29 December 2014

Beauty Favourites 2014

Beauty Favourites 2014

Yesterday I proclaimed my love for five skincare favourites whereas today my attention is very much focused upon make up. This year was quite the year for me in terms of discovering new products as each one of these has been new to me; some I'll admit were products that I was late to the game with although now I own them I can why they had received so much positive feedback over the years. 

Starting off with NARS Sheer Glow this was hefty purchase for me at the time yet it is one that I would repeat again and again until something better comes along. This foundation in my opinion certainly warrants the attention that it receives; it is a beautiful base that provides medium coverage without being too heavy on my skin. Despite the name I don't think it is sheer at all, I know that I've tried foundations in the past that have had a much more sheer finish and consistency. In terms of glow I wouldn't say that this is a glowy foundation either therefore the name of it does baffle me ever so slightly however what this does provide me with is a beautiful soft matte finish that looks natural and almost flawless.

This year was finally the year where I decided to pick up the Rimmel 107 and see what all of the fuss was about. I know I was pretty late to the game with this one but I managed to get there in the end. I featured this in my 'It's all about Kate' post therefore I'll refrain from repeating myself all over again, however let's just say that this was a purchase I absolutely loved.

Considering I've mentioned these next two products together in their own dedicated post, 'Dream Team' it seems only fitting to discuss them together now. The MAC 217 and the Urban Decay Basics Palette* were two products that I tried for the first time this year, whereby I have to say they both surpassed my expectations. Firstly I did not understand how a brush could be so good until I tried the 217 and secondly the basics palette for me initially looked, dare I say it, a bit boring. It felt so good to be proven wrong on both of these accounts as I have found myself using these products none stop.

Back in August I posted about my 'Canadian Beauty Swap' that I took part in with Celina. When it came down to it I had a tough time deciding what I wanted to try however I had heard so much about the Tarte Blushes that I knew one of those would be on my list. The shade 'Exposed' is said to be a dupe for NARS Douceur which rumour has it has been discontinued therefore I'm extremely happy that I have this within my collection. I've only tried one so far yet I have found that the Tarte blushes are beautifully pigmented and last really well in my experience. Exposed adds a really soft, natural flush to my cheeks and allows me to wear a bolder lip without everything looking a little too Pat Evans.

My last favourite this year has to be the Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette which I purchased half way through the year. These palettes are nothing short of beautiful and are most certainly eye catching what with their distinct rose gold packaging and dramatic looks associated to each palette. The eye shadows themselves are incredibly easy to wear and whilst they may initially seem expensive the quads do work out cheaper then putting together your own MAC quad.

Hit me with your favourite beauty items of this year, as you would expect I'm pretty interested to hear what they are.

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  1. I really need to try the NARS sheer glow, it sounds amazing. That CT palette is so beautiful! Needs for 2015 :) Happy New Year Amy xx

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  2. I've heard so much about the NARS sheer glow and now I really want to try it out! Great favourites! I love the look of the Naked palette too. xx

    http://beyondthevelvet.blogspot.co.uk/

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  3. All gorgeous picks! NARS Sheer Glow is amazing, I have a sample which I use very sparingly haha. I know I'll make the investment one day though! The 217 brush seems to be a staple in so many peoples' collections, definitely one I've wanted for ages. Interesting to put the price of the CT quad in perspective! I think MAC shadows are way too expensive for what they are - especially over here. I really want to try some CT products!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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  4. They all sound great. I want to buy the mac 217 but I can't justify paying $28. Is it worth it?

    www.withinjayslife.blogspot.ca

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  5. Definitely agree with the naked palettes, i only just hopped on the bandwagon by purchasing naked 2 and am loving it so far. Really tempted by NARS sheer glow too, the price being a sticking point! xx

    realisings.blogspot.com

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  6. the charlotte tilbury palette looks stunning, such a gorgeous selection!

    Rachel // Style Soup

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  7. The Girl In The Bowler Hat29 December 2014 at 15:14

    Couldn't agree more about your thoughts on the Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita palette and the 217 brush, they're some of my absolute favourites! I'm SO tempted by that Tarte blush - I've seen it mentioned on a few blogs now and I'm not so sure I can resist picking it up! ; )

    Amy at The Girl in the Bowler Hat

    xxxx

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  8. I really need to try out some NARS products, I have heard so many great things about the sheer glow and it sounds perfect for my skin. The Rimmel lipsticks get a major thumbs up from me too, so cheap yet so good!


    Love this post :)


    Sarah at theblossomcart.co.uk
    xx

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  9. I really want to get a Charlotte Tillbury palette they look perfect! I only use about 4 different eyeshadows so this one is perfect for me. I've decided to invest in better makeup in the new year and have one good piece of each rather than lots of cheap bits :) I really want a Tarte blush too!

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

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  10. I've been loving the Nars Sheer Glow recently as well! It's SUCH a fantastic foundation! I need to get my hands on the Rimmel lipsticks, I've heard so many good things about them!

