2014 Beauty Favorites + Mini Reviews

One of my favorite things about entering a New Year is reflecting back on all my most used and loved products from the previous year. So without further a do, here are my favorite beauty items from 2014.

1. Primers

Make Up For Ever HD Elixer and Eye PrimeMake Up For Ever HD Elixer: Its a beautiful serum that not only hydrtaes the skin before foundation application but also helps to smooth out texture and help with the longevity of my makeup.

Make Up For Ever Eye Prime: The best eyeshadow primer I’ve ever used. It does a fabulous job at helping longevity and eliminating creasing without drying out the eye lids. This guys also helps to even out the skin tone on the eye lid. Im also a fan of using this under my eyes to stop my concealer from creasing.

2. Foundations

make Up For Ever HD Foundation + Nars Tinted MoisturizerNars Tinted Moisturizer: This is definitely my HG, I love to use this on my natural days. Not only does it keep my skin looking healthy but the coverage on this stuff is fabulous especially for a sheer type of product.

Make Up For Ever HD Foundation: I love this stuff, it looks so natural and provides a great coverage that’s definitely build-able. The semi liquidy consistency of this product allows for a super easy blend and feels so light on the skin.

3. Concealers

Make Up For Ever HD Concealer + Full Cover Make Up For Ever HD Concealer: This is my HG for highlighting the face be it under the eyes, bridge of the nose or cupids bow. Super pigmented yet creamy for easy blending.

Make Up For Ever Full Cover: For those more stubborn areas and problems like dark circles, pigmentation spots or blemishes this stuff will cover almost everything, even tattoos. It has a more dry texture than the HD concealer and the pigmentation is super strong so err on the side of caution when applying this, less is more.

4. Powders

Laura Mercier Secter Camouflage Powder + Make Up For Ever HD Pressed powder and Pro Finsih Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder: The best thing for setting and brightening the under eye area after you’ve applied your concealer and/or highlighter. Its finely milled so it doesn’t get cakey or drying in the slightest.

Make Up For Ever Pro Finish: Ive never really been a powder foundation type of girl because I find they dry out my skin but not this stuff. The formula is so finely milled it feels like silk and butter had a baby. I love the way it really sinks into the skin rather than sitting on top of the skin. It looks so natural with a medium to build-able coverage that never gets cakey. Its basically invisible to the naked eye!!

Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder: Best translucent powder ever. Super finely milled, leaves a beautiful airbrushed finish on the skin and helps makeup last all day.

5. Cheeks

benefit rockateur box blushBenefit Rockateur Box Blush: Ugh this stuff is just sooo fricking pretty. It looks good with everything and on everyone. It gives a hint of color and provides a beautiful subtle glow too.

theBalm Mary Lou-ManizerTheBalm Mary Lou-Manizer: This will forever be one of my favorite highlights. Its so darn pigmented so a light hand is suggested. It gives the most gorgeous glow on the cheekbones and is fab as an inner corner highlight to really open up the eyes.

6. Eyes

make Up For Ever Atrist ShadowsMake Up For Ever Artist Shadows: 88% pigment, awesome color selection and finishes, easy blend-ability and the softest smoothest eye shadows you’ll ever encounter point blank.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic + Laura Mercier Caviar StickMakeup For Ever Aqua Matic and Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks: I love this type of product; cream shadows in stick form. They are ultra long wearing, super pigmented, easy to use and double as great eyeliners especially for the waterline.

Make Up For Ever Ink LinerMake Up For Ever Ink Liner: The blackest most matte liquid eyeliner on the market. The tip is perfect for creating a super slim winged liner or something more graphic and bold. The long wearing formula is great for girls who don’t want to go through the hassle of removing a waterproof formula.

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter LinersUrban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liners: Ive been a fan of these for years and I’m still in love with them. These are so great for adding a bit of glam to any look. they are packed with glittery goodness and last all day without any fall out, Score!!!

Trate Lights Camera Lashes Mascara Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara: Super black formula that provides the most lushes lashes with volume, length and curling. I love the very traditional wand as it really separates and doesn’t give me spidery or clumpy lashes. Another bonus- it never flakes or transfers to my skin.

7. Brows

Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow + Brow SealMake Up For Ever Aqua Brow and Brow Seal: The aqua brow is the best eyebrow product I’ve ever tried. Its great for a really defined brow but also something super natural and soft. Its super waterproof, easy to apply, the littlest goes a long way, and I love the tube style packaging which keeps the product from drying out. I like to use the Brow Seal just to keep my hairs in place because they have a tendency to be unruly.

8. Lips

Nars Satin Lip Pencil + Benefit Loli Balm, + Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense 52Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Descano: I love the whole Satin Lip Pencil line. This is my favorite type of formula for sure. Its soft and creamy yet pigmented.

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense shade 52: Again another line I’m really loving. Super pigmented lipsticks with a semi matte finish yet still creamy and smooth on the lips. Love it.

