Beauty Favourites of 2011

These are the products I have reached for the most throughout 2011. Most categories tend to have 2 favourites because I use both products for different reasons or because I am incapable of making a decision!

I have decided to split my favourites over 2 posts, this one will focus on my beauty favourites and the next will focus on hair and body favourites.

FaceSmashbox Photo Finish Bronzing Primer: I love Smashbox primers. I decided to try out the bronzing primer and although it looks quite dark, it goes on nicely to give you a subtle bit of colour.

MAC Strobe Liquid Lotion: I mix this together with the Smashbox primer to make what I believe is the best primer. I love the luminous effect it achieves, and also helps my make-up go on much nicer.

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua: A natural but flawless finish, this is my Holy Grail foundation. I love that you can build up the coverage to suit your skin and that it leaves a lovely dewy finish.

Avon Smooth Mineral Liquid Foundation: This is my favourite “cheaper” foundation. It provides a light to medium coverage with a luminous finish, great for summer.

Garnier Caffeine Anti-dark Circles 2-in-1 Roll-on: A great under-eye concealer that makes your eyes appear more awake. Also provides a refreshing cooling effect that wakes you up a little.

Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer: The perfect concealer. Covers all imperfections, can also be used as an under-eye concealer and lasts all day long. It blends like a dream to produce a nice matt finish.


BeneFit Coralista: This blush will suit anyone and I love everything about it. It smells divine, has pretty packaging and is the most beautiful coral shimmer I have seen.

No.7 Mineral Perfection Loose Powder Blusher in Rose Pink: This highly pigmented, blendable, flawless baby pink blush is stunning.

Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder: The perfect colour that when applied does not make me look orange instead it gives me a nice subtle colour. It also smells like chocolate which is always a plus!

BeneFit High Beam: A favourite amongst many, I like to apply this to my cheekbones and brow bones to create that glowy effect.


Urban Decay Original Eye shadow Primer Potion: Keeps my eye shadow in place throughout the whole day and stops it creasing.

Urban Decay Naked Palette: This palette is the definition of perfection.

Max Factor Kohl Pencil: I don’t really use eyeliner that often, but when I do this is the one I love. It goes on smoothly, is blendable and stays on throughout the day which is all that I need!

No.7 Extravagant Lashes: This mascara has received some bad reviews over the year but this is my day to day mascara. It may not be the best there is but it creates a natural look that lengthens and adds volume to my lashes. I have to say though I already have a new favourite for this year!

Boujois Volume Clubbing Mascara: To achieve a more dramatic effect I like to use this mascara. It is great for when you are going out as it has great staying power is great and achieves very voluminous lashes.


Kiko Lipstick #200: I bought this matt nude Kiko Lipstick when I was in Italy and I am so glad I did. With the Dior lip gloss it creates the perfect nude lip.

Avon Ultra Colour Rich lipstick in Pout: A slightly pinky nude that makes a great alternative to your typical nude. I am not a big lipstick wearer but these two really are beautiful.

ELF Conditioning Lip Balm in Peaceful Pink: This lip balm is a great alternative to lipstick and lip gloss that is very moisturising. Great to give your lips a hint of colour.

Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect in Jersey Pink: Firstly, I love the packaging. This is a pretty, lightweight lip gloss that is neither sticky or gloopy and creates the perfect shimmer finish.


Impossible to pick one favourite polish, I have so many!
♥ NYC in Canal Street
♥ Nails Inc in Jermyn Street
♥ No.7 Stay Perfect in Damson Dream
♥ Maybelline Finish Express in Turquoise Green

Phew, that was a long post! So there are my beauty favourites in 2011. Are there any products you would like a more in-depth review on?

Are any of these products your favourite? If not what are your favourites?

I hope you have all had a lovely day :)
XOXO Carissa


  1. I want to try everything you've listed... especially the Garnier Eye Roll-On. Can't believe i've not tried it yet! :( & MAC Strobe Cream, never could decide if I should get it or not!

  2. I've been desperate to try MAC Strobe cream and Vitalumiere Aqua for ages! This may be the year I finally do haha. The benefit coralista blush is also on my radar now, It looks gorgeous! And the no7 polish will be getting purchased, you've just inspired me to spend all my money ;-)

    I totally agree with the naked pallette comment, it is perfection!

  3. Hiya :) I like your choices! I haven't tried a lot of them, but those of them I have tried (Garnier Roll on, Collection 2000 concelear and ELF lip balm) I totally agree. I can't wait to see your body + hair faves now! xx

  4. really useful post - thanks! x

  5. we share lots of favourites! strobe cream, elf lip balm, and most of all chanel vitalumiere aqua foundation (which i adore)!

    I want to try the concealer and i need to invest in the naked palette! or the naked 2 when it comes out!


  6. I adore that Avon foundation! It's one of the few foundations that match perfectly my skin tone... I have it in Ivory.

  7. @Claire I do like MAC strobe cream, it doubles up as a highlighter too which is useful!

    @Becks haha oops, sorry! They are all worth it though :)

    @i-am-elf Thanks :) Hopefully it should be up in the next few days

    @kb You are welcome!

    @Hayley Chanel Vitalumiere is heaven <3 Unfortunately mine is too dark for the winter so I may have to treat myself to a lighter one (secretly happy haha)

    @Selli It's lovely isn't it! Its the only foundation I have ever bought without testing the colour first and it also matched my skin perfectly <3

  8. Great colour pallet :)

  9. strobe liquid lotion, coralista and high beam are my faves as well :)

  10. I ♥ the Garnier roll on, when I've had a late night or just look a general mess it's like my saviour! I'm yet to try Coralista, Bella Bamba has been the one I've used pretty much the whole of last year but I may have to buy it, I feel another cheeky purchase on the horizon ha!!

    Ace post :)

    Nicola xxx

  11. first ive read of your blog and enjoying every word :) I have the naked palette too and love it to death!

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  13. wow these all look great! I actually don't think I've tried any of these..

    and thanks for the sweet comment!


  14. awesome post!! <3 i love highbeam sooo much! <3

  15. Love your blog, and your product reviews are bang on the money!

    Just had a Benefit make over today and love all their make up.
    You can check it all out on my own beauty/art blog

    Keep up the fabulous work


    Laura, x

  16. Can't go a day without my Garnier eye roll-on!
    & I really want to try the smashbox bronzing face primer! I can't believe I didn't hear of it sooner!

    Great post!

  17. High Beam is amazing! It made it into my top of 2011 aswell! Along with the collection 2000 concealer! :) x

  18. these are some great picks! love my collection 2000 concealer and naked palette :) high beam is a firm favourite of mine too!

  19. I love the naked palette, garnier roll on and dior lip gloss.

  20. I absolutely love Coralista, such a gorgeous blush! I really want to try the Garnier eye roll-on and that No 7 nail polish! X

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