helped clear out my skin. Last May, i had a terrible breakout episode due to a makeup product that i was allergic to. I  panicked when realized i was having a major acne breakout episode as i normally do not get pimples. This was recommended to me by a friend and it worked wonders on my skin. I do not regularly use this though, i just finish a set good for the entire month and then give my skin a break for 2-3 months. Disclaimer: What works for me may not work for you. 



  1. I'm with you on the Missha BB Boomer and BB cream. Shade 23 is perfect for me.

  2. @Jamilla: Missha BB Boomer and BB Cream are really great right? I can't imagine myself ever looking for other alternatives.

  3. The Beauche skincare set also helped me clear my face.. :) And I also use Revlon ColorStay. I've been using the brand for more than 6 years now and I don't think i'll have to switch to another brand soon.. :) I also have Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque, too bad though it doesn't really suit my skin.

  4. hi! bella bamba is heaven for me too. i also love revlon colorstay just like you and sumi. by the way, i'm having a give-away until jan. 19 which you might be interested to join in. coastal scents, urban decay, soap & glory and h&m stuffs are up for grabs. here's the link: thank you so much! have a great day!

  5. @Timeless Confection: I joined your blog sis! Great giveaways! Enjoyed the joining process.

  6. Oh my! You're such a guru! nice blog you have! I'm following you! hope you'll follow me back :)

  7. @fenni: thanks for the compliment. but i'm far from being a guru, i just love makeup and love to share about it. i followed you back love!

  8. hello sis! I learned a lot from your blog. :)
    where can i buy the Beauche skin care set? and how much? :)

  9. I want to try your BBs! For some reason I can't find the right BB Cream for me, but this I haven't tried so keeping my fingers crossed :) Thank you for posting!

    I'm now following you :)


    Hoping to get a visit from you and maybe get a follow back? :) More power!

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