“The best makeup on a woman is passion but cosmetics are easier to buy.”- Yves Saint-Laurent
In January I made a list compiled of my favourite new products from the year before (here). Some were cult classics and some were happy accidents that I luckily stumbled upon. This year I have compiled a new list and decided to share it before Christmas (just in case anyone out there is looking to improve their beauty regimen for the busy holiday season). Find my “New Favourite things” list below! Happy beautifying!
A Few of my Favourite Things…2014 Edition
#1 Nars Blush
This product has changed the way I feel about blush. My friend Kailee introduced me to it a few months ago and I haven’t looked back. I bought it the very day I took hers out for a test drive. Desire is the colour I am hooked on. It is a hyper-pigmented, bright pink that looks a little overwhelming at first (bright is an understatement). A little goes a long way and it lasts all damn day. Did I mention I get complimented every time I wear it? I have since bought it in orgasm, which is a cult classic among beauty buffs. It is a soft, shimmery, peach that is lovely in the winter months.
#2 Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade
I don’t know how I lived without this product. It may seem dramatic but my eyebrows have never looked better. This product is similar to a gel eyeliner and it goes on easily with an angled brush. It not only darkens and defines my brows but because it is a pomade, it holds my less tame brow hairs in place. This is why it is far superior to powders and pencils. A little goes a very, very long way and it comes in eight different shades, making it easy to find the perfect match!
#3 CND Vinylux
I love nail polish. It is very rare for me to have naked nails but because my hands are always busy, nail polish doesn’t last very long. I have tried shellac and gel nails, both of which ruined my nails for months after trying them (honestly, my nails are still peeling!). Nothing lasted until I found Vinylux. It’s a two step process, two coats of a colourful base coat followed by one coat of the seven day top coat. It hardens almost instantly, it is shiny like shellac and it lasts for well over a week on my fingers (and weeks on my toes!). Best part is it comes off easily with regular nail polish remover and doesn’t strip your nails.
#4 ELF High Definition Powder
For a measly four dollars, this product is the perfect finishing powder. Lightly dust on your face after makeup applications for a flawless “airbrushed” finish. It hides fine lines and makes everything look smooth and even. All of that for the low price of a latte!
#5 Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Eyeliner
I know, I featured a different eye liner last year. That one truly was my favourite, until I met this one. It comes in a massive array of colours, stays on perfectly until it is washed off and the brush is fine for perfect application. Trendy cat eyes are no sweat with this stuff. I own it in a few colours now but my all time fav. is a colour called smog, which is a green-gold that is positively stunning!
#6 MAC Lipstick in Rebel
I am convinced this colour looks great on everyone. It’s a lovely deep colour that ranges between very blue red, plumb and a deep wine depending on your complexion and how heavily you apply it. For this reason, it is one of the most versatile lipsticks that can provide looks ranging from retro-glam to vampy-chic. Win, win, win!!!
#7Say Yes To Carrots Moisturiser
This is a drug store find that I accidentally stumbled upon. I still am obsessed with my face oil but this is fantastic on my dry, winter skin. My thirsty face thanks me in the morning by not peeling (peeling noses make you look like a crocodile-not attractive). Added bonus- it is 98% natural and paraben free. No clogged pores from this stuff!!