Wednesday, 31 December 2014

2014: Beauty Favourites


2014 was definitely the year for budget beauty, with drugstore brands really upping their game and in many cases surpassing their more luxurious counterparts. As I moved to Cambridge this year (erm, expensive!!) that meant saving money was the number one priority when it came to product purchases. Here are some of my favourite discoveries:

The Body Shop's Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil was something I wasn't sure about given my oily complexion, but now I'm a total convert. It doesn't strip the skin, but also isn't greasy. A real luxurious product at an affordable price.

The idea of Garnier's Micellar Cleansing Water confused me at first - it comes out of the tap so why would I need this? How wrong I was! I've yet to find anything this stuff can't get off and it outperforms any make-up remover or wipe I've ever tried.

Speaking of makeup that's tricky to get off, the introduction of Bourjois' Rouge Edition Velvets meant I finally found a lip product I could wear all day. No need to worry about smudging and the serious colour pay-off and matte finish makes these a real hit.

This was also the year that I sampled a huge range of Benefit products. While most of these came from subscription boxes, the reward points I'd built up meant I could purchase something full size without worrying about the blow to my purse. I went straight for the Dallas blush, bronzed perfection without even a hint of shimmer.

I also finally got to grips with my dry, itchy scalp thanks to a new range from Tresemme, with their Renewal Hair & Scalp range. The Nourish & Renew Tonic soothes itching and adds moisture to the scalp with absolutely no greasy residue or added weight. It's something I use at least once a week.

2015 will have to try pretty hard to outdo this years beauty offerings!

What were your 2014 beauty highlights?

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