23 January 2015

Beauty Favourites of 2014

Apologies for the delay in uploading this blog post, mainly due to a few 'technical errors' but I really wanted to share the love for some amazing products from last year. 2014 was most definitely a year jam packed full of amazing beauty finds along with rediscoveries of some old favourites. So many new products stood out for me last year as being a real 'can't live without staple' and I haven't put them down since buying them. To list each and every one of them would be a very very very long list, so here are those that stood out the most for me and are 100% worth a very big mention and a try if you haven't already (*maybe a grab a cuppa!*).

Armani luminous silk foundation in 4
FOUNDATION - ARMANI LUMINOUS SILK (in No.4) here
This was my foundation of choice for my wedding day and I am so glad that I chose this because it does just as it states, makes your skin look totally luminous without being heavy due to its soft, silky finish. It gives the perfect amount of coverage to make you look flawless but keeps your skin looking like skin and photographs just beautifully. I have been alternating between this and my beloved Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua on a regular basis just depending on the occasion as the Armani foundation shall always feel special to me. See it here.

Nars radiant creamy concealer in vanilla
CONCEALER - NARS RADIANT CREAMY CONCEALER (in vanilla) here
After reading about this concealer in many other beauty blogs I tried it out as I needed a new under eye concealer and at first I wasn't really seeing what all the fuss was about but after a few more continued uses, I now love it. Its great at concealing darkness under the eyes without being too drying or heavy and it highlights the face really well too if you want a nice contoured look.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette

BLUSHER - HOURGLASS AMBIENT LIGHTING BLUSH PALETTE here
Since buying this in October in the USA I have used it every single day without fail as it is the most usable and most stunning blush palette. The trio of blushers are the perfect shades for any makeup look and suit every skin tone. The powder is so soft and manages to give you the perfect amount of colour to the cheek with a lovely subtle highlighted glow. If you can still buy this then do as it is such a good staple to have in your make-up collection.

Nars Virtual Domination palette


FACE & CHEEKS - NARS VIRTUAL DOMINATION CHEEK PALETTE here
Another cheek palette I know but very different from the above one and I have written a full blown blog post about this one here. I was super excited about this face and cheek palette and it didn't disappoint as I have always been a fan of Nars blushers as they are highly pigmented and just blend with your skin beautifully. I am so happy I got this palette as you can never have enough blushers in my opinion, especially from Nars. 

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

BRONZER - BENEFIT HOOLA here
This bronzer really has been loved by me over the past few months and it actually was a re-discovery as it had been sitting in my bronzer drawer, all brand new for ages. I never really liked it before as it always looked too dark on my skin but now I find that it really works. I have been using this on a daily basis as it is the perfect everyday matte bronzer and a great all rounder for anyone that maybe looking for a new one. Time to purchase a replacement one soon!

Mac Harmony blush

BLUSH/CONTOUR - MAC HARMONY here
This has become my all time favourite contour powder as it blends seamlessly into my skin and gives the perfect amount of definition needed to give me cheek bones and shape to my face. It's not dirty looking, not shimmery and has a lovely cool tone needed to look natural. You don't need to own a hundred different contour powders, just the right one! 


Sephora Pro airbrush foundation brush no 56
























BRUSH - SEPHORA PRO AIRBRUSH FOUNDATION (No 56) here
Now this has been one of my best purchases so far and I can't rave about this enough. You can never have enough foundation brushes but out of all the ones that I own in my collection  this is my holy grail for applying my foundation as this brush works magic. It makes your base look absolutely flawless with minimal effort needed. Its super soft and the perfect size to get into all crevices on your face and most importantly, it doesn't shed. It even comes with a handy lid that keeps the hairs in tact and makes it an ideal travel buddy.

Sephora pro concealer brush no 57

BRUSH - SEPHORA PRO AIRBRUSH CONCEALER (No 57) here
As mentioned above, these Sephora Pro brushes are outstanding and after purchasing the foundation brush above, I got the smaller version for concealer and again this works magic and effortlessly blends my concealer in under my eyes just perfectly. This brush duo are a force to be reckoned with. I am a huge fan of Real Techniques brushes and they too get used a lot but these are definitely a current favourite.

Urban Decay eyeshadow in X















EYESHADOW & HIGHLIGHTER in X - URBAN DECAY here
This beautiful peachy-gold eyeshadow shade looks not only stunning on the eyes but also on the cheek bones as a highlight too, a little tip given to me by the Urban Decay consultant and this little beauty has been on my cheeks a lot throughout the summer as it gives the perfect golden sun kissed look to any face. 

