Top five favourites

13 Dec


As the year is coming to a close, I want to share with you my top five favourite products from the year that was 2010. This was suggested by Anita at so pop over and check out her site as she will be doing a ‘Beauty Blogger’s Top 5’ post featuring the favourite products from some of us beauty bloggers. It was so hard to choose just five, so I chose mine based on what I repeatedly purchase (must make it good right?!) and what I couldn’t possibly live without.

Let’s go backwards (as to build up more suspense). I don’t want to hit you with my most loved straight up now do I?

Number 5 is…


Napoleon Perdis Camera Finish in Look 4 ($59)  – a silk finish powder foundation compact, 3-in-1 that conceals, covers and sets. Perfect for when you know you will be in front of the camera and you don’t want “the eagle” – pale face/tan body (rookie mistake). Also great if you are in a rush and just want to add a bit of colour to your face and even out skin tone.


Number 4 is…

Bloom Organics Certified Organic Rosehip Oil ($25, 20ml) – rich in Vitamins A and essential fatty acids, this Certified Organic Oil is a powerful antioxidant. It naturally hydrates the skin, decreases the appearance of fine lines and improves skin elasticity. I use Rosehip Oil religiously as I find it great for my oily/combination skin. It doesn’t make my skin oily (common misconception about oils) and is SO GREAT for the dry parts on my face (cheeks and around the nose).


Number 3 is…

M.A.C Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle ($46) – a luxurious velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish. Smoothes on: adds buffed-up highlights to cheeks and brows, or an overall ultra-deluxe polish to the face. I have received so many compliments wearing this as a highlighter. It’s gorgeous. Love this so hard! 🙂


Number 2 is…

Ella Bache Great Moussetan ($44, 150ml) – a creamy moisturising mousse that is quick and easy to apply, as well as fast absorbing, providing a streak-free golden tan that develops over 1-4 hours. Instant bronze tint allows for easy flawless application. pH balancing and stablished to deliver a natural looking tan adjusted to suit your skin – won’t turn your skin orange! Believe it girls. You won’t ever turn back from this baby. Most amazing natural looking colour ever! Apply with the Ella Bache Great Tanningmitt ($15) to achieve a flawless, streak-free application of this tan (and NO.ORANGE.HANDS!! Girls it doesn’t get any better than that, get to Ella Bache stat!).

OK you ready? Drum roll please!!!

Number 1, Numero uno, first place, winner product for hip&haute for 2010 goes to…



Benefit Hoola bronzing powder ($51) – This soft bronze matte powder gives your complexion a healthy, natural looking tan. Dust it lightly across cheeks, chin and forehead to bring the warm tan of the island to your skin and spirits. Use hoola for a year round healthy tan. This bronzer is AMAZEBALLS!! Best bronzed colour ever, giving you exactly what it says – a “natural” tan complexion. Boy oh boy, I rarely go a day without popping this hero product on. So great for contouring used with a slanted powder brush. Remember when contouring to apply UNDER the cheekbones and place a highlighter/illuminator on top of your cheekbones. Do this and you’ll be sure to have gorgeous cheeks like fellow bronzer lover, Lauren Conrad here.

I’m not the only one who thinks this is a winner of a product. Check out the awards this baby has received:

  • 2010 Life & Style Awards – Best Bronzer
  • 2010 Total Beauty Awards – Best Bronzer (Readers’ Choice)
  • 2008 Best of Sephora: “Best Bronzer”

What are some of your hero products? Anyone keen to try out the Hoola Bronzer? Or has anyone tried it and loved it sick? Let me know.

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4 Responses to “Top five favourites”

  1. tegan December 13, 2010 at 6:05 pm #

    MAC mineralize in soft and gentle is my absolute fave highlighter! I wear it every single day on my cheekbones, its gorgeous! i love a few of your other five things too, such as rosehip and so on (but I buy the akin one).


    • hip&haute December 13, 2010 at 9:42 pm #

      I know hey. MSF in soft and gentle is ah-maz-ing! I’m currently using the Trilogy rosehip oil and I’m liking it as well.

  2. Jade December 16, 2010 at 5:42 pm #

    I used to love camera finish too but then mine smashed 😦 I should buy another!


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