Happy Holidays peeps!
Okay, so I didn’t want to start this post with the typical “Where did this year go?”, but, ummm, Where did this year go?? Talk about whizzing by at warp speed. It’s been a pretty fabulous year though, beginning with an exciting move from Brisbane to Melbourne (here’s a hot tip, QLD: daylight saving ROCKS), and of course, starting my own little beauty-obsessed corner of the internet. Given it’s the season to be thankful, can I just say I’m very VERY thankful for every one of you who drops by to read and leave me a comment, it’s been a total pleasure e-meeting all of you and chatting about our common love for all things beauty, and I’m looking forward to much much more of it in 2015!
But, back to the year the was 2014… there were A LOT of new makeup products and brands that blew me away, and a few old, previously neglected favourites that made a reappearance on the scene…
Primer: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
Full review here. If you haven’t yet tried this primer, please don’t put it off for as long as I did or you’ll be kicking yourself that you didn’t purchase it much MUCH sooner. Like I did.
Concealer: NARS Creamy Concealer
Full review here. Finally, the search for a do-all concealer came to an end this year, sneaking in just before the end of 2014. I’m a minimum fuss kinda gal, so finding a concealer that can blitz my dark circles while also being able to conceal the acne pigmentation that I do daily battles with has been a massive relief.
Foundation: Rimmel Match Perfection
Full review here. I was sure it would never be possible for another foundation to surpass my love for By Terry’s Cover Expert, but I think it’s happened. In a nutshell: An excellent value for money, everyday base that looks seamless and natural while still providing the required coverage.
Blush/Highlight: theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer
Full review here. I know when I’ve fallen properly in love with something when I (in this case) smash a product, and then run out immediately to buy a replacement. I just won’t take it with me on holidays next time.
Highlighter: MAC Soft and Gentle
Before I discovered the highlighting powerhouse that is Mary-Lou Manizer, Soft and Gentle was working as my go to highlighter for the bulk of the year. And I still completely love it, the soft pinky peach tones and subtle glow are as gorgeous as ever.
Bronze: Benefit Hoola
The ol’ tried and true fave. I will eventually try something else of the bronzing variety one day (perhaps the famed NARS Laguna), but until I finish this lil box o’powder, Hoola is still where it’s at.
Pressed Powder: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light
Hourglass have really impressed me this year – the Veil Mineral Primer, Ambient Lighting Blush and Opaque Rouge lipsticks are all firm favourites in my stash, and the Ambient Lighting powder rounds out a pretty amazing bunch of products. There’s some wonderful magic in this powder that has the ability to make me look glowing and flawless on even my most dire bad skin days.
Eyeshadow: NARS And God Created the Woman palette
This is the workhorse of my palette stash – whether it be a soft, easy everyday look I’m going for, or a more smokey, dramatic evening look, I know I can depend on this palette to cover all my bases. The compact packaging makes it super easy to travel with, and every one of the six shades are beautiful (and the darker shades can be doubled up as eyeliners), while being all buttery and easily blendable.
Mascara: Eye of Horus mascara
Full review here. The NUDESTIX mascara was a very close second here, but my year was largely spent in awe of the EOH mascara and its lengthening and curling powers.
Brows: Anastasia Brow Wiz
Full review here. Yep, still in love with this brow beautifier and will be for the foreseeable future, but I’m very keen to delve further into the Anastasia BH range next year, and I’ve got my eyes set on the Dipbrow Pomade.
Eyeliner: Benefit They’re Real! Push Up Liner
I feel like this was the big ‘love it or hate it’ product of the year. After I finally caved into the hype and then had a brief moment of hating it, a little more practice brought me around. I can now create a smooth matte black line and an ‘as good as it gets for me’ flick in no time flat. I also haven’t suffered any of the reported smudging or flaking, so I’m pretty all round happy with this purchase.
Lip Liner: MAC Boldly Bare
By now you’ll know I’m the leader of the lip liner brigade, and the shade Boldly Bare is an awesome pick to start with if you’re delving into the lip liner world. It’s a nude peachy beige shade which I use mostly as a stand-alone lip colour with a gloss over the top for quick and easy daytime looks, or paired with a nude lippie and smokey eyes in the evening.
Gloss: NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramasu
Full review here: Who would have thought after starting this year as a strictly anti-gloss girl, I would finish out 2014 claiming a gloss to be one of my fave lip products? I don’t even recognise myself. Tiramasu also passed the “Would I replace it?” test when it went missing a trip to Brisbane (note to self: stop taking your fave products on trips!) and I quickly scrambled to get another. Then – of course – multiple Targets conspired to not have them in stock. It’s all okay now, I tracked it down and I’ve been reunited with the delicious scent and perfect tinge of caramel colour.
Lipstick: Hourglass Opaque Rouge in Raven
During the year, whenever I’ve had the call for a stay-put, bold red lip, this is what I’ve turned to without a second thought. The formula is incredible – completely non-drying, uber pigmented and it remains perfectly in place for hours upon hours no matter what passes your lips, and the shade Raven is an intense orange-based red which earns itself compliments every time I wear it.