20 Dec 2014 48 comments

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?

  • Marianne

    Haven’t tried any of these yet but I really like the look of the blushers, they look so pretty. You photographed the products so well, any tips? 🙂

    Marianne x

  • Anna Blush

    So many amazing products! I wish I picked up the Hourglass palette when I had the chance x


  • Sharmi Shah

    Such an amazing post! Oskia Cleansing Gel has been on my list for a while now! Definitely going to place an order soon! 🙂


  • Oh yes I need all of these products in my life. But most of all the Hair maximizer from Philip Kingsley. Perfect post! x kayleigh // mylittlejeans

  • I really love the look of the hourglass blush palette, it’s so pretty! x


  • This is a brilliant roundup of products, I’ll definitely look into some of them, thanks for sharing!
    Hope you have a good day 🙂
    Hannah x

  • SO many lovely picks here, I’d love to try the Weleda product, and also finally get my hands on the Hourglass blush!

    Josie XOXO

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  • Vivian Yuen

    oh gosh, palpitations indeed! The Hourglass palette is beautiful~



  • I love the Hourglass palette too!! 😀 Great picks and love the idea of this post- 🙂


  • Great selection of products! 🙂 Out of the entire list, my favorite is the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. It’s really amazing.
    I definitely need to buy the Hourglass blush palette. It looks so gorgeous.

  • Amalie

    Always nice to get some inspiration x.


  • I really want to pick up the NARS TM and Oskis Gel next year, and the CT lipsticks would be an awesome present I love Birkin Brown

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  • I’m desperate to try the Hourglass blush palette. Literally cannot wait to see what goodies turn up in the SpackNK sale this yr! x

  • Sarah Campbell

    Great post! I really want to go more natural with my skin care next year, I feel like I’ve been going the opposite way this year, and whilst I’ve been getting results at the back of my mind I keep thinking about all the chemicals I must be absorbing into my skin, freaks me out!

    Sarah 🙂
    Saloca in Wonderland

  • Love the Hourglass blush palette and everything else!


  • Always been very curious about that Pai stuff. I should try some.


  • Lovely choices! x

    Blog Marjorie

  • Beautiful picks! The Pai blemish serum and Oskia cleanser are definitely on my wishlist and the Hourglass Blush Palettes has been one of my faves too! xo

  • Heather Sin

    Hi! How do you incorporate the pai serum into your skincare routine?
    I have been trying to use the serum with an oil or lotion because I find the serum too drying but I think my skin has been breaking out more from that

  • I’ve been loving the Nars Tinted Moisturiser this year too 🙂 xx

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  • J.

    So amazing products, need all this stuff 🙂

  • I’m definitely getting the Philip Kingsley Maximizer. Sounds like something magical for my hair!


  • Isabel Ronayne Healy

    I love these posts! Roll on hours of browsing new products!


  • I love these posts, so many amazing products. That Hourglass palette looks gorgeous and I really want to try the illamasqua foundation x


  • Emma Kelly

    I want to try every single product! Xx
    Glossy Boutique

  • Everything sounds amazing!


  • The pomegranate oil sounds amazing.

    Lizzie’s Daily Blog

  • Very nice. Would love it if you could check out my newest fashion post!

    Kisses xo | From Aliona With Love

  • This is a great round up of products. There’s some here that I think I may have to add to my list – though I do use the Illamasqua Skin Base foundation and it quickly became a favourite.


  • Yep, adding a bunch of these to my ‘to buy’ list. Thanks for the recommendations, I’m sure these will pop up in my best discoveries of 2015 list 🙂

    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn

  • All seem like amazing products. I’m really interested in the Stila palette 🙂

  • I need to do this and russle up my favourites of the year- it’s so much effort though…hahah! Great post. x

    Soup || UK Beauty Blog

  • thisoutlet

    Wonderful round up of products, I think it’s great that you decided to switch to natural skincare. I’d really like to do so too and find some indie skincare brands on Etsy! Charlotte Tilbury’s range sounds incredible as well.

  • tia katarina

    I love all your skincare posts, so useful and definitely will try the NARS tinted moisturiser x

  • Ooh that Hourglass palette – so beautiful! Though I don’t know how many more blushers I really need…
    Ting | http://www.thetingthing.com

  • Angela Sandez

    Beautiful photo as always and I love the products you mentioned, great selection!


  • Jennifer

    Awesome products and can’t wait to try some of them out!


  • The HOURGLASS palette looks amazing! x


  • Gorgeous products! That Hourglass palette and the Stila palette are absolutely gorgeous!

  • I LOVE Weleda Skin Food it really helps when my hands are dry at work (hands of a nurse!). Jo Malone really does have some beautiful scents – I have the Blue Agava and Cacao – there is just something about it 😀
    I got a brush with each Naked palette I bought have to say they really are great. I also bought the NARS Precision Contour brush which works wonders when doing a smokey eye look 😀

  • Cailey

    Hi Kate! Another great post! I too have switched up my skincare this year, to mainly natural products, and it’s been near life changing. I haven’t come across the Weleda products until now but need to try them. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • I do love my Stila In The Moment palette, also loved that I finally got the Hourglass Blush palette too, so much gorgeousness!

    Cass | CassandraMyee

  • This is a lovely selection. I love the NARS Tinted Moisturizer as well, I think it’s my favourite base product

  • fancie

    Great picks! I’m also a huge fan of the NARS Tinted Moisturizer. It’s one of the best foundations ever! I totally need to invest in a couple of those Hourglass blushes too. I’ve heard nothing but good things about them


  • I’d love to try the Weleda Purifying Lotion and the Pai Perfect Balance Serum. Both of them sound lovely for my acneic skin. Also, the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel is now on my radar.

  • Marion

    Good picks! Except for the Hair Repair, I’m surprised you put it there since it’s packed with pretty bad things like sillicons, perfume and a lot of parabens…