January 6, 2016

2015 Beauty Favorites

2015 is over and if you’ve read my last post about my blogiversary’s $200 beauty and skin care giveaway here (enter now!), you’ll know a lot has happened this year for Brighter, Darling and it is now time to share my all-time 2015 beauty favorites.

This year, I discovered a couple completely new-to-me products and the items I’m sharing are my most-used, most-recommended of the year. Continue reading to find out why these are some must-tries for your collection.

A top list of beauty favorites and most recommended items from Laura Mercier, Charlotte Tilbury, L'Oreal, Urban Decay, Lancome, Becca and ColourPop cosmetics.

A top ten list of my most used beauty products of 2015 featuring Charlotte Tilbury, Lancome, Urban Decay and many more!

face

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation, $40 | This foundation is the perfect combination of coverage and being natural looking. It glides over the skin so easily and perfects discoloration, softens fine lines and provides the perfect amount of glow – even for oily skin. See it in my fall bronze glow look here.

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, $37 | Many beauty bloggers and vloggers alike sing the praises of this colorless powder for its ability to mattify the skin after foundation, brighten under eyes by setting concealer and to clean up any contour mistakes when “baking.”

Lancome Le Duo Contour/Highlight Stick, $36 | This was a breakthrough product for me in 2015 because it was something I never even knew existed and would have never thought to try until I got a Sephora custom makeover and the MUA taught me how to properly contour/highlight my face shape. Using this stick made it foolproof and so natural looking. I have a full review with swatches here.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal, $38 | Becca had a standout year in 2015 with their collaboration with mega-YouTuber, Jaclyn Hill, on the Champagne Pop highlighter; but I prefer their Opal shade (a light gold pearl) for my skin tone. This is the most creamy powder you will ever try, and the glow it creates on the skin is anything but natural – however, it’s absolutely beautiful and gives a stunning lit-from-within radiance to the skin. It’s made me a highlighting convert.

eyes

L’Oreal Miss Manga ROCK Waterproof Mascara in Blackest Black, $6.97-7.49 | I’ve mentioned this mascara in a few favorites of the month over this year, but the reason I keep coming back to it is because it has the best balance of volume, length, no-smudging and curl-holding abilities. Many others come close to this formula and wand, but none have met or surpassed in 2015.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in So Quiche, $5 | My budget stunner of 2015 was ColourPop’s super shock shadows – So Quiche, to be exact. The incredibly unique olive/bronze with purple microglitter lasts 12+ hours with no creasing and no primer. The mousse texture is also like nothing else I’ve tried and the prices just cannot be beat. Full review of my budding ColourPop collection here.

Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita Eyeshadow Quad, $52 | My eyeshadow splurge of the year went to my goddess, Charlotte Tilbury, and her amazing Dolce Vita eyeshadow palette. Her shadows are impeccably coordinated to take the guesswork out of applying eye makeup, and are designed to take you from ‘desk-to dusk-to disco.’ The texture of her shadows feels like a gel-powder with little fall out and intense pigment. Most of her palettes include a glitter shadow topcoat, which ups the ante for your ‘disco’ look. I fell in love *hard* for CT this year, and reviewed most of my collection in a full review/post here.

lips

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liners in Pillow Talk + Iconic Nude, $22 | Another hit from CT this year was her amazing lip products, but especially the lip liners. I’ve mentioned before that these lip liners are the ones to change my mind about lip liner. They truly cheat your natural lip line and last through a full meal – it’s honestly amazing. They’re creamy, non-drying and the longest wearing lip liners I own and have ever tried.

hair

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, $22-42 | Unfortunately, I just ran out of this product a couple of weeks ago and stupidly threw it out before photographing it (#beautybloggerprobs), but this hair product is so interesting! Part dry shampoo, part volumizer, part texturizer, Oribe’s amazingly scented dry spray helped keep my longer, thick hair volumized – especially when I curled it. If you struggle with keeping a little bit of oomph in your hair (especially if it’s long), give this a shot (or try my still-testing-but-super-promising-more-afforable drybar triple sec spray 😉 )

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2015 Beauty Favorites for eyes, lips, hair, face featuring Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita, Iconic Nude, Pillow Talk, Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, ColourPop So Quiche, Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation, Becca Opal and Lancome Le Duo contour/highlight stick!

That about wraps it up for my 2015 beauty favorites. Comment below and let me know some of your favorite products of the year or things I need to add to my must-try list for 2016!

Happy 2016,

-Steffanie

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