My Top 10 Products from 2012

I have tried a ton of products since starting this blog in June 2012, many of which I have blogged about but I thought I’d make a list of my top 10 products from 2012 and why I loved them! These are not listed in any particular order. It also should be noted that in some cases, these weren’t new products just released in 2012….they are products that were new to me! As I started compiling this list I realized that picking just 10 great products is a lot harder than it seems, so hopefully I won’t feel like I left any out!

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Clarisonic Acne Clarifying System

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Product Review: Shu Uemura Skin Purifier High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil Advanced Formula

If you have checked out any of my previous posts you may already be aware that I am an oily girl with a few skin issues. Because of this, I’m always on the look out for skincare products that help my skin. I’ve had a deluxe sized sample of the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil for awhile but didn’t commit to using it as a cleanser on a daily basis until recently. Prior to this, I used it on occasion as a pre-cleanse to remove makeup (much like the Dermalogica PreCleanse that I love to use and is created for that specific purpose) but always followed up with my usual cleanser. For the last 3 weeks I decided to use this exclusively to see how it really worked.

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Look using Shu Uemura Orange & Pistachio palette


Here is a quick look I put together using the Shu Uemura Orange & Pistachio palette. Other products used:

Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipstick RD 185

MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil – Kiss Me Quick

Cover Girl Lash Blast mascara

Urban Decay Potion Primer – Original

Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencil – Hustle (from the Ocho Loco set)

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24H foundation in Suede 450N

Shu Uemura Orange and Pistachio Eye Palette: Color Swatches

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I finally got my hands on the Shu Uemura Orange & Pistachio Eye Palette from the Chocolat Donna Collection (unfortunately, the one I was supposed to receive earlier this month ordered from the Shu Uemura website never arrived). For now, I’ll post a few quick thoughts and color swatches. I’ll do a look soon and post it!

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Shu Uemura Chocolat Donna Collection!

The Fall collection  Chocolat Donna for Shu Uemura has been released and it definitely appears to be a beaut! So much so that I have decided to spurlge and order one of the beautiful palettes! I will share which one as soon as it arrives and of course provide a Quick Review with swatches and initial impression. I will also follow up with a more detailed review and look.

Chocolat Donna

In the meantime, here is a little info about the new collection:

“fadeless blissful memories reawake with a mystic marriage of sweetness. shu uemura offers you a choco-inspired make-up collection, evoking joyful memories in your life; celebrate the present moment to write your own blissful story.” -Shu Uemura website.

The line offers 3 eyeshadow palettes: Orange and Pastachio, Raspberry and Mocha, and Mint and Vanilla. There are also 2 Glow On (blushes) in Framboisier and Apricot. There are supposed to be 2 nail polishes available, but when looking at the US site they do not appear. Unfortunately, this brand is no longer available in retail stores in the US so we can only place orders online. You can head over to the Shu Uemura website to read more details about the collection!

Are you a fan of the Shu Uemura brand? Let me know what you think!