GIVEAWAY: 2013 Favourites

Wednesday 1 January 2014

Welcome to Obsessed By Beauty, at the beginning of every year I run down my favourite products from the previous twelve months and seen as my blog has a brand new name I thought I would mark the occasion with a giveaway of those very products to say thank you to everyone for their continued support and loyalty. Any reviews I have written will be linked as I will be doing a little summary rather than a full review on each product.

Body Care Favourites

Philosophy in Egg Nog

I love the philosophy bath and shower gels (and have been known to use them as shampoos when i've wanted my hair to smell nice) their scent really does linger on the body and smelling like egg nog all day is pretty alluring I can assure you.

Rituals Hand Balm

This is a bit of a cheat favourite as I've had it for about two week, I received this in my Glossybox and I am truly 'wowed' by this product. It is made for very dry hands and it sorted out my dry cuticles in a matter of hours. It had to be in here as I am never going without it again.

Korres Body Butter in Fig

This is to die for, the formula is lovely and rich so it performs its job nicely without leaving residue and this smells AMAZING and has kicked off an unhealthy habit for hoarding anything fig smelling; I haven't ever eaten a fig but by god I love smelling like one.


Red Carpet Manicure Gel Polish System (Review)

I purchased this on New Years Eve last year and had a gel manicure on my nails pretty much constantly since then; as long as you remove it correctly it is none damaging and you have a perfect manicure for two weeks. Definitely my ultimate favourite for 2013.

Skin Care

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Lip Repair Balm

I always thought of Eight Hour balm as glorified horribly scented vaseline however the Lip Repair Balm really does helped chapped lips and has been my saviour during winter.

Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask

Skin care is very tricky in a giveaway because everyone's skin reacts differently to products but this is a fantastic product for all skin types. It helps congestion incredibly without drying out the skin leaving it clear and soft.

HealGel Face (Review)

Again a product all skin types can benefit from as it really does help to calm your skin if you have breakouts, hydrate if you have dehydrated or dry skin and just makes your skin look healthy.

HealGel Eyes (Review)

This is a fantastic eye cream if you have dark circles, it is perfect under makeup as it light and absorbs very well but it hydrates amazingly.


BeautyBlender (Review)

I have to say I was very sceptical about this as it is so hyped up on YouTube but I was happy to be proved wrong and it is an everyday makeup essential for me now, it perfectly blends in foundation with minimum fuss and very easy to clean.

Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray

This again is an everyday essential in my makeup routine as I have oily skin however I think every skin type could use this because it can help the longevity of anyones makeup and also if you've over done it on powder it sorts the problem out perfectly.

BECCA Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector (Review)

My oily skin craves this and I had to include it in the giveaway; even if you don't have oily skin you could pass it on to someone who does and change their life (slight exaggeration ... only slight though).

Benefit They're Real Mascara (Review)

Curls, lengthens and separates, what more could you want. After two years since my first review I still love it just as much.

Charlotte Tilbury Eyeshadow Palette (Review)

Since I purchased the palette I don't think i've used another eyeshadow since, they are so soft and the staying power is immense, as eyeshadow is so specific to skin tone and eye colour the winner of the giveaway will get to pick the shade of their choice.

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (Review)

These are possibly my favourite lip sticks on the market, they are fantastically pigmented and last and incredible amount of time on the lips, as with the eyeshadow palette the winner will be able to chose the colour of their choice.


Rebecca Minkoff Moto Hudson Handbag

Ok so I don't technically own this as of yet (My Christmas money is burning a hole in my easily flammable pocket) because this was the year that I got my Hermés Kelly handbag but unfortunately for the lucky winner I couldn't exactly give one of those away so I thought long and hard about which bag to pick and I have to say I love the Rebecca Minkoff one. I really dislike the Mac bags so was surprised to see this one; I really do want it myself so thought my readers would share my taste, I love the oxblood shade as it is very versatile and will go with so many colours.

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I hope you had a wonderful 2013 and here's to an even better 2014!


