Thursday, 31 December 2015

15 of 2015!

 Yup, I am officially one of "those" bloggers who is about to hit you with a wealth of 2015/2016 blog posts. I couldn't resist and after my blogging game has been seriously hit or miss all year I wanted to do a nice round up of all the things I've been loving this year for you!

First up is the by Terry Touche Veloutee Concealer - this has saved my bacon daily for most of this year and it's still going strong. I've reviewed it in full here but it's a bit like a hybrid of the Touche Eclat and NARS Creamy Concealer, you get a fair bit of coverage as with a normal concealer but it's also brightened up my under eye area. It's been a life saver for me during my first Trimester of pregnancy when no matter how much I slept I still felt and looked exhausted.

Next is the Rimmel London Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner, it's actually more of a homage to the fact that I'm using any form of lip liner at all, I like the Rimmel Exaggerate ones as you don't have to sharpen them and they're good value for money but something I'm looking to invest in more in 2016 is high end Lip Liners to see what difference they make.

Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade was something that I wanted to try for a while and on my birthday in October I finally treated myself, I thought I'd got it made with my Stila Eyebrow Pen however I find this slightly nicer to use and creates a more dramatic look. You can build it up if you want stronger brows or if, like me, you prefer to look quite natural then you can do so with a light hand too.

It wouldn't really be truthful for me to not include at least one pregnancy product, the Clarins Tonic Oil has been my most luxurious pregnancy product so far, it's my 5 minutes of luxury every morning whilst slathering this on my bump. It's expensive but so worth it and I've not got any stretch marks yet!

Another Clarins essential is their Instant Light Lip Perfectors, again I haven't put my entire collection here as I think I have about 5 or 6 now but these are perfect for popping on quickly if I've forgotten to do anything or if I just want a quick and natural look. There is a full review of them here and I will be posting on their new colours for 2016 very soon. I don't think I'll ever get enough of these and I know they'll be perfect for next year when I'm a busy Mummy!

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish must be on most people's ultimate favourite lists, it's just the perfect hot cloth cleanser and one that I always keep in my collection. It never breaks me out and always leaves my skin looking polished and ready for the day. The full review is right here and I know that it'll be something I use throughout 2016 too.

Next up is a purchase that I actually made quite late into the year however have fallen head over heels for.. It's the YSL Luxurious Mascara. It gives me thick, full lashes and doesn't drop or go grey-ish throughout the day. I got it in a Christmas Set in early November and you can read the full review of that here if you wish but I am still yet to review it separately.

For my birthday I also treated myself to the Zoeva Rose Gold Brush Collection, unfortunately I'm struggling to keep them all clean at once long enough for to take photos and write up a review but I use them every single day. I sometimes forget that I have certain ones and find it in my pot to be pleasantly surprised!

I decided in the summer that I needed to invest in a good moisturiser, falling pregnant meant that my skin went a erratic and I put my trust in Origins to sort me out. I wasn't wrong to as the GinZing moisturiser has not only lasted me absolutely ages (and I still have loads left). I reviewed it in full back in June (gosh I can't quite believe I'm had it that long!) and I'd still say I have over half left.

When the Clarins Everlasting + Foundation launched earlier in the year I had a little play with it in store and then didn't think much of it. That is until I was sent some and I must say it's probably my most used foundation since. Some people find it a bit drying but I personally use a good moisturiser (see above) and primer and find that it's fine!

The Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner is one of those products for me that I actually have a back up in case the one I use spontaneously runs out for any reason. No liquid eyeliner has come even nearly close to the longevity, ease of use and depth of black that this one offers, but you can read more about all of that here... 

Perfume is another thing that I've really been getting into over the last few months, when I worked in a department store you have pick of the bunch every day and I fell in love with loads but it wasn't until later in the year when I really developed my collection. I bought the Jimmy Choo EDP because I really liked it as an every day fragrance but it's taken me by surprise with how much I've fallen in love with it.

The Clarins Ombre Matte Eyeshadows have featured so heavily in my both my day-to-day looks and when I'm going out. The staying power is incredible and they blend into one another so so easily. I actually have almost the entire collection of these but 2, 4 and 6 are definitely my favourites.

This year I was determined to find an exfoliator that I loved as much as the Clarins Gentle Refiner but that wasn't as pricey and the N Spa Brightening Micro-Derma Scrub is definitely that. It's not quite as effective, luxurious or gentle as the Clarins but it's such a fraction of the price that I can overlook it for every day use. It's another thing that I've now realised I've never done a full review of!

I seem to have saved the best (and my favourite of my favourites) until last - the Soigné Nail Polishes. I only own 2 other polishes that aren't by this brand and that's because I'm sat waiting for Soigné to bring out a deep plum and purple colour. Hopefully they'll come next year and I can have a completely Soigne collection!

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