Wednesday 30 December 2015

Best Of 2015.

With 2015 slowly coming to an end, I have started to look back over the past year at all the makeup and skincare that I have been using. Today I have rounded up all of my favourite products from the last 12 months in one post. 

M A K E U P | 2015 was the year I really fell in love with Nars. From their eyeshadow palettes to their lip pencils, it was just something about their formulas and finishes that really stole my heart. Although the whole Steven Klein collection looked amazing, the Dead Of Summer Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette really stood out for me due to the vivid colours and their ability to be worn wet for a high impact look. This year I really ventured into lipsticks, trying my hand at nude, red and berry hues. 

The Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella spurred on my obsession with lip products due to its easy to wear formula and comfortable finish, something that doesn't usually go hand in hand with a red lipstick. 

2015 has definitely been the year of new releases and discovery of old favourites. The Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette was a latecomer, but one that I couldn't leave out of this roundup. This fifteen-panned palette contains a variety of matte browns and shimmery pinks to fullfil all of your eyeshadow needs. 

As a huge fan of blushers, it was hard to narrow down my collection, but the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in True Love made the cut. With a matte finish, this warm pink hue lightly adds a pop of colour to the cheeks and has carried me through from Summer to Winter. 

S K I N C A R E | In terms of skincare finds, this year I focused on finding products that would give my lacklustre skin the hydration boost it needs. In the Summer, the Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment really made a noticeable difference to hay fever ridden eyes. It helped to soothe, heal and care for my dehydrated eyes without appearing too heavy on the skin. 

You're probably sick and tired of me talking about the Aesop Fabulous Facial Oil. With a nourishing, lightweight formula that sinks into the skin quickly it's no wonder that this is now part of my skincare ritual. I have been loving using it at night to provide my skin with an extra boost of hydration or I have been using underneath my makeup as it provides me with supple, glowing skin. 

H A I R C A R E | This year I ditched the hair extensions and started taking more care of my hair. I wanted to invest in a routine that worked for my fine, damaged hair and by the end of 2015 I think I achieved that. Sachajuan was a brand that I discovered on my quest for long, thicker hair and their Hair Repair treatment has really helped to improve my hair. It has helped to restore shine, add intense hydration and banish dry, split ends. 

Whilst I have been loving Sachajuan and O&M to name only a few, it was actually the Bumble and Bumble Full Potential Range* that transformed my hair the most. The boost spray really helped to lock in moisture and add volume from root to tip. 

E T C | I have owned my fair share of fragrances this year, but the one that stood out for me this year was the Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream EDT. The soft floral fragrance is unlike anything I would usually wear, but it has made me long for more subtle, invigorating scents. If Daisy Dream doesn't tickle my fancy, then I know one that will. Jo Malone never fails to impress me, from their candles to colognes, their weird concoctions of fragrances are unmistakably distinctive, making them one of my favourite brands of 2015. Peony and Blush Suede has been my top choice whether it be in cologne or candle form. This luxe floral scent really had me at the first sniff and ever since I haven't been able to leave it alone.

Me and my boyfriend moved into our flat back in June and even since I have been obsessed with candles. The Diptyque Roses candle has scented our rooms for a good few months now and I can't get enough of it. No matter what time of year it is it's nice to have a fresh, floral scent to come home to. 

I have to admit I went a little OTT with the luxe bath products this year, treating myself to yet another bath bomb or shower gel on a regular basis. For bath time treat I reach for the Laura Mercier Crème Brûlée Honey Bath to create delicious French bean vanilla and white musk bubbles. To follow I have been opting for the L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil. This rich oil lathers up when it comes in contact with water, creating a soft cleansing foam that heals parched skin and makes your skin smell heavenly. 

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