January 02, 2016

Best of Beauty 2015

Well, it's officially the end of 2015, it's cliche but this year really did fly by. I am so excited for 2016, lot's of great changes are happening for me! But today, let's go through some of the beauty products that I have absolutely fallen in love with this year!

This list covers just cosmetics.

Let's get started!

Milani Shadow Eyez 12 Hr Wear Eyeshadow in "Sand Dunes"

Drugstore, Milani Website

This cream eyeshadow pencil from Milani is the perfect shimmery metallic color for anyone that wants a one and done product to throw on their eyes in the morning! The consistency is very creamy and easy to blend, and looks great on the eye all day.

They are great alone or worn as an eyeshadow base. There are 12 shades available, so there's a shade for every occasion!

Milani Matte Moisture Lipstick in "Matte Blissful"

Drugstore, Milani Website
Review HERE

Milani hit the jackpot when they launched their Matte Moisture Lipsticks. The formula is very creamy, velvety soft, and lasts for hours on the lips.

"Matte Blissful" is a beautiful cool-toned slightly purple pink. This was my go-to color for Spring and Summer, it goes perfectly with a basic neutral eye. This color best suits those with fair to light skin tones.

There are 16 shades available, there is a shade for every occasion and every skin tone! If you need a comfortable matte lipstick, this is the perfect lipstick!

NYX Tinted Brow Mascara

Ulta, NYX Website
Review HERE

NYX launched several new eyebrow products this year, including the Tinted Brow Mascara. This tinted brow gel is available in 5 shades. I wear the shade "Brunette". 

This formula holds my stubborn eyebrows in place all day but doesn't leave my eyebrows feeling crunchy, it feels like a strong hold hairspray but for your brows! Plus, it's tinted, so if you already have thick eyebrows, this will help hold them in place and add a little definition.

Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Water Resistant Mascara

Target, Pacifica Website
Review HERE

The Aquarian Gaze Mascara from Pacifica is one of the only water-proof\water resistant natural mascaras on the market. 

Pacifica products are 100% Vegan, Cruelty Free, and Gluten Free. They are formulated without "...animal ingredients, FD&C color, phthalates, parabens, sulfates, propylene glycol, benzene, mineral oil, petroleum, peanut oil, triclosan". So the ingredients are safe for the body!

This mascara will give your lashes a natural definition. You will not get intense bold lashes from this mascara. But you will get all day wear with zero smudging, smearing, or flaking! This is the only mascara I've ever tried that actually lasts and look perfect until I decide to take it off.

If you're lifestyle requires you to wear a mascara that will hold up for over 12 hours and still look great, you need to try this mascara! The ingredients and great, and the product is great!

Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Correcting Powder

Drugstores, Ulta
Review HERE

This correcting powder from Physicians Formula has been a staple in my collection since first hearing about it from ThaTaylaa

This powder is a swirl of a light ivory, green, pink, and yellow, to color correct the face. I wear the shade "Translucent", and that is the ideal shade for those of us with fair skin who need to highlight the under eye!

The powder does not look heavy on the skin, and for me, this has become my go-to for under eye correcting and I've started to skip concealer under the eye. So if you have light to moderate under eye darkness, give this a shot!

Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Face Powder

Drugstores, Ulta

This Mineral Wear Face Powder from Physicians Formula has become my holygrail powder foundation. I first about this product from Tati at GlamLifeGuru.

It is the perfect medium to full coverage powder that looks flawless and not powdery on the skin! It doesn't just sit on the skin, it looks natural but still gives your face the coverage you desire. It leaves a matte finish to the skin.

This lasts all day, and would work for every skin type, except dry. The formula is specifically made for those with sensitive skin, so if you have acne prone or rosacea prone skin, don't worry, this won't irritate your skin.

The only downside is that there are only 4 shades available, so this will only work for those with light to medium skin tones.

Physicians Formula Organic Wear Tinted Moisturizer

Drugstores, Ulta
Review HERE

If you're not familiar, the Organic Wear line from Physicians Formula is 70% certified organic.

