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Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Best Beauty Discoveries of 2015

Yearly favourites are up there with my favourite posts to read/videos to watch. I'm always so intrigued to hear about products that somebody has been loving for not just one month, but a whole entire year, which goes to show how well the products work in the long-term. Although for most areas of make-up and skincare I've pretty much found products that work perfectly for me, there's always room for better discoveries.. not to mention when Look Fantastic sends you new offers via email on a frequency that is not so good for my bank balance. But who can resist?

The first 3 products that are 100% worthy of a mention go together perfectly - MAC Prep+Prime Skin Base , MAC Studio Waterweight foundation and MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural -I have linked my in-depth reviews on these products. The foundation makes for a light, but buildable coverage and manages to even out my skin tone perfectly with just the right amount of dewiness. I add a bit of matte using the MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural in 'Medium' while the primer helps to keep the foundation exactly where I put it for the majority of the day, bearing in mind that my skin is combination/oily so any foundation that lasts this long is an absolute dream.

No7 Self Tan was a product that I bought on a complete whim in Boots last summer. No7 described the product as having no scent, which is an immediate selling point for me.. I personally can't handle the after-scent of most fake tans or tinted moisturisers. This product has a very subtle guide colour to help you apply an even layer and leaves a natural golden colour This Soap and Glory body butter is incredible for softening and moisturising my skin, or for elbows and hands before applying tan. The scent is described as pistachio, almond and sweet vanilla - a candle with this fragrance would be an amazing addition to the line. This is definitely an all-time favourite of mine. 

Make-up brushes aren't really my specialty.. I typically use the same brushes day in, day out and as far as face brushes go, I don't find a major difference between the likes of the cheaper Real Techniques brushes and higher end options from MAC etc. That being said, the MAC 263 Winged Liner Brush converted my amateur winged liner for the better. I use this brush with the Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in 'Black Ink' and both work perfectly to create a sharp flick. I've always used liquid liners or pen liners in the past, so switching to a brush application took a bit of practice, but I can't see myself straying from the 263 any time soon! 

Essie polishes have been my new favourite nail products of the year. I only own a handful of shades but I plan on expanding my collection this year. I often find these polishes in TK Maxx for very little £££ compared to buying them directly from Essie. The brush is wider than the likes of the original BarryM line which makes for an easier application in my opinion. The lasting-power of these polishes are second to none.. For most shades, one coat is all you'll need and I normally get 5-7 days of wear when used with any topcoat.

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara is a product that definitely did not disappoint. When used with my Tweezerman Eyelash Curler, this mascara worked wonders and even the tiny sample size lasted a good three months before drying out. The narrow wand makes for an easy application to lower lashes and allows you to apply right in at the base of your lashes. You can apply two to three layers without it going clumpy and it gives my lashes great length and volume. 

I purchased this NARS gloss in 'Dolce Vita' at the beginning of 2015 and I've been wearing it in place of many lipsticks since. Although it's a lipgloss, the pigmentation is intense and can be used on it's own without liner or lipstick to enhance the colour although I often fill in my lips with MAC 'Soar' liner and add this gloss on top to make sure the colour doesn't slide. MAC 'Soar' is the closest match I can find to this product.. it's basically a gloss version of 'Soar' so if you're a fan, definitely try this gloss!

Concealer is a make-up item that I've always had issues with. I could never find a concealer that blended flawlessly with foundation.. if I applied a bit of concealer over my foundation, the two slightly different shades seemed so noticeable and the concealer seemed to just sit on top. The Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in the shade 'Classic Beige' looks great when applied on top of foundation, or just on my skin. It blends perfectly and is great for using under the eyes too! The concealer has a great brightening effect (as the name would suggest), and lasts all day without needing to top up!

Last but not least, the Emma Hardie cleansing balm is definitely one of my top 3 discoveries of 2015! I'd heard a lot of amazing reviews of this cleanser, and I was definitely not disappointed when I finally tried it out. Although it is pricier than a lot of other brands, I feel that you really get what you pay for with this. Everything from the scent to the texture and how easily it glides across your face gives this cleanser a super luxurious feel. It's definitely a must if you love a good pamper! Here's my full review of the Emma Hardie cleanser.

I'd love to hear some of your favourite products from 2015 in the comments below! Have you tried any of the products I've mentioned? Are there any products I need to try in 2016?

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Ciara Rose xox
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