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I have to say that 2013 was a great year for make-up and skincare for me. I tried and received so many products and I even got to be a judge for a huge magazine here for their beauty awards. But I’ll be telling you more about that later! So, today I thought I might show you what I think were the best products I used in 2013 and what you should definitely add to your list the next time you’re out shopping!P.S – If you see that the name of the product has a link, click on it to see a full review post I did on it earlier if you want to find out more about it!

1. Foundation & CC Cream

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They say that scents are collections of memories. A whiff of something can instantly bring you back to a moment in time. I reckon it’s like wearing a memory. If you are in need of a new perfume, I’m proud to announce that L’Occitane has just come out with four new scents available Tuesday this coming week in stores which are all worth a whiff! They smell amazing! It’s the L’Occitane Collection De Grasse range which I had the honor of previewing a few weeks ago!

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Grasse is actually a town in France were local growers cultivate jasmine, rose, orange blossom and violet flowers. It’s actually undeniably the world capital of perfumery, a place that unites precious ingredients from near and far. In fact, the greatest perfumers in the world learned their skills in the laboratories of Grasse for centuries! Karine Dubreuil is the perfumer for L’Occitane who has worked for various major perfume houses. She is the nose behind many famous fragrances already and created the compositions for the L’Occitane Collection De Grasse. They’re a union of complimentary ingredients and that’s why they smell so good!

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I’ve always kept my eye on Marc Jacobs perfumes. First there was Daisy, which has always been a hallmark fragrance for me. It’s funny how certain smells can remind us of certain moments in our life and Daisy reminds me so much of first year Uni that I will never wear it again. I know it’s a bold statement to say but it’s certainly special. Then, came Lola which I thought was a bit too mysterious and musky for me and when I saw DOT on the counters, I became throughly excited.

Dot is a little different. It is heavier and sweeter than Daisy but lighter than Lola. It represents the in-between and is a much fruitier than floral scent. It is sweeter with top notes of red berries, dragonfruit and honey suckle, heart notes of jasmine, coconut water and orange blossom and base notes of vanilla, driftwood and musk. It is thus a fruity, sweet and musky fragrance. I like it. I can’t say I love it because it smells familiar and not to my memory completely unique and unheard of. I think to me, Daisy was  really a unique and classic fragrance. Along with Chloe. But this one reminds me of those Victoria Secret or Bath and Body Works bath sprays you spritz on after a shower with hints of Sweet Pea. It really does smell nice but perhaps so can anything. Smell is a matter of personal preference anyway so you might as well give it a whiff the next time you’re near one. It also gives a refreshing “after-smell”.

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I’ve heard great things about this foundation and when Priceline (the local drugstore and drugstore make-up mecca in Australia) had a 2 for 1 deal on L’Oreal face products, I had to take the plunge and get it. The L’Oreal True Match foundation is a liquid foundation that is supposedly special because it matches your skin tone and skin texture with ultra fine pigments. So basically, it’s taking the whole “I’m wearing make-up but I still look natural” look to another level. I have to say after using it for a series of weeks, it has now made it to my list of favourite drugstore foundations. I love it for it’s light consistency, perfect coverage and flawless finish.

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I don’t know if you remember when you were 13 years old and you looked in the mirror in the girl’s bathroom after soccer practice and your hair tied in a pony tail looked like an absolute mess. In a shock that your middle school crush was going to see you in class, you turned on the tap to get some water to smoothen out the flyaways. It worked temporarily but you know it didn’t work permanently. I remembered doing that all the time. I’m here to introduce to you my favourite beauty find of 2012 (so far) – the L’oreal Professionnel Mythic Oil. I love this stuff!

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I have to admit, a stippling brush looks a bit odd. It’s a bunch of animal hair bristles and poking through that bush is a bunch of taller white synthetic bristles. But this brush is basically a miracle worker because there are just so many ways to use them! It’s one of my first face brushes and it’s one of my favourites because you can basically use one brush to do your whole face. It’s not totally suggested because you don’t want to mix your liquid foundation with your powder blush but at least it’s the thought that counts.

Yet, too many people complain that this baby streaks during application but little do they know that they’re just not using it properly! That’s what I’m here for. Today I’ll be showing you all you need to know about Stippling brushes – including how to use them, what they’re best for and giving a little review of the few ones that I own. There are four things that a stippling brush can do for you – it’s great for liquid foundation, powder, blush and bronzer. We’ll see how.

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