Top Ten Favorites of 2014

I don’t know how all of these beauty bloggers pick just 10 items after a year of trying new ones almost daily. When Top Ten Tuesday chose this as today’s topic I really had to narrow down my choices. I started with my vanity to see what items live there because I use them constantly. Next I had to figure out which were new to me in 2014. Luckily I reviewed 3 favorites at the end of December: foundation, blush and lipstick. But there are still more from each of those categories too. Here’s my very narrowed down list. — Marcia

1421096853_a-girls-gotta-spa-300x268A GIRL’S GOTTA SPA ENERGIZING CITRUS BODY LOTION – this was the year of citrus for me. I have become enamored with using body lotions in any of the citrus fragrances. I love the grapefruit scent of A Girl’s Gotta Spa (on sale at Amazon for $26) as well as be Delectable’s Lemon & Cream Body Lotion and Lavanila Lemon body lotion. All three were new to me for 2014 and I love them. You just can’t know what a huge change this is for me.
1421096668_acacia-protein-bb-creamECRU NEW YORK ACACIA BB CREAM – I have a counterful of hair products since I’m always testing new ones. But the one styling product I can count on all the time has been this ECRU New York BB Cream.
1421096544_microblur_oval_tube_30mlKIEHL’S MICRO-BLUR SKIN PERFECTOR should have been written about months ago. I mentioned it earlier and now it’s obtained holy grail status. It’s the one product that I reach for to blur my pesky pores. I can’t imagine being without this.
1421096483_primer050114SKINDINAVIA MAKEUP PRIMER SPRAY is another one I should have written about months ago. I used it daily in the summer and was amazed at how much longer my face makeup lasted. I spray it after skincare and before makeup and let it set. It doesn’t add another layer to my skin but it helps foundation adhere. It’s wonderful.
1421096341_eye-mazing-liquid-liner-pen-image-2YOUNGBLOOD EYE-MAZING LIQUID LINER PEN in MARRON – I’ve searched high and low for the best brown liquid eyeliner and I found the perfect one in this Youngblood liner. I can’t tell you how many brown liners I’ve thrown away yet I’ve ordered this twice since my review. All the other colors are great and I use those too but it’s the Marron that is my bestie.
1421096196_s1533439-main-hero-300TOO FACED BETTER THAN SEX MASCARA has changed my eyelashes for the better. I have a lot of mascaras I like but only a few I love and Too Faced BTS is a love. I rarely get compliments on how my lashes look since they are skimpy but people notice when I’m wearing this one.
1421096099_s1665645-main-hero-300VISEART EYESHADOW PALETTE in SULTRY MUSE – I am amazed at the quality of this Viseart palette. This was a gift to me from Lisa and I honestly thought it was a little dull. I put it aside and came across it about 2 months ago. What a mistake I made prejudging this. The colors are beautiful once on, much more unique than they first appear. The pigmentation is great and the shadows last and last. In spite of the $80 price I can’t wait to buy this in Paris Nude once it’s back in stock at Sephora.
1421096046_s1578012-main-hero-300TOO FACED CHOCOLATE BAR EYE PALETTE is a surprise for me. I didn’t buy it at first because I mostly heard about it smelling like chocolate. Even though I adore chocolate I didn’t want to smell like it. I’m so glad I gave into the raves because I get an incredible amount of wear out of this palette. The colors are vibrant and versatile. Whenever I need a shade to go with my nude shadows I know I can count on this palette to fill in that need.
1420311977_s1608413-main-hero-300PERRICONE MD NO BLUSH BLUSH seems like an oxymoron if there ever was one. I debated about using this as my Makeup Wars favorite blush but I knew that Top Ten lists were coming up so here it is. I use this allllll the time. It’s described as a warm rosy pink which is a perfect description. I don’t apply it when I’m wearing very cool tones but I apply it for almost everything else. It doesn’t last all day on me but it’s easy to touch up with either a powder blush or more of this stain.
1406489060_coolway-brush-300x215KNOTTY GIRL BRUSH by Coolway is the one item on this list that I use every single day. Whether my hair is wet or dry, this brush comes through. I never would have considered a brush on my wet hair before this and now I can’t imagine life without it.
It was hard to come up with only 10 since there are dozens of products that I loved in 2014 but these get the most use and will be bought again. I can’t wait to see how my fellow Top Ten bloggers are going to tempt us all. — Marcia

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*some items sent for editorial consideration, most bought or repurchased after review as backups


  1. I need to try that mascara because everyone seems to love it!

  2. I love your picks. So many things I haven’t tried!

  3. I’ve been eying those Viseart palettes, looks like I should take the plunge!

  4. I love that A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Body lotion! Happy to see Too Faced on your list too 🙂

  5. Still need to try that Kiehl’s Micro Blur Skin Perfector!

  6. I love that Kiehl’s Blur!! I use it a lot!

  7. What a wonderful list of favorites!!!!

  8. I can vouch for Kiehl’s Micro-Blur!! I want to try the No Blush Blush.

  9. Kimberly, I love the Perricone. It gets so much use. It’s really great to apply first and then a touch of powder blush over it to make it last all day.

  10. Thanks Lola. I wanted to put my new Tom Ford lipsticks but I bought them in 2015.

  11. Eugenia I’ve ordered a new Kiehl’s Blur. I don’t want to be without though I know that I have plenty left.

  12. Phyrra, A Girl’s Gotta Spa is a wonderful lotion. I love using it.
    Stef, I just bought Viseart Paris Nude. It came back in stock at Sephora and I couldn’t wait another minute.

  13. Christa, I have a feeling that I’ll feel the same when I get to reading your blog.

  14. Jessica, I have three favorite mascaras (Eddie Funkhouser, It Cosmetics and Too Faced Better Than Sex) but only Too Faced was new for 2014. I’ve rebought all three of these mascaras. I have very wimpy lashes and these help make me look like a real person!!

  15. Another fan of the I love that A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Body – and I think the Body Wash is divine. It was my fave wash discovery of the year!

  16. Natalie Brown says

    I have the Too Faced mascara and it’s unopened because I’m using a couple others up first. I’m so excited to try it!

  17. Natalie – I always try not to open a new mascara but usually fail. I don’t have the Too Faced open right now because I have three others in rotation and will be starting a new one today. But you need to try the TF one next.


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