31 December 2015

Beauty Favourites 2015

2015 Beauty Favourites
The last day of the year is always a highly anticipated one. There are for me fresh ideas and New Year's resolutions occurring in my mind, which I know that by March most of them will have most likely been forgotten about. Nevertheless, like every year I really do hope and pray that I will have the strength and commitment within me to at least see through some of them until this time next year; here is hoping.

Before I do start jumping into the old cliché of New Year's resolutions I wanted to of course write about some of my favourite beauty products from 2015. Whilst going through my make up products there were some immediate stand out items which I have used constantly since I first picked them up; what else can justify a beauty favourite if not that. I had not at the time even considered skincare/body based products so I will get to that today as I have plenty to share on that front too.

So, starting off with make up I firstly wanted to acknowledge eye shadows as there have been two products this year which have been nothing short of incredible. At first I was extremely sceptical about the By Terry Ombre Blackstar cream eye shadow sticks as they are pretty expensive, however the pigmentation, longevity and texture of these products have impressed me to no end. Yes the Kiko versions of these are fantastic and if you fancy trying a more budget friendly option then I would highly recommend them, if however you want something a bit more luxurious then please look no further. In terms of powder eye shadow the range from MAC will leave even the most dedicated beauty addict a little bit overwhelmed I am sure, however it is worth diving in as there are some beautiful shades to discover which are all of fantastic quality. I am still working on my palette above as you can see, although what with the helpful suggestions on my Mac Palette post I am sure I will be filling it up in no time. 

Sticking with MAC for one more moment I wanted to take a moment to profess my love for the Soft and Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish as I clearly have being living under a rock for the last four years. Up until recently I had not tried this product however now I find it hard to imagine not having it within my routine. It truly is stunning and helps to add such a beautiful soft, healthy warm glow to your complexion without going over the top.

There were three base products which for me deserved a spot within this round up this year. The first is the Estee Lauder Double Wear BB Highlight* which I have used almost every single day since I received it. For me this is more than just a highlighting pen as it helps to provide a decent amount of coverage too, it is almost multi-purpose although I am not entirely sure if that was the intention. The Clarins Instant Concealer is again another product which I really do rate. If I am not using the previous product then it is this which I have being reaching for as it provides a decent amount of coverage without it being too heavy for under my eyes. Finally in terms of base products the L'Oreal Infalliable Matte Foundation blew me away in terms of quality, price and finish as it truly was for me the best high street foundation released this year. I have being wearing this a lot since I first picked this up where it is safe to say that this has been favoured over some of my higher end foundations. 

It is hardly a surprise to see the Max Factor Creme Puff Blushes making an appearance in this post because I feel as though I have mentioned them at every given opportunity. The shade I have is nude mauve, which for me is the perfect shade for every day. Again like the L'Oreal foundation this has replaced my higher end blushes for the time being as I find the quality to be just as good, if not better.

In terms of lip products there have been many this year which I have liked, yet there have only been two in particular which I have worn on a very regular basis. The first of those comes from Bourjois in the form of their Rouge Edition Aqua Laque Lip Paints. I have to say that these didn't grab the attention of many however I personally really liked them as the formula is beautiful and extremely comfortable to wear too. In contrast to this I have the Dior Lip Glow which I always have in my hand bag these days. Due to the fact I wear invisalign I can't wear my normal lipsticks as they do transfer a little onto the aligners therefore sheer shades like this with just a hint of colour are ideal, plus, it helps to keep my lips hydrated.

My final choice for this year is the Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Polish range as the formula of these is quite simply dreamy. In terms of longevity these are by far one of the best nail polish ranges on the high street, I only wish they would increase the shade range as it is still somewhat limited in comparison to the likes of Barry M.

What have been your favourite beauty products in 2015? 
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