2015 Favourites

BLACK OPIUM, Yves Saint Laurent

I first tried out this perfume (pictured below) in early 2015 and I’ve loved it ever since. I don’t like fruity or overly sweet scents so the floral and woody notes in this eau de perfume are gorgeous. The scent lasts all day without being over-powering and I always receive compliments when wearing it. I wear it ever single day so although it’s reasonably pricey (£45/30ml, £64/50ml or £84/90ml), it’s definitely worth it!

THE SACCONEJOLYs

After only stumbling across one of YouTube’s most famous families (pictured above) in September of 2015, watching their daily vlogs has quickly become a part of my every-day routine. The Irish family – Jonathan, Anna, Emilia and Eduardo SacconeJoly – post a 20 minute video every single day at 6pm and although they really just film their lives, the videos are strangely entertaining and addicting to watch.


SHIMMERING SKIN PERFECTOR PRESSED, BECCA

I had been looking for a powder highlighter for a while as I find that liquid highlighters remove the foundation from your face. So, when I came across this I was very excited to try it. Instead of the bronze/gold shade ‘champagne pop‘ that everyone has been talking about, I went for the shade ‘moonstone‘ (pictured below) which is more of a natural, silver colour. I think this suits my paler skin tone more and it looks great when used to highlight my cheekbones, brow bones and nose. You can buy it from Space NK Apothecary for £32, which again, is totally worth the money.

ORPHAN BLACK

I have been loving the Netflix original series ‘Orphan Black‘ in recent months. It’s completely different to any series I’ve watched previously, with aspects of sci-fi paired with a mind-bending story line. Tatiana Maslany does an amazing job of playing all the main characters (yes, all of them) and manages to make them believable (pictured above). At times even scary, this Pretty Little Liars come Dexter series is definitely worth a watch.


EYEBROW ENHANCING SERUM, RapidBrow

My eyebrows have always been thin and sparse, so after reading a lot of reviews online RapidBrow Eyebrow Enhancing Serum (pictured below) I was keen to give it a try. I applied it twice a day (in the morning before applying my makeup and at night after removing my makeup) for the recommended 6 weeks. It was extremely easy to apply as the applicator was mascara wand-like and it completely dried in after just a couple of minutes. I paid around £20 for it on Amazon and the results far exceeded my expectations, which I was so pleased about. My eyebrows became a lot thicker and healthier and therefore, I would 100% recommend this product.

BUBBLE BARS, Lush

I have always been a fan of bath bombs, Lush ones in particular, but around 6 months ago I began buying their ‘Bubble Bars’ instead (pictured above). As opposed to dropping the bubble bars in the bath like you would do with a bath bomb, you crumble them under the running water and thousands of bubbles fill up the tub. I love them because you have the same amazing smells and colours as bath bombs, but without staining the bath and with added bubbles! How could anyone complain?!


ALL NIGHTER MAKEUP SETTING SPRAY, Urban Decay

After a friend recommended this makeup setting spray to me, I ordered it and was not disappointed. The spray (pictured below) is used after makeup application and not only does it make it last ALL day, it provides a lovely, dewey finish, which I love! You can buy the 30ml travel bottle for £9, which may be an idea for anyone trying it for the first time, but the normal, 118ml bottle is £21.

 

NAKED SMOKY PALETTE, Urban Decay

I already own the Naked 2 Palette, which I think is great. I was never a fan of the Naked 3 Palette as I have blue eyes and I don’t think the warm pinks and purples suit the eye colour. So, when the Naked Smoky Palette (pictured above) finally came out, I was very excited to try it. The cooler tones compliment my light eye colour perfectly and the range of colours is amazing, not just for creating a ‘smoky’ eye. I use the shade ‘Thirteen’ as the base for all of my eyeshadow looks, and ‘High’ is gorgeous for highlighting the inner corner of the eye. Although it is slightly pricey at £38, the range of colours and quality of the product makes it worthwhile.

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