My 30 Favourite New Beauty Products of 2014

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Best of 2014

My top 30 in 2014.

Ahhh... we're already at the end of January, and it's taken me this long to share with you my "best of 2014" list! Believe me, I've been workin' on this post since December, but then I kept thinking of things to add to it... and then I got the flu... and then I went to California... and now here we are. But better late than never, right?

This list, which is in no particular order, represents my very favourite NEW beauty products of the year 2014. That means I'm focusing on stuff that launched in the last 12 months only—because if I were to list everything else that I love, well, I'd probably still be writing this in 2017. 

Here we go!

Lips and Cheeks

First up, my favourite category! Last year wasn't a big lipstick year for me. For the most part, I leaned towards stains and matte textures, and fell in love with a lot of double-duty products that work on both lips and cheeks...

1. Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll Kiss & Blush

Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll Kiss and Blush

Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll Kiss & Blush

It's a bit splurgey, but I can't live without this creamy and easy-to-blend mousse, which gives cheeks the most gorgeous flush (and doubles as a matte lip colour). My shade pick is 2 Rose Frivole, the prettiest pale pink. Full review here.

Where to buySephora, Nordstrom

2. Sonia Kashuk Dewy Luxe Lip & Cheek Balm

Sonia Kashuk Dewy Luxe Lip and Cheek Balm

Sonia Kashuk Dewy Luxe Lip & Cheek Balm

This has been a handbag staple of mine for MONTHS... so now that Target is leaving us, I gotta go stock up! While the YSL is creamy, this is more gel-like and gives a stronger stain, as well as a slightly dewy finish. Both shades are great, but I wear Enchanted (the pink one) the most. Full review here.

Where to buy: Target

3. Make Up For Ever HD Blush

Make Up For Ever HD Blush

Make Up For Ever HD Blush

This is my go-to blush if I want seamless colour that (like all MUFE products) lasts and lasts. It's kind of a cream-powder hybrid, if you will, and gives a very second-skin effect. I wear 210 Cool Pink. Full review here.

Where to buy: Sephora

4. L'Oréal Visible Lift Blur Blush

L'Oreal Visible Lift Blur Blush

L'Oréal Visible Lift Blur Blush

This is a fab drugstore blush option that I swear is super-similar to the way pricier Armani Blushing Fabric. It's a gel texture that works into the skin almost like a stain. I wear the middle shade, 502 Soft Pink. Full review here.

Where to buy: Well.ca, Amazon.com, TargetULTA Beauty, Drugstore.com

5. Rimmel Stay Blushed! Liquid Cheek Tint

Rimmel Stay Blushed Liquid Cheek Tint

Rimmel Stay Blushed! Liquid Cheek Tint

Yet another drugstore blush find that's a dupe for a higher-end product. I thought this one was extremely similar to YSL's old Crème de Blush, with a great moussey texture and flushed-from-within effect. I like 004 Sunkissed Cherry. Full review here.

Where to buy: Well.ca, Amazon.caAmazon.com

6. Marc Jacobs Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick

Marc Jacobs Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick

Marc Jacobs Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick

This crayon packaging is to die for, but I also fell in love with the formula (matte yet moisturizing) and the colours (ultra-bright). My favourites are Wham 604 and Pop-Arazzi 606. Full review here.

Where to buy: Sephora

7. Fresh Sugar Tulip Tinted Lip Treatment

Fresh Sugar Tulip Tinted Lip Treatment

Fresh Sugar Tulip Tinted Lip Treatment

Tinted lip balm in bright hot pink. Need I say more? I'm pretty sure every beauty editor I know is using this. Full review here.

Where to buy: Sephora

8. Dior Addict Fluid Stick

Dior Addict Fluid Stick

Dior Addict Fluid Stick

The one gloss I've been into is this hybrid one, which gives you tons of pigment with a non-sticky water-based texture. (Really, the texture of this stuff is outstanding.) My shade pick is 575 Wonderland, the hot pink. Full review here.

Where to buy: Sephora, Nordstrom

9. Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet

This is one of the more unique liquid lipsticks I've come across—it's a soft matte that's incredibly lightweight on the lips. (You kinda need to try it to know what I mean.) My shade pick is 04 Peach Club. More detailed review coming soon!

