Sunday, January 11, 2015

Favorite Makeup of 2014

Hey y'all! Happy 2015! Ok, so I'm a little late and have been absent for a couple of months. Opps! Not quite sure how that happened. Lets just say that I took a holiday break from blogging. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the family time, food (wayyy too much of it), and relaxation throughout the holiday months and New Year! Now I'm back on track and working on new resolutions for this new year! Anyways, I figured I would start out this year on the blog by recapping what were my absolute favorite products of last year. It was pretty hard to narrow it down for some things but I was able to pick one or two products I used and loved throughout the year! 

Primer- The Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector is what I used for most of the year! It works great to help keep your face matte throughout the day. Towards the end of the year I switched to the Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing primer that I am continuing to use now and think it is the best at making my pores look smaller and helping with oil control! 

Foundation- Ok, so I love trying out new foundations but the one that I stuck with for most of the year and keep going back to is the Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation. I also included the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation because I picked it up at the end of this last summer and love it for days when I want a little more coverage and staying power! This stuff last all day long!! 

Concealer- Hands down favorite concealer of this past year and still going strong is the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. I am on my third tube of it and even bought my mom some for Christmas this past year! You need this concealer in your life! So worth it!!

Face Powder- I actually used Maybelline's Dream Matte Powder to set my makeup and touch up with throughout the day for almost this entire last year and loved it. The sad news is that it is now discontinued! However, at the end of the year I got the Anastasia Contour kit and absolutely love the powders in the palette! That is now what I use to set my under eyes and face and it makes the skin look so smooth! 

Bronzer- This is another product that I can't help wanting to try multiple ones at once. There are a few good bronzers that I rotate between but if I had to choose one it would be the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer. It is matte so it is great for contouring and bronzing all over the face! I also love the bronzers in the Anastasia Kit I mentioned above! 

Blush- I probably own over 20 blushes. I know I should be a little embarrassed by that right! I used to switch up my blush almost every day, but this last year I found myself reaching for the same blush day after day. The Kat Von D blush in wish is the perfect everyday color. It is like a deep peachy color and would look great on fair and darker skin tones. 

Highlighter- I do not use a highlighter everyday but the two that I get the most use out of is #1 the Becca highlighter in Opal, and #2 the Ambient Lighting Palette. Both of these are beautiful on the skin! 

Eyeshadow- I actually rarely wear eye shadow. It's just something that I haven't practiced much with and actually prefer myself without it most of the time! Secretly I like to think that I am Lauren Conrads soul sister, and like her, I wear winged liner with either no shadow or very neutral looking colors. That is why I chose the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette. It has great neutral colors but you can also darken it up for more of a smokey eye! 

Eyebrows- My holy grail eyebrow products are the Anastasia Brow Wiz and set with the Anastasia Clear Brow Gel. Love these!! 

Eyeliner- Like I said above I do a winged eyeliner almost every single day! I have tried many liquid eyeliners and my favorite one is the Kat Von D felt tip liner in trooper. I have THE WORST allergies and  I am constantly rubbing my eyes on accident and this is the only product that will stay in place all day long!! It is also super black and pretty easy to apply since it has a felt tip.

Mascara- I think this is the one product that almost all of us can say we are addicted to trying new ones non stop! So I am definitely guilty of having a hand full of different mascaras in my makeup drawer at all times. The two that I switched between having to have all year were the Diorshow Iconic Overcurl mascara and the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. Both are great and I am still using both of them now! I love layering the two! 

Lipstick- AHHHH lipstick...sooo I guess I said this a lot throughout this post, but once again lipstick is something I am just picking up from stores left and right! I will be the first to admit that I am a lippy addict and have wayyy too many for my own good! One of my toughest decisions in the morning is trying to decide which lipstick I want to commit to for the day! ;) haha anyways, my favorite high end lipsticks that I discovered this past year are bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipsticks and the Nars Audacious Lipsticks. Both are so creamy, have great staying power, and are very pigmented. I also discovered some great drugstore lipsticks this past year. My favorites had to be the Maybelline Mattes collection and also the Milani lipsticks

All of these products are definitely worth trying out this year if you have not gotten a chance to yet! Let me know what products were favorites of yours this past year. I love hearing what others are loving! 

Thanks for reading!

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