I was surprised how much I like using this tinted moisturizer! It does feel moisturizing on the skin, and it leaves a beautiful dewy finish to the skin. I wear it underneath the Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Face Powder, and the combo gives me medium coverage that lasts all day!

If your skin isn't too damaged or have problem areas, I think this would make a great everyday product. It doesn't look like you're wearing makeup, it just gives the skin a more evened out look. Plus, it doesn't break me out! If you have acne prone skin like I do, you should definitely try this out!

The product does have a slight herbal scent to it, but it's not noticeable after application. If you have very oily skin, you may not like this, but used with a primer and a powder, I found that this product lasted very well on my oily skin.

Pur Minerals Afterglow Illuminating Powder

Ulta, Kohls, Pur Minerals Website
Review HERE

This is another product I picked up based on a suggestion from ThaTaylaa. The Afterglow Illuminating Powder is a gorgeous champagne ivory that gives a soft highlight to the skin. The powder itself is very soft and feels creamy to the touch, a brush will pick up a lot of product.

The powder doesn't look chalky or powdery on top of the skin, and would suit almost all skin tones. I have fallen in love with using this packed on top of a cream highlighter. It amps up the intensity of the highlighter and it gives an intensely highlighted look.

On it's own, it looks natural and doesn't look overly glittery or shiny, and it's light enough for those of us with fair skin tones!

LORAC POREfection Mattifying Face Primer

Ulta, Kohls, LORAC Website

I have tried out several primers this year, and the POREfection Mattifying Primer from LORAC is a silicone feeling primer that is targeted for oily skin types and anyone who wants to blur imperfection from acne, pores, or wrinkles.

It also contains salicylic acid to help prevent acne.

This is the primer I keep going back to at all times of the year. It helps my makeup apply easier, and last longer throughout the day. It helps fill in the pores and create a smooth canvas for your makeup to apply to. If you know your skin doesn't react well to silicones, skip this one, but for those with oily or acne prone skin, this is a great primer for everyday!

Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon in "Brandy"

Review HERE

Bite Beauty, which is exclusive to Sephora, is known for their high quality lip products that feature food grade ingredients. The Matte Creme Lip Crayons are 96% Natural.

The shade I keep going back to, and the shade that lasts the longest on my lips, is "Brandy". It a gorgeous medium-dark red raspberry. This shade would look fabulous on any skin tone!

The formula of the Matte Creme Lip Crayons are highly pigmented, creamy, and despite a matte finish, it feels very moisturizing and hydrating on the lips! If you like a high pigment lipstick, run to your local Sephora and swatch all of these!

It Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Gel Eye Liner

Ulta, It Cosmetics Website

Finding an eyeliner that lasts all day without smudging is no easy task, and everyone's skin reacts differently to different products. However, I have found the perfect eyeliner that does not move once I have applied it to my lash line!

The It Cosmetics No-Tug Gel Eye Liners are a retractable pencil gel formula liner that locks into place when applied to the eyes. It is not a creamy liner like the Urban Decay pencils, so if you have rough texture or wrinkles on the eyes, this may not be for you.

This is the perfect liner for those with oily lids who have trouble with liners smudging and transferring around the eye. The liner does apply evenly, but it applies easier to the lower lash line, and may not be creamy enough for the upper lash line.

These are available in 10 shades.

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured in "Moonstone"

Ulta, Sephora, BECCA Website
Review HERE

One of the most recent additions to my collection is the Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured from BECCA in the shade "Moonstone". This shade is a light champagne gold, it doesn't lean too gold or yellow.

The formula of the Poured Skin Perfectors is a hard cream that takes a little working with to apply to the skin. This product leaves a shimmering highlight to the skin, so if you prefer a more natural highlight, this may not be for you.

I have been addicted to using this on top of my cheekbones with a powder highlighter on top, and oh my, it makes my cheekbones beam with an intense highlight! This formula would work for normal, combo, to oily skin types. I think it would catch and flake on dry skin types.

There are 5 shades available, if you have very fair skin, go for the shade "Pearl", for those with fair to light skin tones, "Moonstone" is perfect.

What products did you guys love in 2016?! Anything I should checkout? Happy New Year!

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