Favorite Beauty Products of 2015

No fancy introduction needed! Here are my top favorite beauty products of 2015, divided into three categories: skincare, makeup, and hair products.

What were your favorite beauty products of 2015?

Skincare

Nature Republic AQUA Super Aqua Max Combination Watery Cream

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This has quickly become my favorite daily moisturizer! It is extremely moisturizing without being heavy. The gel formula keeps it soothing and refreshing as well!

Estee Lauder Advanced Repair Night Serum Synchronized Complex II

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Okay, to be honest I have only had a sample of this eye cream, but it is beyond brillant. Before trying this eye cream out, I was using the Origins Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream which I thought I really liked…but after using this one, there is no comparison! I can actually tell a huge difference in my under eyes after using it. I will definitely be purchasing the full size.

Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash

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This is a great basic face wash. There’s nothing super fancy or amazing about it, but I find myself continually going back to it after trying different face washes. I love the slightly minty smell it has!

Freeman Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing Mask

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I use this almost every single time I take a shower! After I wash my hair I rub the mask into my skin and let it sit while I wash my body. Then I massage the scrub on my face for around a minute and wash it off. My skin handles exfoliation really well so using this multiple times a week is perfect for me. I have really fallen in love with it!

Etude House Wonder Pore

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This is a fantastic toner! It has really made a difference in the appearance and size of my pores. Surprisingly, it has also really helped to tone down some of the redness on my face.

GlamGlow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment Mask

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I love love love love this treatment mask. I really tried not to fall for it because it is stupid expensive (as I discussed in a previous article) but I can’t help myself. I love how tingly it is and how nice and clean my skin is after using it.

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water

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I’ve tried a few different micellar waters including the Simple one, the Formula 10.0.6 one, and the Sephora version. While the Sephora and Formula 10.0.6 ones were good, the Simple one didn’t work for me. So I was ready to throw in the towel on micellar waters when I saw this one in the drugstore. And I am so happy I did! This is my favorite way to remove my eye makeup. It removes all my makeup without me having to rub really hard at my eyes. I also love to use it for refreshing my face mid-day or touching up my makeup.

Makeup

Honest Beauty Everything Cream Foundation

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This is a really new discovery for me but I had to include it! This foundation is a serious game changer for me! It is formulated without harsh chemicals so it doesn’t irritate my skin long term which I love. I also really like the coverage. It covers up all the redness on my face but still looks extremely natural! Like my skin but better! I’ve been slowly trying our more and more of the Honest Beauty line so a full review will be coming soon! Try Honest Beauty HERE!

bareMinerals Ready Foundation

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Another foundation favorite – this one a rediscovery! I had moved away from this foundation last year and was trying more liquid foundations, but I rediscovered this in my collection and have been using it a lot this year! It perfectly smooths and perfects my skin while still looking natural. This one can be more powdery than the Honest Beauty Creme Foundation (obviously) but some setting spray definitely helps to cut that down.

Be a Bombshell Cosmetics Smooth Criminal Powder

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When I want my skin to look flawless, this is the number one product I reach for! It is perfect over every foundation and perfect on it’s own as well! On days when I don’t feel like wearing foundation at all, this really helps to smooth my skin.

Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Concealer

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This is the BEST concealer! I love it under my eyes and on any blemishes! It blends out perfectly and layers really well. And my other favorite thing about it? It comes in the shade Light/Medium! Most other concealers I’ve tried either come in Light or Medium which are always either too light or dark for me. But the Light/Medium shade is perfect!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light

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I debated for a long time about purchasing an Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, but I’m glad I did! This adds the perfect amount of light and glow to my cheekbones without looking glittery or shiny. Definitely worth the splurge.

NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

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Hands down the BEST eyeshadow primer out there. Enough said.

LORAC Eyeshadows (LORAC Pro, LORAC Pro 2, LORAC Mega Pro 2)

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The eyeshadow winner for me this year was definitely LORAC. In 2015 I purchased three LORAC palettes and I love each and every one of them. The LORAC Pro Palette has the perfect selection of neutrals (with a formula that blends effortlessly and never gets muddy on the eyes like the Urban Decay) while the LORAC Pro 2 Palette has beautiful neutrals with a pop of bold color. The shining star though is definitely the LORAC Mega Pro 2. I missed out on the first Mega Pro Palette and I will never forgive myself so when this one came out, I snatched it up right away! The Mega Pro 2 plus the other two pro palettes is the perfect combination. I’ve been incredibly pleased with my eyeshadow this year and these palettes are the reason why!

Eylure Brow Palette in Mid Brown No. 20

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I stumbled upon this brow palette in Ulta in the summer and never looked back! When I want my brows to look on fleek, this is my go to! The color is perfect for my brows and the product is super easy to use.

