Saturday, January 3, 2015

My Holy Grails of 2014

Holy Grails of 2014

I thought I would do a little round up of my personal Holy Grail products from 2014 today.  I had a look back at my Top 13 of 2013 that I posted in January last year and two of the products I featured in there have made this years cut as well!

First up and an absolute gem of a find this year the Trish McEvoy 24hr Eye Shadow and Liner sticks.  These creamy pigmented eye crayons are absolute perfection in a stick.  They're long lasting, non drying, non fading and work well as a base or standalone shadow.  I have done a full review here but I literally rave about these to everyone and know a few of my beauty blogger friends have bought them!  I've also really enjoyed the NARS Narsissist palette (and NARS in general), Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita palette and MAC Sable eyeshadows this year.

Next is the Charlotte Tilbury Airbursh Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Powder.  This beautifully packaged setting powder is incredibly finely milled and smooths, mattifies and blurs imperfections with one brush stroke.  A full review is here.  I am on my second compact and it's the best I have found.

In terms of loose powder, my favourite of 2014 was the By Terry Hyaluronic Powder. This is a white coloured powder and the best I have found for mattifying my skin for the longest without leaving it ashen or chalky.  You can read my full thoughts here.

Acqua Di Parma 'Fico Di Amalfi' has been my scent of the year.  It's milky, fruity and sweet without being cloying.  Citrus, bergamot and fig are the main notes with a touch of jasmine and cedar.  I don't really like musky fragrances and this is the perfect day time fragrance.  This year I have also loved See by Chloe, Jo Malone's Peony and Blush Suede and Wood Sage and Sea Salt and Armani Si.

I still class myself as a bit of an eyeliner noob (still haven't mastered a flick) but the Marc Jacobs Highliner in Blacquer is my current fave.  The formula is a gel in a pencil form and it applies perfectly along the lash line every time.  It's soft but not messy, it stays on the inner waterline and it lasts all day.  I've since bought several more shades.  I posted a little review here.  By complete accident I also recent bought the Lancome Art Liner liquid liner and it's superb too.

Alpha H Liquid Gold appears in my annual faves for the second year running.  This is an amazing skin treatment for hormonal acne and I have written a very comprehensive review of it here.  I'm on my third bottle now and will never be without it.

Foundation wise, the best I have used this year is Dolce and Gabbana Perfect Matte Liquid Foundation.  A close second was the YSL Fusion Ink foundation which I reviewed here  I've also liked NARS Sheer Glow and Make Up For Ever HD foundation as well but the Dolce and Gabbana stands out if you like high coverage, matte but not cakey coverage.  You can read my thoughts here.

The Dior Rouge Dior lipstick was also in last years Holy Grail post and still tops my lipstick tree in terms of formulation.  The shade range is fantastic, they're hydrating, pigmented and glossy.  I reviewed two here but expect more reviews coming soon.  I also really like their 'little sister' recently released Dior Rouge Dior Baume formula too.  I'm also a big fan of the Bobbi Brown Art Sticks, By Terry Terrybly Rouge lipsticks, MAC Cremesheen lipsticks, Charlotte Tilbury (both the matte and normal range), NARS Velvet Matte pencils and the Chantecaille glosses.  I could go on forever but a quick search of my blog using the search bar will give you reviews of most of the aforementioned lip products.

Sticking with lips, the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat lip liner in Pillow Talk has made me a liner convert.  This MLBB shade just shapes and plumps lips like nothing else.  I've talked briefly about it here.  I have three.  Just in case you know.

Finally the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel has been my favourite cleanser of 2014.  Other ones I have enjoyed using have been the Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip, Creme De La Mer The Oil and the Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Cleanser.  But the Oskia is a great light balm cleanser that leaves your skin feeling terrific.  My thoughts are here.

So that's my must haves of 2014.  I love these kind of posts so please leave me a link to yours below if you have done one.  Are any of your favourites in here?


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