Hello beautiful people, I hope you’re all doing well! Today I’m going to share my 14 favourites from 2014. There are not necessarily the bestest products out there ever - but my personal favourites, and I’m going to try my hardest to keep this relatively brief as I could probably write a novel on my favourite things! so we had best get going ^_^
This year I have fallen in love with Benefit’s Erase Paste in 3. I have stubborn, hereditary dark circles and I don’t make my life easier with my sleeping routine! The erase paste is super pigmented and very very creamy so I apply a little at a time, or using the RT detailer brush to put the corrector exactly where I need it. It’s the product in my stash that I can rely on to transform the dark shades under my eyes into relatively normal under-eye skin and with little effort! My favourite base of the year has without a doubt been the Bourjois CC Cream. I reviewed it here and in one sentence; it feels like nothing on the skin, yet the coverage is phenomenal for a ‘CC cream’ type of product, quick and easy to apply, doesn't accentuate dry patches, evens out the skintone perfectly and it has a super natural finish! The BEST base in the whole drugstore and perfect for every day.
Another base I have LOVED in 2014 has been the bareMineral bare skin serum foundation (review). Its light weight, medium coverage, free from a tonne of nasties and has half the number of ingredients a standard foundation has. To be fair - it can be difficult to work with at first. However the glowing finish I can achieve with this and the perfect colour match had me singing its praises! Another product I haven't been able to get enough of is the Bourjois bronzing primer. I LOVE THIS SO MUCH! It warms up the face beautifully, sorts out any foundation or base that is too light and I can even achieve a decent contour when I use my E.L.F small stippling brush! Basically if you’re of NC30 you neeeed to try this beauty, I would pay twice the price for this, I laaaave it that much!
Brows this year have been dominated by the one and only Anastasia Beverly Hills. I mentioned the Brow Wiz in Brunette in my December favourites a thin pencil, twists up with the perfect spoolie on the end. It mimics brow hairs like no other, and is phenomenal for filling in sparseness and creating the brows you always dreamed of - or as close to as possible. The Brow Pomade has also gotten a lot of love throughout 2014, and not without good reason. It’s long lasting, sculpting and as long as you have a spoolie and a light touch you can transform your eyebrows. Pricy? Yes. Worth every penny? Double yes. (Plus the pomade will last you ages!)
The eyeshadow palette of the year for me is the I heart Chocolate palette by makeup revolution. Reviewed here so I won’t go on too much about it, but its the perfect neutral palette from the drugstore. A dupe for the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette, with a huge nude/base shade and a gorgeous crease shade too. Oh and just marvel at that packaging!
Cheeks in 2014 have been dominated by two brands - NARS (Deep Throat - the perfect pink laced with gold reviewed and Torrid - the must have coral, with a little gold running through it, for medium skintones) and Illamasqua (Hussy - matte peachy pink perfect for medium skintones too reviewed here ). Illamasqua produce the softest and most pigmented blushers EVER, and NARS have their formulation nailed - long lasting and buildable - love love love!
The Real Techniques duo-fibre contour brush - reviewed has been the BEST brush discovery of the whole 365 days. I have been able to use every single sleek blush in my vast collection, because of it’s bristles. It distributes colour lightly and allows you to spread the pigmentation over the cheeks perfectly. I also fell head over heals with the Beauty Blender (PLEASE EXCUSE HOW STAINED MINE IS). If you’re looking for a flawless finish with thicker foundations and want to blend concealer in seamlessly this is a MUST have. The only skincare favourite I have of this whole year is the Sweet Almond Oil. I adore this stuff and it’s become a daily part of my routine. I apply a little under each eyes and everywhere else I have uneven skintone and my under-eyes have slowly become a little less dark, and brighter! It’s not an over night miracle, but it’s made a big difference to my skin and even helped me to embrace those pesky circles somewhat.
And finally, my favourite lip product of the whole year has been Rimmel’s lip liners and more specifically the one in Spice - reviewed here. They’re affordable, a huge colour range and of course they’re wonderfully long lasting. Sure they’re a little bit drying, but that’s totally worth the colour pay off and no fuss.
There are my 14 favourites of the past year! What were yours?
Thank-you for reading ♥