  1. My favorites are My Kindle Paperwhite and Tiffany Necklace :D


  2. I've been loving my Benefit They're Real Mascara too! :) Xo

  3. What an amazing prize!

    My YSL forever foundation is my ultimate favourite from 2013!

  4. I've been loving Essie nail polishes this year :) Benefit They're Real is amazing, I agree! x

  5. I love having you back with your blogging game on Nic! I would mind a few more YouTube vids but one step at a time... ��

    My favourites this year have been Korres shower gels and body butters (so gentle on my sensitive skin) and the Chanel cream blushers.

    Happy new year!

  6. Such an amazing giveaways, I've been loving the malin and goetz mojito lip balm and the ysl youth liberator foundation. Elle x

  7. Revlon lip butters and Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation. x

  8. My 2013 favourites I have to be Benefit Hoola Bronzer, Laura Mercier Silk Creme and the QVS Pro Duo Fibre Brush!

    This is an amazing giveaway!

    ps. Your new blog is looking gorgeous! Loving the header!

    Nicole xx

  9. Ive been loving benefit's they're real mascara last year such a staple! + the real technique brushes as well don't what i did without them, love your blog all the best for 2014 p.s the calender you've uploaded is a lifesaver (: xx

  10. Definitely my RCM kit you recommended to me ;) I love it and haven't stopped using it!

    Also love my Giorgio Armani luminous silk foundation I discovered this year :)

  11. The new header is to DIE FOR, good job!!!
    Thanks for the giveaway, very exciting!

    My favorites are
    Bourjois Rice Powder
    Bourjois Happy Light Foundation
    Formula 10.0.6 Pores Be Pure clay mask
    Essie Fiji
    UNE Volume By Night mascara

    and many more haha.

    Happy new year!!! xx

  12. loving the new header, you are making me want to redo all of my blog now ha x

  13. i love too faced chocolate bronzer and rimmell kate moss lipsticks. OH and the new urban decay lipsticks too!

  14. My favourite product of the year has to be heel genius by soap and glory!

  15. My super fave for the whole year was La Roche-Posay A.I.

  16. My favourites are revlon colourstay and the mac eyeshadow in espresso, I love your blog and that bag looks amazing :)

  17. Only recently I got some of the oil free kiehl's skincare, I'm in love! With the oil and the avocado eye cream also, my skin feels amazing!
    I'm also loving yaby eyebrow and eye shadows, amazing!

  18. My fave product of the year is.... Lush Bathbombs!

  19. stila convertible cream blushers and bourjois java powder

  20. congratulations on the new blog design gorgeous x the thing I loved most in 2013 was a late entry Dr Lewinns Renunail at last I have fingernails x Happy New Year xx

  21. My favourite products have to be the Hourglass veil mineral primer, Lorac Pro Palette & Stila blushes. Fashion-wise, Topshop has been my favourite store.


  22. my fave products have been the revlon lip butters

  23. I've loved YSL foundations. That bag is amazing!!
    Glossy Boutique

  24. My ultimate favorite is Naked 2 palette :)

    thankss alot

  25. My favourites this year are Collection eyeshadow sticks, MaxFactor Fusion mascara, and all the different variations of the lip butters :)

  26. My favourite has to be oribe, I thought it would be a gimmick and didn't want to get sucked into the hype but I love it!
    I love your blog and reviews I find them informative and trustworthy and not just done for the current 'in' products so I look forward to reading more!
    Now I have to go add more things to my wishlist thanks to your giveaway!
    Becca xx

  27. MY favs
    Benefit They're Real
    Tarte Amazon clay blush in exposed
    Sephora collection Lipstick in coral crush
    Ravlon Lip Butters =)
    also I have an amazing anaya hindmarach valorie clutch bag in gold but i cant use it casually so I am actually in need of a good bad =)

  28. I love your blog! You always make me add things to my wish list (Actually, pages document wish list haha!) and you might be the only person who enjoys me instagramming my dogs constantly! Happy New Year Nicola!

    Simone xxx

  29. Amazing giveaway :) This year I finally caved in and bought the much hyped Nars Laguna bronzer and I absolutely love it!

