30 Things of 2014Thursday, December 11, 2014
2014 was a big year for beauty and with launches, relaunches and limited editions left and right, online or department store level, it gets exciting but also a bit overwhelming. Sometimes, I still get confused and amazed at the same time whenever I visit a cosmetics store, but below are my favorites from last year that are unique, hard-working and special in their ways!
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Guerlain Rouge G* - which I've reviewed here. It's one super pigmented lippy with a luxurious and dimennsional finish and packaging. At first, Guerlain lippies may seem focused on packaging but it does deliver!
|Swatch of Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Harlow Red - 2 coats, with flash and Iris blur to focus on center|
Bobbi Brown Art Stick* - Launched last April, which I think is the most pigmented among Bobbi's lipsticks famous for its creamy yet pigmented qualities. But this time, the format is in stick which blurs the line between a lipstick and a lip liner, making way for precise application (see above swatch without brush usage). It's also versatile in its coverage (from sheer wash to full). It's not that drying because of Shea butter present in the product.
|Swatch of Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me in Honeymoon Glow - 2 coats, with flash and Iris blur to focus on center|
Shiseido Lacquer Gloss* - which, for me is the best color and gloss in one, or a lipstick in liquid form. Full review here.
|Swatch of NARS Audacious Lipstick in Brigitte - 2 swatches, with flash and Iris blur to focus on center|
NARS Audacious - Above swatch is on the top of my list, which is one of my latest repurchases, Audacious Brigitte. I've reviewed Kelly in this post, but I think I found the perfect lippy for my dark hair color now, and it's a neutral pink. Versus Shut Up & Kiss Me, Audacious has a less creamy finish that sits beautifully on fine lines.
L'Oreal Makeup Designer/Paris L'Extraordinaire* - Definitely a new generation of lippies at an affordable price.
LIMIT DOES EXIST
|Swatches of Best Limited Edition Cosmetics 2014 - 2 coats, with flash|
|Swatch of MAKE UP FOR EVER Arty Blossom - 2 coats, with flash|
|Swatch of NARS Duo Eye Shadow in Dolomites - 2coats, with flash|
|Swatch of Stila Eyes are Windows Palette in Soul - 2 coats, with flash|
MAC Pedro Lourenco Blush Duo* - MAC launched different collaborations with designers/artists this year and one of my fav is the collection with Pedro Lourenco because of how the colors were chosen and packaged. I got the Blush Duo which looks sheer yet luxurious with a flushed effect.
Laura Mercier Metallic Eye Colour* - From the limited collection last Spring-Summer 2014, this permanent product now has great texture and finish that mimicks heavy metals.
|Swatch of MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show Collection in Frank N' Furter - 2 coats, with flash and Iris blur to focus on center|
ALL THAT BASE
Shiseido Sun* -
Missha BB Cream*
Avon CC Cream* -
MAC Studio Fix & Pump -
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance* -
Laura Mercier* -
It was also the time to amp up the color game. These permanent color cosmetics definitely caught my attention.
|Swatches of Best Color Cosmetics 2014 - 2 coats, with flash|
On the top of the list is the MAKEUP FOR EVER artist shadows that I've reviewed here. Unfortunately, I was not able to include it here because it got lost when I lost my makeup kit! =( Hoever, below are ones that were interesting for me as well.
From (left-right) based on swatches,
|Swatch of NARS Dual Intensity Eye Shadow in Callisto - 2 coats, with flash|
Maybelline Color Ink - which I've been waiting for since its global launch. Consistency and pigmentation are way beyond its price, but while staying power is not that good, the amount of creativity that it can give in terms of coverage and colour is worth the peso that I paid for this when I bought it.
|Swatch of Happy Skin All Eyes on Hue - 2 coats, with flash|
Happy Skin Sculptacular* - that has a nice subtle bronzing/highlighting effect. The contour is not so dark or light, while the highlighter doesn't have a white cast and only produces a luminous sheer non-shimmery highlight. Love the cheat sheets too of Happy Skin!
|Swatch of Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Sparkle Shadow/Liner in Smokey Topaz - 2 coats, with flash|
Last 2014, I started investing on skin care and luckily, a lot of them were launched and reintroduced. Glam Glow, Philosophy and Yllume came in the industry, while Burt's Bees launched a lot of winning products.. Below are my favorites:
Philosophy Full of Promise* - Philosophy which was relaunched early this year was something I explored this year. One of my favorites from the line is this anti-ageing/lifting range called Full of Promise. I have emptied this moisturizer and I have noticed a bit more refined contour, as unique protein-recycling complex powered by proprietary peptides and marine microalgae works to breathe new life into existing proteins for skin restoration. I also have the eye duo and will share more about this soon!
Burt's Bees Daisy White Line* (which I'll review in detail) as this is one of my ultimate skin brightening and improving treatment. I noticed better skin condition (less dullness) every time I cleanse-tone-moisturize using this range.
Yllume* - probably one of the best I've tried this year as well. A derma brand, Yllume gives so much illuminating and perfecting skin care benefits, from cleansers to mask (and even supplements!) My favorite is the cleanser and mask which I've noticed to improve my blemishes. Full Reviews soon as well.
Glam Glow* - A Hollywood favorite launched early this year which I've reviewed here, this is one instant solution for everything and anything skin. There were lots of variants launched this year too and will review some as well soon!