Friday, January 02, 2015

2014 Make Up Favourites


If you want to know what I loved in 2013 here are my previous make up and skincare favourites posts.

2014 was definitely a different year for me. I spent almost half of it travelling which, aside from the obvious major life changes, also had a pretty big impact on my beauty routine. So much so that I wasn't going to do a favourites post this year because I felt like it would be too skewed towards what I had available to me while I was travelling and wouldn't necessarily be an accurate representation of my favourite products overall. Not only did I not have the vast majority of my makeup with me, but I also got to try out so many new products that I'd not been able to get in Australia before (or that I didn't want to pay exorbitant prices for.) But despite only getting home in time for the last two months of the year, I decided to round up my favourite new discoveries along with a couple of old staples and when I take a look at my whole makeup stash these products are the real standouts. It's also worth noting that I won't be doing a 2014 skincare favourites this year because even though I've tried new products, since getting home I've been making a big effort to finish up products I had open before I left so it really hasn't changed much from last years favourites.




The newest entry by far is the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer which I only picked up a couple of weeks ago in Melbourne (thanks to Tenneil's exceptional enabling skills), but this just blows every other primer I've ever tried out of the water. It smooths over the skin seamlessly and really extends the wear time of foundation which is what I need a primer to do. It may be super expensive but it's gorgeous and it works. Another super expensive, much hyped product that I've fallen for is the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 2. After trying a sample from Sephora while in the States I knew I'd have to pick up a bottle before coming home. From the first time I put it on my face I could see what all the fuss was about, it literally makes your skin look like silk and the finish is the most beautiful of any foundation I've ever used. Unfortunately it's not the most long-lasting of bases but combined with the Hourglass primer it's a dream team that I've reached for on all special occasions over the Christmas/New Years period. However, for fellow oily-skinned girls it's the kind of base I'd apply if I had a special occasion on during the day or at night, I wouldn't expect it to last perfectly through both.

When I know I'll need a foundation that's in it for the long haul I'll turn to the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Foundation in Fair Sand. Now available at the Sydney Sephora store, this is a beautiful, moussey textured medium coverage foundation (that can be built up to full if that's your thing.) It feels weightless on the skin, has a beautiful finish and is housed in great, travel friendly packaging. If all my makeup disappeared these are the two foundations I'd need back in my life ASAP. For concealer the standout has to be the Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer in 1 which is great for pinpoint concealing blemishes and scarring. You only need the tiniest little dot of product and it's matte, full coverage and waterproof - I just don't own anything else as good as this. For powder I've got to mention a staple which is the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Transparent. I've found a lot of transparent powders don't do much for oil control, and a lot of oil controlling powders or those with coverage tend to look cakey, but this one ticks all the right boxes. Plus it's super affordable and available everywhere. The only downside is the packaging isn't great for keeping in your bag for touch ups but I always use this to set my makeup in the mornings before leaving the house.

The prettiest blush of the year award has to go to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes in Dim Infusion and Radiant Magenta. I've still not tried the ambient lighting powders because of my aforementioned need for oil control, but when these blushes were launched they were right up my alley. Super smooth and finely milled with great pigmentation and completely luxe packaging, these blushes blur pores and imperfections and leave you with glowing skin in the best way. The Anastasia DipBrow Pomade in Dark Brown has been my go-to brow product for the later part of the year and I really can't say enough good things about it. When you first use the product it's got a wet texture but soon it develops a firm kind of skin which sounds gross but I actually think it makes the product even better. The pigmentation isn't as intense so it's a lot easier to work with and there's less chance of looking like the monobrowed baby from The Simpsons. The result is polished brows that still look natural, what more can you ask for?

The best and most versatile eyeshadow palette I've bought this year has to be the Urban Decay Naked Basics 2. Although it's not the most exciting looking palette out there, it's completely invaluable because you always need good matte crease shades, and this is full of them. This year has seen me experiment with eye makeup a LOT, and while I'm not giving up daily winged black eyeliner anytime soon, this has really helped me try some new things and made smokey eye looks less intimidating. For mascara I've really enjoyed the Maybelline The Rocket Mascara which annoyingly isn't available in Australia just yet. I picked it up when I was in London and I've really enjoyed it ever since. I'm no mascara pro, but this lengthens, thickens and holds a curl without clumping so it's been keeping me pretty happy.

