Hello everyone, and welcome to 2016!
Before we jump into any and all exciting things for the new year, I wanted to do one last little throwback to 2015 and that has to be for my most used makeup products.
In 2015 I tried out a bunch of different products that I absolutely loved and will certainly be repeating again in 2016. Here we go!
1. NARS lip pencil in Cruella and Rikugien
Sephora outdid themselves in 2015 with their birthday beauty rewards. I've usually enjoyed their past ones, but I was super excited to see two of my favourite things; "Nars" and "red lipstick". These little guys packed quite the colourful punch and makes for a great lasting wear. Cruella is a dark red with a matte finish and applies with ease to the lips. Rikugien is a more soft pink and is great for days when you want to add a little colour to your face that looks more natural. I was really excited by how they applied, so much so that I wanted Cruella in a full pencil, which leads me to my next favourite....
2. NARS lip pencil in Red Square
This grab was by accident. While shopping for lip pencils, I didn't have my sample with me and I grabbed the red one that looked the closes to Cruella. Truthfully, I didn't even remember the name, so I was just grabbing red lip pencils and I ended up with Red Square. When I got home and realized it was the wrong one, I was disappointed, but thought I'd try it anyway. It turns out that this was the best red lip pencil for the summer I could ask for. The colour has a tint of orange in it which makes for great wear in the summer months as it is still red, but not too much of a dark shade that is meant for fall and winter months. So shout out to my accidental grabs!
3. Fresh Soy Face Cleanser
In mid-transaction at one of my several Sephora purchases, my sales associate asked if I wanted free samples, which of course I said yes to (because DUH FREE SAMPLES!) When I got home, there were the usual perfume samples, but I also happened to notice these little packaged samples of a face wash from Fresh. I was familiar with Fresh as I'm a big fan of their lip balm that's also a great healing aid for chapped lips. I didn't think much about them and figured I'd save them for later. When I ran out of my usual face wipes, I decided to give the cleanser a try. Not only is it great for cleaning and cleansing your face with its natural soy ingredients, but it works wonders as a makeup remover (including removing mascara!) Since then it's all I've been using. The product is available in a 1.7oz and 5.1oz bottle.
4. LUSH lip scrub in Popcorn
I fell in love with LUSH recently after buying a few of their bath bombs and bubble bars. I had heard good things about their lip scrub, and having then suffered a bad lip infection, decided to give it a shot. It's a weird application process as it's just a bunch of, what feels like wet sugar, in a container. Most tends to flake off when applied, but any extra can be eaten, which is great for someone (namely me) who likes to lick their lips all the time. It makes your lips feel super soft after too! It comes in two other flavours, bubble gum and mint julips.
5. No Bleeding Lips lip liner
When I started to wear more red lipsticks, I found it troublesome to avoid any bleeding. I'm not the biggest fan on finding lipliners for every one of my lipsticks, so I decided to try to find an alternative. For a while I was using concealer, but it made the outside of my lips look a little chalky. It was then that I was recommended to try No Bleeding Lips. It's a clear lipliner that can be interchanged with any lipstick. Talk about efficient! The product comes with instructions if you're not familiar with lipliner application and is a smooth glide all over. Easily one of my favourites and most recommended!
6. Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick in Heavenly (082)
I grabbed this little gem at a makeup outlet in my hometown, but it can be bought at any Shoppers Drug Mart. I've used purples before, but this one was much more brighter and made a new pop of colour added to my face. It applies on very smoothly and you don't need to apply lip balm before hand because of its built in moisturizer.
7. Covergirl Lashblast Volume mascara
I had been familiar with Covergirl mascara before but had stepped away from it for a while to try my hand at the ones from MAC. Although pretty good, I found myself drawn back to Covergirl as not only is it well within my price range, but it's always been my favourite in terms of offering volume and lengthy lashes, and this one does just that.
The honourable mentions go out to the products I got at the end of the year/for Christmas and that have had little use out of them, but enough to include them into my favourites.
1. Urban Decay Smokey palette
I had been drooling over this palette ever since it was announced. Every single colour sparkled and spoke to me and I would walk past any makeup department that sold it looking like a kid in a candy store (a lot of people can vouch for this, unfortunately). So when it showed up underneath the Christmas tree that fateful morning I couldn't help but ooh and ahh over it. From what I've used so far the application is effortless and the colours are just stunning. I can't wait to get more use out of this in the new year!
2. L'Oreal LA palette in Nude 1 and Nude 2
I found this palette by accident while going through a magazine. I really liked some of the colours as the first one reminds me of the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. The other one offers a few more purples but is still a nice soft mix. So far both have been a really nice colour selection and I can't wait to try these out too!
What were some of your favourite products of 2015? Excited for any in 2016? Let me know!