As 2014 quickly comes to a close and we usher in 2015, I always like to take the time to reflect on the best moments of the year. I would say that 2014 was one of the best years that I have had in recent memory, as I embarked on several new and exciting adventures in both my personal and professional life…and 2014 was also marked with numerous glam filled moments that were created with the assistance of various beauty products! I have complied a list of my top 14 beauty products that I have used this year, that I consider to be the Best in Beauty!
The products are listed below, and can be purchased in-store and online…
Best Body Wash: Caress Fine Fragrance Elixirs
All of the body washes within this collection smell absolutely divine! They are crafted with oils to leave your skin feeling silky and soft. Each body wash is composed of a top, middle and base note — hence the Fine Fragrance title. The scents of these notes will linger on your skin long after you have stepped out of the shower! So yummy!
Best Contour Powder: NARS Contour Kit
This fabulous contour kit comes in three shades to compliment light, medium and dark complexions that enable you to sculpt your face to perfection! The kit has a deeper contour shade and a lighter shade that can either be used for a highlighting or a subtle contour. I absolutely love the versatility of the powders, as they also double as eyeshadow for a neutral smokey eye.
Best Eyeliner: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil
This has been my go-to eyeliner for several years now! These eyeliners come in 40 different shades to select from, ranging from basic black to vibrant shades of blue and green. As the name states, these eyeliners really do stay in place 24/7…until you wash it away with soap and water or a makeup remover it isn’t going anywhere! Additionally, one pencil can easily last two to three months.
Best Foundation: Estée Lauder Double Wear
This foundation has won numerous awards within the cosmetics industry. It is oil-free, fragrance-free, transfer resistant, has moderate coverage that can be built up, wears flawlessly for up to 15 hours and comes in 30 shades. It is amazing. Whenever I wear it, I forget that I am wearing foundation because it feels that natural and comfortable. My only complaint about the foundation is that it does not come with a pump…however, the foundation pumps sold at MAC fit the Double Wear bottles perfectly.
Best Hair Product: Argan Hair Oil
Argan oil has been around in various cultures across the globe for centuries, but it just made a splash within the US hair industry within the last five years or so. My love for Argan oil is still going strong, due to its lovely scent and versatility. Argan oil has a sweet yet pleasant floral scent, which smells great in ones hair. Additionally, this oil can be used a body oil and a cuticule oil. I love it for travel, because I can use it to do so many things!
Best Hand Cream: L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
I received a sample of this hand cream last year, and ended up purchasing it on the spot! This had cream is crafted in France and made with 20% shea butter, honey, almond, grape seed, and coconut oil — which leave your hands deeply moisturized. It is a definite must have for me.
Best Highlight Powder: NARS Albatross
This sheer, light golden colored blush reflects light beautifully; especially when placed on the cheekbones! I was initially hesitant to try this product because it looks super opaque in the packaging. However, it applies like a dream and it looks amazing on women of color. This is my best friend during the summer months when I want to take my glow to the next level!
Best Lip Conditioner: Neosporin Lip Health Overnight Renewal Therapy
This is a product that is rarely mentioned within the beauty blogosphere. It is extremely emollient and I have found that it is the only product that has managed to keep my lips hydrated this winter — while I am in NYC and rocking matte lipsticks. I must also mention that using the ELF lip exfoliator in conjunction with this lip conditioner has done amazing things for my pout! I like to apply the conditioner lightly during the day, and I slather it on right before bed so I can wake up with baby soft lips.
Best Mascara: Makeup Forever Smoky Lash Mascara
I absolutely love this mascara!!! It gives me gorgeous, thick, full and lengthy lashes — without clumps! It does not flake off throughout the day and it is a super, rich shade of black. Since I have started using this mascara, I have actually had people ask me if I were wearing false eyelashes on numerous occasions.
Best Moisturizer: Estée Lauder DayWear
Estée Lauder’s DayWear has been a constant in my beauty arsenal for the past several years. I truly believe that great makeup begins with great skin. This multi-protection, antioxidant rich moisturizer helps to fight the first signs of aging and the fresh cucumber scent of the moisturizer smells like a day at the spa! I always get this moisturizer in the oil-free formula, which also has SPF 25.
Best Neutral Nail Lacquer: Essie Ballet Slippers
Essie’s Ballet Slippers is what I have on my nails (and toes) the majority of the year…with the exception of the winter months/Holiday season when I wear red or dark, vampy nail lacquers. Ballet Slippers is a clean, milky pink shade and it is opaque with two coats. I always get compliments on this shade.
Best Nude Lipstick: MAC Velvet Teddy
I love everything about this lipstick from the name (so cute) to the shade and the staying power. This lipstick is a mix of taupe and pink and it flatters all skin tones. And because it is a matte formula, it lasts through cups of coffee. The shade and formula of the lipstick make it perfect for a glam yet sophisticated look. I can always add a gloss on top if I want to add a bit of shine to my lips.
Best Red Lipstick: MAC Viva Glam I
This was the very first lipstick to be launched in MAC’s Viva Glam collection. It is a classic blue toned red, and the matte formula gives this lipstick an old Hollywood glamour vibe. This shade of red truly looks gorgeous on everyone! And the best part, is that 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this lipstick go to the MAC AIDS Fund, which provides medical services and food to those that are infected with HIV/AIDS across the globe.
Best Red Nail Lacquer: OPI Big Apple Red
This is probably one of OPI’s most popular red nail lacquer. It is a classic, bold, and vibrant creme red lacquer. It also pairs well with MAC’s Viva Glam I and Ruby Woo, for a vixen-esque nail/lip combo!
Here’s to having an amazing 2015!!
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