Favourites of 2009


Foundation: Kryolan TV Paintstick. Easy to use, good coverage, and doesn’t wear off during the day.  Colour match is perfect too.

Powder:  Chanel Poudre Universelle Loose Powder.  Finely milled, great colour match, and very natural results. I also love that this doesn’t dry out my skin at all.

Eyeshadow Pigments:

MAC Heritage Rouge – a beautiful plum-brown perfect for anyone with blue or green eyes.

MAC Tan – a goldy-mid-brown that can be used as an all over lid colour, in the crease, or as a subtle line under the eye. I particularly like this in summer.

MAC Melon – a fantastic lid colour which pairs nicely with almost any of my (vast array of) neutrals.

Eyeshadow Singles:

MAC Sable – A plummy brown which makes my blue eyes really stand out.

MAC Tempting – A versatile gold-brown which is great as an all over lid colour or in the crease.  I particularly like this with melon pigment on the lid.

MAC Antiqued- An unusual reddy-gold-brown colour that is flattering on every eye colour.

MAC Mulch – A hard worker.  This is a darker brown than all the others listed here, so it’s great for adding depth to the eyes.  Works really well as a liner too.

Eyeshadow palettes:

Lorac Croc Palette – The quality of the shadows and blush in this palette are amazing.  The colours are also particularly good on my blue eyes, and arranged in such a way that it’s difficult to make a mistake.

Chanel Demure – A fantastic quality and easy to use neutral palette.

Liquid Eyeliner:  Revlon Colourstay Liquid Liner.  I’ve been using this for years, and I love the fact that it will last an entire day without smudging.

Pencil Eyeliner:  Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof.  This isn’t as creamy as Urban Decay’s 24/7, but the lasting power of the Stylo Yeux Waterproof is unparalleled.

Mascara: Covergirl Lashblast.  Doesn’t budge, but my tube tends to go dry and flakey after about 3 weeks, so it needs to be replaced regularly.  If I didn’t have a problem with mascara transfering, I would also use Chanel’s Inimitable.  I haven’t come across another  mascara that separates and lengthens lashes so well, but for some reason the waterproof formula slides down my face a few hours into wear.


– Chanel Rouge Allure Admirable:  A pinky-nude which embodies the ‘your lips but better’ idea.  Great to pair with a smokey eye or on a casual day.  The formula is mositurising and long wearing.  You’ll forget you’re wearing lipstick.

– Chanel Rouge Allure Flash Quartz:  A browny-pink-mauve neutral that you can where anywhere, to anything.  This one rarely leaves my handbag.

– Guerlain Rouge G Greta:  A fabulous, Hollywood siren, true red.  The formula is moisturising, and the packaging is beautiful.


– Chanel Glossimer Praline:  An everyday pinky-brown netural with great pigmentation.  I’ve lost count of how many of these I’ve bought over the years.

– Chanel Glossimer Unity:  A mauvish-brown neutral which works equally well as a summer or winter colour.

Blush:  Chanel Narcisse.  Still the most natural looking blush (for me) on the market.  Just melts into your skin and stays there until it washes off. However,  I’ve really enjoyed NYX blushes this year too.  They don’t stay on as long as Chanel Narcisse, but nevertheless the quality of the NYX blushes are fantastic.


Chanel Luna – This has been discontinued, but you can still find it here and there on ebay.  Definitely worth the hunt.  This is the most natural highlight around.

MAC Blonde’s Gold Pigment – This is a great inner corner, under-the-brow, and cheek highlight.  I particularly like this during summer, as it pairs nicely with bronzer and neutrals.

Moisturiser: Cetaphil for Dry/ Sensitive Skin.  I still love this product.  It just does what a moisturiser should.

Serum (moisturising):  Burt’s Bees Naturally Ageless Serum.  This is an excellent hydrating serum which can function as an eye cream, a spot treatment, a hand cream, or a general boost for dehydrated skin.  I always have a few backup bottles around.

Exfoliant:  Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle Peel Pads.  This is a great staple for all skin types.  It’s  not as harsh on your skin as a conventional scrub and leave your skin feeling super soft.

Mask (hydrating):  Payot Masque Creme Hydratant.  A very effective treatment for dehydrated skin.  I apply a thick layer of this to my face and neck at night, then leave it for 15 minutes.  Before I go to bed, I rub the excess into my skin, and I wake up with happy skin.

Body Cream:  Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Honey Drops Body Cream.  This is a rich cream filled with honey drops which melt into the skin leaving a heady fragrance.   Great to use in place of a summer fragrance.

Nailpolish:  Barry M Black Red.  I love the darkness of this red, and for some reason this colour makes the skin on my hands look particularly good.

Fragrance:  Tom Ford Black Orchid, Serge Lutens Chergui, and Annick Goutal Quel Amour.

Still Looking For:  A good hand cream, moisturising body scrub, and  brow pencil.

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3 Responses to Favourites of 2009

  1. Voguelamb says:

    For a brow pencil, try Estee Lauder

  2. Voguelamb says:

    and for the Hand Cream, L’occitane

  3. Dempeaux says:

    Thanks for the recommendations!

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