As I haven’t blogged very frequently in 2015, there were quite a few discoveries I’ve made in the beauty department that have never appeared on here before. I didn’t want to withhold my new “holy grail” products, so let’s jump right in!
Picking my favourite concealer was a piece of cake this year. The Clarins Instant Concealer is hands down the best concealer I’ve ever come across! It combines high coverage with a silky moisturising base, which makes it perfect for using all over the face. The formula blends in like a dream and stays put without creasing. It is a little expensive, but the 15 ml tube is probably going to last me twice as long as regular concealers, so it’s definitely worth the price tag!
Even though the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer was already in my last year’s favourites, I feel the need to mention it again this year. If any of you out there still hasn’t tried it, it’s safe to say you’re missing out! As far as formula and shade range goes, the Fit Me Concealer is my favourite from the drugstore. Good coverage and a creamy blendable formula set it apart from its counterparts. For around 5€ it’s an absolute bargain!
The Honey Bronzer by The Body Shop was, by far, my most used bronzer of last year. I love that it’s matte and, more importantly, that it comes in very light to dark shades. I have the lightest shade, and for me as a fair-complected girl, it’s the perfect one for all-year-round everyday wear. Only the 16€ price tag made me think twice about buying it (but thanks to their amazing deals, you never have to pay full price at The Body Shop!)
L’Oréal released a real gem among the drugstore foundations last year! The L’Oréal Infallible 24h- Matte Foundation combines medium-high coverage with a velvety matte finish that I’ve always lusted after. It’s by no means a flat kind of matte. There is a subtle sheen to it, that keeps things looking healthy and doesn’t rob the face of its dimension. And although it gives my complexion a flawless look, it feels lightweight and doesn’t even look cakey on little dry patches. L’Oréal absolutely nailed it with this formula!
It’s safe to say that 2015 was the year of highlighters. The one that worked the best for me is the The Body Shop Radiant Highlighter. The pale pink sheen is perfect on my fair skin tone and it’s very wearable because it doesn’t have any visible shimmer particles in it. What I also love about this is its versatility. Because it’s a creamy liquid, I use it under my foundation, mix it into my foundation or pat it on afterwards for a stronger sheen. Either way, it doesn’t interfere with any other products, it lasts all day and makes my complexion look wonderfully luminous and radiant!
Not only are these Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes incredibly pretty to look at with the colour pigments swirled into the iconic luminising powders. They are also gorgeous on the cheeks, giving a subtle but brightening sheen while adding a subtle flush. I especially loved Mood Exposure, but the temptation to mix and match the shades is too great to resist! I received this limited edition palette from my lovely friend Janet from Jan and Jot and I love her so much for going on a hunt for one of the last palettes for me before they sold out!
A budget-friendly alternative I loved last year is the Max Factor Creme Puff Blush. The shade Seductive Pink is a gorgeous rose-y pink that gives a subtle sheen to the cheekbones, almost like the Hourglass blushes, only for a fraction of the price! And don’t be put off by the baked formula – It’s one of the creamiest and most flattering blushes I’ve ever come across!
To me, nude lipsticks used to be danger zone for a long time. Through clueless trial and error, I have somewhat figured out what works for me and MAC Patisserie was my breakthrough discovery in 2015! The fact that it’s a Luster finish makes it super wearable because the formula still lets my natural lip colour shine through. The shade itself is a lovely blend of peach, pink and brown with a subtle hint of golden shimmer. At the moment I consider Patisserie my perfect nude and wear it religiously!
One of the best releases of 2015 has to be the Clinique Lip Pop Colour + Primer lipsticks. The formula is one of the creamiest and most moisturising I’ve ever tried, and the shade range made it hard for me to only opt for one. I have Poppy Pop, a bright corally red, and Plum Pop, a medium pink-y plum shade that I love for everyday. Both of them glide on super smoothly and leave a relatively long-wearing and saturated colour.
MAC Soar is probably the most spoken and raved about lip liner of the whole year! It’s strange enough that I hadn’t noticed all the hype before I bought it. I had originally gone to the MAC counter to look for a nude lipstick and the salesperson suggested a combo of Brave lipstick and Soar lip pencil. I ended up loving Soar and wore it mostly on its own throughout all autumn/winter.
On the other side of the price range, I’ve liked the Essence Lipliners for a while, but the shade 11 In The Nude was a discovery of last year. It’s a beige-y nude that’s great for layering or even on its own. It’s not quite a 90’s brown but it goes well with the trend and is a more wearable option for pale girls like me.
As my brows are naturally relatively full, I find myself using that as an excuse to skip grooming them. Naughty, I know. Since I finally gave in to the Anastasia Brow Wiz hype, things have changed and I love the subtle difference it makes compared to traditional brow pencils! The teeny-weeny nib makes it so easy to touch up where I need it and helps me get my brows on-fleek. Love it!
The Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara has been another highlight of the past year. Although I am usually not in the game for volumising mascaras, this is one I can use on a daily basis without having to fear that I might end up with a clumpy mess. It has a medium-sized, dense traditional wand that distributes the product evenly and is easy to maneuver in the corners. The formula is on the dry side, which I find helps to build great volume at the roots without having to give up on beautifully fanned-out lashes. It didn’t crumble or smudge on me, so what more can I ask for?
I have used the W7 Amazing Lash Mascara earlier in 2015. You might have already seen the post in which I compared it to the iconic Benefit They’re Real! Mascara here. Yes, I do prefer it over it’s pricy role model. Yes, it is available for under a fiver. I loved the way it defined, gave length and held the curl. It honestly was the most impressive mascara I tried in a long time!
In 2015 I discovered many different eyeshadow palettes and the Lorac Pro Palette is hands down the best! Being half matte and half shimmery, it has all the essentials from cream to gold, bronze, mauve and some fun shades to spice things up a little. It truly outshines all of my other palettes with its high quality and versatile simplicity. It’s a kind of palette that I could use every single day without getting sick of it!
The Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette was definitely one of the palettes I loved to play around with. The shade range includes gorgeous reddish browns, a cranberry, a stunning gold and everything else to complete a warm and sultry eye look. It took me some courage to put some of the shades to use, since they are at a point where neutral merges with colour. However, I ended up falling in love with everything about this palette, especially with such a great value for money!
This compact little Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette might not be groundbreaking, but in 2015 I reached for it a lot more than I originally thought I would. The shade range doesn’t make it too versatile, but it contains many basic shades that I use on a daily basis. Most of the time I create a subtle “nude” look with the first 3 shades, and the darker ones are great for adding more definition, liner and even for my brows. It has become a much-loved staple in my collection!
I love my brushes but the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge changed my whole view of makeup application. It leaves a smooth and almost airbrushed finish on my skin, whether I’m working with foundation, concealer or other liquid/cream products. Another thing I love about it is the shape. The combination of the angled flat side, the tip and the sides make it incredibly versatile for all-over application, getting in the nooks and pinpoint work. It’s an affordable little helper with a giant impact on my makeup!
My favourite fragrance of the whole year was this fancy glass hand grenade filled with floral perfection. With the Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb EdP the name is the game: The cocktail of freesia, jasmin, orchid, rose and patchouli is frisky, yet feminine and elegant. It’s the kind of perfume I could wear everyday, any day, all year round. I find the scent quite intense, so one quick spritz is enough to enwrap me with a sweet and springy aura all day.