BEST OF BEAUTY 2015

Can you believe another year has gone by? Happy New Year to all of you, I hope 2016 is a year filled with achievement, happiness and love! You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t done my monthly favourites for December, as it’s a bit of a ritual here on Blush & Noise, however I’ve decided to share with you my favourite and most used makeup products throughout 2015! I have tried to knuckle the products down to the ones that I have high recommend to people and used to death throughout the year. I have purposely avoided talking about skin care in this post, as if I was to share my skin care favourites it would just be too much and I don’t want to fill your minds with more beauty ramble – So we’ll save that post for another day, a skin care favourites maybe? – Okay, now I’m rambling.. 

This year I’ve definitely discovered some amazing products that I have repurchased numerous amount of times. That’s how you know if I really love a product, I will always go back to it, even if I find something else that works, I will always stick to what I know and love! Finding a handful of products that you know you can rely on is a key aspect to any makeup  stash, whether you’re a makeup fanatic or not, I love knowing what people are loving as it helps me to gain a bit of knowledge about a product before I take the leap and purchase it  

 ROCKATEUR BLUSH | BENEFIT 

I’ve had this blusher for sometime now and I’ve worn it pretty much everyday throughout 2015. I’m not a massive fan of bright blushes, as I have fair skin with a pink undertone, so I don’t necessarily want to add more pink to my skin. I think overdoing it blush when you naturally have pink-toned skin can be a big mistake, it’s just not flattering! This blush is a really beautiful mauve pink, it’s like the ‘Kylie Jenner Lip’ but in a blush form – That really soft looking pink with brown undertones. This blush has a shimmer to it, which initially I was unsure of, as I personally opt for matte blushers, however it adds such a natural and healthy glow to your cheeks, I just can’t help but love it! I’ve recommended this blusher to so many people as I simply adore it! 


BOND GIRL | CHARLOTTE TILBURY 

This is a product that I’ve basically ranted and raved about ever since I got it early last year. I freaking love this lipstick. It’s just everything I’ve ever wanted in a lipstick, I honestly feel like I’m repeating myself as I’ve spoken about this lipstick a thousand and one times – It’s just perfect. I’m not a fan of completely nude lipsticks, due to my fair complexion, it just doesn’t work, however nor am I a fan of bright pink lipsticks. This is the perfect in-between for me, just for the days where you want a little something on your lips but don’t want to go overboard, It’s just that really subtle, yet pretty pink with brown undertones. I cannot recommend this enough! 

 MILK CHOCOLATE SOLEIL BRONZER | TOO FACED 

This is a product that I discovered a few months ago, after wanting to try it for so long, I thought I would take the leap of faith or treat myself to it, especially after hearing some really good reviews about it on other blogs and YouTube! I love the colour of the bronzer, it’s just the perfect shade for pale skin, it provides a really natural contour shade for everyday, however you can layer it up to make a bit more stand-out if you where going on a night out or what not! It has that really nice smooth, velvety texture that I crave when it comes to bronzers – and any face powders for that matter – I think when a bronzer is chalky and a little bit too powdery, it just doesn’t look as good on the skin! It’s everything you need and more – Plus it smells absolutely incredible! 

AMAZONIAN CLAY FOUNDATION | TARTE 

I actually did a full review of this foundation about a year ago – However since then I’ve purchased 3 of these foundations as once one starts running low, I buy another as a back-up! These foundations are notoriously hard to get a hold of here in the UK. Stockists such as QVC are practically sold out all the time, so I turn to Sephora international delivery – When they open a Sephora in the UK all my make-up related issues will be resolved! This foundation is almost like whipped cream in it’s texture, it’s quite thick, however it’s smooth and velvety and covers practically any blemish – No redness or dark circles are a challenge for this foundation. I wear this mostly on days where I need my foundation to remain flawless and intact throughout the day! 

PAINTERLY PAINT POT | MAC 

I wear this cream eyeshadow hands down everyday – It’s incredible! I think when you have fair skin, it can be quite transparent at times and veins can show through, especially on the eyelids. I use this to get rid of any of that and act has a primer for any of my eyeshadows – Although it’s a mate cream eyeshadow and you’s expect it to be really thick and easily creased, I’ve never had the issue with this eyeshadow, I find it really creamy and easy to apply. Sometimes I wear this on it’s own for that fresh faced look when you’re not really wanting to wear too much, I think it’s absolutely incredible and as sad as it sounds, I would be lost without it. 

