Recently I’ve had some requests to share my beauty and skincare favorites – over the next few months I hope to share with you all of my favorite finds both this year, and ever! Today I thought I’d start with beauty (especially since I’ll personally be stocking up on some favorite sets during the holidays)…here’s what I’ve been using, and loving, in 2014.
Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment: I love these, I have for years, I just can’t give them up. I even tried buying some of the more inexpensive versions that have come out over the years – from Burt’s Bees, to Maybelline Baby Lips. They’ve all been fine, but Fresh’s version is king. My favorite colors are Passionfruit and Plum, and I’ve basically tried them all.
By the way – each year, Sephora comes out with a few great Fresh Sugar sets that lets you try out multiple colors.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Tipsy: My favorite blush. I’m a bit of a blush addict, and even though I usually prefer gel/cream textures, this one is still the best. Fantastic staying power (and I have oily skin), and an array of flattering colors. I like coral blushes, and I’ll use this one year round.
MAC Blot Powder in Medium Dark: Like I mentioned earlier, I have oily skin. I brush this on over my t-zone each morning and again if I’m going out somewhere at night. Keeps the shine at bay and doesn’t clog my pores. I have pretty light skin but I still use the medium dark color – it’s pretty translucent and never shows up as too dark on me.
Maybelline Full N’Soft Mascara: I love mascara, have a tried a lot of brands, and sometimes with great results. I’ve come to the realization however, that I have neither the skill, patience, or time in the morning to achieve spectacular lashes – that is, at least not without a ton of corresponding clumps and those awful brittle looking lashes. Over time, I’ve found myself reaching for an old and happily inexpensive favorite from Maybelline. Full N’Soft rarely clumps, goes on easily, and yes- my lashes feel soft.
Chanel Nail Polish in Pirate: I am a hoarder of red nail polish. It is very sad, but yes I can actaully tell the difference between different reds, and the staying power of each. I have my favorites. And my current one for the last few months has been Chanel’s Pirate – really, the perfect red, and super good staying power. What makes it more special is that this bottle was a gift from a lovely friend, Ava, who introduced me to it. When it runs out, I’ll be buying more for sure!
MAC Eyebrow Pencil in Lingering: I love this eyebrow pencil. It is my perfect one. It has the most perfect brownish/taupe color and amazingly, it looks good on a lot of different skin tones and hair colors. The cost isn’t offensive, and there’s a decent amount. Plus, no sharpening. One of the items where I have multiples so there’s never a risk of running out.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in Zero: Super black, great staying power. Yes, if I’ve had one of those super long grueling day at work, then gone straight to a dinner, then drinks, and then come home – sure a bit may have faded, and there may be a tiny bit of smudging. Day to day though, this is the best pencil I’ve found so far for lining eyes without smudging, and has a nice smooth application.
Lorac “Unzipped” Eyeshadow Palette: I love this palette even more than all the Urban Decay “Naked” versions. Every shade is gorgeous and easily wearable for both work and evening situations. No glitter and no crazy colors. It’s $14 less than the Urban Version, and comes with an extra primer too!
Yves Saint Laurent “Touche Eclat” Highlighter: I’ve tried to find a cheaper version. Each year, I try. And I always come crawling back. I currently use either shade #1 or #1.5.
What have been some of your beauty favorites of 2014? I’d love to try out some new products!