For lips I can't possibly go past my old favourite, the Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm which is still the best lip balm I've ever used. Because of the heavy glass packaging I didn't take my original pot away with me but by the time I reached Paris I knew I couldn't last the rest of my trip without it, so I picked up a second one. I use it every night before bed and I love dabbing it on top of lipstick because it stops your lips from drying out but keeps the matte finish. And I'm sure the NARS Audacious Lipsticks will be on 2014 favourites lists far and wide, but that's because they're incredible. Unlike any other formula I've tried, these are rich, creamy and fully pigmented and they come in an incredible range of shades - pictured above are Rita & Annabella.

My favourite hand cream has to be the Jurlique Rose Hand Cream which is an old favourite of mine. Jurlique make my favourite rose scent of all time - warm and creamy and not at all sharp like cheap rose scents can be, this hand cream is rich and luxurious, sinks in quickly and both feels and smells amazing. I'm not much of a hair product person, but I was thrilled to discover the Batiste Dry Shampoo XXL Volume - let me tell you, it's not kidding about the XXL volume. Now I just use this when I'm doing a beehive and I hardly have to tease my hair, it does all the work for me. And finally for fragrance my favourite has been Guerlain's La Petite Robe Noire. I actually decanted some of this into a little bottle and took it overseas with me so now this perfume reminds me of my trip. On the surface it's a sweet, fruity/floral hybrid with notes of black cherry and Bulgarian and Turkish roses, but underneath that it has a real warmth and depth to it that really sets it apart for me. The notes that deepen the fragrance include licorice, vanilla, patchouli and smoked black tea and I think they give it a much more grown up feel which I adore.

29 comments:

  1. AMAZING post Jessica - wonderful choices and such a gorgeous photo! I want to try the Tarte foundation so badly <3_<3

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  2. Such a fantastic collection of favourites. I spy many of my favourites within this post as well! xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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  3. Nice post!
    I love this mascara too <33
    Happy New Year! <3
    GFC?
    Surprise Inside 7

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  4. Dieing to try the Hourglass blushes, they look so so beautiful! I use the batiste dry shampoo for dark hair and I'm a fan, so i'd definitely like to try the XXL one too :)

    Hannah x | hannatalks

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  5. I've been talking about getting the Naked Basics for ages but when I finally got to sample it in the store I wasn't too sure about it, now I feel like I need to give it a second look! Will probably just get it in the end, I can't escape people raving about them :)

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  6. I can't believe I left Sydney before the Sephora store opened!! (My bank account thanks the cruel cruel way of the universe!) If you like the Jurlique rose hand cream, you should try their rose mist facial spray, my mom and I love it so (and we keep it refrigerated for that extra something-something) Xo

    Shaqinah // Shoes & Roses

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  7. Every time I see the Hourglass blushes I'm more convinced that I need one in my life, but I've told myself I'm not allowed until I've used up some things. The Nuxe balm sounds really lovely too! xo

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  8. That dry shampoo is amazing! It's one of my favourites and definitely gives tons of volume!

    http://happysince95.blogspot.ca

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  9. Great choices! I also fell in love with the Hourglass blushes!

    blush and simplicity

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  10. Why does travelling put us off makeup? I have always wondered because it happened to me too! Anyways! I am a huge fan of the Hourglass primer and Hourglass in general and would love to try the blushes at some point! :-) And oh the Nars lipsticks too! :-)

    TheConscienceFund

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  11. Ohh where would I be without dry shampoo!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  12. I really want to try the NARS Audacious Lipsticks! Happy new year xx

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  13. I love the stay matte foundation but it doesn't really come in my skin tone, which annoys me so much!!

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  14. My makeup collection is really tiny so I can take pretty much all of it when I travel - but even though I'm not a makeup person I always end up picking up some new things to try when I'm overseas like the US where makeup is cheaper (including the drugstore stuff). My friend went nuts in Sephora and MAC though, she tells me that the Sephora in Sydney still doesn't have as good prices as the US.

    I will keep the brow pomade in mind for when I'm a bit more adept at filling in my brows haah!

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  15. Even though I rarely buy makeup, I'm in the same boat and tend to go crazy when I'm overseas! I always find there's much more variety, not to mention better prices. I'm really intrigued by that dry shampoo though, I'm a fan of the regular one but had no idea the XXL one existed!