DIVINE WINE COLOUR SENSATIONAL MATTE LIPSTICK | MAYBELINE 

There’s inevitably been a lot of chatter about this product, slowly ending with a roar towards the end of 2015, I feel as though gradually more and more bloggers and make-up lovers are beginning to talk about this lipstick, I mean I don’t blame them, it’s amazing! I discovered this in around September time and It was love at first sight, I’m a massive fan of those burgundy red shades that just scream Autumn/Winter. I was on the hunt for one, as I love Mac’s Diva and have worn it countless of times, however I find it so drying – The formula of this lipstick isn’t drying at all, it’s a really weightless, creamy matte that quite literally looks divine! 

SUBCULTURE LIPLINER | MAC 

2015 has really been the year that I’ve gotten into lipliner – Before this year, I only really wore it if I wore a bold lipstick, I honestly don’t know why I stuck to that rule, lip liner is a little miracle! Subline Culture goes perfectly with Charlotte Tilbury’s Bond Girl, I’ve been wearing this combination of lip products whoever I’ve worn a neutral lip throughout 2015. The MAC Lipliners and amazing value for money, they colour most probably last your a lifetime, and they have such a wide range of colours, you’d never have an issue matching it with a lipstick that isn’t from MAC! 

BEAUTY BLENDER 

Although I was attempting to keep this post strictly make-up products, it just wouldn’t have been right for me not to mention this absolute miracle worker! This is the second beauty blender that I’ve purchased this year, I love them so much! The majority of the time when I do my make-up, it’s before work or uni, and I don’t really have much time to sit there and strategically blend in my foundation for god knows how long, this is so simple – You can achieve flawlessly blended foundation and concealer in a few minutes. I was put off beauty blenders for so long as they’re pricey considering they’re just a sponge, however after trying so many dupes for them, when I tried the actual Beauty Blender’s I was blown away, they’re definitely worth the money folks! 

LIGHT REFLECTING TRANSLUCENT POWDER | NARS 

With constantly wearing matte foundations, due to the fact I have combination to oily skin, however sometimes I feel as though my skin can look quite flat due to wearing a matte foundation and then using powder on the top to set it. I purchased this on a whim early 2015, as I wanted to have something that would add a bit of a glow to my face, rather than making it completely matte. I love the powder for evenings out as it adds a really light iridescence to your face that’s really quite flattering. This powder has lasted me so well throughout the year, it was only the other week when I had to purchase a new one, that’s why the one picture above looks completely untouched! This has made me really eager to try some more light reflecting setting powders in 2016! 

 SOFT & GENTLE HIGHLIGHTER | MAC 

This is another product that’s been sat within my make-up stash for some time now, I don’t think I actually know anyone that’s owned this product and not liked it. I’m not the type of person to go crazy with the highlighter as I’d much rather look like I had healthy, glowing skin, rather than looking like a walking, talking disco ball. Soft & Gentle is a really beautiful and natural champagne highlight, I simply apply this to the top of my cheeks and swish a bit onto my forehead and down my nose for a really natural and minimum effort natural glow – You cannot go wrong with this highlighter! 

CREAMY RADIANT CONCEALER | NARS 

Once again, keeping in with the theme of me wanting to achieve dewy, natural looking glowing skin, I switched to this concealer during the beginning of 2015, simply because I wanted to brighten my skin. I used this under my eyes and it acts both as an under eye highlight, as well as a concealer, so it’s two for the price of one really. I’ve went through about 3 of these concealers as I quite literally can’t get enough of it! I love that they do a shade light enough in order for it to act as a highlight, It’s very difficult for me to find a concealer that’s actually paler than my skin tone. 


SHOP THE FAVOURITES


I hope you all had an amazing 2015 – Please feel free to leave links to any of your 2015 favourites, as I love finding out what other products other people are into! 

See you on Tuesday! 

Love, 

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23 Comments

  1. Heather Nixon
    January 3, 2016 / 11:29 am

    I bought the original beauty blender last year and I love it xHeather | Of Beauty & Nothingness

  2. Megan McCoig
    January 3, 2016 / 11:41 am

    One of my favourites is the beauty blender, I bought a set and now can't live without them! Gorgeous photos :)Megan Xwww.lifewithmcm.com

  3. Megan Butler
    January 3, 2016 / 1:24 pm

    I've just found your blog and I am in LOVE! Your photos are beautiful, i'm so tempted by Subculture liner, it looks gorgeous xo

    • Abigail Whitehead
      January 3, 2016 / 5:53 pm

      Thank you so much Megan! I'm glad you like it! You should go for it! I've had it for about a year now and it's still practically brand new! They last a lifetime!

