My 2013 favourites post last year was a very spontaneous blog post. I remember sitting browsing through blogs in the late evening of New Year's Eve when I suddenly had the urge to blog about my own favourite products of the year. This year, however, I feel a lot more organised and I've managed to group together a fair few products that have been my favourites this year.
I've managed to collate all my favourite products from various categories including fragrance, body care, skin care, hair care and makeup.
John Frieda Full Repair Hydrate+Rescue Shampoo. I'm used to picking up cheap shampoo on offer when passing a Boots/Superdrug store, but this shampoo is definitely a real treat at a very affordable price. The shampoo is quite thick in consistency, but it thoroughly cleanses my hair and makes it feel conditioned without feeling or looking oily. I purchased the huge 500ml salon size bottle in Boots for under £10, and there is still a lot of product left after a month's usage.
Aussie Miracle Hairspray Shine + Hold. I've never actually purchased my own hair spray bottle as I didn't find it necessary when I didn't use any heat tools. Since purchasing a curling wand, however, I needed a hairspray that would hold my curls without them feeling crispy. I used Schwarzkopf Got2B Glued Blasting Freeze Spray and, although it smells great, it left my hair feeling dry and in a terrible knotted state which took ages to brush out when it came to washing. This Aussie hairspray doesn't have as strong holding power as the Got2B spray, but it holds my curls for a reasonable amount of time and is easy to brush out, which is my main priority.
Dove Hair Therapy Refresh+Care Dry Shampoo. I've switched between so many dry shampoos this year and I always end up re-purchasing this one. As I've mentioned in previous blog posts, I love Dove hair products and I feel as though they are not hyped about enough. This dry shampoo smells amazing and also leaves my hair feeling clean without any white residue. It also gives my hair extra volume, which is an added bonus!
Dove Hair Therapy Intensive Repair Leave-in Conditioning & Care Spray. I've used different variations of Dove's leave in sprays and they're all fantastic. I have long hair that can be dry at times and I can be a bit lazy, so this spray is perfect to help condition my hair and only takes a few seconds to spritz after a shower.
Dove Hair Therapy Intensive Repair Regenerating Mask. Continuing with the theme of Dove hair products, I love everything about their hair masks. Their pots are very convenient and allow every last trace of product to be used without wastage. The conditioner itself is very creamy and thick, making my hair feeling soft and conditioned after use. As my hair has been terribly dry during the Winter, this product has been my saviour and I've substituted it in place of my usual conditioner.
TRESemme Platinum Strength Leave-in Conditioner. When I'm not feeling lazy and I have time to treat my hair, I'll apply a few pumps of this product onto the ends of my hair after washing. The product smells amazing, moisturises and makes the ends of my hair look healthy (concealing those split ends!).
Revlon Colorstay ShadowLinks. I've had this little eyeshadow since the Summer and it's still going strong without any signs of hitting pan yet. I use it mainly to fill in my eyebrows, which the shade matches my eyebrow colour perfectly. In the future I'll definitely be purchasing more of these and attaching them all together to form my own eyeshadow set.
Rimmel London BB Cream (Matte). During the Summer months, I needed a slightly darker BB cream as my skin had tanned from being on holiday. This was on offer at my work and I picked it up after reading it was oil-free, didn't contain salicylic acid and was matte (the three things I look for in a BB cream). The shade is slightly too dark for me now, so I have to make sure I buff it into my skin properly, otherwise it would look quite orange. However, I still love using it as I've found it's the best lightweight BB cream that gives me the best coverage.
Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara. This is my go-to mascara for everyday use. The mascara is a very dark shade of black and manages to volumise my lashes without them being clumpy. I always buy my mascaras in a waterproof formula to help hold my curl after using an eyelash curler, I find this mascara does that perfectly and is still fairly easy to take off compared to other waterproof mascaras I've tried in the past.
Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara (Dark Brown). I started filling in my eyebrows this year and this is my favourite product to set them into place. On days where I'm feeling lazy, or rushing out the door, I'll use this product to comb through my eyelashes and to make them appear bolder.
Rimmel London Kate Moss Lipstick (Matte). I'm obsessed with these lipsticks. They last all day without the need to re-apply. I love the shade 107, which is the perfect berry-toned red shade.
Soap & Glory Supercat Liquid Liner Pen. I've worn a cat eye almost every day of 2014 and this product makes it super simple to do. The pen is very black, doesn't smudge and is very easy to remove at the end of the day. Recently, I've been wearing brown eyeliner to change up my eye makeup look, so I'm hoping Soap & Glory release the liner in a brown shade too.
Aveeno Cream. My skin tends to get really dry during the Winter and I've found this product is great at moisturising my skin without it breaking out. I always purchase the 300ml bottles as I find they last a good couple of months and the product can be used fully, by taking off the pump, to prevent wastage.
Nivea Powerful Delight Shower Gel. My Mum tends to pick up new shower gels when she does the weekly shop and I discovered that I really love this one by Nivea. It has a fruity scent and only a small amount is required for it to lather, enough to wash my whole body.
Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser. I love applying this to my legs in the shower after I've shaved. It makes them feel super smooth afterwards, without them feeling greasy. I don't like applying body lotions after I shower as I find they usually take ages to dry and I'd rather something I could apply, then immediately jump straight into my clothes/pyjamas. I love this product as I can apply it in the shower, my skin is automatically moisturised then I'm ready to go!
Dove Summer Glow Nourishing Lotion (Fair to medium skin). I used this product religiously during the Summer as it gives my skin a nice sun-kissed look without being too orange and streaky. I also purchased the shade for medium to dark skin, which I will use if I'm going on a night out. I find the darker one works on my skin more quickly and gives me the perfect tan only by using a little amount of the product.
Sure Women Deodorant (Violet & Apple). I've been on the hunt for a new deodorant since discovering my favourite, Mitchum Deodorant in Waterlily, had been discontinued. I think this violet & apple deodorant is a great alternative and I'm really pleased I've found a replacement for my old-favourite Mitchum product. I love the scent and the can lasts for a good month or two.
Giorgio Armani Code Perfume. This is my all-time favourite perfume. I've been using it for years and I'm sure this is just my second bottle as I like to limit the usage of it because it's so expensive. I use it for only special occasions, and because I only use it rarely, I love being reminded of how great it smells. I find this perfume also lingers for the whole day, unlike other perfumes which you can't smell after only a couple of hours!
Taylor Swift Enchanted Wonderstruck Perfume. As I like to use my Armani code perfume for special occasions, I was on the hunt for a cheaper perfume for every day use. I received this bottle as a gift from my friend and I've been loving it ever since. It's a great, affordable every day perfume without the scent being too overpowering.
What have been your favourite beauty products this year? Do you like to try out new products, or stick to holy-grail products?