Friday, 1 January 2016

My Favourite Products Of 2015 - Skincare & Makeup

Happy new year everyone! I hope you all had a brilliant start to 2016, even if you just stayed home like I did! Now that we've seen the last of 2015 I thought I'd share my favourite skincare and makeup products of the year. I've tried a fair few new products this year that I've included in the post but there's also some old favourites in there too.

First up is the palette that I reached for the most in 2015, the Urban Decay Naked On The Run palette. The five eye shadows included are all really wearable shades, so much so that I use at least one or two of them pretty much every single day. The blusher too is so pretty, it gives me a really natural pink flush of colour. The highlighting powder as well is beautiful, I use it as an eye shadow too and it works really well as both! You can't go wrong with an Urban Decay palette though can you?! 

My other favourite eye products of 2015 were the Rimmel Glam'Eyes Professional Liquid Liner and the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in 'Stag'. Towards the beginning of the year I was really into liquid liner and always used it to create a little flick. The Rimmel Glam'Eyes liner ended up becoming my favourite for the job, it's easy to use to get a precise flick and it stays in place all day, job done. Towards the second half of the year however I moved away from liquid liner to a more natural, slightly smoky look. I started using the Urban Decay eye pencil in stag, a dark brown shade, to line around the outer corner of my eyes and blend it out. These pencils are the easiest I've ever used, they literally glide on and blend out beautifully and stay in place all day.

My stand out favourite blushers of 2015 were the Max Factor Cream Puff Blushers. They create a gorgeous, dew glow on your skin that I've never seen from any other blusher. I've absolutely loved using them time and time again, my particular favourite shades being 15 Seductive Pink and 05 Lovely Pink. You can check out my full review of them here

Maybelline Super Stay 7 Day Gel Nail Polishes overtook Barry M nail paints as my favourite polishes this year. If you haven't tried the Maybelline polishes already then you must, they really are great! I love the gel finish, they last ages and there's a huge selection of beautiful shades available too. Nude Rose and Midnight Red are my particular favourites!

When it came to concealing, I found two new favourites in 2015, the Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin Concealer and the L'Oreal True Match La Touche Magique Anti Fatigue Concealer. The Maybelline concealer is brilliant for covering, redness, scarring and spots and helped me cheat my way to flawless skin on bad skin days. It doesn't have the best staying power, I'm yet to find one that does on my oily skin, but it conceals brilliantly so I'll definitely carry on using it. 
My favourite concealer of 2015 overall however was the L'Oreal La Touche Magique Concealer for under the eyes. It really brightens up my under eye area and gets rid of any dark circles almost instantly! It doesn't crease either and a little goes a long way, I'm really glad I tried this one in 2015! 

On to a few of my skincare favourites now, and the product I was most excited by in 2015 was Bioderma Micelle Water. This stuff literally saved my skin, I'm convinced it's what's helped my skin to look brighter, clearer and has made it so much easier to remove my makeup!
Of course I also have to mention La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo +. This has so many fans and for good reason, if you have spot prone then you need to give this stuff a try! It's been my go to spot treatment for a couple of years now purely because it gives such great results. Another product I keep repurchasing year on year is The Body Shop Vitamin E Hand & Nail Treatment. It's the only hand cream that helps when I get really dry, cracked skin that doesn't irritate my skin.

The last product to talk about is the Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm. It's a real blogger's favourite this lip balm purely because it does such a good job. I didn't once have a problem with cracked lips in the past year which is pretty unusual for me. I put it all down to the fact that I have been using this regularly and yet, there's still so much product left in that little tub! See my full review of it here.

Products mentioned:
Urban Decay Naked On The Run Palette - £37 RRP
Rimmel Glam'Eyes Professional Liquid Liner - £5.29
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil - £15.50
Max Factor Creme Puff Blush - £8.99
Maybelline Super Stay 7 Day Gel Nail Polish - £4.49
Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin Concealer - £5.99
L'Oreal True Match La Touche Magique Anti Fatigue Concealer - £7.99
Bioderma Micelle Water 250ml  - £10.20 RRP
La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo + - £15.50 
The Body Shop Vitamin E Hand & Nail Treatment - £9.50 RRP
Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm - £9.50

What do you think of my favourite products of 2015? Let me know your favourite's in the comments below!

Ellie x
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