I initially wasn’t sure if I would do one of these posts, as most of my favourites have been mentioned previously, and it’s really hard to narrow down, but I’ve managed to pick out the best and most used products of 2014.
Hair and Skincare
There was only one product I could pick out for hair; the Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Texturizing Spray. This hairspray-like texturiser is what I have relied on to add volume and grit to my hair. In 2014, I discovered The Body Shop’s skincare, and many products I have tried have become firm favourites, including the super quick and easy Chamomile Cleansing Oil, the spot-fighting Tea Tree Oil and the hydrating Vitamin E Face Mist. Two products which have saved my skin this year are the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo + – which has banished the blemishes – and the Garnier Fresh Essentials Hydrating Day Cream – the only moisturiser which has completely soothed my dry skin. My lip balm favourite is the Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1, a jelly-like moisturising balm which intensively hydrates and softens lips. I go through stages where my hands get really dry, and the saviour for this has been the Garnier Intensive 7 Days Hand Cream (the mango scent).
There were loads of favourites from my makeup collection which I could have put in this post – it was quite tricky to choose – but I have tried to go with the ones that I have used and loved the most. The best base of the year has to be the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation. I have talked about it many times before (like here)so I will save you from the details but in short – I love it. The Seventeen Phwoarr Paint Concealer has also been a firm favourite for a while now. Although, it may be meant as an under eye concealer, I find this best for covering up blemishes and redness as it is really pigmented and stays put for ages. I purchased the Clinique Cheek Pop in Berry Pop a few months back and I could not be happier about it. It’s a super pretty colour, lasts well and gives a really natural flush without being too ‘in your face’. For eyes, I have loved the No7 Stay Perfect Shade and Define in Cool Mink, a long-lasting, bronze creamy shadow stick and the Max Factor Clump Defy Mascara, which adds amazing curl, length and volume to lashes. My eyebrow product of choice this year has to be the Collection Eyebrow Kit, a selection of 3 brow shadows, which apply evenly, last all day and look really natural. There are four lip products I have loved throughout the year; the Revlon Lip Butter in Tutti Frutti, my everyday Spring/Summer sheer orange shade of choice, the creamy, brown-nude Rimmel Lasting Finish Lip Liner in Tiramisu which I often paired with the Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Nudist, this was worn a lot on its own too with my usual everyday makeup, and the Rimmel Colour Rush Balm in Keep on Mauving, a long-lasting, plum toned, creamy lip crayon. There are 2 brushes – Real Techniques of course – which I have used regularly throughout the year and could not be without. The Duo-Fibre Face Brush, perfect for applying a sheer amount of blush, bronzer or powder, and the Detailer Brush, which is super small and great for applying concealer onto blemishes or for applying bold lipstick. Finally – the nail polishes. For Spring/Summer, the Tanya Burr Nail Polish in Bright & Early was my favourite, a super bright and shiny coral hue. For Autumn/Winter the Revlon Nail Enamel in Vixen was my most worn – a deep, dark plum shade. But all year round, I would say my favourite nail polish was the chic and classic Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in Lychee – an everyday-appropriate nude, pretty applied by itself or with a layer of coloured glitter on top.
There we have it – the best of beauty in 2014, all compiled into a pretty hefty post!