Alas, 2015 is finally coming to an end, and what a year it has been. So many exciting things have happened and I am so grateful to have experienced everything I did. Looking back, many things have changed, particularly the size of my makeup collection! I have accumulated so many new items this year and have found some that I truly love and will probably keep in my arsenal for years to come. If you want to check out my favourite items from 2015, please keep reading!
This year, I didn’t really use primer regularly mainly because I didn’t wear foundation too often. However, I did find one that really stood out and has been my go-to for whenever I need it. The Smashbox Photo Finish Oil Free Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing is seriously the best primer I’ve used in terms of pore filling properties and some slight mattifying properties. I only place it on the T-zone of my face because that’s the part that gets oily and has the most pores, and it does a great job of making my face look smooth and flawless. I find that the product works best when you warm it up with fingers first and pat it into the pores or lines you want to fill. A little goes a long way, so you can get away with buying the travel-sized version if you don’t wear foundation often.
This one was a tough one since I purchased a ton of foundation this year, many of which I love, however the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation will forever be one of my all-time favourites. This foundation gives the most flawless, full-coverage finish with the least amount of effort (using the accompanying brush) and makes your skin look, well, airbrushed! I’ve used this foundation for about 2 years now and I do not intend to stop any time soon. I use the shade Medium-Tan Sand, which matches me perfectly in the summer when I’m more tan, however in the winter I can’t really use this foundation for its full-coverage benefits since I can’t find a shade that matches me well enough. I do, however, dust my face with the powder anyway to give myself a nice glow (in the summer and winter) and it still gives some decent coverage. In addition, although it’s a powder foundation, it doesn’t make my skin extremely matte. It has the tiniest bit of shimmer in it, which sounds off-putting at first, but it actually helps to make your skin look slightly luminous while keeping the oil at bay. I’ve recommended it to several of my friends trying to make them fall in love with it (hopefully they did!), only because of how obsessed I am with this foundation. It really is one of the best I’ve ever used.
I’ve mentioned this concealer in a previous post along with a full review of it, but I have to mention it again here. This concealer seriously blew me away, and it will probably remain a tough one to beat. Ever since I got it, I’ve neglected all the other concealers in my collection – I even had to switch back to it after trying to replace it for the winter; it’s just so damn good! It’s full coverage, blends well, and has a great shade selection. I’ve noted before that it can be a little drying, however it’s nothing that a thick eye cream can’t fix.
I don’t believe I’ve had any absolute favourites in terms of setting powders this year, but the ones I’ve been using on a daily basis are the Sephora Bright Set Loose Powder (for under eyes), the NARS Pressed Powder in Mountain, and the MAC Blot Powder in Medium Dark. All of these are mediocre and didn’t really stand out to me. The Sephora loose powder is a nice yellow powder however it does cause some flashback. The NARS powder is great, however I don’t think it’s worth the price for the amount of product you get. The MAC blow powder is one that I use several times daily. It keeps me matte and it doesn’t make my skin look powdery and dry even if I reapply, and you also get a good amount of product for the price.
Contouring was all the rage in 2015, so naturally I have a favourite or two in my collection which give me the perfect chiseled look. The first product is the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer. This product isn’t necessarily something I use for contouring, but it is something that I use on a daily basis to give my face a nice glow and some dimension. It blends so smoothly on my face and the shade isn’t too harsh or orange. It also smells like chocolate, so that’s a great bonus. I’ve been using a tiny sample size I received a couple of years ago, but only started using it religiously this year. It still hasn’t run out, so it’s a great bang for your buck. As for contouring, I’ve been using the Bahama Mama Bronzer by The Balm. It’s the perfect dark cool-toned powder for contouring on medium to tan skin tones since it mimics shadows on the face – which is the secret to a natural looking contour! It’s also quite pigmented, so a little goes a very long way with this product. Another bonus is that it’s relatively inexpensive, so you wouldn’t be breaking the bank to pick this item up!
I was really switching it up with my blushes all year round, however the one that takes the cake for me is MAC Melba, which I’ve previously reviewed in another post. I’ve used it so often this year because it goes with absolutely everything. It isn’t too dramatic and just adds the perfect hint of colour.
2015 was also the year of the highlight on fleeeeek*~, and while I collected many this year, a couple stood out, and both were by Becca. The first one is the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (pressed) in Opal, which I previously reviewed in another post. The second one is the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (pressed) in Champagne Pop, which was created by Jaclyn Hill. Both are very beautiful highlighters which give a very intense glow, however I couldn’t decide which one I liked more, so I included both! Champagne Pop is slightly more golden and peachy than Opal, but both are very finely milled powders and feel very butter and smooth. Becca makes great highlighters and I would say that their hype this year was well deserved.
I focused much more on my brows this year and found that I really enjoyed the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in Dark Brown, which I previously talked about in a recent post. It defines my brows in a natural way and is very easy to apply, which I really appreciated. Lately I’ve been using the ABH dipbrow pomade, but only because I want to use it up before it goes bad. I prefer the powder over the pomade since it’s easier to work with in a rush.
Hands down, my favourite liquid liner is the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper, which I reviewed in a previous post. I’ve repurchased this twice and don’t think I will stop until something better comes along, which is highly unlikely. As for gels or pencils, I fell in love with the Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in Blacquer. It’s the only eye liner that has stayed put in my waterline all day and does not transfer to my bottom waterline immediately after applying it. It’s a little pricey, but the formula is great and it is very black.
Eye shadow Palette
I don’t wear eye shadow on a regular basis, however the ones that I’ve used the most this year were the Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Palette and the Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette. The Kat Von D palette is one of the most versatile palettes I own since it includes warm, cool, and neutral toned shadows, all in one. All the shades are matte, so they can be worn for any occasion ranging from more natural looks to very dramatic ones. The formula of the shadows is absolutely amazing; very buttery, smooth, and pigmented. They blend like a dream and is very easy to work with. The Too Faced palette was also a favourite of mine because I am just a sucker for warm-toned shades, and this palette definitely delivered on that note. The shadows blend out nicely, and although the shadows aren’t overly pigmented, they are easy to work with and are good for those slap on and go looks when you’re in a rush. This palette also smells like chocolate, just like the Too Faced Chocolate bronzers, which fueled my love for it.
I’ve had many well-loved lipsticks this year, however the one that takes the cake is the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita, which I previously reviewed in another post. It’s just the perfect MLBB shade for me, and I love that I only have to apply it once and can go the whole day without caring about my lipstick.
And that wraps it up for 2015! Hopefully you also discovered some beauty favourites as well, and if you did, leave a comment below and we can discuss; I would love to start hearing from some readers. I hope you all have a safe and wonderful New Year; See you in 2016!