The Face Shop My Lips Eat Cherry Aqua Tint #2

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I loooooove lip stains, mostly because smeared lipstick is my ultimate pet peeve! I seriously love this lip stain because the color is beautiful, it wears wonderfully, and it doesn’t over dry my lips out! I also love that this lip stain wears off evenly. I know that when I get home from wearing it all day and look in the mirror, I will still be happy with it!

Beauty Blender Original

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Oh Beauty Blender, how I hate that I love you so much! I was so in denial before purchasing my Beauty Blender and giving it a fair shot. I did not thing this little sponge could be as good as everyone says it is…but it totally is. Absolutely worth it!

TokyoMilk Dark No. 10 Everything & Nothing Eau De Parfum

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This has been my scent of the year! I adore the notes of sweet orange blossoms in this perfume and love how easy it is to wear. I know I can put it on and it won’t be overpowering or offensive to people with sensitive noses! And my favorite thing about it? The price! At only $36 it is seriously wallet friendly and doesn’t feel like I’m spraying dollar bills into the air every time I use it. I will admit that it doesn’t last all day on me, but it does last a while and I’m happy with it.

Hair Care

amika Bombshell Blowout Spray

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I have to be honest, I don’t do very much to my hair on a regular basis. Which is why there are only two products in this section. I don’t even use conditioner and pretty much always let my hair air dry. However, when I do decide to do something with my hair, this is one of the only products I will use! It gives me that perfect blow out without even really trying. It also helps to give some volume to my hair after I have let it air dry (without making it feel crunchy!). It is an all around great product.

Batiste Dry Shampoo

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This is my FAVORITE dry shampoo. I’ve tried a few other ones but always go back to this. My current favorite scent is the Cherry Blossom but I also loved the Paisley one. Perfect for getting rid of oily third day hair – which I often suffer from because I try to only wash my hair 2-3 times a week.

What were your favorite beauty products of 2015? Comment down below!

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Lip Lovin’ Tag!

I was over on The Makeup Honey recently while I’ve been trying to catch up on all the beauty blogs I read but have neglected over the last few months, and came across this great tag Sian created called the Lip Lovin’ Tag. I’m a huge fan of lip products so I thought it sounded like fun! In my interpretation of this tag, however, I slightly expanded the definition of “lipstick” to include liquid lipsticks and those types of products since I use those more often than traditional lipsticks.

So here is my answer to The Makeup Honey’s new Lip Lovin’ Tag!

1. What was the first lipstick you ever owned?

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The first lipstick I ever remember buying is Revlon Cherries in the Snow. I’m sure I owned products before that, but I remember reading something about Cherries in the Snow and going out and purchasing it the next day. It is a beautiful color and I think I actually still have it in the back of my makeup collection for sentimental purposes. That was basically my gateway lipstick!

2. Which lip product has been the biggest disappointment?

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This is an easy one: the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams. I had high hopes for them but ended up being very disappointed. I hated the smell, disliked the way they felt on my lips, and they were not as long wearing or transfer proof as I expected. I felt like they got all over my face! I suppose I’m not super surprised I didn’t like them as most of NYX’s lip products haven’t worked for me (besides the Matte Lipsticks. Those are wonderful!).

3. Which lipstick is your holy grail product?

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This is a hard question to answer…I switch things up all the time but the one lipstick I always find myself going back to is the Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte lipstick in Touch of Spice. It is the perfect deep nude for my skin tone. It pulls a brownish mauve on me which I think is very wearable and flattering. And it goes with any eye look I put together. It is long wearing (which I love) and I find myself reaching for it all year long.

4. Roughly how many lipsticks do you own?

I would estimate around…30-40? That includes traditional lipsticks, liquid lipsticks, and lip stains.

5. If you could only ever have 3 lip products for the rest of your life, which 3 would they be and why?

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(1) (MALIN & GOETZ) Mojito Lip Balm – This is my favorite lip balm ever. I only really wear it at night or on days when I’m not going anywhere because it is quite thick but it does wonders for my lips. I always wake up with wonderfully smooth and hydrated lips when I wake up. Game changer.

(2) A great red lip stain – I am a huge fan of lip stains. They are easy to use, hard to mess up, and last all day! My favorites are theBalm Stainiac and The Face Shop Aqua Tint 01 Juicy Cherry.

(3) A matte red liquid lipstick – My two personal favorites are the Milani Amore Matte Lip Cream in Desire and the Rimmel Provocalips 16hr Lip Color in Play With Fire. Red is classic and always appropriate. And the liquid to matte formula just make it even better!

6. Matte or glossy?

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Matte. Always. End of story.

7. Which is the most expensive lipstick you own?

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I don’t have a lot of high end lipsticks or lip products, but I’d say my most expensive lipstick I ever purchased is the Lipstick Queen Medieval. It’s only $24 which by high end standards is not a lot, but it was a lot for me at the time. Once I become a real adult and have real money to spend on luxury products, a YSL or Dior lipstick is at the top of my list!

