I meant to upload this post yesterday but I slept all day and now I'm back to my usual self. The products listed below are all products that I've been so impressed with either because of their quality, pigmentation, packaging, value, etc... Whatever the reason may be, they've made it to my favorites of 2011 list and I've tried to make the list relatively short because I am such a beauty product junkie :O

1. Naked Palette: This is a relatively new product for me. I know everyone has blogged about it therefore I'm not going to make this long, but it really is a product that delivers in pigmentation and you can create an infinite combinations of neutral looks with this. I know the Naked 2 Palette is out, but I think that it depends on your preference to choose either/or, because they are so similar that you dont need both.

2. Too Faced Exclusive Eyeshadow Collection: I got this with my Sephora Insider Points and together with the Naked palette, they both are my favorite eyeshadows. What I love about this one, is that it comes with examples of four looks you can achieve with 2 from each of their best-selling kits. The looks are: Natural Eye (Heaven & Push Up) , Smoky Eye (Silver Spoon & Smolder)  Naked Eye (Satin Sheets & Like a Virgin) and Romantic Eye (Honey Moon & Ever After). The most pigmented eyeshadows I've ever come across and so smooth to apply. 

3. Mac "Smolder" Eye Kohl: So soft and creamy black pencil eye liner. I cant imagine living without this one. I used to use Dior's pencil eye liner, but this one kicks its butt.

4. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Sepia Ink: everyone's favorite, no need to further explain.

5. L'Oreal Mascaras: I seriously have tried all sorts of brands: Dior's Diorshow mascara, YSL, Benefit, Lancome's Hynpose, Hypnose Drama, etc... But I always go back to L'oreal. My favorites are the original Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black , Voluminous Million Lashes and Lash Architect 4D. They are all amazing for adding volume and drama to your lashes, its just a matter of preference and which one I feel like using a particular day. I couldnt choose 1 between them 3. 

6. Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in "Sand". This concealer is pure gold, so blendable, such great coverage and it comes with a yellow Sheer finish Loose Powder on top to set the concealer. 

7. Bobbi Brown "Nectar" Blush and MAC "Dollymix" blush. Always grab one or the other when it comes to adding that pink cheeks, flushed look. BB's Nectar is a softer color than Mac "Dollymix", so i use that one for the day mostly, and Dollymix for night time because it is a little bright for me for the day.
8. Chanel "Vitalumiere Acqua" Foundation- Skin Perfecting Makeup. I love this foundation so much more than Vitalumiere or Perfection Lumiere which are my other two Chanel foundations I have which, dont get me wrong, I still love. I just feel this one has a little more coverage than Vitalumiere and it is not as dewy which makes makeup look a bit more polished. I use color B40 Beige Desert during the summer. If you want to look at my Chanel foundations review, click HERE.

9. Dior Airflash Spray Foundation: This really lives up to its claim of giving you an "airbrushed look". It is my favorite foundation out of all and sadly its time for me to replenish. It is expensive, but it is so worth it. Just make sure you get the right color because for the price, its not one to be experimenting with.

10. Hoola Bronzer by Benefit: I've talked about this sooo much! It is the best bronzer out there, its matte, its a beautiful natural color and its great for countouring cheeks. Other favorite bronzer of mine is Nars "Laguna" Multiple. Sorry for it being sooo messy, its just not the BEST of packaging but the product does last a very long time.

11. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer: I used to be one of those girls who didnt believe in primers. It was not until i tried this product out of a little sample that I decided it was a MUST. I now cannot imagine putting on makeup to go out without this. It is just an amazing product and a little bit goes a long way and it seriously lasts a long time. 

12. Dior Amber Diamond highlight, shimmer powder. This is just the most beautiful highlighter out there. It is such a favorite of Beauty Gurus on Youtube such as Pixi2woo. The beauty of it is that it is not an exaggeration of light, it is delicate, soft and not only can you use it on your cheeks, you can actually use the different colors as eyeshadows. Another highlighter that I like for the bridge of my nose and for cheekbones is Benefit's High Beam.

13. Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in colors "Boy" and "Romance". The softness and formula of these lipsticks are to die for! They glide on your lips so easily and the colors are simply beautiful. "Boy" was the most popular out of the collection for being a "better than your lips" kinda color and "Romance" is a medium pink. 

14. Revlon "Primrose" Super Lustrous lipstick. This was my most used lipstick out of the whole year. It is a soft pink lipstick that is great on its own or with a nude or light pink lipgloss on top. If you love Mac's Angel lipstick, you will love this one even more.

15. MAC "Baby Sparks" Dazzleglass lipgloss. My favorite lipgloss of all! This is the most beautiful baby pink lipgloss with pearly sparkles that just make your lips pop! I would die if this lipgloss ever got discontinued- Ive never found anything that comes close to this.

16. Bath & Body Works "Frozen Daiquiri" lipgloss. I know B&B Works is not the kind of place you would normally go to buy lipgloss, but this was the most surprising find of 2011. It is the best and glossiest lipgloss. It smells soooooo good and the color is just the perfect shade to layer over ANY lipstick. It is sheer with champagne colored sparkles. I rarely use it, only for special occassions, but only because I'm scared of running out of it. :)

Thank you for bearing with me and this long post! It had to be done. xxx Follow me on twitter @aluciagutierrez

  1. Anaaa, I was surprised to see so many of my top favorites on your 2011 list!! I adore the UD Naked palette and can´t wait to get my hands on Naked II. I´m addicted to primers as well LOL, I used the same smashbox one but recently got the Guerlain L´or foundation primer and I´m in LOVE with it. I´m also a huge fan of the Hoola bronzer, Mac´s smolder eyeliner, etc.

    PS: I just found your blog and I´m seriously enjoying it, congrats girl keep the posts rolling;)!! XO