Friday Favorites: Best in Beauty from 2014

Happy Friday! It really doesn’t feel like a Friday though.. my days are all mixed up between break from school and the holidays. Anyway.. today I’m sharing my beauty favorites from the year of 2014!

Favorite Hair Product: Batiste Dry Shampoo 

I’ve gone through a couple bottles of this stuff throughout the year. Before discovering this product I didn’t like the feeling of dry shampoo in my hair. However this one doesn’t leave a weird texture and I love it for volume. I even use it on freshly washed hair! When I’m out of this stuff I just use baby powder (only recommend this for light colored hair) but during this time of year it makes my hair really staticky. I recently picked up twi bottles at ultra for BOGO 50% off and they always have a $3.50 off coupon.

Favorite Styling Tool: Hot Tools

A few years ago I hated curling my hair. Every time I tried to it would turn out horribly then just fall out into an unflattering flip. Now, I’m the exact opposite and rarely ever style my hair straight – it helps me fake volume throughout my hair. That’s because I finally found the size barrel and hairspray that works for me. If you have problems keeping curl, I recommend using dry shampoo to give it some grip, curl with a 1inch barrel (the bigger the barrel the looser the curls…therefore the easier they fall out), then hairspray. I wait for my hair to cool down from the heat before I run my fingers through them and style it. Side note: curling your hair without your thumb sucks. 

Perfect Cat-eye Liner: Kat Von D 

I rarely leave the house without a little winged liner (except for school or target runs). This is my go-to because it’s the perfect shape and size to get the line I want. I’ve noticed that other brands I’ve tried are a sticker formulation (I would notice it transferring to my eyelid) but this one stays put.

Favorite Lip Product : Buxom

These are a favorite because they aren’t too sticky and they have a cooling tingle once applied to the lips (aka plump action). My favorite colors (including all 3 different formulations) are white russian, katie, and hot mama.

Favorite Mascara: Too- Faced 

I’ve heard mixed reviews about this mascara, but I haven’t found a better one that makes my eyelashes as dark and full looking. I have noticed some flecks under my eye after touching my eyes a lot, but the benefits outweigh this flaw. This mascara helps keep curl and adds the fluttery fullness I want. To avoid clumping I use this brush or an old mascara brush to comb through my lashes. 

Favorite Concealer: NYX

I’ve heard this concealer was a dupe for this popular one, so I wanted to try it out. I think it provides a great coverage, isn’t too thick of a formulation, and brightens my under eye. Not to mention it’s under 5$

Favorite Beauty Tool: Beauty Blender

I use this when damp to apply foundation and concealer. You can get away with a heavier coverage foundation with this applicator because it helps blend into the skin better and makes it more natural looking. I only like this full coverage foundation when used with the BB, it’s way too thick if applied with your fingers. Secondly,  I love how one side has a thinner tip for under the eyes and around the nose. 

Favorite Moisturizer: Coconut Oil

Hands down this isn’t just my favorite moisturizer for my face and body, but I also love to use it as a hair mask and eye makeup remover. Heck, what other product can you also cook with? Actually, here are 101 ways to use coconut oil if you’re interested.

Favorite Self Tan: St. Tropez AND Jergens Natural Glow

I couldn’t just pick one, because St. Tropez would look horrible on me this time of year. I prefer Jergens during his time of year and I love St. Tropez because it dries quickly and the color is natural!

Favorite Scent: Bronze Goddess

I absolutely love this scent during spring and summer, especially because I live in Savannah (although living coastal definitely isn’t required). It smells like a beach vacation in a bottle.

You can also shop these products in the widget below! I’ve also updated my sidebar beauty favorites so you can find these products as well as a few others.

Have a great weekend everyone,

Leave a Comment


  1. Thanks for sharing! I have to test out a few of these! Happy Friday!


    Posted 1.2.15 Reply
  2. Wonderful post. πŸ˜‰
    Lovely greets Nessa

    Posted 1.2.15 Reply
    • Amanda wrote:

      Thank you Vanessa! Hope you have a happy Saturday!

      Posted 1.3.15 Reply
  3. The Beauty Blender is my best friend, I'll have to try some of these!


    Posted 1.3.15 Reply
    • Amanda wrote:

      It's definitely worth the hype! I haven't compared it to any dupes though.

      Posted 1.3.15 Reply
  4. I just found your blog and it's so cute! You have a new follower. πŸ™‚

    Posted 1.3.15 Reply
    • Amanda wrote:

      You're so sweet! Thank you!

      Posted 1.3.15 Reply
  5. Jergens natural glow is my favorite! I'll have to try out the Buxom lipstick!

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    Michaela || The Monogrammed Midwesterner

    Posted 1.3.15 Reply
  6. Great tips! I go back and forth on loving/hating curling my hair too…..

    Posted 1.4.15 Reply
  7. libys11 wrote:

    love coconut oil and the kat von d eye liner!! πŸ˜€ i'd love to try the nyx concealer! πŸ˜€

    Posted 1.5.15 Reply
  8. St. Tropez has always been my favorite too for a most natural look! Love coconut oil as well – I use it for oil pulling, moisturizer, cooking, everything!



    Posted 1.5.15 Reply

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