It’s the end of another year, and it’s the perfect time to think about all the treats and treasures I’ve loved in 2015. So here we are, with my favourite beauty buys this year!
My favourite skincare find this year has to be, without a doubt, the Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil. I absolutely love this stuff, and I’m now on my third bottle of it (a bottle lasts me about four months). This is the best overnight moisturiser I’ve used and it’s made an incredible difference to my skin, I highly recommend it.
Cleansing is one of my favourite parts of the day – five minutes of me time, to pamper and take care of myself. Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water is surely the best of the bunch, removing a full face of makeup in a flash. And to follow up, I’ve loved using the Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter, which feels incredibly luxurious but is kind on the purse too. A scoop of this massaged into skin melts away any makeup and grime for a soft and glowy complexion.
Sometimes the most practical purchases can be the best buys, and I’ve certainly found this to be the case with Nivea Refreshingly Soft Moisturising Cream. I always keep a tube of this in my handbag now as it’s great for instantly rehydrating the skin on the go. I use it as hand cream, body lotion and occasionally a facial moisturiser too, when my skin feels like it’s just all too much. Very cheap and very cheerful!
Bathtime should be luxurious, and the drying-off afterwards should be too. My favourite way to indulge post-shower certainly ticks those boxes – Elemis’ Frangipani Monoi Body Oil is heavenly stuff. It smells dreamy, it’s gorgeous to apply and it leaves skin soft, supple and glowing. I also like to use a drop or two as a hair treatment every now and again too – a real treat! It’s expensive but it lasts for so long, and it really is an indulgent treat that you’ll look forward to using.
I finally bought into the hype of CC creams, with the purchase of the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream. It’s my favourite alternative to full foundation and it’s the product I reach for most days – I find myself preferring a lighter finish, which this provides perfectly, as well as offering a soft glow. It’s easy to blend, super comfortable to wear and friendly on the bank balance too!
I think I have finally found my perfect nude pink lipstick this year – the Naomi shade from L’Oreal’s Exclusive Pinks Color Riche Collection. It’s just everything it should be; a creamy, smooth formula that’s not too matte, and the perfect shade of soft blush pink.
Cream blushes have been a revelation for me this year, with me finally giving up on powder formulas to go full-time on these dreamy creamy numbers. My absolute favourite for daily wear is Revlon’s Photoready Cream Blush in Pinched, which I’ve written about a couple of times already. It’s so easy to wear and super blendable, and just a little dot of it makes me look perky and healthy. It’s also the ideal partner to dramatic eye makeup, as it adds colour without ever looking ‘too much’. I recently picked up the Stila Convertible Color cream blush in Peony, and I’ve found that this is actually wonderful for winter, and a strong contender for a favourite product too!
I think I also hit peak highlighter this year, with my continuing love for the No7 Instant Radiance highlighting crayon prevailing, but I also found a new fancy with the Bourjois Java Rice Powder. This shimmering pink powder is my favourite way to finish a makeup look; just a quick swirl with a fluffy brush and it leaves an angelic, incandescent glow.
I’m always so picky about mascaras and in 2015, I think I found my holy grail. L’Oreal’s Lash Architect 4D Mascara gives me the thick, full, fluttery lashes of my dreams – and best of all, it doesn’t smudge or flake either. I can’t see myself picking up any other mascara any time soon. A special mention has to go to the new Benefit They’re Real Lash Primer too, which has topped up the staying power of my mascara and made my lashes look even fuller than normal.
I think I’ve gotten to the point in my life where I now have two ‘signature scents’ (lol, who do I think I am?), one for day and one for evening. My favourite evening fragrance is definitely the classic Stella – its dark, warm rose and amber tones are exactly what I love in a perfume.
2015 will go down as the year that I finally managed to grow my nails (shoutout to the Sally Hansen Hard As Nails treatment for managing to see them through!) and as such, I’ve really enjoyed dabbling with fun polishes this year. However, the top spot has to go to Essie ‘A Stroke of Brilliance’, which I just love – it’s flecks of sparkly blue glitter suspended in clear polish. Glamorous and glittery and just gorgeous!
As I’m sure you know, I went blonde this year and my priority has been to look after my locks now that they’re prone to getting dryer and rougher than before. I picked up a bottle of L’Oreal’s Mythic Oil last January and it’s just been great. I love using it anyway, as it always reminds me of being in the salon, but since I had my hair bleached, it’s been the ideal antidote to parched ends and frazzled flyaways. A couple of pumps of this smoothed through damp hair (with a final one over dry hair for luck!) has helped my hair settle and stay sleek and soft.
What are your favourite beauty buys this year? Will you be trying any of my favourites in 2016?