As we enter the new year, it’s important to take a look at 2014 and reflect. I’ll leave the inner reflection and resolutions to you all, I’m not really about that- mostly because if I don’t reflect on my life once a week my Type A personality will drive me insane- so instead I leave you with a lighthearted look back to my favorite products of 2014.
This was a year of trying new things for me, especially with the edition of *FINALLY* learning how to make more full-faced makeup looks work with my limited skill level and funds. Please reap the benefits of my trial-and-error on all fronts, and give these wonderful things a try if you get the chance!
Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion Skin Conditioner
This is a lifesaver, especially with the temps in record lows here in Denver! My poor boyfriend didn’t even want to take a hot bath for his pulled muscle because he was concerned his skin would dry out mroe. NO FEAR! This is like bathing with lotion, and you feel super soft after you get out of the shower/tub. There’s actually three kinds: Hydrating, Smoothing and Nourishing. You can choose which one you think you need, and it’s really inexpensive as far as any body products go.
click to get it for $7.99 at drugstore.com
I discovered this on a whim when my stress-levels were making me breakout like I was back in high school! It really did reduce my skin issues and overall redness, and you feel like you’re getting a real mud mask from the comfort of your own home.
click to get it for $69 at Beauty.com
Benefit “They’re Real” Mascara
This mascara really is fabulous. I personally haven’t had *quite* the crazy before-and-after experiences the internet likes to showcase (possibly because I don’t apply more than 2 coats), but it really does do wonders for the length and seperation of my lashes. On my laziest days, one coat still looks super natural and helps me look alert and confident. Completely recommend.
get it for $23 at Ulta
Lancôme “Hypnôse Drama” Mascara
Another mascara- craziness! I know, but this has quickly become one of my favorites. Really top-quality results for every day wear. One coat and my lashes are thicker, fuller, and more noticable. Two coats and they’re long and bold. I literally have a travel-sized one in every bag I carry. They last a long time and are easily worth the cost.
click to get it for $27.50 at Nordstrom
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer
After reading the millions of reviews (and speaking with the beauty counter stylist manager at Nordstrom), I finally broke down and tried this. It really is one of the better concealers I have ever, ever used and it lasts a long time. The 2-tone system makes it possible to self-blend for your perfect shade. Great for on-the-go touch-ups as well.
click to get it for $34 at Nordstrom
Anastasia Brow Powder Duo
We all know that I am obsessed with my eyebrows. Since dying my hair black, I have had a more difficult time towing the line between ‘too dark’ and ‘not filled in enough’. Since the darkest duo had a light and darker shade, I decided to splurge and give it a try. Totally worth it. A few quick strokes with a good angled brush and I’m good to go. For my super-dark hair it”s more natural-looking than a pencil, but I will be buying more shades to try for whatever hair color I move onto next!
get it for $23 at Sephora
NARS Super Orgasm Illuminator
The name is super dirty, I know. I’m a bit of a prude verbally, so when it came to asking for it over-the-counter, I just picked up the sample. It’s gorgeous, though. There are a few lighter tones depending on how bold you want to go and your skin, but I have been using it to amp up my freckles and brighten my face whilst skipping blush entirely. Another great go-to on the lazy days. The *smallest* droplet goes a long way, so expect to get a lot for your money.
get it for $30 at Beauty.com
Mychelle Love Your Lips
After all that other makeup, how about my fav restorative product? This lip balm comes in a few different “flavors”, but I am partial to the “Cherry, Raspberry, Pineapple”. It is all organic, and the big glue stick-sized stick will last you through the seasons. BONUS; it’s not slick or oily-feeling, so I also dab some under my nose after a lot of blowing (hello, cold/flu season) for a little protective moisture.
get it for $12.50 at the Mychelle website
Clarisonic “Mia 2″
This little face scrubber was worth every penny. I got it on sale at the beginning of the year and I adore it. Again, I stress myself to the point of mad breakouts, and this has helped immensely. Especially after amping up my makeup game for work, this scrubs and gets all of it off of me at the end of the day! I recommend getting it with a set so you get the travel stuff and the face wash and investing in a seperate exfoliator as well.
get a set for $149 at Lord and Taylor
Well, these were my beauty finds for the year. Did you guys find something that now you absolutely can’t live without? Share it with me!
This post was a duplicate of my work at First Class Fashionista; see my work on that wonderful Denver-based blog here!