Welcome 2016! I hope everyone had a wonderful break with their loved ones. I am still in denial about the fact that December is no longer here – anyone else? It all came to an abrupt end. Regardless, I can’t wait to round up my Top Beauty Discoveries of 2015; but first things first – I had to share my December favourites. Both November and December had me doing quite a bit of shopping, so there were lots of new bits and pieces introduced into my routine, and I was pleased to find some absolute gems. Couldn’t keep them to myself, now could I?!
There were two stunning face palettes that stole the show when it came to all things blush and highlight – I was lucky to receive the stunning Becca Afterglow* palette in the mail at the end of November, and I couldn’t help but purchase the Laura Mercier Blush & Glow Radiant Face Trio. The Becca Afterglow palette features three pressed Shimmering Skin Perfectors in Moonstone, Rose Gold and Topaz, and two Mineral Blushes in Wild Honey and Flowerchild. The only shade I own out of the palette is a full sized Wild Honey blush, so it was more than a happy welcome into my collection. I think it’s such a fantastic palette for those who have been wanting to try Becca’s famous highlight and blush formulas. The only downside is the small pan sizes (especially where the blushes are concerned), so a smaller cheek brush is a must. I’ve had to divide up my cheek palette love with the beautiful Blush & Glow Radiant Face Trio and I totally get the hype surrounding Laura Mercier’s baked formula. The powders are super smooth and finely milled, delivering a gorgeous, skin-like finish on the skin. The fact that this palette came with two Matte Radiance Baked Powders in Highlight-01 and Bronzer-03 pretty much sold me. The blush/bronzer hybrid Ritual was just the cherry on top.
I was a super-mega lucky duck and also received the über soft Zoeva Bamboo Vol 2 Brush Set*, and it’s safe to say I fell in love with every single brush; but the one that completely stole the show was the 128 Cream Cheek Brush. I love everything about it – its softness, the fact that it’s made with vegan Taklon bristles, its angled shape that fits the face’s natural contours like a pro, and the application – it’s pretty hard to mess up your blush, this blends powder and cream like a boss. It’s also the perfect size as it’s not too big, meaning I can control the majority of the blush to be applied to the apples of my cheeks without applying extra product where I don’t particularly want blush; and it fits into both of the aforementioned palettes quite well.
If you’re a fan of English bloggers/vloggers like me and are familiar with the wonderful Amelia Liana, then you probably would have heard her rave on about the Tarte CC Under Eye Corrector in Light/Medium for a few years just like I did. So, the moment Tarte became available on Sephora.com.au, I didn’t hesitate to add it to my cart. My under eye circles had me feeling some type of way lately – a clear sign that I need to get to bed a lot earlier… or not – this stuff erases my dark circles almost instantly! It uses a colour-correcting clay formula, which is said to hydrate, condition and smooth the skin for a more bright and youthful look. It’s a creamy-but-thin, emollient consistency and it certainly packs a punch in the pigmentation department – a little goes a very long way. I take some product on my ring finger and dab it on until it has melted into the skin. I’ve been skipping concealer all together since using this, as well as setting powder as I get minimal to no creasing at all – thumbs up from me!
Sometimes whilst wandering around Mecca for a good hour (as you do), you make weird decisions. I pretty much swore off all primer/prep sprays to be absolute gimmicks, but I must have forgotten this train of thought for a split second, and the Urban Decay B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray magically fell into my basket… has this happened to anyone else? Either way, as you have guessed by its mention in my favourites, I’m very glad it fell in, we’ve become inseparable since. It’s a makeup-prep-meets-skincare type of product which claims to be redness reducing, pore minimising and oil absorbing; but for me where it shines is in its redness reducing abilities. I’ve had a few angry red spots on my face in the past month (blame it on the holiday feasting) and after a quick spritz, things seem a lot calmer. I like to use it after setting my makeup to take away any powdery-ness and it’s a refreshing touch to your makeup throughout the day without disturbing things.
I went from owning zero eyeshadow sticks to eight in a very short period of time… hate it when that happens (not!). I couldn’t help but pick up a Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop Eye Shadow Stick in Verve during the Sephora Black Friday sale. It’s a warm shimmery champagne shade that effortlessly brings light to the eyes. The formula is thin, creamy, easy to work with and has a minty, cooling effect when applied. It’s not super-opaque which I like, as you can build the intensity to suit your mood. The Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Shadow Stick in Taupe is the perfect warm, matte caramel brown for the lazy girl – it’s an all-over-the-lid wonder that looks like you’ve put in a lot of effort, as it looks like more than just one shade has been used. I love using this as the base and working it up to my crease (with my fingers) then applying Verve in the centre of the lid for a pop of light. It’s been my go-to shadow look for the past month. Both of these eyeshadow sticks require minimal work, don’t crease and last all day – love efficient makeup!
As soon as I tried on Kat Von D Lolita II I knew we would become the best of friends. I was still a little bit hurt over the disappointment of Lolita (bad batch) being super brown on me, but this baby made me forget my woes – it’s a terracotta rose, and it’s oh so beautiful. It requires less work than Lolita, as one swipe offers full opacity. Forget about the reds for Christmas and NYE – Lolita II was the lip of choice for me on both occasions. It wears beautifully, it’s super comfortable and non-drying, and I will have to get the full size once it’s released.
The next two products had to be put together as it’s been an inseparable combination – the Nyx Lip Liner Pencil in 819 Soft Brown and the Elf Matte Lip Color in Natural have been my go-to nude lip. Firstly, the Nyx lip pencil is fantastic for the price (seriously up there with my MAC lip liners – thanks Sorren from Young Mum Stuff for sending it to me!), and the Elf Matte Lip Color lipstick has been such a pleasant surprise – creamy, comfortable, long wearing and actually matte. I owe you guys a lip swatch of these together!
The last product for my December favourites had to be this classic rose scent – Chloé Eau De Parfum*. It’s the latest addition to my fragrance collection and I couldn’t put it down. It’s such an elegant but easy to wear scent, meaning it’s something I can reach for no matter what mood I’m in, what time of the day or year it is or the occasion. Top notes are peony, freesia, litchi; middle notes are rose, lily of the valley and magnolia.
If you’ve rounded up your December or 2015 overall favourites, link me below! I love favourites posts! Have you tried any of these products?
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