TNL’s 2014 Favourites

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So rather than the usual Get it or Forget it post for December, we thought that this would be a good time to list our most reached for products in 2014. So here you go…all our biggest “Get It’s” of the year!



moisturizer: Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre (day) and Lanoline Manuka Honey night recovery creme(night)
eye cream: Estee Lauder Resilience Lift
cleanser: La Roche-Posay Effaclar (summer)/ Avène Trixera + Selectiose Emollient Cleansing gel (harsh winter months only, because it is super duper moisturizing.)
face mask: Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask
serum: L’Oreal Youth Code
spot treatment: Nothing!
makeup remover: OCM (oil cleansing method) mix of olive, castor and jojoba oils.
scrub: DIY baking soda paste



moisturizer: Embryolisse Lait – Creme Concentre
eye cream: Origins GinZing
cleanser: Vichy Normaderm Deep Cleansing Gel
face mask: Boscia Black Luminizing Mask
serum: Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil
spot treatment: Clean and Clear Persa Gel but admittedly I haven’t had to use it much this year ( thanks , skin gods!) which I think is a testament to some of the great products that have been improving my skin.
makeup remover: The only time I use anything more than cleanser is when I am wearing a dark lip stain. In which case, I will remove it with an oil ( coconut or avocado)
scrub: Kate Somervile ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment



body wash: St Ives Triple Butters Body Wash
soap: Irish Spring
scrub: Bath Retreats in Lavender
body cream: DIY Body butter
perfume: Givenchy Play


body wash: Philosophy Shampoo, Body Wash and Bubble Bath ( I’ve been using all minty ones this year, and I was just gifted Candy Cane…YAY!)
soap: Canus Goat’s Milk Soap – best smell ever
scrub: Didn’t really use one for body too much this year. But I am really into my Body Shop dry body brush
body cream: Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Lotion
perfume: Philosophy Pure Grace



shampoo / conditioner: B.App Argan Oil & Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Shampoo / SheaMoisture Raw Shea butter (deep condition) or sometimesOGX Thick & Full Biotin & Collagen Conditioner
mask/treatment: Jeunesse Cosmetics Hair Mud Mask
serum: L’Oreal Mythic oil plus I use a lot of oils (usually mixed)
leave-in conditioner: Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in conditioning repair cream
styler: Cantu Shea Butter coconut curl cream
spray: Jamaican Mango & Lime No More Itch Gro Spray
tool: Huetiful Hair Steamer



shampoo/ conditioner: I can’t really say I have had favourites this year. Always trying new ones.
mask/treatment: Aphogee 2 Step Protein Treatment
leave-in conditioner: It’s a 10 Miracle Leave In Product
styler: Nada
spray:I tried to lay off the spray this year because I found that my hair was getting super dry.
tool: Conair Infiniti Pro Spin Air Rotating Styler



face primer: Smashbox Photo Matte Anti Shine on my “T-Zone” (but I still get pretty oily)
eye primer: Makeup Store tinted eye primer, on those special occasions when I go the extra mile and wear eye shadow.
foundation: Mary Kay (summer), L’Oreal True Match “C7”, Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid “5CN1”
concealer: Clinique Even Better concealer in “Almond” / Nacara concealer stick in “Porto”
powder: MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in “Give me sun!”
contour: just dark brown eyeshadow
highlight: MAC Prep+Prime highlighter in “Bright Forecast”
blush: Clinique “Spiced Wine”
bronzer: Rimmel Natural Bronzer
brow gel: Milani Cosmetics Brow Tint Pen
brow pencil: I rarely use an eyebrow pencil, but sometimes like to fill in with Annabelle dark brown
mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly (review to follow)
eyeshadow palette: Naked I
gel liner: Maybelline Eyestudo Lasting Gel Eyeliner
liquid liner: None yet! Any recommendations?
pencil liner: MAC Feline
lipstick: *sigh* #lipstickjunkieprobz
lip liner: I rarely use lip liner, only NYX when I wear red lipstick.
tool: Real Techniques miracle complexion sponge



