God it seems like I have a lot of favourites this year but in my defense I discovered quite a few new brands in the past 12 months. If I had to choose a favourite standout brand it would the Charlotte Tilbury range. Her shadows are beautifully pigmented and super blendable and I am completely in love with her contour palette. If you follow me on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram then you will probably have seen me post some of these already but stay tuned because I will give you a little more detail on each product.
So here goes in not particular order:
Foundations have pretty much stayed the same as last year. No matter what other bases I have in my kit I always seem to return to the Estee Lauder Double Wear for its coverage and staying power. And for everyday beautiful glowy healthy skin I alternate between Bourjois Healthy Mix, Healthy Mix Serum or Happy Lights.
I have been using the Dior Star foundation since mid December but I want to try it out for a while longer before giving a full review on it.
In my never ending quest to find a concealer to cover my dark circles I happened upon two this year. At one of our ITWBN meet ups this year the lovely Siobhan from Dreaming in Sequins (http://www.dreaminginsequins.com) told me about the Maybelline Eraser Eye concealer. I use it everyday, it lasts brilliantly and doesn't sit in my fine line.
The second one is Clarins Instant Concealer. This is such a beautiful creamy concealer that covers my dark circles perfectly. It instantly brightens the under eye area, doesn't flake and lasts all day.
As I mentioned above I love the Charlotte Tilbury range and this is such a super product. It's the Colour Chameleon in Amber Haze. I use it for a quick all over colour when I am in a rush or as a eye shadow base if I want a more intense longlasting look. I also love the Charlotte Tilbury eye shadow palette in Dolce Vita and have pretty much used it everyday since I got it.
The Maybelline Brow Satin has been a real stand out product for me in 2014. I always used shadow and an angled brush to fill in my brows but I picked this up on impulse in my local pharmacy one day and it has been a staple in my bag ever since. It has a waxy pencil at one end perfect for filling in and shaping your brows and the other end has a finely milled powder to set them in place. And it's a steal at only €8.99
I love love love mascaras and am always trying out new one. There was 2 stand out ones for me this year. For volume, length and curl it has to be the Maybelline Colossal Go Extreme Leather Black. This gives big bold lashes perfect for night time. And for definition and length it has to be Seventeen Falsifeye HD Mascara. It doesn't clump or flake and I cannot believe it is only €8.89
I love to contour but not the extreme like Kim K and mostly just use a matte bronzer. However since discovering The Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow it has become my number one product of 2014. Not because of the pretty packaging or the famous name attached to it but because it is the perfect contouring kit for me.
The Bronze shade in the CT palette is a gorgeous warm colour which won't leave you looking tangoed or ashy. Perfect for pale Irish skin and because the powder is really fine you can build up the intensity to suit you without it looking too heavy. The highlight is a beautiful golden champagne colour and leaves a fabulous satiny sheen on the skin which is very flattering on all skintones.
I generally keep my blush fairly simply and love both of these colours. MAC Warm Soul is the most beautiful warm peachy colour that suits every skin tone. It gives a sheer wash of colour to the skin and is THE perfect everyday shade. If I had to choose a drugstore brand of the year then it would definitely be NYX. There blushes are amazing with my favourite been Mauve (weird name).This is a soft natural warm pinky colour and leaves a lovely glow to the skin. A perfect every day shade.
Over the past 12 months I haven't really had a stand out lipstick. I have however been loving the NYX Butter Glosses. These Butter Glosses are creamy, highly pigmented and comfortable to wear leaving you semi-opaque colour coverage that last well throughout the day.
The Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector is the the perfect mix of a balm, tint and a gloss all rolled into one. I have the shade Rosewood but will definitely be adding more of these to my collection. It is basically your lips but better in one little tube.
So that's it - My 2014 favourites.
Let me know in the comments below what was your stand out products from last year.
Until next time...Be Happy!!!
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