2014 Beauty All Stars

Every January I like to share my Beauty All Stars from the past year, including tried and true makeup that I use and love the most.  In this post I break down my top picks into categories:


The asterisk(*) denotes repeat annual favorites from last year.

Face Makeup

Eye & Lip Makeup

Makeup Brushes


Sigma 3DHD Kabuki
Sigma 3DHD Precision
Sigma F25 Tapered Face
Sigma F64 Soft Blend Concealer*
Sigma F35 Tapered Highlighter
Chanel #2 Angled Powder*
It Cosmetics Flawless Blush
It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Jumbo Powder
Sigma E57 Firm Shader
Sigma E47 Shader Crease
Sigma E38 Diffused Crease
Sigma E30S Pencil*
Sigma E52 Soft Focus Shader*
MAC 208 Small Angled Brow Brush*

Save 10% off your entire purchase of Sigma beauty products by entering the code NY2015 during checkout (good thru January 31, 2014).  Sigma will send you a free gift when you spend $30 or more on your total purchase!

I share my absolute favorite beauty products from 2014 in the video below, focusing on makeup and brushes:

I wanted to give away a few of my favorite makeup items from 2014 to a couple of you!  The 2014 Beauty All Stars Giveaway will run until Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 6 PM CT.  The giveaway is open internationally.  All entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to enter.  TWO winners will receive the items pictured below:


  You can enter by following the directions in the Rafflecopter widget posted below (check out this blog post for more information on entering Rafflecopter giveaways).  I’ll announce the winners on THIS blog post and contact them directly through email, as always. Good luck!

Congrats to the winners of the 2014 Beauty All Stars Giveaway!

The Poll Results for *Would you like to see my non-makeup 2014 favorites?* out of 2075 entries:

Yes (2052) 99%
No (23) 1%

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sometimes Rafflecopter experiences technical difficulties. If you can’t enter for some reason, try again later and it will probably work.

I’d love to know what some of your 2014 Beauty All Stars were if you care to share.
Here’s to a beautiful year!


* Post contains affiliate links.  The Sigma brushes shown were sent to me for consideration.  This is not a sponsored post.  All opinions are genuinely my own. *


39 thoughts on “2014 Beauty All Stars”

  1. You are by far, the most generous YouTuber/blogger I have seen out there! Thank you so much for all you do, and your videos are awesome!! Love when you share, and I am always very excited when I see you have new posts/videos up!!

  2. Really enjoyed seeing your 2014 favorites. I always appreciate that you say what you are aiming for in your choice of products. Also, I love seeing how you photograph everything- it’s always presented in a really creative and appealing way. Thank you!
    I don’t think that the Natural Eyes Palette has gotten the love that it should have in the last year, so I am really glad that you chose that one- it is one of the most versatile palettes out there with great colors and finishes that work with just about everyone’s coloring, plus being a great size vs some of the bulky ones. I had never seen it until a PopSugar Musthave box and have been using it regularly since. All the best for 2015!

  3. My favorite foundation is also the Covergirl! Have you ever tried the Lorac Unzipped eyeshadow pallet? My favorite of 2014 is either the Unzipped or the original Chocolate Bar pallet.

      1. Thanks Jen for the chance to win and for all your picks and advice. I really hope you also do your non-beauty favs for 2014 as well!

  4. This is my first time seeing your website/blog, I love it! I’m a mother of 2 boys ages 3 and 4. I work full time but I also “try” to blog and do youtube videos. I wanted to track all the projects I’ve been up to, so a close friend said that blogging and youtube would be a creative outlet. I’m also sometimes socially… Different? So having kids and being a new you tuber helped. Thank you for your great videos, they are nice to watch before bed. I hope one day to have as nice of a blog as yours, but for right now I’m learning lol. On a side note, you should try my favorite snack… Crackers, peanut butter and pickles!

  5. I have been trying your suggested beauty products! So far, the It cc cream is my favorite! I am really loving the It Cosmetics, period!
    How long do you keep your eye products? You have so many shadows, just wondering how long they are safe to use?

    1. Powder shadows have a long shelf life if they’re stored properly and you use clean brushes. I know my Mom has kept some shadows for many years without issue.

  6. My absolute favorite primer is the Korres Vitamin E face primer..I believe it’s been discontinued sadly, but you can still purchase on Amazon. I stocked up..it’s a little pricey but so worth it. My face feels so smooth and hydrated after using, it is seriously the best primer and face product out there!

  7. I’m thrilled that you shared these products! And love the way you showed your application! I need to purchase the Stilla eyeliner, it looks like it has a nice thin tip to it which I love.
    And thank you for another great giveaway. You are always so generous with what you share with your fans!

