2015 Beauty Favorites!

Monday, January 4, 2016


2015 went by pretty quickly. I wouldn't say lightning fast or anything, but it's still kind of unbelievable that it's 2016 already. Before we dive into more beauty loves for the new year, let's rewind and roundup my favorite beauty goodies from the past year!

This past year was great for makeup discoveries and re-discovered loves. I finished up my first Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer and of course bought a second. The creamy consistency is so blendable and I love the coverage it gives. In the fall, after picking up the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, I fell in love with using it daily for setting my concealer. I can see myself hitting pan sooner rather than later on this one. The NYX Microbrow Pencil in Ash Brown has been not only an everyday staple, but an amazing dupe for the Anastasia Brow Wiz. It gives nearly the exact result for a fraction of the price and I've already bought a backup. My love for this brow pencil runs that deep.

When it comes to contour and highlight, my top products picks were an easy choice. NYX HD Blush in Taupe is the only product I've used for months when I'm looking for those model cheekbones. A little goes a long way and it's so easy to blend and make look more natural, if that's possible. Of course, the highlighter of the year for me (and I'm sure a lot of the beauty community) has to be Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop. It's just that good. The gorgeous champagne tone and that light-catching shimmer have made it the one I reach for when I'm wanting The Glow.

I yammered on relentlessly this year about the Laura Geller Blush-n-Brightens, my favorite being Tropic Hues. The shade is my go-to when I'm not sure what blush to choose for the day since it goes with everything. If I had to start all over again buying blushes, this would be the first one I'd buy! Most days I reach for a more neutral lip shade and my beloved Revlon Lip Butter in Cotton Candy hasn't left my handbag for months! It's easy to apply without a mirror and the cool tone of the pink is perfection.

As a self-confessed eyeshadow lover (and hoarder), this list wouldn't be complete without a few eye products! My top pick would have to be the Laura Mercier Caviar Shadow Sticks. The consistency of the cream shadow is smooth enough to blend, but doesn't crease all day and won't fade on you after hours of wear. Amethyst is a winner, and I also really love Orchid and Sandglow. I really can't rave about these enough! I finally picked up the Too Faced Chocolate Bar eye shadow palette this year and I was so impressed with the quality of the shadows. I love to use this for both everyday and smoky looks, since its so versatile and gorgeous! I typically reach for the Urban Decay Roach Eyeliner, since it's bronzey-brown tones compliment my eyes and coordinate with just about any eye look. It's a smooth liner to apply and has a rich pigmentation.

I can say with certainty that 2015 was the year I finally found my signature fragrance. Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black is the the scent I've been looking for all these years. It's not too sweet or floral, and has a great balance of masculine and feminine to it. I'd recommend going and giving it a sniff rather than reading my terrible attempt to describe it! Out of all the nail polishes I've managed to amass, the shade I've been enjoying the most throughout the past year was Essie Chinchilly. The cool gray is a universally flattering shade that matches just about any outfit you could put on and makes you look effortlessly chic.

Now that 2015 is complete, I'm excited for what beauty gems have yet to be discovered throughout the next year! Let me know what your number one beauty product from 2015 was! The Mr and I went snowboarding again over the weekend. For my second attempt, I definitely picked up a little more than the first time, but I still managed to bruise my tailbone and knees pretty badly. Sitting has not been fun lol. Hope your 2016 has started out fabulously!

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