• The Best of 2014 | Beauty

    Hello Freckles 2014 Beauty Favourites

    It’s been difficult to narrow down to just 10 stand out products of 2014, but somehow I’ve done it! From nails to perfume to body, I think I’ve covered all things beauty and of course I’ve got a few shout outs to some close contenders.

    Let’s start with hair products. I had ombré hair for the majority of this year before recently getting it chopped and I’ve been a big fan of the Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Spray. Paul Mitchell just beat Redken with the Extra Body Daily Boost products, this root spray* injects volume and makes hair appear fuller and thicker. When I use it with the shampoo and conditioner it’s even better!

    The Body Shop really impressed me this year and I’ve been into local stores more times than I can count on both hands. Just tidying up yesterday I found 4 full sized body butters and a mini one, so from now on I’m on a body butter ban (but we’ll see how long that lasts!) oops! The Wild Argan Oil Range is incredible. I’ve dedicated this post to it, plus a little mention here and I just can’t express how good it is. I’m kinda cheating here by including the body butter*, but really the whole range is one of my favourites and I know I’m getting the gift set for Christmas too! Yup…another body butter! 

    The Body Shop’s Colour Crush Nails launched this Autumn and I’m really impressed by the selection of shades available. This shade ‘Deeply In Love’ was on my nails throughout October and into November and I’m currently wearing it now. If that doesn’t show how big a fan I am, then check out this post. A very close second was Revlon Colorstay in ‘Up The Ante’.

    Elizabeth and James Nirvana White is by far my favourite scent of this year. I’ve been loving Flowerbomb, Daisy Dream and Armani Diamonds Rose (last year’s Christmas perfume which has almost ran out) too.

    There were a few skincare products I could’ve included, this Wish4Beauty Exfoliation Treatment was a very close second, but Skinature’s Lavender and Argan Oil Night Therapy Oil* really stood out. For one, the scent is incredibly relaxing – just what you need before bed, and it really does leave my skin super soft and nourished. 

    If you’ve been reading Hello Freckles for a while it’ll come as no surprise I’ve featured two NARS products in my 2014 favourites. I finally bought Sheer Glow and it’s definitely my favourite foundation. It ticks all the boxes with medium, buildable coverage that really lasts and looks natural. I’ve already bought my second bottle ready for when this runs out, so that says something doesn’t it?

    Sephora Lip Cremes were a very close second, but NARS lip pencils have to be my ultimate winner. If I could only use one lip product, it would be a NARS pencil. Here I’ve included Decanso from the Digital World Lip Coffret Set (full post here) but I love the velvet matte formula and I think altogether I’ve got maybe 11? Ten of those are from the two Christmas gift sets though, so I don’t think that’s too bad, right?

    There could only be one highlighter to mention and of course that’s The Balm’s Mary-Lou Manizer*. I’d actually never tried this until I won Estée’s giveaway but it’s great! It adds just that hint of shimmer and the champagne shade is perfect for pale skin.

    For eyes I’ve picked out Urban Decay’s Perversion Mascara and Soap and Glory’s Supercat Liner. I use both on a daily basis and find Supercat so easy for cat eye flicks and the mascara gives the impression of really thick, volumised lashes. I would like Urban Decay to bring out a waterproof formula though, maybe they’ve got that on the cards for 2015?

    My makeup bag is actually a clutch from Miss Selfridge via Debenhams* but it doubles up as a great travel size bag for beauty pieces. I can’t find the actual one online now, but this one is very similar.

    I hope you’ve enjoyed finding out my 2014 favourites, were there any surprises? I’d love to know which products really stood out for you!

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  • Reply beautyqueenuk December 23, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    I have never used a single one of those products, how bad is that? x

    • Reply tasha December 29, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      Not bad at all, I'd love to know which products have been your favourite though x

  • Reply Ellie Dickinson December 24, 2014 at 6:22 am

    Out of all of these, I've only used the super at liner x

  • Reply Esha December 24, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    I love the TBS Argan range myself! So wanna try Nars stuff! 😀

    • Reply tasha December 29, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      The scent is so lovely. Oh once you start using NARS you won't stop!

  • Reply Nicol December 24, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    The Elizabeth and James Nirvana White bottle is lush! where is your makeup bag from? :O

    • Reply tasha December 29, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      It's actually a clutch from Debenhams!

  • Reply Laura - Alagoz December 24, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    I haven't tried any of these products, but they all sound great! I'll be giving some of these a try 😉

    Pink Frenzy

    • Reply tasha December 29, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      Let me know how you get on x

  • Reply Zerina Cengic December 24, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Mary-Lou has been on my wishlist for sooooo long and I never get it :/ Seems like a definite must have since everyone raves about it so much. I really like your blog – very clean and polished. Followed you on bloglovin!


    • Reply tasha December 29, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      It's totally worth picking up! Aw thank you (:

  • Reply Michelle K December 26, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    I love that clutch! Also the NARS lip pencils get a big thumbs up from me 🙂 xxx Thou Shalt Not Covet

    • Reply tasha December 29, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      Glad you're a fan too, Michelle

  • Reply Heather Nixon December 27, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Great picks x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness

    • Reply tasha December 29, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      Thanks Heather x

  • Reply The Made Up Maiden December 29, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Great picks, I need to do mine too! Dying to get my hands on an E&J perfume but it's hard to find outside of the US! 🙁

    • Reply tasha December 29, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      I know! Luckily one of my friends was going over to America in the summer and she picked up a bottle for me. x

  • Reply Lovelyladyjb December 30, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Ahh I am so glad you did a best of 2014, and NARS why do we love you so much 🙂

    • Reply tasha January 3, 2015 at 12:00 am

      Thanks! I know, they just keep bringing out more things that we can't resist!

  • Reply Claire December 30, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    I really want to try out the Urban Decay mascara 🙂
    xxx Claire

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