It’s the last day of the year and what better time for writing a post about my favourite products in 2014? I could actually include even more but there are plenty already, so I had to stop myself. Many of the mentioned products were released in previous years but it’s simply what I’ve been loving during this one. I thought it would be better if I form several categories.
I’ve been using the Maybelline Colour Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils for just about a month but they had to make it to my annual favourites because the formula is great, the shades are lovely, they fit perfectly to the lip pencils trend at the moment and they are affordable (review here).
One of the autumn launches by Chanel was their Rouge Coco Shine in Confident – a stunning dusty rose shade with creamy texture (review here).
Even though I’m a not a huge lip gloss fan, there is one that everybody including me seems to love and it’s Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 06 Rosewood Shimmer (review here) because it gives you a slight colour, it’s moisturising and it’s not sticky like most of the lip glosses.
Lip balms have a special place in my heart and Burt’s Bees know how to soothe and hydrate lips. Their Nourishing Lip Balm with Mango Butter was my favourite in 2014 without a doubt.
There are two nail polishes that I’ve been loving in 2014 – a nude and a vibrant purple one. The first is Essie Sand Tropez (review here) and the second is KIKO Nail Lacquer in 314 Cyclamen.
When it comes to treatment, the big surprise was OPI Nail Envy for Dry & Brittle Nails! I didn’t believe that it could be so amazing but this product made my nails healthier, stronger and there is no sign of the yellow coloured nails after using nail varnishes anymore. Highly recommend (review here).
I’m including the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water here because it’s my first step in my evening skincare routine, it removes eye makeup effectively, it’s gentle and affordable.
If I had to choose only one favourite for this year, it would have been without a doubt the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil (review here) because this is the product that balances my combination skin, it has been the reason why my skin never looked better than in 2014 and I can’t say enough good words about it.
Still, at that time of the month, some spots may appear and there are two more products that save the day – a face mask and a spot treatment. Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask (review here) and La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+] are these products.
Hair and body products
The fragrance that I’ve been mostly using in 2014 is actually a purchase from the previous year but it’s a special one for me. Not only it is feminine and elegant with just a hint of sweetness to it but it always reminds me of a magical trip to London. That’s why I love Lancome‘s La Vie est Belle so much.
To protect my hands I relied on Burt’s Bees Hand Salve, it’s a wonderful product.
This body sorbet by Roger & Gallet (review here) has amazing scent, great hydrating qualities and has been my favourite body moisturiser in 2014.
When it comes to hair Björn Axén and their Strengthening Shampoo did a great job. It makes my hair soft and shiny, smells of apricots and although it’s for fine hair and mine is not, it didn’t make it look and feel bad. More on this shampoo here.
It’s interesting how the majority of my favourite makeup products are actually by Bourjois but I have to admit that they’ve had a pretty good year.
However, I’d like to start with the first makeup product that I apply and it actually has skincare qualities as well. It’s the L’Occitane Ultra Matte Fluid and it will keep you shine-free all day long if you have oily or combination skin. That’s the best primer or under primer product, it’s quite pricey and expires 6 months after opening the bottle but so far, I haven’t found anything that works better on my skin.
Next up is the duo Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream and 123 Perfect CC Eye Cream. They are light, you don’t feel them on the skin, look natural but at the same time have pretty good coverage. Review here.
Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder (review here) has a bit of coverage as well, doesn’t look like powder but keeps your face shine-free and healthy-looking.
The mascara is again by Bourjois partly because it’s a really good mascara, partly because I didn’t try so many different ones in 2014, I was sticking to just several mascaras and just kept repurchasing them during the year. Volume 1 Seconde Mascara does it all although I prefer to separate my lashes with another mascara before applying this one.
These are the products that I’ve been mostly using in 2014, I tried to combine some pricey and more affordable ones, so that everybody can find something for themselves and I hope you liked this post.
I sincerely wish you a great party night and a wonderful new year, may it be a happy one!