Thursday, 22 January 2015

2014 Favourites: Foundations & Concealers!

We are now at the final in my 2014 Favourites Series!  I've left foundations & concealers till last because I've found some corkers this year and was excited to share them!

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer: This is still my all time favourite concealer.  Full stop.  It has been a staple in my handbag for the past 3 years or so because the perfect colour for my pale skin, available for a great price on the high-street and perfect it covers all imperfections incredibly!

MAC Studio Fix Concealer:  I picked this up on a whim during a MAC shop visit on my birthday in the summer and used it for months afterwards.  It's a heavy coverage concealer which is amazing for problem skin.  Now it does look extremely dark and orange compared to all the other products in this post (despite being an NC15) so I would only really use this in the summer but I love it!

MAC Full Coverage Foundation: This is one of my absolute favourite foundations which I've only just recently been able to get my hands on again because it was out of stock for months!  You can see the full review with before and after pictures here to see just why I love it.  It really great coverage for blemished skin but still manages to look natural!

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation: This has been my most used foundation of 2014.  It's light, easy to wear, in a great colour range and doesn't break me out at all.  Bobbi Brown have some real lovely base products to their name and I'm going to be reviewing them all properly in 2015.

Illamasqua Skin Base: At first I was unsure about this much raved-about foundation but I have grown to love and adore it.  I can't express how much of a beautiful, flawless base it gives me, even when suffering with acne.  It comes in a massive range of shades for all skin tones and blends in gorgeously to the skin leaving airbrushed but not in a cakey one.  One thing though - I feel like it does slightly break me out, so I tend to only wear this now for special occasions.

There we have it - a complete run down of my favourite products from 2014.  Sorry they've dragged on a bit but I just had an awful lot to share!  I'm really excited for all the new product launches and discoveries this year so I hope you join me for another year of beauty reviews on my blog!

What were your favourite foundations/concealers of 2014? Let me know!



Tuesday, 20 January 2015

2014 Favourites: Lipsticks!

I had a real difficult time narrowing down my favourite lip products from 2014 because I have so many favourites (I wear a lipstick daily!) but these were the beauties that made my top 5 picks!

Illamasqua Liquid Lip in Exotic: I have a big thing for liquid lipsticks because they're so pigmented and stay in place for hours.  When Illamasqua launched their Matte Liquid Lipsticks early in 2014 I couldn't wait to get one.  Exotic is a tangerine orange shade which has taken place of my usual favourite red lip (Morange by MAC), which is a pretty big deal!  See full blog post here.

Sleek in Peaches and Cream: I LOVE Sleek Lipsticks; they're incredible, full stop.  Barely There is my favourite lipstick of all time, but I've fallen back in love with Peaches & Cream - a peachy orange shade which is an amazing dupe for MAC's Limited Edition Sushi Kiss.  This lipstick is pigmented, soft and creamy and so affordable - I urge you to try them!

Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Colour in Naked Sun: This was one of my go-to nude lipsticks throughout Summer - Autumn.  You can see full swatches of just how stunning it is in this post.  It's a sheer lipstick but I find it gives the perfect amount of nude pink-beige to look natural but 'done-up'.

Blistex: Okay, hands up, this isn't the most glamorous lip product BUT it's a good 'un and an all year round must have.  I get ridiculously sore and chapped lips in the colder months and I love Blistex because it gives them a tingly feeling once applied and really helps to repair them.

Urban Decay Lip Liner in Naked: The end of 2014 was ALL about the big Kylie Jenner drawn in lips and this was my go-to lip liner of the year.  Naked is the most perfect beige-pink liner - soft, creamy, easy to apply and a great base for nude lips!

The final in this series is coming up next and it is my favourite foundations and concealers from 2014 - stay tuned!

Let me know your favourite lip products of 2014!


Friday, 16 January 2015

2014 Favourites: Skin Care Products!

Next in my 2014 Favourites is skin care and I found it so hard to include just 5 products, I picked out 6 instead!

These are al amazing products which I have loved and used religiously all year.  2014 in general was up and down in terms of skin greatness; I had a couple of bouts of bad acne due to eating too much dairy and new medication also making me flare up but over all my skin seems quite balanced!

