It’s that time of year! I’ve separated my favourite products of 2014 into three categories: Skincare, Base, Eyes & Lips. Last year’s fave list was a little bit more detailed (see here), but I just didn’t feel like doing it the same way this time around. Still, these products represent the year that was in makeup/skincare terms and I kind of love each and every one of them with a love that is disproportionate to what any inanimate object should receive. Kicking it off with SKINCARE because 2014 was all about creating a flawless base which, of course, always begins with good skin. I finally got the hang of dealing with my combo-oily skin and although I still had some breakouts, I was able to manage them without aggravating the situation or flying into a panic.
Bioderma Sensibio H2O. This has been a part of my skincare routine for a few years now, but it deserves a special mention because Bioderma only recently became available locally. I use this micellar water to remove my eye makeup every time I have eye makeup on and it’s the only product that does not irritate that area of my face.
Smith’s Rosebud Salve (review). This little tin has saved my butt more than once in 2014. It normally just sits by my bed for use as a lip balm before I sleep, but I also take it with me whenever I travel. It doubles as a soothing makeup remover just in case I forget my real one or if the trip is so short that I just can’t be bothered to bring my Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil and Bioderma micellar water.
Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum. Life-changing because it really does clear my skin of blemishes. I talked about it in [this post] but I really should revisit this soon and talk about it in-depth. It’s also lasting me ages as the bottle is huge!
Khiel’s Creamy Eye Treatment. There must have been some magic in the air in the month that I picked up this eye cream and the Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum, because both have become indispensable to me ever since I added them to my routine. This keeps my under eye area hydrated and smooth.
Jason Tea Tree Oil. Everyone should have a bottle of tea tree oil in their home. I put the spotlight on some of the many uses of tea tree oil in [this post] and I continue to use the stuff every single day for any one or more of those purposes. In 2014, it was especially useful for keeping my hands clean so that I could avoid breakouts.
Armada Face Cover 45. Pretty much my everyday base fore use under mineral foundation. It’s got a decent SPF, mattifies the skin, and it protects against both outdoor and indoor light. I do notice that my skin is healthier and happier when I use a sunscreen daily, so I recommend that everyone does so even if it might seem like such a pain in the ass. Once you find your perfect formula, it’s not difficult to form a habit. Your future self with thank you for it!
Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream. I’m still trying to stop biting the skin around my nails– it’s my worst habit– and this is the only moisturiser intense enough to keep those dry cuticles moist enough so that I don’t tug on them excessively. This is a multi-use product, but I really only use it as a hand (and sometimes foot) cream before sleeping.
Bioderma Cicabio Cream (review). Yet another multi-use product! I seem to really like these. This one in particular has the ability to soothe any rash that may appear on my body. I have skin asthma, so that happens to me quite often.
Ah, my BASE products. 2014 saw me settle into a routine once I figured out what was working for me, so a combination of some or all of these products are what helped me enhance my skin in good times and create the illusion of skin in bad times.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (review). I have this in Dim and Diffused Light and I use both to set my under eye concealer or all over the face if I use a liquid foundation (which is rare these days because of Ellana). The Ambient Lighting powders impart the most beautiful glow onto the skin.
Myra Vita BB Cream. Best cream highlighter I own. It’s not really meant to be used as one, but since it’s way too shimmery to be used as an all-over base, I applied it just on my cheeks and have been using at as a highlighter ever since! At 99.00 Php, you can’t go wrong.
Happy Skin Zit Zapper Cream. I almost didn’t include this because it entered my life rather late in the year, but I did end up using it surprisingly often. I didn’t think it would actually work, but it does help reduce redness on bad skin days and it’s the kindest base to use over a pimple. Props, Happy Skin!
K Palette Zero Kuma Concealer (Type 1). I do believe this is the only repeat appearance from last year’s favourites. What can I say, it’s a really good concealer!
Shu Uemura Hard 9 Pencil in Seal Brown (review). There was a time when I alternated between this pencil and using brow powders, but now I don’t feel the need to use any other product to fill in my brows… ever.
Ellana Minerals Blush in Peach Passion. The perfect “sculpting blush.” You can see a swatch of it in [this post]. Peach Passion is just one of those shades that goes with any eyeshadow or lip colour you can imagine.
theBalm Cindy Lou-Manizer (review). Before 2014, I never really understood the appeal of highlighters. They were all just way too shimmery. That’s not the case with theBalm’s Cindy Lou-Manizer, which I called the “highlighter of my dreams” in a recent post. When used properly, highlighters can add dimension to the pace and perk up dull skin in an instant.
Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette (review). Overall the best palette I saw all year. Was late to the party on this one, but at least I eventually arrived!
Urban Decay NAKED Palette (specifically Naked and Buck). Those two shades made up my go-to look for most of the year. I created variations by using different LM Caviar Sticks as cream bases. The NAKED palette in general is good, but the Naked and Buck are amazing mattes that I haven’t found dupes for elsewhere.
Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks (review). I love all of the caviar sticks I own, but my fave shades are featured in this photo: Moonlight, Rosegold, Cocoa, and Copper.
VMV Hypoallergenics Ooh La Lash Mascara. I really did not like this mascara when I first tried it, but giving it a second chance was one of the best makeup-related decisions I made all year. I love film mascaras in general but this one is very black, so it makes it extra awesome.
Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm. I went through three of these in 2014! An old staple that just never gets old, especially for a mint-lover like me. It isn’t the most deeply moisturising lip balm on the market, but it serves my needs well enough.
Revlon Laquer Balm in Ingenue. My perfect nude in the perfect glossy finish. I just finished my tube of this and will be repurchasing for sure!
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Mink. You know how everyone was obsessed with the Kylie Jenner brown lip trend in 2014? Mink totally helped me jump onto the bandwagon for that trend. Different skin tones will require different browns to achieve the look, and this “greigey brown” is perfect for me. It also made a great mixer shade for muting out other, brighter lipsticks.
MAC Lipstick in Smoked Purple (review). What. A. Colour. 2014 will always be remembered as the year I discovered Smoked Purple. For a couple of months in the year, this was all I wanted to wear and that is so uncharacteristic of me. Definitely my fave vampy lipstick of 2014 and (so far) of all time.
And that’s it for my 2014 faves! :) It was a great year in makeup and skincare. A lot of these products will be difficult to overthrow as HG products or favourites, but I’m still always excited to see what’s new on the market. So thanks 2014, but hooray for 2015! Wuhoo! Catch you guys in my next post. ;)