Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Oh, boy, there were some beautiful highlighters released this year (I reviewed a little over 50). Of all products, highlighters seem to be a weakness for me. They’re often products that I stow away in my basics drawer, which is really the most coveted of all drawers (for my makeup stash, that is), as it is where my go-tos live. Every single product mentioned below has found its way into this drawer (consequently, I have no room any more and need to pare it back!).

What were your favorite highlighters you tried this year? Are they new holy grails?

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Bringing down my favorites to a mere ten–TEN!!–from over 200 blushes that I’ve reviewed this year was painful. There were so many amazing formulas and shades released this past year! To that end, I wanted to make sure to share the love (and not just choose ten from the same formula!), but I urge you to check out these formulas in general as they perform well consistently and have a great selection of shades: Clinique Cheek Pops, Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow (Blush), and Make Up For Ever HD Blush. Given that these are my favorites, they all tend to lean warm and closer to coral/brown tones as those are the types of colors I find most flattering on myself. :)

What were your favorite blushes you tried this year?

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

I think there’s a trend in my favorites this year: shimmer, dusty/faded/muted shades, and anything but classic red creams. I found myself loving quite a bit of Formula X and Zoya this year, and NARS’ revamped formula had some nice shade offerings. I’m glad MAC reformulated their polish with a new brush and a much more palatable price tag, too.

What were your favorite nail polishes you tried this year?

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

It really shouldn’t be a surprise to see so many of Makeup Geek’s blushes on this list, because from the first one I tried to the last, they were stellar. They really nailed the formula; it’s not just good for the money, but it’s a fantastic powder blush, period. The texture was soft without being powdery or chalky. While many categories at the drugstore are comparable to high-end products, blushes and highlighters are an area that I find tends to miss, so I’m thrilled to see Makeup Geek enter the space and do budget blush justice (and then some). I really hope to see more shades next year!  I’ll be studying your favorite finds this year for products to make note to review in 2015!

What were your favorite budget-friendly cheek products this year?

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

I feel like this was the year of the eyeliner when it came to choosing my favorite budget-friendly eye products. It was hard not to make a list just for eyeliners, because there were so many amazing shades to choose from!

What were your favorite budget-friendly eyeshadows and eyeliners this year?

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

There’s little sweeter in beauty than when a product performs exceptionally well and comes with a wallet-friendly price tag! These lip products prove you don’t need to spend a lot to get bold, bright, or unique colors. I love seeing brands put out better and better budget-friendly alternatives so that anyone and everyone can find the right products for their budget! Here are my favorite shades of lipstick and gloss that won’t break the bank from 2014:

What are your must-have budget-friendly lip products that you tried in 2014?