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Sunday, 3 January 2016

Best Beauty Buys of 2015

Today I thought I'd share my top beauty products that stood out to me this year. I'm not going to include all the things that have been favourites for years. Instead I will concentrate mostly on the things that were new to me in 2015 and one or two that I discovered near the end of 2014 but used a lot throughout this year. Otherwise, the list would so long that I'd literally be typing all day haha. You'll notice that I haven't included any hair products but that's just because I haven't really tried any new hair things this year.

Skincare/ Body Care

The Nip and Fab Glycolic Fix range is something I've use pretty much constantly throughout the year. They launched a couple of new products this year, the Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme and the Overnight Purifying Gel, both of which make a big difference to my skin. I also love the normal Glycolic Fix Pads and the Glycolic Fix Serum from the range. Find the range via Boots here.

I love using face masks because I feel like it's a little treat and the right ones also really help my skin out! My favourites for congested/ oily skin/ breakouts were The Sanctuary 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask (currently £6.67 hereand Super Facialist by Una Brennan Anti Blemish Pore Purifying Clay Mask (currently £6.66 here). Both leave my skin feeling super clean and really do seem to help blemishes heal more quickly.

The Body Shop Body Butters have been a favourite of mine for years but I wanted to include The Body Shop Almond Body Butter because I'm pretty sure it's the best of the ones I've tried. It's designed for drier skins and is super moisturising, no doubt due to the almond oil in it. However, I can't seem to find it online so I am really hoping you having discontinued this Body Shop!

The Soap and Glory Sugar Crush range has been my absolute favourite bath and body range this year. The lime scent is just amazing and I find Soap and Glory products in general very effective. The scrubs really are very 'scrubby' and the body butter type products are very moisturising. Find the range via Boots here.

Eucerin Intensive Hand Cream (currently £6.75 down from £9 herefixed an issue I had with an eczema type rash under my wedding rings when no other hand cream I tried did anything. In the Summer, it got so bad that I had to leave my rings off for a few days to give my skin a break but it needed something to help it along and this really did the job. It really is the best hand cream I've ever tried,  which I put down to its urea content (a substance that naturally occurs in the skin). It is quite a thin, runny cream and sinks in quickly so it surprised me just how moisturising it is!

Make Up

Seventeen Falsifeye HD mascara (£6.99 here) is such a good mascara for the price. It gives a lot of length, volume and separation and in my opinion gives a similar effect to Benefit They're Real, which is more than twice the price. I've been through several tubes this year . You can see my review and comparison to the Benefit one here.

Clinique Lip Pop lipsticks (£16 herehave been a favourite lipstick formula of mine. They go on super smoothly with quite a lot of slip but as they wear in they seem to sort of dry down a bit and are reasonably long lasting on the lips. My favourite shade has been 'Nude Pop', which I have used pretty much non stop for the last couple of months, but I own three shades. They are £16 each via Clinique stockists (here via Boots).

Another favourite lipstick this year was MAC Peach Blossom lipstick (£15.50 hereIt's creamy and moisturising and the shade is the perfect nude-peach-pink shade that just seems to go with everything . I've used this shade so much this year.

Too Faced Love Flush blushes (£25 hereare just beautiful. I have the shade 'Love Hangover', which is the perfect warm peachy pink with a slight golden sheen. The packaging is super cute and the embossing on the pan makes them almost too pretty to use! Admittedly they are pricey so it may be worth waiting for a discount code (as I did!) or they would make a pretty gift. You can see my full review here.

Max Factor Creme Puff blushes (£8.99/ buy on get one half price herehave a beautiful finish to them that is unlike any other more reasonably priced blush that I've tried. They have a soft sheen that looks glowy as opposed to glittery or shimmery. They're so beautiful that I actually used up one of the shades I have and repurchased it (that doesn't happen very often with blushes so you know I love it!). I have collected all of the shades now but you can see my review of the first two I bought here.

Benefit Hoola bronzer ( £23.50 herewas sort of a rediscovery for me this year. I had used it before but forgot about it when I tried a couple of other bronzers. However, as soon as I went back to it I was reminded why I loved it in the first place. It's a very brown, non-orangey shade and it has enough pigment without being too much that its hard to work with. I find it great for my fair skin. Again, it's a bit more on the expensive side but worth it in my opinion. I actually just bought a Christmas gift set called 'You're so party' that contained this, They're Real mascara and sample sizes of Porefessional primer and Hoola lip gloss...and the best bit was that because it was in the sale, it was only a couple of pounds more than the bronzer on its own (£26.33 here). I have hit pan on it so thought I may as well pick up the set for when I run out since it was a good deal.

Stila Smudge Sticks (£13 herewere my favourite eye liners this year. All the shades I have tried are super smooth to apply (smoother than any other I've ever tried) and long lasting. I also like that they twist up-no sharpener required! Not far behind them for the same reasons (although just not quite as smooth as the Stila) are the Soap and Glory Smoulder Kohls (£5 here) and again Boots have a half price set of 5 shades for £7 that I just bought (available online here). It's a bit of a no brainer really when they're £5 for one!

My favourite brow products this year have been the from Sleek makeup. The Sleek Brow Stylist (£5.99/ 2 for £10 hereis a twist up brow pencil with a slanted tip (making it easy to apply) and a spoolie on the other end. The Sleek Brow Perfector (£4.99 here) is a tinted brow gel that really keep unruly brow hair in place while adding a tint. Most days I use it over the Brow Stylist but it is also great on its own if you just want a quick bit of something through your brows to give a bit of definition.

The Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette (£15.50 herewas a product I tried to get my hands on for a while but it seemed to be constantly out of stock. When I finally got my mitts on one, I couldn't stop using it! I love the warm golden and brown shades in particular but the cooler shades are pretty too. All of them are well pigmented and easy to blend. The palette really does rival some much more expensive palettes which is brilliant for the price!You can find my review here.


Maybelline Superstay nail polishes (£4.49 herewere by far my best nail related purchase this year. The brushes are great and easy to use, the polish is pigmented enough that you can just use one coat if you want to, and they last a lot longer on my nails than any other polish I've ever tried. I like them so much that I've built up a little collection-I think I have around 10 shades.

Another thing that stood out to me was the Nails Inc A&E Base Coat and Albert Bridge Top Coat Duo (£12 here). The base coat really does help strengthen the nails and the top coat makes nails look super shiny.


Over Summer, one of my favourites was Ghost Eclipse (30ml git set in the sale for £16.66 here), which is a sweet fruity scent. Another sweet and fruity one I've enjoyed this year is Ralph Lauren Pony Collection 2 (50ml gift set in the sale for £28.66 here) I'm almost finished my bottle of that so actually just bought a gift set in the sales, which worked out cheaper than buying the perfume on its own.

As far as slightly heavier, Winter scents go, my favourites were Paco Rabanne Lady Million (£33.50 with free P&P here) and Ghost Deep Night (30ml gift set on sale for £16.66 here) . Both of these last for a long time on me and are both still quite sweet even though they are a bit more Wintery/ evening appropriate. If you like sweet/ fruity for a more Summery option then these are worth a try!

What were your favourite beauty products of 2015?

Em x