I can be a creature of habit when it comes to beauty. As much as I love the "everyday-is-Christmas-morning" aspect of being a beauty writer and getting the chance to constantly try new things, I fall into patterns of using the same ol' tried-and-true mainstays to maintain my signature look, big, dark eyes and messy, textured hair.
2014 was, as a whole, kind of a crummy year, but one of the positives was that I discovered plenty of new beauty finds that brightened not only my days but my overall appearance. Let's take a look at those babies now!
I started using rose hip oil as my moisturizer back in May, and I haven't looked back since. With a light scent and amber hue, I slather this all over my face when it gets thirsty for essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamin C. It is truly the gentlest, most effective method of moisturizing I have ever used, healing winter-chapped skin while imparting a post-sauna glow. I will never stop using this stuff. Ever.
I mentioned this duo in my post about air-drying your hair. I was in the early stages of trying out the OI line, but I quickly fell for the way it transformed my hair. A few years ago, a good percentage of my hair fell out and what remained lost its natural, wavy texture. My hair became stringy and flat and I grew to hate it.
I wasn't expecting much when I lathered up with the sulfate-free OI shampoo for the first time, but I was smitten with the air-dried results. The shampoo and conditioner combo leave my hair clean, shiny, and smooth (thanks to the formula's roucou oil), while gently coaxing my hair into the perfect halo of waves and soft ringlets.
Around the same time I started using the Davines products, I was also introduced to Eyeko's incredible eye makeup. Along with their liquid eyeliners, my go-to doe-eye routine has happily welcomed the addition of their Eye Do mascara.
The mascara brush has a spiraling short-and-long bristle shape that makes coating your upper and lower lashes super easy. I hold the wand horizontally as I wiggle the color onto my upper lashes, and then turn it vertically to individually coat my bottom lashes. The results are amazing; the long, lush, spidery Twiggy lashes of my dreams. It doesn't hurt that it's cruelty-free and has conditioning ingredients to keep your natural lashes strong and healthy.
One of the luckiest parts of my job is getting to see beauty professionals do their thing and soak up all of the advice and knowledge I can while I'm at it. At a Lise Watier event this summer I was taught to use this long-bristled definition brush to blend dark shadows into my crease with a circular motion, and the results gave me the perfectly defined crease my deep-set, small-lidded eyes needed. When I picked my three favorite brushes, this one was in the mix, and it still very much is.
Going to London at the end of September was a turning point for me, and my life has been on a really wonderful upswing ever since. One of the best parts of the trip was exploring the city's various pharmacies and beauty shops, where I picked up a tin of Vaseline's Rosy Lips. I keep it in my purse for moisture on the go--lip softening, cuticle soothing, brow taming, and adding dewiness to my cheeks. I love cheap little fixes like this.
In 2014 I found "my nude" with Anita. The mid-toned rose with a touch of brown is the perfect shade of my lips, but better, and the creamy formula leaves my lips looking plump and never dries them out.
Also new to me on the lipstick playing field was Maybelline's Creamy Mattes. I was shocked by how well these drugstore lipsticks performed. The silky velvet texture is exactly what I want from a matte, but the oils within keep my lips feeling soft to the touch after hours of wear. And those highly pigmented shades? Gorgeous.
- Did you try any of these products this year?
- What was your best beauty discovery of 2014?