Originally Posted on January 5th, 2015
Plenty new products came out of the woodwork in 2014. Here’s a list of just a handful of my favourite stand outs:
Ellis Faas Skin Cream Blush – Thanks to a little care package from Saskatchewan Fashion Week courtesy of Ellis Faas, I was to get my hands on this gem. Hydrating, perfectly pigmented and blends flawlessly.
Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base – Perfect for creating a crease-free base and will intensify any eyeshadow applied on top!
Flower Lighten Up! Illuminating Concealer – Drew Barrymore’s makeup line, Flower, is seriously awesome! This concealer has a rich consistency, yet manages to be super lightweight on the skin, while having excellent coverage and illuminating features. Great as a highlighter as well!
Chanel Soleil De Tan – The creme de la creme of bronzers. Adds a dewy finish to your foundation. Great if used as a cheekbone contour for lighter skin shades.
Nars Narsissist Eyeshadow Palette – A perfectly balanced palette of cool, warm and neutral colours; matte, satin and frosted finishes; and highly pigmented! For me, this is a perfect palette.
Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey – I’m not a huge lipstick wearing person. Every so often I’ll throw on a heavy, bright lip. But for everyday wear, I prefer something much lighter and sheer. Almost all year, I’ve embraced my naturally darker pink lips and started wearing more darker plums on them. This product is perfect! Hydrating and sheer with just the right amount of pigment.
Edward Bess Cream Blush and Lip – Found this sucker at Winners. I’ve been really enjoying using cream blushes because of the hydrating factor and their great “blendability”. This one can be used as a lip colour and smells like Strawberry Jam!
Joe Fresh Eyeshadow in Golden Bronze – Most makeup artists are always impressed if a product has great pigmentation – and i’m one of them. Joe Fresh totally delivers the pigment in their single eyeshadows! I picked this shade up the day of the Fleetwood Mac concert and always sing Gold Dust Woman to myself every time I use it.
Eucerin Intensive Lip Balm – This stuff is the bomb. A nice base for any lip product as well.
Diorskin Star Foundation – My latest makeup purchase has not disappointed! A beautiful satin finish, with a slight illuminating feature and great coverage. Dior doesn’t f*ck around! (pardon me)
Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette – You can’t live with just one palette, can you? I can’t. Maybelline has been killing it the last few years with – it seems – new products being released every few months. This is a fantastic warm toned palette. Much like the Nars Palette, is perfectly balances with matte, satin and frosted finishes. Only $14!
Pixi Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach – I tend to have darker under eye circles. This dense cream has a peachy/pink undertone which helps aid in hiding the blues and purples in under eye circles.
And last but not least,
Anastasia Dip Brow pomade in Medium Brown – I didn’t want to like this stuff. I refused to purchase it for a long time. After seeing many horrendous Instagram, Pinterest and Youtube posts featuring drag-like, heavy handed and unflattering brow techniques with the hashtag #anastasiabeverlyhills, I stayed far away.
I cracked and finally gave in. Great product and great variety of colours. It’s very good.