2014 Skincare Favourites

2014 Skincare Favourites

 

Welcome to the second part of my 2014 Favourites! In my last post, I shared my 2014 Makeup Favourites (you can catch up on that post here). Today is all about my 2014 Skincare Favourites, which were actually much harder to pick to than my makeup favourites. I’m a skincare junkie and use tons of different products on a regular basis, so narrowing down the ones I considered ‘favourites’ was quite a challenge. The products included in my 2014 Skincare Favourites are all products that I would repurchase in a heartbeat and would be my picks if I had to place a limit on the number of products I owned.

First up is the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel, which is definitely my favourite skin care product of 2014. It’s the most lovely hydrating cleanser which is closer to a balm than a gel cleanser, but works equally well to cleanse the skin in the morning, as it does to remove makeup. It’s actually the only product of this list that I have multiple backups, so that I never have run out. If you want to read a more detailed review, I have a whole post about it here. For removing my heavy duty waterproof, the Bourjois Express Eye Makeup Remover is by far my favourite. A couple seconds over my eye on a cotton pad, and everything comes off. No rubbing, or tugging on my eyes.

Before using my serums and oils, I love to use a toner. The Lush Eau de Roma Water is refreshing, plus it smells like roses. My favourite serum this year is definitely the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, it makes my skin feel so soft and is hopefully, keeping any new wrinkles at bay! The Clarins Blue Orchid Treatment Oil is far and away my favourite oil of 2014 (and that says a lot!). It really can’t be beat at keeping my skin looking hydrated and glowing. If you want to read more about the Clarins Oil, you can do so here.

My favourite moisturiser of 2014 is probably the most pricey skincare product I own, however it’s worth every penny. I picked up the MV Organics Rose Soothing Protective Moisturiser on a whim from Cult Beauty this fall and am absolutely head over heels in love with it. It’s a lightweight cream, which plumps up my skin and keeps it hydrated all day. Plus, my makeup seems to look so much better when I use this first. Because it’s so pricey, I keep it for when I’m having a bad skin day/it’s minus 30 degrees outside/my skin needs a treat. If you have the chance to pick it up, I highly highly recommend it. Worth every penny!

Finally, for treatments, my top favourites for 2014 were the Aesop Parsley Seed Mask and the Nude Miracle Mask. The Aesop mask gets top marks because it’s a clay mask that deep cleans, without drying out my already dry skin. I find it especially good for getting rid of the blackheads on my nose and chin. You can read my post on it here. The Nude Miracle Mask is an exfoliating and brightening mask that quickly cleanses and perks up my skin. I like this mask because it works so quickly, I can use it in the morning or at night.

So there you have, my 2014 Skincare Favourites.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Meg


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