At the end of the year, I won’t talk about New Year’s resolutions or big ideas and changes, I will keep that for myself. But I’d like to wish you and your loved ones an amazing, healthy and happy 2016!
It is pretty difficult for me to share all my beauty favourites for the year in just one post, there’s always the chance to miss something that you really loved and you’re still loving. I have a mix of affordable and more high-end products that I split into a few categories but I’m still struggling to find the best way of doing it.
Skincare got me into beauty and the first item I went really crazy about was lip balm. I simply love lip balms, I have way too many and I don’t think I will ever get tired of them. The L’Occitane x Pierre Hermé Paris Pamplemousse Rhubarbe Lip Balm is the newest addition to my lip balm collection but I’ve always loved the brand’s lip balms and the limited edition scent just makes it a bit more special. It feels very light on the lips and makes them really soft. Lightweight is also my second favourite lip balm. I saved just the tiny jar, I’m pretty sad that I’ve already used up the product because it’s not available in Norway and it’s a gorgeous, nourishing balm that melts in contact with your lips and has a delicate and sophisticated scent. It’s from A.S Apothecary and it’s their Lip Balm #7 Vanilla and Lavender*, I’m simply in love with this product.
Another A.S Apothecary skincare gem that I wanted to include in my favourites is their Cleansing Oil #5 Soothing & Restorative*. I’ve done a full review on it here but I just want to say that this is the best cleansing oil I’ve tried, it’s not heavy for my combination skin, it has great cleansing properties and an exquisite rose scent.
Pure Rose Water has been my favourite toner for years and I love this Rose Water Facial Mist* from Mirins Copenhagen, I just keep re-filling the pretty glass bottle.
I added two facial serums to my 2015 favourites because I use one in the morning and a different one at night. Looking at the bottle of this Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Active Concentrate makes me realise it’s time to get another one. I don’t know how many bottles of this milky serum I’ve gone through but it makes my skin soft and it’s great for combination skin because it keeps it blemish-free. It also has lactic acid which is a hydrating acid and I’ve included this product in a favourites post twice last year, a staple for me!
At night I’ve been mostly using the Mirins Copenhagen Facial Serum* which isn’t a traditional serum, it’s an oil and I loved taking it with me on trips, as it’s really moisturising but also calming and always keeps my skin in good condition.
Last but not least, my favourite face oil! In 2014, when I did my first annual beauty favourites, I included the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil and I still love it. However, this year I discovered the Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil (review here). I have combination skin that is often dehydrated, too and I thought it was pretty difficult to nourish and make the dry patches go away but to keep the oil at bay where it’s needed at the same time. These oils are one of the best things that has happened to my skin, they give me the needed care without breaking me out and I’d really recommend checking them out, one bottle lasts really long time!
I may go out without foundation on my face but concealer is an essential for me. I have pretty dark circles under my eyes, a bit of redness here and there and occasionally, a spot will appear thanks to my skin type. So, I’m always on the hunt for the best do-it-all concealer and I was pretty lucky in 2015. I have a drugstore and a high-end options for you and they both can be used all over the face. The Essence Camouflage Cream Concealer duo is my favourite travel bag concealer. It has a darker and a lighter shade that can be mixed for more coverage, it’s creamy but not heavy and doesn’t crease, it wears pretty well throughout the day. Another concealer that can be used under the eyes but also on imperfections around the face is the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer. This is such a pigmented and creamy concealer, has great coverage and doesn’t set into fine lines, feels light on the skin and you really don’t need much product. I’ve done a full review on it here.
Moving on to brows, without any doubt my favourite eyebrow pencil has been Soap&Glory‘s Archery 2-in-1 Brow Filling Pencil and Brush in Hot Chocolate. The texture is really nice, the pencil is very skinny, so it gives you really good control and would’ve been nice if this product was available in Norway.
I’m quite picky with my mascaras but two stood out for me this year. Benefit Roller Lash Super-Curling & Lifting Mascara (review here) is one of my all-time favourite mascaras with a great brush and formula. This mascara lifts, curls, separates, lengthens and thickens the lashes and makes them look simply gorgeous. I can’t say enough good words about this product.
