10 Really Cool Things I’ve Discovered This Year


This weekend I thought it was time for a moment of reflection. 2014 has been a good year so far for the landscape of my beauty stash. There has been a slew of new foundation formulas that have made their way into my collection, a drugstore lipstick formula that’s been satisfying my need for really matte, really bold lips, new brushes that I go to grab on a daily basis and finally, finally – a replacement for the long discontinued L’Oreal Telescopic Waterproof Mascara. So I thought I’d check in today with a list of 10 of the best really cool products that I’ve discovered this year to date…

1) St Tropez Self Tan Express Tanning Mousse. Of course the Xen-Tan Dark Lotion Absolute Luxe will always be up there when it comes to tanning, but this offering from St Tropez comes in very handy when you’re in need of a quickie boost. Yes the three hours when you walk around feeling very bronzed and slightly tacky aren’t the most comfortable of your day but when it’s rinsed off tanned limbs are exposed and those uncomfortable hours are forgotten.

2) Optrex Eyedew Dazzling Eye Drops. Long nights and tired eyes made me look like a vampire for the first half of the year, but my peepers were restored to their bright eyed, eight hours of sleep look again when I found these. The blue-tinged formula waves goodbye to the redness and adds a bit of dew back into my otherwise dry and watery eyes. Nice.

3) Make Up For Ever HD Foundation in 125. My new filming foundation of choice. The combination of lights and a camera lens do weird things to makeup but this base is the equivalent of good skin in a bottle in HD quality. For everyday use I find it a little heavy, but for on camera or evenings out it’s perfect and gives a good whack of coverage without feeling or looking like a mask.

4) Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick. I think may just be one of my favourite finds of the year as I’ve just never tried anything like or as good as this before when it comes to bold lips. The texture is thin and it’s difficult to work out how it turns so opaque and matte on the lips but once it dries down it ain’t going anywhere and the colours are just spot on. Olé Flamingo, Pink Pong and Hot Pepper are my favourites.

5) LORAC Pro Eyeshadow Palette. Neutral eye goodness. With 16 shades in total – 8 shimmer and 8 matte – I think I could quite happily exclusively use this palette every day and be chuffed with the finished eyeshadow look. There’s a mix of warm and cool tones and the formula is spot-on: buttery, pigmented and easy to blend. A toughie to find in the UK, but it’s definitely worth hopping over the Atlantic for.

6) Oskia Get Up & Glow. A skincare/makeup hybrid that delivers a big dose of glow in just one pump. It’s not shimmery, nor overly dewy in texture so I’m not quite sure how it does it but this has become my go-to grab for no makeup days to de-grey my complexion. In fact Oskia in general is a 2014 major discovery. There’s not one thing I’ve tried that I haven’t loved.

7) Fairydrops Scandal Queen Waterproof Mascara. After about a year of seeking for it, I’ve finally found the LOreal Telescopic Waterproof Mascara replacement. This stuff rocks. With the ability to hold a curl though wind, rain and tears and in a formula that doesn’t even leave a hint of shadow under my eyes by the end of a long day, there’s nothing I don’t love about it.

8) Bobbi Brown Brushes. Why you so soft? Seriously. It’s been a long time since any new brushes have been welcomed into the clan, but after hauling a few of these recently – the Eye Blender, Sheer Powder and Full Coverage Face ones – I’m converted. Fluffy and in cuts that result in a professional finish which others do I need to add to my collection?

9) Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen. I’ve gradually been improving my lining skills throughout this year and while they’re still not perfect and the odd cotton bud has to perform clean-up duty every now and again, this liquid liner has played a big part in my improvement. It glides over the lash line depositing an opaque line of black, black pigment and the choice of nib lengths means you can reach right in to the inner and outer corners.

10) Anastasia Brow Wiz. I think I’m at the point where I finally feel comfortable to say that yes – I do prefer this to the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil. The shade Soft Brown is a decent enough match and the teenie, tiny nib means I can address my sparse areas with precision filling-in. With this discovery and my entry into the world of threading it’s fair to say that 2014 has been the year of the brow.

Only a few months left for products to weasel their way into my 2014 Favourites, which means it’s less than a 100 days till Christmas Day and I’m not gonna’ lie. That makes me way too excited.


  • I need to try the mascara but I’ve had a hard time finding it online. I’ve heard a lot about the brand as a whole, definitely curious.

  • Anna Blush

    So many of these are on my beauty wishlist! The Lorac Pro palette and MUFE foundation are particularly high on the list. It’s definitely been a year for great makeup discoveries for me too x

  • clementine buttercup

    I love Oskia too but my brand of the year is Caudalie. Absolutely love everything I’ve tried!

