Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 Beauty Favourites

I often find it a hard task collating my ‘favourite’ products each month – the pressure for rounding up an entire year’s worth is therefore quite a daunting thing! I guess the finality of the end of year matches a post like this though, so here I go with my favourites for 2014.
Skincare
It seemed I either adored supermarket cheapies or products tipping the other end of the scale this year – the new line released by Garnier blew me away, but the pricy Lancome Dreamtone serum* also made a mark in my skincare drawers (or rather, it faded some of my marks!) I switched out my Bioderma for the Garnier Micellar Water and it’s quite hard to look back now – the quality is excellent and the cheap price point is welcomed in my limited beauty budget (I picked this huge bottle up for less than $10 on sale!) so much so that I already have a backup bottle waiting in the wings. I also tried out the Garnier Moisture Match moisturiser (not pictured as I used it up) when it was first released and can’t remember the last time I liked a facial moisturiser so much – it softens my skin and is easily absorbed, the only thing I dislike about it is that I run through a tube quite fast (a small niggle considering it retails for $10…)
Lip Products
Bourjois knocked it out of the park with their Rouge Edition Velvets this year, and I adore the 3 shades that I picked up when they first launched (Pink Pong, Ole Flamingo and Frambourjoise) If ever I’m in need of a peppy bright lip I can rely on these babies, and I love how long-lasting but comfortable they are on the lips. For a more casual lip look I loved the Chapstick Cake Batter lip balm (even though it contains some nasties) or the gorgeous Maybelline Colour Elixir in Caramel Infused. My 2013 Christmas gift also got a good run, the NYX Butter Glosses which I now have in Tiramisu, Vanilla Cream Pie, Crème Brulee and Éclair. Anyone else hungry for some sweets right now…?
Eye Products
For all the palettes I loved during the year, this was the only one to really jump out as worthy of this post. I’m yet to wear this custom Inglot Palette without receiving a compliment and I am always chuffed with how my makeup looks when I use this, all sure signs of a stellar product. Another true love of mine is something I wear every day and couldn’t imagine being without – the essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil in Hot Chocolate, which I run along my upper lash line every morning. I added a lower lash line shade into the mix this year with the NYX Retractable Eye Liner in Silky Cashmere and all year long I loved how it ‘finished off’ every eye look for me with ease. I threw my all-time-so-far favourite mascara into the mix of favourites (Covergirl Clump Crusher) as well as the Australis Cray for Colour Eyes shadow pencil in Soiling the Fun. Terrible name aside, this is something I should’ve used more often as it’s lovely and such a pretty shade!
Scent & Nails
Every time I spray this I wish it wasn’t associated with the word ‘flirty’, but nevertheless one of my most loved fragrances this year was Vivienne Westwood’s Flirty Alice* which is lovely and fresh and something different from the rest of my scent stash. Another brilliant discovery in 2014 was the Elizabeth & James fragrances (Nirvana Black and Nirvana White, only one pictured as the other has gone walkabout) which are strong and sexy, which is what I often need to feign confidence on some days. Nails were a tricky one as I switch up my nail colour so often, but the shade that made the most impact and one I look forward to wearing is definitely the beautiful Essie Ruffles and Feathers*.
Face/Cheeks
Maybelline Dream Matte Powder would forever make this list had it not been discontinued, but thankfully I hoarded two pans in anticipation of the wedding and now I get to enjoy my favourite powder for a while longer. Blushes are my favourite thing to read about/discuss/hoard and so I stretched it out to 3 even though my Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 80 Jersey easily won the top prize (and was the single blush I took overseas with me!) It’s followed closely by MAC Poised which I’ve mentioned quite often this year and I wore the heck out of. It was all about the nude and neutral blushes in 2014, they really were my obsession for the year. A brighter blush did manage to sneak into the line-up though, mainly due to the incredible formula…Hourglass were a big player in the beauty world this year and I enjoyed my pan of Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta! It gives my skin that cliché ‘lit from within’ look that no other blush I own has managed to capture, and I’m looking forward to ripping into my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette in the new year!
 
Sending out best wishes for your NYE celebrations and for the year ahead – 2014 was a big one for me with the wedding and a big honeymoon, so hopefully 2015 will be relaxing and productive!
Cheers! Emma x
*Provided for consideration. Honesty, always.

22 comments:

  1. Happy New Year Emma!! Love all your picks! Clump Crusher is one of may fave mascaras as well as I always bring it with me when I travel. Chanel Jersey, hey? :) I don't really look at Chanel all that much, but I will see if that blush is still around here!

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    1. Thanks Tracy! I am so obsessed with Chanel at the moment, it's definitely my 'brand of the moment'

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  2. A nice pick of standouts from the year. I love the Dream Matte posder, I can't believe they discontinued it! Hopefully, the replacement will be just as good! Can't believe the exciting times of wedding and honeymoon were over so quickly! Hope you have a lovely 2015!
    xx Kat @ Katness

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    1. I am still so upset that they discontinued it :( The Australian replacement definitely isn't as good for me, much less coverage and oil control, not as nice a texture overall

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  3. Awesome favorites Emma. I really wanna buy the Elizabeth and James Nirvana White.
    Wishing you and your family an awesome year ahead !

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    1. Thanks Saumya! Nirvana White is really nice, worth a rollerball purchase for sure

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  4. Really awesome favorites sweetie :)
    The Dream Matte powder is truly an amazing powder. I remember I used to use it when I used foundation before my skin started to break out.
    I hope you will have a wonderful year ahead :)
    xx

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    1. Thanks doll, I hope you have a wonderful year, too.

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  5. Great picks! I've also converted to the Garnier Micellar Water from Bioderma Crealine and it's so much better for my wallet too! The Inglot palette is so gorgeous, love the neutral shades.

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    1. Much easier on the wallet for sure, now I can buy more of the Bioderma skincare instead haha

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  6. Happy new year, Emma! I love the Maybelline Elixir, too. And so budget-friendly - makes me happy, haha!

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    1. And to you, Larie! Your posts on the Elixirs made me appreciate them so much more :)

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  7. You definitely had a huge 2014 :) That custom Inglot Palette looks gorgeous - the shades are exactly the kind I would gravitate to. I only have one Ingot eyeshadow but I'm very happy with it. I'm eyeing Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black but sadly the rollerball was sold out at Sephora on three occasions I visited!

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    1. I really did, I still feel like I'm recovering from all of the excitement of my family coming from overseas on top of all of my events! I was surprised at how much I really loved the Inglot palette, it's so perfect for me.

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  8. Lovely picks! I still have yet to try the Color Elixirs and the Bourjois Rouge Velvets but they sound amazing! Happy New Year!

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

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    1. OMG Sheri you need to try those out, seriously though!

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  9. Ooooh, the Inglot palette is giving me the come-hithers. I don't have any Inglot yet and there's a store in town now. Hmmmm.

    Hope you had a blast and happy new year!

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    1. The colours go so well together and the quality is actually insane, the only thing lacking is shade names which drives me bananas!

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  10. I like the make-up!

    the-renaissance-of-inner-fashion.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. Happy New Year!!!

    I couldn't agree with you more on the Garnier skincare! Like you I switched from Bioderma and I have intention to go back either :))

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    1. Thank you Vita! Garnier had such a great year in 2014, so pleased with the things I bought from them and I plan to buy more this year.

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