I love this time of the year because I get to see everyone’s yearly favourites round-ups – the bits and pieces were staples in everyone’s makeup routines, and what were the favourite discoveries that were uncovered. I decided to join in on the fun and share my own – some of these will not come as a surprise to you, while others I’ve been semi-secretly loving but just haven’t had a chance to share yet. The products that made the cut weren’t necessarily released in 2015, rather I got my hands on them in 2015.
My beautiful friend Sorren from Young Mum Stuff and I decided to share ours at the same time – if you love these kinds of posts, then make sure to head over to her blog to check out her beauty favourites of 2015. Also, do check out her Instagram – it’s filled with beautiful photos and makeup looks! Spoiler alert: her recommendations are amazing, sneaky purchases may occur!
I sung my praises for the Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay in October, so I won’t ramble on about it too much (full review here). This amazing product is a purifying and exfoliating clay mask in one, which restores luminosity, minimises the appearance of pores, improves overall texture
and does your dishes and just leaves your skin feeling divine. It’s my top skincare discovery for 2015 and I highly recommend you try it in the new year!
I never got around to fully reviewing this (oops) but I’ve talked about it a few times before both on my blog and Instagram. The It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better C Cream is undoubtedly my favourite base product of 2015 – although I’ve tried my fair share of foundations in the past year, I always went back to this. It offers very buildable medium to full coverage with a luminous, light-weight, skin-like finish. I only wish It Cosmetics would cater to a wide variety of skin tones, as this CC cream only comes in Light, Medium and Dark; it’s an expensive product if you are in between shades and need to mix. Nonetheless I will continue to repurchase it until something better comes along!
I thought, like many others, that I had found my holy grail concealer in the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, until I got my hands on the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer… it had me like ‘Nars who?’ JustkiddingloveyouFrançoise. First of all, the packaging is on point and it’s what you would expect from Urban Decay. The applicator is phenomenal – the wand is a flat, flexible sponge that just glides on the skin. It distributes a generous amount of product, so I always make sure to take some off (personal preference). The consistency is lightweight but very creamy and easy to work with – it just melts into the skin. It’s full coverage and perfect for those who like a flawless finish. I first purchased the shade Fair Neutral as a highlighting shade, and I just purchased Medium Neutral for spot concealing; although admittedly now that it’s summer and I have a tan, Fair Neutral is chilling in the back as it’s a little too light and will cause reverse panda eyes on me. For both purposes, I’ve found the concealer lasts all day once set with powder and I get very minimal creasing if any at all.
Ever feel a little indifferent about a new product, but then you slowly grow to love it? This happened with the Too Faced Dark Chocolate Soleil Bronzer. Admittedly, I was initially biased because the first one I received had a hair indented in the powder, ew. But once I got over that (with a second, new, hairless bronzer), it became my most reached for. It came at a time when Hoola wasn’t working for me, Laguna wasn’t doing it either, and I just needed some new bronzer excitement in my life. It’s matte and runs quite warm, so it’s best suited for medium to darker skin tones. It’s very smooth and pigmented, and SO easy to blend and work with. It adds a beautiful bronzy, healthy glow and doubles up as my contour, too. So glad I didn’t give up on it!
Another one from Too Faced – last year they introduced an incredible blush line – the Love Flush Long Lasting Blushes. Being the blush fiend that I am, I couldn’t help but to purchase Baby Love, a dusty rose nude with a luminous satin finish. Baby Love is the perfect neutral that just goes with everything and looks effortless. It was without a doubt my most reached for blush since I got my hands on it, as you can tell by the worn off bunny imprint – and you only need a tiny bit as it’s very pigmented, so that’s saying a lot. It’s super finely milled, and the texture isn’t too soft nor too firm. Too Faced claim this line of blushes to last 16 hours on the skin, but for me this one wears for around 10. Personally, it’s not a deal breaker and it’s longer lasting on my skin than my Tarte blushes that claim to be 14 hour wear. I cannot wait for the Love Flush Blush Wardrobe palette to launch in Australia so I can try out all of the shades in the range.
I couldn’t take watching yet another YouTube tutorial that featured Makeup Geek eye shadows without having experienced their supposed glory myself. I had restrained myself for long enough until I saw MUG offering free international shipping and before I knew it I was adding all of the crease colours to my cart. I have a full review with swatches here, so I won’t go into too much detail, but Makeup Geek is so affordable, fantastic quality and they have almost every shade you could think of. I must try their foiled shadows next!
I wasn’t sure if to feature the much-hyped Morphe Brushes 35O Eye Shadow Palette, but seeing as I haven’t really used any other palette since getting my hands on it in late 2015, I figured I’d better tell you about it. The reason I was ‘iffy’ was because, although I am an incredibly impatient person, no company should make their customers wait a month and a half to receive a product. The fact that the palette is constantly out of stock, and when it’s restocked it sells out almost immediately, is also incredibly annoying. This turned me off Morphe so it might be a while before I give the brand another go. However, in terms of bang for your buck, you really cannot go wrong with this palette. It comes with 35 shadows, mostly warm toned, in a variety of finishes – matte, satin, shimmer and foiled all for USD $22.99. Individual Morphe pans are USD $2.29, so you’re getting $80.15 worth of product. Although there are a couple of hard-to-blend, minimal colour payoff duds (it’s inevitable), for the most part these shadows are incredible quality. I won’t go on too much as I plan to review and swatch the palette soon, but if you can get your hands on it, then it’s definitely worth it!
In terms of makeup tools, for me 2015 was the year of Zoeva. Early in the year I decided to purchase three of their vegan brushes – Silk Finish, Face Shape and Soft Definer, and late in the year I got my hands on the stunning Bamboo Vol 2. Brush Set*, which just blew me away. I cannot fault Zoeva brushes. They’re durable, incredibly soft, they don’t shed or lose their shape and they’re super easy to clean. Hopefully 2016 will be the year I get to explore their makeup line a bit more.
Can you see what I see? Pure makeup perfection. There was no way I could narrow it down to ONE Becca Cosmetics product, so I decided I would feature all of my Becca products as my favourite brand of 2015. I went from owning a couple of blushes to everything you see in this picture in the space of 12 months, and everything I’ve tried thus far I’ve loved. Their mineral blushes are one of my favourite formulas ever; the Shimmering Skin Perfectors are pure buttery perfection – cult favourites for a reason; and more recently I’ve been trying out the Body Perfecting Mousse and Backlight Primer and can already tell I’m onto something good. If you haven’t tried Becca yet, then make it a must!
That concludes my Top Beauty Discoveries of 2015. I could’ve gone on forever – I did leave out lip products, but too many to mention! I hope you enjoyed, and if you’ve posted yours, then please share it with me below!