Makeup forever aqua cream eyeshadow in 13 warm beige



MAKE-UP FOREVER AQUA CREAM (No 13 warm beige) here
I have used this every day for months now as being a waterproof formula it works great as a base for other eyeshadows or just used alone with a darker matte shadow in the crease as its the most beautiful rose gold shade (still rose gold obsessed). It's the perfect 'quick make-up' eyeshadow as it blends easily with fingertips and looks stunning. 

Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 palette



















EYESHADOW - URBAN DECAY NAKED2 BASICS PALETTE here
Following my obsession with the Naked1 Basics palette, this has proved to be just as good as the original as the warmer tones in this one give a really different look and has been my everyday 'go to' eyeshadow palette used alongside the MUF aqua cream shadow above. Urban Decay has most definitely been my most used eyeshadow of 2014 for sure! 

Anastasia Brow Wiz dark brown


BROWS - ANASTASIA BROW WIZ (dark brown) here
I wrote a whole blog post here about this little brow beauty as it's the ultimate weapon in achieving perfect brows and we know how we are all obsessed with our eyebrows. Brow Wiz gives you brows that Cara Delevigne would be proud of! I have gone through a few of these now and always keep two as back up stocks as I am that scared to be without this. Says it all!

Mary Kay Lash Love mascara in black







MASCARA- MARY KAY LASH LOVE (black) 
This mascara was inside a Glossy Box and I love when you get full sized make up inside them because I tend to use it more that way. I am still faithful to my beloved Benefit They're Real mascara but this is incredible at giving length and separation and reminds me a lot of Lancome Definicils but for way less money. People actually asked me if I had lashes on whilst wearing this as they looked so defined and long. The formulation is nice and wet and does not dry out easily as I am still using mine after a few months now and have already bought myself another back up for when it does eventually run out as I love it. I shall write more about this one soon!

Esqido mink lashes in unforgettable
LASHES - ESQIDO MINK LASHES (in Lashlorette & Unforgettable pictured) here
For a long time now I haven't been wearing false lashes during the day only for nights out etc mainly due to my own eyelashes being in great condition but an occasion such as 'getting married' calls for very special lashes. Hence I chose these absolutely stunning mink lashes from Esqido, who to be fair I had not heard of before but the fact that they all come in rose gold boxes and I had a rose gold wedding colour theme, meant it was fate. They are the most amazing, most comfortable, luxurious lashes that I have ever worn and they looked amazing on my wedding day. I wore the style Lashlorette and now they shall always be very special lashes to KelliLash! I have since bought a few other styles too and am waiting for the perfect occasion to show case them. See me wearing them in my post here.

Provoc individual eyelashes knotless
LASHES - PROVOC INDIVIDUAL LASHES (wholesalers & other brands available in pharmacies)
For those times when I have wanted an added boost to my lashes I have been loving wearing just a few individual lashes on the mid to ends of my eyes to give more volume and a winged out fluttery look. I love these ones by the brand Provoc as they are really black and have no knot so they blend in seamlessy with your own eyelashes leaving no tell tale signs that they aren't yours. Individual lashes are so easy to apply and are great for creating different lash looks and work well with every eye shape. 

Revlon Matte lip balms colorburst

TINTED LIP BALMS - REVLON COLOR BURST MATTE BALMS here
These are by far the most amazing drugstore lip balm lipsticks I have ever used as their colour pay off is insane. They simply feel like a balm but give the full impact of wearing a lipstick. I bought these three bright shades back in March 2014 and they have since been my Spring/Summer 'go to lip'. When I was in Las Vegas over the summer I was wearing the shade Unapologetic (middle shade above) and no lie, that day I had five people stop me and ask what was on my lips and then headed straight to the store to buy it! (I so should have got some commission that day!). A true crowd stopper and I love love love them. 

Mac brave and palmful lipstick

LIPSTICKS - MAC PLUMFUL & BRAVE here
You shall know if you read my blog that I love MAC lipsticks and Plumful (left) has been my perfect winter berry shade that seems to suit everyone. Its been on my lips all the time and being a lustre finish, it has a lovely sheen to it making it less harsh on paler skins like mine. Brave (right) has been a more recent purchase but it works really well as a warm nude and has been a perfect everyday lip. These two have been my most worn lip over the winter months, worn with Mac Soar lipliner below.

Mac Soar lipliner

LIPLINER - MAC SOAR LINER here
Yes, that lipliner that was made famous last year by Kylie Jenner who uses this exact one to get her over lined, big lips (she claims). Well I must admit having thin lips myself I thought lets give this a go and you know what ... it works well! Its that perfect dark nude shade that blends really well with lipsticks making it invisible but giving you fuller looking lips. Regardless of the whole big lips thing its my perfect shade for everyday or worn alone over the whole of my lips, love it!

