December 26, 2014

Best in Beauty 2014: Eyes and Lips

Eye Primer

S: I got the Lorac Behind the Scenes Primer as a sample with the Pro palette and that's been my go-to every morning. It doesn't do anything other than prevent creasing but, really, isn't that all you want?

D: I love, love, love the NARS eyeshadow primer but also have to give a nod to Lorac Behind the Scenes because they are on the same level of, well, Superglue for eyeshadow basically. 

Eyeshadow Brand

S: I've been impressed by both Laura Mercier and Lorac this year and I rekindled my love affair with MAC but, I'll allow Lorac to take this one as I bought the Pro Palette sight unseen and based only on the rave reviews online and was blown away by the buttery, pigmented quality of the shadows.

D: I am drowning in eyeshadow at this stage and I love so many brands for different things - but my palette of the year has to be NARS Narsissist so, I'll give NARS the crown! For some serious luxury, I'm also sneaking in Tom Ford here - Cocoa Mirage is just the most incredible eyeshadow quad that I've ever used.

Eyeshadow Shade

S: MAC Ricepaper has proven itself to be the most perfect lid shade and I urge everyone to get it - it's the only eyeshadow I have ever finished. In second place is MAC Texture for a one product smokey eye that is perfect everytime.

D: MAC Folie was one of my most used all year - as was Wedge; they're both brilliant crease shades!


S: Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Kajal in Black Coffee is my go-to. Can't recommend the formula enough for it's initial smudginess and then how well it wears once it sets.

D: My favourite liquid liner of the year has to be Kat Von D Tattoo Liner - it's foolproof and jet-black. For a pencil, I used the Clarins Crayon Kohl in Instense Brown & Black more often than not for a smokey look. They're really easy pencils to work with, they last a long time on my eyes and you get plenty of product for your money.


S: Make Up For Ever Smokey Lash is my dream mascara formula. Dry, ultra black and incredibly lengthening. It's love.

D: Upon reflection I have to say that my favourite mascara of the year was a bit of a dark horse. I didn't really realise until I started using it again recently just how much I love L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes - I think I actually prefer it to Benefit They're Real and the Excess Black version is next on my list to try.


S: The Anastasia Brow Duos have been my Holy Grail this year. They are the perfect ashy grey brown mix, last all day and I can easily use them to create a brow that is softly defined and lighter at the front and darker toward the tail.

D: Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow is still my number one, but 2014 was also the year that I finally cracked and tried Anastasia Brow Wiz, and I have a lot of love for that little pencil too!

Lip Liner

S: MAC wins hands down for both the array of shade options and also the longevity. Some favourites are nude Soar, orange What A Blast and brown-red Chicory.

D: I am obsessed with MAC liners; favourites of the year include Soar, Dervish, Cherry and Vino. I also have a lot of time for NYX liners - Peekaboo Neutral, Bordeaux and Mauve would be my top three.

Lipstick Brand

S: Ehhh...oh. Hmm. I'll say MAC again because they consistently impress and, obviously, offer every colour under the sun. However, special commendation must go to NARS for their Velvet Matte Lip Pencils.

D: MAC is just a given, isn't it?! I don't think I'll ever stop buying MAC lippies, and the same goes for NARS. Between the pencils, their semi-matte lipsticks and the new Audacious range, they kind of just have everything covered.

Lipstick Shade

S: Two shades I wore consistently throughout 2014 were NARS Cruella and MAC Plumful but, the most impressive was also the most unexpected and that was Bourjois Rouge Edition Matte in Nude-ist for the perfect nude lip.

D: It's so, so hard to whittle down shades but constant favourites were definitely NARS Cruella, NARS Barbara and NARS Heat Wave. Are we sensing a theme here?!!


  1. Lorac Pro Palette is amazing, I couldn't get over how buttery and pigmented they were! Really want to try the Make Up Forever Brow Aqua! Loving your favourite posts girlies!

    Cint @
    Makeup and

  2. Thanks for sharing the love of Jubilation Ultra Nourishing Hand & Body Cream! Have a great Christmas and New Year. #lovethelove


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