The 2014 Beauty Favourites


I haven’t written anything on this blog for a very long time, and I have absolutely no excuses. I’ve got so many half finished drafts saved, but the longer I left posting them, the more intimidating finishing them seemed- but I couldn’t let 2014 end without writing up a little something about my favourite products of the year. (Actually, the writing part of this post is almost over now. I’m still quite nervous)

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Rimmel Match Perfection- pretty much the only foundation I’ve been wearing this year. 010 Porcelain is actually light enough for me, which makes a lovely change, and the coverage is kind of light/ medium, but buildable. I plan to branch out a bit, foundation wise, in 2015 but I actually have a spare bottle of this hiding in the back of my makeup drawer.

The Body Shop Honey Bronzer- another pale skin saviour! This bronzer is completely matte (so great for contouring), and you can go pretty heavy handed with this stuff without looking too bronzed. I use it with the Real Techniques Blush Brush [not pictured].

The Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette- obviously. I honestly cannot gush about this palette enough, so I’m just going to sneakily link you to my review and swatches post.

Sleek Blush Trio in ‘Lace’- I’m not really an big blusher fan (I’m working on it!) but this palette has been one of my most reached for makeup items this year. I’ve been using the red shade on pretty much every makeup wearing day, but they’re so pigmented that I’ve not even dented the pan. Review and swatches here.

L’oread Miss Manga Mascara in Purple- a new addition, but a very welcome one. I don’t really love mascara, and I’m actually completely clueless when it comes to what makes a mascara good (I know I like Benefit They’re Real and Soap&Glory Thick and Fast…help?) but the slightly purple tint to this one is what I love. It’s just something a little bit different, and helps towards making my, honestly, swamp coloured eyes look just a little bit more like hazel.

MAC Lipsticks in ‘Patisserie’ and ‘Plumful’- I’m honestly not sure I need any other lipsticks. These are just beautiful, and I’m not going to say much more because one of the many previously mentioned drafts may well turn into a MAC lipstick swatch-a-thon.

Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Sticks- I tend to think of these as MAC Lipsticks in gloss form. The smell like vanilla, have medium, but pretty colour payoff and they last really nicely. I actually have a series of posts about lip crayons, these included, which is right here.

Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Skin Protectant- the best lip balm ever, and a little goes a long way.  It’s also great for really dry skin and as a cuticle conditioner.

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers- I’m not sure where I’d be without these. I have very straight eyelashes, and at my healthiest and most awake I look a bit dead (I’m coming across really well in this post) but these go a long way towards fixing that!

Carmex Lip Balms- another new discovery! The formula of these lip balms is actually quite similar to the Skin Protectant, but these smell a little nicer and are much more convenient for throwing in your handbag (or pockets. Or both. Out of interest, how many lip balms normally leave the house with you?).

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Cream- this might be the only hand cream I’ve ever used that is super nourishing, but not sticky. I’ve been using this hand cream nightly for almost a year now, and I’ve only gone through two of the full sized bottles, so it’s a really worthwhile buy. The packaging could be better- the lid isn’t the most convenient if you’re on the go, it’s definitely a bedside table thing- but it’s really the product that counts.

Manuka Doctor Skincare- that’s the Blemish Cream in the picture above, but I’ve been testing out a few products in the anti-blemish range recently (about two months) and I’ve been loving them. Skincare is definitely one of my new years resolutions (I actually hate new years resolutions and refuse to make any, but I promise I will get better at skin care!) and this range is at the top of my list of things to write a post about.

Thanks for reading! I’m going to try and get back to blogging a little bit more regularly in 2015- as I’ve been typing I’ve had a few ideas for posts that I’m actually looking forward to writing which I’m very happy about. I feel like I’ve missed loads, I didn’t even ramble about Naked Basics 2 (got it, love it, not as thrilled with the colour selection and eyeshadow quality as I was with Naked Basics, though)!

I hope you had a great year, feel free to tell me all about your favourite beauty products from 2014 in the comments! MAC Lipstick recs are also welcome, I’m obsessed again. Also blushers! What are your favourites?

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Lazy Makeup Days

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo £13

The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream £10

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in 10 Beige £32

Real Techniques Blush Brush £9.99

Bourjois Little Round Pot Blush in Veloute De Peche £7.99

Real Tecnhiques Powder Brush £12.99

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent £3.99

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers £20

Urban Decay Primer Potion £16

GOSH Round Eyeshadow Brush £6.99

Barry M Shadow and Blush Palette in Natural Glow £7

Rimmel Scandeleyes Liner in Black £3.99

Soap&Glory A Great Kisser Lip Balm £5

I’ve been incredibly lazy with my makeup recently. I’ve pretty much been wearing the absolute minimum on days when I actually leave the house, or just using lots of skincare when I’ve been staying at home.

