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Beauty discoveries of 2014

Hello!

Happy new year! I decided not to do a top products of 2014 this year as most of my favourites have not changed. However, I have discovered some amazing products in 2014, so here they are!

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Clarins Blue Orchid Facial Oil:

This stuff may be pricey, but it’s worth every penny. It’s a lovely oil to sort out dry/dehydrated skin when I leave it on overnight. While you can mix it in with your moisturiser, I just tend it layer it over any creams/serums. As always it smells amazing and it’s also great for bringing those painful, red, under the skin spots to a head. Amazing product!

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation:

This was the year I finally got into foundations: the key being the patience to find both a finish and shade that suits you. I spent a good while reading up on undertones and finishes, and after lots of swatching I think I might have gotten the hang of it. This is a medium coverage foundation that gives a luminous finish as the name suggests. It has a decent enough lasting power on me and is fairly fuss free to apply. I like to dab it on with my fingers and blend it out with a buffing brush.

It’s a 10 Miracle Leave in Product:

I’ll admit it. I bought this pretty much as soon as I landed in the States purely because of the hype surrounding it. Initially after a few uses, I wasn’t really wowed by it but after a month or so I really started liking it. A few sprays on wet hair both detangles and conditions it and overall just makes my hair look better. And with a single bottle lasting me over a year, I couldn’t ask for more.

Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner:

After reading up on the whole acid toning thing (it’s not as scary as it sounds!) I bought this with my boots points. Again, this wasn’t a product I immediately fell in love with. But now every time my skin is looking a bit dry/flaky/dull I reach for this as a quick fix to sort everything out (and layer the Clarins oil on top of course!) It doesn’t irritate my skin at all and while it’s not something I use everyday, it’s still something that I reach for quite often.

Lorac PRO Palette 2:

While most people seem to absolutely love the original Lorac palette, I love the variation of colours in this one (and they are still all wearable). The eyeshadows themselves are of great quality and last really well on me. For the times I need a little extra staying power, the primer that comes with palette also works an absolute treat. I’m really looking forward to experimenting more with this one.

Rimmel ScandalEyes Eyeliner and EyeShadow Sticks:

The eyeliners from the range are dupes for the much more expensive Urban Decay eyeliners, and come in a wide range of colours as well. The eyeshadow sticks are basically jumbo eyeliners, and are so easy to use. I have the shade Bad Bronze and use it whenever I want a bot of colour on the eyes but don’t want to spend ages getting ready. With this it’s just swipe on quickly, blend out either with fingers or a brush and go. It’s also perfect for travelling.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush:

My first thought when it comes to this blush is : It’s so pretty!! Which is also why I (probably along with most other people) bought it in the first place. It’s a lovely mix of blush and highlighter that just lifts your face with a light dusting. It’s not ground breaking by any means, but it’s a lovely, luxurious product to use. And it has really made me want to try the Ambient Lighting Powders. My poor bank account.

Therapie Himalayan Detox Salts:

These salts claim to “absorb radiation from computer and mobile use.” What?! Crazy claims aside, these salts are really sleep in a jar. I’m not really a bath person, and while the salts smell quite nice, the scent wears off after about 10 minutes. Not to mention £37 is a heck of a lot to pay for a jar of glorified salt. But it works!! I don’t use it often and I don’t use much; but when I do, I know I’m guaranteed a great nights sleep.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation:

A lovely light to medium coverage foundation that is great for the winter months. It does have a rather strong fruity smell, so make sure you test it out first in case you are sensitive to fragrances. It gives a very natural, slightly dewy finish and works nicely with my dry skin without looking cakey.

L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil:

I have used countless oils and serums in the quest to tame my curly,frizzy locks, and this one is indeed extraordinary! In combination with the It’s a 10 leave in product, both used on wet hair before blowdrying, my hair looks better than ever. This oil de-frizzes and detangles without weighing my hair down and now I can’t be without it.

What new products did you discover last year?

Until next time, Love, Me 🙂

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4 thoughts on “Beauty discoveries of 2014

  1. Oooh. I want to try that Elive oil now. I have naturlly wavy (almost curly) hair.

    For me, I discovered Body Shop’s Olive Scrub & bareMinerals powder foundation. Game changers! 😀

  2. We have so many similar favorite beauty discoveries in 2014! I discovered Clarins and love their cleansers and facial oils. I also discovered LORAC (original Pro palette though, not the second one) and Bourjois’ Healthy Mix Serum Foundation. Love them all!

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