Baroque Access chooses the best fashion and beauty products created in 2014. Here they are, in no particular order
1. Fabulous Foundation
Flawless foundation that lasts 24 hours? You’d better believe it! This innovative foundation follows in the footsteps of the design house’s other superb beauty products, a range that is renowned for its excellence. And now YSL is adding perfection to the list with Saint Laurent Fusion Ink Foundation 24hrs – the foundation, which is available in a choice of 21 shades, literally lasts for 24 hours. Of course, the formula is exceptional, coverage is weightless and the result is perfect skin all day long. Another innovation - you don’t need to add other products like primers, powders and everything else necessary to get rid of oiliness and shine. No matter your skin type, the new YSL Fusion Ink Foundation stays on looking matt and beautiful. Who could possibly ask for more?
2. Lancome Grandiose mascara
Perfect lashes every time, with this unique concept – a wide angle, fan effect mascara with an innovative curly wand. Grandiose’s wand has an unusual swan-shaped neck that bends to work with the shape of your face and reaches every single lash. Corner to corner, root to tip, it offers the ultimate in length, lift and volume.
3. Tom Ford’s Lips & Boys lets us kiss and tell
It’s not just the stunning lip colors, or the fact that you can choose from a range of 50 different shades of mini lipsticks so that you can enjoy a kaleidoscope of provocative lips every day, lipsticks that are as exquisite and luxurious as their predecessors. Tom Ford’s latest innovation is just more of the best from this iconic designer, where everything he creates becomes a cult. Ford believes it’s better to have several “clutch-sized” lipsticks than just one, which is why he developed the 50-color Lips & Boys range. Each stunning little tube is named after males the designer admires and sports the signature gold and burgundy packaging. The range was released slowly, from November 28 right up until December 26. So now the entire range is available in store as well as online, just in time to kiss and tell on New Year’s Eve. You can either buy the entire collection or single lipsticks… your call.
4. MAC Luxe with Mineralize Skinfinish
One of M·A·C Cosmetic’s most ground-breaking products this year was its Mineralize Skinfinish, a luxurious, velvety-soft powder with a high-frost metallic finish. Created to smoothe on evenly and add buffed-up highlights to cheeks and brows, this useful product can also be used as an overall ultra-deluxe polish for the entire face. There are 5 shades in all – Cheeky Bronze, Global Glow, Gold Deposit, Lightscapade and Soft & Gentle. The reason for its popularity? The product looks stunning on all skin tones, goes from glitter to shimmer depending on how much you use. Use sparingly if you want to create an illuminated glow.
5. Eyeliner goes high tech
From tne new range of eye-catching eyeliners produced in 2014, Benefit’s They're Real!
Push-Up Liner stands out from the crowd. It’s not only ingenious, but it’s waterproof too, and is designed to hug the lashes when applied. Of course, application is foolproof and you shouldn't get any smudges either, not with the eyeliner’s special custom-angled tip that helps you draw an easy line and is designed to gently move lashes aside to create the perfect line. It’s also paraben-free, vegan friendly – and did we mention it lasts for up to 24 hours?
6.Cutting edge skincare
Medical cosmetics took the world by storm in 2014, and one of the most tried and tested of these is QMS Medi cosmetics, a superb, affordable everyday skincare range for men and women created by German plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr Eric Schulte.
Most inventive for its three-step collagen and exfoliate treatments, the range also offers excellent moisturisers including the revolutionary 24-Hour Cream and the ingenious Sport Active Cream, a tinted moisturizer for men and women that is light, effective and offers intense hydration.
7. La Mer’s 8-Minute Miracle
One of the best and most luxurious and iconic skincare ranges in the world, La Mer, introduced a brand new Intensive Revitalizing Mask this year, an energizing mask that protects aging skin from stress and environmental factors. The potion includes La Mer’s signature ingredients as well as two new ones – Vitality Ferment and Purifying Ferment.
Called the Eight-Minute Miracle, this magnificent mask is applied and left on the skin for just eight minutes, after which the skin looks healthier, plumper and younger. With a promise like this, who could refuse to try it out?
8.Best blush of 2014
Yes, we all know just how sumptuous Chanel’s beauty products are, and those in the know are fully aware of how inventive the brand is. This year, many of its products have lifted a brow because they’re so good, but the most noteworthy of all is the blush, Le Blush Crème de Chanel, which is by far the most luxurious blush available. The cream to powder formula offers incredible blendability, the pigmentation is beyond amazing – a little goes a long, long way, and the colors are all exquisite. Find your favorite shade and make sure it’s in your purse. Chanel knows how to make a woman feel coveted and beautiful.
9. Body beauty
Kiehl’s natural products have been making waves since the first little apothecary opened in New York in 1851. Although many of the products are tried and tested and have been around for more than a century, some of them are newer creations, using the brand’s signature… the best natural ingredients, attention to detail and effectiveness.
One of these is the luxurious Kiehl’s Soy Milk and Honey Whipped Body Butter, which boasts a creamy texture and excellent moisturizing properties. It literally feels like you’re swathing on luxury and moisture when you apply it, and the effects are excellent, especially after continued use.
10. Take it all off
No matter what type of make-up you use, you need to ensure that you can get it all off before you go to bed. The make-up remover that has withstood the test of time, and has remained top of the list for as long as it’s been on the shelves is MAC Cosmetics Wipes. It’s not only the ingenious formula that makes this product so effective, it’s also the fact that it’s easy to carry around in your purse, or when you’re travelling. And it does the job – no question. So with this one we’re not reinventing the wheel. For us, these wipes remain the best way to remove your make-up.