Favourite Products of 2014

Favourite Products 2014

So…it’s been a while since I last posted something!  I was still very active on the beauty and skincare front in 2014 but finding the time to blog about the many products that I have tried mixed in with a very full work schedule made it difficult to find the time to blog about them in any meaningful way.  Anyway, to cut a long story short, I have resolved to be more active this year on this blog!

I thought that a good place to start the year off would be a post on what I have enjoyed using (both makeup and skincare) in 2014.  These are products that I find myself reaching for again and again despite having other products in my collection.  This isn’t intended as an all encompassing blog post of what’s best in certain categories of products…it’s simply a run down of the products that have stood out for me time and time again over the past year.  So, without further ado, here are my favourite products of 2014:

1.  Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel – what can I say about this cleanser?  It’s amazing, plain and simple!  I was rather late onto this bandwagon but when I saw a good friend getting really good results for her skin after using this, I knew I had to try it.  It’s a very simple gel cleanser that has a mild, inoffensive and pleasant scent.  There is something really special about it as it cleanses without feeling harsh and really helps to keep skin clear.  I can’t recommend it enough!

2.  Nude Renewal Serum – this is such an unassuming product and when you stick it on your skin I can’t say that the effects are immediately noticeable.  It was only when I ran out and didn’t use it for a week or so that I really noticed the difference.  One of the nicest non-silicone serums around in my opinion.

3.  Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation – my go to, tried and tested going out foundation.  Looks great in photos and never lets me down.

4.  Loreal True Match Foundation- a surprise addition to the makeup stash in 2014.  I would be the first one to admit that I am a high end foundation girl. I have never managed to find a cheap, drug store foundation that has the same finish and lasting power as a high end foundation but I always keep an open mind.  After hearing a few beauty bloggers rave about how good this foundation is, I thought I’d give it a go and I really love it.  It’s long lasting and the finish is lovely.  Gives any high end foundation a run for its money!

5.  Too Faced Lipsticks – I have a lot of lipsticks in my stash but it’s one of the categories of makeup products that I struggle with – both in terms of finding the right colours to suit me and also I have to admit that sometimes I cannot be bothered with the faff of having to re-apply lipstick constantly throughout the day.  Anyway, I have to say that these lipsticks were a pleasant surprise find for me.  They have a lovely balmy texture and the colour payoff is lovely.  So lovely, that it is slowly converting me to be more of a lipstick lover!

6.  Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette – I have a lot of blushers!  Aside from eyeshadows, blushers are my other big obsession so for something to stand out takes a lot!  This palette is beautiful and the colours seem to go with any kind of makeup on the face and they last all day.

7.  Too Faced Primed and Poreless Powder – this powder has magical powers!  I use this power on my cheeks, down my nose and forehead and pores seem to look really reduced.  I’ve used this powder all year.

So there you have it, my favourite products of 2014.  What were your favourite products in the past year and what’s on your list for the coming year?  I’d love to hear your views.


Evening Skincare Routine

So here it is…my first blog post!

I love hearing about people’s skincare routines so thought that this might be a good topic for my inaugural post!  So what have I been loving lately and what’s made the cut as holy grail?!

I am an avid fan of Caroline Hirons‘ blog (those of you who have yet to encounter her blog…I advise you to head straight there!) and took on board her advice in relation to having a good skincare routine about a year ago.  I have oily/combination skin, prone to breakouts at certain times and HUGE pores.  Since locking down a skincare routine, I have hauled my skin from oily/combination to…dare I say it…normal!  I am now a total convert to a good skincare regime!

So here are the products that I have been enjoying using:

1.  I start off with the Emma Hardie Moringa Amazing Face Cleansing Balm.  This stuff is amazing!  It is an oil based cleanser that removes make up like no other.  I have used a variety of cleansing balms in the past but always come back to this one.  I use a face cloth to take the balm off…I love this step!

2.  After using the Emma Hardie, I head in for a second cleanse.  Yes, this is the step that apparently cleanses the skin (not just takes the makeup off).  I have a number of “second step cleaners” (yes, seems excessive…but a girl’s gotta have cleansers!).  I am loving the Zelens Luminous Facial Cleanser at the moment.  It’s a beautiful product, has a mild pleasant scent and somehow manages to get those pores really clean so that they appear smaller.

3.  After cleansing, I apply a serum.  I’m currently flitting between two… the new Nude Serum and a Kate Sommerville Total Vitamin Anti-Oxidant Serum (good if you suffer from pigmentation after getting spots).  Both have hyaluronic acid as an ingredient (a wonder product for infusing the skin with moisture).

4.  Eye cream is the next step and I am currently testing the Liz Earle Superskin Lip and Eye Treatment.  I have been pleasantly surprised by this product.  It doesn’t contain any silicones which I have tried to keep away from with eye creams as it tends to make my eyes puffy.  I am pleasantly surprised by this product…I think it will be a re-purchase!

5.  If my skin is feeling particularly dry, I will use an oil.  I find that oils really help to balance my oily skin…it’s a strange thought but it works and I highly recommend it.  My current favourite oils are the Nude ProGenius Treatment Oil (a beautiful product without a strong scent like some other oils on the market) and the Zelens Z-22 Absolute Face Oil (another wonder product that feels amazingly light for what it is).

6.  Then comes moisturiser. I have tried countless different moisturisers in the past but I am currently using the expensive but really amazing Omrovicza Rejuvenating Night Cream at the moment.  It is silicone free; something that I look for in my moisturisers and skincare in general nowadays as I have figured out that silicone breaks me out and makes me quite oily.  The product leaves my skin really plump by the morning and I am never greasy.

So…phew…quite an epic skincare routine…but it has really helped to keep my skin in check recently and has totally confirmed to me that a good skincare routine can do wonders for your skin!

I would love to hear about your skincare routines or about other product recommendations…so please feel free to comment and share your thoughts!  Also, let me know if there are any products that I mentioned that you would like me to produce a more in depth review on!