2014 has seen my beauty and makeup collection expand due to the numerous 'Sephora' stores I've visited during my frequent European holidays that substantiated my 2014. I'm a beauty and makeup addict, and you are most likely too if you're reading this post, so without further ado, I present my Beauty favourites of yesteryear.
I have oily skin and I have to be cautious about moisturiser in order to avoid looking like a glistening glazed doughnut. I use RoCo's 'Natural Collagen Face Cream' as it's not too oily but protects and moisturises my skin sufficiently, and when I put it on my skin just soaks it up, and there is no residue or much rubbing in to be done.
Caudalie Beauty Elixir
This stuff is like therapy in a bottle for me. Whilst it's a Beauty Elixir for a smooth and glowing complexion, it also smells very aromatic and it's so mentally soothing and relaxing to breathe in the scent of the oil as you spray it on your face. It can be sprayed onto your face before or after you've applied your makeup, and it can be applied at anytime of the day for a soothing boost to your mind and skin.
Elizabeth Arden's 8 Hour Cream-Lip Protectant
I can't remember a time when I didn't use 8 hour cream. I always used it at night to put onto my lips and anywhere that I felt needed moisturising. I was delighted when a 'Lip Protectant' version of the cream was introduced as it meant I could carry it around with me anywhere and save my original cream to keep at home. This little tin is perfect for me when I travel, especially if I'm in the sun because it prevents drying and burning.
I've been through nearly every foundation on the market because I'm quite particular about what foundation I wear as I want the best coverage and lasting power. I've finally settled with a foundation that I have been using for the last three years that I would recommend 100%, and that's Revlon's 'Color stay' in the shade Sand Beige. This foundation is suitable for people oily skin and dry skin as the shades come in two different formulas for the different skin types.
Another foundation I would use if I'm only going out for a few hours and don't really want to waste my Revlon, is Wet and Wild's 'Coverall' cream foundation in light/fair. For being such an affordable brand Wet and Wild's products are of a great standard. This foundation is so quick and easy to apply and the coverage is very good. It's always a handy one to have close by.
What can I say, I've been using Benefit's 'BrowZing' eyebrow palette for a good while now. It lets me do my eyebrows quickly with the promise of having identical brows. Before I use the palette I brush my eyebrows and underline my brows using Rimmel's 'Eyebrow' as it helps to provide a guide when using the wax and shadow from the palette.
My all time favourite liquid liner is Collection's, formally Collection 2000, 'Fast Stroke' eyeliner in 'Black'. If I had kept my empty bottles of this eyeliner I would likely have n the region of 40 bottles, craaaaaazy!
I switch my mascaras about but I often find myself going back to using a mascara with a smaller brush. For everyday purposes I use the infamous 'Great Lash' in 'Very Black' from Maybelline. If I was going for a more dramatic look I would use Benefit's 'They're Real' as it makes me look like I'm wearing fake eyelashes without the bother of applying those annoying fake lashes.
I've mentioned this little modest palette before in my 'TRAVEL ESSENTIALS' post which you can read -Here-, and still I go to it for those reliable neutrals. It's the 'Little Black Beauty Book' in 'Warm' by Elf Cosmetics. I love this palette, as you can see, because of the wide range of neutrals and just the right amount of colour. The palette facilitates a simple everyday makeup look and a smokey, dark dramatic look. I'll be taking this little palette with me again when I go on holidays next week.
2014 led me to find a lipstick that would turn out to be my all time favourite lipstick, ever!
I love NYX's Matte lipstick in 'Strawberry Daiquiri' not just for the colour, but for the formula, the creamy consistency and lasting power. I wear this little piece of treasure nearly every day and I can either apply it very lightly or heavily for achieving various looks. This lipstick is my Holy Grail of lipsticks, how about that!
M.A.C's 'Lady Danger' & Wet and Wild's 'Coraline'
This is my second tube of 'Lady Danger' by M.A.C as I use it for nights out or for when I take a notion to want bright red lips. An almost identical colour is the unbelievably cheap 'Coraline' by Wet and Wild. It's uncanny how similar these colours are, yet differ so drastically in price. I have recommended 'Coraline' to all the beauty addicts I know, and so now I'm telling you to try it too. You'll thank me.
Too Faced 'Melted'
When I saw these liquid lipsticks by Too Faced I wanted one immediately. So when I was in the Sephora in Rome I was so pleased to see them on display. I decided to buy the shade 'Nude' as I don't own many nude colours of lipsticks. As I imagined I loved the lipstick and the novel fact that it was liquified. It's a beautiful colour and last longer than I had anticipated.
I was never a lipgloss fan,but recently I've come to love applying a little light layer gloss on top of my lips for a fuller lip effect. My favourite glosses to use for doing this is the delicious Butter Gloss in 'Tiramisu' by NYX cosmetics. This is such a beautiful product to use as it's not at all sticky on the lips and it's opaque so it gives a good colour pay off. If I'm looking for a little sparkle I immediately turn to my Victoria Secret 'Sparkle Gloss' in 'Stardust'. It's not sticky and lasts really well on the lips, so a little goes a long way. The scent is delectable, so it's hard to not lick your lips.
NYX Blush in 'Mocha' is an everyday go to for a reliable and natural blush colour. I love this colour as it's not too pink and not too brown. I feel it's important to get a blush to suit skin-tone and hair colour, otherwise it looks unnatural.
Benefit's 'Majorette' is a fun cream blush to use during the summer months as it's a pastel orange colour with a zesty scent. It applies beautifully and gives a soft natural dewy glow.
MAC's 'Gingerly' is a blush that I would use to contour more than it would be used for blush. However, it is a nice blush to suit a neutral toned makeup look.
Rimmel's 'Stay Matte' is another Holy Grail product of mine as I find that it's the best setting powder on the market, and it controls shine. I don't even have to touch up my makeup even I'm wearing this powder as it lasts for so long.
Rimmel's 'Natural Bronzer' is a favourite, as you can see by the lack of product left. As a redhead with pale skin I need to make sure my bronzer looks as natural as possible and doesn't make a huge contrast on my face when its used to contour, so this bronzer is perfect for keeping within those makeup limits.
Taking it off
Garnier's Micellar Cleansing Water is amazing, it makes taking off makeup so easy. It's almost like magic. It's even O.K to use on sensitive skin. This product actually makes me look forward to taking off my makeup, which I know for most of us is a daunting prospect at the end of the day...or morning for some of you lazy ones. Garnier has banished our excuses for panda eyes.
After I have my makeup and hair done I like to apply The Body Shop's 'Coconut Beautifying Oil' on my body and hair. I love this oil as coconut is my favourite scent and I used to actually wear the coconut perfume oil from The Body Shop. It's perfect for those summer days for moisturising your skin whilst maintaining a nice glow and healthy dewy look.