Where to buy: Amazon.com, ASOS, Shoppers Drug Mart

10. Guerlain Rouge Automatique Lip Color

Guerlain Rouge Automatique Lip Color

Guerlain Rouge Automatique Lip Color

Whenever I feel like traditional lipstick, I've been reaching for this guy in the shade Insolence 144, kind of a strawberry-coral that gets compliments every time. I love the chic packaging, too. Full review here.

Where to buy: Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus

11. Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain

Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain

Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain

So I basically wore these all the month of August. They're somewhat similar to the Dior, except some of the lighter colours are a bit patchy. But I love the shades 015 Barcelona Nights, 020 Rio Rush and 035 Miami Fever.

Where to buy: Well.caULTA Beauty, Drugstore.com, Amazon.com

12. NARS Velvet Lip Liner

NARS Velvet Lip Liner

NARS Velvet Lip Liner

Thanks to Kylie Jenner, lip liners are back in a big way. These ones do not budge, so they're perfect for overdrawing the outer corners (like this). And they come in great bright colours, unlike the brownish lip liners of the '90s.

Where to buy: Sephora, Beauty.com, Nordstrom

Eyes and Brows

With my hooded eyes, my preference is always for waterproof shadows and liners, and I look for mascaras that define without clumping. I gave up brow pencil last year in favour of the new-generation brow mascaras that coat the hairs instead of getting on the skin...

13. Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop Eye Stick

Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop Eye Stick

Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop Eye Stick

Shimmery, champagne-coloured, waterproof cream eyeshadow—it sounds easy to find, but no. Volver is basically my ultimate, not too warm nor too cool nor too glittery, and stays put forever. Full review here.

Where to buy: Sephora

14. Benefit Gimme Brow

Benefit Gimme Brow

Benefit Gimme Brow

How many times have I mentioned this product? A kajillion. It was the first of the next-gen brow products, with tiny fibres that adhere to your hairs to bulk up the brows. I still use it daily to build up my inner "fans". Full review here.

Where to buy: Sephora

15. Maybelline Brow Drama

Maybelline Brow Drama

Maybelline Brow Drama

This is my other brow love, which I use for a different purpose—it coats the hairs to add bulk all over, and also fantastic control. I wear the lightest shade, Dark Blonde. Full review here.

Where to buy: Well.ca, Drugstore.com, ULTA Beauty, TargetAmazon.com

16. Lancôme Grandiôse Mascara

Lancome Grandiose Mascara

Lancôme Grandiôse Mascara

I've long said that Lancôme makes the best fancy mascaras, and their newest innovation is no exception. The wand makes it easier to reach every lash, and you get excellent volume and definition—no lash comb required. Full review here.

Where to buy: Sephora, Nordstrom

17. Rimmel Wonder'Lash Mascara

Rimmel Wonder Lash Mascara

Rimmel Wonder'Lash Mascara

Hands down, this is the best mascara I've found at the drugstore in ages. It's super-defining, non-smearing and leaves lashes soft and conditioned. Full review here.

Where to buy: Well.ca, Amazon.com

18. Tarte Amazonian Clay Dual Liner

Tarte Amazonian Clay Dual Liner

Tarte Amazonian Clay Dual Liner

I didn't get around to writing about this because it was a fall limited-edition... but weirdly, it's still around, so grab it while you can. You get two colours of waterproof gel liner (black and brown) in one pot, and they are seriously budge-proof. Apply with an angled brush.

Where to buy: Sephora

19. Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kôhl Liner

Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kôhl Liner

Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kôhl Liner

I used to be a massive MUFE liner fan, but this one has pretty much taken over now. I like it better because it sharpens automatically (within the cap), delivers a nice fine line of colour and is waterproof. What more do you need?!

Where to buy: Sephora, Beauty.com, ULTA Beauty, Nordstrom

Face

I'm pretty fussy when it comes to face makeup. Most foundations, I do not love for both texture and colour reasons. But a few things did impress this year, and weirdly they're all drugstore stuff...

20. Pixi H2O Skin Tint

Pixi H2O Skin Tint

Pixi H2O Skin Tint

I'm absolutely crushed that I won't be able to get this anymore in Canada, with Target's departure. One of the most innovative formulas I've seen, it's a tinted gel that feels great on the skin and can be built up for more coverage. Full review here.

Where to buy: Target

21. Maybelline Dream Wonder Foundation

Maybelline Dream Wonder Foundation

Maybelline Dream Wonder Foundation

One of the biggest surprises in makeup last year was finding this fluid foundation. At least for me, the colour match was perfect (which never happens at mass) and the finish is a dupe for Armani Maestro. Full review here.