face primer: Benefit The POREfessional
eye primer: I don’t use one.
foundation: CoverGirl Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 in Golden Tan
concealer: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in #20 Sand
powder: MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Medium Plus
contour: MAC Harmony blush
highlight: Benefit Sunbeam
blush: I pretty much decided this year that blush is not my jam. Bronzer on the other hand…
bronzer: NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny
brow gel: Maybelline Great Lash in clear
brow pencil: Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Hazel
mascara: Always changing… no big standout for 2014
eyeshadow palette:Urban Decay Naked Basics
gel liner: Nope
liquid liner: Loreal Lineur Intense
pencil liner: 2014 was.. All about the liquid, ’bout the liquid…no pencil. ♪ ♫ ♬
lipstick: NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in Echo
lip liner: NYX  Slim Lip Pencils. I can’t pick one. You can’t make me pick one. Fine. Natural.
tool: Sigma F80 brush



nail polish: Naylene “C7”
Base coat: Sally Hansen diamond strength hardener
top coat: seche vite


nail polish: Essie Sand Tropez
base coat: Nail Tek
top coat: Essie Good to Go



Clothing: anything I purchase from Winners or ASOS
Accessory: Yah, way too many to list *sigh* #earringjunkieprobz #necklacejunkieprobz #scarfjunkieprobz
Bag: My fluorescent yellow Steve Madden bag. Her name is Eloise.
Shoes: my tan cowboy-style booties
Store: Winners/ASOS



Time for some visuals…

Clothing: American Apparel Circle Scarf. I have 3 identical ones and I wear them basically every day from September – June. I use mine as a scarf, vest , hood, blanket, and in a pinch even a cover up.


Accessory: Michael Kors watch

Bag: Michael Kors Even though I have a zillion bags, I always grab this one.

Michael Kors bag

It holds just enough of my stuff in three compartments and isn’t too heavy for a cross body bag. I have this in two shades but always reach for the black.
Shoes: I have a pair of ADRINA  sandals by Crocs ( yes, THAT Crocs) that is hands down the most comfortable pair of shoes I own.

Crocs Adrina Strappy Flat

I have been on the hunt for them since I bought them because I must buy backups. If there is someone reading this with a Crocs hookup…get at me!
Store: Winners!



device: iPad
app: Instagram
website: please see current browser 🙂
book: I’m embarrassed to say that I didn’t read as much last year as I normally do, and that’s going to have to change. I did start “I am Malala” and “The Hunger Games”.
TV show: Scandal, Modern Family
movie: Good question. Let’s talk documentaries instead: The Invisible War.
song: “Haunted” by Machel Montano and basically all 2014 soca


device: I am madly in love with my Blackberry Q10, so it gets an honorable mention. However, the winner is my iPad.
app: Instagram (@ash_tnl)
website: Umm hello?
book:The Four Agreements By Don Miguel Ruiz
TV show: I discovered Netflix near the end of the year , so I guess that doesn’t count? Big Brother Canada then.
movie: Don’t have one.
song: Drunk In Love. The whole album really. And that Beyonce concert? Best. Ever.



tool: I prefer a spoon over a fork as more food gets shoved into my facial orifice… OH! Hang on…. I checked with Ash, and it’s not that kind of tool. Well, that would definitely be my toaster oven, then.
restaurant: ummm hellooooo Cheesewerks duhhhhhh! (See you on the 7th)
food: The Charleston, Los Angeles, Chichen Itza…. Wanna know what those are? Come to Cheesewerks!
drink: mango juice
treat: I make stove-top popcorn in coconut oil, add a bit of butter and a sprinkle of sour cream and onion shaker. OM to the NOM.


tool: NutriBullet
restaurant: Cheesewerks. Specifically Charleston grilled cheese with side Rustic Tomato Soup ( affectionately termed ” The Ashley” combo by Cheesewerks owner, Kevin!) Which reminds me, are you coming to our party?
food:bagged broccoli florets from Costco ( super boring but a staple)
drink: McDs coffee K cups
treat:  GH Cretor’s Chicago Mix Popcorn. I stopped buying this because the speed with which I can go through a bag is terrifying.

Don’t forget to share some (or all) of your favourites in the comments! We just may select some to review, so share share share!


2 thoughts on “TNL’s 2014 Favourites

  1. This was so great getting to know what your faves are… oh boy some of mine include the Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation Serum, Benefit Porefessional and the Ole Heneriksen skin care line. My fave mask is the Glam Glow Hydrating mask in the blue container but I have been really liking the sheet masks from The Face Shop. Great post – love you guys and early Congrats on the 2 years with the blog! xo

  2. I always love reading about your favourites, and adding to my list of things to try. Chris – Eloise is lovely 🙂 Also, you asked if anyone has recommendations for a liquid liner and I have two: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner (there are different tips, I like the tapered one), and Stila.

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