Best of 2014

I have been seeing a lot of these " Best of 2014" blogs and youtube videos and I love them!  I enjoy seeing what products people used and loved.  Mostly because if it's something I haven't tried it gives me a reason to try it:)  I mean how can I ignore a raving review about a lip stain or facial cleanser claiming it to be the best of 2014?  Those reviews are basically a challenge to buy the products and see for myself..right??!

I decided to jump on the bandwagon and make my own list!  This was a challenge for me.  I am a product junkie and have way to many to choose from!  So I narrowed down my list to just products thats I consistently used through out the year and of course products that I have repurchased! 

I hope you find this helpful and enjoyable! 

SKIN CARE

Derma e Anti-wrinkle Vitamin A Glycolic Scrub ($12): I use this exfoliator 2-3 times a week after cleansing. It has glycolic which is a nonabrasive exfoliator that sloughs off dry skin, softens wrinkles and lightens hyperpigmentation.  It also contains Apricot seed powder and papaya which helps clean out pores.  The combination of all these ingredients leaves the skin glowing and radiant! I also love this line because it is a more natural line.  There products are free of parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, lanolin, gluten, gmos and cruelty!  Holy cow thats a lot of ingredients to avoid when creating a product line!  

Derma e Anti-wrinkle Vitamin A Glycolic Scrub ($12): I use this exfoliator 2-3 times a week after cleansing. It has glycolic which is a nonabrasive exfoliator that sloughs off dry skin, softens wrinkles and lightens hyperpigmentation.  It also contains Apricot seed powder and papaya which helps clean out pores.  The combination of all these ingredients leaves the skin glowing and radiant! I also love this line because it is a more natural line.  There products are free of parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, lanolin, gluten, gmos and cruelty!  Holy cow thats a lot of ingredients to avoid when creating a product line!  

Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads ($45): This is a higher end line so this peel is a little more on the expensive side. It does come with 60 peel pads though so I have made mine last about 3 months so far.  These are seriously amazing! This is a peel so you want to use them after you have cleansed your skin.  You will leave it on for around 2-5 minutes (depends on how your skin handles the peel) and then rinse well.  These will exfoliate, clarify and firm the skin.  In other words help minimize pores, fine lines and wrinkles and uneven skin tone.  See! I told you these were amazing! The peel is a 20% glycolic and lactic acid but also has chamomile and green tea extract to help calm the skin from the peel.  You can use this daily, but I choose to use it 1-2 times a week so I don't go through them to fast:) 

Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads ($45): This is a higher end line so this peel is a little more on the expensive side. It does come with 60 peel pads though so I have made mine last about 3 months so far.  These are seriously amazing! This is a peel so you want to use them after you have cleansed your skin.  You will leave it on for around 2-5 minutes (depends on how your skin handles the peel) and then rinse well.  These will exfoliate, clarify and firm the skin.  In other words help minimize pores, fine lines and wrinkles and uneven skin tone.  See! I told you these were amazing! The peel is a 20% glycolic and lactic acid but also has chamomile and green tea extract to help calm the skin from the peel.  You can use this daily, but I choose to use it 1-2 times a week so I don't go through them to fast:) 

Aveda Hydrating Lotion ($33): This is a great quick absorbing moisturizer.  I use it in my morning skin care routine.  I'm typically rushing in the mornings so its nice to have something that absorbs quickly so I can get right into my makeup routine.  This face lotion contains jojoba and coconut derived moisturizers, lavender and chamomile to help calm and condition the skin and organic aloe-vera to soothe the skin.  Aveda Firming Eye cream ($47):  Its so hard for me to find eye cream because of how sensitive my eyes are.  My eyes almost always swell and get irritated after trying eye creams.  So I was so excited when this one worked for me! It moisturizes, smooths fine lines and wrinkles and reduces the appearance of puffiness. So basically it does everything:) 

Aveda Hydrating Lotion ($33): This is a great quick absorbing moisturizer.  I use it in my morning skin care routine.  I'm typically rushing in the mornings so its nice to have something that absorbs quickly so I can get right into my makeup routine.  This face lotion contains jojoba and coconut derived moisturizers, lavender and chamomile to help calm and condition the skin and organic aloe-vera to soothe the skin. 

