2014 Favourites: Makeup & Nails

Monday, January 05, 2015
I cannot believe how quickly the year has gone by! It is now time for my yearly favourites, I will split the products up into categories such as makeup & nails, skincare, body care and fragrance. I have already published my favourite blogs of 2014 (here) and my 2014 favourite skincare (here). This year I have decided to pick a winner from each product type and a runner up otherwise this list would be even longer!

Primer (eye/face) Winner: Nars Pro Prime Eyeshadow Primer
Runner Up: Maybelline The Smoother Face Primer

Foundation Winner: Max Factor Smooth Effect Foundation
Runner Up: Max Factor Luminizer Foundation

Concealer Winner: Clinique Airbrush Concealer
Runner Up: Essence Stay All Day Concealer

Powder Winner: Essence All About Matt Fixing Powder 
Runner Up: Revlon Nearly Naked Powder

Bronzer Winner: Chanel Multi-Colour Healthy Glow (01)
Runner Up: Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer & Smashbox Baked Fusion Soft Lights

Highlighter Winner: TheBalm Mary Loumanizer 
Runner Up: Kryolan For GlossyBox Cashmere Highlighter

Contour/Blush Winner: NYX Blush (Taupe)
Runner Up: Nars Douceur Blush

Mascara Winner: Yves Rocher Sexy Plump Mascara 
Runner Up: Rimmel 100% Waterproof Mascara 

Liquid Eyeliner Winner: Essence Liquid Ink 
Runners Up: Sephora Waterproof Liquid Liner & Stila Stay All Day Liner

Lip Stain Winner: Loreal Splash Stain (Lolita)
Runner Up: Rimmel Provocalips Lip Colour, Soap & Glory Lip Lacquer & Topshop Gloss Ink

Lip Gloss Winner: Laura Mercier Lip Glace 
Runner Up: Maybelline Colour Elixir 

Eyeshadow Quad/Palette Winner: Makeup Revolution Palettes 
Runner Up: Soap & Glory 'What's Nude' Quad

Makeup Brushes Winner: Spectrum Brushes 
Runner Up: Real Techniques Brushes & Bare Minerals Face Brushes

Nails Winner: H&M Nail Polish Pot Remover 
Runners up: Revlon Parfumerie Polishes & Colorstay Top Coat

Now for a few honourable mentions for products that I have also loved during 2014 but didn't quite make the final cut:

Firstly, the Sewlomax makeup bags! I have three of them and I took one of them on holiday with me back in august and I loved using it! Also the Bare Minerals Mineral Veil, Clarins Extra Comfort Foundation and the Essence Nail Polish Corrector Pen have been fantastic long term favourites!

What are your 2014 makeup/nail favourites? Have you tried any of the products I have mentioned? 


  1. I totally need to get onto trying more Beauty products this year as I have barely tried any, wowwwwww!! I love sewlomax so much, I have about three bags too and they are adorable xx

    Blonde Of Carbs

    1. Their bags are adorable! I want to try their tablet cases too x

  2. I love the format of this post :) Completely agree about Spectrum brushes, so pleased I've discovered them :)

    Style Sunrise ☀


  3. Your blog is so beautiful. I just stumbled upon it from some blog comments elsewhere and I am so jealous of your blog!

    Love Lauren from Lauren Loves Blog x

  4. Oh my the Yves Rocher Sexy Plump Mascara is 100% my favourite ! I LOVE it.
    Also I would love one of the Sewlomax makeup bag ! They are so adorable!

    Alex oxox

    1. I love the Sewlomax makeup bags I have! I would definitely recommend them! x

  5. Sounds like some great products and makes me want to add them to my wish list.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale | bloglovin' |

  6. i have my eyes set on makeup revolution pallet and real technique brushes
    Keep in touch

  7. I loved reading this post and I've found some new products to try out for 2015! I like the sounds of it all! x


  8. I love this post, there is so much that I want to pop on my wish list now ha xx

    Danielle || http://t.co/SJQ5YcRe9z

  9. Totally agree that Max Factor is really a fave when it comes to foundations, it covers the dark spots, evens out skintone and great for sensitive skin too.. definitely trying some of the cosmetics listed here, thanks for a great compilation heather. :)
    Keep in touch always.
    www.raysofraya. com

    1. I just discovered their foundations this year and I use both so often x

  10. Great picks! Agree with you that Makeup Revolution palettes are amazing :) I've never heard of this Maybelline primer, I need to check it out! x
    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    1. Thanks, makeup revolution is definitely one of my favourite brands of 2014!

  11. Great post :) I love the look of the Sewlomax makeup bags so pretty! :) xxxx

  12. I love reading these kind of posts - although it just makes me realise how much I've missed out on, ha! Real Techniques brushes are favourites of mine, they're just so easy to use and well priced too.

    Milly // Mini Adventures

  13. I love how you mentioned NYX blush- it's so affordable and amazing!!


  14. LOVED Makeup Revolution last year and I'm sure I will this year :) just ordered the Mary Loumanizer! xx

    Magpie Jasmine || Palette Giveaway: Urban Decay, Nars, Charlotte Tilbury, Too Faced


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