Friday, January 02, 2015

Beauty ¦ The 2014 Favourites

So this is the very edited and toned down 2014 favourites, to begin with I had about 50 products but i've managed to edit it down to 23. I'd love for you to let me know what your 2014 favourites are in the comments below or even better leave me the links to your posts! I always say a little thank you with these posts and after looking back on the last years post I was so excited that i'd had over 22,000 pageviews. If i'd have told past self that I would have almost 70,000 views by the end of 2014 she'd have never believed me.

This isn't going to be in order of how I put things on my face it's just going to be in the order that the photos loaded!

So kicking it off with lipsticks, 2014 was the year I got into my really bright lipstick but also the year that I finally understood nudes enough to be able to buy them. Essence Longlasting lipstick in Oh so matt! was a purchase that I made towards the end of 2014 but fell head over heels in love with it very quickly. The formula of this lipstick is matte and the colour is the perfect nude for me on it's own but I enjoy it even more over a pinky nude lip liner. Topshop Rio Rio was a lipstick I wore a lot in the summer as it's the most beautiful orange toned red. The formula of this really reminds me of the Mac satin finish lipsticks as they aren't quite matte but they are in no way glossy. Speaking of Mac, Mac Up the amp is one of the brightest lipsticks I own and I just love wearing it in the summer with really minimal makeup it just adds that little bit of something that my makeup needs. The final lipstick is Barry M 151 which is a really pretty coral-y orange which again I got a lot of wear out of over the summer. The formula is quite glossy but not sticky and they feel so comfortable on the lips. I intend to pick up some more shades at some point. 

If you are a regular reader you will know how much I love both of these concealers, Maybelline Fit me is the lighter coverage one which I like to use under my eyes. I've heard a lot of people compare it to the Nars Creamy concealer which I haven't tried but I would like to. The other concealer is the Seventeen Stay time concealer which is the higher coverage of the two. I have always said that this is the lighter, more blendable and less cakey without compromising on coverage cousin of the Collection Lasting perfection concealer. I tend to use this one more on blemishes and redness however it works just as well under the eyes. 

Nail wise I have used Essie Aruba blue a lot. It's the most beautiful dark blue with silver shot through it and I've just worn it all year round as I love it so much. Models own Pink fizz is the most amazing glitter I've ever tried. It is opaque in one coat and it's the most beautiful shade of pink. The final polish was one I got a lot of wear out of in the spring, Barry M Gelly nail paint in Blueberry is a beautiful bright corn flour blue. I love the formula of these polishes and they last amazingly on the nails. 

I had absolutely no idea how to contour at the start of the year but when I received the Sleek Contour kit for my birthday I watched about a million how to contour videos and now I couldn't skip the step. I also love the highlighter from the kit and I tend to reach for it more in the summer as it's a beautiful peachy shade. The Accessorize Baked blush in Sensation is something that I would have never thought about buying myself but when I won it in a giveaway I was happy to find I loved it. It leaves a gorgeous sheeny pink shade on the cheeks and look so stunning on both pale and tanned skin. 

The Clarins Instant light natural lip perfector in 01 was another germany purchase. It was a spur of the moment thing and I'm so glad I ended up buying it. A non sticky slightly tinted gloss it is perfect for throwing on when I'm in a rush (Read that as late for school) and for chucking in my bag.  I got a couple of the Revlon colour burst matte balms for my birthday which were very bright shades which I loved so I decided to pick up a more neutral shade Elusive is a beautiful natural pinky shade which is perfect for at school as it's a very "my lips but better shade" (I hate that phrase but I don't know how else to describe it)

The L'oreal Brow artist plumper is the newest purchase in this post. I hadn't really given into the fibre brow gel hype but when I had to get a new mascara I had an extra space on my 3 for 2 so I decided to pick it up and I have ended up really loving it. Next up is a duty free purchase from when I went to germany. The Benefit instant brow pencil in deep is the perfect shade for my brows. It is creamy but not waxy or to soft.

My only primer love this year has been Benefit Porefessional I have massive pores and this is the only primer that I have used that reduces them. The texture is very silicone-y but I find that it doesn't block my pores. It also really improves the longevity of my makeup and stops my t zone becoming oily. Foundation wise I have a higher coverage and a lighter coverage L'oreal True match is perfect for the days when I have blemishes and redness. This one last amazingly and the colour is perfect for my skin tone. Bourjois Healthy mix serum is a lot lighter coverage and I tend to use it more when my skin is looking a bit dull as it is very glowy. The only problem I have with this is that it is very yellow in undertone and with having very pink undertones in my skin I sometimes end up looking a bit strange.

A base that i've used pretty much every time i've worn makeup in 2014 is Mac's Paint pot in Bare study This shade is a perfect base for pretty much every eye look and it really helps improve the longevity of my eyeshadow. If I need a really longlasting eyeshadow I pair this with the Urban decay primer potion and I find my shadow last all night and more. Another eye favourite has been this gorgeous little palette. Topshop's eye trio in Nebula is the perfect little palette for a smokey eye with a bit of a twist. I think however this may be being discontinued as when I went into my local topshop they had loads on sale so if you like the look of it I suggest you head to your nearest topshop! 

How could I not include the Urban Decay naked palette in this post. This has been something that I have used constantly at least a couple of times a week and in the summer I actually had to make myself use other shadows as this was all I was using. A beautiful mix of neutral shades it's almost like it was made for me.

Finally (If you've made it to this point you're a better man than I am) I have a fairly basic but completely necessary item. The L'oreal Nude magique BB powder is stunning. It sets makeup without leaving it looking cakey and leaves the skin feeling really smooth. I have trouble with powder caking up under and around my nose and under my eyes but this stays all day improving the longevity of my foundation by a good hour or two. It's something I think everyone should have in their makeup bags. 


  1. I've just got Porefessional for Christmas and I love it!!
    You've included some gorge products that I defo need to try out. I'm a huge fan of the Barry M Gellies too.
    That's my make up favourites if you fancy a browse :)

    Beth xx

  2. The Urban Decay Naked palette will always be one of my favourites! The shades in it are perfect. I have to agree with you on the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation too. I love the stuff! Its a shame you can't seem to get a colour match though! Try mixing it with another foundation x

    Mapped Out | Fashion, Beauty, Lifestyle

  3. Great picks! i must try out some of those lipsticks x :)

  4. I love Pink Fizz and blueberry! They apply so well!
    I got the Naked 2 palette 2 days ago and love it! It'll definitely be one of my favourite products of 2015!

    Rachael at

  5. I think the original Naked palette will forever be my favourite eyeshadow palette, nothing's ever beaten it. Lovely picks hun. Rather than a favourite products in general, I have a favourite new discoveries of 2014 post on my blog if you'd like to take a look :) xx

  6. So many amazing products! I have the Seventeen Stay Time Foundation but not the concealer! Also i love the Benefit primer x
    Emma | Emmys Blog

  7. You have some great favourites. I love the Urban Decay eyeshadow palette, it is just beautiful. I really want to try the Clarins lip perfectors because I have heard a lot of people raving about them.

  8. all these products look soooo good xx

  9. I loved the Bourjois Foundation too this (last) Year! And I really want to try the Urban Decay Naked Palette - I have the Basics 2!!
    Rachel Jayne Beauty


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