I thought I would do a round-up of some of my favourite beauty products of 2012. Some are fairly recent additions that I am really impressed with, and others have been indispensable products used throughout the year. I will start with oils.
After learning how good oils can be for oily skin (and now my dry-ish skin) I can't be without them. Lightweight and non-sticky for the summer and nourishing in the winter, I cannot complete my beauty routine without hair, face and body oils.
Aesop Fabulous Facial Oil - I like this face oil, but it does smell heavily of ylang ylang (just bear that in mind if you're not a fan of that scent). After I finished this bottle (I think it took me about a year) I debated whether or not I wanted to repurchase. Ultimately I moved on to Rodin face oil, just because I had wanted to try it for a while, but another face oil I prefer more than the Aesop version are Darphin's (Chammomile or Tangerine)
Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Oil - I wanted to try an oil cleanser after using a milk cleanser for a long while. Having used Shu Uemura's cleansing oils heavily before, I wanted to try Aesop's version to see how it measured up. I have only been using it for about 2 weeks. While I like it (the smell is very soothing) it doesn't do the same job removing makeup as Shu's cleansers. I find myself needing to use Bioderma beforehand, and then go in with Aesop's Parsley Seed Cleansing Oil afterwards.
Shu Uemura Art of Hair Cleansing Oil Shampoo - After being a devotee of their oil facial cleanser for years, I was very curious about their cleansing oil shampoo. I was expecting it not to lather, but it does make an adequate lather, smells nice and my hair feels so much softer than after using the budget friendly shampoo I was trying previously. It is rather costly, but I expect such a large bottle to last for quite some time.
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse - I've used this oil for years and really love the smell and how quickly it sinks into the skin. I use it exclusively as a body oil, though I have tried it on my face (when I ran out of face oil) but prefer a richer, thicker oil more gently scented for that use. I find the scent lingers quite a while, which is nice on the body, but I find it to be too much for my face. It's a good multi-purpose oil for travel though, as you can use it on your hair too.
Shu Uemura Art of Hair Essence Absolue - This can be used as a pre-shampoo treatment, or a post-shampoo leave-in treatment. Basically an oil conditioner. The scent is divine and leaves my hair sikly smooth and super soft. Another nice oil pre-shampoo treatment is Leonor Greyl's Huile de Palme, but it only keeps liquid in a warm bathroom ("c'est comme ça", as the sales associate at Le Bon Marche explained to me when I brought it back confused, and the typical French response for everything) If it solidifies you can warm up the bottle under hot water bringing the oil back to liquid.
Rodin Olio Lusso - As I said, I got this (after much deliberation) to replace my empty bottle of Aesop oil. I had always wanted to try it, and knew that I wouldn't be happy until I did. I love how rich it is (a little goes a long way, though I seem to be using it up rather quickly) but due to the price I'm not sure if I would repurchase it or not.
I hope everyone had a Happy Christmas! I hope to get up a few more "2012 favourites" posts before the New Year.