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2014 Make-Up Favourites

Woah, there goes another year. While the rest of the world is thankful for love, family, career, here I am thanking the existence of some products that make me a happy girl. Well, that’s about as deep as this blog post gets. Enjoy! 

Base Products

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Clarins Extra Comfort Foundation: Great coverage, light feel, basically everything you want in a foundation. Great for combination to dry skin as it has a comfortable slip and dewy finish. The foundation glides on dryer patches seamlessly and I haven’t found any foundation all year that comes close. P.S. Adore it for the colder months. See it in action here.

Laura Mercier Loose Powder in Translucent: I’ve used this for two years straight now and no other powder comes close. The finish is airy light and never ever disturbs your foundation or stick to the wrong patches. I’ve used it in many tutorials and honestly don’t be surprised if this makes it in my 2015 faves too! Holy Grail BTW.

Nars Hot Sand Illuminator: Days when I need an extra pick-me-up on the skin and when I’m in the mood for a lighter base than the Clarins one, I go for this. It has been a sensational discovery! Love how smooth and non-silicony it is, adds a very slight touch of colour and glow to your skin.

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M.A.C. Prep & Prime in Radiant Rose: When I first bought it, I didn’t know how hard I would fall in love. But this product is life changing and beats my YSL Touche Eclat anyday (and is much cheaper!). When I want to get my KIM K on or just need to cheat a good night’s sleep, I reach for this. See it here.

Clarins Instant Light eye base: If you haven’t noticed, it has been a year of hits for Clarins. More to come in the eyebrow section of this post. This product is amazing to counteract any darkness under the eye before my concealer and even if I’ve used it for two months, I’ve reached out for this every single day! A mini-review and demo was done on my Taylor Swift inspired look. 

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Marc Jacobs O!Mega Bronzer: Matte, sun-kissed skin in a swipe. I cannot tell you how beautiful this bronzer is. Since it is matte, it can be used for contouring or bronzing and adds just the right amount of colour that is build-able. The only downside – it comes in one shade that will not be suitable for deeper skin-tones. Here’s a look. 

Illamasqua Pigment in Androgen: This blush is a STUNNER. A proper pinky shade that is perfect for light-medium skin-tones. I had vaguely mentioned this in my YSL Lip & Cheek rant, however, I’ve fallen for this even more this winter and cannot stop wearing it. Since it is a cream shade, it works for both Summer and Winter months but needs a bit of working to do with a foundation brush. DO NOT TRY TO BLEND THIS WITH YOUR FINGERS. It is deeply pigmented and does not blend out easy. I wore it here.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze: Can something be this ethereal? I don’t think so. The glow this one adds is gorgeous and leaves the skin looking healthy, fresh and dewy. I will never ever need another highlighter, PROMISE. Get your glow on. 

Eye/ Eyebrow Products: 

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Lorac Pro Palette: This palette is EVERYTHING. “I cross my heart and hope to die” EVERYTHING. Every shade is buttery, blendable, richly hued and complimentary to brown eyes and warm skin tone. The matte shades are particularly a fave as they create some of the most sophisticated looks ever. I’ve used it in a Kylie Jenner look so you can see it for yourself.

Make Up Forever Aqua Cream Waterproof Shadow in Taupe: Let me make a bold statement here: You will never need a primer if you own this. It is long lasting, waterproof and most importantly if you live in the Middle East – it is HEAT proof. I use this under my eyeshadow everyday and it intensifies the pigment and ensures the makeup lasts all day. Wore it here.

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“In 2014, I’ve had a Browvelation..”

Clarins Pro Perfect Eyes and Brows Palette: In 2014, I’ve had a Browvelation. I used to leave my dark brows as is (even the sparse bits) because doing eye brows are my biggest pet peeve. But as a novice, I took the plunge with a powder product and it has been life-changing. I’m still not sure if strong brows are my thing, but defining them definitely adds to any look. I’ve used it in my Taylor Swift Tutorial.

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YSL Shocking Mascara: Love thick, voluminous lashes minus the falsies crap? Invest in this one. I’ve reviewed it before here and the love is going strong.

Lips

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“I admit it – Kylie Jenner has been my biggest lip inspiration and this M.A.C liner in Spice is a unhealthy addiction.”

M.A.C Liner in Spice: I admit it – Kylie Jenner has been my biggest lip inspiration and this M.A.C liner in Spice is a unhealthy addiction. This taupy shade is amazing with a pinky nude or a browny tone and I’ve wore it both ways. The product is easy to work with on pre moisturised lips and makes your lipstick last twice as long.

Look 1 (Pinky nude) 

Look 2 (Kylie bronze) 

M.A.C Lipstick in Modesty: I love a bold lip, but I love a neutral one a bit more! This is my second purchase of M.A.C Modesty, a pinky nude ‘my-lips-but-better-shade’ from their creamsheen range. The texture is soft but requires a bit of working, but once on, it is comfortable and instantly brings together a smoky eye or a no-makeup makeup look. 

Tools: 

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I never really speak of brushes as I’m quite minimal with my tools. For base, I usually use my fingers, but when I’m working with a difficult product, I use my Real Techniques Contour brush for my concealer and foundation in a circular motion. For powder or an all-over bronzer, I am a big LOVER of the Sephora Stippling Brush, as wrong as it sounds, I get the most even application of a bronzer with this one.

With my eye-makeup, there are three brushes I use: The M.A.C 217 – A cult classic and perfect for defined crease-work or applying the product judiciously by using it flat. The Illamasqua Blending Brush: Again crease blending or concealer if need be. The Debenhams Blending Brush: This is perfect for powdering under the eye and mostly blending your eye-makeup one final time seamlessly.

Let me know what has been your makeup favourites for 2014 in the comments below.

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