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My Top 10 Favorite Beauty Products of 2015

January 13, 2016

2015 favorite beauty products

I know I am a bit late to the party with my favorites, but I will be completely honest here: in the beginning of 2015, my makeup game was waaaay different than it is now and I used to own a lot less, so you can say that I have discovered a lot of favorites in the last 3 months so in a way I am sort of cheating. But let’s not get you bored over here, let’s get going.


Face Products:

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Sand

Before this year, I was all about my Collection Lasting Perfection, but since trying this concealer, I am converted. This is such a creamy formula, a little goes a long way and also the colour Sand is absolutely perfect for me, as I use it to highlight my under eye area together with my Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer. Also did I mention that this is only 5.99? And you can usually find it in an offer, such as buy one get 2nd half off or something similar. Definitely a massive winner for me!

Benefit Erase paste in Medium

As an olive skin girl with really dark blue purple greenish I find it difficult to hide my dark circles without a corrector, and I have found that this one to be the best one so far. I personally use a flat concealer brush to apply this all over and then use either my Real Techniques sponge or my fingers in to really blend it in. I find that it cancels out all the unwanted 50 shades of darkness and it really creates a smooth base for a highlighting type of concealer. This is already my second pot and I have to say that it lasts me for at least a year!

Essence Matte Blush in 20 Berry Me Up

This has been an unexpected find. I mean, a £2.50 blush? Yes, and it’s probably one of the most beautiful colours that I have ever tried on my cheeks, a very subtle matte dusty rose that goes with any and all eye looks. Also this is great for your no makeup day if you just want to throw a concealer on and a lip balm, but you don’t want to be too pale and need a bit of a flush. I am definitely planning to try more shades in this range ASAP. If you want to get your hands on this, try your local Wilko, as they have quite a large range. Or, if you’re in the US, you can find Essence at Ulta.

Real Techniques Contour Brush from the Core Collection Kit

This brush has changed my contour game! Unfortunately you cannot buy it individually, however I definitely recommend the entire kit, as they are all great face brushes. The reason why I love this brush is because it works perfectly with my contour skills- aka no skills. I can use it with quite a light hand, as well as apply a bit more product and then blend it. Also when I feel extra lazy, I use this to set my under eye area and other smaller areas. It’s quite tapered, yet still dense and so far my best contour brush yet!

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal

When the holiday kits came out, I had my eyes on this Opal mini that came with this as well as a liquid version so I had to get it. Best decision ever! I have never been more glowy or luminous from within as with this on! I use it on my upper cheek, tip of my nose, as well as my cupid bow. I want to try Champagne Pop also (they just made it permanent wohoo!), however meanwhile I will still be super happy to continue using this one, as it’s a great product and lasts for a really long time. I have been using it every single day and still it doesn’t have a dent in it.


Eye Products

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette

I have already written a full review on this, which you can find here, but in case you haven’t seen it, go check it out and then go buy this! This is such amazing quality for less than half the price of an Urban Decay or Too Faced palette and it has the perfect mix of matte and shimmery shades to create warm toned, beautiful looks. Also it’s the kind of palette that can easily take you from daytime to nightime. Also check out Zoeva’s brushes if you’re already there, as they’re amaaaazing!


Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara in Excessive Black

Like most people, I have tried so many mascaras and so many times I’ve been like meh. However, with the Hypnose Drama, I always see a dramatic improvement (no pun intended ha) in my lashes even after one layer- and most for most of the time, I do one layer only. I use my Shu Uemura curler before hand and I find that this holds the curl as well as lengthen which is quite rare, plus it never smudges on me, which is great. Overall, totally worth the price tag! (oh and you can usually find it in a set with a makeup remover or an eyeliner so you never have to pay retail price!)


Nyx Slide on Pencil in all colours

I am not much of an eyeliner person (besides liquid) unless I am going for a really heavy eye look, which I’m usually not, so my only expectations are : to glide on easily aka not tug at my eye, not to smudge and good pigmentation. Yet most liners that I ever tried failed at at least one of those. However, Nyx seems to have created a perfect combination. Also this is safe to use in your waterline and it lasts pretty well but for it to last all day, I would suggest setting it with a black eyeshadow :) Also have I mentioned that they have 15 different colours?

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Lip Products

Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick in all colours

I have fallen in love with these ones before I even got my hands on them, as they’ve been released in the US long before they arrived in the UK. Even though in the UK, they have only released six shades out of the 20 or so that they have in the UK, I have managed to get my favorite from the US also, and I have to say that their formula is so opaque and hydrating for a matte lipstick! My favorite colours from the range are Touch of Spice, Rich Ruby and Divine Wine.

Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipstick in all colours

The other formula that I was incredible impressed with this year are Too Faced’s Melted lippies. They have a great range of colours and constantly coming out with different finishes and shades so you can never get bored. Also, as they are liquid, they glide on so easily and create a really stunning initially glossy, then slightly more matte finish. I have at the moment 4 minis, as I prefer to try different colours (and I never finish any lipsticks) but I think soon I will buy Melted Chihuahua, as well as two of the new Melted Chocolate range, as they look so appealing.

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Random favorite

Secret Garden Coloring book by Johanna Basford

This year I really got into coloring books so much and this has been the first one that I picked up and my absolute favourite! It has such beautiful intricate designs that you could spend hours on, with little secret animals and plants hidden in each of them. Also I love that the pages are really thick and good quality so even when you use coloured fineliners, the colour won’t bleed on the other side of the page. Overall, a great way to spend your pastime especially while watching a movie or simply when you’re stressed or you need your mind to just chill down. Strongly recommend trying them out yourselves!

