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

Skin Care Empties & Would I Repurchase

Hey guys 😀

So I’m kind of trying to be on a no buy at the moment. That means trying to stop my self buying heap loads of new products especially skin care until the ones I have are all used up. I have so many products and they keep on piling in, thanks to my sister hooking me up with so many amazing freebies, so instead of letting them sit at the back of my skin care drawer I’m trying to use them up. Plus it feels great to finish a product, kind of feels like an accomplishment!! So I thought I would share some of my empty products and let you know if i’d be willing to re- purchase.

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Body Shop Honeymania Exfoliant Creme

I have to say that I’m a real sucker for body scrubs. I have uber dry skin all year round, especially on my legs and elbows so these type of products are a god send. I find some to be far too abrasive and rather uncomfortable to use and that’s why I love the ones from the body shop. Especially the Exfoliant Creme line. The scent was ok but nothing amazing. Loved how it scrubbed off the dead skin cells and left my skin moisturized.

Would I repurchase?

I would definitely pick up another one of these scrubs, maybe in another scent just to switch it up. But that’ll have to wait because at the moment I’m using the Pink Victoria Secret Warm and Cozy Body Wash and Scrub which is amazing.

Urban Decay Melt Down Make Up Remover

The urban Decay Melt Down Make Up Remover is the best make up remover I’ve ever tried. It removes every trace of make up and leaves the skin feeling super smooth and supple, never tried anything like it before. It has a really creamy texture and feels moisturizing on the skin.

Would I repurchase?

Hell yeah I would. I’m just waiting till I go to Cali in May to pick one up, or two 😀

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Nars Optimal Brightening Concentrate

I recently finished my Nars brightening serum. This is a great little product to use before your daily moisturizer to add brightness to the complexion without becoming a disco ball. The texture in smooth and the consistency is light so its rather pleasant to have on.

Would I repurchase?

I’m not sure to be honest, its a great little product but there are so many serums on the market at the moment and I love trying out new things so I think I’ll wait on this one.

Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 40

I’m definitely one of those girls who tries to wear SPF on a daily basis even in the winter. I’m fair skinned with red head features like freckles so my skin is pretty sensitive to the sun. I mean i can totally get a tan, but it takes me a long time and I’m susceptible to sun burn if i don’t watch out. Plus i want to derail any skin damage while i have the chance. Really love the Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer with SPF 40. Its light weight while moisturizing and protecting from those harsh rays.

Would I Repurchase?

I love Josie Maran and swear by her Argan Oil, among other great products, so I would definitely pick this bad boy up again. Unfortunately its not available in Denmark, and Europe in general, as far as I’m aware, so this will have to wait till I’m in Cali in May.

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Dermalogica Age Smart Age Reversal Eye Complex and Overnight Repair Serum

Lastly Ive used up the Dermologica Age Smart Eye cream and Overnight Repair Serum. OMG these two are the best skin care products I’ve ever used. The over night repair serum is a miracle in a bottle. I used it every night and in the morning I would see a dramatic difference in my face in terms of a smoother texture, and any scarring, redness or irritation from breakouts and the like drastically diminished. The eye cream is also a wowzer, light weight yet highly moisturizing.

Would I repurchase?

For sure the over night repair serum. There are loads of night oils/serums on the market and this is the best one. I’m trying to use up my Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate which is good but definitely not as good as the Dermalogica. But once its up I’m going for it, even though the price is steep, its totally worth it. This one will also be a Cali purchase, so much cheaper than in Europe.

Well guys and dolls those are some  of the products I’ve used up recently. Have you used any of these, wold you repurchase them too? Otherwise what have you used up, anything you swear by?

