Best Beauty Buys Of 2014 (skin care, nail polishes, hair care, brushes,....)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Hello ladies, 
today I'm back with the second part of my Best Buys of 2014. 

Just like last year. I'm going to talk about best buys in the skin care, hair care, nail polish, brushes etc. department. Hopefully you'll enjoy reading through this as much as you did with the makeup part.

  • Pantene Pro V Clarifying Shampoo: I said it before and I'll say it again; how did I live without a clarifying shampoo for so long? This is life changing. Gets rid of all the build up, gives my hair crazy volume without making them extremely dry.
  • Garnier Body Oil Beauty nourishing scrub is still a product I'm obsessing over. Excuse me while I sit here and inhale it.
  • Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Texturising Spray: In one of my favourites I said I had a love-hate relationship with this, but I played around with it more and now I absolutely love it. I've been wearing my hair curled a lot more recently and this paired with the Pantene shampoo gives me ridiculous amount of volume and texture. In a good way, that is.
  •  L'oreal Professionnel Shine Blonde brightening repair shampoo: A purple shampoo that keeps my hair from getting yellow and brassy. 

  • Yves Rocher Pure Calmille Cleansing gel is one of my favourite cleansers out there. It's also one of those products I always have a back up off. I even got my Mom hooked on it. It's effective yet gentle. More here.
  • Afrodita Clean Phase Tonic for normal to oily skin with Astringent effect: I don't think I've tried a skin care product from Afrodita that I didn't like. This is no exception; keeps my skin clear, gets rid of the excess oil without drying my skin out.
  • Soap & Glory No Clogs Allowed deep pore detox mask is amazing! This actually helps to get rid of my blackheads, it clears out my pores and minimizes them. It's also self heating which makes it even more awesome and fun to use.
  • Afrodita Clean Phase Cream Peeling is a product I bought but I didn't think I would love as much since I was hooked on my Himalaya face scrub. It has extremely small exfoliating beads but it's quite harsh, so I make sure I use it only once or twice a week. But it does a great job at removing all the dead skin cells and makes your skin look much brighter.

If 2013 was a year of micellar waters, then 2014 was for me, without a doubt, a year of cleansing oils, cleansing balms and facial oils.
  • The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil and N°7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Oil are the two that I've tried so far and I love both of them.  I do slightly prefer the Body Shop one although I think the N°7 one has a better packaging. Judging by the photo, you might think that I haven't used them that much, but I did. And that's one of the reasons why I love them, you only need the smallest amount of product to break down a shit tone of makeup. I tend to use cleansing oils on a day to day basis or whenever I'm in a hurry or just feel lazy.
  • I love cleansing oils, but cleansing balms rock my world. It's a true spa-like experience using them. Whenever I use them, I always feel so luxurious, pampered and relaxed, so I tend to save them for days when I'm not feeling my best and I want to spoil myself. I currently have three in my stash; The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Balm, Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm and The Balm Balm Frankincense Deep Cleansing Balm. 
    I again like all three of them, but my favourite one is hands down the Emma Hardie one. It has the best texture, smell, packaging and I actually noticed a change in my skin from the first time that I've used it. It sucks that I'll be paying 50€ for a cleansing balm though, but it's definitely worth it. Luckily, I still have quite a few products I need to use up before buying a full size of it.
  • My favourite facial oil so far has been The Balm Balm Frankincense Light Facial Oil, but that's way gone now. I did notice that although my skin is combination/oily, it loves oils. Ever since I started using them, my skin is a lot less oily, more balanced and plump. I currently have two that I'm trying out; Melvita's Argan Oil and Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil. Will report back what I'll think about them.

Now onto some more specific skin care products.
  • First up is an eye cream I won in a giveaway; Vichy Idealia eyes. After months of using it, I actually noticed that my dark circles aren't as visible as they used to be. They're still there and probably always will be, but they definitely faded a bit. I still have a bit left, but I will definitely be repurchasing it.
  • Afrodita Mandelj (Almond) multiactive nourishing cream is another product that I absolutely love and I repurchased quite a few of these over the year. This is very moisturising and nourishing, so it's perfect for the night time. 
  • As for the daytime moisturiser, I'm loving the Green Line HydroMineral Light moisturising cream for mixed to oily skin. As the name would suggest, this is very light which makes it a great base for makeup. It also helps to keep my face matte throughout the day, but it still gives my skin enough moisture. Review.

