Thank you for politely ignoring the absence of September, October and November Favourites…..but fear not, I’ve got quite the list for the 2015 Best in Beauty favourites so let’s get on with it! One of the best things about 2015 has been the availability of brands in Australia thanks to Mecca and also of course the launch of Sephora.
Primer: Clairns Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
I deviated briefly in early 2015 with the Laura Mercier Primer but quickly returned to my trusted holy grail face primer. I seriously don’t think this gets enough love on blogs and You Tube so a big shout out to Clairns for this little pot of wonderful!
Foundation: Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation
I don’t really know what to do as Laura Mercier have STOPPED making this foundation (!!) and it has been replaced by two others…..I’ve stocked up on several tubes of this but my supply will eventually run out and then I will have to find another true love. This product never lets me down – I can apply a light coverage or build it up to get me through long days at work.
Concealer – Cover Up: Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer
Covers the pesky spots that break out from time to time in one easy application. Blends nicely and sets easily with any fine grain foundation powder over the top. I will never be without this product.
Concealer – Under Eyes: Bobbi Brown Corrector
This salmon coloured cult beauty favourite does exactly what everyone says it does – covers up under eye darkness. It’s a must have to get through every season. If you don’t own it – you should.
Concealer – Brightening: Josie Maran Argan Concealer Crayon
Infused with Argan Oil, this lovely crayon brightens the face and blends easily. It’s a soft beautiful formulation and I’m onto my third one of these after first purchasing when I was in Sephora in the USA.
Eyeshadow Primer: NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
I’ve moved on from Urban Decay Primer Potion to NARS and I have to say I am rather impressed by this little white tube of goodness. Now that the humidity has hit Sydney, it’s time to get real about the need to ensure this morning’s face lasts past lunch time and this has helped immensely. I’ve recently repurchased from MECCA.
Eyeshadow Pallette: Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Palette
If I am being totally honest, this is the ONLY shadow palette I need in my life. The matte colours get you from day to night effortlessly and it’s in a gorgeous travel size package that has an excellent mirror. What else do you need?
Eyeshadow Cream: Laura Mercier Caviar Stick
Well, sometimes you need a Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour! I especially love the shade Rose Gold. Conveniently packaged in a stick, this colour gives you some bang for your buck with a smooth creamy formulation and good staying power. On it’s own or blended with other colours this produces a lovely eye look every time.
Eyeshadow Single: Burberry Sheer Eye Shadow Rosewood No 09
A little pot of Burberry luxury! I have had this little eyeshadow single for a few years now – purchasing it while on a shopping trip to Harrods. If I could only ever own one eyeshadow single it would be this one!
Mascara: Clinique High Impact Mascara
So another surprise then? Let’s just say I haven’t abandoned my Lancome Hypnose Mascara but I have rediscovered this little Clinique wonder product via a Gift with Purchase (sneaky marketing people!). It just never lets you down and provides excellent coverage and is gentle on the eyes. Available in Black or Brown – this has been a regular in 2015.
Powder: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette – Bronzer, Highlight and Powder
Yes – I bought into the hype (and there was and continues to be so much talk around these powders and palettes) but it did not disappoint. Conveniently packaged – this little trio is all you need for your bronzer, highlighter and face setting powder. Hundreds of words have been written about this so there is nothing really worth left to say. It seems like a large investment at the time, but when you use it every day – it’s definitely worth it.
Tool: Eco Tools Complexion Collection Skin Perfecting Brush
I have the full set of the Real Techniques brushes and some of the new Bold Metals collection as well. But my go to make up brush of 2015 was undoubtedly this foundation brush from Eco Tools. A bargain drug store buy – I have a spare and another extra just in case. It never lets me down and I also have been enjoying the Correcting Concealer Brusy from the range as well.
Lipstick: Bobbi Brown Lip Colour ‘Beige’
Creamy but semi matte this is a great formulation and a great shade that can be casual or special depending on the occasion. I haven’t had a Bobbi Brown lipstick in my collection before so was happy to discover it in 2015 and have used it regularly in my beauty rotation.
Lip Crayon: NARS Satin Lip Pencil
You thought I would say Clinique didn’t you? Well they are definitely up there on my favourite list but I was happy to find that I loved this new product in late 2015 and felt it was worthy of making the list this year. I especially love the colour ‘Club Mix’ so I think that helps – but the formula and lasting power are also worth the price tag.
Lip Gloss: Laura Mercier Lip Glace
I’m not the biggest lip gloss fan in the world but I have enjoyed this product this year. I ventured away from my usual berry tones and went for the lovely coral colour from Laura Mercier called ‘Nectar’. It makes quite the impact statement when I wear it as it’s different to my usual go to shade selection.
Hand Cream: L’Occitane Cherry Blossom Hand Cream
There were a number of these in the L’Occitane Advent Calendar and as a result I have rediscovered my love of this product. The shea butter formulas are always reliable and the Cherry Blossom Hand Cream is definitely my favourite.
Face Mask: Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask
I love the Moisture Surge range and this mask got me through some dry skin periods (including my trip to the USA earlier this year). The tube makes it easy to travel with and is always a life saver over night or during the day as required.
Skin Care Regime: Sothys
I am continuing to have regular Sothys Facials and I use the skin care regime for sensitive skin at night time. I especially love the Serum and Eye Cream. I don’t know why I waited so long to start having regular facials – but I’m on to a good thing now so I will stick to it!
Face Wipes: Simple Kind to Skin Micellar Cleansing Wipes
Look away Caroline Hirons (I wish Caroline read my blog!) – but these are a life saver when you travel. I have always been loyal to the Simple Face Wipes but these have taken over as my favourite ones.
Hair: Alterna Haircare Caviar Range
Terribly expensive and not that easy to find in Australia (except for a few online retailers), I discovered this range thanks to a recommendation from Fleur De Force and then I purchased a travel pack when I was in Canada from Sephora easier in the year. It does everything is saids and my hair responded extremely well to the shampoo and conditioner plus the additional treatment products. A splurge every now and then but my hair definitely thanks me.
Hair Spray: Delorenzo Vapour Mist
This holds without that heavy plastered feeling and it smells nice as well! I’m extremely loyal to this brand of hair care and I will always have this hair spray in my bathroom – I really don’t think anything else compares.
Nail Polish: Essie “Waltz”
I’ve really got back into nail polishes this year – especially now that Essie is so easily accessible at every Priceline store. I’ve enjoyed all the hyped up shades but have to say that I purchased Waltz for something different and it’s quickly become one of my go to shades. It gives me a really polished/professional look for work – teamed with Natio’s Base and Top Coat – it looks lovely.
Fragrance: Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt
This little gem was quite the surprise for me this year….I didn’t think I would love this scent as much as I do. I couldn’t really work out from the early reviews what this smelt like exactly and I loved it straight away when I sprayed it at the David Jones counter. I quickly made my way through the first bottle and have already indulged in my second bottle which Santa gave me this year. I love the candle too!
Extra – TV Favourites
I have not really been able to pull myself away from the TV in the last few weeks/months. It was a beautiful finale for Downtown Abbey with the Christmas Special. Like many others – I’m very sad that this is the end. I’m trying to distract myself with Nashville and Scandal (and the Ladies of London!) but what works best is Australia’s version of Gogglebox TV – this is hands down the best show on TV! The group of participants are just hilarious – a great way to wind down after work and get you through the week! I can’t wait for the next seasons of House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, The Affair and Masters of Sex.
What a year – bring on 2016!!