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  16. I see a few of my favorites here as well! I love the Hourglass products- I wish I could afford to buy everything they have!!
    xx
    Jenny // Mish Mosh Makeup

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  17. Ooooh, what a plethora of seriously lovely choices. I tend to stick rather religiously to my tried and true makeup favourites (in no small part because of my super sensitive skin and also the need to ensure anything that goes near my lips is gluten-free), so I fear a post this nature from me would probably just include nail polish and perhaps one or two offerings. Thankfully I can live more "wildly", if you will, vicariously through your wonderful beauty product posts that always leave me wishing my skin was less sensitive and my pockets far deeper! :)

    Huge hugs & countless joyful wishes for each and every day of 2015!
    ♥ Jessica

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  18. So many beautiful choices here! I pride myself on my enabling skills, which I think I inherited from my mum. We were out shopping today and when I asked her whether I should get something or not, a simple, "Yeah, do it" was enough to convince me! The Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer really is amazing though and it's like a silky consistency that glides so nicely over the skin. I'm so glad I got the big bottle of this stuff! I've had Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation on my wishlist for so long now, I may just buy it with my next Myer One voucher... or actually, maybe I'll just wait another year and buy it in the States where it won't be 90 freaking dollars!

    The Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation has been well-loved recently, but I just can't get on board with the packaging, as shallow as that sounds! The blushes are nice, but everything else is just a bit tacky looking and puts me off. It's not like I need another foundation, anyway. NARS Sheer Glow and Laura Mercier Silk Crème are my go-to high coverage bases. Have you tried the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer? I really recommended it. Definitely worth the hype!

    I didn't include my NARS Audacious Lipstick in my 2014 favourites as I hadn't used it enough yet for it to be fair, but after wearing it a few times now (I have Leslie, which looks similar to your dark red), I absolutely love it! They're quite long lasting for such creamy lipsticks and they apply like a dream. I really can't wait to get my hands on Anna, if it ever comes back in stock!

    After trying out the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes a few more times in store, I really want one now! I used to think they were so chalky, but I think the testers I first tried out were really old and after going to Perth's first Mecca Maxima recently, these ones were a much lovelier, finely milled consistency. I think I want to get Mood Exposure. :)

    http://likeneonlove.com

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  19. This post is awesome. Thank you for sharing! I've tried some of those products already, but there are some (like the foundation) I want to try :)!

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  20. Such a great roundup of beauty products. I discovered the nuxe lip balm this year and it has been a life saver this winter! The Nars audacious are definitely also part of my 2014 fav makeup products, although I only own one. I've heard so many good things about that Rimmel Powder and MUFE concealor, but unfortunately they don't work with my skin colors :( I have forever dry hands so I will def check out that Jurlique hand cream. Thanks for the recs! And happy new year :):)

    Mili

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  21. The Nars Audacious are definitely part of my favourites in 2014. Amazing lipsticks! I really need to try the Hourglass blushes this year. x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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  22. I LOVE dry shampoo, I didn't realise they did an XX volume one though! I really wish we had Sephora over here, I'm pretty sure that they will eventually.

    I love the rocket mascara, but it be honest it's pretty similar to other maybelline mascaras so maybe you could try one of those if you can't get hold of it. I had a similar one, I can't remember the name but it was in the same shaped tube but aqua blue with pink writing.

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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  23. I'm yet to try Batiste's dry shampoo and have continued to use one by Label M, however so many positive reviews have come up in front of me that I should really give it a go!! Urban Decay's Naked 2 palette has never stood out to me, for like you've said it's not dramatically aesthetically pleasing, however you've confirmed my thoughts of it being practical and essential to have.. time to look into that, as well! :)

    aglassofice.blogspot.co.uk

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  24. I also love the Hourglass blushes! They look so beautiful in the pan and on the cheeks! And I'd love to try the Tarte foundation.

    http://mmemento-mmori.blogspot.com

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  25. The Guerlain fragrance is a personal favourite of mine too I must confess. Last February I purchased it for my Mum for her birthday as I knew it was a fragrance that she really liked and secretly now I wish I had a little bottle of it too.
    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing

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  26. These are a great set of favourites! I so want to try the Luminous Silk Foundation. I'm going to wait and use up my current stash before I get it though. :)

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  27. Thank you for your lovely comment dear. I've missed reading your posts! More travel pictures to come I hope? Happy new year my friend!

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  28. I'm dying to try Tarte's foundation. It sounds fab!

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