So here you go! Here are 10 of my most used and well loved products of last year. What have been your favorite products of 2015 and do you think that they’ll still remain so this year? Let me know below- I’d love to hear from you!


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10 Beauty Resolution for 2016

January 6, 2016

10 beauty resolutions for 2016Every year in January for about a week or more, all I do is make lists and create resolutions. Sometimes I start in December, but this year I only started at the weekend. While going through all the things that I would like to improve, I also thought of some beauty resolutions or little tips that I believe make a massive difference and will instantly make you feel better this year.


Always take off your makeup

When I was in university as well as working an almost full time job and trying to have a social life, sometimes I would come home too tired to even think about the makeup that I had on and simply fell asleep. This caused my skin to breakout instantly, usually the day after and it would take at least a week before going back to normal. Therefore, I decided to prioritize makeup removal no matter how tired I am, how late it is or let’s be honest, how lazy I feel. I know that a lot of people keep some makeup wipes by their bed stand and that can also be useful, but personally my skin does not tend to enjoy wipes as they’re usually too harsh. Instead I recommend trying micellar water on a cotton pad as a one step removal on the super lazy days or followed by an oil cleanser to get rid of the last bits. It will make a hell of a difference, I promise.


Use hand cream everyday

Especially at this time of the year, weather is not forgiving to our skin, in particular our hands, which are exposed all the time (hello browsing your phone in the cold while waiting for a bus!) so I suggest you always have a travel size hand cream in your handbag. If you are subscribed to any beauty boxes, you must have some laying around or if not, I recommend a trip to The Body Shop, which have so many great affordable options or L’Occitane. Also, you can find great alternatives in your supermarket, with brands such as Nivea or Garnier. Your hands will thank you.


Clean your makeup brushes

If you use makeup at all, that means that you use some sort of brushes. Even if you only use a powder brush or eyeshadow brushes, you should still wash them as often as you can. It is recommended that you wash them every 1-3 uses, in particular face brushes, as foundation and powder build up on the brushes can affect the way product is applied on our face plus, obviously, hygienic reasons. I am planning to write a post very soon on the best way to clean your brushes, but spoiler alert: baby shampoo and patience.


Shop your stash

Probably this is my favorite resolution of the year, as I love shopping in general. What I mean by this is that when you have a decent makeup collection, it is easy to get in a rut and use the same products over and over again. So, sometimes, say, for example once a month, grab a little basket or box and start ‘shopping’ from your own collection, by picking up things that you haven’t used in a while and adding them to your everyday routine. This makes sure that you use more of the products that you already own instead of constantly buying new ones.


Drink more water

Yes, I know, everyone and their mother keeps saying this, but I promise it’s so good for you! This time of the year, everything is dry (as mentioned in resolution no. 2 also) so water helps dry and dehydrated skin to appear plumper and reduces the visibility of pores and fine lines. While this will obviously not solve all your skin issues, drinking 2 litres or water per day will make sure that your body is working properly as well as giving your skin that ‘glow from within’ feel.


Invest in a good skincare routine  (not necessarily expensive)

As a makeup lover, one of the first things that I understood is that no matter how much money, time and effort you will put into your makeup, if your base is not as good as it can be, it’s a waste of time. So make sure that your skin is well taken care of: use a good oil cleanser, a toner suitable for your skin type, a serum to help you lock in that moisture, as well as a good moisturizer, plus an spf for the daytime. You can find my personal skincare routine here for more recommendations in terms of products. I personally enjoy French pharmacy brands the most  as well as natural products made with organic ingredients, which will not break the bank.


Prep your lips

Nobody likes a beautiful lipstick on cracked, peeling dry lips. Especially with the trend of the liquid lipsticks, which tend to be drying, prepping your lips is a must. After a shower or after brushing your teeth, use your wet toothbrush to run over your lips, gently pat them with a dry towel and then use a good lip balm before starting your makeup routine. Alternatively, you can make your own scrub with brown sugar and olive oil, or buy an already made one, such as Lush’s Bubblegum one, which tastes delicious btw. Also, make sure that you use a lip balm before you go to bed, as sleeping can cause your lips to dry also.


Make masks your best friend

Continuing my point from above about skincare, one of the biggest changes in my skincare routine in the last few years has been the addition of a good mask. These days we are spoiled for choice: we have peel off masks, rinse off ones plus the easiest of them all, sheet masks. Personally I like to use a mud or clay mask once a week plus lately I have been enjoying sheet masks which usually help with brightening and hydrating the skin. There are options out there for all budgets and all skin concerns, so don’t be afraid to try them out.


Sleep better

Last but definitely not least, it’s about going back to basic. No products can replace a good night’s sleep. I am guilty of staying late at night browsing the internet and waking up late, so this is one that I am taking very seriously. Even if you need 5 hours or 9 hours or whatever it may be, make sure that you listen to your body and go to bed when you feel sleepy instead of shutting down that feeling and watching ‘one more episode’ (don’t worry, you’re not alone). Other tips would be to make sure that you sleep with all the lights off as well as having a good temperature in the room: not too hot, as it will affect the quality of your sleep, while a room that is too cold is not ideal either. Plus try to not eat at least an hour before going to bed, as that may mess up your sweet dreams also.


I hope you guys enjoyed my 10 beauty resolutions and that you learned something new, or at least remembered some of the things that you have been putting off , as I know that I find myself doing that a lot.

Let me know what your beauty resolutions are for this year and I look forward to hearing from you!


Lots of love,