Tuesday, January 27, 2015

2014 Favorites

Long over due but better late than never. My yearly favorites.

Due to my own incredible lack of blogging, this post should provide some insight to some of the best items I have tried this year, and loved.

Very few skin care favorites, both moisturizers and both highly recommended.
I use the Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream for day and the famed Embryolisse at night.
Both are thick but apply thin and hydrating on the skin. Non fragrant, no special colors, and sink in to feed the skin.

The Kiehls is excellent for day to remove any hints of dry patches, and base make up applied on top always seems to look more even and smooth. The Embryolisse I apply heavily at night. I look shiny and it does feel a touch sticky but in the AM, all that vanishes and I am left with soft and hydrated look to the skin.
My husband has noticed the effects of this cream. He states after using this, it looks like my skin has absorbed a large amount of vitamins!
I doubt there are much vitamins in this cream to be honest, but the comment leaves me to believe my skin looks and feels overall better.
An added bonus is this product can now be easily be found on the Sephora website, but I pick my tubes up from Urban Outfitters.

For the best base, this year the overall favorite came from the budget friendly brand of Bourjois.
My review can be found here but here are the reasons why Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum was my #1.
1. Glowy finish-check
2. Light and breathable on the skin -check
3. Light to medium coverage -check
4. No break outs-check!

This foundation has a slight fragrance which I can ignore as it quickly dissipates but by far the best drugstore foundation I have found, and one of my favorite bases in general. My shade is 53.

My favorite way to apply it was with my Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face brush.
Short handled and convenient. It reminds me of the Sigma face brushes but I feel this one provides just as quick of an application and is just as perfecting but doesn't rub onto my skin as much. It feels gentler on my face, thus I prefer this.

2014 was the year I appreciated the combination of just highlighter and bronzer being all I needed.

Highlight of the year was easily the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone. I used this nearly everyday for about five months and still have more than half the tube left.
The amount used impressed me considering I used about half a pea size a day.
This is easily my HOLY GRAIL liquid illuminator. Love, love, love.

The two bronzers which I could not decide between for favorites are the Chanel Terre Ambre bronzer (discontinued-sorry!) and the NARS Multiple in Palm Beach.

The Chanel bronzer lasts on my skin for over 12 hours, blends seamlessly to look like it was a part of my skin rather than being just on top, and the color and slight shimmer are what I go for. Admittedly a touch orange which works for me!

The NARS bronzer looks intimating but is so much smoother than other multiples I have tried from NARS-they are not created equal it seems. In the summer when my skin actually had a color this looked AMAZING on. Natural, fresh, undetectable, and healthy.
If you thought the NARS multiples were pretty meh, like I did, give this one a try to restore your faith.

2014 was the year I discovered to love firstly cream blushes, secondly nude blushes.
When I found a nude cream blush I deemed it..."Perfect".

The YSL Kiss and Blush in shade 12 looks pretty subdue and passable in the pot, but applied on the cheek with the very sweet applicator left the most amazing nude beige shade on the cheeks.
It looks like nothing, it looks like something.
It looks natural, subdue, and as if I was not wearing a shade.
Build able, and lasted 12 hours.
Applied on the lips- it's just ok. but on the cheeks and lips with a gloss, it's called a Down Town Abbey look with a modern twist when added with frivolous applications of highlighter-a must for me.

Eye shadows of the year went to NARS All About Eve.
I was on the fence to shell out the cash for this for years, When I finally bit the bullet, I. Fell. Hard.
These are the shadows for me.
Virtually non existent but provides just a touch of  youthful life.

I don't crave make up to make me look made up. I reach for products that enhance, look barely there, and adds vitality. These shadows with these products provide that effect. 

I must point out, I only love this with a specific type of brush. Specifically  the Bobbi Brown eye blender brush.
I love a wash of these shades. When applied with a normal shadow brush it looks too heavy for my taste.
The wash of sheer almost there color has led to me find this as my most reached daily palette.
Fluffy 224, 217, or Bobbi like brushes converted me to be a shadow lover.

Lastly are the lip products.
Three to report.

The Gloss: Tom Ford in Sahara Pink
Worn on my wedding day. A testament to my love for this.
Saturated pink rose. Creamy, non shimmery, not bright, but brightening.
Non sticky but admitting not very long lasting. Still a favorite.

The Pencil: NARS Sati Lip Pencil in Isola Bella
Smooth, pigmented, moisturizing, and easy to apply.
No mirror needed, the color is peachy with a touch of brown- a non deathly nude, and feels comfortable. A+ to NARS.

The Stain: Stila Convertible Color in Poppy
I own of a few of these cream blushes, but this shade is the only one I LOVE on the lips.
A wearable day time red which can be built up. Its not a straight blue toned red. It looks to have a hint of coral in it to make it wearable. Long lasting and face brightening. Noticing a theme?

AND I believe that's it for the overall yearly favorites BUT before leaving I will mention three honorable mentions.

The RMS Living Luminizer: Dewy and healthy looking when applied in a convenient pot.
OPI Don't Touch my Tutu: An actual 2014 favorite but could not find the actual bottle for this post.Ugh.
Thin, you need three coats to be applied but it's a sheer white. A jelly and shiny finish. Also worn on my wedding day for that I don't want to wear pink and sheer but a white and sheer effect.
Hourglass blush in Luminous Flush: The last wedding day mentioned product!
I didn't actually like most of the shades from the Hourglass blush line but when I tried this I knew...I had to have it. I normally don't wear pink blushes but this is one of the few I highly recommend. Light on the face, a very pretty amount of pigmentation, along with a great non traditional but *brightening* yes I did! pink.

Though my favorites are late, thank you VERY much for reading!
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