Best of Week: Makeup

2014 makeup favourites

Get ready for the big bumper pack edition! It’s official, this blog post comes with a warning *may contain large quantities of the word love followed by the use of brilliant and gorgeous* Makeup was always going to be the most hefty post as it’s where my heart lies – yes skincare is great but nothing beats a beautiful eyeshadow palette brimming with buttery neutral shades. Cosmetics is where it’s at so settle down, grab a comfy blanket and enjoy my bevy of makeup favourites from 2014 :)

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Himalia – if someone poised me with the question ‘what is your favourite eyeshadow from 2014’ my answer every time will be NARS Himalia. Although it was a late discovery it’s been worn on an almost daily basis, so much so there is a little dent in the middle of the pan. Thats love people! Worn wet or dry you are given intense colour that blends on the lid to give a gorgeous bronze wash of colour. No smudging or creasing in sight, a pricey number this is worth every penny.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush – why oh why didn’t I pick up an Hourglass blush sooner? Goodbye Laura Mercier Peach Whisper – hello Luminious Flush! There aren’t enough words in the English dictionary to describe how beautiful this is, from it’s finely milled texture to it’s flattering shade range you get a heck of a lot of product but I can still see me using up every last piece.

Paul & Joe Liquid Eye Liner – 2014 marked the year I became a full time liquid eyeliner wearer, it was hit and miss in the beginning all until this Paul & Joe liner graced my lids. Those tricky applications, smudged finishes and dodgy flicks quickly became problems of the past. Something about the flexible and finely shaped nib coupled with intense black colour makes eyeliner a breeze to apply – yup you read that right! This liner is so good in fact I’m on my brace yourselves third one *applause*

Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Concealer – with my red and angry skin fluctuating throughout 2014 I was on the hunt for a concealer that packed some serious coverage. MUFE HD Concealer, Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer & Amazing Cosmetics Concealer were all swatched but each felt thick, heavy and sat on my skin. Yuck. On a whim I tried out the Kat Von D offering and it was a match made in heaven. Full coverage yet super light and blendable in constancy – all that without a doe foot applicator keeping it bacteria free – win!

Josie Maran Coconut Water Eyeshadow – when it comes to best makeup innovation it has to be this unique shadow. A coconut water eyeshadow made of 50% coconut water, I kid you not. Intense colour pay off in a single swipe this glides onto the lid to give a luminous finish. Not only that it hydrates your eyes in the process, so good I picked up two ;)

Maybeline Color Drama Lipstick in Berry Much – again a late discovery in the year however hands down my most worn lippy. A matte shade from my much loved purple spectrum this is moisturising to apply yet doesn’t stick to any dry bits. Not only that, for a drugstore product it has some serious lasting power and sticks to my lips throughout the day.

NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base – although my shadows have a tendency to crease it was a makeup ‘issue’ that never bothered me, this was until I needed my shadow to last. Instead of looking for one of those bases that totally whites out your lid and sits heavy for the rest of the day I opted for something light, easy to apply but did the trick. After using up an entire tester size of this NARS base there was no question that a repurchase was on the cards…in the full size bottle!

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes in Fair* – most favourite posts featured on AGAABB include an under eye concealer. It’s no secret that me and my dark circles aren’t the best of friends therefore on a daily bases I give a rotation of lighteners and brighteners the job of masking them. This year this Smashbox Pen stood strong as it’s mixture of concealing yet lightening properties teamed with a lightweight finish worked perfectly on those sleepless mornings.

Benefit Gimmie Brow Gel – finally a brow product and very apt considering 2014 was the year I finally paid attention to my brows. Yes they usually got waxed and threaded but any more attention? Too much effort in my books! Instead I got hooked on this brow gel as it gives colour, shape and definition for those that can be bothered to faff with their brows. Worn alone or over a shadow/pencil this helps to keep them in check with minimal effort.

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  • I love the NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadows – i’m hoping to pick up the new palette. Benefit Gimme Brow is one of my go-to products too x

  • Id love to try the Ambient lighting blushes!

    BerrieBlogs {beauty blog}

  • great post, i’ve been contemplating whether to purchase the kat von d concealer, or the makeup forever, but i think i’ll go for the kat von d now :D

  • Georgina HattonWoods

    I havent tried any of the Kat Von Dee products but really want too! Thanks for the review, think a concealer is a good place to start!

    Brunette in Louboutins

  • Zoe Newlove

    Some great picks here! I love Paul and Joe Beaute as a whole but their eyeliner is fab!! x x x

    Zoe Newlove | Beauty Blogger & MUA

  • Ella

    The coconut water eyeshadow is AMAZING. I love how versatile it is!

    • I couldn’t believe it when I spied them in Sephora but they are fab! So pretty and versatile like you said xx

  • Some lovely picks. I absolutely adore gimme brow and the hourglass ambient blush has been on my wishlist for some time now x

    • Fingers crossed the Hourglass gets added to your collection soon – you won’t regret it ;) xx

  • Kerm

    I’ve been having problems with dark circles lately, so I might pick up the Smashbox BB cream x

  • I really want to try that Nars eye shadow, the color is one that I’d love for everyday use! The hourglass blushes are also incredible!


    • It’s perfect to wear on it’s own for everyday or paired with a lighter shade for an effortless smokey eye xx

  • Maybelline colour drama products are amaze!! I want your plate!!! lol. xo

  • I love the Coconut eyeshadows! I have the one in Beach Sand and it’s so pigmented

  • Esha Rajesh

    The smashbox BBCream looks very very nice!! x

    • Perfect for those early morning starts!xx

      • Esha Rajesh

        Like school. but, I’m not one of those people who wears a whole face of makeup to school. I just put translucent powder, mascara and occassionally some liquid eyeliner. And a tinted lip balm! xx

        • Good for you – makeup is not the place for lots of makeup! A fresh faced look is so much better :) xx

  • I really want to try the Benefit Brow stuff it sounds amazing. xox

    • It’s fab when you are in a hurry to get out of the door too and don’t want to spend too long on your brows xx

  • Paul and Joe have been added right onto my list, I am a huge liquid liner fan!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  • The NARS Duo Intensity eyeshadows are so nice! The shade you have here is gorgeous. I definitely want to give them a go. xx

    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  • Beautyosaurus Lex

    There isn’t a single item on this list that I don’t officially want, haha! *runs to make a list :D

    Beautyosaurus Lex

  • Karii Zenteno

    Great favs! really want to try a few like that coconut water eyeshadow! x

  • So many of my personal favorites! The Luminous Flush is my all time favorite blush, I am so glad you like it too. I recently discovered the Smashbox BB Eyes and it’s amazing! I need to add the Benefit Gimme Brown to the list of products I need to try, I have heeard great things about it. Which shade do you use?

    • So glad you like the Smashbox eyes too! I was wary of it being Smashbox but think it’s fab! I use the lightest shade of the Benefit Brow Gel – tired the darker one first and it is seriousssly dark!xx

  • Simply Me

    Wow these look so beautiful!
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  • Hourglass blush is on my wishlist , kinda missed out on the trio one they released during holidays

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