2014 beauty favourites

Really, truly, honestly. I couldn’t possibly try to write up all the beauty products that were my favourite this year, especially when it comes to skincare. SO I’ll make an effort to film a video (!) on my favourites before the quarter ends.

In the mean time click to “read more” and check out the slide show of the products I’ve loved all year round.

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kiehls ultra facial cream intense hydration

dry skin moisturizers

It’s pretty glutinous to say this but lately I haven’t been able to pick one moisturizer to stick with and this list was settled two weeks ago before two more tubs were added to the rotation. Hey! It hasn’t done me any damage yet so I’m rollin’ with the punches. View Post

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best eye creams for dark circles wrinkles dry eyes

best eye creams for dark circles wrinkles dry eyes

{The Eye Cream rotation}

I know it seems a little absurd to have a rotation of eye creams but a skincare specialist once told me there is no one eye cream that can do it all and it totally made sense to me. For the longest time I was trying eye creams that claimed to do so much but felt like they were doing nothing at all!

To be able to target specific problems and target them well, you have to consider focusing on one thing at a time.

That being said, it’s no surprise I use a variation of now five different eye creams to target different things. These my friends, are my favourites.

olay fresh effects bright on schedule eye awakening cream

{De-puffing perfection}

I admit that I often have my doubts with drugstore brands but almost every product from the new Fresh Effects collection by Olay has been more than impressive. This eye cream and the cleansing wipes being the standout pieces. Bright On Schedule, Eye Awakening Cream is a rollerball that claims to brighten and de-puff your eyes instantly. No exaggeration – it does just that. This is the eye cream I go to if I’m desperate to get my eyes from potato sacks to bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

olay fresh effects eye rollerball cream

{The rollerball effect}

The cooling rollerball has a lot to do with the impressive bag-busting results.

skinceuticals aox eye gel

{Anti-aging – the miracle worker}

I know it’s easy to forget about the future of your beautifully aging skin but if you want to keep it looking that way then preventative measures hold a place in your beauty regime. Skinceuticals are one of the best in this field and I’m a huge fan of this AOX antioxidant Eye Gel ($89). With that, it repairs sun damage to the eye and helps you look a lot less tired than you feel.

{lancome genifique eye cream serum

{Dark circles – Let there be bright}

If you’re a fan of the Clarisonic Opal I highly recommend using this light-bulb of a serum in conjunction with it. Lancome’s Genifique Eye Light-Pearl ($88) is light enough to use with the device (that alone helps to soften the look of puffiness in an instant) and product alone is fantastic at easing dark circles after just a few weeks of use. If you’re looking for hydration and the banishment of fine lines look for something a little richer. I find this to be drying at times but when I layer it with a richer cream it’s a dream.

kiehls midnight recovery eye cream

{Sleeping beauty}

This sleeping beauty boasts a mix of botanicals and essential oils that offer an under eye area that’s soft and supple. Though it claims to, the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Cream ($40) doesn’t always banish puffy peepers but when my skin has been obviously thirsty, this little wonder helps me wake with a fresher look.

Shiseido ibuki eye correcting cream{The holy grail}

When pulling together these edits there’s often a product that stand out the most and I feel like it’s my duty to give you that “If you had to pick ONE” recommendation. Obviously the above are fantastic in their areas of expertise but the Shiseido Ibuki Eye Cream is my number one, daytime eye cream. It smoothes out fine lines and contains a pearlescent ingredient that illuminates the skin instantly. It takes me from looking zombie like to “I woke up like this”.

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revlon pinched blush swatch

cream blush

{Cream Blush Collection}

After doing my roundup of baked blushes I found that if I’m not sweeping on that type of blush formula then I’m buffing on a cream colour instead. It’s not to say I don’t reach for my basic Nars Blush every so often but I find that I’m generally alternating between a baked or cream formula.

Of course it wasn’t easy rounding it up but below you’ll find my favourite formulas on the market right now!

revlon pinched blush

{Revlon Photoready Cream Blush in Charmed}

Believe it or not it was Revlon that started my obsessed with this texture! A couple of years ago, the brand released this stunning round of cream blushes but (what I felt like was) our of nowhere they disappeared from Canada. I may have shed a tear when I heard the news but now they’re back and I’m a happy girl.

revlon pinched blush swatch

{Wearing Charmed}

coral reef revlon blush

{Revlon Photoready Cream Blush in Coral Reef}

The best part about these Revlon blushes? The texture is so smooth it almost melts when it touches your fingertips or cheeks. It buffs in to the skin with ease and without streaks and I adore how long-lasting it is.

revlon coral reef blush swatch

{Coral Reef on the cheeks!}

revlon charmed blush

{Revlo PhotoReady Cream Blush in Pinched}

Oh Pinched! Such a cool, unusual colour. Yes, the shimmer looks intense but it really is a warm, gentle, subtle flush of peach. Perfect for any skintone.

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{Make Up For Ever HD Blush in 415 Light Rust}

This new round of blushes by Make Up For Ever live up to their Pro name. The HD quality of this formulation mimics the look of a flushed second skin. The silky formula smooths in to a matte finish for a natural pop of colour.

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{Make Up For Ever HD Blush in 315 Peach Beige}

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{Make Up For Ever HD Blush in 220 Pink Sand}

make up for ever blush brown cream

{Wearing HD Blush in Pink Sand}

make up for ever 150 wavy brush

{Make Up For Ever – 150 Wavy, Precision Blush Brush}

I’ve tried my loose blush brush with the cream blushes but find that they don’t collect the product as much as I would like to. The Make Up For Ever 150 Precision Blush Brush offers a tighter packed bristle to allow for a generous product pick up. Perfect when buffing the colour on to the apple of your cheeks!

I didn’t get round to photographing the centre of attention – Chanel’s Le Blush Creme in #62 but this formula is the most matte of the all. If you’re looking for a fresh, bold and powdery finish then this formula is unbeatable. Plus, it never hurts to pull out a black compact with the two c’s!

cream blush swatch

{The Swatches}

Chanel – Le Blush Creme,#62

Make Up For Ever – 315 Peach Beige ($31)

Revlon – Charmed ($11)

Make Up For Ever-  415 Light Rust ($31)

Revlon – Coral Reef ($11)

Make Up For Ever – 220 Pink Sand ($31)

Revlon – Pinched ($11)

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