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!
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!