Favorites of 2012 - Chi-Chi Edition
Hello lovely PD followers! Even though the post is a tad late since we’re getting into the later part of January, we wanted to share with your all our favorite products from 2012. Here are my choices and the reasons why - some of the products are not included in the pretty widget, but all of the links are down below!
Personal Microderm (PMD) | $179 | link: Arabelle gave me this beauty tool a while ago because she a wonderful person and knew how frustrated I was getting with my acne scarring. My acne scarring was really dark and covered both of my cheeks completely – and this has helped immensely. By no means is my scarring gone, but my skin is the best it has been since middle school, and that’s an amazing feeling. I use the red disks (coarse grit), which works best for my skin.
Dior ‘Diorsnow D-NA Reverse’ White Reveal Night Concentrate | $145 | link: I bit the bullet and purchased this from Sephora during their VIB sale last October because I was at my wits end on finding a topical treatment for my acne scarring that did not contain hydroquinone. Trying every drugstore product for scarring with absolutely no results, I must say, and this pains me because this means I’m going to repurchase this, I adore this serum. For my new scars, it fades almost immediately, and it’s slowly working on my scarring that I have had since high school. This is legitimately the only product I have seen work on my scarring and one of the best purchases I made in 2012.
La Femme Blushes | ~$3 each | link: These blushes are amazing. I purchased them earlier in 2012 from makeupmania and posted about them here. The colors are insanely pigmented (the lightest hand is needed for application) and last on my oily/combination skin until I want to take them off. Are they something I would recommend to someone just started out with blush – no, because it is very easy to overapply because of their pigmentation. However, for someone who loves blush and wants to expand their collection, try these out!
MUA Heaven and Earth Eyeshadow Palette | £4.00 | link: This is known as one of the Urban Decay Naked 1 dupes, which I own. However, I love neutral shadows and need to own all of them, so I purchased this anyway. I grab for this more than my Naked 1; I find that the shadows blend easier on my lids, and they last longer on my lids without primer than the Naked 1 shadows.
Kose Softmyo Deep Cleansing Oil | ~$10-15 | 1 | 2 | 3: Both Arabelle and I have talked about this product at length and we even did a review on it professing our love. Is there anything more to say at this point – this product is a godsend.
Mario Badescu Silver Powder | $12 | link: Also mentioned this in a skincare recommendation post previously, and I still feel the same way. For the amount of good it does for my skin and pores, it is ridiculously affordable. After using it twice a week for a couple months, I noticed that to keep blackheads at bay, I only need to use it once a week now. Completely worth every penny.
Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Gel Exfoliant | $19.95 | link: This is the only product I use to control potential breakouts and it works wonderfully. I stopped using my prescription acne medication completely because of how well this product works for my skin and my needs. On the Paula’s Choice website it claims to do a lot more things than I have experienced, such as smoothing for firmer skin (I have not experienced this in over 7 months of use). However, it stops my acne in its tracks, which is what I use it for, and I could not be happier.
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Tipsy | $25 | link: This is my go-to year round blush color that makes me look awake, happy and refreshed all at the same time, regardless of how I actually feel. Easy to blend, pigmented and lasts for quite a long time, especially in the humid summer, which is when I purchased the product in 2012. And I adore the color – I absolutely love coral everything.
Essential RICH PREMIER Ultra Honey Mask | ~$8-10 | 1 | 2: One of my first beauty buddies Charmaine recommended this to me…a really long time ago and I finally purchased it. It’s wonderful my hair feels rejuvenated, light, airy and moisturized yet not oily, which is rare for my natural hair. I attribute this to the continued health of my natural hair. I use it once every two weeks for deep conditioning and it works wonders.
Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Pink Truffle | $6-9 | link: Whenever I can’t decide what lip color to choose to compliment the eye look I was wearing, I grab this. It’s one of favorite my lips but better lipsticks and I use it when I go to interviews as well for a great business-appropriate look. My favorite color of the lip butters I own, which I swatched here and here.
Dickinson’s Original Witch Havel Oil Controlling Astringent | $5.99 | link: The best toner for my skin during the summer months – controls oil wonderfully, leaves my face moisturized, and is affordable since it goes on sale a lot. It’s also helped change the overall oiliness of my face long-term – I am not as oily in my T-Zone as I used to be, so this has definitely helped. Finally, it helps control my acne. What’s not to like?