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2014 Beauty Faves

I thought I’d take a look back on the beauty products I’ve been loving during 2014, to give you a bit of inspiration for your New Year purchases. So here you go, all the products I couldn’t get enough of over the past 12 months…

Face

  • Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation £6.99

I think this foundation is the Holy Grail of foundation! It’s perfect for dry skin types as it’s a light coverage foundation, meaning it doesn’t cling or look ‘cakey’. It glides on easily, leaving a silky smooth finish that looks gorgeously natural. And as it contains SPF 18 it doesn’t just make your skin look good, it protects it. At £6.99 it’s a very affordable product, too. Overall, this is a chuffing good foundation!

  • Seventeen Skin Wow Primer £5.99

This is much more than simply a primer as the name suggests, while it provides a great base for your foundation it’s also a 3 way highlighter that gives you a beautiful, dewy glow. I’ve tried lots of highlighters but they’re all so expensive, that’s why I love this one as it works just as well, but for half the price.

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Cheeks

  • MUA Mosaic Blush £2.50

If you’re thinking, “£2.50, can’t be very good then”, you’re completely wrong as this is honestly one of the prettiest and nicest blushers, regardless of price. It gives you such a natural look as it contains several different shades that you swirl into one, meaning it matches to your tone perfectly. I can’t recommend this enough. It’s SO cheap but oh so good!

  • Nars Deepthroat Blush £21

I have used this throughout all of 2014, it’s just so beautiful and the perfect blush for wearing during the day or building up the intensity for a night out. It’s a peachy-pink, not too intense but bold enough, the sort that looks really good on English-rose skin tones. It’s also perfect with or without highlighter as it has a slight shimmer that gives added definition to your face. If you’re after a high-end blusher I’d definitely recommend Nars Deepthroat as it’s  just so pretty and no matter how much you apply it, it can never be ‘too much’, as the subtle shimmer makes it hard for you to go overboard.

Eyes

  • Bourjois 1 Seconde Waterproof Mascara £9.99

This is my favourite high street mascara. It gives your lashes intense volume and length, and it’s honestly on par with higher-end mascaras. I’d definitely recommend this if you’re looking for something that will give you a good curl, but always go for the waterproof version as it’ll hold for longer.

  • Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette  £37

Oh how I love this! I know everybody always raves about it but this really does stand up to all the hype. At £37 it’s pretty expensive, (just imagine all the snakebites you could get at union with that!) but it’s completely worth it. This is a warm-toned neutral palette with 2 matte and 10 shimmer shades. You can create so many different looks for both day and night with this that you won’t ever need (or want) to use any other eye shadows again.

Lips

  • Tanya Burr Lipgloss £5.99

I was a bit hesitant to try this as I was worried they wouldn’t live up to the hype, but I was pleasantly surprised. I’ve only got the colour ‘Exotic Island’ but I can’t wait to try more as it really has become one of my favourite lip glosses. ‘Exotic Island’ is a bright shade that glides on giving an opaque appearance that looks so pretty when paired with a sultry smoky eye.  The formulae is just so good, and it’s super pigmented and lasts for several hours.

Body & Hair

  • Soap & Glory Glow Lotion £5.50

If you’re going to get any product off this list, buy this! It gives you a rose-gold glow that’s super alluring. Apply to your legs before a night out if you’re after a believable – yet natural, healthy, and sexy – glow. This is the perfect antidote for dreary winter skin, as it transforms peaky looking skin with its fine glittery particles, whilst also moisturizing.

  • Lush Rub Rub Rub Hair & Body Scrub 

To ensure silky smooth legs, exfoliating is an essential step before shaving, and this is one exfoliater I just love. If you haven’t tried this then you really should as it sorts out even the driest of skins, and is perfect for those of us who are sensitive, too.  Every time I use this my skin feels so good!  Not only does it leave your skin luxuriously soft, but as you can also use it on your hair, it leaves it looking beautifully glossy and feeling incredibly soft and healthy.

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