My Favourite Posts of 2014

As my blog approaches its 3rd Birthday I was having a look back through some old posts & thought it would be fun to share 12 of my best posts from 2014, 1 from each month.

If you click on any of the photos it will take you through to that specific post. Enjoy x

January Blog Post

February Post

March Blog Post

April Post

May Blog Post

June Post

July Post

August Post

September Blog Post

October Post

November Post

December Post

Let me know if you have enjoyed any of the posts I picked.

I also want to say thank you for reading & commenting on my blog this past year. I have lots of things planned for 2015, its going to be an exciting year.

Happy New Year x

Favourite Makeup of 2014

Favourite Makeup of 2014

I have been really strict with my 2014 makeup favourites & only included the cream of the crop in this post. So without further ado these are my favourite makeup products from 2014.

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Roundest Raspberry* – this is an intense raspberry shade which for a lip crayon has great staying power. Its quite glossy but not slippery on the lips and looks beautiful and bright. Its a shade I wear all year round and love how easy it is to apply this on the go. I need to try a few more Chubby Sticks this year.

Rimmel Apocalips in Galaxy - which again is a deep berry shade. I have 3 of these but this colour is by far my favourite, it glides on the lips and is vibrant and feels nice and hydrating. The other colours I have are a little patchy but this gives a nice even colour. You do need to wipe off the excess product before you apply this as a little goes a long way and can get quite messy.

Clarins Instant Light Complexion Base - I like to wear this either under my foundation to perk my skin up or I mix it in with my foundation for an extra reflective boost. This gives me a healthy glow without being shimmery, it evens out my skin tone and hides imperfections. I have the shade Champagne 02 & its also good at dulling the redness in my skin. I find it to be lightweight & doesn’t feel greasy on the skin at all, it just gives you a lovely fresh healthy finish. It makes a really nice base to apply your foundation & just keeps your complexion looking fresh & bright.

Barbara Daly Long Wear Eyeshadows in Shell –  This is a light pink cream shadow with a gorgeous champagne tone which is pretty worn all over the lid or as an inner corner highlight. This colour really adds brightness to the eye & opens it up. This long wear shadow stick is incredible quality and the packaging is sleek and looks a lot more expensive than £3. They do start to crease a little on me after about 5 hours of wear but I do have quite crinkly eyelids & I just blend it out with my finger & that does the trick.

2014 Makeup Favourites

L’Oreal True Match Foundation in the shade Vanilla – this is the first ever L’Oreal Foundation I’ve tried, this is a light to medium coverage, you can still see all my (hundreds) of freckles which I like. It looks natural and wears really well. It doesn’t oxidise on me and my oily skin seems to only start looking shiny after about 6 hours wear & then I lightly dust some powder on and its good for a few more hours.

Benefit Stay Don’t Stray – This is a dual action eye primer so not only will it keep your eyeshadow in place but you can use it under the eye to keep your concealer put all day long and it works a treat! It gives my eyelids an even colour & is the perfect base on which to apply eyeshadow. Its love & I am going to use some vouchers I got for Christmas to get the full size.

Soap & Glory Solar Powder – This has been my daily bronzer since I bought it back in May. In the pan it doesn’t look like much but once on the skin its just beautiful. The lighter shade has a little sheen to it whilst the slightly darker brown is matte. I tend to mix the two shades together to give a subtle sun kissed effect. I sweep it over the top of my forehead & down on to my cheeks. This isn’t going to give you a deep colour its more for paler skin tones. It just adds such a natural warm glow to the skin and makes me look healthy. The only downside to this is the cardboard packaging it looks tatty after a while and it’s not very travel friendly.

Miss Sporty Cat’s Eyes Palette – Mineral Earth. This has been a handy quad for my many trips up to Scotland. You get four good quality shadows and they’re ideal for achieving neutral smoky eye, or most of the four colours can worn alone all over the lid which Is how I wear them mostly. All 4 colours have a slight frosting to them, nothing sparkly or overly shimmery but they do have a pretty light reflecting quality to them. Its a bargain of a quad & I use it all the time. Like I said its handy and small for travel, its not the most robust packaging but its still going strong after a lot of use.

Sharon Osbourne Duchess Eyeshadow Quad – All four shades are pigmented and very blendable, I think they work well together & unlike a lot of palettes / quads there really isn’t one dud shade, they’re all beautiful. Three of the four have a pretty shimmer frosted finish, I wouldn’t  say they’re overly frosted or shimmery but just enough to add some iridescence, glow and brightness to your look. This is the only Mac purchase I’ve made for the longest time as I tend not to shop there but I couldn’t be happier with this quad & I have used it so much.

2014 Makeup Favourites

L’Oreal Super Liner Carbon Gloss – This eyeliner lasts so well on me and the colour is such a deep black. I like to use this eyeliner for making a really thin line and the nib is precise and easy to use. It doesn’t transfer at all and once it dries it won’t smudge. It also doesn’t dry out in the tube, I find a lot of liquid liners do & its so annoying. These last me at least 3 months and thats using it daily.

Seventeen Stay Time 18 Hour Concealer – This is great for both under eye area & blemishes. I do powder over the top to ensure it stays put all day. Its a great affordable concealer and I’m thrilled with it. Although not too sure about the 18 hour claims, nothing a quick touch up won’t solve. I like to apply this with my finger and find that gives me the best even coverage.

