Last year I posted my first every “Favorite of the Year” makeup and beauty product round-up (thanks The Non-Blonde for inspiring me). Now that 2014 is over, it’s time for me to share my favorite beauty products of the year.
I’m a perfume blogger that is overwhelmed by new perfume launches; I can’t keep up with makeup launches too. This post isn’t about “Best New Products of 2014”. It’s a post about “new to me” products of 2014 that I fell in love with (and in a few cases, fell back in love with).
In 2014, I really simplified my makeup routine. I’m always flirting with new “looks” but for the most part, my product choices were rather consistent in ’14. I wanted a dewy complexion and perfect brows. As far as color cosmetics, I usually wore matte neutral eyeshadows and full-coverage lipsticks. And I was all about the plum and brown lip color shades.
Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick – Last year, Rouge d’Armani made my favorites. This year Rouge Ecstasy has. I love the lacquer red packaging, the formula and the selection of colors. For autumn, I loved the shade 204 Caffe. When I wore heavy eyeliner, I would wear 100 Androgino. For classic red lips, I wore 406 Ottoman. Retails for $34 at Nordstrom.
Essence I Love Extreme Volume Mascara – It amazes me that I can get a great mascara for under $5. I can’t get over how good this stuff is for the money. Retails for about $5 at Ulta.
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer – This concealer was recommended to me by many beauty product lovers, but I was stubborn. I didn’t listen. I’m a Taurus. You can’t tell me what to do. And then I ran out of concealer and finally gave this one a try. I love this for under the eyes. It’s awesome. I should trust beauty product lovers more. Retails for $29 at Nordstrom.
AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact with SPF 50 – This leaves my skin dewy just like how I like it. The color works for me and I love that it has a high SPF. And when I wear it, people always give me complexion compliments. It’s expensive but I think it’s worth it. It has a perfume-y aroma and I’m OK with that. Retails for $60 at Nordstrom.
Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Brow Color Pomade – Big brows are in right now. And this product gives me natural looking thick brows. And it doesn’t budge throughout the day. The color selection is excellent. Too many brow products have red tones and look really unnatural if you have a cool complexion like mine. Taupe is perfect for my ashy hair. Retails for $18 at Nordstrom.
Can I just add “Korean skincare” to this? Because that was my big theme in 2014. Masks, layers and stuff with snail secretions. And I’m still all about the oils and continue to use many that I mentioned in my 2013 Favorites.
Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Rosewater Mask – This is a creamy mask that smells so good, like candied roses. It leaves my skin feeling so soft. Retails for about $15 at drugstore.com.
Korean Sheet Masks – I’m just going to include this as a big generic thing. I love them. I love so many brands that I can’t narrow it down. You can find them at places like Pretty & Cute and your local Korean markets.
Paula’s Choice Resist Intense Repair Cream – My dry winter skin has responded so nicely to this rich cream. It’s so gentle. Retails for $29 at Paula’s Choice.And this was a product launched in 2014.
Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser – This isn’t really a “new” product for me but in 2014, this is one that I fell in love with again after years of not using it. I used it daily in 2014. It smells like roses and removes 99% of my makeup. I use it at night and follow with a foaming cleanser with a brush. It’s a good combo for me. And a tub of this stuff lasts forever. Retails for about $6 at drugstore.com.
Mario Badescu Facial Spray – I have dry skin and I like dewy looks. So, I started using complexion mists a few times a day. I like this one from Mario Badescu because it’s pretty and cheap. It smells like roses and has gardenia extract. And it does make me look dewy. I also used a few Korean ones in 2014 too. I liked those as well. Retails for $7 at Nordstrom.
Did you notice a theme of roses and masks in 2014? Because I sure noticed this.
Bath, Body & Hair
In late 2014, I decided to grow my hair out. This renewed an interest for me in haircare products since my hair needed more moisture since I was trimming it less. Plus, as sick as it sounds, buying stuff for my hair distracted me from those urges to chop it off. I also started to focus on anti-aging products for the entire body due to my advanced age 😉
Philip B. Oud Royal Thermal Protection Spray – It’s a blend of oils and silicones and it leaves my hair feeling and looking smooth. It doesn’t smell like oud, more like a benzoin-heavy amber. And I like when my hair smells like benzoin-amber. Retails for $25 at Beautyhabit.
SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner – I love the aroma of this line (resins and honeysuckle) and this combo is good for my course hair. I still use a deep conditioning treatment twice a week but for daily use, this stuff is awesome. Retails for about $10 each at drugstore.com.
Paula’s Choice Resist Retinol Skin-Smoothing Body Treatment – In 2014, I wanted to focus on anti-aging for the skin on all my body, not just my face. I layer this under my moisturizers. It makes my skin look eerily smooth. Retails for $27 at Paula’s Choice.
Thalia Soaps – I’ve always been a fan of bar soaps so when I went to Turkey in ’14, I knew I was going to stock up. This is a culture that has perfected bathing. This line of soap feels good and smells amazing. The next time I visit, I’m picking up like 10 bars of each scent. The Olive Oil soap smells like daphne. Oh, so good. Available at Thalia.
What were your favorites of 2014? Any new favorites? Old favorites?
Here’s my post to my favorite makeup products of 2013.
And if you’re curious about my favorite NEW perfume launches of 2014, here’s that post.
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