Top beauty products of 2015

Boy was it hard whittling down my go-to, everyday staples for this post. Like most girls, I have an overflowing amount of products, whether I’ve used them for years or discovered them recently. I love trying the latest and greatest in beauty products so I thought why not get my blog back up and running with a rundown of the 18 most awesome products I’ve used this year.

Skincare ∞ Looking after my skin has become a top priority over the past few years, after all I’m not getting any younger and my skin needs all the help it can get. I started with very oily, combination skin but I’ve found that over time, my skin has become drier and more sensitive. Plus I’ve definitely noticed a few more fine lines and creases here and there! I think I’ve got my routine down and that’s partly down to two fantastic products I began using in 2015 – both clay orientated, one from Sunday Riley and the other from the glorious, Charlotte Tilbury. Clearly, it’s been all about the clay for me recently and my skin has really been benefitting from tighter pores, less congestion and an all round smoother complexion. Sunday Riley is a brand that became extremely popular in 2015 and I’m always on the lookout for new products to try, especially cleansers. In fact, I’ve tried a fair few over the past 12 months so I may well do a round-up post soon. My skin tends to go through phases of sensitivity and this works really well no matter my skin situation. I use 2-3 pumps of the Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser (£35.00) on my face, really taking time to work it into my skin before removing with a hot flannel. Instantly, my skin feels smoother and my pores are minimised. I’ve found my skin improves with each use, it’s easily one of my favourite cleansers that I’ve tried. When it comes to masks, I couldn’t be without my Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask (£45.00), it’s quite literally a godsend! I use this once a week or before big events (by that I mean the once in a blue moon venture out for drinks) and it really gives me the perfectly prepped skin for makeup application. I slather it on my face, avoiding the eyes and leave for 5-10 minutes before removing with my trusty hot flannel. It leaves my skin baby soft, plumped and radiant, almost like I’ve been for a facial. I absolutely adore this mask and whilst it’s a hefty price, it’s well worth it as it works wonders and a little certainly goes a long way.

Hair and Body ∞ I tried to really restrain myself in picking go-to products for this category simply because I could have written War & Peace, (a bit like above) mentioning product after product until the cows came home. So I settled on three wonderful products from all price ranges. I’ll start with the most luxury item – Jo Malone White Jasmine & Mint Cologne (£42.00 for 30ml). This year, I became a Jo Malone convert as I was lucky enough to be able to splurge on two scents. For me, White Jasmine & Mint is the perfect mix of floral with a fresh yet sensual feel. I love the 30ml bottle as it’s small enough to fit in your bag. With regards to hair, I managed to get through two cans of the L’Oreal #TXT Volume Spray (£3.79) which I’ve found to be the best drugstore texture spray – it gives brilliant volume without causing too much of a build up of product of causing my hair to be overly dry. Now, I didn’t expect to have an anti-perspirant in this post but I think I’ve found my ultimate go-to in the form of Mitchum Advanced Flower Fresh 48hr Anti-Perspirant (£2.99). I’ll cut to the chase – it keeps my underarms fresh and dry but also soothed plus it stops any white marks.

Makeup ∞ Ah yes, the bulk of my top products but you knew that already didn’t you! If you’ve made it this far, I congratulate you and reward you with a gold star.  It was all about the glow for me the past 12 months which for a formerly oily gal, is a bit of a shocker. I can’t get enough of glowy, highlighted skin hence why most of my make up is highlighters. I adore Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow (£38.50) as an all round starting point to my make up. It’s not glittery or shiny but gives a beautiful iridescence and – as it says on the bottle – glow. I love this for days when my skin isn’t as radiant as I’d like and it really picks my skin up. For foundation, that was a tricky one for sure as I’ve bought about 20million different bases in 2015. I settled on my most reached for which is L’Oreal True Match Foundation (£9.99) which I always recommend to friends who want a good drugstore foundation. I really don’t think you can go wrong with L’Oreal foundations as they’re up there with some of the best on the market. I much prefer the newer bottle for dispensing the product and I don’t feel it’s that much different to the old-style, perhaps a little more long-wearing. For me, a foundation has to even out my face and have a good amount of coverage, all whilst looking natural and this really does tick all the boxes. Plus it comes in a whole host of shades – bonus.