Where to buy: Well.caAmazon.com, ULTA BeautyTarget, Drugstore.com

22. Joe Fresh Universal CC Cream

Joe Fresh Universal CC Cream

Joe Fresh Universal CC Cream

I call this liquid Spanx. It's not really a CC cream in that it doesn't have any tint—it's from the new category of "skin perfectors," which are colourless and can go over or under makeup. This is the best one I've tried because a) it really works, b) it's made with more natural ingredients and c) it doesn't have any silicone feel. Oh, and it gets points for being Canadian, too!

Where to buy: Joe Fresh

Nails

As far as nail colour goes, the one shade I fell massively fell in love with in 2014 (YSL's Blue Celadon) was limited edition and now long gone (sorry). But I did find a couple of other winning nail products...

23. Sephora Collection Instant Nail Polish Remover For Glitter

Sephora Collection Instant Glitter Nail Polish Remover For Glitter

Sephora Collection Instant Nail Polish Remover For Glitter

If you've ever struggled with removing glitter nail polish (and haven't we all?), this is for you. It's as easy as dipping a finger in, swishing it around, and BAM! Glitter gone. Full review here

Where to buy: Sephora

24. NARS Top Coat

NARS Top Coat

NARS Top Coat

I didn't expect this top coat (which isn't even from a nail brand) to be anything special... but I've concluded that it really is. It's somewhat thick, but dries fast and forms an amazing high-shine seal. I'm pretty sure my nails aren't chipping quite as quickly.

Where to buy: Sephora, Beauty.com, Nordstrom

Skin and Hair

As far as the skin on my face, I'm more a creature of habit—so nothing major to tell you about there. But I did find a few great things for the bod, and amassed quite the collection of volumizing hair products...

25. John Frieda Luxurious Volume Touchably Full Shampoo For Colour-Treated Hair

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Touchably Full Shampoo

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Touchably Full Shampoo For Colour-Treated Hair

I blogged a lot about this line last year, and simply put, I think they have the best shampoo option for fine, colour-treated hair at the drugstore. It doesn't weigh you down OR strip your colour. Full review here.

Where to buy: Well.caDrugstore.comTarget, ULTA Beauty, Amazon.com

26. Matrix Biolage VolumeBloom Shampoo

Matrix Biolage VolumeBloom Shampoo

Matrix Biolage VolumeBloom Shampoo

At the salon level, this is my current favourite shampoo, made for fine hair and also colour-safe. Your hair just feels so darn bouncy and CLEAN after using it. I love the fresh scent, too.

Where to buy: Amazon.com, ULTA Beauty

27. Kevin Murphy Angel Masque

Kevin Murphy Angel Masque

Kevin Murphy Angel Masque

So I JUST blogged about this one. It's a masque for fine, colour-treated hair that has made such a difference to my usually ratty ends, even my hairstylist commented. Full review here.

Where to buy: Kevin Murphy salons

28. Footner Exfoliating Socks

Footner Exfoliating Socks

Footner Exfoliating Socks

I think we'll soon start seeing more of these "Baby Foot" type peels from other brands, but I have to give credit to the first one I discovered here in Canada. The process is grody but SO crazy-satisfying. Full review here.

Where to buy: Well.ca, Amazon.ca

29. Ours by Cheryl Hickey Head to Toe Wash

Ours by Cheryl Hickey Head to Toe Wash

Ours by Cheryl Hickey Head to Toe Wash

Gotta give props to ET Canada's Cheryl Hickey for launching her own body care line with safe, cruelty-free ingredients at drugstore prices. The wash is just a great product with a lovely scent, and it can multi-task as shampoo, too. Full review here.

Where to buy: Rexall, eVitality.ca

30. Consonant Skin Perfecting Body Scrub

Consonant Skin Perfecting Body Scrub

Consonant Skin Perfecting Body Scrub

Here's another Canadian beauty brand doing their part to bring us safer ingredients. This scrub is made with sugar and salt as the exfoliating bits, plus glycerin, coconut, olive and castor oils. So nourishing, you won't even need body lotion. Full review here.

Where to buy: Well.ca

Fragrance

I got nothin' major to report in this category. Again, creature of habit... I still tend to wear my Lavanila Vanilla Grapefruit more than anything else!

So now, over to you...

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