Makeup Hit List for 2014

8:35:00 PM

I am well aware that this is way overdue. However, I still would like to share my most used makeup products for the year 2014. I liked and discovered a lot of products last year, but I had to pick a few that I reach out the most, and these would be it.

I sometimes buy makeup on a whim especially if there are a lot ongoing sales in the beauty section. I am sure most beauty enthusiasts can relate. LOL So, last year I honesty really tried to limit myself into buying makeup that I don't really need. I think I was successful in a way since there were consecutive months where I didn't buy a single makeup. I only bought a handful of makeup that I  was really lemming for and those that had been on my wishlist for the longest time.

This is where I keep the makeup products that I use personally. (Obviously, I like Teal/Mint Colors! hahaha) Since I am also a freelance makeup artist, the makeup for clients are stored separately in a hard train case.

Let's start this off with my favorite makeup products for FACE. Some of you might have already seen some of these on my Instagram account, which only shows how much I adore these products.

VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Face Cover 45 - This is my fave sunscreen to date. I use this as my makeup base or primer especially on hot days. I've noticed that this has a really good oil control power since my T-Zone stays matte all day and my makeup lasts longer.  I've used the Armada Face Cover 30 and Armada Face Cover 70. They have different texture and consistency, but I like this Face Cover 45 variant more.

Mary Kay CC Cream in Very light - I was honestly skeptical when I first got my hands on this CC cream. I was never a fan of BB Creams to begin with or CC Creams for that matter. However, I really liked the texture and feel of the Mary Kay CC Cream, in addition to that, this is yellow toned, so it does not look ashy on me. I'm so glad that I didn't break out and that my skin actually looks great with this stuff on. Since I have the lightest shade, I only use this in certain areas on my face where I need to highlight. You can read my full review HERE.

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm - My glowing secret is now out! This is the product I've been using for the past three years! It instantly wakes my face up and gives me a natural glow without trying so hard. LOL. But seriously, this stuff works wonders if used right. I use this every time my face looks dull and tired (which happens to be on most mornings, hahaha). I only need a pea-size amount and pat it on my entire face, then follow it right away with my foundation powder. Then BAAM! in about 5 minutes I notice that my skin looks alive, dewy and glowing.

Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette in Light - Every time my skin needs rescuing, I run to this concealer palette. It gives the perfect coverage to my pimple scars and it is very easy to blend. Best of all, it actually stays long after I set it with my Mac powder.

Elizabeth Arden Sheer Lights Illuminating Pen Concealer - I like using this to correct my dark circles since the shade I have is slightly peachy. It is very sheer and easy to blend and does not settle on fine lines. Plus it's very convenient to use.

Mac Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation in NC35 - This is already my 4th Mac Studio Fix compact and it has continued to be my Holy Grail face powder. You can read my full review HERE.

For EYES and BROWS, these are my go to products.

Happy Skin Eye Am Here To Stay Gel Eyeliner Pencil in Chic Brown - I started using this ever since it was launched last year. It stays all day long and does not budge. It is my fave everyday eyeliner to date! You can read my full review HERE.

Mac Opulash Mascara - I still haven't found an HG mascara, however when I used up my Covergirl Lash Blast Mascara last year, I reached out for this Mac Opulash Mascara the most, since it defines my lashes and it works great for everyday use.

The Face Shop Style My Eyebrow Pencil in No. 3 - This is my favorite eyebrow pencil to date. One coz it's super affordable at only Php150, two coz the shade is perfect for me, and three it is super smooth to apply.

Mac Brow Set in Beguile - I know this is a bit pricey for a brow set but I still keep coming back to this. I tried cheaper ones but they don't hold my brows like this one does and I still love the shade Beguile on me. My first tube of Beguile actually lasted me for about 2 years! So it is worth it. You can check out the Mac Brow Set swatches HERE.

For Eyeshadow, these are my most used shades.
Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color in Sweet Cream, Hazelnut and Espresso.
Covergirl Eye Enhancer Eyeshadow in Mink
Wet n Wild Color Icon Single Eyeshadow in Nutty
Mac Mineralize Eye Shadow Duo in This & That

For CHEEK products, I've been loving these products from The Balm Cosmetics. Apart from the super cute packaging, they have excellent color payoff and very easy to blend. Price wise, I find them affordable compared to high end brands like MAC.