Benefit Lolli Balm: These Balms from benefit or so beautiful. I love how they give a sheer, hydrating, wash of color and the rose scent is absolutely delicious.

Nars Larger Than Life lipgloss, Nyx Butter gloss + Make Up For Ever Lab Shine Nars Larger Than Life Lipgloss in Angelica: Love the who line, but one of my faves is this one. Perfect pink that looks great alone or over lipstick. Great pigmentation and nice smooth formula that doesn’t settle in the lip lines.

NYX Butter Gloss in Eclair: I will forever love these. They taste and smell like vanilla, the pigmentation is insane and they feel sooooo good one the lips. I have a review and swatches of some of the shades here if your interested.

Make Up For Ever Lab Shine in 0s: These glosses aren’t given enough love in my opinion. They have a great color selection, and I love the variety of finishes. These or really glossy and make the lips look wet (which I like).

9. Finishing and Setting Sprays

Urban Decay All Night Setting Spray + Make Up For Ever Mist and Fix Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray: Wow this stuff is robust. Its the best setting spray for long lasting makeup without drying out the skin.

Make Up For Ever Mist and Fix: I love to use this for re-hydrating and touching up throughout the day. This is also great  if you went a little over board with the powder and want to make everything look seamless.

What were some of your favorite beauty items for 2014, any of the ones I’ve mentioned?

Hugs from Beauty Land

My Favorite Long Wear Beauty Products For The Holidays

Hey Guys,

So the holidays are coming up which means lots of events, dinners and parties to attend. My make up has to be flawless and last for hours on end (and look good on camera too!!) without smearing, blotching or melting. I always go to the same products, with a few new wonders thrown in, and they never fail me so I thought I’d share them with you đŸ˜€

Favorite_longwear_beauty_productsTo really ensure a flawless coverage and long lasting finish try using a foundation primer. The Benefit Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer is one of the best long wearing primers I’ve ever tried. Its definitely heavy duty and acts like a glue for your foundation. My make up always stays perfect when I use it.

Favorite_longwear_beauty_products_Benefit_primerThe Make Up For Ever HD Foundation is my go to when I want a perfect base thats long lasting and looks amazing in pictures. I really like this foundation because it covers imperfections and evens out my skin tone while still allowing some of my natural skin to show through, An amazing product indeed.

Favorite_longwear_beauty_products_MUFE_HDFoundationMy new favorite concealer for blemishes has go to be the Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer. This bad boy is heavy duty, covers like no other and lasts for hours and hours.

Favorite_longwear_beauty_products_TarteConcealerTo really lock in all my hard work I use the Make Up For Ever HD Powder. This powder does everything I need, it sets, controls shine, and looks great on film and camera. A little bit goes a long way so I use a really light hand to avoid looking ashy, cake-y and dry.

Favorite_longwear_beauty_products_MUFE_HDPowderWhenever I want my make eye make up to be vibrant, long wearing and crease free I use the amazing Too faced Shadow Insurance. In my opinion its the best eye shadow primer out there. It has a light tint so it conceals veins, while making eye shadows pop and last.

Favorite_longwear_beauty_products_TooFaced_ShadowInsuranceIf I cant be bothered to apply fake lashes I use my Tarte Lash Primer. I call this guy the “push up bra” for lashes. Not only does this bad boy lengthen and thicken my lashes before mascara application it also helps my mascara stay put without transferring or flaking on to my skin.

Favorite_longwear_beauty_products_Tarte_LashPrimerThe last thing I do when apply my make up is my brows. I like to take my time with my brows to make them nice and sharp but they tend to be unruly and never really stay put. Yet my Nars Brow Gel really keeps my brows in place so they look perfect all day and night long.

Favorite_longwear_beauty_products_Nars_browGelOf course I cant skip out on the importance of a great lip whether something vampy or nude. But with all the drinking and eating its hard to make sure your lip color doesn’t stray, fray or bleed. My favorite go to product for over a year now, for that prefect long lasting lip, has got to be the Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge. I love the long lasting matte finish with the option to glam it up with the gloss.

Favorite_longwear_beauty_products_MUFE)AquaRougeFavorite_longwear_beauty_products_MUFE_color

Favorite_longwear_beauty_products_MUFE_glossMy absolute favorite combo is the Mac RiRi Woo Lip Liner with the MUFE Aqua Rouge in Nr.8

Favorite_ Products_for_the_Holidays_LipsTo finish everything off and lock in the face (lol that sounds funny!!) I like to use a setting/finishing spray. The Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray is amaze-balls. Its sets my make up and gets rid of any over powdering that may have occurred.

Favorite_longwear_beauty_products_UD_SettingSprayThese products are just some of my favorite long wear items and wow do they sure live up to their names. What are some of you favorite long lasting products?

Hugs From Beauty Land