8. What is the cheapest lipstick in your collection?

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I really love the Wet ‘n Wild MegaLast Lip Colors. I have three of them and purchased them for around $0.99 each!

9. What is your favorite non lipstick lip product?

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I already mentioned the (MALIN & GOETZ) Mojito Lip Balm which is my obvious answer, but I am also a huge fan of the Lipstick Queen Lip Liner in Nude. It works with almost every lipstick I own and does a wonderful job of extending the wear time of my lip products!

10. What non-traditional lip color would you love to see come into fashion?

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Definitely blue. I’m not sure if I could pull it off, but Amber Rose sure looks awesome in it!


What would your answers to this tag be? This is open to anyone who wants to do it! And be sure to check out The Makeup Honey’s Lip Lovin’ Tag that started it all!

 

8 Beauty Products I Would Splurge On If I Had An Extra $500

Maybe I’m just weird, but one of the things I like to do when I am bored is go on Sephora’s website and imagine I won a $500 shopping spree. What products would I splurge on? How would I choose to spend that money? I don’t know about anyone else, but there are some products that I would never spend my hard-earned money on because they are either too pricey or too unnecessary. But if the money was given to me…well that’s a whole different story!

Note: This is just for fun. If I had and extra $500 laying around I probably wouldn’t spend it on makeup or beauty products. There are definitely more important things in life! But it is fun to think about…and you never know when you may win a Sephora shopping spree! It’s always good to be prepared!


Product 1: GLAMGLOW Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment – $69

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I recently impulse purchased the 0.5 oz sample of this GLAMGLOW mask (which is surprisingly a better economic purchase at $19 for 0.5 oz as opposed to the 1.7 oz full size product for $69) and I admit, my life is changed. I love this mask. It is tingly, smells like a spa, and really does make a difference on my skin.

The problem: how do I justify spending $69 for mud? Make no mistake – this is mud. There are even little sticks and leaves in it that really do make me think that GLAMGLOW is going into the woods behind their factory, shoveling dirt from the ground, mixing it with some other stuff, and selling it as an innovative miracle mask. Don’t get me wrong, I love it and I am now successfully on the GLAMGLOW train, I just seriously question my sanity, as well as capitalism’s hold on me, when I’m paying $69 for a 1.7 oz jar of wet dirt. That being said, if I won a gift card or shopping spree or even the lottery, I would definitely purchase enough GLAMGLOW mud to cover my entire body. No ragrets.


Product 2: Dior Rosy Glow Healthy Glow Awakening Blush – $44

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I have always been intrigued by these type of color adjusting products! They are like the pants from the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants that magically adjust and fit to each girl despite their differing body types. Having a blush that will change to be your perfect shade of pink is my idea of wonderful. But at $44 a pop, this beautiful Dior blush is eternally relegated to my “save for later” list.


Product 3: Marc Jacobs Beauty The Bronze Bronzer Brush No. 12 – $78

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You’re eyes are not deceiving you! This Marc Jacobs Bronzer Brush is truly $78. For $78 this brush had better be magical! And according to the Sephora reviews it is about as close to magic as a makeup brush can get. I’m intrigued to find out exactly why a tool that you use to put your already expensive-enough makeup on your face is so expensive on its own. If I won a shopping spree, I’d be sure to find out!


Product 4: Viseart Eyeshadow Palette in No. 1 Neutral Matte – $80

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Anyone who knows me knows that I have a serious love affair with matte eyeshadows. Especially warm orange and brown matte shadows. That is why this palette speaks to my soul! Unfortunately,  this soul-speaker also comes with an $80 price tag.  Now, when considering the value of eyeshadow palettes, beauty gurus online always like to break the price down to the cost per ounce of product to show that the palette is worth it. For example, the Urban Decay Naked Smokey Palette which came out earlier this year retails for $54 and contains 0.60 ounces across 12 shadows. This Viseart palette also contains 12 shadows but retails for $80 for 0.84 ounces. I’m not a math wiz, but if I did the math correctly, the UD palette value is $90/oz while the Viseart palette value is about $95/oz. That’s not a huge difference value wise but does it help ease any of the sticker shock on the Viseart palette for me? Not really. This is the type of splurgy product I would use a birthday gift card on not my hard earned dollars.


Product 5: Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara – $32

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I’ve always been a drugstore mascara kind of girl. While some products I will splurge on, mascara is one of those things that I have trouble spending a lot of money on. Why do I need to spend $30 on something that I’m going to have to throw away in 3-4 months? Drugstore mascaras work really well for me and I’m happy with them. But my ultimate lust-worthy mascara is the Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara. Forget Dior or Lancome! Armani has captured my heart. I’ve always wanted to try this mascara and would definitely take advantage of a situation where I may have the chance to make my mascara dream come true!


