I’ll be coming at you with a whole bevy of favourites videos over the next few weeks, including a rather mega product-packed ’2013 Favourites’ two-parter. But to simplify matters I thought today I would share my favourite, favourites from the past year. Five products that have changed the game in their particular arena that have been in constant use since their discovery. There are no surprises here. All products that I’ve raved on about till the cows come home – though at least you know I really have developed deep feelings for them, right? In no particular order we have…

Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder in Medium – Thanks to my Dad I have in inherited the round football-face gene (he also gave me my hairiness and love for shopping – thanks Dad), so facial definition is somewhat of a novelty to me. Of course, we all know by know that this amazing thing called contouring can help chisel down even the most rotund of faces (a.k.a mine), but it wasn’t until I discovered this product that everything truly slotted into place and these things called cheekbones appeared. Life-changing.

Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Soft Brunette – Another thing I have my father to thank for is my monobrow (again – cheers Dad) and my rouge and unruly brows are something I’ve always struggled with. Then this double-ended wonder came along and made it all ok. With a spoolie on one end and a waxy coloured formula housed in the other, it’s been defining and holding my bad boys in place all year. Plus the grey-tinged brown shade is spot-on.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip PencilsOh my word. I hold such a special place in my heart for these. Anyone who is bold lip wary needs to give these a go before they write off loud pouts completely. Long-lasting, quick and easy to draw on and in a matte formula, I’ve even been brave enough to wear these in the day. The colours are kick-ass too; it’s a tie between Cruella and Red Square for top spot.

Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover – My love for waterproof mascara is stronger than ever thanks to this. Before I struggled pulling and tugging hardy formulas off my lashes each night but with this even the toughest ones I own glide away when this comes into contact with them. Anytime I’ve used waterproof mascara, out this comes. So basically everyday then.

Therapie Detox Himalayan Bath Salts – It’s ok, I’ll spare you the rave on this one for the 35th time. A good sleep guarantee in a tub. Nuff said. I don’t even want to think about how many refills I’ve gone through; I’m not sure I can even count them on one hand. Oh gawd.

Go on – how many of those could you guess? Five out of five? I wouldn’t be surprised. But hey, they’re the best of the bunch and get the VDM-seal of approval and some. True gems in my beauty stash that I doubt I’ll ever be without.

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  • Karin Boonstra

    Great products! And Call me crazy but I’m very jealous of your brows!! There so full and nicely shaped. Mine are barely there, almost no hairs brows… And I just love and want a full brow!

  • danniella josephine

    Ooh I like the sound of those Nars pencils! :)

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

  • Elena

    aaaah you rave about those lip pencils so much I don’t know how much longer I’ll survive without one! also definitely need that sculpting powder! (and probably the brow pencil, maybe I just need it all!) :) xx

    kooky capricious

    • http://www.madame-ostrich.com/ Madame Ostrich

      Get it! You will be hooked!

  • Brushandmakeup

    I got the Therapie bath salts for Christmas! Very excited to use them :-)

  • Eleri Roberts

    Clarins’s eye-makeup remover is the best! A Nars pencil in red square is top on my list! xx

    Eleri Roberts

  • Maddy Cane

    Love the NARS lip pencils, I have Luxemburg and it is so beautiful! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD


  • Coco

    The Velvet Matte lip pencils from NARS are perfect. I recommend them to everyone x

  • http://www.madame-ostrich.com/ Madame Ostrich

    Yes! The NARS Velvet Matte pencils are my absolute favorite! I rotate between Cruella for day and Majella for evening!

    Great picks Vivianna! Hope you had a great xmas!


  • Sabrina

    The Nars lip pencils are my favorite and I’m always wearing the shade Dragon Girl.

  • Ida

    I have to say that your lily’s beauty blogs have been my absolute faves this year. This was the year when I started to use make up properly and I’ve bought loads of fantastic products thanks to you guys. The Clarins instant light lip perfector being the most recent one. I really wouldn’t even to know what products to buy without you guys. I really look forward to reading your blogs next year as well (and perhaps trying the Kevyn Aucoin sculpting powder)!

  • Amy Taggart

    I love Clarins skincare, it’s brilliant for all skin types and is so gentle on the skin. Can’t wait to see your favourites over the next few weeks! X.


  • MakeUpWithASmile

    I was wondering if you could possibly do a review on the aesop parsley seed cleanser? As read small mentions on it on you’re blog and was wondering what you thought of it. I’m lookin for ma HG cleansa

  • Muireann04.wordpress.com

    Thanks to your review I have decided to give Nars lip pencils a go, keep the reviews coming please.

  • Celina

    These picks are no surprise! I’m definitely interested in the Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover. It sounds lovely!

    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  • http://dailydoseoflyric.blogspot.ca/ Lyric Andersen

    Ok I am seriously interested in the Tharapie Detox bath salts after hearing you rave about them time and time again. Alas, the price tag is a bit much for me right now especially when I have good ol’ Epsom salts to thank!


  • Alexis Ekaterina Graves

    Hey Viv, could you do a tutorial on how you contour your face? I have quite a round face as well, and I’d like to know some of your tips on how to make a face more structured!

  • http://lifeofverity.blogspot.com/ Life of Verity

    I love the Nars lip pencils so much, I use mainly the dark shades of them but I’m hoping to branch out into their nude shades xxxx

    Verity | Life of Verity

  • Hattie

    I want to try them all! Especially the NARS lip pencils xx


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

    Beautiful picks! Can’t go wrong with NARS Lip Pencils (know you’ve been loving them lately!) and I definitely need more Kevin Aucoin in my life :)

  • Tarte Tanya

    I need to try these NARS pencils i’ve heard so much great things.
    Lovely picks!

  • Lana

    All perfect picks. Love the post! Anddd you have great eyebrows!!