7 Products I Used More Than Anything Else in 2014
These are the products that kept finding there way back to the top of my makeup drawer. I have 3 to 4 versions of each product (say lip glosses or face washes) and these are the one I keep repurchasing and using regardless of new fads and trends.
Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Eye & Lip Cream – £26
Surprise find of 2014, I got this in a beauty box and immediately fell in love. It is light yet deeply moisturising. You only need a little for it to work and it helps to keep fine lines at bay and keep your lips in top condition. I have had zero crapped lips this winter (so far) and I think this is the main reason why. I have mentioned before (here) that this has Matrixyl 3000 in which is a very high end ingredient usually only found in £50+ Eye creams. It costs £30 for 15 ml which would last me, with daily use, around 6-9 months. I get mine from the Caudalie site as you can collect points towards future freebies, and you get a little sample set each time you shop which I think is genius as you can try out other items and have handy travel sizes for your wash bag.
La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo – £15
LOVE this lightweight skin clearing moisturiser, this is perfection for helping keep oily skin clear and soft without being greasy or not moisturising enough. It costs £15ish for 40 ml which usually lasts me 3-4 months which I think is pretty good value, particularly if you buy it on Boots 3 for 2’s.
OPI Private Jet – £7
New for 2014, but it became my go-to nail varnish for whenever I was going out. It is such a versatile colour that it can be worn with most everything and is appropriate for all but the most formal of occasions ( I wouldn’t necessarily wear it to a wedding.) I looks good on short or long nails so can be worn no matter where you are in your nail growing cycle. I always top coat with Seche Vite for added shine, but then I top coat everything ever.
Botanics Face Wash – £1.99 at the moment!
I know Caroline Hirons would kill me for this, but I am going to stick my neck out there and say, “Caroline you are wrong” there I did it. The idea that foaming facial washes are a bad thing is widely banded about the blogosphere with the rationale that all foaming solutions are alkali which strips the acid mantle of your skin and upsets the balance which can aggravate acne. Now thinking of basic chemistry I am certain that water is PH 7 which is neutral and no where near acidic and as we all use water on our faces to no ill effects, I cannot see how this theory can stand up. In addition I always follow with an acid toner which resets the ph balance anyway and therefore I much prefer the ease of cleaning with facial washes.
Now enough about acid v alkali and onto this particular brand, I like that the ingredient list isn’t a list of poly whats-its-names and ethyl-thing-ummy-bobs. It has a sprinkling of real ingredients which always please me. But most importantly it doesn’t feel stripping yet leaves my skin feel super clean afterwards. I love that you can regularly pick this little beauty up for just £2 so I can have stashes of it everywhere (bath, sink, shower, kids bathroom, travel bag) which stops me having an excuse for not washing my makeup off before bed.
Real Techniques Face Brush – £9.99
I wasn’t sure if I would get on with this when I first ordered it, as I like the stippling brush by RT but I don’t love it (in fact I now only use it about once a month.) This however is a completely different creature. It has tightly packed super soft bristles that are excellent for buffing foundation into the skin creating a pore free look. I also love that the size is just right for contouring too, I have their contour brush which I find better as a under eye powder brush (specific much) I can also use this to apply powder to the t-zone and blusher of needs be, it is all amazing at applying mineral foundation instead of the old kabuki style brushes. It is really a brush that gives a lot. I wish I had another of these but I can’t justify any more brush purchases for about 7 years so I will have to make do with what I have.
|From L-R – Buffing Brush, Stippling Brush, Top Blusher Brush, Bottom Expert Face Brush, Contour Brush|
Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On-and-On Bronze- £4.99
How much do I love thee, let me count the ways… If there are ever a decree made that all eyeshadows except one were to be discontinued, then this would have to be my keeper. It is such a subtle colour with just one sweep that it is my everyday goto shade, yet for nights out you can layer this thick and get a truly metallic look that works great with hazel eyes. I like how easy it is too apply it calends a dream and I can even use my fingers if I have no clean brushes. I often smoke this up with the aid of Urban Decay’s dark horse. It is super cheap too at just £5 so when it starts to dry out (take about a year) it is no big drama to replace. Below I have swatted it next to Urban Decay Smog from the Naked I palette for reference as it is a good dupe with better staying power and a nicer sheen. Last thing, I promise, the same formula in “Permanent Taupe” is great for eyebrows if you have darkish hair.
|L- Colour Tattoo on-and-on bronze R- Urban Decay Smog|
Benefit Browzings – £22
I believe this was one of the first brow kits on the market and I have had this for years. It just keep on going and does such a good job. I have it in the colour medium and I love that you can use the wax to shape and the powder to fill or, as I do, add both to the brush nd get a double effect. I use my own brush for application rather than the twitchy one that comes with it, but if I’m away then it more than does the job. This isn’t cheap but considering I ahem had this at least 5 years then it works out as a bragin. There is no need to worry about bacteria either as powders are a poor host for bacteria as are waxes.The packaging is also great as it is really tough yet sleek enough for bathroom touch ups. It also has a handy mirror.