  • I think I've found my favourite deodorants. These Maxium protection ones are seriously amazing. They will keep you fresh and sweat free no matter what. I'm currently using the Dove one, but I think that the Rexona one was even better. 
  • Yves Rocher Manoi de Tahiti perfume was the scent of Summer 2014. Every time I smell this, I imagine myself being tanned and back at the seaside. Cannot wait to start wearing it again. 
  • Refan 173 (Dior Hypnotic Poison replica) has obviously been very loved. I have a tiny bit left and I need to repurchase it asap. I adore this scent and so does a lot of other people cause I always get a ton of compliments on it. It lasts surprisingly well for being so cheap. 

  • I always thought I would absolutely hate nail polishes with sand effect, until I tried the Catrice Crushes Crystals. The truth is, they look awesome on the nails. I have two shades; 02 PLUMdogMillionaire and 04 Oyster & Champagne (here).
  • Another line of nail polishes that I'm obsessed with, is the Super Stay Forever Strong 7 days from Maybelline. These are super long wearing, pigmented, fast drying and glossy. The shade Mint For Life was featured in last year's best buys, and this year I added three more shades to the collection; 230 Berry Stain, 255 Mauve On and my personal favourite 130 Rose Poudre. 
    For all my Slovenian readers, yesterday I noticed that you can find some shades on

And some more amazing discoveries:
  • I finally jumped on the Seche Vite Dry fast top coat bandwagon. It truly changes the whole nail polish application. It dries your nails in no time, but I did noticed that my nail polish starts to chip a lot sooner with this on top. Still use it every time I paint my nails though.  
  • A bunch of Slovenian bloggers fell in love with the Essence Effect Nail polish in 21 Icy Fairy. Of course I had to get it as well. It straight up looks like you have a galaxy on your nails if you layer it with a black nail polish. Who wouldn't love that?
  • Essie Spin the Bottle is the perfect nude shade. Unfortunately it was from their limited Spring collection, but if you're looking for a great nude nail polish, you should try the Maybelline Rose Poudre, I almost prefer that one. 

  • Real Techniques did it again, their Nic's Picks set is awesome. I've had them for three months now, and I've been using them almost every day.
  • Zoeva 221 Luxe Soft Crease and 103 Defined Buffer. Spectacular. Need more. Review.

I've also found some great bargains on Ebay.
  • First up is this set of 5 brushes (here) that I religiously use for blending out the concealer. 
  • Last but not least is a dupe for MAC 217. I have a bunch of these and although they're not exactly the same as the MAC brush, they're still amazing for the price. I buy them from here.

So this concludes my best buys of 2014. 
Hopefully you enjoyed taking a peek into my favourite products and added some of them to your wish-list.

Sanja ♥

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16 komentarji

  1. Tudi jaz imam polno teh 217 dupov in so ok - sploh za kremne senčke. Oh Monoi, sem že pozabila na njega! Pa mogoče še poskusi Antipodes balm preden kupiš novega EH, je le 20€ cenejši in je tudi zelo učinkovit :)

    1. Res so ok za to ceno, se sploh ne morem pritoževat :) Will do, bom torej sprobala še tega od Antipodes :)

  2. Bi se strinjala s tabo glede več izdelkov:). Pantene šampon vidim prvič. Zanimivo. Kje pa ga kupuješ? Jaz sem tudi kupila ta set čopičev z zlatimi detalji in so res super. Sploh za tako nizko ceno. Sem tudi gledala te Mac 217 dupe, pa še nisem kupila nobenega. Slišala sem, da Mac 217 postane čez čas zelo grob. Kakšni so pa ti z ebaya, ultra mehki?:)

    1. Pantene šampon sem kupila v Londonu, sploh nevem kaj bom ko ga bo zmanjkalo :D
      Aja? No moj 217 se zaenkrat še dobro drži, upam da se bo še en čas :D Niso glih tako mehki kot Mac ali pa Zoeva, ampak niso pa tudi ne neprijetni...

  3. Vidim, da imava spet par istih najljubših izdelkov, mi je bilo takoj všeč :D Par stvari je šlo spet na wishlisto, še posebej čopiči :)

    1. Hehe :D No upam, da ti bodo kul če boš kakšne kupila :)

  4. uu čopiči... res rabim kakšne dobre.:) hvala za idejo. xoxo

  5. Great blogpost! That Pantene shampoo and Garnier scrub seem like amazing products to try out! :)

    1. Thanks dear and definitely try both of them :D

  6. Hey you´ve a great blog!
    Please check out mine and if you want we can follow each other
    here on bloglovin and via Instagram?
    Let me know, now it´s your turn.

    1. Thanks, if you like my blog you're free to follow it. I'll gladly check out yours, but I don't do follow for follow :)

  7. I am so obsessed with Zoeva brushes, they really are amazing! xx

    Gemma |

    1. I NEED to get my hands on some more :D

  8. Love the CW texturising spray <3 xx


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