When compiling my ‘Best of’ post I realised that it was going to be a mammoth list. I have had the luxury of trialling many fabulous products throughout 2014 and narrowing them down was a considerable feat.
Because of this I have decided to break it down into 2 parts.
Today’s post features the ‘Best of’ products in the categories of skincare, nails, body, haircare and fragrance.
So without further ado ……
Shampoo and Conditioner – bhave Bombshell Blonde shampoo and magnify volumising conditioner
I have very fussy hair. It is fine but I have a lot of it. It is blonde and has the tendency to fall flat if I use anything too heavy on it.
So when I find a shampoo and conditioner that my hair loves, I savour it. I was introduced to the bhave range in June and I have been using it ever since. My hair has never had as many compliments on its colour as it has since using the bhave blonde shampoo so it is a winner for me. You can learn more about bhave here.
Styling product – David Babaii volumising mousse
I have loved this mousse from the first time I used it. Nothing I have tried since has worked as well so it is a regular re-purchase for me. You can learn more here
Appliances – H2D hairdryer
Having fine hair you would think that my hair dries quickly and easily. Wrong!
Admittedly now that it is shorter it does take less time to dry, but due to the amount of hair I have I need an efficient hairdryer otherwise it becomes very tedious. The H2D hairdryer has been a fabulous asset to my haircare regime as it not only dries my hair quickly, but it leaves it looking more polished due to the ionic technology which reduces flyaways. It is quiet and efficient with a long cord and has been a great asset to my styling team and is featured here.
Cleansers – QV Wash by Ego and Shu Uemura cleansing oil
I double cleanse almost every night and have been loving using a facial oil for the first cleanse and then finishing with a cleansing wash. For the last six months or so I have been loving the Shu Uemura cleansing oil as it not only smells beautiful, but it cleanses my skin without leaving it feeling slimy and greasy as some oils have a tendency to do on my skin.
A family favourite for years has been the QV Wash by Ego and even though I have many other cleansers in my cupboard, this is the one I keep returning to. It is a fabulous product to remove the last traces of my makeup and can be used all over the body and is especially good for those with sensitive skin as it is non irritating and gentle.
If I had to choose one product in my skincare regime that I can’t live without then it would be my serums. I have noticed a huge difference in my skin since religiously including serums in my routine. The stand out product for me in 2014 is the You by Sia Release Anti-ageing serum which I reviewed here as I have never seen such results from any other skincare product that I have tried. I am definitely disappointed that I have run out of this beautiful serum.
My runner up in the serum category is the more affordable Clarins Double Serum. My skin has lapped up this gorgeous hydrating serum and when used in conjunction with the You by Sia serum my skin was looking the best it had in years. I am definitely repurchasing this one for use in 2015.
Moisturiser – Dr LeWinns Line Smoothing Complex hydrating day cream
I had a really hard time deciding which moisturiser to give the gong to in 2014. I finally decided on the Dr LeWinns Line smoothing complex hydrating day cream as it works beautifully with my makeup, absorbs quickly into the skin, leaves my skin looking radiant, smells divine and has a fantastic dispenser on the jar and it SPF free. I reviewed it in full here.
Eye cream – Guinot Longue Vie Yeux eye lifting smooth eye care cream
After trialling 6 or so eye creams in 2014, the Guinot ….. was the definite standout. It claims to smooth and life the eye area and it most definitely does that. I have tried many eyecreams with similar claims and non have done what they advertised. The Guinot Longue vie Yeax eye lifting cream has 56 complex active ingredients so that definitely explains why I have seen such great results!
Primer – Urban Decay Anti-ageing primer potion and Benefit Porefessional
I admit that I don’t use a primer daily but everytime I do I question why I don’t. My makeup always looks 100% better when I use a primer and my 2 favourites are the Urban Decay Anti-ageing eye primer potion and the Benefit Porefessional. Both of these have been in heavy rotation throughout 2014 and I really couldn’t choose a winner between them both based on their performance. But, if I had to choose one it would probably be the Porefessional only because it is more readily available in Australia than Urban Decay.
Body oils – NUXE, Guinot and Pevonia
I have a serious love affair with body oils and couldn’t possibly narrow the list down to just one. The NUXE Huile Prodigieuse, Guinot Huile Mirific and the Pevonia Dry body oil all smell divine and leave my skin feeling soft and silky. Not a day goes by without me applying one of these beautiful oils and every time I do I am reminded why I love them so much.
Hair removal – Remington Cordless wet/dry epilator
Late November I was sent the Remington cordless wet/dry epilator/ shaver to trial and it was love at first use. Since being diagnosed as requiring Warfarin I have an increased risk of bleeding so shaving with a razor is something I use with great trepidation. I have used many epilators/shavers over the last 12 years or so but none of them compare to this one. The shaver head is comfortable to use and my legs are left feeling silky soft – just as if I had used a razor. I am seriously in love!
Footcream – Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot cream
As a practice manager in a Podiatry clinic I know the importance of looking after your feet. We see some pretty dry, neglected feet and I am determined to keep my feet looking and feeling fabulous. I featured the Burt’s Bees foot cream in my favourites for 2012 and here and I am yet to find anything that works as well.
Handcare – Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle balm
I have been loving this for at least a year as it is the only product that has offered me definite results in more nourished cuticles and nails. I have had less splitting and flaking since using it and I am onto my 3rd container of it with a spare ready for when I run out.
Gel Nails – SensatatioNail gel polish system
Many years ago I used to sport acrylic nails and whilst I loved the look of them I hated the upkeep. I have been loving the SensatioNail gel nail system as I get salon results at home for a fraction of the price. I love the finish and the strength that it offers my nails and as a result I have managed to achieve longer nails as they don’t break or chip.
Nail Polish remover – Designer Brands Instant Nail polish remover
Who wouldn’t love to put your finger into the pot, swivel it around for a few seconds and then remove it for polish free nails? Genius product that works brilliantly!
Perfume – Lancome La Vie Est Belle and Valeur Absolue
My perfume collection grew throughout 2014 and I have loved discovering a few new favourites. I don’t feel ‘dressed’ without a spritz of perfume and the Lancome La vie Est Belle is the perfume that gains the most compliments when I wear it. For a more subtle fragrance I choose one of the three Valeur Absolue perfumes which I featured here.
Candles/Room diffusers – Urban Rituelle, Glasshouse and Jo Malone
Nothing makes me happier than entering a room that smells lovely. It instantly lifts my mood and brings a sense of calm in me. I regularly burn candles and my favourites have been from Urban Rituelle – most notably their Fresh Fig and Sugar Plum from the Christmas collection and the Glasshouse Manhattan (Little black dress). Both of these envelop the room with their fragrance which lasts long after the candle is extinguished.
Earlier in the year I was lucky to win a big prize pack from Beauty Heaven and it included the Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia scent diffuser. I have always loved reed diffusers but none compare to the Jo Malone ones.
The fragrance is noticeable when entering a room but is not overpowering. I put this in our main bathroom for our daughter’s 21st and I had SO many of the guests asking about it. The only downside is the price so I have resealed the bottle and will only use it when I have a special event
Phew! There you have Part 1 of my Favourites for 2014. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did putting it all together.
Are any of these products on your ‘Best of 2014’ list? What would you most like to try off the list?