My last blog post was my best beauty discoveries of 2014, but now we’re going to get a bit more specific. This is Part 1 of my best beauty products of 2014, which are my best skincare, complexion and nail products. Part 2 (going up tomorrow) will showcase eyes, lips, hair and fragrance.
Best Cleanser: Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser ($37 for 3.4 fl oz/$57 for 6.8 fl oz)
This is very expensive for a cleanser but I certainly do love it. It’s quite gentle, not drying and perfect for my combination skin. I actually think it helped get rid of my blemishes and hyperpigmentation in 2014. It took a lot to move away from my drugstore cleansers but this was definitely worth the investment.
Best Toner: Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-free Toner ($30 for 125ml/$49 for 250ml/$89 for 500ml)
I’m usually not particularly excited about toners but this one is really great. It’s extremely soothing for problem areas on the skin and doesn't make my skin feel tight at all. Anyone with any aggravation on the skin should definitely check this one out.
Best Moisturizer: CHANEL Hydra Beauty Gel Crème ($82)
This is another expensive product but no matter how hard I tried to let it go, I always came back to it in 2014. This gel does a great job at hydrating the skin while still feeling light. It’s also an absolutely fantastic base for makeup. I would say that this is more for an oily/combination/normal skin over an overly dry skin, but it works fabulously all read round on my combination skin.
Best Skin Tone Correcting Product: Sarah Chapman Skinesis Skin Tone Perfecting Booster (£57/$103)
I tested A LOT of products for evening my skin tone and diminishing my hyperpigmentation in 2014 and this is 100% the best out there. After only a few weeks, all the redness and dark spots on my skin were dramatically lighter and a few months in it’s just about all gone - definitely a Holy Grail product for me.
Best Foundation: Chantecaille Future Skin Oil Free Gel Foundation ($75 USD/$87 CND)
If you read my full review on this (link above) you know that I wanted to hate this product because of the price, but I do really love it. It feels amazing on the skin - so light and hydrating. It gives a media coverage on the skin with a healthy glow that's not overly dewy, thumbs up all around.
Best Concealer: Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer ($85)
Another one I did a full review on (link above) and initially, didn’t want to dish out the money for. For me, this concealer really is worth the money because it is the most hydrating and creamy concealer I have ever used. I don’t think there’s anything it can’t cover while still making your skin look incredibly natural.
Best Powder: CHANEL Vitalumière Loose Powder Foundation ($79)
I have always been a fan of CHANEL compact powders but I really don't know how I did my makeup before this product was released. I use it after I’ve applied liquid foundation and it adds just a bit more coverage, and helps my foundation and concealer stay on for a full twelve hours. Love, love, love!
Best Bronzer: Benefit Cosmetics Hoola ($36)
I got a sample-sized Hoola in a Benefit Sephora 500 point reward and I just can’t stop using it! It’s a great, matte bronzer that still looks quite natural on my lighter skin tone. Whether I’m contouring or just warming up my complexion, it’s always a great pick that even made my August Favourites.
Best Highliter: Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow ($65)
I know this is a bronzer/highlighter combo but for me, the highlighter is the real star. It adds the greatest iridescent shine to the skin that perfectly highlights my cheeks like nothing else I've tried. This is definitely an “instant wow” product that also made my October Favourites in 2014.
Best Blush: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat ($41)
This was definitely my go-to blush in 2014. Just a great, vibrant pop of colour on the cheeks that also adds a bit of a highlight. I can’t praise this blush enough, it's just fab!
Best Light Nail Polish: Nails Inc. Porchester Square ($13)
I know this colour isn’t THAT light but since I’m usually a dark nail polish girl, this is light for me. I talked about Nails Inc. polishes in my last post so I won’t waste too much time talking about them again, but this mauve/grey colour looks gorgeous and applies like a dream.
Best Dark Nail Polish: Topshop Nails in With It ($7) – check in Topshop stores for availability
This is a newer find and the first Topshop beauty product I have ever tried. I really love this deep blue colour and it applies effortlessly. It also lasts on my nails for a good week without chipping at all – good things all around!
Best Red Nail Polish: CHANEL 71 Laque Rouge ($28)
This is also a newer purchase for me but it really is my ideal, true red polish. It’s a great deep red that's perfecting when I’m itching for red polish. An expensive polish but definitely a great one.
Don't forget to check back tomorrow for Part 2!