Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Favorite Beauty Products of 2015

I love beauty and makeup products as much as the next blogger/girl. I love buying, testing and finding new favorites to add to my routine. Last year I found that I love lipstick and blush and now I don't leave the house without it! This year I've been really into contouring. So today I'm sharing my favorite beauty products from the year and doing a little mini review of each! Let's get to it!


NARS lip pencil: I got this from Sephora from their VIB birthday gift and it was my first time trying NARS out, which I had been lusting to do for forever. This is one of my absolute favorite lip colors/products. It's the perfect matte without drying out your lips and is the red color. It's a 10 out of 10. 

Hoola bronzer: This is another product that I had been dying to try and when I did I realized how had I been living without it! This is the perfect matte bronzer for an all over bronzey glow and for contouring. I have trouble finding bronzers that don't make me look orange or that are too light and this one is the holy grail. When I run out of this trial size you can bet I'm gonna buy the full size! 

Maybelline under eye concealer: I don't have too terrible of under eye bags/circles but when I want to brighten it up and hide the slight dark circles this baby is my go to. It brightens and hides the color without being too cakey or heavy. And it blends like a dream. 

L'Oreal lipstick: I had been searching for the perfect red lipstick for the holidays and this is it. It's matte but doesn't dry out your lips, is a bold, bright red and lasts all day. I've worn this out to dinner and it last through drinks and food and still looked as vibrant as when I put it on. I also have a tutorial on how to get the perfect red lip using this color! So run to your nearest drugstore for this gorgeous red!

NYX lip cream: This lip product is not a newbie to the blog. This is my everyday, holy grail nude pink lip color. I wear this under my Essence lipstick and it makes the perfect everyday nude color. It doesn't wash me out but doesn't look too nude or too pink, it's the legit the perfect shade! 

Real Techniques sponge: I have a Beauty Blender and loved using it. I heard bloggers/Youtubers rave about the RL one so I decided to give it a try and guys, IT'S SO MUCH BETTER. I use the flat side to blend my under eye concealer and it does it seamlessly. I use the rounded side for blemish concealer or to blend my foundation. If you're looking to get a beauty sponge get this one. Plus it's like a fraction of the cost. #winning

Maybelline Pore Eraser: I adore this product. While I don't wear it everyday, usually only for big events when I want a little extra coverage and help covering up my pores. It's a gel/silicone-y texture that goes on matte and leaves my skin 'primed' for when I apply my foundation. Seriously when I wear this I'm virtually poreless! 

Butter London palette: This has been my go-to palette since September. The colors are super pigmented, smooth and just gorgeous. I wear them everyday for a natural look and for a more amped up nighttime look. And it's perfect for travel since it's pretty compact and has all the shadows you'd need. I do wish it had a black shadow but other than that it's my fave! 

Maybelline cream shadow: Beauty Youtubers raved about this color so obviously I had to get it and try it myself and it's been a staple ever since. It's a stunning golden/rosey gold bronze shade that's perfect for a nighttime look. I will either wear it alone and add liner and mascara or use it as a base for my Butter London shadows. It's suuuper pigmented, smooth, blends like a dream and lasts all day without flaking or too much creasing. Seriously you need this shadow. 

Essence eyeliner: I've tried a lot of liquid eyeliners and didn't really like any of them, until I found this baby at Ulta. It's only $2.99, a STEAL and is the best eyeliner. It's a pen liner which can be kinda tricky but this one is ridiculously easy to use. There's no need to press hard or it to get all clogged and then flood out at the tip and ruin your perfectly good line. It gives straight, perfect lines every time. If you're in the market for a new liner I HIGHLY recommend this one. And for the price you can't beat it! 

L'Oreal mascara: I have the shortest, wimpiest lashes ever. So much so I've been asked if I even have eyelashes.... and whenever I see bloggers or girls with long lashes I'm super envious. So when Emily of the Sweetest Thing and Caitlin of Southern Curls and Pearls talked about this lash primer (they have gorgeous lashes) I went out and bought it. This primer has changed my lash life. It lengths and makes them fuller before I apply my mascara (Benefit They're Real and Maybelline Falsies) and gives me a pretty strong lash game. If you're like me and wanna up it this primer is it! 

So that's all my holy grail, favorite makeup products! I do have a couple of posts where I share my then current makeup favorites, my current makeup favorites and my makeup storage. Now it's on to skin and hair care!


Aveeno cleanser and moisturizer: I've been using this cleanser and moisturizer for awhile now and love it! It's gentle enough to use everyday but still leaves my skin feeling clean and doesn't dry it out. I do feel like my skin has improved since I've been using it. 

Unite dry shampoo: This is my all time favorite dry shampoo that I've ever used. Most dry shampoos are white and if I don't work it into my hair well enough it looks like I have white patches, not cute. This one is clear and a really fine mist so even if I don't get it worked in all the way it won't show. It absorbs really well and doesn't leave that weird residue either. If you're looking for one I definitely recommend checking it out. It is a little pricey but so worth it. 

Unite texturing spray: I love giving my hair texture and this spray does the trick. Especially now that it's short I will spray this in it to give it that kinda piecey look. When I had long hair I would use it to give it texture and volume and boy oh boy did I get volume. If you want Dolly Parton-esque hair this spray is for you. 

Unite conditioning spray: As you can tell I really like Unite haircare! It's a great brand that has amazing products. They're my favorite "higher end" haircare line. Anyways, this spray is the bomb dot com. I use it after I've towel dried my hair after showering and it leaves it smooth, silky and detangled. I do think my hair is healthier, smoother, more hydrated and healthier since I've been using it! 

Hot Tools curling iron: When I had my long hair *sniffle* I used this baby to give me those big, beautiful, everyday curls. I would wrap hair around the barrel, clip included and it gave me the most gorgeous curls. I have a post sharing how to get my everyday curls which you can read about here

Whew that was a lengthy one. Snaps for you if you made it all the way through. I wanted to share my thoughts on each so if you wanted to try them you'd be informed. If you have a specific question about a certain product feel free to reach out, I'd be more than happy to answer! :) 

What were your beauty favorites of 2015? Anything that I need to try/check out in 2016? I'd love to hear, so leave a comment sharing down below! 

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