Tuesday, 16 December 2014

My Top 10 Beauty Discoveries of 2014

With the year almost out and my blog soon to reach its first birthday, it seemed fitting that I should do a round-up of my top beauty discoveries of the past 12 months.

Honing down the list to just 10 was a struggle. I've been introduced to some truly fabulous brands and products this year. Some of these were new for 2014, others were discoveries rather than launches - products and brands that already existed but which had previously fallen below my radar.

Looking down at the list there's a lot skincare, but also bodycare and make-up. One glaring ommission is home devices! 2014 seemed short on these. Perhaps 2015 will be different? What's grabbed you this year? A particular new make-up launch, a skincare product that has delivered above and beyond, or something else entirely?

My Top 10 Discoveries (by order of post):

Spotner Hands and Body

My mum still raves about this skin lightening product that she tested back in Spring. It’s got a relatively low profile, which is a shame as it gets rated  highly in user reviews – it’s a Beauty Bible award winner too! My mum now buys this on an ongoing basis and continues to be delighted with the results. Post here.

Sisley Eye Contour Mask

A super mask to rehydrate and smooth away signs of fatigue. I use it twice weekly and leave on overnight. This was a new discovery for me this year. I’ve previously shied away from Sisley because of price but this mask ml for ml actually works out cheaper than a lot of other premium brands. Reviewed here.


This Dubai-based luxury natural skincare brand rose to greater prominence this year, when its products became available nationwide for the first time via Space NK online – they were previously only available at selected beauty halls. Shiffa  skincare is exquisite and you’d be hard pushed to find a brand formulating products with more glorious aromas . Shiffa posts here and here.

Espa 24-Hour Replenshing Moisturiser

My favourite Espa product and my favourite moisturiser right now, discovered this year. Gorgeously rich and a most heavenly spa fragrance. Read my review here.

Ginvera Green Tea Exfoliating Marvel Gel and Green Tea Nude Cover BB Cream

While it’s difficult to know how well the anti-oxidant  benefits of green tea transer to a topical cream, one thing is for sure – these two Ginvera green tea skincare products are exceptional. Marvel Gel is the most gentle manual exfoliator I have ever used. The BB Cream meanwhile blends to all skin tones, has 30SPF, and contains skin loving ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, ginseng and angelica. Delighted Ginvera's UK distributors Janiro got in touch to introduce me to this brand. Reviewed here.


A super invention that once appeared on BBC's Dragons' Den. This natty tool enables you to apply sunscreen (or any cream or oil for that matter) to the tricky to reach middle part of your back. It means I no longer have to nag hubby to do it for me. Result! I took my BackBliss on summer hols this year and found it invaluable - obviously! Reviewed here.

Realine Beauty

Hand on heart these little strips of plastic have done more to smooth out my forehead wrinkles than any topical formula! I've since converted several friends and family members to the wonders of the Realine Beauty patches. An awesome 2014 product launch. Reviewed here


This Australian skincare brand brought its medical grade formulas to our shores this summer. The products are potent but pricey – high quality ingredients don’t come cheap. I’ve had real tangible results with the Synergie serums. Check out my reviews here, here , and here.

Xen-Tan Deep Bronze Luxe

The best self-tanner I have ever used, period! It’s formulated especially for olive skin tones (hardly any are) and contains some fabulous skincare ingredients –  Aloe Vera, Shea Butter, Green Tea and more. Delivers a very natural and even tan. A newly launched formula this year, reviewed here.

Magnifibres  Brush-On False Lashes

If all you want for Christmas is longer eyelashes (and you hate wearing falses), make sure you put Magnifibres on your Santa list. These tiny white fibres applied between two coats of mascara  will lengthen lashes by up to 5mm. They look natural and don’t flake. Wonderful. Reviewed here.



  1. I haven't heard of half of those, only magnifibre lashes which I am yet to try x

  2. I've not tried any of these and only heard of a few but I must admit the Realine Beauty Patches look interesting!! xx


  3. Can you use Spotner on the face, or to be precise the forehead? I have a patch of hyper pigmentation there from the days when I didn't look after my skin... Also does it last or do you have to keep treating the skin?

    1. Hi Clare, Spotner do a version for the face, here http://www.spotner.com/int/products/spotner-face-decollet%C3%A9.aspx. Re it lasting, it depends. Unless you continue to protect your face with uva/uvb 30+ spf it could well return. It depends also what caused the pigmentation, ie sun, hormones, skin trauma etc. It does work really well though, with patience - that goes for all skin lightening products in my experience. None are a quick fix. On the forehead I've had fab results with Synergie's Enlighten, reviewed here http://bit.ly/1vrGjmH. I hope this helps? Let me know if you can help further? Thanks. Tx

  4. I have never heard of any of these brands, I am so out of touch! I'm interested in the Realine Beauty patches as I have terrible wrinkles on my forehead and I'm only 25!

  5. I love most of these, I couldn't get used to the heavier lash feeling with the Magnifibres though but you've made me want to try the Realine patches and the Spotner Hands & Beauty - do you think the Spotner would work on discolouration patches on someone's forehead? x

    1. Hi Michelle, Spotner do a version for the face (link in reply to similar question in comment above). Also, as mentioned there, I have personally had good results with Synergie's Enlighten lightening serum. I hope this helps. Tx

  6. Tracey: I love this post! What wonderful products you discovered this year and let us have the pleasure to know about these! I have not tried any of these and I am not sure if they are available in the US. I can not believe how much I learned about skin care and make up in my little blogger life. So happy to have you in my little blogger friend world! xoxo, Sissi www.beauty4free2u.com

    1. Thank you! I know, I share your learning experience. Brilliant, yes! :)

  7. Hi, sorry, but Spotner Face is not available in the UK. However Spotner original is suitable for face and neck also, the main differences are that the face version has a smaller applicator tip and encapsulated AHAs to reduce any chance of sensitivity for very sensitive skin. If you do have sensitive skin, try on a very small area first. See www.zurego.com/spotner for more info, and use code the special Face Up Beauty code 732Y9 at checkout to save £10. Nick, Zurego Ltd.

  8. This is such a great post! Such a coincidence, I am about to write a post about this year's discoveries next week) - I loooved the mascara and Siisley eye mask, I want to buy them! I sometimes "vanish" a bit, so busy, but now I am reading my favorite blogs again!

    1. Thanks Denise. I'll look out for your round-up next week :)

  9. I like the Spotner and the suncream applicator. Luckily I don't need it as I can reach my back fairly easily, but I know who would benefit from it for sure! For example, my husband! Have a look at this link, you will love it! :)

  10. Xen-Tan is amazing; it gave me such a realistic tan when I was still into tanning.

  11. These products all sound fab! The Espa moisturizer sounds especially wonderful. T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com


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