14 Favourites of 2014

I'm very aware that we're somehow already into February 2015, but I thought this would make a nice first blog post! I love reading about/watching other beauty bloggers' Annual Favourites at the beginning of every year, and for me 2014 was a year of beauty discoveries, so I hope you enjoy!

Foundation: Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation in Ivory

This has been my go-to foundation for about a year now, and I rarely deviate because I love it so much! It just makes my skin look so much brighter than it actually is and is one of the few foundations I’ve found that actually matches my pale skin tone. It applies beautifully with the Real Techniques buffing brush, giving a smooth finish and good coverage.

Concealer: Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in Fair

This is another favourite that I’ve rarely (if ever) deviated from this year.  It gives amazing coverage without looking cakey and matches my skin tone perfectly. For the price (less than £5) I couldn’t ask for more.  It even works pretty well for under-eye coverage.

Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder in Transparent

I always tend to go for a pressed powder as I have slightly oily skin and feel it keeps the shine off better.  This Rimmel powder lasts most of the day and gives a lovely even finish.  I’ve been using this powder for a few years and always find myself going back to it after I’ve tried a new brand.  The colour isn't too orange either, which I have found with a few other brands, and this is a massive advantage when you have skin as pale as mine!

Blusher: MUA Blusher in Bonbon

I’ve always used Rimmel blushers (I think just because this is what my mum has always used!) and have always been relatively happy with the outcome so stuck by it.  However, earlier this year I read a blog raving about the MUA collection at Superdrug so I thought I’d try it out.  I picked up this blush a few months ago and am so impressed! A small bit of product goes a long way (meaning you can easily overdo it if you have too much product on the brush) and gives a pretty matte colour that isn’t over the top if you apply it correctly.  I can’t wait to try out some other colours in the spring!

Lips: Seventeen Lip Crayon in Bold

I’ve been trying out a lot of lip colours this year in all different forms of applicator (lip lacquers, lipsticks, lip crayons, lip balm) but the standout one for me has been Seventeen's lip crayon.  It applies so easily and keeps my lips feeling moisturised.  I’ve got a few colours but my favourite for day and night is their orange colour named Bold.  Orange is definitely my go-to colour for lips – especially since at 21 years of age I’m still working out which red tones suit me best.  Orange is a nice alternative for me!

Mascara: Benefit They’re Real mascara

This was a bit of a cheat because it’s not really a typical high street product – but it’s the only expensive thing on the list – promise! I got this as a birthday present in September and absolutely love it.  It gives my lashes so much volume and length without being clumpy which is just what I like.  I’m still searching for a cheaper dupe so as soon as I find one, I’ll be sure to write a post about it!

Eyeshadow: MUA Undress Me Too Eyeshadow palette

This was an easy one for me – this particular MUA palette is a favourite of mine because it has all the colours I want for everyday wear as well as a few extras for when I’m going out.  The shadows are all so pigmented as well, it’s hard to believe it’s only £4!  I’ve tried a couple of their other palettes which I still like, but the Undress Me Too palette always sticks out to me as a winner!

Eyeliner: Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip liner

I’m a big fan of eyeliner cat flicks, particularly on a night out, and find these easiest to apply with a felt tip liner.  I received an Eyeko felt tip liner (RRP £12) in a magazine so have been using that a lot this year, but I have to admit it’s not lasted half as long as my Collection felt tip liner lasted, at a fraction of the price! I’m pretty sure it lasted me at least a year if not longer, whereas the Eyeko one has started going grey after a few months.  I’ll definitely be repurchasing the Collection liner in the near future!

Make-up remover: L’oreal Skin Perfection 3in1 Purify Micellar Solution

For removing make-up, I’ve drifted away from using make-up wipes (unless I’m feeling really lazy) and I’ve particularly loved the L’oreal Micellar solution.  It’s refreshing and I feel like it really takes off all of my make-up.  Although it doesn’t get off all of my eye make-up (particularly my Benefit They’re Real mascara!) this doesn’t bother me as I don’t think it’s easy to find a make-up remover that’s gentle to the skin and can break down lasting mascara, so I just use a separate eye make-up remover for that.  One bottle goes a long way as well!

Make-up brush: Real Techniques buffing brush

For me, applying foundation with a brush is a must as it makes the finish look so much more natural and flawless.  My favourite brush for this is the Real Techniques buffing brush - it works so perfectly!  This brush gives a great finish to my base and is very affordable too.

Hair: The Body Shop Rainforest Volumising Shampoo and Conditioner

I bought the small tester version of these products earlier this year as I'd heard good reviews of The Body Shop's haircare range.  They left my hair feeling so soft and bouncy and light, but what particularly stood out for me was the scent.  For me, it was one of those hair product scents that you could just smell all day (which I often did, despite weird looks from friends). I haven't bought this product since and whilst writing this I'm now wondering why not because it smelled and felt so damn good!

Nails: Primark Beauty Fashion nails

Here’s something I never thought I’d be a fan of! I hardly ever wear false nails, mainly because of the hassle and also because of my old part-time job in a garden centre! However, around my birthday last year I saw some gorgeous daisy print false nails and seeing as they were only £1 I thought I’d at least try them! I was so impressed with the outcome – they did occasionally fall off of course, but I always kept some nail glue with me and I kept them on for about 2 weeks in September.  I’ll do a full review on these in the future, but for £1 and with such a huge range of designs, you can’t really go wrong.

Body Moisturiser: The Body Shop Ginger Sparkle/Passion Fruit body butter

I’ve been a fan of The Body Shop body butters for years as they feel so moisturising on my skin and they have an amazing range of scents.  This year I’ve particularly loved the Ginger Sparkle scent, which I’m actually pretty sure isn’t available anymore as it was a limited edition for Christmas 2013 (so obviously I bought it in the January sales last year).  So I’ve included another favourite which is the passion fruit scent.  It’s so gorgeous and fresh and fruity, and the scent lasts all day too.  A big tub lasts for ages too – I still have about half of my Ginger Sparkle tub left!

Youtuber/blogger: Meg’s Boutique

I’ve been following Meg’s videos and blog posts for a while now and I’ve loved seeing her fan base grow and seeing her getting the recognition she deserves!  She’s so bloody lovely and sweet and gorgeous, plus her fashion sense and make-up looks are to amazing too.  I love watching her collabs with other YouTubers too – they’re always really funny as well as full of great content!  (I’m going to stop now before I become a complete kiss-ass.)

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