A bit newer release is the Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in 01 Jumbo Jet* with another amazing brush. I really wanted to include a drugstore mascara but I just realised I haven’t tried any drugstore mascaras in 2015! I never seemed to use more expensive ones before… So, you have to know that this mascara gets better with the time and makes the lashes fluttery and voluminous. I love how it separates the lashes and makes them super black.
My favourite blush has been the Essence Silky Touch Blush in 20 Babydoll. This is such an affordable but an incredibly pigmented blush, it’s not powdery at all and has a minimal shimmer, it looks beautiful on the skin.
The highlighting pen I’ve been loving is without a doubt the YSL Touche Éclat and this limited Kiss & Love edition is simply stunning! I have it in the shade 2 Luminous Ivory* and you can read more about it here.
I have two lip pencils in my 2015 favourites and they’re both from the drugstore. The shades look pretty similar, it’s just what I like but the formulas are an example of how a good lip liner should feel. GOSH Velvet Touch Waterproof Lipliner in the shade 002 Antique Rose and Essence Lipliner in 06 Satin Mauve are soft and creamy, they stay for hours on the lips and I’m wearing them almost every day in the autumn/winter.
When I reached the lipsticks part for this post, I think I had more than 10 favourite ones but at the end, I picked up 5 because this long post would have been even longer! Starting with the drugstore finds, it has been a year full of Essence, as it seems. Their Longlasting Lipstick in the shade 07 Natural Beauty is the perfect everyday lipstick colour. Swatches here.
The Maybelline ColourSensational lipstick in 342 Mauve Mania gives life to my face like nothing else and I even dedicated a full post to it here. And the Alverde‘s Bube Dame König in 20 Pi(n)k-Mauve is the best nude shade for me. You can read more about it here.
One of the most exciting beauty releases this year must be the Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer lipsticks. They are pigmented, they are hydrating but also long-wearing and they have amazing range of colours. My current favourite is 21 Rebel Pop* because it’s a gorgeous dark burgundy shade perfect for this time of the year. The posts dedicated to these lipsticks are here and here.
Do I need to add something when I say MAC Plumful (review here)? This could easily be in all of my annual beauty favourites.
I’m not a big lip gloss fan but there have been some really good finds this year. Like the Essence XXXL Nude Lipgloss in the shade 06 Soft Almond. Just adds a hint of colour, it’s comfortable to wear and it’s not sticky or too sweet.
This was another tough category because I’ve purchased so many nail polishes in 2015 and I fell in love with so many of them that including less than 10 here seemed unrealistic. However, I’ve picked up three formulas instead of shades. Bourjois La Laque and this particular shade 7 Lycheers had to make it to the final selection. It’s creamy, pigmented and glossy! Full review here.
Golden Rose have so many different finishes and colours in their nail ranges that it was hard to choose just one but I went for their minis. The WOW! Nail Colour series has smooth formula, not too thick, not too runny, opaque colour and pretty good staying power for the price.
DM’s own brand trend IT UP really impressed me with their Double Volume & Shine line. Beautiful shades, shiny finish and intense colour payoff, the brush is lovely, as well.
I had to mention two Essence nail products because they add the final touches to my manicure. The Gel Nail Polish Top Coat extends the life of my nail varnish and adds an incredible shine while the Nail Art Express Dry Drops (review here) are perfect if you’re impatient like me.
Body Products and Tools
Last but not least, the tiniest category. You’ve probably seen my post on the new Weleda Almond Sensitive Body Care where I shared my love for their Almond Sensitive Skin Body Lotion*. This lotion is very lightweight but incredibly nourishing and has the loveliest and gentle scent. I love the pump, I love how quickly it absorbs and the fact that is not sticky.
I think I’m going to share more about this YSL Black Opium EDP in a future post but I’m pretty sure you already have it or at least you’ve tested it, so you’ll know why I’m attracted by this mysterious and addicting fragrance.
I really wanted to feature the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler in my annual beauty favourites because it changed my eyelash game! You can see before and after photo here and what I’d like to say is please, don’t use cheap curlers, as they may be pretty dangerous, better invest in a good pair and you will see the difference!
That concludes my 2015 beauty favourites, thank you for reading my blog, hope to see you in 2016, as well! Have a fantastic new year!