Best lipstick Rimmel Kate 03
I am a sucker for a nude lip and this remains the best colour, even over very expensive alternatives. It's the perfect Bardot nude that suits everyone without looking like concealer on the lips. Teamed with a nice liner, I manage to look like I've had lip fillers and feel like the sexy 60s siren I was born to be!
Best mascara Too Faced Better Than Sex
Love the name, love the formula. I am converted to high end mascara after finding this holy grail product. This gives me long, glossy lashes without clumping. It's also great for bottom lashes and it doesn't smudge. I can't see myself giving this up anytime soon.
Best eyeshadow Too Faced Chocolate Bar
Ok so I'm technically cheating but eyeshadow palettes have been all the rage this year. Chocolate Bar is easily the most complimentary palette on the market and easily transition from day to night. The colours are all neutral, easy to mix and match and super easy to blend. Plus, they are made with real cocoa powder and smell divine.
Best eyeliner Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner
2014 was the year I fell back in love with liner but I am incredibly bad at doing it! The Eyeko Skinny liner makes it so much easier. The felt tip pen disperses the formula evenly without putting too much pressure on the eye. The line comes out really thin and can be easily built upon. This is the perfect liner for anyone that loves flicked or winged liner- so much control!
Best foundation No7 Stay Perfect Superlight Foundation
I adore my beloved Laura Mercier Silk Creme but it is pricey. No7 Superlight has been an absolute gem this year. I love dewy, flawless skin and the light formula is buildable and works into the skin so beautifully. The luminous qualities also save on a primer meaning I can get out of the door much faster in the morning!
Best powder product Michael Kors Bronzer in Flush
Michael Kors says this is a bronzer but in reality, it's a wee bit of everything. Part blush, part bronzer with a little bit of shimmer. I use this all over my face but it's been a great product to both lift and sculpt the cheeks. It also looks really fab and the mirror is huge making it a handbag essential.
Best perfume Lyn Harris Rose
Sadly now discontinued from Marks and Spencer, my scent of the year has been the musky tones of Rose by Lyn Harris. Co-owner of Miller Harris, her M&S difussion range was small but fabulous. I've been wearing Rose for a few years and love it even more now I know it's no longer available. It's a very unique scent and although very distinctly Rose, it doesn't smell too old or over-powering. A good alternative is Dahlia Noir by Givenchy- the two layered are my absolute fave!
Best skincare Yon-Ka Lait Nettoyant
I have very sensitive skin that breaks out so easily if it does not like a product (especially heavy essential oils). However, I have fallen in love with Yon-Ka and their facials. The Lait Nettoyant is a cleansing milk that I use morning and night. It leaves my skin clean but without feeling tight or stripped. I know I am going to use this for years to come- again another holy grail product.
Let me know your best products of 2014 by commenting below or by tweeting me @GemmaLEBond.