Sunday, January 11, 2015

2014 Best in Beauty | Part 1: Makeup.

It's actually laughable how predictable I am when it comes to gathering my favourite things. Few things change as when I love something I refuse to put it down or even court the idea of foraying into trying other things. This was especially the case in 2014, the year I experienced the dreaded burn out; my desire to try things frizzled as my attention took a gander elsewhere and this blog stagnated.

Back in March, I compiled a tidy group of items I'd not hesitate to purchase myself in the false scenario I had to start my stash from scratch. Few things have changed since this post, however I feel I have refined it further and found some stellar products that knock my previous favourites from their perch.

Let's get into it. Here are the best of the best things I have painted haphazardly on my face.

Hourglass Mineral Veil takes the pudding for proving primer is not as superfluous a step as I'd previously thought. Though this offends my wallet, I will not part with it. It's scentless, provides physical sun protection (as opposed to chemical), gives a soft matte base which improves the smoothness of my foundation as well as the longevity. 

I have loved NARS Sheer Glow for years, and while I'm by no means faithful, the others are inferior lovers. There is not a thing I could fault; perfect medium finish without being dewey nor matte, excellent wear time and possibly the reason 2014 was 23% better than all years prior to it.

According to blogs and youtube, it's time to redesign the Chinese Zodiac. In my mind 2014 was not year the horse but instead year of NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. Admittedly, this entered my makeup bag toward the tail end of the year, but it kicked my former love Maybelleine Instant Age Rewind right in the pants.

Hello, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder. You're another shoe-in. We've all heard enough about these powders already. Mine is in the shade Diffused Light and it makes my face look better than it actually is.

Illamasqua crush it in the blush department, and this little Lover (which happens to be the shade name) is an absolute peach.

If you're wondering where the bronzing/contouring segment of this post went to, kindly consider the fact Enid Blyton based her loveable character Moonface on yours truly and let us move on to highlighting. My favourite is everybody's favourite; The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer.

Most men dream of two women in their bed. I dream of two brow products, though not necessarily in my bed. I can't give one the pudding over the other because they are a dream team. They are a pair of Batmen, no Robin. Give it up for Anastasia Brow Wiz Medium Brown and Benefit Gimme Drow Medium Deep.

Eye Primer
NARS Pro Prime is the best. It has rendered all of my other bases obsolete.

Eye Shadow
I've harped on about the Inglot Freedom System enough over the years. I've given up on trying other eyeshadows entirely. My favourite by a country mile is Pearl 402.

Eye Liner
Although not pictured, and not necessarily an 'eye liner', the Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon for brown eyes in Amber Haze is ridiculously good. I am still in mourning from misplacing it months ago.

Benefit They're Real! is perfect for me. I buy the sample sizes as they last me exactly three months and I am stingy on things I am supposed to replace that frequently.

There are only two products I use on my mouth now. The first is my beloved Nuxe Reve de Miel, which continues to be my overnight balm and base to the liquid lipsticks I am about to mention I cannot get enough of. Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets. These are the standout of the year for me. I have four in my possession, with the other five shades currently sitting in my ASOS cart.

Honourable Mentions
My faithful lash curlers by Shu Uemura cannot go without a tip of the hat. Ibid to Paula's Choice whose Resist for Wrinkles + Breakouts line has transformed my face beyond my wildest dreams.

Here is a picture of my cat who is infinitely more elegant than I for those who read all the way to the end.

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  1. I have only heard positive and uplifting things about NARS' Base Make Up! ^ u ^

  2. NARS concealer has been my lifesaver, it was a late comer for me too but it made my 2014 faves as well! I have a sample of Sheer Glow which I'm using sparingly - I really want to get the full size! I'm wanting to make up an Inglot palette, a stand recently opened up near me. I'm going to have a lot of trouble choosing which shades!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.