All a bit tongue in cheek with the title there; however, i am very serious about picking my 2015 beauty winners. They have to either Wow me or be consistently good and most importantly, be worth the money.
Here are my outstanding beauties of 2015.
PRODUCT/LIFESAVER/CANNOT BE WITHOUT.
Tigi S Factor Flat Iron Shine Spray.
I will never be without this! It’s simply amazing. I spray this into the ends of my hair just before running the irons through it. Keeps hair free from further damage and doesn’t make it greasy either. It is a super fine, has a nice fragrance and doesn’t make my fine hair lank.
BEST OVERALL MAKEUP PRODUCT.
Bobbi Brown Greige Eye Palette.
2015 saw the release of a number of basic eye palettes from various brands. All containing neutral shades for every day wear.
Bobbi Brown knocked it out of the park with the greige palette for me. This palette has the perfect nuances of browns/greys/beiges in matte, mild shimmer, sparkle and satin finishes. I love creating a slight smokey eye with this one and i get endless comments when i wear it. It flatters my eye shade so well. I have worn this one the most in the latter half of this year, since it’s release. Full review is here.
MOST EFFECTIVE MAKEUP PRODUCT.
Sorry but i had to pick two here.
Chanel Intense Kohl Eye Pencil, 17 Rouge Noir.
I have never been able to wear black or very dark eye pencils. They bring out the red in my eyes, sadly.
Chanel released this eye pencil in their holiday collection 2015 and i was smitten instantly. Seen in my FOTD.
It is a very dark raisin shade, a reddish/black which falls in line with the whole collection being based around the Iconic Rouge Noir nail colour.
I can finally wear a dark shade that has enough warmth to seriously flatter and bring out the best in my eyes that i just hope there is a demand to bring this pencil back permanently. I only bought one and it’s sold out.
Dior Mono Eyeshadow Fairy Grey.
Released in 2014. I couldn’t leave this out. A lovely iridescent multi- faceted grey eyeshadow. This one works applied on the top of others and applied sparingly. It adds a beautiful extra dimension to the eyes, especially when worn with more matte shades. It is another one i get a lot of compliments on when i wear it. Full review here.
Sadly; the camera doesn’t capture the true beauty of this eyeshadow.
BEST NEW/BEAUTY DISCOVERY IN 2015.
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Day Cream SPF 30PA++
I had been trying to find the right combination of day and night skin treatments for quite some time. Over the whole of 2015, in fact.
My criteria was, great product for day wear with good SPF, non-irritating, non-greasy, did not interfere with makeup, gave fine line reduction and worked well in conjunction with night time skin care products, which are not necessarily from the same company and great price point.
This was the product that ticked every box i just mentioned. It’s fantastic and plumps and firms the skin very well. Ideal for maturing skin.
EA really need to up their game in the Marketing/Advertising Dept. They produce some amazing products worthy of the high end tag and yet; they are found in thrift stores as well as John Lewis, Selfridges; etc. Something very wrong with that!
BEST SKINCARE PRODUCT.
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum.
This won last year too. A cult skin care classic. It deserves it’s success.
I have tried £200 creams and many lotions and potions over 2015 and i always come back to this.
It works very well in conjunction with all my other products and leaves my skin plumped, line reduced and fresh looking every morning.
In fact, i actually notice the difference in my skin when i run out of it. Think lines and sagging! NOT GOOD! Nothing more needs to be said really.
MOST SUCCESSFUL PRODUCT LAUNCH/RE-LAUNCH IN 2015.
Chanel Rouge Coco Lipsticks, 424 Edith.
Chanel wins this category for the second year in a row.
My most favourite formula and lip shade this year. A lovely soft warm pink shade that brightens my face.
There is no getting away from the quality of Chanel lipsticks in general. They are worth every penny. It says it all when Chanel released their Rouge Coco shine lipsticks (another favourite formula of mine) that two other high end brands followed suit the following year and charged more for their versions and were no better in quality !!!!!
BEST PAMPERING/BATH /SHOWER PRODUCT.
L’Occitane 100% Vegetable Soap, Almond.
Anything with almond from L’Occitane could have won this category. I love the Almond shower oil and milk concentrate too.
Their products are expensive; however, they last ages, so worth the money. The almond range has a lovely sweet scent and feels very pamper worthy.
PERFUME/FRAGRANCED PRODUCT OF 2015.
Givenchy live irrésistible eau de parfum.
I really love the light rose scent of this gorgeous perfume. It was released in 2015 as another installment of the Live range. I never really liked the previous versions but i’m smitten with this one.
I also love the bottle shape which is, a great dressing table bottle.
BEST HAIR CARE PRODUCT.
Kérastase Sérum Thérapiste. Dual Treatment Fiber Quality Renewal Care.
It’s so difficult to whittle this down to just one product because i love so many, especially by Kérastase.
This one is a clear winner and actually gives the ends of my hair moisture and bounce.
The therapist range is all amazing and its the latest from Kérastase.
This serum targets dry, damaged hair. It gives life back to frizzy ends where my hot irons and hairdryer do the damage. A pea sized amount in the ends of damp hair results in fantastic hair.
BEST MAKEUP TOOL.
Bobbi Brown Angled Eyeshadow Brush.
Another difficult one to narrow down. Her ultra precise eyelining brush is fantastic too.
The reason why the angled eyeshadow by bb gets my top marks is, it is a lovely soft natural hair brush that still holds it’s shape really well. Great for multi-function use. I use it for placing colour on my eyelid close to my lashes for a more precise targeted application, for the outer v and socket.
I have washed this brush many times and it has never shed a single hair or lost it’s shape and it doesn’t scratch or splay out either.
MOST LUXURIOUS BEAUTY PRODUCT FROM 2015.
Guerlain Météorites Flocons Enchantés Light Enhancing Powder.
I know i can’t stop mentioning these wonderful little balls of light. Light is the Elixir of youth!
Thing is, Guerlain has won this category for the second year in a row. Guerlain do powder products brilliantly as well as fragrance, of course.
This is a lovely, well packaged gorgeous gift idea and just a stunning highlighter. Full review is here.
THE ONE I GOT SO WRONG LAST YEAR!
Dior Star Foundation. SPF 30 PA ++
I placed this in my most overhyped product release for 2014 last year. Read here.
I didn’t like this foundation when it was released in the summer of 2014. I still would say, i probably won’t use it during the summer time; however, Autumn/Winter time, this foundation is fantastic.
It really gives my skin a healthy glowing look. A must with ageing skin. Full review Here.
It blends effortlessly, gives medium coverage, dries matte and yet looks and feels like you have no foundation on at all. I really like Dior and Chanel foundations and this is the best one Dior have ever produced in my opinion (for cooler months).
There you have it. My best of 2015.
I had quite a good year in 2015. I do consider myself very lucky! Not everyone can say this and some years have been awful for me too. I hope 2016 continues the lucky trend for us all. Take care and i will see you all soon. 😉