There weren’t any huge new additions to my haircare but I kept using some old favourites. I can’t see myself using a different dry shampoo, I am completely addicted to Batiste Dry Shampoo and nothing else compares. For my ends I have been loving Moroccan Oil Treatment, an old classic but still the one I reach for. I’ve also been using Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence daily for the majority of the year, it helps keep my hair in great shape and makes it nice an easy to brush.

However skincare wise I found a few great products; I fell in love with Emma Hardy Amazing Face Cleanser and the face cloths to remove my makeup and keep my skin reasonably clear. As I have had pretty dehydrated skin all year long I’ve been using Clarins Blue Orchid Face Oil before going to bed which has really helped. I also have been using the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Toner which is great when my skin is look particularly dull. I also couldn’t be without Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream and Nuxe Reve de Miel, both essential for dry chapped skin.

For tools my favourites have been my Real Technique Brushes and sponge, I can’t wait to try some more this year! I have been loving the Juicy Couture perfumes this year and my go-to tan has been the He-shi Express Liquid Tan.

Although I’ve done a whole nail polish about my favourite nail polish colours my other favourite nail products are the Bourjois 1 Second Magic Nail polish remover which must be one of my must used beauty products of the whole year. Butter London Melt Away has also been a life saviour for my nails and I’ve been using it regularly for months.

Which products were your favourite in 2013?

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 When I first started watching YouTube videos the one thing I always lusted over were brushes. Everyone had fancy MAC brushes which were expensive and ‘an investment.’ I remember planning how I was going to afford these brushes ‘one every month’ I told myself because at 16years old £30 for a makeup brush was a lot of money and even now I would think about it twice. 

Five years on I am very glad I have found cheaper alternatives. Of course I do have some expensive brushes but most of my (huge) collection is Sigma and other far more affordable brushes. I won’t be discussing Sigma brushes as I think they aren’t too easy to get hold of in the UK but I think they are worth considering. As a whole I also think No7, The Body Shop and Real Technique so some of the best affordable brushes. 
I really hate that brushes are still often underrated, I hate sitting on the bus and seeing some use an awful sponge tip applicator or seeing a lady using a bad quality blusher brush. I honestly think good brushes make the makeup application process so much easier and I’d rather use my finger than bad brushes and as there are some really affordable ones I feel there are no excuses. 
From the top clockwise

ELF Powder brush £3.75
I have read that the quality of this brush has changed but I really hope not as I love this brush and actually own two. This brush is sold as a powder brush but I use it more as a finishing brush and use it to buff in any foundation, blusher or bronzer which needs a little more work.

ELF Essential Eyeshadow Brush £1.50
At a mere £1.50 there is no reason why people should be using sponge tip applicators. I personally own 3 of these brushes and thing they are perfect for packing colour on the lid, particularly if you have a smaller eye. I’ve also heard this sheds but I’ve had mine for a while and although it may have done so initially it doesn’t any more and is still a great density. It’s quite dense but also quite short which gives you a lot of control and is actually one of the eyeshadow brushes I reach for most often.

No7 Blush Brush £11.50
Opsy. It’s a little over but with a No7 money off vouchers it’s under (plus they do other deals such as buy one get one half price.) Although possibly not the softest brush on the planet I love the size/shape of this brush. Perfect for applying a little bit of rouge to the apple of the cheeks.

No7 Foundation Brush £14
Okay a little over again, same as above applies. Finding cheaper foundation brushes can often be hard as they tend to be quite flimsy however this one if dense and the bristles are the perfect length leaving an even complexion.

ELF Studio Blush Brush £3.75
This is quite a flat blush brush perfect for very pigmented blushers or simply applying a light wash to the cheek, the size makes it really easy to control.

No7 Lip Brush £7
With lip brushes I look for a good edge, shape and a small size so it can live in my handbag waiting for a red lips day. I have so many of these No7 ones as they are the perfect size and edge is great for the cupid’s bow, I don’t think I would bother with a more expensive one- this one is perfect.

Real Techniques £9.99
I love this brush for blush, bronzer or even powder. I don’t think it picks up very much product so is perfect to build up a sun kissed look, applying a dusting of powder or a touch of blusher both powder or cream.

No7 Concealer brush £8
This is quite a large concealer brush and is almost identical to the foundation brush just much smaller. As it is quite big it isn’t great for small areas but if you have problemed skin or like concealing a large area (like the V under your eyes) this is great.

No7 Eyeshadow Blend & Contour £7.25
As the above brush is a little large I sometimes use this for concealer as well as it blends really well. This brush is regularly compared to the MAC 217 and is a much cheaper alternative!

Eco Tools angled brush £5.49
Angled eyeliner brushes are all pretty similar in my opinion and this is just as good as my more expensive ones. It’s a good size, cut perfectly and a good density!

What are your favourite brushes? Do you also have some inexpensive favourites?

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