14 BEAUTY ITEMS OF 2014
I personally love reading about everyone's favourite products of the year, so I thought that this year, I would have a go at it myself. Most of the items below have been mentioned numerous times before, yet they all hold a special place in my heart and in my collection. Ready, set, go:
Being fond of an ultra light base, the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser has been my daily choice throughout this year. The coverage may not be especially heavy, yet I prefer to use this and cover any blemishes with a concealer to avoid a mask-like feeling and look.
The best concealer I've tried to date. I don't use it under my eyes, but simply pat it on the redness around my nose and cover up my blemishes. It's great, it lasts all day and isn't caky! I achieve best results by blending it in with a small brush.
A serious glow getter that contains castor seed oil, coconut oil, beeswax and rosemary extract and that manages to make you look radiant without any sparkle. It's not something I use on a day-to-day basis, but it's certainly a brilliant pick-me-up product.
I'd never really been an eyeshadow kinda gal and always leant more towards lipsticks - until I came across the Burberry eyeshadows that is. Extremely creamy and with a wide range of beautiful colours, they can be applied either sheer (hence the name) or built up to pack a punch. My favourite colour is Pale Barley, which goes perfectly with my green eyes and blonde hair and isn't too obvious (I like the whole 'no makeup makeup' look).
I only bought this eyebrow pencil in December, yet it has already changed the way I look at eyebrow pencils. With a waxy texture and a fine nib (yet not too fine), it shapes my brows and lets me fill in any gaps with one swipe. A blogger favourite, it really does do what it says on the tin!
Since delving deeper into eyeshadow territory, I've learnt that my eyelids are incredibly oily. So much so, that I end up with hardly any product on my lids by 12pm. Therefore Nars's eye primer was a very welcome addition to my beauty stash. Now, my eyeshadow lasts all day and won't budge - I'm hooked!
We're all on the hunt for that 'my lips but better' lipstick, and I have found mine in Tom Ford's Indian Rose. Super creamy and long lasting, it doesn't dry out my lips and is the perfect companion in my handbag. Bruised Plum found its way into my makeup bag a few weeks ago; a beautiful purple hue, it's been my go-to winter statement lip.
Wearing lipstick is a great passion of mine, yet working 9-12 hours in an office means I don't often have time to reapply, let alone carry my lipstick brush and a mirror around with me. On the days that I just want a natural tint on my lips, the Burt's Bees lip balm in Sweet Violet is the perfect option. Moisturising and with a subtle pinky purple hue, it is my favourite tinted lip balm.
With a skin type that is outright confusing (sensitive, sometimes oily, then all of a sudden dry, leaning towards blemishes,...), I've been on the lookout for a moisturiser that is neither aggressive nor thick. Enter Kiehl's Skin Rescuer - it might not be able to actually minimise stress, yet it is certainly inconspicuous, something I highly value in moisturisers.
A product I've written about time and time again is REN's Evercalm Serum. Not an attention-grabber, per se, but simply a lovely calming serum that manages to lock in moisture and reduce my skin's redness. My second bottle of this stuff is currently running low and number three is already on its way!
Let's talk spots. Having gone off the contraceptive pill almost a year ago, my skin has been plagued by far too many impurities. Aesop's control gel is a lovely way to counteract the nasties. Containing aloe vera, tea tree oil, witch hazel and lactic acid, the little tube battles hormonal breakouts and itchy mosquito bites, all the while smelling inconspicuously.
As the days have gotten colder and shorter, I've changed from cycling everywhere to catching the public transport. Antibacterial gel is a must and Aesop's Resurrection rinse-free hand wash is by far the most luxurious product I've come across. But who can resist that delicious smell!
A rather unobtrusive little helper, Butter London's Nail Foundation has kept my nails in good shape and made painting them much more enjoyable. Taking nail varnish off has never been so easy and my nails look nice and even.
Since moving to Berlin, I've noticed a drastic change in my hair. I can't seem to get it properly clean, something I blame on the awful water and old pipes in my building. Cue Bumble & Bumble's Sunday Shampoo. I use this once or twice a week - not always on a Sunday, mind you - to give my hair a proper clean. As I have a very sensitive scalp, I have to be quite careful, but so far it's done a perfect job and I couldn't be happier.
Don't worry, I've not gone off my beloved Byredo Gypsy Water perfume yet. On the contrary. But being such a light summery scent, I was on the hunt for something a little more masculine and wintery. That's where Le Labo Santal came in. I've always been a huge fan of the Le Labo way of making perfumes. Taking two years to create a scent? Tick. Offering unusual and unique scents? Tick. Actually creating the perfumes freshly on the premises? Tick. What more could you ask for!
Santal is a scent that at first reminded me of leather armchairs and old libraries in grand houses. After a few hours of wear, it develops into something sweeter, more feminine.
That's my line-up of the year, what products did you love in 2014?