  • Bella

    I love the new Bobbi Brown brushes too; they are so much better than they used to be. I also love the Fine Eyeliner Brush for use with her gel eyeliner in a pot. It makes it a no brainer. I wish I could get my hands on that mascara.
    But I’ll never agree on the Anastasia; I’m wedded to my Hourglass and Brow Wiz lives untouched in the pencil pot.

    • Haiku Jew

      Just bought Hourglass Arch
      and I’m an instant convert
      Brow Wiz lost my biz.

      • Bella

        Had to laugh out loud at this one!! LOLOL.

  • I’ll admit, it was the gorgeous metallic packaging that originally drew me in, but now I HAVE to try Fairydrops on my next trip to Oxford Street! x

    ellabooxo • beauty & lifestyle

  • I still really need to get a bourjois velvet lipstick, they sound so lovely! x


  • Alina Bostan

    I really love all of your new discoveries, especially the LORAC palette, such a beautiful one! x

    Beauty with charm

  • The Lorac palette is definitely something I wanna get ! 🙂

    Love from France, Victoria

  • As I have a young baby I’m very intrigued by those eye drops as I’m always suffering from tired puffy eyes…. but I wimp out whenever I put anything near them aah! Also swooning over the Lorac pro palette SO bad, it’s beautiful! x

    F U Z Z Y P E A C H D R O P S

  • Yao Yao

    Love this post, it’s so helpful. I really wanna try out that Lorac eyeshadow palette. I’ve heard many great thing about it.

  • The Lorac Pro Palette is perfection!

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  • Agree to the Fairydrops Mascara! Can’t wait to try the Make Up Forever HD Foundation and Anastasia Brow Wiz soon!

    Catpacking | Beauty & Travel

  • All duly noted in my little notebook of “things to purchase”. There really ought to be a section dedicated to your recommendations, Anna!

  • emily couture

    all these products sound great! really want to try the bobbi brown brushes 🙂

    emily xx

  • I love the lorac pallet so much.

    new blog post here

  • Nadja

    I love the San Tropez Tanning Mousse as well. It’s so easy to apply, even if you’re not experienced in that.
    I’ve seen a lot of bloggers rave about the Anastasia Brow Wiz and I think it’s probably about time I tried it out as well.

  • I do want to try that mascara! It looks so lovely x

    Jasmin Charlotte | Palette Giveaway

  • Anoushka Loves

    So many products that I love too! The Fairydrops mascara is really intriguing me, it might be another Anna Made Me Buy It purchase!!

    Anoushka xx

  • Please let me just try some of those 🙂

  • Line

    I would love to try the fairy drops mascara. I always like the same mascara as you d and so this basically means I need that mascara in my life! 🙂 x

  • Cherie Tang

    I really would love to try the Bobbi Brown brushes and that Lorac palette looks so pretty!

  • Chantal

    I agree the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipstick is amazing! x

  • Candidly Catrin

    An amazing alternative to the St Tropez mousse is the Bondi Sands mousse – It is a lot cheaper and turns the perfect golden shade in an hour 🙂 xo

  • I finally jumped on the bourjois rouge edition velvet bandwagon & I freaking adore them!! I have Grand Cru & Nudist, they’re both gorgeous!x

    Discount codes – The little things in life

  • I have to try those eyedrops! x

  • alice bea ☮

    i really want to try that foundation!

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  • Allison

    I’m dying for that mascara! Its SO FLIPPING CUTE
    Allison from

  • I’d love to get my hands on some bobbi brown brushes! x


  • Ahh I’ve been wanting to try a Bobbi Brown brush for FOREVER! Really close to just getting the Face Blender brush… also I am really intrigued by the Anastasia brow wiz! But I currently use her brow powder and I can’t imagine anything better…. lovely post as usual!! xx

  • I’m still dying to try the Lorac Pro Palette, but I can’t bring myself to buy another palette because I already have so many! The Bobbi Brown brushes sound amazing, I’m going to have to add them to my “want list”.

  • i loveeeee the loran pro palette as well as the pro palette 2!

  • 100 days to Christmas? Oh my…

  • Amazing picks, Anna! I fell for the hype of the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets and am so happy I did! They’re beautiful. You’re really tempting me with Bobbi Brown brushes too 🙂

  • Why we don’t have like half of those brands in my country??? I want to try them all!

  • Syeda

    I need Make Up Forever HD foundation and Tom Ford’s Eye Defining pen in my life! Both such great brands and heard so many positive reviews about them x

  • Margery Ho

    100 day’s to Christmas! Yay!!

  • Kirsty Leigh

    Oo I want the Lorac palette so bad!

    Kirsty Leigh xx

  • Emma and Emily

    So many of these products are on my wish list because of you. I have purchased the St Tropez, so I guess I just have to make my way through the rest of the list?

