Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Fourteen 2014 Beauty Favourites

Hello Lovelies! As 2014 is now officially over, I thought I'd do a little round up of the products that I really loved during the past year. Now admittedly, there are tons of these posts floating about and at first I was very against jumping on the bandwagon, but I actually thought this would be one of those great posts for me to look back on.

001: L'Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Pure Light Primer | £9.99 | Link 
I think I discovered this from one of Shivon's videos and I knew instantly I needed it! As well as it being an amazing primer and keeping your makeup put all day, it also leaves the skin looking so amazing and glowy. I've heard this is a dupe for the MAC Strobe Cream, but I actually haven't tried that. If you feel like your skin looks dull and needs a little pick me up, you need this!

002: Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation | £34.00 | Link | Review
This is probably no surprise to you if you read my blog regularly. This foundation is my holy grail, I love everything about it - the coverage, the way it feels on the skin and the finish. This is now something I repurchase again and again. 

003: MAC Studio Finish Concealer | £15.50 | Link 
I went into MAC last year looking for a product that would help cover up the sun damage I have on my face and they said this could work. And that's when the obsession began. It's such a perfect product that works well as an under eye concealer, on blemishes, dark marks and redness. It is pretty high coverage, but once blended in, I find it can still look pretty natural. 

004: MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle | £23.00 | Link
Glowy skin is my favourite and I've tried lots of different highlighters this year, but my favourite is definitely Soft & Gentle from MAC. This is such an incredible product, it makes the skin look so glowy and healthy, but still really natural.

(Taken early 2014 wearing S&G!)

005: MAC 217 Blending Brush | £19.00 | Link | Review
I received this for my birthday last January and it was a complete game changer! It blends eyeshadow so effortlessly and leaves it looking so flawless. I now own two of these and use them every day! 

006: MAC Quite Natural Paint Pot | £15.50 | Link
All I wore on my brows last year was this paint pot. I saw a makeup artist that I followed on Instagram use it on her brows and it looked amazing. It basically gives the same effect and finish as the brow pomade which I know own too! 

007: Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks in 03 & 05 | £8.99 | Link | Review
My favourite drugstore lipsticks are definitely the Rouge Velvets from Bourjois. They're incredibly pigmented, amazingly long lasting (I manage to get a good eight hours of wear) and they don't make your lips feel all horrid either. I definitely need to pick up a few more shades of these this year and if you haven't tried them yet, I really recommended you do!

008: Barry M Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Sugared Apple | £3.99 | Link | Review
Like I've mentioned many times before, I love the Gelly Nail Paints from Barry M and I was absolutely smitten with their new spring shades that were released early 2014. Sugared Apple was definitely my favourite shade and I wore it constantly - from spring, all the way through to summer. I cannot wait to wear this again! 

009: Carmex Lip Balm | £2.69 | Link
I'm pretty lucky with my lips I could go months and months without using any type of lip balm and they will still stay in a reasonably good condition. Last year I decided to stop being so lazy and start giving them the care they need. I tried a few different options, but my favourite was definitely good ol' Carmex! I now use this everyday and my lips feel so much better.

010: YSL Shocking Mascara | £24.50 | Link | Review
I picked this up back in April and I really love it! It lengthens, separates and thickens the lashes and it also makes them super black. It is definitely one of my favourite mascaras ever, but it's also more of an expensive option!

011: MAC 266 Brush | £16.50 | Link
Another of my favourite brushes from 2014 is the 266 from MAC. This has made the process of filling in my brows so much easier and I just don't know how I lived without it!

012: Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush | £21.99 | Link
I always hated applying concealer with just my fingers, I felt like I dragged the skin a little too much for such a delicate area and then I gave the Deluxe Crease Brush a go! It's so soft and blends concealer perfectly which makes it look so much more natural. 

013: Too Faced Sweetheart Blush | £24.00 | Link 
Blush isn't something I wear too often, but when I did I always used this. It's so lovely and subtle. It is expensive, but it lasts for ages!

014: MAC Lipsticks in Ruby Woo and Please Me | £15.50 | Link 
And lastly, of course, I had to include my top two favourite MAC lipsticks. As you all know, I really love MAC lipsticks, so this was incredibly hard to cut it down to just two, but these are the two I probably wore the most last year. Ruby Woo creates the most perfect red lip. It has incredible pigmentation and lasts all day! Please Me is such a gorgeous 'my lips but better' shade and I find this looks so lovely when patted onto the lips, instead of a thick coating - it looks so natural and makes the lips look a lot more fuller too!

And that's it! My top fourteen products of 2014. I hope you enjoyed this, what were your favourite products of 2014? 

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  1. Just found your blog whilst searching for Boot’s hauls and can I say I absolutely love it :). Your photos are beautiful! <3

    Christie x

  2. Now I'm thinking of checking out the mac studio finish concealer as it sounds perfect for blemishes. Please Me is a recent addition to my lippy collection and I love it too! So wearable. And you look amazing with Soft & Gentle, your skin looks so healthy! I'm interested in checking it out now. Btw your photos see gorgeous!

  3. I love carmex, such a life saver. Great post! x x

  4. Bourjois velvet touch is my addiction! There's only one shade I don't have!

    Lovely post! Some lovely favourites sweet :)
    New follower here :)

  5. I'm definitely with you on the Bourjois Rouge Edition velvets, love them! I've not tried the Laura Mercier foundation but if the foundation primer is anything to go on I'd love to give it a try x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty