Since quite a few of you responded with a yes to the question I asked in yesterday’s post, here are my 2014 favorites.
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There were quite a few products that earned their place in this box.
I’ll start with hair. This year’s secret weapon to shiny hair was a wooden hair brush. As much as I like my Tangle Teezer for detangling any hair knots, the plastic bristles feel a tad too harsh on my sensitive scalp. This hair brush massages the scalp lightly, absorbs your hair’s natural oils and distributes these oils evenly throughout the lengths of your hair. I purchased mine at a local drugstore chain called dm, but I am sure most drugstores will sell these. P.S. please do notice how clean this brush is. I literally sat at my desk for 15 minutes pulling out every single hair out of the brush – like prepping a model for a shoot.
Batiste’s dry shampoo – I’ve talked about this before. I bought my first bottle in January 2014 and haven’t lived a day without it since. As I use it on the third or fourth day after a hairwash, I thereby manage to minimize hair damage. Without it, I would need to wash my hair every three days, and not only that – blow drying and straightening is always included. I love my curly hair, but living with it is not as beautiful as the hair looks.
Invisibobbles – Where have you been all my life?! I am aware that I promised you a review on these back in 2014 (that sounds like such a long time ago), but I will have to keep my promise this year. To keep it short and save some material for their own review, I’ll just say that these hair bands don’t pull, leave marks in my hair, and I don’t need to retie them a single time during a 2 hour workout.
Also, the only reason why I didn’t mention my beloved Nectar Thermique by Kerastase in this post is the fact that I started using it over three years ago. It wouldn’t be fair to feature it even though I can’t live without it.
Moa’s Green Balm seriously doesn’t need more praising. Here’s the review if you’re interested in knowing more about it.
Garnier Micellar Water – the all-in-one make up remover also owns its own review on this blog. It’s gentle to the eyes yet harsh to the make up you’re wearing.
Almond oil – I keep my skincare clean. I don’t mind the occasional bad ingredient in my hair or make up products, but I really like giving my skin the best I can. Cold pressed oils are my weapon of choice. This cold pressed almond oil is a miracle oil – good for both hair and skin. I use it on my face daily, once in the morning and in the evening after cleansing my skin. It absorbs quickly and nourishes my skin.
Now on to make up and tools.
Discovering Mac’s eyelash curler is what made a huge difference to my lashes. Some say it is even better than Shiseido’s cult eyelash curler. I haven’t tried Shiseido’s version so I cannot voice my opinion on the matter, but I do love my Mac eyelash curler. It gives my lashes just the right swing before I apply mascara.
Mac’s Face and Body Foundation – I used to detest foundation. I was never able to find a sheer and yellow enough foundation for my strange skin tone. Extremely yellow skin tone. When I passed a Mac counter I decided to see if the popular cosmetic brand could have what I need. I left with a small bottle of Mac’s Face and Body foundation. It’s simple, sheer and light. I use my fingers to apply it and achieve excellent results.
Lips are next.
Sleek’s Matte Me – Both Birthday Suit and Rioja Red are fantastic shades that I have already featured. What more can I say about them other than that I am truly happy with them. A blind buy and a great discovery at the same time. I often get asked if I find them drying. Being an extreme fan of matte lip colors, I am used to the matte texture and I don’t find the Matte Me colors drying. I try to take really good care of my lips, especially during the night.
Mac Ruby Woo and Diva – this is getting tiring. I have featured most of my 2014 favorites on the blog already so I cannot help but feel a little stupid for trying to come up with something I haven’t said about these. Diva is a great dark shade for winter and will draw quite some attention. Ruby Woo will always leave me feeling glamorous and chic. Whether I wear it with a dress or a plain white shirt and jeans. It is true that Ruby Woo doesn’t have it’s own blog post yet, but that is coming – don’t you worry. If you have missed out on Diva, check that out here.
Last but not least – nail polishes. Yay!
The discovery of Essie happened towards the end of the year, but I wore and adored these three shades the most. Here’s why: In Stitches because it’s a shade like no other. Spin the bottle because it’s the perfect neutral nude and Absolutely Shore because it makes hands look elegant and feminine, especially when paired with gold jewelry.
Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri – A top coat that I stumbled upon when searching for the top coat to rule them all. It got fantastic reviews and was the one most available to me so I bought it. I don’t wear it if I know I have time for a new manicure on a daily base, but I’ll apply a coat of it when it’s time to study and I cannot afford to paint my nails a different color every day.
These were my 2014 favorites! Many of these products shouldn’t come as a surprise to you if you’ve been reading me for the past few months after I’ve returned to blogging, and some are mentioned for the first time. I hope you are doing well. This post has stolen quite a few hours from me today so it’s time for me to get to some work now. :)