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Sunday, 10 January 2016

Best of Makeup 2015

So, 2015 was a year of many a makeup purchase and a loose purse. There were so many incredible beauty releases and although I didn't succumb to many of them I did decide to see what the hype was about certain products, and of course some of those that I had tested the waters with, I ended up loving, some even becoming a staple in my makeup routine, which is very rare as I like to change up my makeup most of the time.

As it's again another start to a new year I thought I would give you a roundup of my best makeup products of 2015. Be warned, it might just be a long one. High five if you get to the end of this post.
Starting with palettes, there were two eyeshadow palettes that completely stuck out for me, the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette and the Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette. 2015 was the year I started experimenting with eyeshadow a lot more and I grew to love experimenting  with different shades and finishes. The Chocolate Bar Palette is incredible to say the least, it includes everything you need, from soft mattes to beautiful shimmer shades. I love! (You can find a full review and swatches here). And as for the Vice 3 Palette, it's the most versatile palette I own with a fantastic range of brights and nudes. You can easily create any makeup look with it. I cannot get enough! I especially love the shade Bobby dazzle for a brow bone and inner corner highlight, it's so dreamy! 

Talking of highlighters I have had two favourites over the course of a year, the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle and theBalm Mary Loumanizer(which sadly smashed to pieces but will be repurchasing in future). Soft and Gentle has been a favourite for a while, it's a beautiful glistening champagne shade which again is just incredible, it takes my base from dull to glowing. The Mary Loumanizer is a slightly intense gold shade which looks blooming amazing on the top of the cheekbones. I need another asap. 

I've been using so many brushes this year but my favourite has to be the Keshima Flat Top Brush. It blends my foundation in with ease, leaving no streaks, just a nice smooth, flawless base. 

Over the last couple of months of 2015 I very much got into the whole 'baking' technique and I just fell in love with how amazing it made my skin look. If you're a bit confused about it, you apply a loose powder over concealer and leave it for a while then swipe away. Doing this gives a beautiful glow to the skin. I seriously recommend giving it a go. My favourite loose powder to use is the Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder. It's not cakey in the slightest and actually makes my skin feel so soft. You can take a look at my full review here to know more.
Best of Makeup 2015
I love a good defined brow! For months there was a lot of hype around Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, but I didn't jump onto the bandwagon until a while after. I have the shade Medium Brown which is the most perfect ashy brown. It gives my brows a lot of definition and makes them look very natural too. In conjunction with the pomade I also like to use the Brow Wiz(I ran out and have since repurchased) to fill my brows in. My brows are always on 'fleek' when using these two.

2015 was a year where I purchased a helluva lot of lip products, no regrets though! I have 3 favourites, can you tell I love my lipstick? First of all is the NARS Lip Pencils. I purchased both lip pencil sets from the Holiday collection(see here) and I fell in love with the shades and finishes. I always reach for them when I want a nice, defined lip. They're technically like a lip liner and lipstick in one. I reckon this year I'll be buying some more. There is one in particular that I've been using more than most called Luxembourg. It's a gorgeous pinky-red and it feels so moisturising on the lips. I love it. I also fell completely head over heels with the Clinique Lip Pop in Beige Pop upon it's release(see my lip pop review and swatches here). It's my perfect nude pink and it's so so cramy and just, ahh, amazing. I hae 3 more lip pop colours too but this particular shade has to be my favourite. My last lip favourite might not be a shock to you considering how much I've raved about it, is MAC Brave. It suits me down to a tee and goes with every makeup look. I absolutely love it and will repurchase once it's used up.

I never ever thought I would go along with the whole contouring hype, but alas I did, and I am glad. It makes such a difference and my favourite product to use is Benefit Hoola Bronzer. It makes my cheekbones look a lot more prominent but natural, and also gives a nice warmth to the rest of my face. I'm dreading this running out. 

I have many foundations but one that I repurchased repeatedly over the course of 2015 is the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation. It gives a lovely finish to my skin, it's not cakey at all and looks so so nice. The shade Porcelain is the perfect match to my skin tone too which is a massive thumbs up. You can see a full review here. And last but no means least is a mascara favourite, the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara(review here). It gives my lashes the volume and length they so desperately need and it's such a lovely intense black. I absolutely love it. 

What were your favourite makeup products of 2015? I would love to know


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