Recap of 2014: My Picks for the Best Beauty and Makeup

With it being the last day of 2014, I thought I'd end the year by recapping my favourite products as reviewed by me! I've had the chance to try a crap ton of products (as attested by Mr. Artist) this year. Some were duds, some were meh, but there were a few standouts.

Here are some of my "best of" from the past year:

Face and body care picks

L'Occitane Control Styling Prep Cream | Just J | Recap of 2014 - best of

Best hair treatment: L'Occitane Control Styling Prep Cream - a lightweight, nourishing leave-in conditioner that I've been raving about since September. This cream keeps my hair soft and manageable even after a perm and daily curling.

L'Occitane Aromachologie Revitalizing body scrub | Just J - Recap of 2014: best of

Best body scrub: L'Occitane Aromachologie Revitalizing body scrub - L'Occitane wins again! I can't get enough of this body scrub this winter. Its invigorating citrus scent and soft granules mixed in with sunflower oil, spearmint oil and grapefruit oil exfoliate away dry skin and coat it in softness.

Best eye cream: Lise Watier Age Control Supreme eye cream - this is one of the ONLY eye creams that has ever had any significant effect on the fine dryness lines under my eyes. This cream is thick, luxurious and feels like it's hugging your skin when applied. Let it do its magic and you'll awake to plump, softer skin.

Makeup picks

lancome grandiose mascara | Just J - Recap of 2014: best of beauty and makupe
Wearing the Lancome Grandiose mascara

Best mascara: Lancome Grandiose - the unique "swan-like" wand helps you get even the teeniest inner lashes. This mascara got me plenty of the "are your lashes real?" reaction, which is always my gauge for a killer mascara. This large tube lasted me forever and now that I'm back to using regular mascara wands, I'm really missing this unique product.

Best foundation: Lancome Teint Visionnaire - This full-medium coverage foundation is watery, but truly feels like you're wearing nothing at all. It's pricey at $60 but well worth it as it lasts forever! It doesn't clog pores or cake and comes in a wide variety of shades - I can't recommend this one enough.

Ladykin One Touch Bling Glow lipstick | Just J | Recap of 2014: best of beauty and makeup

Best lipstick: Ladykin One Touch Bling Glow lipstick in Fall Rose - I've raved about this on the blog and on Instagram, I love this lipstick that much. This lipstick is pigmented, has a dewy finish and decent lasting power. It is creamy but not overly soft as my beloved Lip Butters can sometimes be. The shade Fall Rose is one that I'm obsessed with as it's a beautiful MLBB on me that brightens up my complexion with just one swipe. The only downside? Unavailable in North America!

Best makeup sponge: Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge - While I've always wanted to try the famed Beauty Blender, paying that much for foam is just too silly for me. Luckily, Real Techniques has a very affordable and awesome option! The shape of this sponge is perfect for getting into those little corners of my nose where I have redness, while the blunt rounded end does a great job of stippling for overall coverage.

Chella Ivory lace highlighter pencil | Just J | Recap of 2014: best of beauty and makeup

Best highlighter: Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter pencil - this ivory tone has convinced me of the power of "white" eyeliners. Its soft texture allows you to easily swipe this whereever you need a little light on your face: cheekbones, cupid's bow, brow bone, inner eye corner - the options are so many! I love to wear just this along my waterline and a little mascara on the weekends while running errands. It really does make you look more awake and refreshed!

Clinique A Black Honey Affair eyeshadow palette | Just J | Recap of 2014: best of beauty and makeup

Best eyeshadow palette: Clinique A Black Honey Affair - this was my first Clinique palette and I'm in love with the versatility and staying power of this neutral palette. This palette contains a full range of brown and purple tones, which are among my go-to colors!

Best blush palette: Tarte Pin-up Girl Amazonian Clay 12 Hour blush palette - another new foray for me was into Tarte Cosmetics, with their new limited-edition palette. I bought this during the Sephora VIB sale and have been using it practically everyday since. These blushes are crazy pigmented and blend beautifully into my skin. Unlike my cream blushes, they also last for hours without touch-ups and the palette format allows me to mix and match as I please to create a variety of looks.

I hope you enjoyed these picks! Have you tried any of the above?

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