Product 6: Fresh Black Tea Age Delay Cream – $95

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I recently received a sample of this cream and I was amazed. I’m not super into anti-aging products as I don’t think my skin really needs that right now, but this cream was wonderful. It was thick but not too heavy and was moisturizing without being greasy. I was all ready to purchase the full size until I saw the price. Because of that, this moisturizer is at the top of my list of outrageous things to buy should I ever come into some extra cash.


Product 7: Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Bronzing Veil – $48

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Meow! This is one sexy bronzer. Definitely worthy to use with my $78 Marc Jacobs bronzer brush! Every swipe would be like brushing a $100 bill on my face. Doesn’t that sound nice? On a slightly more serious note, Kevyn Aucoin makeup has always been on my dream list. If I had a million dollars to spend on makeup, I would own Kevyn Aucoin’s entire line.


Product 8: Burberry Wet & Dry Silk Shadow – $29

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Now you may be asking yourself, KD Bonbon, if you’re struggling with paying $80 for 12 eyeshadows, what are you thinking considering spending nearly $30 on a single eyeshadow?! I don’t know. I’m crazy. If we’re going full-forward looking at how I would reasonably spend my imaginary shopping spree funds, a single, luxury, Burberry eyeshadow would be it. You can see where my priorities are…


Running total: $475

What would I spend the remaining $25 on? I don’t know. I guess I’m leaving my options open. What spluge-worthy beauty products would you purchase if you received a shopping spree or a gift card? Do you spend your own money differently than money you receive as a gift?

Comment down below!

6 Beauty & Makeup Products I Use Everyday

This is a very simple post. Below are six products that I use everyday. Even if I only have five minutes (or less!) in the morning these products are the ones I will spend the extra time putting on. They make a huge difference to my face and help me to look more awake and put together. I think it is really important to have a handful of products that you know you can reach for as you are running out the door. I keep all these products within arms reach on my vanity so that I know exactly where they are and never have to go searching for them.


1. Origins GinZing Eye Cream ($30)

This is a product I began using three weeks ago and it has quickly become part of my everyday morning routine. You only need a small amount for each eye, so although this eye cream is a bit pricey, it will last you a long time. I just dab a little on my ring finger and then tap it on under my eyes. It really works to brighten up my under eyes and make them feel refreshed. I generally have sensitive eyes and this product doesn’t irritate them at all which is a plus.


2. Black Eyeliner – Covergirl Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner ($6)

The exact eyeliner I use for this varies but recently I have been loving this Covergirl black liner. I only apply it to my tightline to make my lashes look fuller and my eyes stand out. When I’m running late and I don’t have a lot of time, this step and the next product I’ll talk about is something I will not skip. It makes me look more awake and put together.


3. Black Mascara – Revlon Lash Potion ($8.50)

Mascara is a must for me! This Revlon one is the one I am currently using and I really like it! I don’t know if it is my favorite mascara ever, but it makes my lashes look voluminous and separated and doesn’t smudge on me. If you have any drugstore mascara suggestions, let me know in the comments below! I would love to try some new ones out!


4. Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel ($22)

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In my opinion, brows are a really important part of everyone’s makeup routine – or at least they should be! Especially when you are not wearing a lot of makeup, defined brows help to frame your face and make you look put together in a very subtle way. The idea is to fill in your brows in a way that makes a difference to your face so that someone looking at you will think “Wow, she looks nice today” as opposed to, “Wow, look at her brows.” On days when I don’t wear a lot of makeup I will use a tinted brow gel like the Anastasia one because in one step it helps to make my brows look more filled in and keeps my brow hairs in place.


5. Be a Bombshell Cosmetics Smooth Criminal Powder ($12)

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I recently got this in my September Ipsy Bag (check out what else I got in my box here!) and have fallen in love with it. On days I’m running out the door, it takes the place of concealer, foundation, and/or powder for me. It also works well as a finishing powder over foundation. It makes your skin insanely smooth and fills in your pores so your face looks flawless.


6. Lip Balm – Korres Lip Butter in Guava ($12)

 

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Now, it is by no means necessary to spend this much money on lip balm! There are so many great lip balms you can get for under two or three dollars at the drugstore. However, I got this lip balm in a value set when Korres was on Hautelook and as part of the deal, I got this at a great price. I’ve been using it for a few months and it is a really awesome product. The scent is really nice and fruity but not overly strong and it feels great on your lips. I use this before bed and when I wake up and my lips feel smooth and nice. So if you want to invest in a nice lip balm (or technically lip butter), I would recommend this one, but it really is not necessary.


Which products do you find yourself using every day? Do you believe in the importance of doing your brows every day too? Share your thoughts below!