I hope January is being kind to you and I wish you luck if January means you have exams coming up!
Over the past year, I haven’t written many reviews so I thought I would list a number of products which I enjoyed last year and used religiously. I tried to include a bit of everything to get a general idea of what I liked. These were my go to products last year:
- NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation in 02 Soft Beige
- Vivo Blush with Highlighter duo in Shade 3 Sweet Peach
- MAC Frost lipstick in Jist A23
- Pupa Milano I’m Lipstick in 308 Burgundy
- Wjcon Lasting colour stick eyeshadow in tiger eye 04
- Wjcon Lasting colour stick eyeshadow in rose quartz 03
- Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara
- Essence longlasting eye pencil in 01 black fever
- e.l.f. Makeup Remover pen
- e.l.f. Small Angled Brush (for eyebrows)
- Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (+ most of their core collection and starter set)
- Pupa Milano Lasting Colour Gel nail polish (I don’t have this one’s number)
- Pupa Milano Lasting Colour Gel nail polish in 026 California Soul
- Pupa Milano Gel Top Coat
- K Co Brow Powder
And to start with Face products…
NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation in 02 Soft Beige
I have been using this foundation for over a year. I like it because it matches my skin tone perfectly, is light weight but gives good coverage. Definitely worth a try!
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (+ most of their core collection and starter set)
While I love my e.l.f. brushes (I’ve written all about them here), I think I prefer the Real Techniques brushes as I have never had any shedding and I have had them for almost 2 years. I think out of all of them, my favourite is the Expert face brush (which is NOT in the core collection). From the eye set, my favourites have to be the Deluxe Crease Brush and the Base Shadow Brush which is really soft and fluffy.
Vivo Blush with Highlighter duo in Shade 3 Sweet Peach
I love this blush for everyday use and I have finally hit pan. I have nothing similar to this shade and I find that it is quite natural and fits my complexion. I must say that I have so gotten used to this blush, that when I wore a different one, I thought it looked strange on my face. While I love it, I look forward to finishing it so that I move on to other blushes that I haven’t used yet.
And now for Eye products…
Wjcon Lasting colour stick eyeshadow in tiger eye 04 and rose quartz 03
I must say that I really love these products. I use them when I am in a hurry but still want to look like I made an effort. With just these two shadow, I manage to create a simple smokey eye which is wearable day and night. If you want to read more about why I love eyeshadow sticks, click here.
Essence longlasting eye pencil in 01 black fever
This is my go to eyeliner. I have never tried an eyeliner that is better than this especially for applying on the waterline. This doesn’t smudge and I have rather teary eyes but I have never had any problems with this. It’s also really affordable.
e.l.f. Small Angled Brush and K Co Brow Powder
This is a combination of products which I use every single day. I love the brush because it is small enough to give me control over my very thin brows. I also love the brow powder and I have written about it here.
Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara
This is a fantastic mascara. I have very short and light lashes and this manages to give me length, volume and darkness with just a couple of coats. It has a big wand and has normal bristles (it is not made out of plastic or silicone). If you have tiny lashes but like them to show more and in a lovely volumized way, try this out.
e.l.f. Makeup Remover pen
This is a lifesaver when you ruin your liquid eyeliner. It solves the problem instantly and cleans your face up nicely! Definitely a must have! You can get it off the e.l.f. website and I have a hunch that it was actually cheaper on iherb.
And now, Lips…
MAC Frost lipstick in Jist A23
I love this lipstick. It is my first MAC lipstick and the colour is really one of a kind. It has an orange tinge to it which seems to look good with my skin tone. I wear this almost everytime I have a formal occasion as it is quite dressy.
Pupa Milano I’m Lipstick in 308 Burgundy
I had been looking for a dark red lipstick and then Pupa Milano Malta sent me three of their I’m lipsticks. Out of the three, this is my favourite and I have used it quite a bit over the holidays.
And finally, Nail polish…
Pupa Milano Lasting Colour Gel nail polish (Red)
This is a lovely red polish which I have used regularly this year. It was given to me by Pupa Milano Malta and I have really enjoyed it as to me it is the perfect red for a nail polish. I’ve always used this with the Pupa Milano Gel Top Coat as without it, it didn’t last as long.
Pupa Milano Lasting Colour Gel nail polish in 026 California Soul
I actually got this quite recently from Sicily. You can read more about what I got from Sicily here. I haven’t used it much in 2014 simply because I got it in December, but I will definitely use it up this year. This is how it looked on my nails after 9 days, thanks to the Pupa Milano Gel Top Coat. I was given the top coat by Pupa Milano Malta and have always used it with these polishes. It is incredible how long nail polish lasts using this combination of products.
That’s all from my 2014 favourites! Do we have any in common? What have you enjoyed using last year? Let me know in the comment section.
Until the next post…