  4. Jodie Vernon
    January 3, 2016 / 1:26 pm

    I swear all of these are on my wishlist, Divine Wine looks like such a gorgeous shade. I can't believe I'm only hearing about it now!Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

  5. Brigid Bartlett
    January 3, 2016 / 2:54 pm

    Beautiful post! Xhttp://overthebridgebee.blogspot.co.uk

  6. Claire
    January 3, 2016 / 3:37 pm

    Benefit Rockateur is one of my favourite blushes, it literally goes with any kind of look :)xxx Clairehttp://wwwclairabelle.blogspot.co.uk/

  7. Sally
    January 3, 2016 / 6:36 pm

    So many amazing products here, I just received Soft & Gentle for Christmas so now can't wait to try it out! I've been tempted by a beauty blender for months now too so I might just bite the bullet and get one. I love your blog by the way, just found it and I'm obsessed so I've followed :)The Makeup Directory

  8. cindyhyue
    January 3, 2016 / 7:24 pm

    The Tarte foundation is one of my favorites to reach for, and I find that it does pair perfectly with the Beauty Blender! I picked up the CT Matte Revolution lipstick in Glastonberry last year, but I'm definitely looking to pick up Bond Girl this year!Cindy | http://www.cindyhyue.com

  9. Claire Cavanagh
    January 3, 2016 / 11:19 pm

    So many amazing sounding products! I've lost my Beauty Blender and am fuming about it aha, need it back in my life. Your photography is beautiful by the way :)Claire | Stylingo.co.uk xx

    • Abigail Whitehead
      January 4, 2016 / 3:04 pm

      Thank you Claire! My photography was really something I wanted to improve on this year!

  10. Mol McNeice
    January 5, 2016 / 2:55 am

    Where did you get your little marble tray/plate thing from? It's so nice! I recently got the Benefit Rockateur and I absolutely love it, it'll be making its way on to my favourites list in the future. I need to try the original beauty blender sponges but I like my Real Techniques one a lot as you have a clear edge for concealers and such instead of just the usual pointy egg one xMollie Victoria Beauty | Blog

  11. Brooke Elise
    January 5, 2016 / 6:01 pm

    The BeautyBlender was seriously one of my all time favourites this year, especially the Pro version! I love it so much more than the pink.brooke | brooke elise

  12. Laura Gale
    January 5, 2016 / 10:44 pm

    These are some great picks; I have a few of these products and love them! I totally get what you mean about the transparent and veiny eyelids when you're pale, so I may give one of MAC's paint pots a go. Not sure if I'd go for this one or Groundwork though! Your photos are beautiful by the way!Laura | Lala London: Beauty & Lifestyle

  13. Viviene Kok
    January 6, 2016 / 4:31 am

    Great favorites! Do you think the Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation would be too drying for normal-combination skin? I have dry patches in between the brow area. #weirdHappy Wednesday Abigail xReal Life Nerd // http://www.vivienekok.com

  14. Beckie
    January 6, 2016 / 8:07 pm

    The Charlotte Tilbury lipstick looks sensational!! Just found your blog – lovely stuff!www.ohsobecky.com

  15. Tamzin Swann
    January 6, 2016 / 11:34 pm

    I love nearly everything in this post too, though I haven't tried the Tarte foundation yet. Never been able to get my hands on it yet and frightened to order from Sephora in case the colour is wrong! I still need to try CT products though, the lipsticks always look so pretty! Love your blog photos xTamz | http://www.throughneweyesx.com

  16. Fionna
    January 14, 2016 / 9:26 pm

    My friend has told me great things about the NARS concealer and I've only recently tried it. I bought the mini size at Sephora to try it out but after my first try, I was sooooooo in love with it. Can't believe it's taken me this long to go get one. http://www.fionnac.com

  17. Christina StJean
    January 15, 2016 / 6:34 pm

    Ok so I must try this beauty blender! Everyone is raving about it.Thanks for the links to the products. Loving your blog design btw XOXOwww.styletothet.com

  18. Kailey
    January 17, 2016 / 9:55 am

    I'm loving your choices! The NARS concealer is holy grail level for me <3__<3

  19. Ninz
    January 19, 2016 / 12:05 am

    Your blog is a beauty heaven, hun. Really like it. Giving you a follow on Bloglovin because you deserve it. BTW most of the products you have featured in this post are must haves and I use some of them every single day. xNinz/ http://www.ninzbeauty.com

  20. Jasmine Harding
    February 27, 2016 / 2:00 pm

    Lovely post and a fab beauty round up! NARS Concealer is so so fab, such a great formula and coverage. I really love the sound of the NARS Powder, I'm definitely going to check that one out! Jasmine | jasminehardingmakeup.com xx

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