  30. What a great giveaway! I really love the look of the Rebecca Minkoff Hudson bags as well. Happy new year, Nicola!

  31. Such a great Giveaway! I've got oily skin too and there are some products here that I'd love to try. My favourite products of this year have been the Real Techniques brush range, haven't found one I don't like yet, and I've also loved the Sleek Au Naturel palette as a grear everyday look - can do my line, brows and a nice shadow look from one product!

  32. my stand out favorite has to be nars radiant creamy concealer! oh and hourglass ambient lighting powders. Thank you!!

  33. My 2013 favourites are the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm, Caudalie Beauty Elixir, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer and the MUFE Smoky Lash Waterproof mascara! x

  34. My favourite product was Bourjois Health Mix Foundation! Best drug store foundation I have used in a while! xx

  35. My fashion fav is my Mulberry Del Ray bag, I saved all year to buy it and I love it :) x

  36. I've been loving lots and lots of things, but my ultimates are my Clarins Exfoliating Brightening toner and my Clarins Cleansing Balm! Happy new year!

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  38. Benefit They're real is my absolute favourite of the year, but Revlons lip butters come pretty close too! x

  39. I loved the Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm! :) x

  40. YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation! Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks and the Artist's Palette

  41. Fresh sugar lip treatment is divine, so is the sugar lip scrub. I also love tarte's blushes.

  42. Amazing giveaway, my favourites have been mac lipsticks, rimmel stay matte powder :) xx

  43. MY favourite of 2013 has to be Illamasqua Hydra Veil!

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  44. My favourite product was bb cream skinfood

  45. My favourites are the Glamglow masks

  46. My YSL Volupté Sheer Candy in 04!

  47. My favourites are the MAC Viva Glam Nicki lipstick (the pink one) and the MaxFactor Weightless foundation which is now the CC cream!

  48. My favourites for this year were MAC Patisserie & Nars Sheer Glow, amazing everyday make up :)

    Heather xo

  49. My favorites for 2013 has been everything NARS!!! Great giveaway

  50. Urban decay has been my fave 2013 brand!

    Is this giveaway international?

  51. My favourites for 2013 are:

    UD Naked Skin Foundation
    Maybelline Baby Lips
    Soap and Glory cosmetics Line

  52. My top five favourites for 2013 are; NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Make-up, Cetaphil Restoraderm Skin Restoring Moisturizer, Dr. Dennis Gross Age Erase Moisture With Mega 10 for Eyes, and Essence blushes. Thank you for sharing your favourites and wishing you a Happy New Year and all the best and brightest for 2014. :)

  53. My 2013 favourites are rimmel apocalips and soap and glory glow all out

  54. My favorites are YSL shocking mascara, ELF high definition powder and Maybelline baby lips !!!!!

  55. My MUFE HD foundation and Anastasia brow duality pencil that I've used almost everyday

  56. My beauty revelation - and a fixture - were Urban Decay gliding eye pencils. I went thru your list with interest and already took note of some products. Thtanks for the greatest giveaway! Radmila, from Ukraine,

  57. LOVE Shu Umera face architect foundation this year - hard to find a colour but worth it when you do! The anastasia brow wiz, Origins charcoal mask, body shop camomile cleansing balm - I favour this over Emma Hardie! la roche posay effaclar k for when I had some break outs! Oh and the Soap & glory matte lipsticks for a day time look! xo

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  59. 2013 favourites = dior airflash, charlotte tilbury mascara, illamasqua naked rose blush, illamasqua sculpting duo and naked 3 palette:) now I want a rebecca minknoff bag too! I can't seem to enter the competition either despite following your blog? Bet I'm doing something wrong! Hapoy new year:) xxx

  60. My overall general favourite of 2013 has to be shellac nails. I have fallen in love with them and find it difficult to go without.

  61. MY FAVOURITES... Erm, Lancome Vissionnaire foundation, doll eyes mascara and nars guy bourdin pallette!

  62. I love the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella and Japonesque Velvet Touch Finishing Powder.

  63. a mani that lasts 10+ days sounds great!

  64. My favorite is Bare Minerals face makeup.


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