Sunday, 11 January 2015

2014 Beauty Favourites


Better late than never I thought I'd share with you all some of my favourite products from 2014, and I do promise that this will be the last 2014/2015 related posts. For me I found that 2014 was all about discovering new products and escaping my comfort zone when it came to makeup, this meant using bronzer more regularly and opting for a red lip - both of which are looks I never thought I'd have the confidence to wear. 

First of all we have the infamous Nars Laguna bronzer, which has quickly become a staple within my makeup routine. For me this is the perfect bronzer as my face never looks orange, instead it leaves a gorgeous bronzed and healthy glow, which for us paler girls is perfect! Whilst on the pricer side I find that a little goes a long way and blows all my other bronzers out the water, making the perfect bronzer for a hint of glow and warmth whilst helping to define my round cheeks.

L'oreal Miss Manga received a lot of criticism from myself when I first reviewed it, however after re-disovering it in my vanity draw (kind of glad I never threw it away) I have fallen in love with the mascara. I find it very similar to Benefit's They're Real however for a fraction of the price, and once I mastered how to use the brush it provides a lovely curl to the lashes whilst adding the volume and length I craved from a drugstore mascara, making it the drugstore mascara I had been looking for!

2014 was all about MAC Velvet Teddy, thanks to Kylie Jenner and her statement lip. After hearing many recommendations that this was her shade of choice I popped this on my wishlist to see what all the fuss was about. I will admit it was love from first swatch, and has quickly become a firm favourite of mine when recreating a 90s lip. This perfect matte provides great pigmentation whilst bringing focus to the lip. To create those fuller Kylie Jenner lips, this is really easy to do so with as you can exaggerate your natural lip shape with ease. 

Another 2014 favourite thanks to Kylie Jenner, MAC Whirl Lip Liner is the perfect base for Velvet Teddy and for creating overdrawn lips. Before this I had never really seen the point in lip liners, however this swiftly changed that. Whirl is the perfect rosy nude which helps to overdraw the lips whilst stopping your lipstick from running and help the longevity of your chosen lipstick. I can see a repurchase coming soon, and this has quickly become my favourite lip liner to date. 

2014 has been the year where I discovered the importance of brows thanks to Benefit Brow Zings, before this I would kind of pluck here and there and then use a pencil. However thanks to frequent brow waxes I have become more obsessed with my brows and their shape. I find that Brow Zings provides the perfect statement brow, the powder and wax combination helps to create a really natural looking brow whilst adding that much needed colour. Whilst this is a little pricey it is my go to brow product, as it provides everything you need in a handy compact.

Nars Sheer Glow is a firm blogger favourite and a holy grail for many, so with such high expectations I couldn't wait to give this a shot. After trying this foundation out I can easily admit that it does live up to said expectations, providing a medium base that doesn't look too heavy on the skin whilst covering imperfections and redness. This foundation provides a healthy glow once applied and will last all day, however the only thing I will say is that this foundation is not sheer despite its name. 

If you haven't heard of Zoeva in 2014, I will honestly question if you have been living under a rock. One of my favourite discoveries has been Zoeva alongside their rose gold plated brushes, their Zoeva 102 Silk Finish Brush has rivalled many of my favourite kabuki style foundation brushes. Whilst this can sit gorgeously on my vanity, it sure packs a punch when it comes to foundation application, and helps to blend and buff my foundation seamlessly in a matter of minutes, and I'm truly looking forward to their 2015 releases.

I will admit I jumped on the bandwagon a little bit when it came to Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks after hearing so many positive reviews. By gosh I'm glad that I did, as the past year Bourjois have really killed it with their releases, prompting the realisation that they could really rival luxury brands. Their Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks inject gorgeous colours onto your lips but also provide fabulous lasting powder, staying put after various meals and drinks, these lipsticks pack a punch and therefore the reason for making my 2014 favourites. 

I'd love to know what your 2014 beauty favourites are?

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