Aveda Firming Eye cream ($47):  Its so hard for me to find eye cream because of how sensitive my eyes are.  My eyes almost always swell and get irritated after trying eye creams.  So I was so excited when this one worked for me! It moisturizes, smooths fine lines and wrinkles and reduces the appearance of puffiness. So basically it does everything:) 

MAKEUP

Laura Mercier Primer ($33):  I got both of these items later in the year around October and I wish I would have found them way sooner!  The primer is oil free, light weight, moisturizing and keeps my makeup in place.I think its so important for our makeup to have beneficial ingredients.  Makeup sits on our skin for 8+ hours some days so we want it to have some nourishing ingredients! This primer contains vitamins A, C and E.  These vitamins can help protect our skin from the aging affect of the environment. Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluid ($48): This is a very thin liquid foundation.  Its oil free and light weight but its also a long wear and fuller coverage.  I have never used anything like it.  From what I've read its basically just color pigment and reflective waters, so make sure to shake it very well before using. 

Laura Mercier Primer ($33):  I got both of these items later in the year around October and I wish I would have found them way sooner!  The primer is oil free, light weight, moisturizing and keeps my makeup in place.I think its so important for our makeup to have beneficial ingredients.  Makeup sits on our skin for 8+ hours some days so we want it to have some nourishing ingredients! This primer contains vitamins A, C and E.  These vitamins can help protect our skin from the aging affect of the environment.

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluid ($48): This is a very thin liquid foundation.  Its oil free and light weight but its also a long wear and fuller coverage.  I have never used anything like it.  From what I've read its basically just color pigment and reflective waters, so make sure to shake it very well before using. 

Mac Pro Longwear Concealer ($22): I love this for under eye concealer.  Its full coverage and has a natural matte finish.  It has anti-creasing properties but I still set it with a setting powder. 

Mac Pro Longwear Concealer ($22): I love this for under eye concealer.  Its full coverage and has a natural matte finish.  It has anti-creasing properties but I still set it with a setting powder. 

Benefit Hoola Bronzer ($28):  I worked for Benefit for a little over a year so I have a love for a lot of their products!  This is the perfect bronzer for contouring.  I'm usually not a fan of the brushes that come with products and would prefer to use my own.  But  I actually think the brush that comes with it is perfect for sculpting out the face and blending out the product!

Benefit Hoola Bronzer ($28):  I worked for Benefit for a little over a year so I have a love for a lot of their products!  This is the perfect bronzer for contouring.  I'm usually not a fan of the brushes that come with products and would prefer to use my own.  But  I actually think the brush that comes with it is perfect for sculpting out the face and blending out the product!

Benefit They're Real Mascara ($23):  I have honestly gone through at least 5 of these mascaras!  Its going to lengthen and volumize the lashes.  I do two coats of this and it looks like false lashes! Its water-resistant so it won't smudge throughout the day.  You will need a makeup remover to get this off..fare warning! 

Benefit They're Real Mascara ($23):  I have honestly gone through at least 5 of these mascaras!  Its going to lengthen and volumize the lashes.  I do two coats of this and it looks like false lashes! Its water-resistant so it won't smudge throughout the day.  You will need a makeup remover to get this off..fare warning! 

Nourish-mint lip definer in the shade fire maple (20):  This has been my go to red lip for awhile now.  I love a good classic red lip.  It can dress up even the most basic makeup look and can be worn on almost any occasion (actually ANY occasion if you want my personal opinion:).  I actually outline and shade in my entire lip with this. It has great color and a beautiful matte finish.  They use candlelilla and carnuba to help reduce feathering and increase wear.  They also use jojoba oil and coconut to help keep the lips moisturized.  

Nourish-mint lip definer in the shade fire maple (20):  This has been my go to red lip for awhile now.  I love a good classic red lip.  It can dress up even the most basic makeup look and can be worn on almost any occasion (actually ANY occasion if you want my personal opinion:).  I actually outline and shade in my entire lip with this. It has great color and a beautiful matte finish.  They use candlelilla and carnuba to help reduce feathering and increase wear.  They also use jojoba oil and coconut to help keep the lips moisturized.