I cannot believe that there are only 9 days left in 2015…insanity! Since it’s that time, it is time to wrap up the year with 2015’s best products. I have decided to split up the post this year into 3 so that it’s not so long. This first post is going to be dedicated to face products, next will be eye and lip products and lastly to finish it up I will do skincare, hair care and tools. So let’s get to the products!
Foundations were an easy, easy pick for me this year. I had a couple that I just could not put down.
Make Up For Ever HD Foundation Stick- R230
This foundation blew me away this year. I had never tried a stick foundation prior to picking up this one and I never had high expectations for one reason or another. This one is absolutely fantastic. It’s definitely full coverage, but doesn’t turn cakey. I’ve heard people say this has a natural finish, but it’s definitely dewy. I love the way this makes my skin look and it is one of my favourite foundations I have ever tried. I like this way, way more than the liquid version of this foundation.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation- 4.75
My second favourite foundation of 2015 was definitely the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. I got this as a birthday gift and I have been obsessed with it ever since. This foundation looks nice with a light layer, but also builds up beautifully. It is definitely glowy, which I love.
Concealer was also an easy pick, as I had some clear favourites.
Bobbi Brown Corrector- Bisque
Since I’m a student, dark circles are a constant in my life. This product has become my savior. Honestly if you have darkness you want to cover, this is a necessity because it cancels out the darkness and let’s the concealer just brighten everything nicely.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer- Fair Neutral
This favourite should be no surprise to anyone. This concealer is a pale girl’s dream, which is one of the reasons it’s a favourite of mine. It is so hard for me to find a concealer that is light enough to highlight on my skin tone, but this does the job and does it well. Not only is this nice and brightening but the formula is full coverage and doesn’t cake up.
Besame Brightening Vanilla Powder
To set the concealer combination I mentioned, I cannot live without this stuff. I knew I liked this stuff and then I didn’t have it and then I knew I loved it. This does a great job at setting my concealer so that it doesn’t crease, but it also helps everything blend nicely and look seamless.
This category is so hard for me to choose. I love blush and I mix it up pretty often. I will say that a lot of the blushes I loved this year are pretty neutral.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush- Celebrated
This was an easy pick in a hard category. I got this fairly early in 2015 and I have consistently reached for it when I want a neutral cheek. This blush is fantastic with bold eye or lip looks since it adds colour to the skin but doesn’t compete. I found this blush to have a softer formula than the other Amazonian Clay Blush I own from Tarte as well so that’s a bonus.
Too Faced Love Flush Blush- Baby Love
Staying on the neutral train I also developed a love affair for this blush formula this year. These blushes are pigmented and soft with a nice range of colours to choose from. I do own all of these shades, but Baby Love is definitely one of the standout shades for me. It’s a very subtle nude pink that has some soft shimmer that doesn’t really translate onto the skin. It the perfect blush when you just need a little colour, but something on the natural side.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush- Luminous Flush
This blush is the -perfect pink blush. It’s not too bright, not too warm, not too cool and it’s nice and glowy. It’s just the perfect blush to give a natural flush to the cheeks and it’s neutral enough to go with almost anything. I wore this for my graduation photos because I wanted something that would stand out for photos but that wouldn’t be too much.
BRONZER + CONTOUR
I’ll admit that I wasn’t super into bronzer this year. For the most part I am proud of my fair skin, so I generally just use bronzer to bring some dimension into my face that foundation sometimes takes away.
Soleil Tan de Chanel
The one bronzer I was obsessed with was definitely a splurge, but one I’m glad I made. This quickly became a summer staple for me. It’s definitely on the warm side, but all buffed out it just gives a really healthy look to the skin.
NYX HD Blush- Taupe
I had heard so much hype about this as a contour product that I decided to get it when I visited the US in August, as NYX is hard to come by where I live. I’m so glad I picked this up because it’s the perfect contour shade for my skin tone. It’s definitely on the grey side, but not so grey that it looks unnatural. This is the best product I’ve found for a naturally strong contour. Mine looks super beat up because this is a very soft powder and it breaks super easily. I quickly put it back together with some alcohol, so it’s less messy but it’s definitely ugly.
This was probably the easiest category for me to pick by far for face products and I’m sure many of you can guess without scrolling down to see.
Becca Champagne Pop
I can honestly assure you that this is not over-hyped. I don’t love this because it has Jaclyn Hill’s name on it, I love it because it is the most gorgeous highlighter. My only complaint was that this doesn’t last that long, but if I wear a primer, it lasts much better. I love this alone or mixed with Becca Pearl, a combination that is a recent obsession of mine. I own this in palette form and in pan and I am still worried about running out. I honestly haven’t touched another highlight in a long time. This just gives the best glow I have ever found.
I do have one item for face products that doesn’t really fit into the other categories I already mentioned, but I have to mention it anyway.
Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist
I couldn’t talk about the best face products of 2015 without mentioning this spray. At first I just thought this was okay, but the more I use it, the more I love it. This really blends everything together and makes my skin look super glowy. I love aiming this right down the centre of my face because then it really picks up the highlight on my nose, which I like. If you like super glowy skin this is definitely worth the splurge.
There you have it! What face products did you love this year? Let me know in the comments!
Bye for now!