Top 11 in 2011

I have seen these posts popping up on a lot of my favourite blogs, so like the good little lemming that I am I decided to do one of my own. It was surprisingly hard to cull down my lists of favourite products from this year to just 11, but I managed to do it in the end. So without further ado and in no particular order, my top 11 products of 2011 are:

Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille Fragrance – This is without a doubt my favourite perfume of all time. I am terrible at describing scents, but to me this smells like a warm smoked vanilla (aka my ultimate fragrance), and the lasting power of Serge Lutens perfumes are second to none.

Flourish Bath & Body Sugar Perfume Oil – As I mentioned in my review of this perfume, it is probably the most highly complimented scent I’ve ever owned. For the low price, the quality of the entire Flourish Perfume Oil range really can’t be beaten.

Benefit They’re Real Mascara – Probably the biggest mascara release of the year in terms of beauty blogging status, and well worthy of the hype in my opinion. Though I rarely stray from my all time favourite mascara (Lancome Hypnose), this will definitely be a staple in my makeup bag moving forward into 2012.

NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Carthage – This was probably my most-worn lipstick in 2011. One of the first bright lipsticks I’ve ever owned and now I don’t think I could live without it. Perfect on pretty much any skin tone, this hot pink is a must have for all, in my opinion.

MAC Eyeshadow in Orb – Without a doubt the best neutral eyeshadow colour I’ve found to match my skin tone. As always, the MAC eyeshadow quality is amazing and lasts well throughout the day. A new holy grail item for me.

b collection by Bloom Cheek Tint in Yarra Valley – This was a completely random, spur of the moment purchase in Target on one of my trips to Sydney but boy am I glad to have discovered this blush. Pretty, pretty, pretty.

Biotherm White D-Tox BB Cream – BB Creams were a big thing in my life for about 2 months this year, but then all of the attention seemed to peter off a bit. The BB cream product that stood the test of time for me this year was this one. From what I’ve seen it’s received mixed reviews from people so definitely try before you buy.

Bath + Body Works Twisted Peppermint Body Lotion – After using the Twisted Peppermint scented anti-bac hand gel earlier in the year I was determined to try out the body lotion this Christmas and it did not disappoint. If you’re a fan of sweet peppermint scents this is a product for you.

Echolife Floral Facial Mist – A new discovery for me, but a welcome one. I’ve been trying to find a rose mist that I love as much as the Kora one but at a much more affordable price point and this is it. Not only is the product lovely, but the packaging is beautiful.

NP Set Calming Pre-Foundation Primer – The only product (except maybe Clarins’ Beauty Flash Balm) that has ever swayed me towards being a fan of facial primers. An absolute must-have for girls with red undertones in their skin. But be cautious and use sparingly because the product does contain a slight shimmer.

Lanolips Lip Ointment in Sunshine – My favourite gloss this summer. Want subtle, glossy, orange/coral lips? This is the product for you.

13 Thoughts on “Top 11 in 2011

  1. I’ve actually managed to have tried none of these. Though I can totally vouch for the scent-power of the Flourish’s, I’ve got Honey and Ginger Tea. Ginger Tea is AMAZING.

  2. Great list! I need MAC Orb in my life right now. Un Bois Vanille is amazing too – I always sniff it when I go into Mecca. It’s the anti-vanilla vanilla πŸ˜€

  3. Love this list! Want that vanilla perfume now <3

  4. I’m loving reading all these. Carthage has been a big hit with everyone!

  5. One of my new years resolutions is to purchase Sugar, your review has it stuck on my ‘need’ list. Have you/will you do a review on They’re Real? And Hypnose? Would love to see what you think of them. How amazing is Carthage, a classic for sure.

  6. Un Bois Vanille reminds me a lot of Flourish’s Woodsmoke Vanilla.

  7. Lanolips and NP set are my fav too! πŸ™‚

  8. I have a couple of these, although I’m still not very good at applying them. What I’m after at the moment is a really good dewy foundation that doesn’t look obviously like foundation. I find it difficult to find a match for my skin-tone, as it’s quite fair but with olive, not pink, undertones. πŸ™ Amy suggestions?

    • I’ve not yet tried it myself but have heard great things about the MAC Face & Body foundation for those who like a very lightweight, dewy coverage. Have you tried that? x

  9. I’m going into the city on Tuesday, and I’m going to ask at some counters for recommendations! If I could just sleep better, I probably wouldn’t in be such dire need for coverage. I look horrible at the moment.

  10. I love reading these lists!! I love the bloom blush and the NP set primer! I’m so eager to try the Benefit mascara!
    I’m sure that Carthage looks amazing on you! It was one of the first really bright lipsticks that I bought but I hardly ever wear it, I need to pull it out more!

  11. I always pick up that Bloom creme blush but then put it down again because I feel like I don’t *need* it. Hmmmm, may need to try it. For research purposes…

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