February 19, 2015

2014 Beauty Awards

You, the reader, have spoken. I've compiled all of your favorite beauty products from 2014. I was pretty pleased with the amount of variety. There are some high-end products that made the top, but also plenty of budget-friendly products. So buckle your seat belt because this is one long post. Catch you on the flippity flip (10 points to the person who can name that reference).

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer- Create a perfect canvas for foundation application with this silky, lightweight blend of vitamins A & E, grape seed extract and green tea. Worn alone or under foundation, Smashbox's best-selling, oil-free primer helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores for flawless skin with a velvety-smooth finish.

e.l.f. Hydrating Face Primer- Boosts your complexion with a drench of hydration, creating a perfect canvas for radiant, younger looking skin. Infused with Grape and Vitamins A, C, & E for nourishing and anti-aging benefits. This multipurpose clear skin primer reduces the appearance of fine lines and transforms your face into a flawless and smooth canvas so makeup goes on evenly for a long-lasting finish.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion- Eyeshadow Primer Potion is coveted by makeup artists and makeup junkies alike because it guarantees more vibrant eyeshadow that lasts for 24 hours and never creases! Once you experience its powers (plus how smoothly it glides on - an added bonus) you'll never want to live without it. This extraordinary elixir comes in an easy-to-squeeze tube so you can control how much you apply.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind- Micro-corrector applicator + super concentrated formula instantly creates a radiant, refreshed looking eye area. Super concentrated formula with goji berry + haloxyl helps to erase the appearance of dark circles and fine lines, while visibly diminishing the appearance of puffiness around the eyes.

MAC Pro Longwear- A lightweight fluid concealer that provides medium to full coverage with a comfortable, natural matte finish. Color-true formula lasts up to 15 hours. Helps conceal and correct the look of under-eye circles, and discolorations.

Make Up Forever Full Cover- Designed to cover major imperfections like scars, hyperpigmentation, major discoloration, burns, and tattoos. This light and creamy concealer contains a high concentration of pigments that stay put, making it perfect for use on the face, as well as the body.

Revlon ColorStay- This foundation smooths on evenly for a flawless look. ColorStay Makeup with SoftFlex SPF 6 for Combination/Oily Skin by Revlon features SoftFlex technology that will not rub off with normal wear. Oil-free formula looks fresh, feels natural and controls excess oil.

Urban Decay Naked Skin- It feels like wearing nothing, yet Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Makeup transforms your complexion. Skin looks natural, illuminated and bright with a luminous demi-matte finish: like the beautiful skin you were born with. Light-diffusing spheres provide a visible reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, blurring imperfections to make you look professionally retouched. It's the ultimate in ultra definition.

Maybelline Fit Me- No oils, no waxes, no nonsense. Natural coverage that leaves skin the way it was meant to be fresh, breathing, natural. Exclusive translucent base and lightweight pigments allow skin's natural highs and lows to show through.

bareMinerals Original- bareMinerals award-winning mineral foundation gives you all the flawless coverage you want with a no-makeup look and feel that lasts up to eight hours. The creamy minerals diminish the appearance of imperfections without drying out skin. Groundbreaking formula is clinically proven to promote clearer, healthier-looking skin.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder- A universal finishing powder that features state-of-the-art technology to recreate the most exquisitely flattering types of light.

Benefit Watt's Up!- This cream-to-powder highlighter turns up the wattage with a delicate, gorgeous champagne glow. Its smooth application and luminous sheen switches on the "wow" factor for any complexion. Apply it to cheeks and browbones, then sculpt with the soft-glow blender for your perfect gleam.

NYX Illuminator- Brighten up your skin with any of the Illuminators by NYX Cosmetics. The radiant shimmer diffuses light so your skin looks softer and younger while adding a subtle glow. Gleam through the day wearing any of these Illuminators for a natural touch of radiance! Complements the structure of the face with a touch of luminosity.

