What better way to kick the year off video-wise than with a retrospective look back at the best of beauty from the past 12 months, products old and new, award show stylée? I can be a cosmetics floozy from time to time, so here is the HG-stuff, the real good’uns; most of which I have repurchased or are well on the way to scribbling them down again on my shopping list. Today I’m covering the makeup, tool and nail categories and I’ll be back again on Sunday with the rest. Oh yes, it’s a long one. If a 15 minute ramble is a little beefy for you I’ve summarised my top five picks from those featured for ya:

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation: Do I even need to go over these one? A near enough perfect complexion in a bottle and in a colour range that satisfies my sun kissed skin in the summer and English rose tones in the cooler months. I’m not sure I’ll ever be without this.

Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder in Medium: Before the purchase of this product occurred all contouring attempts were marred by orange toned streaks and a sub-par application, but with this stuff? Well it can eek out something that looks a little like cheekbones even on a football-headed gal like myself.

NARS Pro-Prime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base: I do sometimes wonder if I have the greasiest eyelids in the history of mankind. One slick of this stuff over my lids mind you keeps everything in place, even the creamiest of formulas, without creasing or migrating across my face. Miles better than any other eye primer I’ve tried.

Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Soft Brunette: Hello big brows. The thing I love about this is that it does everything brow-related in one. A spoolie on one end grooms and pops hairs back into their natural groove and the waxy formula (in a tone that works pretty darn perfectly with my natural tones) on the other fills gaps and sets everything into place.

Red Carpet Manicure Gel Polish Kit: Now this might seem like an oddball addition, but since I gave this a test pedi back in the summer I haven’t used any other brand of polish on my toes. It lasts a good month each time before I have to repaint and I’ve even whipped it on my fingertips in times of need.

If however, you’re in need of some serious procrastination then here’s your out for the next quarter of an hour. Enjoy.

  • http://emmabebeauty.blogspot.ie/ Emma Be Beauty

    Great video. I’ve picked up a few of these products on your recommendation throughout the year so thanks!


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  • PeonyandPeach

    I love end of year favourites videos, and this one was brill. Looking forward to the next instalment!


  • CarlyB

    The Armani foundation is one of the things at the top of my wishlist for this year!

    Carly at Life from the Tub

  • http://www.andrewjamesblog.com/ Andrew James

    I saw a real techniques brush i think everyone seems to love them ive never met anyone who hasnt liked those brushes


  • http://emmihearts.blogspot.co.uk/ Emily Allen

    As soon as you mentioned foundation I was waiting for you to pull out the luminious silk haha, definitely need to get the Kevyn acuoin sculpting powder I’ve heard so many raves :p xx


  • mia

    i really want to try the Armani foundation I had reservations because of the price but I always trust your opinion and I think im going to purchase it x

  • Maddy Cane

    Love this video, I now *need* everything you mentioned! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD


  • Joana

    Nar’s Pro Primer is a god-send.


  • slee1164

    I can’t believe the Nars lip pencils didn’t make an appearance!

  • danniella josephine

    I love to sit down and watch your videos on an evening with a brew :) will have a look later!

    Danniella x | http://www.famousinjapan.co.uk

  • Chantel

    Great products.

  • karolina wizaz

    lovely products!

  • Celina

    I should really try out the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors. I think I’m going to go for 05. It seems like such an easy to wear colour that would be lovely for the spring and summer.

    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  • Gina Fletcher

    I was planning to buy Urban Decay primer potion but got the Nars one on a whim after seeing it in a video – it’s fantastic. My make up looked as good the next morning (oops! New years resolution is to ALWAYS remove my make up!) Great video. G
    http://www.mygrannysdresser | bloglovin

  • Cantik Malaysian

    I recognize a few of my fave products here! Great post + video!

    <3 Nichole | Cantik

  • Chelsea Leigh

    awesome products, you’re the best!


  • www.themimz.blogg.se

    Great collection of makeup!

  • Emily Folkes

    ooooooh boy am I excited for the skincare favourites!!!

  • Daniela

    I think I may just give in and buy the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation, I’ve been putting it off waaaay too long than is necessary.

  • Bella

    I just got the Kevyn Aucoin sculpting powder, but even though I am much darker than you are it so so incredibly dark on my face. I have to learn how to develop the lightest possible touch. Which brush do you use?

  • Sybil Mae

    I defiantly need to check out the Giorgi Armani foundation! :)


  • http://www.inaworldofbees.com/ Brooke Ellen

    These items are so on my list to try this year because my best of beauty of 2013 was not to this standards. well in my opinion! hahaha.


  • Marianne

    Vivianna thank you for the recommendations. I purchased the Loreal taupe eyeshadow and really love it. Also just want to let you know that there is Telescopic mascara is still selling in the states.

  • http://www.vibrantbeautyblog.com/ Jennifer Monforton

    So many beautiful picks! RMS Living Luminize is my favourite of the year too, as are the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders. And MAC Patisserie looks lovely on you :)