Compared to 2013, I think my beauty spending in 2014 was relatively reduced. The amount of money spent may not be that different, but 2014 was definitely a year I focused more on high-end products than highstreet, I spent time researching products, and working out what worked for me so I wasn't wasting money. That said, there is still the odd cheaper item still in my make-up bag that work so well, I don't need replacements for, so I've totaled up my favourite fourteen from 2014.
I couldn't pick a foundation as I've rotated three throughout the year, but concealer is a whole other story; I spent so long telling myself I didn't need the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer - that was, until I finally caved and it blew me away a little. I've always struggled with the odd blemish and scarring, and this just covers everything as well as lasting all day, which is what cheaper options don't stand up to. 2014 was the year I found my HG status powder too after being a longtime user of Rimmel's Stay Matte. I took a punt on Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder* and it definitely paid off; it's so easy to use despite being a loose powder, and just seals everything place all day without the slightest hint of shine or cakeyness.
Around the rest of my face, the start of 2014 saw me get my first NARS blusher and add a few more to the collection since. I've used all of them a fair bit, but the one I keep going back to is self titled from the Final Cut Collection. Sadly it's not available anymore although was in their Virtual Domination palette from this Christmas. It's a gorgeous peachy pink that just suits my complexion really well. I found my holy grail highlighter this year too and have used it every single day since buying. The No7 Instant Radiance Highlight adds such a dewy, pretty look to my skin as well as being longlasting.
On the eyes, it's been all about the Bobbi Brown Sand Eyeshadow Palette for me. I've always been a fan of bronzed, golden eyeshadows with a couple colours to add to the crease as well as inner eye to add a bit of light, and this is the perfect palette for me. I find myself creating so many looks with this, it's just lovely. I discovered the Soap & Glory Archery Brow pencil this year too, and I find the felt tip end the perfect thing for me to fill in my brows and make them look really natural. I finally got myself a MAC 286 Duo Fibre eyeshadow brush which just makes blending shadows out a dream to do, so quick and easy!
Lips were the hardest part for me to pick from, and I was torn between about five or six of which to pick. But essentially, I couldn't not include one of the Bourjois Velvet Lipsticks, of which I have Ole Flamingo and Peach Club. The Sephora Lip Creams came an extremely close second but as I only got one towards the end of the year, I had to pick the Bourjois offerings. Both products are extremely long lasting which if you wear bright reds, pinks and corals everyday like me, you really need. All the colours are so pigmented but not at all drying, they're pretty much close to perfect. And whilst my other isn't too longlasting as it's really creamy, the YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush in Rouge Effrontee is probably my most worn lip colour of 2014. I absolutely love the shade, it's the perfect red for my skintone, I love it.
In skincare, 2014 was the year of Jurlique and Antipodes who absolutely dominated my skincare routine, so much so that it was a little hard to pick between the products. In hindsight I think I could possibly love the Manuka Honey mask a little more, but considering I do use the Antipodes Divine Oil every night, it had to be included. Any little skin issues I have, blemishes, scarring, they're all improved by regular use of this. I love all the Jurlique products I've tried too, but I absolutely love using the Rosewater Balancing Mist*; it feels so refreshing and calming on my skin, spritzing it on is one of the highlights of my morning routine now.
In the 'etc' category, I absolutely love the L'Occitane Cherry Blossom Hand Cream; the scent of this is absolutely beautiful, and it leaves my hands feeling so soft and nourished. I've been sparingly using the Laura Mercier Creme Brulee Body Souffle all year long, as again, the scent is just delicious and it feels like such a treat whenever I use this. I've had quite a few different perfumes this year too, but Viktor & Rolf's Flowerbomb has definitely been my most worn since receiving last year at Christmas.
Phew! Well, kudos to you if you got to the end of this! What have been your favourites throughout 2014?