The Top Beauty Products of 2014

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Who’s ready to ring in the New Year? It feels like just yesterday we were saying hello to 2014. I’m not here to reminisce, as that will be a later post, but I am here to talk about the products that consistently impressed me throughout the year. There were a ton of new beauty products released this year, and while some were subpar, a few were standout items. Amongst the new are also the tried and true products, because we can’t forget about those. This post is broken down just a tad differently from your standard “best of beauty” posts. Rather than only pick the top item of each makeup category, I’ve divided them as such:

  • Best of: Beauty Basics
  • Best of: Eyeshadows
  • Best of: Spring and Summer Shades
  • Best of: Fall and Winter Shades
  • Best of: Everyday, Year-Round Shades

Ready to get started?

Let’s get to the basics:

Best of Beauty: The Basics

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Nail Polish Remover Pads (x)

  • Must-haves for your beauty bag
  • Great for removing nail polish on-the-go
  • Only one pad is needed to remove polish from all ten nails
  • One pack comes with 10 pads

BareMinerals Frame & Define Brow Styler (x)

  • Comes in two shades: universal light and universal dark
  • Provides natural-looking results
  • Retractable pencil that doesn’t require a sharpener
  • Opposite end has a spoolie to groom brows and help blend any mistakes

Benefit’s The POREfessional (x)

  • Great primer for oily skin
  • Helps makeup lay on a smooth base
  • Only requires a pea-sized amount per use
  • Bottle lasts a long time
  • Helps keep oil at bay throughout the day

L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara (x)

  • Provides extreme length without compromising volume
  • Amazing results for a drugstore price
  • Comparable to high-end mascara

The Beauty Blender (x)

  • Easily the best tool to apply liquid foundation
  • Provides a flawless, even finish
  • Requires less product so your foundation lasts longer
  • Cleans easily with dishwashing liquid or shampoo

Best of Beauty: The Basics (Cont’d)

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NYX Matte Lipstick (x)

  • Best drugstore matte lipstick
  • Powerful color payoff
  • Doesn’t leave lips feeling dry
  • Available in 33 different shades

NYX Butter Lipstick (x)

  • Leaves lips feeling moisturized and hydrated
  • Has a smooth, butter finish without compromising color payoff
  • Available in 22 shades

Covergirl All Day Flawless 3 in 1 Foundation (x)

  • One of the best drugstore foundations
  • Provides medium to full coverage
  • Available in Covergirl Outlast and Covergirl Queen
  • Lasts all day without feeling heavy

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer (x)

  • Great for using under the eyes
  • Leaves minimal creasing when set with a sheer powder
  • Full coverage results
  • Spreadable product so only a little is needed per use

NARS Lipgloss (x)

  • Perfect for the girl who doesn’t like a high shine finish
  • Provides a moisturizing, low shine result
  • Available in 33 shades
  • Available in both opaque and semi-sheer shades

NYX Butter Gloss (x)

  • Available in 22 shades
  • Leaves sheer to semi-sheer color
  • Buttery smooth lip gloss without feeling sticky

Best of Beauty: Eyeshadow

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MakeupGeek Eyeshadow (x)

  • Available as a pan or single compact in over 60 shades
  • Small enough to fit most empty eyeshadow palettes
  • Affordable price with high pigmentation
  • For swatches and a review, click here

LORAC Pro Palette 2 (x)

  • Best makeup palette to travel with
  • Comes with 8 matte shades and 8 shimmer shades
  • Includes a lot of neutrals, great for daytime looks
  • Eyeshadow pigmentation lasts all day
  • Travel-sized primer included with purchase for maximum color payoff

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette (x)

  • Great neutral shades with a sweet scent
  • Shades are easy to blend together

Best of Beauty: Spring and Summer Shades

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NYX Butter Lipstick in Razzle (x)

  • Beautiful bold pink color with a smooth, non-sticky finish and hydrating finish

NYX Matte Lipstick in Shocking Pink (x)

  • A great matte alternate for the cool-toned pink. Very similar to MAC’s Flat Out Fabulous for less than half the price.

Marc Jacobs Polish in Lola (x)

  • Best described as a spicy red with a warm, orange undertone

Essie Nail Polish in Come Here (x)

  • Beautiful opaque finish with a tangy coral color

Essie Nail Polish in Naughty Nautical (x)

  • The perfect aquamarine shade with finely milled glitter mixed in for a subtle shimmer

Best of Beauty: Fall and Winter Shades

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NYX Lipliner in Dark Red (x)

  • Retractable lip pencil that is a good universal red for various red lipstick shades.

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Standout (x)

  • Beautiful crayon red color with a matte finish

BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Buttercream in Moody Berry (x)

  • While the color isn’t nearly as dark as it appears in the bottle, the shade is a gorgeous deep berry with purple undertones.

OPI Nail Lacquer in Malaga Wine (x)

  • Buildable deep red shade with cool undertones that applies to an opaque finish

Essie Nail Polish in The Perfect Coverup (x)

  • A unique blue shade that has smoky steel-toned gray hues

Sally Hansen Big Smoky Top Coat (x)

  • The perfect nail polish to have that instantly transforms your current colors into a darker shade

MAC Lipstick in Amorous (x)

  • A cool-toned mauve shade that is a beautiful “your lips but better” color

MAC Lipstick in Diva (x)

  • The best deep matte red lipstick with a longtime wear color payoff

Best of Beauty: The Everyday Shades

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Essie Nail Polish in Eternal Optimist (x)

  • A very pretty pink that can go from semi-sheer to opaque when applied with two coats

Essie Nail Polish in Take it Outside (x)

  • Best described as a cool-toned mix of eggshell and grey

NYX Butter Lipstick in Pops (x)

  • A beautiful neutral mauve-y brown that’s the perfect nude shade for women with deeper skin tones

MAC Lipliner in Soar (x)

  • A great liner to achieve the “your lips but deeper” look

Rimmel Exaggerate Lipliner in Rapture (x)

  • Highly pigmented deep mauve-y brown lipliner that’s smooth enough to wear alone

Maybelline Matte Lipstick in Lust for Blush (x)

  • Soft neutral pink shade that applies to a smooth matte finish

NARS Lipgloss in Stolen Kisses (x)

  • A great daily lipgloss shade that’s semi-sheer and has a slight shimmer to it

I showed you mine, so show me yours! I want to know your top beauty products of 2014. Leave a comment below or tag me on Instagram with a pic of your best beauty products, from one makeup lover to another.

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