It’s time to talk about my favorite beauty products from 2014, y’all!
There was a lot. I decided to break it down into categories so let’s get started.
It was hard for me to think back on all the products I used this year but these two definitely stood out as they completely changed my skincare game.
Cleanser || LUSH Dark Angels
I fell in love with this product this year. I even wrote a full review here. LUSH classifies it as a cleanser so I did too but it truly is a scrub. It definitely pulls double duty though. I really enjoy using this product which I believe is one of the reasons why I’m more inclined to use it, making way for a more steady skincare routine.
Mask || LUSH Mask of Magnaminty and Glam Glow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment
I was so sad to see my pot of Mask of Magnaminty come to an end. This mask is really great for calming redness and drawing out gunk from congested skin. It also has a gentle exfoliant due to the adzuki beans inside. I finished off this mask while I was battling a bit of a cold and the peppermint was extra soothing for both my skin and my sinuses. I would definitely repurchase this product but I think I’ll wait until I make my way through a few more masks I have lying around first.
I couldn’t help but throw the Glam Glow Thirstymud in since it is technically a mask too. We all know my skin is as thirsty as it gets (sorry, I couldn’t resist) so this treatment is perfect for me. I love to scrub my face, give myself a mini facial, then slather this stuff on. I wake up in the morning, wash it off, and find that my skin is soft and hydrated. I’ve also read that this is a great mask to wear while flying so I can’t wait to try that out soon. It also smells like vanilla and coconut, two of my favorite things so that doesn’t hurt.
Moisturizer || Equate Naturally Beaming Daily Moisturizer
I’ve looked long and hard for a moisturizer that works for my dry skin and one day I decided to try out an Aveeno moisturizer (I admit, mostly because Jennifer Aniston looks so flawless in those commercials). When I found what I was looking for in the aisle there happened to be this generic brand next to it, at a marginally cheaper price too. So I brought home the Equate brand and was blown away. It’s the perfect moisturizer for me. It’s light on my skin, doesn’t feel greasy, doesn’t break me out, and truly moisturizes. I’m definitely going to be picking more of this up, it might even become a Holy Grail product.
Lips || Smith’s Rosebud Salve and LUSH Popcorn Lip Scrub
The combination of these two is out of this world. I put a tad bit of salve on my lips then scrub them down with the Popcorn Lip Scrub. Right before bed I slather on some more of the rose scented salve and wake up with super soft lips. It’s the perfect formula.
Primer || Benefit’s The Porefessional
I’m not too big into primers but if I have to choose then this is my favorite. When it says it will hide large pores, it means it. I love to use this primer around my t-zone and to cover the spots I tend to get under my eyes sometimes. I don’t enjoy, however, the high price. So far, I’ve only used deluxe samples of this product. They’ve all lasted incredibly long but that still doesn’t help with the $31 price tag that comes with just 3 times the size of the mini.
Foundation || NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer
This has been my go to foundation since I purchased it. For a tinted moisturizer it really does have great, buildable coverage that lasts all day. It delivers added moisture to my dry skin without looking like my skin ate my makeup at the end of the day. Also, if you’re lucky enough to match one of the colors available in a travel size, it’s cheaper to purchase them that way.
Concealer || Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer
Love. Love. Love. That’s what I have to say about this product. The sponge applicator is ingenious. The consistency is spot on. Nothing covers like this stuff does. I never find that it dries out on my skin or moves into any fine lines. It’s so good that I even picked up some from Ulta as an early Christmas present for myself before I even ran out of the one I was using at the time
Eyeshadow || Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Palette
This palette has everything. Its sleek, portable design makes it perfect for travel but the real kicker is the organization of shadows. Each shimmer comes with a coordinating matte color, leaving you with at least 4 possible combinations if you’re afraid of mixing colors. The shimmers are definitely my favorite, especially that soft gold, but I do find myself reaching for this palette when I need a really great crease color. With the mattes ranging from both warm and ashy browns to mid-tones shades you’ll have everything you need in one great palette.
Blush & Bronzer || Too Faced Everything Nice Palette
My favorite blush and bronzer of the year are actually both set in this palette. I’ve reached for both shades in this palette countless times since I got it and you can definitely tell. The Sweet Pink blush is the perfect pop of color for my skin tone, no matter the season. The bronzer in the palette has quickly become a classic in the blog world, for good reason. The Chocolate Soleil bronzer is a light matte, chocolate scented bronzer that is perfect for my medium skin tone. Oh yea, you read that right, it smells like chocolate.
Mascara || Buxom Sculpted Lash Mascara
My all time favorite mascara. You’ve probably seen this one in a monthly favorites a time or two. This was actually my first high-end mascara and my emotional attachment won’t let me stray too far from it. The S-shaped wand is unbelievable and allows for full, volumnized lashes while the formula is wet enough to not clump or flake.
Brows || Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
This product single handedly changed how I handle my brows. Thinking about it now, I can’t even remember what I did with my brows before the Brow Wiz came into my life. The spooly end makes everything so easy while the super-thin liner end allows you to draw in practically natural looking lines to fill in any gaps or spaces in you brows. I highly, highly recommend this product if you’re looking to up your brow game, girls.
Eyeliner || Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner
Yet another Holy Grail product for me. This eyeliner will give you the ability to create a serious cat eye wing. I’ve gotten so used to its ease that it’s difficult for me to put on regular pencil liner now. The color dries down to a matte black so, for me at least, it’s the perfect eyeliner.
Here is where things get tricky, I couldn’t pick just one…so I picked 5.
NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee || Only my favorite lip gloss of all time. Smooth, not sticky at all, and smells a bit like cake. What more can a girl ask for?
NARS Lipstick in Dolce Vita || The perfect fall nude that glides on with a satin finish that makes it a serious classic in my book.
Too Faced Melted Liquefied Lipstick in Melted Fuchsia || My birthday lipstick! A goal I set for myself in 2015 (it really should have been one of my 101 in 1001) was to find my signature lipstick shade and I think I’ve found it in this. Who doesn’t love a good hot pink lipstick?
Covergirl Jumbo Gloss Balm in Berry Twist || This was my first venture over on the dark side of lip products and it quickly became my favorite berry gloss for fall. It’s not too dark and not too red so it was perfect to wear back at school.
Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Vivacious || A fun cross between pink and red that became my signature color during the spring semester, even if Gavin laughed every time I walked in the caf wearing it. Boys just don’t understand.
Highlighter || Benefit Watt’s Up
I don’t always use a highlighter but when I do it’s this one. This product delivers a serious punch with it’s creamy, champagne-gold shimmer. I really don’t know how to express my love for this highlighter other than by saying I hands down love it!
Perfume || Clean Skin
If you read my July Favorites from 2014 then you probably excepted this to happen seeing as I ranted and raved about it in that post. Well, this year I made it my signature scent like I had planned. My friend still comments on it every time I wear it so I hold that near and dear. I have no idea how to describe it so I’ll let Sephora do the talking, “Hints of dewy flower petals wrap around notes of pure creaminess and warm musk to evoke the simple scent of touchable skin.” Sounds as amazing as it smells, I promise.
I hope you all have enjoyed this look into what products I loved in 2014. This post took a lot longer to put together than I had anticipated but that just fuels my need to be more organized this year.
I hope 2015 is being good to you so far, Magnolias. It sure has been fun so far.