5 Things: 2014’s Best Beauty Discoveries.
Oh 2014, you’ve been a great year of beauty discoveries I have to say. There has been a LOT of great releases this year, along with products that I’ve simply stumbled across only now. Here’s a little rundown of the year in beauty buys…
This year I switched up my skincare and went natural – who would have thunk it eh! I still occasionally use non-natural products, but I would say that 98% of my skincare routine is good, natural ingredients. I discovered Weleda towards the end of this year and I haven’t looked back. I’ve always known about the products and I had tried bits here and there but it was the Weleda Purifying Lotion (£9.95) that sold me. This stuff is a dream for healing up spots, old and new, without leaving the skin feeling dehydrated. Similarly the Pai Perfect Balance Serum (£42) is another great find for acne prone skin – it’s really helped my skin to flourish.
I could go on and on with my skincare discoveries of the year, but I’ll keep it streamlined – although I do have to mention the brilliant Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel (£28). I ignored the hype surrounding this stuff for SO long until I finally had to get involved. It’s just as gorgeous as they say, and it cleanses the skin with all-natural ingredients. Obsessed ain’t the word.
Lots and lots of makeup finds this year, from bases to blushers and everything in between. I rediscovered my love for the Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation (£32) and found a lot of time for a NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser (£29) – the first TM I’ve ever truly loved. This stuff is the shiz, you guys – even for spotty peeps like myself.
Of course, I also got my hands on some of the flawless Charlotte Tilbury range – oh my word, this fast became one of my most used brands. I adore the Colour Chameleon Pencils (£19) and the Matte Revolution Lipstick in Sexy Sienna (£23), a dreamy coral hue that everyone should own. Seriously.
Other highlights include um, let me see… oh yes, only the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette (£56)! Cue palpitations. I don’t think I’ve known love like this before. I’m so glad this belongs to me – that middle shade, Incandescent Electra, is what dreams are made of.
I’ve also just got my hands on the Stila In The Moment palette (£25) which is super dreamy, and I’ve made the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Rosewood Shimmer (£15.80) a staple shade – so much prettier than you would expect.
My favourite body bits include the Dove Purely Pampering Oils (£8.99) which are completely gorgeous and probably the best smelling body products I’ve come across, they’re actually in the same league at the Jo Malone Pomegranate Bath Oil (£40) which I’m dousing myself in at the moment.
My favourite fragrance find of the year has to be Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne (£40) – this stuff is seriously dreamy, I wear it daily at the moment. You wouldn’t think that combination would work but oh my, it’s incredible.
My hair routine will always be pretty standard, once I find something I like I don’t often stray. Saying that, I discovered the Philip Kingsley Maximiser (£7.50) which is now a favourite of mine. I highly recommend you give it a try, ladies with fine, flat hair!
Another product that’s worthy of a mention is the Sachajuan Hair Repair (£23), one of the best hair masks I’ve come across – it smells delicious, packs in some great ingredients and leaves my hair looking so healthy. Worthy of a splurge, in my humble opinion.
I don’t have many tools to chat about to be honest, but I thought I’d give a mention to the Sally Hansen Maximum Growth (£4.89), this is a base coat that has completely saved my flakey nails. I’ve been using it for a while now and it’s nothing short of amazing.
The only other product I have to give credit to is the Urban Decay Double Ended Brush (£17), if I remember correctly this came in a Naked palette and I think that perhaps I use it more than the palette itself. It’s great for blending and working colour in to the lids, while the other end is the best brush I’ve come across for smudging cream and powder in to the lower lashes.
So that was quite the roundup! I’ve linked to them all below so you can shop your favourites if you so wish. Have you tried any of these?