The products I’ve been getting the most use out of are La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo, which I just dab onto spots two or three times a day. I’ve used nearly a whole tube of this, and I still can’t decide if I love it, but I’m planning on trying Effaclar Duo Plus when this runs out so maybe I can pull together a review. The Body Shop’s Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream (haul) has become an absolute favourite in my skincare drawer- it leaves my skin soft and moisturised, but not at all greasy. On days when I need to wear makeup, I’ve been blending Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua over my skin, just for that little bit of coverage. This shade (the lightest one available) is too dark for me, so I just use a tiny amount and really blend it with my fingertips. At this point, I use a little bit of Urban Decay’s Primer Potion over my eyelids to make the eyeshadow application a little easier. I’ve then been using the Real Techniques Blush Brush to apply a little bit of Bourjois Veloute de Peche onto my cheeks, just so I look a little bit more alive, and then using a couple of matte eyeshadows from Barry M’s Natural Glow Palette (review) with a GOSH Eyeshadow Brush on my eyes for a little bit of colour and definition. I then curl my eyelashes with my Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers (of course) and tight line my eyes with the Rimmel Scandeleyes Liner in Black, just to make my eyelashes look a little thicker.  I then dust a little bit of Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent all over my skin with a Real Techniques Powder Brush to set everything, and then finally been using Soap&Glory A Great Kisser Lip Balm for a little bit of shine.

What do you love for lazy makeup days?

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Becca Ever Matte Perfecting Primer £28

Real Techniques Stippling Brush £10.99

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 010 Light Porcelein £6.99

Real Techniques Contour Brush (part of the Core Collection) £20.99

The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in Fair £13 (but watch out for sales!)

Real Techniques Duo Fibre Eye Brush (part of the Duo Fibre Collection) £23.99

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers £20

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR in Permanent Taupe £4.99 (buy one get the 2nd half price)

Maybelline Gel Liner in Black £7.99 (but one get the 2nd half price)

FASH Makeup Brushes (Small Angled and Pointed Liner Brush) (currently unavailable, but there are other FASH Brush Sets on Amazon)

Soap&Glory Lid Stuff in What’s Nude £10 (3 for 2) 

MAC Lustre Lipstick in Patisserie £15

Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Nudist £8 (3 for 2)

I haven’t written a post in a while so I thought I’d do a little ‘FOTD’ kind of thing. I guess this is kind of like a makeup favourites post too because these are the products I’ve been using pretty much everyday for the past couple of weeks. I hope this is kind of interesting! –

First of all, I use a tiny amount of Becca Ever Matte Perfecting Primer just on my nose and chin, applied with my fingertips. I’ve never really been big on primers but this is honestly the only thing that calms down my super-oily skin, especially at this time of year. I then use a little bit of Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation with a Real Techniques Stippling Brush– this foundation is super-pale, doesn’t oxidise and has a lovely satin finish. I’m thinking it’s probably one of my all time favourite foundations, even compared to my more expensive options. The Stippling Brush is amazing, too. I sometimes find that if I have a spot and I just try and apply foundation with my fingertips (or even the RT Buffing and Expert Face Brushes), the product will kind of settle around the spot, but not cover it. The Stippling Brush, however, is magical and creates an airbrushed but very light coverage finish. Next, I use The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in Fair to do a little bit of contouring with the Real Techniques Contour Brush. This bronzer is amazing for fairer-skinned girls because it’s matte, pale and slightly cool toned. Love. Next up is eyes, and first of all for eyes, I use the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers to sort out my poker straight eyelashes, then I work a little Maybelline Color Tattoo (review) in Permanent Taupe onto my eyelid and the blend it out at the edges with the Real Techniques Duo Fibre Eye Brush. If I’m being really fancy, I’ll then tight line my eyes with Maybelline Gel Liner and my Fash Eyeliner Brush– I’ve found this is so much better than tight lining with a pencil because it literally does not budge (but that’s nothing a little olive oil on a q-tip at the end of the day can’t fix). I then take some of Mudhoney (matte brown, review) from the Soap&Glory Lid Stuff quad on the back of my hand, mix it with a teeny tiny bit of Vaseline and then use the Fash Angled Liner Brush to add a little shape to my eyebrows. Finally, I’ve been loving a little bit of MAC Patisserie which is a beautiful pink-brown nude  (I’ve found this is perfect if your natural lips are quite pigmented for just toning things down a little) and then sometimes using a teeny bit of Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Nudist for a little bit of shine.

Holy crap this post turned out longer than I expected.

If you like this kind of post then please let me know! I was thinking of making it a monthly thing as a way to remind myself to mix up my everyday routine. Have you tried any of the products I mentioned?

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