Nars Pop Life matte velvet lip pencil
LIPSTICK - NARS VELVET MATTE PENCIL in POP LIFE here
I love Nars Matte Velvet Lip Pencils because they are the most fuss free, beautiful looking all over lip colours that feel so smooth and last for hours. I have worn the shade Pop Life so much all throughout the year but more over the winter months as it is the perfect orange toned everyday red thats perks you up in an instant when you just need a bright pop of colour. This has been loved to death as you see above it needs replacing urgently!

the body shop camomile cleansing oil


CLEANSER - THE BODY SHOP CAMOMILE SILKY CLEANSING OIL here
I am now on my second bottle of this cleansing oil and I cannot believe how good it is. My first bottle lasted me around 9 months which is incredible but cleansing oils do tend to last a lot longer than creams or gels. I use this cleansing oil after I have removed all of my eye make up separately with my Bioderma cleansing water and massage it all over my face, rinse with water then dry with a clean flannel and my skin feels super clean and soft with no break outs. This really rivals the other expensive cleansing oils out there and for me, this one is just as good if not better and is half the price. The body shop really have come up tops with this winning formula.

Monu facial wash all skins








MONU ESSENTIAL CARE FACIAL WASH (all skin types) here
I have been making the effort to use up products already in my skincare drawer and with that I came across this facial wash which was perfect to put into my shower and use of a morning time. I have tried a few samples from Monu before and really liked them and I really like this. Its a non-foaming, soap-free face wash thats a gentle cream and is good for cleansing your face as opposed to removing make-up and it wakes you up with its zesty scent of bergamot and lemon which smell amazing. I have a normal/oily t-zone skin and this has been perfect for keeping my skin really hydrated, clean and clear without any irritation or break out. I shall definitely re-purchase once this runs out!

Cocoa Brown 1 hour tan dark

SELF TAN - COCOA BROWN 1 HOUR TAN DARK here
If you are a regular reader to my blog then you shall know that I go on and on about this product which means I must indeed truly love it - ain't it the truth. My favourites would not be complete without this product being mentioned as it shall be time and time again as it is the best self tan that money can buy. If you have not tried this then read my full review here and I hope that you fall in love with it as much as I have. I am a fully fledged Cocoa Brownie you could say! Simply an unbeatable way to fake a tan in the most natural way.

Joico revitaluxe kpak treatment
HAIR MASK - JOICO K-PAK REVITALUXE TREATMENT here
Since the summer when I got Racoon bonded hair extensions in my hair I wanted to make sure that I kept them and my own hair in tip top condition. I love Joico hair products and this treatment is INCREDIBLE. It is what has kept my hair in the best condition that it has ever been in and kept my extensions looking like new, even after 6 months! I use this once a week when I do a full hair wash and afterwards my hair feels new all over again. If you have extensions or you want a really good hair mask then make sure you try this one as its amazing and its great value brought in this large supersize too.

GHD rose gold air dryer
HAIR TOOL - GHD AIR DRYER ROSE GOLD EDITION here
I can honestly say hand on heart that the GHD AIR DRYER has been life changing for my hair and shall be a life long favourite of mine, so good in fact that I own two, one for the UK and one for Monaco, now thats love for you! Since having hair extensions this has totally helped with keeping them in beautiful condition and drying them in quick time as any one who has hair extensions knows how long they take to dry ... but not with the Air Dryer. I honestly have the biggest love for this hair appliance and any GHD tool. You can check out my full review with pictures here to see exactly why I am so giddy over this hair tool.

L'Artisan fragrance travel set

FRAGRANCE - L'ARTISAN TRAVEL SET here
This has proven to be one of my most used gifts that my husband bought me last year as we travel quite a lot and this has been the perfect fragrance set to simply just throw into my bag. It contains four fragrances, 2xEDT and 2xEDP so instead of deciding what one fragrance to take away with you and one you wont get sick of after a few days, you get 4 perfumes that take up minimal space in your bag! Each scent is so different but perfect to suit each mood and now comes on every trip with me.

Chanel chance edp 50ml

FRAGRANCE - CHANEL CHANCE EDP here
I had to include Chanel Chance in my favourites as I rediscovered this again in 2014 as it used to be my scent many years ago but then I found a few other new favourites. I always come back to Chanel Chance at some point as it has fond memories, so much so I chose to wear it on my wedding day layered with the matching body products as it's a beautiful, elegant, timeless classic, like the type of  bride that I wanted to be.


I can highly recommend any of the products I mentioned above and already 2015 is shaping up to be another year full of amazing beauty discoveries so stay tuned to KELLiLASH blog to discover some more!



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