I wanted to share with you my favourite beauty bits from this year, well the ones I can remember at least... I was also going to add in some non beauty bits, but it'll be a bit too long I think. Just like the What's in my New Year's Make up Bag Post, this one is also going to be quite Illamasqua heavy.
Illamasqua have to be my top brand for 2014 though and possibly my all time favourite right now, They're really inspired me to get into colour and really experiment this year and I've totally fallen in love. Im just trying out so many new things that I would never of dared of putting on my face before.
More Skin care wise, I have been loving these three little saviours. My Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm also has to be up there, I just forgot to photograph it... sorry!
I have very very dry skin all year round, it also can become quite red and irritated. Thats why Ive been loving the Lush Eau Roma Water, which is a toner with rose. I first discovered this at the Sheffield Blogger Meet up, fell in love with the smell, then realised actually it was doing pretty good things with my skin, like calming it down.
Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream has been my go to just slap it on lip balm, the Nuxe one is a lot thicker, so for during the day the 8 Hour Cream is lighter but still hydrating. Also for that Hydrating kick, my Illamasqua Hydraveil, this product has not only made me fall in love with Skin Base. But it really does just give you an instant hit of hydration and makes my make up go on a lot smoother.
Illamasqua Skin Base in 3.5 has to be my foundation of the year, of course I have quite a few others that I love, but skin base has been the most well loved and used this year. It's just such a brilliant coverage, especially if you're having a bad skin day, yet its not heavy, its very light and so long lasting!
As well from Illamasqua, I have become obsessed with their Nail Polish in Melange, its so unique with its almost moss green base and the gold shimmer running through it. I think it didn't leave my nails for quite a few months, I cant remember any other polish being replaced over and over again like Melange was.
For my lips, I kicked off the year with the Baby Lips Cherry Me, which was super fast and easy, as well as still being hydrating and giving a slight colour. I was really enjoying quite natural make up, using a lot less products at the start of the year. Then my Illamasqua colour obsession happened, My favourite Illamasqua Lipstick this year has to be from their Glamore range, in Rosepout, its the perfect pinky nude for me. I did also love their matte lipstick in Brink which is a coral/orange shade.
Three very long standing favourites, not only this year but for quite a few previous years have been the Clinique High Impact Mascara, which I think I've used all year. Bar one month where I tried a Barry M one. I love what it does to my lashes, how defined they can be, I prefer it once its dried out too.
The other two long standing favourites are the MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre, which is a fantastic neutral base to apply under any eye shadow colour. I always need a product like this or my shadow will crease. Plus my Holy Grail, Illamasqua Thunder Brow Cake, I have been using this for nearly three years now and thats how much I have used. This beauty lasts for ages! It also does wonders for my pale brows.
Lastly I have new found friends in the form of the Illamasqua Powder Shadows, specifically in Vapour (Burnt Orange) and CanCan (Lilac) Leena from Illamasqua paired these two together, which I wouldn't expect to work but intact its insanely beautiful. Also with their Inception Shadow (Violet Purple), I have also loved their shade in Feint (Reddish Brown) too, The pigmentation of their shadows and the wear time are fantastic, well as are all of their products!
I may do a non beauty favourites post too, if thats something you'd like to read, I can think of quite a few things to add into it, I've gotten quite a bit of inspiration from even writing this!