Shu Uemura Skin Purify Oil Cleanser: I really look forward to taking my eye makeup off every evening because of this product.  It's super luxurious and so pricey I'll have to save up to repurchase, but it does a wonderful job of removing even the toughest of waterproof mascara.  It's an oil which I use in circular motions on my closed eyes until I feel like everything is removed, and then I wash off with water and a flannel.  My skin is left super soft and makeup free.

Paula's Choice Clear Cleanser: I absolutely adore this cleanser for my acne-prone skin.  I've been using it for a couple of years now and repurchased again & again because I notice such a great difference in breakouts when it's a part of my regime.  It's a bog standard gel which lathers up nicely and doesn't leave my skin feeling too tight.

Alpha H Liquid Gold: Okay, so Caroline would probably slap the back of my hand if she see's this (sorry) but I can't help but love it - in moderation.  I always notice such a big difference in the clearness and general brightness of my skin the day after I use this so I use this once or twice a week and always the night before special occasions.

Murad Essential-C Day Moisture SPF 30: This was the moisturiser I took with me on holiday in Portugal in the summer and coincidentally that was when my skin was at it's most perfect.  It's a gorgeous moisturiser which leaves my skin feeling soft and protected for the day ahead. It also has a sweet orange smell which is lovely to use in the morning.

Eucerin Even Brighter Night Cream: I've only featured the night cream in the images above but Eucerin has been one of my favourite brands of 2014.  I can honestly say I have loved every skin care product I have ever tried of theirs; they do exactly what they say and leave my skin feeling nourished.  The Even Brighter creams in particular are great and I use them all the time.

Kiehls Midnight Recovery Serum: Pretty sure this was in last year's favourites too because it's just so good.  I pat a couple of drops of this oil into my skin before bed (usually after any acne/spot treatments I've applied) and my skin feels so soft and supple the next morning.  If my skin is super dry I normally apply a thicker night cream before this (like the Eucerin one above) and then spat this on after for more of a drink!

I hope this wasn't too long of a post!  I've really enjoyed finding and trying out new skin care products which benefit my skin recently so I'm sure they'll be lots more great finds in 2015!

Next up are my favourite lippie products from 2014!  Get ready to pucker up!

What were your favourite skincare products in 2014? Let me know if you found any good'uns!



Wednesday, 14 January 2015

2014 Favourites: Blushers & Contours!

Right.  So in last year's favourites I included a couple of my favourite blushers in my 'Fav Base' makeup products but this year I had too many favourites to squeeze into that category so I've made it a category of it's own!

I introduce you to my most loved blushers & contour products of 2014!

Benefit Hoola: I had always dismissed using Hoola as a bronzer because I thought it'd be too dark & slightly on the orange for my pale skin, but since getting a sample last summer it became a staple in my makeup bag.  It manages to contour and give my face the perfect amount of colour without being 'too much'.  It's pricey and bulky but the colour is fab for all skin tones, so it's a firm favourite of mine.

Benefit Majorette:  Another Benefit product!  I can not express how much I adore this cream to powder blusher.  From it's pigmentation to it's scent, it's just perfection and my favourite Benefit product to date.  This looks stunning on my cheeks and really brightens my face up.  I also like to dab this on my lips for a peachy pout.

Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow:  This was in my favourites last year and although it doesn't look like much in the pictures above (in fact, it actually looks kinda gross) it is the perfect contour shade for me.  I simply swirl my Real Techniques Duo Fiber Cheek Brush in it and buff into the hollows (ha) of my cheeks for a perfectly sculpted Snooks.  I also love how great Illamasqua's Cream Pigments are for multitasking - you could use this as an eye primer, shadow or even lippie if you wanted!

Illamasqua Blusher in Naked Rose: Another Illamasqua product; this time a powder blusher that was released in the Once collection last autumn.  I can't quite believe just how perfect this shade is - a neutral pink beige which looks so natural on my cheeks.  This blush is super pigmented and you only need a tiny swipe to achieve gorgeous results so this will last me a very long time.

MAC in Melba: This blush also featured in last year's favourites but a year later and it's still one of my most reached for blusher.  It's a warm peach shade which looks gorgeous all year round, especially teamed with a peach lipstick!

Next up in my 2014 Beauty Favourites series is Skin Care and it's a big'un - stay tuned!

What were your favourite blusher and contour shades of 2014?

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