Make Up Forever Duo Mat Powder Foundation- A long-lasting, oil-free mattifying powder foundation for normal to combination skin types.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick- A shimmering brush-on powder compact with five complementary shades to bring a soft glow to cheeks and eyes.

bareMinerals Ready Bronzer- bareMinerals Ready Bronzer buffs on rich golden bronze color for a beautifully even, buildable glow. Powered by our proprietary SeaNutritive Mineral Complex with antioxidants and cold-pressed carrot oil, this silky long-wearing formula delivers incredible anti-aging benefits. Solid mineral color lasts for up to 8 hours.

Milani Baked Blush- Get a radiant finish with this luxurious powder baked on Italian terracotta tiles. The multiple infusion of colors blends perfectly to shape, contour and highlight your cheeks.

Nars Blush in Orgasm- Orgasm Blush makes cheeks blush a perfect pinky-peach flush and subtly highlights with accents of golden shimmer. The perennially pleasing, universally flattering shade is repeatedly a makeup artist and beauty editor favorite. Super Orgasm Blush amps things up with a shimmering peachy pink blush with an extra dose of golden sparkle that’s perfect for complementing all skin tones. The super sexy pink flush gives the effect of a radiant afterglow.

MAC Pro Longwear Blush- A lightweight blush with extreme colour perfection and non-fading, eight-hour wear. Ultra fine, silky powder glides on and blends easily to provide a moist, flawless, natural finish or with layering, a brighter, more dramatic look.

L'Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga- Miss Manga gives you great volume on the top and bottom. The brush has a 360 degree flexor that helps you build up to 15x the volume in a flash.

Benefit They're Real!- They're Real! lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts & separates. Benefit's jet black, long-wearing formula won't smudge or dry out. A specially designed brush reveals lashes you never knew you had!

Maybelline Great Lash- Great Lash is the classic pink and green mascara. It's been around forever, and for good reason. The lash-doubling formula gently conditions as it thickens, making every lash look 100% fuller. The applicator brush allows you to apply the mascara easily without clumps or globs. Formula is easily washable, hypoallergenic, and gentle enough for contact lens wearers and those with sensitive skin.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes- Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara could be considered a dramatic makeover for your lashes. This high-performance formula is proven to increase the appearance of lash volume by 330% - creating strikingly thick, sexy lashes. Formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate and gluten.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner- Finally, a waterproof liquid liner that glides on with ease, won't smudge or run, and stays in place until you say when! The thin marker-like tip is easy to use even for the least experienced, and delivers a defined thin line to a dramatic bold line with precision. Goes on smoothly without skipping, smudging, or pulling, and lasts all day!

NYX Collection Nior Liquid Eyeliner- A pro-artist favorite, NYX Liquid Black Eye Liner delivers intense classic black color. It has a super thin brush which makes lining a breeze, and has a unique long-lasting formula that's smudge-proof, dance-proof and lasts all day!

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil- Creamy, long-lasting, award-winning and waterproof, 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil is the best eye pencil ever, ever, ever! Urban Decay's velvety-soft 24/7 formula stays creamy for blending (about 30 seconds), then dries down to a long-lasting finish that will not budge. Never before has a pencil this creamy and brilliant been waterproof too. Created with 50% moisturizing ingredients (like jojoba oil, vitamin E and cottonseed oil) suspended in a sophisticated waterproof formula, 24/7 Eye Pencils offer long-lasting color and a dreamy, creamy feel when applied.

Urban Decay NAKED Palettes- You can look great NAKED! This long, lean, seductive case is packed with twelve gorgeous neutrals. Shades range from delicate champagnes to dark, gritty gunmetal.Choose from a range of textures: everything from glitter to shimmer to matte. This is a shadow palette everyone can use, and a truly spectacular gift. Experiment with office-appropriate neutrals, summertime bronzy looks or sultry smokiness. With such a diversity of neutral shades at your fingertips, there's more to neutral than meets the eye.

MAC Pressed Pigments- An intensely creamy highlighter offering extreme pearlescence and versatility of finish. Apply dry for a high shine, or on damp skin for a dramatic wet look. Provides eye-catching sheer-to-moderate buildable coverage and natural dimension finish.

e.l.f. Baked Eyeshadows- The silky and blendable formula provides smooth and even application with each sweep of color. Baked in an oven, these eyeshadows offer rich pigmentation for a beautiful effect. Infused with active key ingredients, jojoba, rose, sunflower, apricot and grape, to nourish and hydrate the skin. The long-lasting and shimmering color can be worn wet for a vibrant effect or dry for sheer pigmentation, offering a variety of gorgeous eye looks.