The Balm Bahama Mama for contouring
The Balm Frat Boy for my cheek blush
The Balm Mary Lou Manizer as my highlighter

These are my most used brushes for 2014. I use the Sigma Make Me Cool Travel Kit most of the time, then a few other brushes like, the Charm Luxe Retractable Kabuki Brush in Gold which I bring with me every day for my compact powder. The Artist Studio Brush for my brow bone (I found this in Landmark when I went to Manila last year). The Zoeva 322 Brow Line Brush for my brows and the Sigma E25 Blending Brush for my eyeshadows.

Lastly, for LIPS, these are most used lippie picks last year.

Mac Tinted Lipglass in Love Child - This is the only gloss I've been using a lot last year. I just adore the shade so much coz it looks like an MLBB shade only glossy. hehe

Mac Amplified Lipstick in Craving - This has become my go-to everyday lipstick ever since hubby bought it for me mid last year. I just love plummy shades.

The Face Shop FaceIt Artist Cube Lipstick in Pop Plum - A friend of mine gave this to me ("just because" she said. hehe) I really love the shade and I like using this as a stain rather than applying it full on. You can read my full review HERE.

Happy Skin Shut Up and Kiss Me Moisturizing Lippies in The Morning After and Sunset Kiss - These are just lovely shades and although they are from the summer collection, I still loved using them all year round. I love mixing these two shades together coz they create a lovely creamy-coral shade. You can read my full review and swatches HERE.

VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Lip Balm - this thing has SPF 60! that's the biggest SPF content I've found from a lip balm. Definitely a keeper!

Whew, I know that this is a rather long post, so thank you for taking your time to read it. I just didn't want to create separate posts for my 2014 hit list. hehe

Until next time.


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  1. This is so cool Hollie! I've heard so many reviews about the products you've mentioned above but I haven't tried most of them yet. I love to try them all especially the brushes <3

    love lots,

  2. A great selection of makeup products, I really like the MAC lipstick I have been wearing it loads.
    Zeynab x
    The Beauty Load

  3. That Maryloumanizer thooooo <3 <3 <3

    From Manila with Love

    1. @CJ it's just too bad, the other half is broken. huhuhu, that's why I didn't open it. when I took the photo.

  4. I have yet to try the balm blushes and I don't know...I might get crazy and order a few to try out and see how they perform :3
    I got craving recently and I love it! <3

    Take care*

    1. @Diana, I know right? it's just a pretty everyday lippie!

  5. I can see why you love the coloring! cute bags and I love that brush set!

  6. Bookmarked this post AND FORGOT TO RETURN TO IT, MY BAD ._.
    Sonia Kashuk is currently 30% off at all Canadian Targets due to liquidation--IS IT REALLY WORTH A TRY? I'm really hoping to try more of The Balm's products this year--have you seen their new Nude Dude palette?? HUBBA BUBBA Imma need that!

    1. @Vanessa, I already have the Lorac Pro, that's why I wasn't so excited abot the Nude Dude palette. You should check out the Stila Eyes are the Window Shadow Palettes, they're beautiful!

  7. I am a HUGE fan of the Beauty Flash Balm. I used so little of it at first and everything went swimmingly. Then I accidentally used too much one time and then I realized why people ranted against it. I got so much balls of goo, like libag! If you use just a microscopic smidge it works perfectly.

    1. @Tellie, that's sooo true. I only need an itsy bitsy tiny amount and pat it all over my face, and it works absolutely fabulous!

  8. yay we be twining with mary lou manizer <3 someday i want to get bahama mama, their matte blushes, and the other two lou manizers. i've swatched them on the counter and they are amazing esp for their prices :)
    love love the cute minty pouches!

  9. Where did you buy your "The Balm" stuff here in Cebu?

    1. @Jeralkeen I bought them at Beauty Bar in Ayala Center. It is located ground floor near Terranova and Giordano


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