  • The brushes and the eye drops! Thanks for the list.. I needed a suggestion regarding these two products and got it from your article. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • That palette is just gorgeous 🙂 I really have to try Brow Wiz though! 😉 xx

    Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty | GIVEAWAY

  • Soap and Glory’s 2 in 1 brow filling pencil pencil and brush is a great dupe for the Anastasia Brow Wiz!

  • Sybil Mae

    I really want to try that St. Tropez self tan, it looks awesome! 🙂

  • I’d really like to try the Fairydrops mascara and Lorac palette as I’ve heard a lot of great things about both. Brow Wiz is one of my favourite makeup items – it’s amazing!

  • Lorac Pro seems so wonderful and that bobbi brown brush looks gorgeous!

    Sophia |

  • Adaleta Avdic

    Honestly, I am loving this list of products that you’ve mentioned here. There’s a new products I would love to have easy access to here in the states, but I can only find them via Amazon or on odd sites that I don’t necessarily feel comfortable putting my credit card information into. I would really love to try a lot of the Bourjois collection, but I have yet to see it here as it is not a drugstore brand. You’ve definitely talked up that Tom Ford liner, but I don’t actually have easy access to that either (Nordstorm & Dillards do not have the line just yet.) I am also obsessed with the LORAC Pro palette (the first one specifically) and I recently blogged about it because I needed a few weeks to fall in love. It’s just a great great palette with creamy pigmented shades. I recently tried the Hourglass Brow Arch pencil and I was not impressed at all and I feel like the Anastasia Brow Wiz gets much more hype and positively for the “tiny nib” that allows for precision. I will be picking that up very soon 😉

    xx, Ada

  • sahdksaj

    Those eye drops will only make your eyes redder in the long run, good for a quick fix but not recommended for long-term use.

  • I need Lorac pro in my life – I went to Milan earlier this month and they don’t have it eitherr

    Anjna Harish

  • I’ve got to say, that the Brow Wiz is amaaaazing. I’ve never tried most of these! The one that really caught my eye was the Oskia product. Sounds lovely!

  • The LORAC was a big discovery for me as well! I can’t believe the quality of the shadows!

    CassandraMyee | NZ Beauty Blog

  • I totally agree with you on the Brow Wiz & Lorac palette…both so amazing. I really need to get my hands on some Oskia products, though!
    Kelsey |

  • I’m already in my Christmas pjs! I think the Lorac Pro and Rouge Edition Velvets have to be top picks (even though I don’t have them!), and for me it’s been the Elemis Cleansing Balm, Naked 1 palette and Quick Fix Facial Masks – super cheap and super effective!

    Lauren x

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  • María Paz

    The Blush brush is a must have!!! I love BB brushes 🙂

  • Noelle Smuz

    I am absolutely in love with the Lorac Pro!

  • Amanda Wallace

    I am in LOVE with those Velvet edition liquid lipsticks! I’ve been wearing the ‘Grand Cru’ blue red shade every time I go out. Might have to pick up some of their other colors! –

  • I am absolutely in love with the Lorac Pro! I may even love it more than all of my Naked pallets…shhhhh 😉

  • Gem

    I’ve discovered the MUFE HD foundation and Brow Wiz this year too, and I also keep eye drops on hand at all times now as my eyes get irritated so easily. You still have me lusting after that Lorac palette.. 🙂

    Gem x | flutter and sparkle


  • Ella

    I am so in love with the Brow Wiz pencil I’ve just recently picked up. It is amazing for filling in sparse spots!

  • Renata

    Would love to try the Lorac pro palette but not willing to buy it from the US and pay a huge customs fee like I did last time I ordered stuff from there. I’d also love to try the mascara and Bobbi Brown’s brushes. They are both on my wishlist. X

  • Emma Frankly

    Hi, Vivianna! I know you said that you wear the Makeup Forever foundation in your videos, but I always feel like your makeup list in your description box says something else like Armani Luminous Silk or Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua; I don’t think I ever see Makeup Forever on there. :/

  • Molly

    Ahh I really really want one of the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick’s but I’ve been on a very strict spending ban for what feels like forever and I’m so close to cracking haha I realise how mental I sound but everyone is raving about them! And those Bobbi Brown brushes just look so satisfying don’t they! Beautiful 🙂

  • staygold

    I’d love to see a video or post on the different ways you use the Lorac Pro Palette. I love mine but am also interested in new combinations!

  • steph

    Omg I’m obsessed with the eyedrops and now I want to try allllll of these products and see how they look on!

  • Lovely selection of products, I would love to try the Bourjois velvet lipsticks !


  • I just need the Oskia Get Up and Glow. It sounds perfect!

    Lorna | xx

  • Stacy

    I also like the Bourjois babes)))

  • amazing stuff *-*