MAC Lipstick- Color plus texture for the lips. Stands out on the runway. Simmers on the street! What made M·A·C famous.

Revlon Color Stay Just Bitten Lip Stain- Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain gives softer, smoother lips with a perfect flush of color that lasts hour after hour. The gel formula comes in 12 vibrant shades that match any look or mood.

NYX Matte Lipstick- A highly pigmented lipstick that glides on smoothly and stays put. This velvety non-glossy, high-fashion matte finish envelops lips in rich color. Available in a palette of easy to wear shades from pure reds to natural nudes.

NARS Lipgloss- NARS Lipgloss assists with anti-aging and lavishes lips in a full spectrum of shades. Nourishing ingredients moisturize, leaving lips smooth and soft. The doe-foot applicator glides smoothly with comfort and precision for long-lasting wear.

Too Faced Melted- Get the staying power of a stain, the intense color of a liquid lipstick and the shine of a gloss with Melted. With Melted, Too Faced has created a revolutionary way to keep lipstick liquefied so it doesn't lose its intensity, pigment or shine, while keeping a comfortable, flexible and cushiony wear. Plus, Melted comes with a precision tip applicator to allow for a clean, effortless application each time. Cruelty-free.

NYX Butter Gloss- Add a little more sweetness to your lips with a touch of any of NYX's Butter Lipglosses available in 12 scrumptious colors! Get that creamy medium coverage on your lips without that sticky sensation. It's perfect for every sweet tooth! Softens and conditions lips while giving a hint of color and gloss.

OPI Nail Lacquer- The most-asked-for brand in the industry! With a superior range of shades and the hottest special effects and textures, OPI is the go-to brand for nail fashion. From elegant classics to eye-popping brights, OPI has your color!

Essie Nail Polish- Essie is the ultimate color authority offering a line of superior nail polishes. The fashion-forward shades with an exclusive award winning formula are always classic, chic and elegant. essie polish provides flawless coverage along with outstanding durability, a chip-resistant formula and whimsical names in the most up-to-the-minute colors. All Essie nail polishes are DBP, toluene, and formaldehyde free.

Butter London Nail Lacquer- Butter London's highly-pigmented lacquers are created for the catwalk and formulated to nourish and protect nails. Create bespoke looks with countless colours and finishes. Butter London does not add formaldehyde, toluene, or DBP to any of its nail formulas. It's colour without compromise.

Sinful Colors Professional Nail Enamel- Glorious, gorgeous colors on your fingers. It will complete your outfit and express your mood. Toluene, formaldehyde & DBP free.

Neutrogena Make-up Removing Wipes- Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes effectively dissolve all traces of dirt, oil and make-up - even waterproof mascara - for clean, fresh skin in one easy step. These gentle, ultra soft cloths contain superior cleansing technology so effective it removes even waterproof mascara. With one step, it leaves skin thoroughly clean with no heavy residue, so there's no need to rinse. And it's gentle enough to use around the sensitive eye area, even for contact lens wearers. Make your skin make-up free the easy way.

Up & Up Make-up Removing Wipes from Target- When it's time to cleanse your face of the day's makeup, reach for Up&Up Makeup Remover. Formulated with the same active ingredients as similar name brands, Up&Up oil-free makeup remover works just as well, but at a fraction of the cost. Ideal for removing even waterproof mascara, the gentle yet hard-working formula will leave your skin feeling clean, refreshed and residue-free.

Coconut Oil- Coconut oil is one of the most versatile health and beauty products around. With a multitude of beauty uses, it also does a great job at removing make-up.

Do you agree with the winners? Did your favorites make the list? What other products were your favorites from 2014 (such as make-up brushes, face washes, dry shampoos, lotions, etc.)? 
Share your knowledge in the comments below!

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