Onto powder products and it was all about contouring my nose and adding a glow. Enter, Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow (£49) which I had been debating purchasing for some time and when I eventually got round to it in the summer, it was well worth the wait. I adore the bronzer/sculpting powder and quite often use this to add a little shape and warm up my skin. It’s odd because it’s one of those shades that’s not distinctively a cool-toned contour nor is it a really warm bronzer. Either way, I love how easy it is to apply and the effect it has. The highlighter is gorgeous too but quite honestly, I use a different highlighter everyday. In fact since I began writing this post some 3 days ago – I’ve bought myself another 2 highlighters. Is there some kind of rehab for this behaviour? When the Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator in So Hollywood (£28) arrived on the scene, I swiftly popped it in my basket (alongside the equally as gorgeous, Riviera) and it was love at first swipe. It’s such a vibrant, we-can-see-your-cheekbones-from-outerspace kinda highlight which is the perfect true gold shade. J’adore! I now find myself wondering if I need the shade Starlight too? I finally picked up the NARS ITA Brush (£43) when I was in New York in June and it’s honestly the best brush for contouring – it provides perfect placement and blends really well. Price tag aside, I’m so glad I took the plunge as I use it daily. The final powder product was Maybelline Master Sculpt in Medium/Dark (£6.99) which I absolutely love for contouring (especially my nose) and I find myself reaching for it more than my Kat Von D Shade + Light Palette. It’s affordable and the shade is the perfect cool toned contour shade.

Kat Von D does make a hero’s welcome to this list as I have adored her Tattoo Liner in Trooper ($19) for the best part of a year. I haven’t used anything as precise, easy to apply or pigmented as that liner. I’ve been through a few drugstore liners and L’Oreal do some lovely ones but they seem to dry out quickly which I hate but nothing quite comes close to this amazing and sadly, US only product.

In the latter half of the year, I became a complete false lash convert. I have small eyes so I’m constantly cutting down lashes but it was the release of Fleur de Force for Eylure Lashes in Fleur Loves (£5.25) that I became an everyday wearer. They’re the perfect length for me (3/4 lashes) and I love that they fan out to a lovely flutter without swamping my eyes. They are super-easy to apply and I can wear them both day/night. The only downside is that I couldn’t really give a monkeys about mascara now as I feel naked without falsies – go figure. That being said, I did quite enjoy the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (£19), which despite the majorly cringey name actually works really well at volumising and lengthening my lashes. I do however, hate it for my bottom lashes as the wand is a very large, fibre brush. I’ve used a million palettes and individual shadows this year but it’s the introduction of the Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Blaze ($5) that really stood out to me as it’s a gorgeous, creamy but extremely pigmented bronze shade that flatters all skin tones and eye colours. A polar opposite for my second choice as I’ve fallen for matte shadows recently and theBalm Meet Matt(e) Palette (£37.50) surprised me as I reach for it more often than not when it comes to defining my crease or adding a transition shade.

Finally, onto lip products and once again being the lipstick hoarder I am, I found it really hard to whittle my list down but I decided on a lipstick and a gloss line. I decided on Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer Lipstick in Nude Pop (£16) as I adore the formula of these lipsticks – they give a good amount of opaque colour, hydrate the lips and are extremely comfortable to wear. Despite not being a gloss-kinda-gal, I absolutely love the Fleur de Force Lipgloss (£6.99) range. They’re not tacky or streaky in anyway and give a lovely amount of pigment. They’re almost a gloss/liquid lipstick hybrid and I adore the shades Written in the Stars which is a beautiful, everyday nude and Starry, Starry Night which is a vibrant berry shade, perfect for the colder months.

So there you have it, my 2015 favourites in one lengthy post – what have been your favourites and why?

Love, Kate xo