Hey everyone! Here’s a quick post on some of my favorite finds this year. I had a really, really hard time narrowing down my picks because, frankly, 2014 was a great year of discovery for me, as far as beauty products and cosmetics are concerned.
I’ve mixed in fragrance and skin care picks, as well as other products I really wanted to mention that I really loved as well. Let’s start with makeup!
2014 was a great base year for me and I got to try a lot of beautiful formuls, but the Ellis Faas Skin Veil* (review) takes the cake. It’s extremely pricey, but I absolutely love the finish it gives my skin.
Honorable Mentions: NARS Sheer Glow, Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint, MAKE Soft Focus Foundation
I was in love with the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer for most of the year, until the Ellis Faas Concealer* (review) came along. It gives a much more natural finish without creasing.
Honorable Mentions: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, Le Métier de Beauté Peau Vierge Correcteur Concealer
OK, this was pretty much the impossible category, but I picked the Urban Decay Naked 3 (review) because it just gives me a flawless eye look every time I use it. I also loved the MAKE Palettes (reviews), some of which were sent to me, because well. That’s a really long story, but I love them. Both the Nature Republic Botanical Eye Primer and the Wet n Wild x Fergie Eye Primer could stand in for my UDPP, which is great because both are a great deal cheaper.
* I forgot to include the K-Palette 2Way Eyebrow* in the photograph, but it was my go-to eyebrow product for most of the year.
The Le Métier de Beauté Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Pressed Powder (forgot to put in the photo, but here’s a review!) has been my favorite setting, touch-up, everything powder since I got it. I love this powder so much.
Honorable Mention: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Palette, technically a find from 2013. I discovered this range in 2013, but the palette itself has been a constant travel companion. I particularly love using Dim Light and Radiant Light.
INTRODUCING MY FAVORITE BLUSH OF ALL TIME: Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Abundance. Seriously. I didn’t realize I hadn’t put up a post solely for this! But it’s amaze.
Honorable Mentions: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush & Palette, Illamasqua Cream Blush, ILIA Multi-Stick
My go-to contour: the NYX Blush in Taupe! I previously dismissed this as too light for me, but I’ve been using it non-stop since repurchasing it. (I lost it… after I promised it to Rae. Ack.)
My favorite new lipstick range discovery is the NARS Audacious Lipstick (review)! I only have two shades because I’m trying this new thing called restraint (lol) but my favorite red lip discovery is the NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Mascate (worn). The MAKE Super Matte Lip Pencil (review) was also a great discovery.
Honorable Mentions: ILIA Tinted Lip Conditioner, ILIA Lipsticks, BITE Beauty Lip Products, Happy Skin Shut Up and Kiss Me Moisturizing Lippies.
I tried an inordinate amount of skin care but the ones that stood out were the One Love Organics Skin Savior Beauty Balm (featured), One Love Organics x Elizabeth Dehn Vitamin E Eye Balm (featured), Indie Lee Squalane Oil (derived from olives, featured!), La Roche Posay Redermic R, and La Roche Posay Redermic R for Eyes (featured). My skin has been loving more natural concoctions (I also really like using honey as a face wash!) as well as retinol.
And there you have it! Hopefully this wasn’t too long. Let me know what your favorite finds were in 2014.
* PR Samples