  8. I like seeing favorites, beauty or otherwise. My favorite for eyes is the Clinique neutrals since it’s such a fantastic size to grab and go for travel, plus the colors really work for me, and I LOVE Tarte’s Amazonian butter lipstick in Tulip. It’s definitely my lip shade, but better. Pretty design too.

  9. Hey Jen,

    Love your videos and how your blog connects with the videos you put out, if I have a question from a video I can just hop right over here and 9 out of 10 times the answer is clearly here for me! Thank you so much, Could you tell me which print and bag the Orla Kiely bag in this giveaway is?


  10. Thank you Jen for such an informative video! I found you right about a year ago when I was home sick with the flu and was researching Sherpani luggage (what everyone does when sick in bed, right?) and I have been a faithful follower ever since. I have learned so much from your videos and blog and just generally enjoy watching you. My kids know exactly who I am referring to when I talk about “my organized jen lady” :o) Thank you for such a generous giveaway and for all your posts. I discovered the Tarte setting powder this past year and love it. Thanks to Tiffany D I have recently purchased the Tarte airbrush foundation brush and it has completely changed my foundation application. I love it. Another product I have been loving is the Nudestix Magnetic Eyeshadow pencils – I got a set of 3 from my husband for Christmas – eyeshadow tends to disappear as the day goes by and these have amazing staying power. You should check them out. Thanks again!

  11. I love your video’s, no matter what they are, their just great.
    i tried to enter the give away but it didn’t work, I’ll try again later.
    Have a wonderful evening.

  12. Great job Jen!!
    My favorite “no makeup makeup” is Elta MD broad spectrum spf 41 tinted moisturizer. Its really a sunscreen, but the tint provides a respectable amount of coverage. I highly recommend this line if you have never tried it before.

  13. hi, jen..i have recently subscribed your channel, but i have been watching you for past 2 years..i can say i wait for a new video to come.. i really enjoy it .. thank you so much for your effort…

  14. Good Morning and Happy New Year! Would you know of a comparable dupe for the Chanel #2 Angled Brush? It looks like an excellent bronzer application brush but it is a little steep in price for my budget right now for a makeup brush. Thank you. I hope all is well with everyone and please continue to have a wonderful time in Utah! We are getting a little fresh snow almost everyday here in PA (yeah!!) but it does not compare to the glorious pictures you have posted of the snowy mountains in Utah! I am quite envious because I love the winter season too! Thanks again!

    All The best!


    1. Sadly I have not come across a dupe for that brush and I have kept an eye out. If anyone else has seen one like it, please share!

  15. Great video Jen! Brave and it worked well, lovely giveaway too. I love Chanel for complexion products, Naked 2 and 3 for eye shadows and Benefit for mascara and brows…as for lips, just everything!!!

  16. I had to save this Video until the weekend, Love to craft and watch/listen at the same time. Thanks for a chance to win this great giveaway.

  17. I wish I’d seen your post before I went cosmetic shopping today! There are so many brand/products out there, it’s great to hear what someone else thinks about the products. I did pick up a couple things by Covergirl and also a new brand that I haven’t seen before, E.L.F. Have you looked at their products yet?

  18. I have just recently found you on you tube. I have absolutely enjoyed watching. Thank you for all you share, it’s such a blessing.

  19. I got the Anastasia brow kit and love it! Took me a bit of practice and getting use to. In 2014 I stated using Urban Decays De Slick Makeup Setting Spray. It makes such a difference and have recommended it to many friends!

  20. Jen, I don’t normally comment, but I wanted you to know you look absolutely beautiful in this video. I’ve honestly never seen you look bad, you just look particularly healthy and so naturally pretty in this one. I hope the new year is treating you well, many blessings to you, Don and Winnie!

  21. Thanks to your recommendation, I purchased the Too Faced Natural Eyes palette. I’m currently in the process of streamlining my makeup collection – and whole life haha – and have been looking for a great all round neutral eyeshadow palette. I have the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette but I also wanted something a shimmer in, like you, I like to wear a shimmer eyeshadow often, and am so glad to have discovered this one.

    Side note: You looked both beautiful and radiant in this video. I’m not saying you look bad other times, far from it, but there was just something about you in this video, like you was aglow with happiness.

  22. Oh, these look like great finds. My current favorites are the Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation – It is a full coverage that is also long lasting. My other favorite is the new On The Run Pallet from Urban Decay. It is my first time using anything from Urban Decay. I am now hooked on the lip gloss and mascara that came in it. All of the colors in the pallet are perfect for everyday makeup.

    Thanks for another great giveaway!

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