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Best Beauty Favorites of 2015

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The best of the best are finally here! I wanted to keep the ones I always mention out of this post. I wanted to talk more about ones that were kind of exclusive to this year – mostly new discoveries, new launches, and rediscovered favorites. Here they are, categorized into skincare, makeup, and nails!

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Skincare

  • Simple Miscellar Cleansing Water – read here this one is a definite favorite and discovery of 2015. 
  • La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (Dual Action Acne Treatment) – this is both a hit and a miss. I don’t think this is for everyone, and definitely not even for any kind of spot. I put this in my favorites because this really is the only spot treatment that completely got rid of the small bumps on my forehead. I never really broke out on my forehead until recently. So strange! But this completely did the job, but it hasn’t been a miracle worker for cystic acnes along my jawline.
  • Mizon Starfish Eyecream (discontinued) – I thought about whether to add this to the list because the “Starfish” line itself has been discontinued by the Brand, Mizon. Still yet, because I have completely used it up and loved every inch of it, I thought I should still include it. It has a pudding like texture and has done what eye creams are to do! Nourish without weighing the eye area down. 
  • Tatcha Camellia Nourishing Lip Balm – read here this is also a huge discovery for me this year. The best of the best of all lip balms, for real. 
  • Shara Shara Honey Bomb – read here
  • Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Multi Purpose Oil Balm – read here I couldn’t include this in my picture because I had already used it up and threw away the bottle, but this product definitely needs a mention! Great for just about everything!

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Makeup

  • YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer – read here (bought the full size!) 
  • Innisfree Long Wear Cushion (shade 31) – read here 
  • Innisfree Single Eyeshadows – they have different formulations, and I’ve tried all of them except the matte kinds. I seriously love them. Considering the price (bought it during a special promotion 1+1) the pigmentation is amazing, as well as the dimension of the glitter and shimmer shades! 
  • It’s My Cushion (DIY-self cushion) – read here 
  • Too Cool for School Art Class by Rodin Contour Kit – read here – I haven’t done a full in-depth review of this one so I’ll try to sum up my thoughts briefly here. The kit comes with three shades (light to dark), and I like to swirl them all together. The shades are definitely on the cool side, and I highly recommend this for fairer skin tones! It is subtle but defined, and I’ve been reaching for this everyday since I got it! You can even easily contour your nose and eyes/brow bones with this. All in one, basically. 
  • Holika Holika Waterdrop Tint Stick (Color: Pomegranate) – read here
  • Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer – This is a great concealer in that it will not budge and pretty conceal anything. The only downfall though is that it can look a little cakey. Still yet, I add it to the best of the best list because it gets the job done well. 
  • Mayelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer (Shade: Neutralizer) – this can brighten anything. I love this as a wake-me-up product, and the effect is instantaneous. I love to carry this around for touchups because makeup has a tendency to oxidize and make my face look dull throughout the day, but this helps to brighten my face up! 
  • Collection 2000 Concealer (Shade Light 2) – still not as easily accessible as I would like this to be, but this Brit brand concealer is really worth the hype. I would even rate this my number one concealer because it not only conceals dark circles but also blemishes. It lasts super long and does not look cakey!
  • Beauty Blender makeup applicator – read more this is a rediscovery because I neglected it for awhile until this year when I rediscovered how good this is! 

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Nails

  • Holographic film (to create Shattered Glass Nail trend) – read here
  • Etude House Play Nail Sticker (Gold Studs) – read here
  • Essie Gel Setter (top coat) – read here
  • Essie All-in-One (I use it as a base coat) – this is an all-in-one but I use it just as a base coat. It gives me the smoothest, most nourishing base! 

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Perfume

  • Byredo Blanche – read more nothing more needs to be said. This is just me in a bottle.

 

Whew! That wraps everything up for this year. Hope everyone has a happy new year and see you all in 2016 🙂

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