Best of Makeup - 2014

With 2014 officially over, I thought it would be a great time to share my favorite makeup from this past year. I will dive into the different categories and tell you my favorite (or favorites cause sometimes it was hard to pick just one!) And check out the end of the post as I'll let you know what I'm looking forward to trying in 2015!


Primers
Face - Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
I have tried a couple of different face primers in 2014 but always went back to my Smashbox primer. There are a couple of reasons why I love this primer. First, it really does help with extending the life of my makeup. I can definitely tell a difference when I don't use this primer. Secondly, I love the consistency of this primer. It's not a gel formula which is one of the reasons I always go back to it.  I am finding that many primers are going to this type of formula which never works well on my skin.   

Eyes - Benefit Stay Don't Stray
Hands down my favorite eye primer of this year, especially since Benefit changed the packaging.  My favorite thing about this primer is how its tinted. The tinted helps control any imperfections on your lids as well as makes your eye shadows more pigmented.  And I can't forget the staying power.

Foundation - Revlon ColorStay Makeup
Revlon's ColorStay foundation was definitely my go to foundation for 2014. This foundation offers both great coverage and staying power. For being a drug store foundation, I highly recommend it. 
There is only one word to describe this concealer, amazing! It was a late 2014 discovery but I haven't turned to any other concealer since. It offers the best coverage for blemishes, hyper pigmentation and under eye circles. It also blends like a dream which is a huge plus for me.

Powder - MAC Mineralize Skinfinish
All I have to say about this powder is if you haven't try it yet, you need to! It has a great formula that will mattify your foundation. You can also where this alone if you don't need foundation to cover imperfections as it does offer light coverage.  I generally apply this foundation using my Real Techniques Powder Brush.


Bronzer - Benefit Hoola Bronzer
What can I say about this bronzer that as not already been said before?! So far it's one of my favorite bronzers.  The shade and formula are great.  Easy to blend so you don't get the funky contour line (unless you like the line). It's really just an all around versatile item to have in your makeup collection.  You can even use it as an eyeshadow like I did here - Bronzed Eye featuring Hoola by Benefit

Blush Benefit Benetint & Benefit Rockateur
In 2014, I found myself using the same blush combination a lot.  First I would apply Rockateur to the higher areas of my cheeks and then apply Benetint to the apple of my cheeks. I enjoyed this combo as you get a highlight from the Rockateur but a rosie cheek color from the Benetint.


BrowsAnastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz & Benefit Gimme Brow
2014 was the year of the brow for myself and I think everybody else in the make-up world! Last year, I really started to pay more attention to filling in my brows and setting them.  To achieve my everyday brows, I mainly used Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. This brow pencil has the sharpest tip which helps achieve a really natural looking brow.  After filling in my brows with a pencil, I would then set it with the Benefit Gimme Brow.  I really adore this brow gel.  It's get for setting or even just to wear alone if you have to run out the door quick.



Eyeshadow - Urban Decay Naked3 & Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Palette
These two palettes have the eye shadows that I consistently used in 2014. The first is the Naked 3 palette, which is my favorite of the three, and the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette. Both of these offer a great range of eyeshadow colors for everyday basic looks. My favorite shadows from the Naked 3 palette are Nooner, Limit, and Factory.  While my favorite shadows in the Chocolate Bar palette are Milk Chocolate, Salted Caramel, and Marzipan. PS. the Chocolate Bar palette really does smell like chocolate! :)



MascaraBenefit They're RealFlower Beauty Zoom In Ultimate Mascara, & No7 Stay Perfect Mascara
Mascara was a tough category for me to pick just one as I generally wear at least two mascaras daily so I just picked the ones I usually go for.  Of course, Benefit's They're Real has to be part of my mascara favorites for 2014.  It's just so amazing how perfect this mascara is.

Another favorite of mine in 2014 was Flower Beauty's Zoom In Ultimate Mascara.  This mascara is from Drew Barrymore's makeup line and its a great formula, plus it has three different wands in one which is great in itself!
Read my full review of some Flower Beauty products - http://www.lovelyusct.com/2014/03/flower-beauty-cosmetics-review.html

Lastly, I have been loving the No7 Stay Perfect Mascara.  This is a late 2014 discovery but its really the only mascara I have been using since I bought it.  The formula is great as it really does stay on your lashes all day and you don't get the mascara smudge my the end of your day. And for the formula, it's really easy to take off.

I hope you enjoyed my "Best of..".

In 2015, I'm definitely looking forward to expanding both my makeup collection as well as getting out of my comfort zone with how I wear my makeup daily.  Some brands I am looking forward to diving deeper into are NARS, Make Up For Ever, and Hourglass. While some specific items I am looking forward to trying are the Anastasia Beverly Hills single eyeshadows, theBalm's Mary Lou Manizer highlighter, and Kat Von D's Shade & Light palette.

I think my biggest goal is to start wearing more lipsticks as well as getting my hands on Soap & Glory makeup. This one is a stretch though because their makeup isn't sold or shipped to the United States but I am determined!

2015 is the year you definitely want to stay tuned to LovelyUs so like us on Facebook, Instagram, or Bloglovin'.  Stephie and I are looking to really expand what we do and really get this thing going!  So here's to 2015!











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