Best of 2014 Part 1: Beauty

L to R: NYX Deep Purple, MAC Salon Rouge, Rimmel Moisture Stain 005, MAC Patisserie, MAC Angel, MAC Soar

A few of the Too Faced Chocolate Bar shadows

Hello lovelies and HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope  you all had an amazing time celebrating with your friends and are as excited for 2014 as I am. I can't believe it's 2015 already, it feel like the last year just flew by! Since it is the new year and I haven't done a December favourites it can only mean one thing - a best of 2014. I absolutely love reading these kind of posts because I'm excited to see what everyone else has been loving. So if you have done one of these posts, please leave me your links below! Because my blog isn't just about beauty and I want to make sure to mention everything I've been loving, I'm going to split this into three parts: Beauty, Music & Movies. Today will be all about beauty, brace yourselves it's going to be a long one. 

Best Primer: This one goes without a doubt the my beloved POREfessional by Benefit. I've been loving this ever since I started getting into makeup but this year I feel like it has really improved the way my makeup looks. I use this every day before applying my foundation to blur out my pores and smooth out my skin. It's really easy to use, although I do find doing a proper skin care routine improves the performance of the primer even more. 

Best Foundation: I've you have been following my blog since the beginning this will come as no surprise to you. I've tried many foundations this year but the Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow foundation has definitely been my favourite. I've done a detailed review about this a while back (click HERE) so my not going to talk about this for too long. I just love it! 

Best Concealer: Among all the concealers I've tried this year the Maybelline Age Rewind concealer is this one that stood out to me the most. It's just amazing. It is really lightweight, has good coverage, doesn't crease, stays on for the whole day and doesn't look cakey at all. Everything you could look for in a concealer, isn't it? 

Best Blush: Since I change up my blush colours depending on the season, I had to choose two. One for spring/summer which has to be Orgasm by Nars and one for autumn/winter which is Peachtwist by MAC. Orgasm is a stunning peachy pink colour with a gold shimmer that leaved the most beautiful glow on the cheeks, whereas Peachtwist is a darker more bronzy peach also with gold shimmer. If you are a bit darker in complexion Peachtwist would be a great one for summer as well. 

Best Bronzer: I've discovered the Hoola bronzer by Benefit around spring 2014 and loved it ever since. It is the perfect matte bronzer/contour powder for my skin tone and I use it every day. I can't live without it. 

Best Powder: Without a doubt the Soap & Glory One Heck Of A Blot powder. It mattefies my skin without looking cakey, it's translucent, lightweight and longwearing, definitely a winner in this category. 

Best Eyeshadow Palette: I thought about splitting this category in half (best single eyeshadow & best palette) but to be honest I very rarely use single eyeshadows. Palettes are just so much more convenient and I cannot be bothered looking through my stash everyday trying to find eyeshadows that would look great together. With that being said the Too Face Chocolate Bar palette has definitely been my favourite. The shadows are so smooth and easy to blend. The pigmentation is amazing and you can create so many different looks with it - I love it. 

Best Eyeliner: When I first went through my stash looking for all the products I wanted to share I picked up my Essence Liquid Eyeliner but then I though, wait I have something better. I only got the Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner a few weeks ago but sometimes you don't need to try a product for weeks to find out weather you love it or not. It's long wearing, really black and very easy to apply. It makes applying winged liner a lot quicker and looks great. 

Best Mascara: Without a doubt the Maxfactor Masterpiece Mascara in Black. It lengthens, volumises and is really longwearing. It hold the curl very well and doesn't smudge. I just love it! It also is very similar to the Benefit They're Real mascara but only half of the price. 

Best Lip Combination: The reason I called this category lip combinations is because I very rarely wear a  lipstick on it's own. At first I though this is going to be easy but when it came to choosing the products I couldn't decide, because god knows I LOVE my lipsticks! And even though they are all beautiful I chose two options I've been wearing non stop - 1. the Kylie Jenner inspired nude and 2. the perfect dark bold lip. I've actually talked about the Kylie Jenner-esk lip combination before so I will like this post (click HERE) for you to get a more detailed description. The second one however I've discovered in November and been wearing it on a daily basis ever since. Seriously it has gotten to the point where I feel weird without it. I use the NYX lipliner in Deep Purple to like my lips and fill them in, I then go ahead and apply this gorgeous MAC lipstick in Salon Rouge (this was part of the Heirloom Mix collection but I believe you can still buy it online). To top it off I apply the Rimmel Colourstay Moisture Stain liquid lipstick in 005. All of them are stunning on their own already but mixed together they are the perfect, most beautiful and unique berry colour I've ever seen. I just can't get enough. 

There you go guys, these are all my favourite makeup products of 2014 - applause to you if you've made it to the end and read it all. I hoped you liked this post and as I said before please leave me your links down below so I can check them out. xo, Marie 

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