2014 Makeup Favourites

2014 Beauty Favourites

It’s time for my 2014 Makeup Favourites here on Meg’s Makeup Bag. I know everyone says it, but I cannot believe that 2014 is over, it feels like it’s gone by so quickly! I really enjoyed going through my products to select my favourites, because it was a mini year in review for me. Each product brought back memories of places I wore it, or posts I wrote about it. If you’re a regular on my blog, none of these favourites will surprise you. They’ve all been mentioned on the blog before, and for good reason, they’re all products I absolutely love. There’s a mix of high and low-end products, with Charlotte Tilbury representing the majority of the high-end products (they’re just so good!)

The prevailing trend you’ll notice with all these products is that they are products that are great quality, easy to use and long wearing. I love makeup, and I definitely love playing around with makeup, however on a day to day basis, I don’t have time to play around, I need products that will work exactly as they are suppose to and make applying them easy. So without further ado, here in no particular order, are my 2014 Makeup Favourites.

I have a lot of eyeshadow palettes, they’re one of my favourite makeup products to buy, I love how one product offers so many possibilities. This year I’ve picked up a bunch of amazing palettes, including the Lorac Pro and Pro 2 palette. My favourite however is definitely The Two Faced Chocolate Bar Paletteand not just because it smells like chocolate! I love the rich shade selection and the great mix of shimmers and mattes. I think my favourite part is that while it’s definitely a neutrals palette, it has some shades with amazing pops of colour. I’m such a huge fan that I ordered the Semi-Sweet Palette the moment it came out (there’s a review coming later this week). You can read my review of the Two Faced Chocolate Bar Palette for more details and swatches.

Two Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

My favourite high-end brand of 2014 was definitely Charlotte Tilbury, since the brand launched in the US this past September I’ve been seriously hooked. I can honestly say I haven’t been disappointed by a single product I’ve bought. It was hard to narrow down, but of all the products my favourites are definitely the Filmstar Bronze & Glow, the Cheek to Chic Blush in First Love and the Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder. The types of products are not unique, there are tons of contour kits, blushes and pressed powders on the market. What makes the products unique are the formulations. They make using the products effortless, the Filmstar Bronze & Glow makes contouring a dream while the Cheek to Chic Blush gives a gorgeous glow and the Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder really does make your skin look airbrushed.  You can read more of my ravings about Charlotte Tilbury here.

2014 Favourites - CT

2014 was the year I finally embraced the red lip and the Revlon Colour Stay Moisture Stain in New York Scene was definitely abig part of that. It’s a gloss that fades into a stain and makes wearing a red lip easy and effortless. Indeed, all of the Colour Stay Moisture Stains are amazing! They make wearing a bold lip easy, and I love how by fading into a stain I don’t have to reapply. The MAC Lip Pencil in Half Red was also a favourite. It’s a lovely wine coloured red, which can be worn alone with some gloss, or used with a gloss or a lipstick for a full on look. Before picking up Half Red, I didn’t really see the point of lip pencils. Since purchasing it, I’ve become a convert to lip pencils, I love the definition they give to my lips. My other lip favourite is the Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain in Honey, which earns the title of my favourite ‘my lips but better’ lip colour of 2014. It has lived in my purse for most of 2014, so much so that labelling has completely worn off. I love that how low maintenance it is, plus the minty smell. It’s definitely my perfect ‘my lips but better colour’.

2014 Favs - Revlon

My favourite primer and foundation this year are both drugstore products, that’s not for lack of trying high-end brands! For foundation, the Bourjois 1 2 3 Perfect Foundation was an easy pick as my favourite. It has amazing coverage that can be sheered out for a light ‘no makeup look’ or build up for a more medium to high coverage, all without looking cakey and while wearing beautifully throughout the day. Paired with the Almay Smart Shade Primerit’s a combo that I haven’t been able to top. I’m almost finished my second bottle of the Almay primer, which says a lot because I rarely finish makeup products. This primer evens out my skin tone, extends the wear of my foundation and keeps any oil at bay, without any silicone.

2014 Favs - Base

I seriously love cream eyeshadow products, they’re my go-to on a daily basis because they’re so quick and easy to apply. Needless to say, I have tried tons of cream eyeshadows and my favourites by far this year are Maybelline Colour Tattoos. There are so many great textures and shade options available, and the formula is super creamy and doesn’t budge, even on my super oily eyelids. My go-to is definitely Bad to the Bronze, it’s the perfect bronzey brown that takes seconds to apply, but makes it look like I put effort into my eye makeup. The other Maybelline product in my favourites is their Brow Drama Mascara, which makes embracing a bold brow easy.

2014 Favs - Maybelline

 

So there you have it, my 2014 Makeup Favourites! Thanks for sticking thorough this super long post, I hope you had a wonderful 2014 and wishing you an even better 2015!

Thanks for stopping by!

Meg


Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipstick

Almay Smart Shade Butter Lipsticks

It’s time for another new drugstore lipstick release, this time it’s from Almay. I’m a big fan of the Almay brand, and smart shade concept, so when I saw these Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipsticks on display at Shoppers, I had to pick a couple up to try out!

Almay Smart Shade Butter offers 12 shades that coordinate with your skin tone. The lipsticks come in 4 shade ranges; pink, berry, red nude, and in each shade range there are 3 tones; light, light/medium or medium. I decided to not follow the suggested tones, and picked the shades that I liked the most based on some serious swatching. I picked up the colours 50 berry – light/medium and 80 red – light/medium (the fact that both happened to be in my suggested shade range is a happy coincidence…though it definitely shows that Almay is on to something!).

Of the two shades I picked up, I expected that the berry shade would become my favourite, however I have been absolutely loving the red shade. It’s a lovely fuchsia red, which instantly makes me look put together, but isn’t high maintenance. It’s the perfect “starter red.” Not surprisingly, I’m also really loving the berry shade.

Almay Swatches

T-B: 80 Red, 50 Berry

The formula of this lipstick is quite balmy, and definitely sheerer than a traditional lipstick. They’re a nice hybrid between a balm, lipstick and lipgloss. The colour payoff is quite good, you definitely get a good shot of colour on the lip, but with a nice shine. They remind me a lot of the Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter (which I suspect isn’t a coincidence as Almay and Revlon are sister brands), even the packaging is similar.

These lipsticks are also billed as incredibly hydrating, and I must agree, these are very hydrating. I’ve put them on in the morning, without a lip balm and they’ve done quite well at keeping my lips nice and hydrated.

These have quickly assumed a permanent position in my purse, I love that they are hydrating and have a nice punch of colour. They’ve become my go to lippie at work because they are the best of both worlds, and I rarely have time to apply both a lip balm and lipstick. Plus, considering how hydrating and glossy they are, the colour really lasts. I can get a good 2+ hour wear out of these.

The only con with these lipsticks is that some shades contain pieces of glitter (which I hate!). It’s very similar to the glitter in the new Revlon HD Lipsticks, which I also wasn’t a fan of. Of the two shades I picked up, only the 80 red has glitter, however there were other shades that had them as well. Now it’s obviously not a deal breaker for me, but it’s something to keep in mind.

Have you tried the Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipsticks?

Thanks for stopping by!

Meg