Origins GinZing Brightening MascaraThis mascara is great at separating your lashes & it keeps a curl like no other! I like my lashes to look fluttery and this works well at achieving that. You can build it up on your lashes so they look thick without being crispy. I also like the chunky packaging & I’ve grown to love the big oversized wand. Its a very good all round mascara & I think its quite an unsung hero.

Let me know if you love any of the products I’ve included or if you have any other recomendations.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

 

July 2014 Favourites

July Favourites

So July wizzed by so fast, it was gloriously sunny for 99% of the month which is almost unheard of. My husband celebrated his birthday & we booked a holiday to Amsterdam so its been a quick but eventful month. Im normally really late in sharing my favourites but I have a few things that I was excited to share with you.

Balance Me Natural Protection Moisturiser SPF25* – This has been my go to day time moisturiser as it has broad spectrum SPF25 its very lightweight, non greasy and can be easily worn under makeup. Its been a must during the sunny month of July and has been keeping my skin protected from UVA & UVB rays.

L’Oreal Colour Riche Mono Eyeshadows – I blogged about these a couple of weeks ago and these shadows are just so very pretty. You can build them up to be intense or just sweep a light amount over your lids for more of a daytime look. They’re beautiful, I have 2 shades and I will be buying more at some point.

NYX Powder Blush in Angel – This is a pretty soft dusky pink and just gives you that fresh flushed look & its perfect for summer. It has a pretty sheen to it almost like a Mac MSF and it looks pretty when the light bounces off  your cheeks. Its not powdery and quite long wearing. Its so good that we can now get our hands on NYX products in NEXT stores. I bought a few things last year when they first launched and I have used this beautiful blush the most.

Goodbye July Hello August

Essence Kabuki Brush* – I use this pretty black & pink brush to apply my blush, bronzer and even my face powder. Its a soft dense kabuki brush & it washes up so well. I love how small it is & I will be bringing it with me when I go on holiday in August. Its so handy as I use it to apply so many products.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist* – The lovely Carrie sent this to me after I won her brush giveaway. I have used it before & I love TBS Vitamin E range, Its gentle and hydrating so this face mist is perfect for the heat wave that took over July. I have been keeping it on my desk & liberally spritzing it when I get hot. Its cooling and refreshing as well as having all the lovely skincare benefits too, so thats a win win situation

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Protective Sun Protection SPF50 – This has been one of my go to suncreams this Summer. It gives good protection and it is hydrating too oh & I like how it smells. Not a lot else to say except it does a good job of keeping my skin protected & doesn’t feel greasy.

Let me know what you loved during July & if you use any of the products I’ve mentioned.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own

A Few June 2014 Favourites

June was a quick month, but it was a lovely sunny one. I love rounding up my most used & loved products from the month and June’s picks are all new mentions which have all grown to be firm favourites.

Favourite Products

Rimmel Glam Eyes in Brixton Brown – I love this small palette, you get 5 really wearable shades. They’re all pigmented and very easy to work with, I do like to wear a primer under them just so they don’t crease. I don’t normally wear a smoky eye & I still need a little more practise but I’m loving using this to experiment. It has a handy step by step guide on the back which I follow (smoky eye for dummies). I do really love the red toned copper colour in the centre the most, its gorgeous to wear it alone all over the lid.

Crazy Rumors Black Cherry Lip Balm* OMG this smells so good, not the artificially sweet but actually of cherries all fruity and so good. Not only does it smell incredible but it is very hydrating and leaves my lips feeling soft and I don’t have to reapply it as much as I’d like to (as it keeps my lips hydrated for hours). These Crazy Rumor lip balms come in so many flavours all of which sound wonderful & obviously I need them ALL!

Collection Cream Puff Lip Cream – I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to jump on this band wagon! I finally bought one & went for the Cotton Candy shade which is a very pretty sweet bubblegum pink. Its applies nice and creamy on the lips & feels moisturising & it dries to a velvet matte finish. Despite this being a matte finish it doesn’t feel drying at all & wears off the lips evenly after a few hours. Its pretty, cheap & it smells so good! Thats 3 reasons you should buy it, if you haven’t already.

Products

Skincare Favourites

Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base – I bought this a couple of months ago & I like to wear it either under my foundation to perk my skin up or I mix it in with my foundation for an extra reflective boost. This gives me a healthy glow without being shimmery, it evens out my skin tone and hides imperfections. I have the shade Champagne 02 & its very good at dulling the redness in my skin. I find it very lightweight & doesn’t feel greasy on the skin at all, it just gives you a lovely fresh healthy finish. It makes a really nice base to apply your foundation too & just keeps your complexion looking fresh & bright.

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist* – It was my husband that first introduced me to Jurlique about 6 years ago after he purchased some of their hand creams for me as a gift from SPACE NK & I have grown to love the brand ever since, This Rosewater face mist has been a Summer saviour. Its so refreshing in the heat, I have been keeping it in the fridge for an extra cooling treat. Not only is this refreshing but its very hydrating, calming and is rich in antioxidants too. So its very much a skin treat. I love using it after cleansing but also throughout the day as a refreshing skin boost.

Clarins Energizer Emulsion – Since I sold my car a few months ago I have been doing 100% more walking & my legs are often so achy at night, I have been applying this lotion when they feel tired & this soothes them. It contains Camomile, Basil, Sage and Cypress – so calming, soothing & uplifting for your tired body. It feels cooling on the skin when you apply it & by morning my legs are ready for the day. I’ve read that this also great for tired feet, so will be applying it to my feet too.

Let me know if you have been using any of my June Favourites & let me know what you have been loving too.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.