2014 Beauty Favourites

Favourite beauty discoveries of 2014

Year 2014 marked the first time I stepped outside my Chanel Rouge Double Intensite (reviewed here) comfort zone and tried out other lipsticks. Some were good, some not so good. It was also the year I moved from brighter eyeshadows to neutrals and began paying attention to skin care. I discovered my Holy Grail concealer, eye primer, serum and face mask. Not all of my 2014 favourites are products that launched in 2014; some of them came out a year or two ago.

Read all about my favourite beauty products for 2014.



Eyeshadow Palettes

Too Faced Chocolate Bar (Read my review here)

Packaged like a bar of chocolate, this palette contains neutral-ish eyeshadows that smell of chocolate, making my mornings delightful. What's not to love? Too Faced now has a sequel to this palette, titled "Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar". Want, will buy. 

IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Vol 1 Matte Transforming Palette (Read my review here)

This is a matte eyeshadow fan's delight. I love the ginormous variety of neutrals in here, especially the slate- and sunny-tones. I am looking forward to buying the new Celebration palette.

Lorac Pro 2 (Read my review here)

The sequel to Lorac Pro (reviewed here), this palette contains an equal mix of mattes and shimmers, and plum-, olive- and navy-tones. Now that is versatility. And, did I mention insane pigmentation?

theBalm Balmsai Palette (Read my review here)

With neutral and jewel tones, eyebrow powders, eyeliners and stencils for shaping the brows, preventing fallout and perfecting the winged look, this is the perfect palette for travelling.

Lipsticks

Lorac Pro Matte in Mauve and Pink Taupe (Read my review here)

These amazing, lightweight, highly pigmented and matte retractable lip crayons come in the perfect shades ever, and I reach for Mauve or Pink Taupe almost every day. Mauve is the best dusty rose ever. If I had to choose just one lipstick to wear for the rest of my life, it would be Lorac Pro Matte in Mauve.

Rouge d'Armani in 502 Pink (Read my review here)

I had my doubts about Rouge d'Armani, but the staying power of this creamy bullet lipstick is impressive, not to mention the beautiful, wearable shade.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Matte Lipstick in N*dist (Read my review here)

The Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Mattes and Rimmel Provocalips (reviewed here) are the best liquid lipsticks that launched in 2014. I would pick both as finds of 2014, but Bourjois does not need the glossy balm on top, and therefore wins by a whisker. Beautiful formula, and the price will not break the bank. Buy yours here.

Eye Primer

Kat von D High Voltage Eye Primer (Read my review here)

This functions as a primer as well as a concealer. It holds on to eyeshadow all day, preventing creasing, and covers imperfections nicely - what's not to like? Will repurchase forever.

Concealer

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye (Read my review here)

The darkest of dark circles, the worst post-acne hyperpigmentation, all disappear with this concealer. I have not reached for Time Balm, Boi-ing, Touche Eclat or any of the concealers I used before, ever since I began using Bye Bye Under Eye.

Skincare

Lancome Advanced Genefique Youth Activating Concentrate (Read my review here)

Finally, a serum that does not break me out, that does not leave my skin oily, that refines pores and makes my face appear much smoother. I do keep trying new things I find in beauty boxes, but nothing compares to Advanced Genefique. On my third bottle and counting.

GlamGlow Bright Mud Eye Treatment

If you have a special occasion coming up, using one of these packs about 15 minutes before getting ready will make a huge difference to your eye area. I will review the packs in detail soon - have repurchased already! Buy yours here.

GlamGlow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment (Read my early review here)

The rumours ARE true. This is the best face mask I have used (all those Memebox masks/packs don't hold a candle to it). I have repurchased this, but my only gripe is that the cost makes me want to save using the mask for incredibly special occasions. If you have combination or oily, tired or puffy skin, or just want glowing skin 10 minutes before an event, you will LOVE GlamGlow. Buy yours here

Bath and body

EleVease Shower Step (Reviewed here)

Thanks to this handy step which exists in the corner of my shower, shaving, buffing, exfoliating and moisturising my feet and legs is a breeze now, even on those days when my back sulks. Can't live without it.  In case you are sick of balancing yourself on one foot in the shower, get the Shower Step here - they ship worldwide.

Miscellaneous

I did not find any new mascara that wowed me more than Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes did, or a foundation I loved better than Shiseido Sheer Mattifying Compact. As for brushes and applicators, nothing I tried in 2014 came close to my favourite Beautyblender. I did find the only lip crayon I love - Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Radiant Rose, reviewed here.
What products did you love in 2014? Do we have any favourites in common? Tell me in the comments below!

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  1. Oh girl, you are tempting me so bad with this post!

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  2. 2014 was the year I really got into indie makeup! So my favorite 2014 discovery is eyeshadows by Darling Girl. And my favorite skincare is definitely the Cuppa Cuppa mask by Royal Apothic. :)

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  3. I am ashamed to admit that I haven't tried ANY of these! That is super embarrassing. I've had my eye on that Two Faced Chocolate palette forever. I see it on lots of blogs and it always catches my attention. I think that once I recover from the holidays, I'll have to buy myself a little present!

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  4. I've heard such great things about Glam Glow!

