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


July 2014 Favourites

July 2014 Favourites

 

It’s favourites time again here on Meg’s Makeup Bag. For my July 2014 Favourites, I’ve picked the 6 products that I’ve been absolutely loving this month.

Essence Beach Cruisers Blush in I Love Summer Break – Obsessed. With. This. Blush. This is possibly my favourite blush I’ve ever purchased. It’s super pigmented and the colour is absolutely gorgeous. Essence blushes have time and time again wowed me, but this one is just above and beyond. It’s the only blush that I’ve been wearing all month.

Elizabeth & James Nirvana Black – First off, a disclaimer, I’m awful at describing scents. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, I’ve been absolutely loving this scent. It’s definitely a more night time like scent, but I’ve been loving wearing it during the day. According to Sephora, it has notes of Vanilla, Sandalwood and Violet. All I can say is that it smells amazing. This is the 100 pt perk size from Sephora, and once it runs out I will definitely be purchasing the full size version.

Almay Smart Shade Perfect & Correct Primer – Before this primer, I really liked the concept of a primer, but had never found one that I really liked or really worked for me. This primer actually helps to extend the life of my makeup, even in the super humid summer weather we’ve been having here in Toronto. It also evens out my skintone, so I find myself using less base.

Bath & Body Works Island Margarita Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel – I always carry an anti-bacterial hand gel with me, but this is the first time I’ve ever included one in my favourites. It is by far the best smelling anti-bacterial hand gel I’ve come across. It actually smells like a margarita, and because it’s not trying to hide the alcohol scent, but works with it. I’ve gone back and stocked up, because I don’t think I’ll find a scent I like more.

Clarins Lip Balm Crayon in 01 My Pink – This link pink glossy lip crayon reminds me a lot of the Dior Addict Lip Glow. It’s a baby pink that goes on quite sheer, and is super hydrating. I like it because it gives a little colour to my lips, while hydrating them. Bonus it smells like Vanilla!

Lush Tea Tree Toner Water – I usually use the Lush Rose Water as my toner, but I’ve switched to this one for the warmer weather. The tea tree oil in the toner helps to keep the my skin clear and the oil at bay, while not drying it out.

So there you have it, my July 2014 Favourites. I hope you enjoyed my ramblings about these products. Have you tried any of these products?

Thanks for stopping by!

Meg