Hugs from Beauty Land

Best Beauty Products of 2013- Eyes, Brows & Lips (Part 2)

Hey Guys,

Here’s part two of my Best in Beauty 2013 for Eyes, Brows and Lips. If you missed Part 1 Skin Care, Foundation and Cheeks you can check it our right here :)

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urbandecay_revolutionlipstick_nyx_butterglossEyes:

Best eyeshadow palette goes tooooo..drum roll please….Lorac Pro. It has everything you need including a range of matte and shimmer shades , with perfect buttery textures and easy blendability. Of course the pigmentation is insane and its absolutely perfect for travel.

lorac_proI”m a huge fan of using cream eye shadows and colored bases. Ive tried so many of these type of products from the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils to the Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream Eyeshadows, both amazing with great  color selections but my favorite ones are the Maybelline 24 Hour Color Tattoos. The shade range is extensive with a variety of finishes from matte, to shimmery, metallic and glitter. They last so long without creasing so they can be worn alone but they also do a great job of boosting any powder eyeshadow. I have been really hooked on the shades Pomegranate Punk, a gorgeous burgundy plum with golden micro glitter, and Pink Gold, a pretty pink with golden shimmer.

maybelline_24hour_color_tattooBest mascara is a toss up between the Benefit They’re Real and Tarte Lights Camera Lashes. They both do a fab job at volumizing and lengthening with minimal clumping. Both are the deepest of black while neither flaking or transferring onto the skin. The Tarte Lights camera Lashes gets half a point more just because the brush is slightly more comfortable on the lash line (Benefits They’re Real is a little sharp and prickly and sometimes hurts my lash line if I get too close!!)

Ive been really into winged liner this year and I find it easiest and most flattering to use a gel liner. Ive tried Smashbox, YSL, and Maybelline (just to mention a few) but the L’Oreal Super Liner Gel Intenza in Pure Black  is the best I’ve tried, it doesn’t flake, smudge or budge and its so creamy. The perfect formula for a crisp line.

tarte_lightscameralashes_LorealOh eyeliners how I love you but why must you never stay in my water line!!?? I always have to set with powder but the best black pencil liner I’ve tried in terms of lonegvity is Anastasia Beverly Hills Eye Pencil in Covet. It lasts for a few hours without setting with shadow which is the best I’ve encountered so far (for my rather wet waterline!!).

AnastasiaBeverlyHills_LavishKit_CovetPencilBrows:

For the last year and a half I’ve been almost exclusively using the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow products. Ive tried the brow powder, the brow wiz, and the clear brow gel and love them all. But the most stand out product has got to be the Brow Wiz. The tip is super fine for extreme precision and the formula is soft so its easy to apply. Plus it comes with a built in spooly for grooming and blending.

Runner up for best brow product of 2013 definitely goes to the Benefit Gimme Brow. This little guy is perfect for those natural and quick make up days. The brush is tiny so its absolutely perfect for the brow, it lightly builds and fills brows for a natural put together look.  anastasiabeverlyhills_browwiz_benefitgimmebrowLips:

I’m not a huge lip liner wearer so I don’t have a big range of shades but I definitely like the Mac Pro Longwear Lip Pencils for longevity and minimizing feathering. One of my faves is RiRi Woo.

RiRi_Hearts_Mac_Collection_ririwooprolongwearpencilLipstick wise I love so many brands and have a huge collection from Mac to Lime Crime, Maybelline and Make Up For Ever but the Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks are out of this world insane. Love the color range, pigmentation, and textures. The shade in Naked and Jilted are one of my faves among many.  What an amazing product and more generally, an all over fantastic brand. You can find a full review and swatches of some of the shades here.

urbandecay_revolution_lipstickThe NYX Butter Glosses have been the best thing to come to the beauty world. The gorgeous shades of pastel pinks, lavenders and basic nudes work great for any occasion. They look great alone or layered over lipstick without that sticky tacky feeling. Plus they smell delicious!! Click here to see a full review of these bad boys.

nyx_butterglossHonorable Mention:

Although these next two products are relatively new as they came out in late 2013 I felt they deserved a mention for their amazingness.My honorable mentions of 2013 have got to be the Urban Decay Naked 3 for its gorgeous array of pinky hues, amazing textures, and fab pigmentation. As well as the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Trio… I’ve been using both of these products almost exclusively since I got them in December.

urbandecaynaked3_hourglassambiantlightingtrioWell guys, I hope you’ve enjoyed my 2013 beauty product faves and round up. All of these babies have been staples which I’m sure ill use for years to come. What were some of your faves from 2013?

Until next time my fellow make up lovers!!!

Hugs from Beauty Land