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  5. Some great picks! I need to try out some of these!

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  6. I've been loving all of the things IT Cosmetics released this year... they're really on point for 2014. I can't wait to see what they have going for 2015!

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  7. FabZilla_KathDecember 30, 2014

    Great choices! Have you tried Glamglow Powermud? I like it better than Youthmud because I can't tolerate the latter's sting

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  8. Yes. This year, I fell in love with IT cosmetics. I just love their products and they worked so well with my skin. Great lineup

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  9. I wanted to get that The Balm palette when it was 50% but I totally flaked now I'm kicking myself for it

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  10. erikatheicyoneDecember 31, 2014

    I love the IT Naturally Pretty palettes. And the Chocolate bar... The Semi Sweet will be mine, soon. :D

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  11. Lola SeicentoDecember 31, 2014

    What a lovely selection! I really need to try IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer!

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  12. Happy to see Too Faced and It Cosmetics on your list

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  13. That Lancome product is one of my all-time faves!

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  14. Nice list! <3 Happy New Year!

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  15. I want to try that Lancome face stuff!!

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  16. cindyprimebeautyDecember 31, 2014

    Some of my favs are on your list too!

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  17. Lancome Hynose Doll Eyes is my holy grail mascara, I can't find anything better either!

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  18. The Lorac matte lippies are amazing. Magenta is my new favorite for a little color, but still looking classy.

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  19. MyBeautyJunctionDecember 31, 2014

    That's what fellow-bloggers are for! :P

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  20. MyBeautyJunctionDecember 31, 2014

    Those names sound so good! I'm off to google the Cuppa Cuppa mask!

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  21. MyBeautyJunctionDecember 31, 2014

    I swore by brighter colours last year, but grew to appreciate neutrals this year. Now I want the new Celebration palette with more matte eyeshadows!

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  22. MyBeautyJunctionDecember 31, 2014

    You will LOVE it, believe me. Smelling those eyeshadows in the morning is a great stress-buster and more soothing than yoga lol.

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  23. MyBeautyJunctionDecember 31, 2014

    They are all true!

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  24. MyBeautyJunctionDecember 31, 2014

    Me too! I hope they do coloured eyeshadow palettes, maybe one matte and one shimmery version.

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  25. MyBeautyJunctionDecember 31, 2014

    :( I hope theBalm does more 50% flash sales soon. I want their Nu^de'Dude palette!

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  26. MyBeautyJunctionDecember 31, 2014

    I want to get the Semi-Sweet as well - unless I read a bunch of reviews that say "horrible dud", which is highly unlikely.

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  27. MyBeautyJunctionDecember 31, 2014

    It is my favourite concealer!

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  28. MyBeautyJunctionDecember 31, 2014

    Nothing else comes close - even without a curler, Hypnose Doll Eyes gives my lashes amazing lift, length and volume.

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  29. MyBeautyJunctionDecember 31, 2014

    I haven't tried Magenta yet. I need to try out Pink Brown and Coral soon.

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  30. I haven't used the It concealer in ages, I think I need to grab for it again!

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  31. These all sound amazing! Will revisit this post when I want to try some fun new things ^^.

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  32. Thanks for sharing your faves! The Lorac Pro 2 is on my wish list.

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  33. GlitteryGlossyDecember 31, 2014

    I love the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette!

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  34. Great faves! I love that GlamGlow mask, too :)

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  35. Kristin BassettDecember 31, 2014

    I really need to get my hands on some IT cosmetics!

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  36. Your choices are top notch! I love all of your favorites! <3 Happy New Year! <3

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  37. Great faves! Loved my LORAC Pro 2 as well!!!

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  38. Great choices! Definitely loving my LORAC Pro 2!

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  39. I got hooked on Genifique this year too! Pricey addiction!

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  40. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 02, 2015

    Yes, you do, especially the Chocolate Bar palette!

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  41. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 02, 2015

    No, I haven't - I've only used the eye pack and Tinglexfoliate so far, but I'm definitely trying out Powermud when I haul for my birthday!

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  42. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 02, 2015

    Thank you! I love both brands!

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  43. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 02, 2015

    Mine too - it is the only serum that knows how to behave, IMO lol.

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  44. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 02, 2015

    Thank you!

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  45. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 02, 2015

    Isn't it the best serum? Nothing else works well on my skin without breaking me out :(

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  46. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 02, 2015

    It was my Lorac Pro 2 that got me back into neutral eye makeup - some of those older neutral palettes were so meh.

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  47. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 02, 2015

    You will LOVE their products!

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  48. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 02, 2015

    Thank you! I hope you had a great start to 2015, too!

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  49. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 02, 2015

    Thank you!

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  50. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 02, 2015

    I love that serum!

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  51. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 02, 2015

    Thank you!

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  52. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 02, 2015

    I love that concealer!

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  53. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 02, 2015

    I love that palette; it has such pretty neutrals!

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  54. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 02, 2015

    Thank you!

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  55. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 02, 2015

    I spend more time smelling it than I do applying eyeshadow LOL.

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  56. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 02, 2015

    It is my favourite face mask now!

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  57. Betzy CarmonaJanuary 02, 2015

    I loved the chocolate palette as well

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