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My top 10 beauty and skincare products of 2014

Pleasley, Derbyshire, UK

As we wave goodbye to 2014, I thought I'd share ten of my favourite beauty and skincare products of the year. Enjoy!

1. Balance Me BB Natural Perfection SP15 - £26.00* 
Let’s kick things off with my favourite makeup product of the year, the Balance Me BB cream. For me it is the perfect base, offering a light coverage and a gorgeous luminous finish. I love the fact it’s made from 99% natural ingredients and that it doesn’t clog up my skin like some of the foundations I’ve used in the past. I’m still on the same tube Balance Me kindly sent in July (a little goes a long way) but I will definitely be purchasing my next one in 2015. Read my full review here.

2. Real Techniques Makeup Brushes – Prices vary. 
I’m cheating a little bit by including all of the Real Techniques brushes as one 2014 favourite. These makeup brushes are great quality, excellent value for money and most importantly cruelty free! I’ll definitely be expanding my collection in 2015 and already have my eye on some of the brushes from the Bold Metals collection, which are now available from the Boots website.

3. Boujois Cream Blush - £7.99
This year my most-used ‘cheek products’ are the cream blushes by Bourjois. I really like the cream-to-powder formula and find them so easy to apply. I used the peachy shade Nude Velvet throughout the spring and summer and then switched to Sweet Cherry - the perfect autumn / winter shade. Read the full review here.

4. Clarins Natural Lip Perfector - £18.00
This is my go-to lip product for ‘barely there’ makeup days. It adds a lovely non-sticky layer of gloss to the lips and also has the sweetest scent. I love it!

5. Essie Eternal Optimist - £7.99
If you're a regular reader of Seek My Scribbles, you'll know how much I love Eternal Optimist by Essie, as I've featured in multiple times. For me, it's the perfect everyday nail polish and I think it's going to be the first bottle of polish I actually finish! Click here for my full review & swatches.

6. Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat - £9.00
The Seche Vite Top Coat is a product I reach for every time I paint my nails. I love how it makes my nails look so glossy (as if I've had a professional manicure) and also find that it helps to prevent chipping.

7. Mitchum 48hr Powder Fresh Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant - £2.89
Although Mitchum deodorant isn't strictly a beauty or skincare product, it's such an awesome product that I simply had to include it! Mitchum is the best deodorant brand I've ever used and I can't see myself ever switching from it. Unlike other 'roll ons' I've used in the past, this one is really fast-drying and gentle on my sensitive skin. I also love the lovely powder scent!

8. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ - £15.50*
The Effclar Duo+ cream has really helped to clear-up my chin, which has always been the 'problem area' of my face in terms of blemishes and scarring. It really works for me and I know that it will continue to play an important role in my skincare routine in 2015. I have also recently been testing the Effaclar 3-step anti blemish kit - you can read my thoughts on it here.

9. Garnier Micellar Water - £4.99 (Currently £3.33 at Boots)
I don't know about you but there are some nights when I'm just too tired to do a full 'night time skincare routine' and for those nights the Garnier Micellar Water is my best friend. It removes makeup so easily and is much kinder to my skin than the face wipes I used in my teens. Although I'd say it's already priced reasonably at £4.99 for 400ml, it's regularly on offer at Boots making it even better value for money!

10. MERUMAYA Iconic Youth Serum - £34.50* 
Last but not least we have a newcomer (for me), the Iconic Youth Serum by MERUMAYA. I was lucky enough to win a number of MERUMAYA products at the #BloggersSecretSanta14 meetup but for me, this has been the star product and is most definitely worthy of it's place in my top 10 products for 2014. Although I'm only 24 and wouldn't say I need anti-ageing products yet, I love this serum because it makes my skin look radiant and glowing. It also gives my skin a gorgeous satin finish, which provides a lovely base for my makeup. I'll be reviewing some of the MERUMAYA skincare products in the next couple of weeks, so keep an eye out for the posts!

So there we have my top 10 beauty and skincare products for 2014! What's on your list?