    <3 Pauline, ­­Addicted to Makeup

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  11. Lovely post, Sheer Glow made it into my 2014 favourites too, I discovered it towards the beginning of the year and literally haven't used anything since. I'm super excited for Nars new foundation that's being released in Spring? Have you heard about it…I think it's called all day luminous foundation or something :) xx

    http://www.rinicawrites.com

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  12. i'm also obsessed with the charlotte tilbury dolce vita palette, i get compliments on it all the time!


    makeupmusicbooks.blogspot.com

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  13. The Charlotte Tilbury palette looks so, so beautiful! I think I'm going to get one as my next 'high end' makeup purchase. I received a CT lipstick for Christmas and it's fair to say I'm in love! xo

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  14. I love Nars Sheer glow and the Naked palettes recently. CT is a brand that I am yet to try, but I am determined to invest x


    pintsizedbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. I also love the CT Dolce Vita palette and the Naked Basics but mine is the 2nd one and it's so good! Great selection of matte colours. Rimmel 107 is now on my list of reds I want to try. x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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  16. I really want to try Nars Sheer Glow, everyone always seems to rave about it! The Charlotte Tilbury palette looks incredibly beautiful!

    Jodie // La Lune Song

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  17. The Dolce Vita is just so beautiful isn't it? I still need to try out Nars Sheer Glow!

    Megan xo
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty & Fashion Blog

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  18. Great picks for 2014! I love naked basic palette! Have a wonderful new year, cannot wait to read more posts from you!

    http://www.abigailalicex.com

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  19. Defiantly need to try the CT palette, think I'm the only one who hasn't!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  20. I'm so eager to try lots from Tarte! All the best for 2015! xxx
    www.justemma.co.uk

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  21. The Charlotte Tilbury palette is beyond stunning!

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  22. Ordering NARS Sheer Glow foundation! Can't wait to try it out.

    http://littleoneblog.blogspot.ca

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  23. I so wish I'd picked up a Charlotte Tilbury palette before I moved - haven't yet managed to find it here. And yes to the Rimmel Kate Moss Matte lipsticks, oh so dreamy. The best everyday reds!

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  24. Great post! I still have never used or owned a Naked Palette but it's my aim for 2015 to get one!


    www.ellenwarnerxo.blogspot.co.uk xo

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  25. This post is literally what my favorites have been this year!

    Nathalie | THE COVETING
    www.thecoveting.be

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  26. I really want to try one of the Tarte blushes but really don't want to pay the price we have to pay for them over here from QVC! If I ever place a Sephora order to be shipped over there will definitely be one or two of these in my order x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

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  27. Sheer Glow in my opinion really is worth the attention it gets, it's worth getting colour matched and asking to try a sample. Happy New Year to you too! :) xx

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  28. Rimmel 107 was such a find this year, I'm so glad I finally decided to pick it up x

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  29. The sample lasts a really long time I thought, a little goes a long way with it. MAC eye shadows are really expensive although I'm told they are very good xx

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  30. Personally I do think so, like yourself I struggled to come to terms with paying the price for it however I'm glad I did. It's a decision to think about :) x

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  31. Naked 2 was the first one I got, it's such a lovely palette! x

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  32. They are utterly beautiful, huge huge fan of the CT line here x

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  33. They are lovely blushes I just wish they were more readily available here in the UK x

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  34. I was super impressed with Rimmel 107! Best high street purchase all year :) x

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  35. They are really good products that worked so well for me :) x

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  36. I know that feeling, that's what I have done to be honest and I can see a difference however there are still some absolute gems available in Boots and Superdrug :) x

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  37. Isn't it just! I couldn't believe how good it was until I tried it x

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  38. I haven't no but I'm now very intrigued! I love discovering new foundations although at the moment I really want to use up what I have and they will easily last me another year. I use Laura Mercier Silk Creme a lot and I feel like it will last me a lifetime, there's still so much left x

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  39. The Basics Palette is absolutely awesome, hands down one of my favourites ever! x

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  40. It's really nice isn't it and so different to anything else that I have seen x

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  41. Oh really! Her lipsticks are beautiful, they for some reason make me think of old fashioned glamorous make up in the way they are packaged x

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  42. Her brand is truly lovely, well worth looking at or treating yourself to :) x

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  43. The second one looks lovely! Rimmel 107 is a beaut, I'm not sure why it took me so long to pick it up now x

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  44. Sheer Glow is so good Jodie, I love the formula and the finish. If you can get yourself a little sample I would highly recommend doing so :) x

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  45. It sure is Megan! I think you would really like Sheer Glow, it's such a beautiful base x

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  46. Thank you Abigail, have an amazing 2015 yourself! :) x

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  47. There's no rush, the wait will make it even more worth it x

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  48. I'd love to try a few more things from Tarte, let's hope they bring more stuff to the UK this year. Happy New Year Emma! x

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  49. I hope you like it as much as I do! :) x

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  50. I hope you can find it soon, or maybe you could have a family member send you one out! Rimmel 107 is perfect :) x

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  51. There are plenty to choose from now Ellen, I'm sure you will find the perfect one for your tastes x

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  52. Great minds think alike Nathalie x

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  53. No I don't blame you! I was lucky to get this within the beauty swap I did as I wouldn't have had it otherwise x

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