I know this post is long over due now and I had planned on getting it up early January. But if you're a regular here you will have noticed that I've not been around this month, which I feel so guilty about. I really hate when I have those bad blogging months, especially as it was the start of a new year and I had so many new blogging goals set out for myself. I've just really struggled with pregnancy this month, I was diagnosed with anaemia before new year and tiredness really did just get the better of me. I don't want to go into too much detail about this as I've got another pregnancy update coming up very soon - But no joke, I actually lost a bit of my sparkle; But I'm pleased to say I'm that's nearly back! So now that I'm feeling a lot more like myself, I thought I would get this post up as it's been planned for so long.
I really feel that 2015 was a year where I went all out and treated myself to a lot of new beauty products. If there is one thing that makes me go a little weak at knees, you can be sure its the launch of a new beauty product. As well as trying out new products, I was also very faithful to some of my all time favourites, so you'll see a good mix of new and old in this post.
Starting with the base my all time favourite primer has to be the Smashbox Photo Finish. This is the only primer that I swear by and as much as I love trying out new products, I just can't swap and change my primer. If it wasn't for this primer I'm pretty sure my makeup each day would look cakey and probably missing half way throughout the day. I just cannot put into words how amazing the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer really is, I love it so much.
My favourite for foundation is one of those golden oldies as I never not have a bottle of this in my makeup bag. Of course I'm talking about the Revlon Color Stay Foundation. I have been through so many bottles of this foundation, I'm literally so obsessed with it. I find its one of the only foundations that really helps to keep my oily skin at bay and doesn't cause my makeup to slip or slide around my face which is just one of he many reasons as to why I love it so much. Whether I'm having a good or bad skin day, I find this foundation just gives me a flawless finish each and every time.
Last year I really decided to up my contour game; Actually I'm pretty sure everyone did. I think the difference that it makes to your cheekbones is pretty incredible, mine are non existent before I contour so I've found that it really is a must for me. My favourite one has been from Sleek and it's in the shade medium. I just love this palette so much, its just so perfect for carrying around and I find each shade works beautifully with my skin tone. My favourite in the palette has to be the shimmery bronzed shade at the end, it really reminds me of Mac's Gold Deposit. Whenever I brush this on my cheekbones after some much needed contouring is done, I feel like I have that beautiful glow that really brightens up my skin; It just looks so gorgeous on.
I also think 2015 was another year where everyone got their brow game on, and throughout my time blogging, mine have definitely seen a lot of transformation. One product that I go back to time and time again is Benefit's BrowZings. I just find this kit really transforms my brows to quick and easy. I'm not one of these girls who has hours to spend making each arch perfect, I really just want something that makes them look thick, full and flawless (although the flawless bit really is down to me, and I'll be honest I struggle with my brows). The kit has a wax and a powder and both of the products make defining and sculpting my brows really easy,
Choosing a favourite mascara is never an easy thing as I'm never loyal to one in particular; It's the one beauty product I'm forever swapping and changing. However one mascara that really stood out to me and one that I actually repurchased was the Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara. I found this mascara really uplifted my lashes, didn't feel or dry clumpy whilst one and gave me that false lash effect, which is something I always look out for in a mascara. I also think the bristle brush of the wand is just fabulous (they're definitely my preference).
When it comes to liquid liner, I'll be honest I'm still yet to find that PERFECT one. Honestly I've tried so many and just end up feeling really disappointed with them after using them for a few weeks. One that I did enjoy using and is worth picking up is the Revlon Colour Stay one. The one thing I love about this liner has to be the shape of its felt tip. I'm not brilliant at creating the perfect feline flick, but this liner definitely helps me, so much so that I can actually pull of what I think is perfect eyeliner.... Sometimes. The only thing I don't like to much is that it dries out pretty quickly which is such a shame.
As a chocoholic it should come as no surprise to you that my favourite eye shadow palette last year was the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette. I'm pretty sure I used this almost every day as the shades are just my perfect go too ones; I just love wearing warm toned browns, beiges and neutrals on my eyes so this palette was perfect for me. I found myself using this palette in for day and night time and it's one I used for all those special occasions. I have nothing but love for this palette.
Last year my obsession for trying out new lipsticks continued, however I ditched the pink and swapped my go to lip shade to nude. I blame Kylie Jenner for this one, because as soon as I got my hands on Mac's Velvet Teddy I never looked back. It's a lipstick that not only became a favourite very quickly, but its one that got me hooked on trying out every brown toned nude shade I could get my hands on. I've worn Velvet Teddy and other nude lipsticks so much that my pink lipsticks have actually collected dust! One lipstick that has competed with Velvet Teddy has to be Makeup Revolution's Lip Lava in the shade 'Forgiven'. Liquid lipsticks were such a hit with me last year and I just love the formulation of the Lip Lava.
I love picking out yearly favourites and I can honestly say these are the makeup items that have found a permanent home in my makeup bag. I'm pretty excited to see what this year holds for new beauty releases, I'm sure I will try to get my hands on as much as possible.
What are your makeup must haves? Let me know in the comments.
Lots of Love