Monday, 12 January 2015

Products that made the cut - 2014/2015

2014 favourites 2015
Despite the copious amounts of makeup and beauty products I tried and tested in 2014, not all of them were 'loves' (or even 'likes'). Being a 'beauty blogger' for want of a better term, results in having more than average when it comes to makeup, so here's a quick round up of the products that have made the cut and will be continuing in my collection for 2015. I've seriously streamlined my makeup towards the end of the year, taking a 'less is more' approach and finally have a drawer (full) of products that I really do love and use. 

For base and face, it was all about finding the perfect combo. I didn't find any skincare 'wows' in 2014, though I did convert to Micellar Water so an honourable shoutout goes to the Garnier Micellar Water for being cheap, easy and a whopping 400ml bottle. The winner for foundations this year was the Ideal Flawless Foundation from avon, purchased a staggering 4 times which truly says something about how much I love it. Applied with my favourite face brushes from Nanshy, I've just found something that works. For powder I switched between pressed powder and loose powder and really enjoyed using the loose corrective powder from Vichy towards the end of the year. This powder just seriously adds that sleek finish to your makeup that just blurs everything together nicely; for a powder brush, real techniques came out on top. 

For blushers and bronzers it was all about trying new things. Nars blushers became part of my collection and they have been very loved; deep throat and torrid are now the only shimmery pink and gorgeous peach shades I need. For bronzer, Avon's matte bronzer stood out for me; cheap, cheerful, easy to use, not too orange and not too ashy - it's a great contour/bronzer 2 in 1! Special mention to Estee Lauder for their jaw-droppingly-beautiful blush in 'electric pink'. 

For eyes it was back to basics; no shimmering shades here it was all about the matte shadows and you just can't beat the Naked Basics palette. It's compact, has entirely wearable shades and even doubled/trebled as eyeliner and eyebrow colours. More basics for the eyes included the nyx eyeshadow base which is a thick white primer that literally glues your eyeshadow to your eyelid - it's amazing - and the ever so handy and compact Unii palette. A hands down winner for the mascara category was from Younique; their 3d fiber mascara just changed the game when it came to getting thick and volumised lashes. If I could recommend one product to try in 2015, it would be this! Honourable mention to Loreal Telescopic clean definition mascara which is great for quick, everyday, lengthened lashes too. 

For Lip products I have to mention the cult beauty fave that is Nuxe Reve de Meil lip balm which is the most luxurious, thick and hydrating lipbalm that I've used. Perfect for using before bed and it smells delicious too. Lip crayons became a favourite of mine last year and I'm still loving the wet n wild balm stains which are used almost daily! The shade lady and the vamp is my favourite, the perfect dark and sultry purple! Finally, I tried a lot of new fragrances this year but still went back to my old favourite 'Couture Couture' by Juicy Couture; you just can't beat it. 

Phew! So, these products are firmly set to stay in my makeup collection for the forseeable future and are my most loved/used products from the previous year. I still can't get the hang of writing 2015; it will feel weird for approximately 11 months until I finally get the hang of it before it changes again. 

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