MY NEW BEAUTY FAVORITES FROM 2014

2015 is here! I hope you all had a wonderful and safe celebration last night. 2014 was definitely an amazing year of new beauty discoveries for me, along with a few re-discoveries. Here are my 2014 favorites that have earned their permanent place among my beauty staples.

CND Solar Oil.
CND Solar Oil

This nail and cuticle oil is amazing. I was using this nail and cuticle balm from Burt’s Bees for the longest time, and though I still like that, this oil sort of puts it to shame. Your rough and dry cuticles will literally disappear. I have the bigger bottle in my makeup drawer, and a smaller one for my handbag.

Macadamia Natural Oil, Deep Repair Mask.
Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Mask

I love this hair mask. It is rich, smells wonderful, and is oh so wonderful for dry or damaged hair. I wouldn’t say my hair is dry, but it does receive abuse daily from flat ironing and sun exposure. A little of this mask goes a long way too. About a nickel size dollop is all you need.

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Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask

This mask is more like a rediscovery for me. I used it when it first launched and I really liked it, but because it was a mask I didn’t think it appropriate to use a regular moisturizer for day and night so I stopped using it. Here is the thing about my skin, it tends to be dry, yet when I use anything heavy or oil laden I break out. This product moisturizes with shea butter, and while that is a rather heavy emollient, it doesn’t seem to bother my face if I don’t overdo it. Whatever works right? The bonus fragrance free formula is a plus for me as well. This is a great intense moisturizer for anyone with thirsty sensitive skin like mine.

Bath and Body Works Ultra Shea Body Butter,
Bath and Body Works Ultra Shea Body Butter

I must confess Bath and Body works body products are usually not my favorite. I am 100% faithful to their candles, hand soaps, and hand sanitizers. Their line of lotions, creams, and shower gels however, I find they are just not moisturizing enough. Enter their new reformulation of their body butter! These have top-notch ingredients and I like that they have a lighter scent, as compared to their other lotion and cream counterparts. They are very creamy, thick, moisturizing, yet easy to spread. They are a tad on the greasy side, but they do contain a fair amount of beneficial oils. I do hope they continue to stock this new formula, as I will be a repeat consumer for these. I plan to stock up tomorrow!

Philosophy Turbo Booster C Powder.
Philosophy Turbo Booster C Powder

Topical Vitamin C is a very important component for younger and brighter looking skin. I have found however, that most Vitamin C serums do not contain a significant amount of the ingredient. This is why I love this powder. It is concentrated, and comes with a little scoop to measure it out. I add about a half of the scoop to my serum for my morning routine. I will say that if you have never used Vitamin C on your face before, you should start out using a half a scoop like I do, and maybe every other day to start as it might irritate your skin at first.

Pureology Strength Cure Shampoo and Conditioner.
Pureology Strength Cure Shampoo and Conditioner

I did a review on these before, but I had to include them! I rarely buy a shampoo and conditioner twice, but this line I will definitely be repurchasing. This line has helped so much with making my hair strong, shiny, and moisturized. I know Pureology is expensive, but I have had these bottles for almost 7 months and I am just now halfway through them. Great investment for your hair!

Dermalogica Map 15 Regenerator.
Dermalogica Map- 15 Regenerator

This is another powder form product that you add to your serums or creams. This is the only product that I use from Dermalogica, as it is pretty much the only one that does not contain irritating lavender oil. This product has a lot of anti-aging benefits. I add it to my serum or moisturizer at night. The only thing I do not like about it is that you have to pour it out, leaving you little control of how much product dispenses. I am usually very careful to tap only a little out at a time.

Clinique Calyx.
Clinique Calyx

Does anyone remember when Calyx was made by Prescriptives? Does anyone remember Prescriptives? I never used anything from their line except this fragrance! It smells so fresh and clean. I would describe it as a fresh, green, herbal floral with a hint of citrus. The last time I bought this was years ago, then later I guess Prescriptives went out of business. I was sad because I wanted to continue to purchase this fragrance. Flash forward to months ago when I was walking through Macys and saw that Clinique had re-launched it! That was a good day.

Benefit Dandelion.
Benefit Dandelion

This light pink blush is very much a cult favorite, and I used to use it, and I don’t remember why I stopped. I have been looking for a new blush for a while. I have porcelain skin with a hint of olive, and black hair. Yeah, most blush makes me look like a clown. I went back to this a few months ago after realizing I wasn’t going to find anything better that is light enough, and gives me the most natural flush. I do not use the brush that it comes with. I use a professional blush brush. This color is perfect for us pale ladies, and I love the fact that it is not laced with a bunch of glitter. Glitter belongs on your nails, and your Christmas decorations! That’s it!

Clarisonic Pedi-Sonic.
Clarisonic Pedi-Sonic

I was so excited when this product launched as I have been a faithful user of a Clarisonic for years. This device really does do wonders for feet. In this kit I got you get the device, charger, buffing brush head, smoothing disk, buff cream, foot balm, and the peel serum. I got the kit because it is actually was a better deal than getting the device and 2 of the other products separately. The disk is like a pumice stone ad I use that and the brush the most. As far as the products that come with it, I like the balm fine, but after I ran out I just used my regular foot cream which I found is just as effective. The buffing cream is basically a scrub and I will use a salt scrub in place of that when I run out. The peel serum I will not be repurchasing, as I feel all the other products in the it work fine without it.

Burberry Brit Ryhthym .
Burberry Brit Rhythm

This fragrance is not for someone who does not like an enveloping scent. When I first sprayed this on myself my husband hated it. Then after 15 minutes he smelled me again and asked what that wonderful smell was. It takes a few minutes to settle. It is very complex. The key notes are lavender and blood orange. It makes for a very interesting combination. I love it. It does permeate your clothing so I would not spray it directly on your clothes, and you really shouldn’t do that anyway.

Chloe Love Story.
Chloe Love Story

This fragrance actually just became available at Sephora! It is a very fresh floral with a hint of fruit and musk. Not too sweet, not cloying. I love it!

Peter Thomas Roth  Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads.
Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads

These pads are amazing! i use them every 3 days to keep my skin soft, smooth, wrinkle free, and flake free. It is pretty potent stuff, so if you are sensitive to chemical acids, use once a week and gradually move up to more frequent use when your skin acclimates.

Lush Buffy Bars.
Lush Buffy Body Bars.

I love these. They are basically a bar that you buff over your body in the shower. It exfoliates while moisturizing your skin with creamy shea butter at the same time. Sometimes when I get out of the shower after using these, I feel like I can skip my moisturizer; though I usually don’t!

My that was a long list! Here’s to all the new beauty products yet to be discovered in 2015!

What were your favorites from last year?

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